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Y&R’s Hunter King Lands Leading Role In New ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Prospect’

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In intriguing casting news out today, The Young and the Restless two-time Daytime Emmy winner,  Hunter King (Summer) is set to headline a new comedy pilot for ABC. The former Life in Pieces star (where she played Clementine for four seasons) for CBS ,will star in the single-camera comedy entitled Prospect.

King will play the role of Abigail Lansing (King), who said to be an idealistic young woman who moves to the frontier to be a schoolteacher, but her ideals quickly are tested when she learns that her students are rowdy ranch hands, not children.

According to Deadline the description of King’s character goes something like this: “Abigail Lansing is proper, smart, a little awkward and chatty but always positive, friendly and hopeful, with a healthy dose of 19th century feminism. Abigail is a young woman from Boston who is thrilled to be able to set off on her own adventure as a schoolteacher in the western prairie town of Prospect. Somewhat starry-eyed, she envisions herself preparing adorable young children for their future with an education. Abigail discovers when she gets to Prospect that it’s not going to be what she thought it was. For one thing, she has to teach adult men, not children, and her living situation is a little more rustic, and awkward, than she expected. Abigail has to rethink some of her expectations but decides with characteristic spunk and optimism that there’s good work to be done here in Prospect — on her own terms.”

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Hunter attended the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards this past Saturday night with her sister, Joey King.

So, what do you think of King’s upcoming project? No word yet on what this potentially could mean for her role as Summer on Y&R.  Comment below.

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Su000

Hunter King ;
Life in Pieces, was CBS
Prospect, is ABC

She has a good agent ..

Momo
Momo

Hmmm….don’t know if this sounds interesting or not. I hope she stays on Y&R.

Joy
Joy

I don’t really like the Summer storyline so she could leave and I wouldn’t miss her!

SZima
SZima

Dare we hope Summer will leave for good this time?
PLEASE?!?!?!?!!!!

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

Remember, we are talking about a daytime soap. If Hunter doesn’t come back, there is always that one simple word, recast. Which I hope doesn’t happen because I am really not fond of them. And I am really not liking where the whole Lola Kyle Theo (yuck) Summer storyline is going. Maybe Jack could send Summer away on business for awhile and give Lola and Kyle a chance to sort things out. I guess we will just have to wait and see. And on a side note if there are any viewers of the Bold and the Beautiful out there, can you maybe try and answer a question for me? Did I maybe miss something, or did they not exactly mention what Sally is dying from. All they keep saying is terminal and one month to live. As a Sally can from day one I am aggravated that they are getting rid of another terrific character to focus on what I refer to as the “usuals”. Thanks for listening and happy viewing everybody

Momo
Momo

No, we were not told what Sally has. When the doctor informed her, the camera was on the outside.

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

I saw that as well. I sometimes channel surf during boring scenes and I thought I might of missed something while doing so. Thank you for your reply and Happy viewing

Harry
Harry

Right? Kyle gazed at Lola with utter adulation washing over his face. He never looks at Summer that way. When he was blackmailed into marrying Summer in order to save Lola’s life, Kyle looked like a fox stuck in a snare ready to chew his own paw off in order to get away from her. And now we are supposed to believe that Kyle always had Summer in his heart? I don’t buy it, this is horrible writing. While I like Hunter King and think she’s a solid actress, I detest that self-entitled, spoiled brat Summer.
Shakespeare writes in Sonnet 18, “Summer hath all too short a lease.” Not in this case, Bill, not in this case.

Susan
Susan

I completely agree that this 180 degree turn in Kyle’s feelings for Summer is hard to believe??? This is inconsistent and way out there!

Su000
Su000

It’s the sex–
No woman turns Kyle on like Summer can-
Sex is a high percentage of their relationship.
Summer must have some heavy moves lol .
Love is one thing but sex is whoa another.
and- Lola is way too lacklustre for Kyle
he needs a hot sexy exciting woman,
that is not Lola..

Shari
Shari

I am TEAM LOLA so I hope this show gets picked up and the character of Summer goes far away from Y&R!

Soapqueenforever
Soapqueenforever

We can only hope

Dot J.
Dot J.

That new project for Hunter King sounds like a good fit… I like her as Summer but she may feel it’s time to try something new… good luck Hunter!

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‘Desperate Housewives’ Livestream Reunion On Tap

Look who is reconnecting and reuniting for a special online reunion this coming Sunday? Several of the women from Wisteria Lane from the popular ABC primetime soap, Desperate Housewives that ran from 2004-2012.

Taking part in this latest reunion during the Coronavirus pandemic will be: Eva Longoria (Ex-Gabriella), Marcia Cross (Ex-Bree), Brenda Strong (Ex-Mary Alice), Vanessa Williams (Ex-Renee) and Dana Delaney (Ex-Katherine) on Sunday April 12th beginning at 8PMET.

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The actresses are coming together as part of the livestream episodes at Stars in the House, the series hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley to raise donations for The Actors Fund COVID-19 efforts.

