Kelly Ripa Returns to Daytime Drama

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Ripa's back!

At Least for One Day!

With First Look Photos of Daytime Emmys Episode of Hope & Faith!

What a riot!

This May Sweeps, Kelly Ripa, star of Live with Regis & Kelly and Hope & Faith, and Kate Hudson, star of the soon-to-be released feature film, Raising Helen, will each host the ABC Daytime Drama lineup, it was announced Monday, May 10, 2004 by Brian Frons, president, ABC Daytime.

"I think it will be a special treat for the viewers to see Kelly and Kate embrace our soaps in this way," said Frons.  "It also lets the viewers know about other viewing opportunities that they won't want to miss!"

Can you say media tie in?  Regardless of Disney's blatant marketing strategy, it will be fun to see Ripa, who played the indubitable Hayley Vaughn McIntyre Santos on All My Children for over 12 years (1990-2002), return to her daytime drama roots on  Friday, May 14, 2004 when she hosts the daytime drama lineup of All My Children, General Hospital and One Life to Live.  While sharing insights on the shows for that day, Ripa will invite viewers to tune in to the May 14, 2004 episode of Hope & Faith, a special show featuring many stars from ABC Daytime's spoof of the Daytime Emmy Awards!  (Can you say double dose of media tie in?)

Then, on May 27-28, Kate Hudson will introduce the ABC daytime lineup, offering up her spin on that day's episodes.  Hudson will also share observations on Raising Helen, her new romantic comedy from (can you say tripple tie in?) Touchstone Pictures/Beacon Pictures, premiering May 28, 2004. (Touchstone is owned by Disney :o)

Let's Get Back to the Hope & Faith Episode for Friday, May 14.

This is going to be a blast. First of all, it's an hour long. Second of all, it will star soap stars from ABC and CBS.   Check this out!

Kelly Ripa is reunited with Susan Lucci, Rebecca Budig and many of her All My Children co-stars and other soap actors in the special May sweeps double episode season finale of -Hope & Faith,- FRIDAY, MAY 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

The episode titled, Daytime Emmys, is a hilarious show that tweaks every soap convention and features a full-blown production number with the cast, an attempted murder, secret identities, a serial killer revealed, amorous trysts, female fisticuffs and much more.

The all-star cast includes Susan Flannery (Stephanie, The Bold and the Beautiful), Eric Braeden (Victor, The Young and the Restless) and from All My Children, Susan Lucci (Erica), Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), Cameron Mathison (Ryan), Eva LaRue (Maria), John Callahan (Edmund), Finola Hughes (ex Anna), Jacob Young (JR), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal), and from Bold and the Beautiful and Port Charles, Ian Buchanan.

Daytime Emmys episode  of Hope & Faith
Airs Friday, May 14.

First Look Photo Gallery

More on Hope & Faith

Hope & Faith is the linchpin of ABC's TGIF lineup. It leads its time period in the key adults 18-49 demographic on Friday nights, and garnered a People's Choice Award nomination in its first season. Hope & Faith has been renewed by ABC for the 2004-2005 season and is produced by Touchstone Television in association with Industry Entertainment.

More on Kate Hudson and Raising Helen

After rising to fame in Almost Famous, and hot off the hit, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Academy Award® nominee Kate Hudson stars in Raising Helen, a romantic comedy from director Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, The Princess Diaries).  Here's the set up:

Helen Harris (Hudson) is living the life she always dreamed of.  Her career at the top of a Manhattan modeling agency, working for Dominique (Helen Mirren), is on the rise.  She spends her days at fashion shows and her nights at the city's hottest clubs.

But her carefree lifestyle comes to a screeching halt with one phone call that changes everything.  Helen soon finds herself responsible for her sister's children -- 15 year old Audrey (Hayden Panettiere), 10 year old Henry (Spencer Breslin) and 4 year old Sarah (Abigail Breslin). 

The fun begins as Helen goes through the transformation from super hip to super mom. No one doubts that she is the coolest aunt in New York, but what does this glamour girl know about raising kids?  She quickly finds that dancing at 3:30 am doesn't mix with getting kids to school on time -- advice that Helen's older sister, Jenny (Joan Cusack), is only to quick to dish out. 

Along the way, Helen finds support in the most unusual place -- with Dan Parker (John Corbet), the handsome young paster and principal of the kid's new school -- and realizes the choice she has to make is between the life she's always loved and the new loves of her life.  The story for the film was written by Patrick J. Clifton & Beth Rigazio, with the screenplay by Jack Amiel & Michael Begler.