PRESS UPDATE : NEW YORK DAILY NEWS .. APRIL 23RD 2015 ..
'Queens of Drama' review: New reality TV show is pretty good with Donna Mills
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, April 23, 2015,
SO THESE half-dozen female soap actresses get together and the most amazing thing happens: The drama feels surprisingly life-size.
That's one of the good things about “Queens of Drama,” wherein these actresses form a production company they hope can develop a new show with solid roles for women.
The core five are Vanessa Marcil, best known from “90210” and “Vegas”; Chrystee Pharris from “Passions”; Hunter Tylo, who spent nearly a quarter century on “The Bold and the Beautiful”; Crystal Hunt from “Guiding Light” and “One Life to Live”; and Lindsay Hartley from “Passions,” "All My Children” and “Days of Our Lives.”
What they need, they agree, is someone with, frankly, a higher profile. Someone whose calls will always be returned and will get them through doors.
Enter Donna Mills, best known from “Knots Landing” but also familiar from a series of movies and recently a new guest role on “General Hospital.”
Mills won the coveted Soap Opera Digest designation as “best villainess” three times for “Knots,” and while she doesn't play a villainess here, she does come across as no-nonsense.
While the project is a collective effort, Mills is clearly first among equals, an unspoken social-order acknowledgment that also surfaces when Joan Collinsdrops in for a guest appearance.
This being a reality show and all, there's running drama about who is being properly supportive of whom, and who may be putting personal interest above collective mission. Plus of course some people in any group will get along better than others.
But the story also moves along toward an actual goal, and that voyage gives “Queens of Drama” something more than catfights for which to live