Hope & Faith: ABC
EW Staff
September 12, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Why we can’t wait to see ”Hope & Faith”

THE DEAL Hope (Faith Ford, above right) is a stay-at-home mom. Faith (Kelly Ripa, above left) is a recently fired soap star who, broke and depressed, must move in with her conservative sis, Hope, and her family.

WHAT IT’S LIKE “Soapdish” meets “7th Heaven”

FUN FACT The show was created by a real soap diva — onetime ”The Bold and the Beautiful” star Joanna Johnson.

WHY WE CAN’T WAIT It’s been way too long since we’ve seen Ford, so memorable as Corky Sherwood on “Murphy Brown,” deliver a killer punchline. And no, “The Norm Show” doesn’t count.

WHY WE’RE HOOKED Unlike Kathie Lee Gifford, Ripa has never ceased to be a wry and witty counterpart to ornery Regis Philbin on their syndicated talker. Given the chance to parody her soapy past, she’s guaranteed to steal the show.

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