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You can watch the Desperate Housewives livestream either at the Stars in the House website or via YouTube. 

So, will you be checking out the latest reunion one of your all-time favorite soaps be it primetime or daytime? Comment below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Memoir ‘Nothing General About It’ Goes Nationwide Today

Today is the day! After months of fans eagerly awaiting the nationwide release of two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) moving and insightful memoir, it’s finally available in book stores and online everywhere.

According to the publisher HarperCollins: The memoir Nothing General About It, looks back to Maurice’s youth in a small town and his tenuous relationship with his father. He describes how his bipolar disorder began to surface in childhood, how he struggled to understand the jolting mood swings he experienced, and how a doctor finally saved his life. For years Maurice was relentless in his goal to be a successful actor. But even after he “made it,” he still grappled with terrifying lows, breakdowns, and setbacks, all while trying desperately to maintain his relationship with his wife, who endured his violent, unpredictable episodes. Maurice holds nothing back as he bravely talks about what it was like to be medicated and institutionalized, and of how he learned to manage his manic episodes while on the set of GH. 

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Nothing General About It is also an incredible love story about an enduring marriage that demonstrates what those vows—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—truly mean. Maurice also pays tribute to the community that has been there for him through thick and thin, and ruminates on the importance of both inherited and created family.  A shocking, riveting, and utterly candid memoir of love, adversity, and ultimately hope, Nothing General About It offers insights and advice for everyone trying to cope with mental illness, and is a motivational story that offers lessons in perseverance—of the importance of believing in and fighting for yourself through the darkest times.  Nothing General About It includes a 16-page insert featuring approximately 50 photographs.”

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Benard posted on his Instagram on Tuesday the following message to all: “I’m so proud to have done something I would’ve never imagined I could do. The kid who barely graduated from high school, less likely to succeed. I want to thank everybody in the book, My mom and dad my brother General Hospital,Sue black all my friends and of course my wife Paula. To the great team Harper Collins for believing in me and working incredibly hard. There still working incredibly hard during these times. What a ride!!!”

So will you be checking out Nothing General About It and showing your love and support for Maurice? Comment below.

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Popstar! TV Serves Up A Twist For Daytime Emmy Digital Drama Series Competition With ‘Evil Touch’ & ‘Death Squad’

This year the 47th annual Daytime Emmys competition features a crowded and mostly dramatic field of contenders in the burgeoning Outstanding Digital Drama Series category.  Over the years, this category has featured digital series that feature notable stars past or present from your favorite daytime dramas over the years from The Bay to After Forever.

Now comes two offerings and contenders from Associated Television International that are certainly not the usual suspects one would come to expect when voting for the different series in the running … for they have a significant horror-genre, superhero, or even one might say CW-type series bent to them. Both series have made it through into the Daytime Emmy blue ribbon round of voting.

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Both Evil Touch and Death Squad are the series that are competing in the Outstanding Digital Drama Series and Outstanding Directing Team for a Digital Drama Series categories.  The shows both are seen exclusively on Popstar! TV – the only independent digital network producing original dramas.

But wait! When delving into the cast of Evil Touch we found some familiar faces to daytime!  Featured in it are: Daniel Covin (Ex-Hunter – Prospect Park’s All My Children reboot), Alicia Leigh Willis (Ex- Courtney, General Hospital, and Erik Fellows (Ex- Days and currently Damian in The Bay ).

Evil Touch is a horror -genre fish-out-of-water story with a demonic possession angle. It begins with a group of students from a small American college on a religious studies tour with their professor when they become stranded in the middle of nowhere. Seeking help in the village, they soon discover that there is something very strange and menacing about this place and its inhabitants. Before they know it, they find themselves captives and they learn that the villagers aren’t the only threat.

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As for Death Squad that is in-line with some of the recent popular zombie series  ( i.e. Walking Dead) that have become so popular these days.  In it, members of a team of private contractors, all former soldiers who served together in Iraq are hired by a shadowy businessman to go into a former Soviet bio-weapons lab that has been re-purposed for advanced research and development. The team has few details when they enter the facility and begin searching for the lead scientist. Viewers quickly learn that something went very wrong in the lab, and as it turns out, it’s biggest threat is that most of the lab workers have been turned into the living dead.

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Clearly, these two shows are vastly different from the love stories, familial dramas and relationship-driven types of fare that often compete in the digital drama categories at the Daytime Emmys.  Since they both have made into the blue-ribbon round; is it further proof that daytime and digital television is getting on-board with the horror genre, too?

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So, will there be a spot for some seat-jumping, horror-filled, adventure type of series when the nominations are revealed for the 47th annual Daytime Emmys?  (As fans know, the Daytime Emmys originally scheduled for June have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  NATAS has said that is currently exploring options for this year as how to and when they might present the awards.  As for when the nominations will be announced, we will bring you the updated information once it has become available as judging is currently underway.)

Now below, check out episode 3 of Evil Touch and Death Squad and then let us know via the comment section below what you thought of them.

 

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