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Pop’s new “Queens of Drama” debuts Sunday and the show’s stunning stars –Donna Mills, Vanessa Marcil and Lindsay Hartley — each take on TV roles they’ve never played before: The ones playing themselves. And the actresses admitted that the transition took some getting used to while shooting the project. “One of the first times we were all together sitting in my yard and we’re all sitting there just staring at each other,” Mills said, describing one of “Queens of Dramas” first shoots. “I finally turned to one of the producers and said,’We’re all actresses. Somebody has to say ‘Action! »
- Joe Otterson
The gradual disappearance of soap operas has significantly reduced opportunities for actors in that genre. So what better way to exploit the situation than “Queens of Drama,” a Pop series that assembles a group of actresses for the ostensible purpose of trying to produce their own show, but really functions as an excuse to create a reality-style serial on the cheap. There’s no harm done, unless A) you once wrote soaps, and are thus rendered obsolete; or B) you have a functioning cerebral cortex, which will struggle to buy this as anything other than unconvincingly manufactured melodrama.
Granted, there’s something so deliciously meta about the concept — following the soapy sextet as they try to craft and sell a show, when in fact what you’re watching is the show — that some fans will accept the series strictly on its own bogus terms. Moreover, Pop is cleverly launching the »
- Brian Lowry
A documentary series looking at a cappella singing groups vying for a championship will stand among the offerings at emerging entertainment-cable network Pop as it moves on from its launch in January.
The network, formed from the spine of the old TV Guide Network and owned jointly by CBS Corp. and Lionsgate, said it would launch “Sing It On,” a series consisting of eight one-hour episodes, on Wednesday May 13 at 10 p.m. before moving it to a regularly scheduled time at 9 p.m. that night starting March 20. Singer John Legend will executive produce the program along with production partners from Get Lifted Film Co., Ty Stiklorius and Mike Jackson. Core Media Group is producer. Cameras will capture the behind-the-scenes struggle by top-rated collegiate a cappella squads to win a coveted award.
Legend and his production company have also signed a first-look development deal with Pop to develop projects that fit »
- Brian Steinberg
After two babies, Megan Fox's bikini bod is still a thing of beauty.The "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" star put her impressive physique on display while on vacation in Hawaii with husband Brian Austin Green, hitting the beach in one of the skimpiest two-pieces we've seen in quite some time.The actress, 28, gave birth to the couple's second child together, son Bodhi, back in February 2014. The boy joined Noah and Kassius, Green's kid with ex Vanessa Marcil.Fox quickly bounced back to her pre-baby weight after welcoming Bodhi -- and was spotted all over the world promoting "Tmnt" in a collection of sexy and slim ensembles."I cut out all bread and those sort of carbohydrates. No crackers, no pretzels, no chips. Nothing unhealthy," she told E! News about her weight loss. "The worst thing I put in my body is coffee, once a day." She revealed she also »
- tooFab Staff
The relaunch of TV Guide Network as Pop next week is an effort to tap into the ever-rising tide of pop culture fandemonium that drives so much conversation on social media.
Brad Schwartz, prexy of entertainment and media for Pop, told reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour on Friday that the cabler will function as a haven for the super-fan. Pop, set to bow Jan. 14, is launching with the tagline “We’re fans too.”
The focus is on viewers in their late 30s-early 40s who have nostalgia for 1980s and ’90s TV and pop culture.
“We’re building this for what we call the ‘modern grownup,’ ” Schwartz said.
There’s also an effort to capture the different facets of fandom today, from live events to the hyper-connectedness provided by social-media platforms.
“Being a fan today is an entirely different experience” than in decades past, Schwartz noted.
The relaunch »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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