What happens when you get five Soap Divas and Donna Mills in a room? And no this isn’t a riddle. It’s the new docu-drama/reality show on Pop TV titled ‘Queens Of Drama.’ And is there ever drama!
The all-star cast includes Lindsay Hartley (“All My Children,” “Days of Our Lives”), Crystal Hunt (“Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live”), Vanessa Marcil (“Las Vegas,” “General Hospital”), Chrystee Pharris (“Passions,” “General Hospital”) and Hunter Tylo (“The Bold and The Beautiful”) with special appearances by Donna Mills (“Knots Landing,” “Melrose Place”) and Joan Collins (Dynasty).
Vanessa runs into Lindsay, Crystal and Chrystee at an event. They start talking and Vanessa mentions that she wants to form an all female production company to create shows and roles for women. They all decide it’s a good idea and they should move forward. Not sure what to do next they enlist Donna Mills (the essential diva if there ever was one) via Michelle Stafford (Nina on General Hospital). Vanessa goes to meet Donna and to say it’s kind of chilly would describe it. Donna is interested and brings Hunter Tylo aboard (first thing that makes the original four mad) since they were not asked. A meeting is set up and ideas are discussed. This is where the drama starts. Vanessa Marcil gets angry and storms off (she has a quick temper) leaving everyone stunned. Things are smoothed over for the moment. When Donna decides to jump in and assume a leadership role and actually starts the ball rolling, this is where the drama again really comes in.
It’s not all about the business. As the girls get to know each other and hang out, they find out who they can trust and who could potentially be a problem. I was sent the first three episodes and the show is a lot of fun to watch. For any soap fan it’s fun to see some of our favorites back on screen, in what could almost be considered a ‘Soap Opera (except it’s real life and not scripted)’. With the addition of Joan Collins in episode three the dramatics will really pick up (her appearance was a cliff hanger), with the final seven episodes, as they attempt to make a pilot.
You can watch the series premiere Sunday night after the Daytime Emmy awards and then it moves to Wednesday starting April 29 on Pop TV. You can also listen to my interview with Lindsay Hartley here.