Victoria Rowell’s ‘The Rich and the Ruthless’ Finally Happening!

Nearly four years since launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund a pilot episode of “The Rich and the Ruthless,” loosely based on her novels “Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva” and “The Young and the Ruthless,” actress (ex-Drucilla Winters, “”) will finally see her vision come to life as a six-part scripted comedy series courtesy of Urban Movie Channel, an urban-focused subscription streaming service created by Black Entertainment Television founder .

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“The Rich and the Ruthless” stars (“”) as Augustus Barringer, creator of a struggling soap opera forced to move production from Los Angeles to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Rowell, who also executive produces and directs the series, portrays his wife, Katherine, a former soap opera queen ready to secure her place among the soap world’s elite once more following multiple stints in rehab. Former “Y&R” star (ex-Ashley Abbott) portrays a network executive who wants to take over reins of the struggling production as it forges ahead in a new locale.

The series also stars  (ex-Detective Charlie Baker, “”),  (“,” “”),  (“Martin,” “Barbershop: The Series”), (ex-Officer Benji Ramos, “”),  (“”),  (“”).  (“The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson”) and  (“”), among many others.

According to Daytime Confidential‘s Jamey Giddens, who also co-wrote the series, “The Rich and the Ruthless” will hit the streaming platform sometime later this month.

“Rowell and I co-wrote the 6-part scripted comedy series which will air on the platform this July. Loosely based on Rowell’s novels ‘Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva’ and ‘The Young & The Ruthless: Back in The Bubbles,’ ‘The Rich & The Ruthless’ is the comedic saga of daytime’s only black-owned-and-operated soap opera,” wrote Giddens in announcing the news.

Urban Movie Channel is available online at UMC.TV.

UPDATE 7/4/17 at 5:40 PM ET: According to a post on Daytime Confidential by Jamey Giddens, UMC has set Friday, July 21 as the launch date for “The Rich and the Ruthless.” The series will launch as a six-part half-hour comedy.


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