Queens of Drama: Familiar Soap Opera Melodrama in a New Show Concept

With Reality Television shows on the rise and a significant drop in Soap Opera followers, “Queens of Drama” uses this as an opportunity to create a new show concept. Most soap lovers will find the melodrama in this series is a fair trade off. The series is an ensemble of former soap stars who work together in their own production company. Lindsay Hartley, Crystal Hunt, Vanessa Marcil, Chrystee Pharris, and Hunter Tylo, with special appearances by Donna Mills, work behind the scenes and in front of the camera, in the show to produce their own TV pilot in the hopes of landing a television deal before the end of the season.

Crystal Hunt, a talented actor, brings her own flavor to the show illustrating her real-life skills. Over the years, Crystal has developed business skills through ownership of her own pet boutique. Her ambition is clear in her move to the big screen in her role of “Magic Mike XXL” and through developing skills as a producer. These skills are reflected in her “Queens of Drama” character. She was producing her own film when she was offered the role. When Crystal said in an interview she realized that Donna Mills, a highly respected soap actor, had accepted her own offer, she decided this opportunity had appeal. Although, she had reservations about the show’s reality TV based non-scripted format, Donna Mill’s acceptance was encouraging.

Crystal Hunt’s career began at 2 years old as a participant in beauty pageants. Since her beginning, she has appeared in several commercials including The Walt Disney Company’s 25th anniversary celebration. Her most notable appearances were roles in The Derby Stallion, Sydney White, and ABC’s One Life to Live. However, she is best known for her Guiding Light character Lizzie Spaulding, daughter of Philip Spaulding and Beth Raines. This CBS Network soap opera included Crystal as Lizzie from 2003 to 2006. In 2005, Crystal received a nomination for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.

The “Queens of Drama” series has only finished its first year. There’s much to be said about the ingenuity of creating a show that encompasses a strong group of women working together for a common goal. The fact that the goals of the on screen characters are similar to the off screen goals of these actors adds additional irony. Not only does the show create a story line based on women taking charge of their careers, it also creates an interesting format that utilizes the actual talents and strengths of their real personalities. These actors are able use past achievements and present career goals in a new unified capacity. This is not the first group of actors to develop this concept in a reality TV format; but the strong persona of past female soap stars give these ideas an interesting spin.