Fans of day and primetime dramas series know that it’s not unusual for this type of program to have what’s known as a “rotating cast”. Or in layperson terms, show characters appear and disappear without much warning. Never before mentioned spouses and siblings suddenly show up in town, sometimes in spite of the fact that they’re dead. Characters can suddenly vanish from these shows as well, dictated by storyline or actor choices. And when a “soap” actor does move on, what are his or her professional choices? A few lucky ones like Kathleen Turner, Morgan Freeman, and Tommy Lee Jones become big box office names, scoring Oscar nominations and wins along the way. But what becomes of the many lesser-known actors who are on and then gone from a drama?
Some of them show up on other dramas, moving from show to show, trying to stay ahead of this declining genre. And others, as the new reality show Queens Of Drama shows, take the bull by the horns, and try to create new programming within this genre tailored to them. Queens of Drama is a non-scripted program that debuted on the POP cable network on April 16, 2015. The premise of the show has five actresses with both daytime and primetime acting experience joining forces to create, develop and “shop” around the pilot for a new, woman-centric drama. The show’s joke is that in attempting to create and market this new program, this “show runners” room becomes the real soap opera as the actresses unwittingly began acting like former characters.
As the “show runners”, the program features Vanessa Marcil ( General Hospital, Las Vegas ) , Hunter Tylo ( The Bold And The Beautiful ) , Crystal Hunt ( The Guiding Light, One Life To Live ) , Chyrstee Pharris ( Passions ) , and Lindsey Hartley ( Passions, All My Children, and Days of Our Lives ). Agreeing that they need a more famous actress to act as the group’s pitchwoman, the actresses enlist Donna Mills ( Knots Landing ). “Complications” quickly ensue when Mills takes over. The POP network has renewed the show for a second season, adding two more actresses to the ensemble.
While all of the actresses get a chance to shine over the ten episode season, Crystal Hunt in particular was singled out for critical praise for her series work. Over the course of the season, she entered into a catty rivalry with Lindsey Hartley. Hunt also ran afoul of Donna Mills on the show, who called in fellow nighttime serial icon Joan Collins ( Dynasty ) to put Hart in her place when Mills thought Hart was “sabotaging” her efforts.
And in addition to television series work, Hunt has been busy elsewhere. She appeared in 2015’s Magic Mike XXL, and co-produced the independent horror film Talbot County. In addition to her television and film work both in front of and behind the camera, Hunt has worked as an entrepreneur and businesswoman in her native Florida. IMDb has the full list of what Crystal Hunt has done in her career. You can also see Crystal’s acting reel on YouTube.