Queens Of Drama: Thinking Clearly About Scripted Reality

Launched in April 2015 on the cable television network, POP, ‘Queens of Drama’ is a television series featuring a number of former daytime and prime time soap opera stars. The 10-episode, scripted reality program follows Donna Mills, Hunter Tylo, Chrystee Pharris, Lindsay Hartley, Vanessa Marcil and Crystal Hunt running a production they jointly founded. In Season Two, Bree Williamson and Renee Elise Goldsberry were added.

Looking at this reality show, what really makes it work is the broader definition of women in production and development roles. Although, there’s added comedic effects, there is an underlying message about women in television production, one that’s hard to overlook. The show’s intent is to reveal how women can be both funny and powerful.

The series follows the women as they sow the seeds of success in the television industry. The show makes every attempt to reveal all stages of development and production of a drama series. With scripted reality shows such as this, the characters are very much true to life with added pop to their personalities to keep viewers interested enough to tune into each episode.

In the first episode that aired on April 26, 2015, entitled, ‘I Don’t Do Ugly; Art Imitating Life,’ the women begin carefully planning the script material needed for creating a new television pilot. But, before they can initiate any action on their plan, Donna reveals that she took it upon herself to speak to a network executive on her own.

That comment considerably sums up Crystal Hunt’s character on the series, much different from who Crystal is with fans on Facebook. Crystal is considered one of the lead actresses in this reality television show. The show takes viewers through every nuance of developing a new television drama. Crystal has the role of playing the spoiler, she pretends to be a team player and is supposedly supportive of Mills being the leader of the production company. But, behind her back she hatches a secret plot to replace her with another former prime time diva, Joan Collins.

Born in February 1985, Crystal Hunt was raised in Clearwater, Florida. She made a name for herself by creating memorable soap opera characters. Roles that she played with an open honesty, which lent credibility to the storylines. Over the past few years, metacritic makes a good case for how Crystal Hunt has expanded her acting portfolio to include other types of programming besides daytime television roles. She also had a lead role in the blockbuster movie of Summer 2015, ‘Magic Mike XXL.’ Crystal got her start as, ‘Lizzie Spaulding,’ on the long running soap opera, ‘The Guiding Light.’ As a teenage upstart, she was nominated for a daytime Emmy for her portrayal. In addition to roles on ‘The Guiding Light’ and ‘One Life to Live,’ Crystal Hunt really broke out in a surprising way, starring opposite a young Zac Efron in the 2005 Coming of Age movie, ‘The Derby Stallion.”