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Susan Lucci Dishes On If She Would Appear On Another Daytime Soap, Erica's AMC Ending, Winning The Emmy & Devious Maids!

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Devious Maids made its season four debut on Monday, and series star and former All My Children favorite, Susan Lucci sat down for a chitchat in the latest installment of  A Spoonful of Paolo, taped in New York City.

During the episode, host Paolo Presta talks with La Lucci about the new season of ‘Maids’.  However, of interest to AMC and daytime fans is Susan’s response when asked if she would ever consider returning to daytime on another soap opera in another role, what she thought of ABC’s ending of All My Children where Erica was possibly shot, and what was one of the most special moments in her career.  In addition, Susan talks about her 7-year-old grandchild Brenden, who suffers from the condition of cerebal palsy, and more.  Here are a few interesting quotes from the interview below!

Susan on if she would ever consider doing another daytime soap: “The door is still open, but I will say when All My Children went off the air, the other shows that have survived and are still on the air, and that have great writers, they had asked if I would be (interested), and my feeling was, you know, Erica Kane was such a special part, and I had the opportunity to play her, and so I wasn’t ready then to go there.   And I wouldn’t do a guest star role.  I just think Erica is a particular character, and I love her, and I don’t want to play another part on daytime other than Erica Kane.  But in terms of now, as Marc Cherry (Creator, Devious Maids) says:  “Genevieve Delatour is a cousin of Erica Kane”.  I get to play a part that the audience loves for the glamour, and she is looking for love in all the wrong places, and yet Genevieve is not street smart like Erica Kane. She is vulnerable and she is romantic, and she’s even a little naive, and she does some self-medicating, so she’s different! (Laughs).

Susan on what was one of the most special moments in her iconic career:  “Certainly, the outpouring from the public and the press during all the Emmy time, and when I did win the Emmy that night will remain with me forever.   First of all,  I didn’t hear it once they read my name … I thought Shemar Moore (Ex-Malcolm Y&R and Ex-Criminal Minds) was announcing the playoff scores!”

Watch Susan’s complete interview on A Spoonful of Paolo after the jump!  Then let us know .. would you have liked to have seen Susan join Y&R, GH, DAYS, or B&B after All My Children?  Do you think Erica lived on following the shooting in the ABC finale of All My Children? Comment below!

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Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

Well, I still miss ALL MY CHILDREN and wish that the re-launch on-line by Prospect Park had gone better–Had they secured Susan Lucci – I feel that maybe if they had had Erica Kane maybe the on-line version might have been more successful. Of course, I don’t know for sure if it would have made a difference since the On-line Network was having so many problems. Happy though to see Susan Lucci on Devious Maids, though that show has a loooong lapse between seasons, I almost can’t remember how season three ended.

Kristyl Adams
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Kristyl Adams

That was a fun interview. I really miss seeing Susan…and I do love Devious Maids….it’s absolutely hilarious! 🙂

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Thanks for posting such a great interview. Long live Erica Kane. And long live All My Children.

Joe
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Joe

She would be great on GH of ABC can somehow get Erica Kane back!

Beth
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Beth

I love SL on Devious Maids. Mark Cherry clearly writes well for Susan, and I enjoy Genevieve more than I used to enjoy Erica. As for the question about whether Erica was shot, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that no one gives any attention to the online show which lasted for a second, because the question of who was shot was answered in that production. I was at a fan event about 13 months after the online show last aired, and Cameron Mathison (who was there) was wondering whom JR had shot. When Vincent Irizarry (who was also there) started to… Read more »

Alison Peters
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Alison Peters

One of the best interviews I have ever seen!!!!! I cried at the end of it! LOVED LOVED LOVED!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Oh, I miss Miss Lucci and ALL MY CHILDREN. Erica was a wonderful character and that show was so well done. I particularly was hooked on such stories as Kendall’s return, the death of Mona, Erica and her fierce maternal instincts with Bianca., her friendship with Myrtle. All that romance!

KateA
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KateA

Still missing AMC. I will always miss it. Nothing can take its place but I would like to see the character of Erica come back. ABC /Prospect Park will not let that happen. ABC destroyed it, it will never be back. I am enjoying Vincent I. on DOOLs. Y&R is not using Michael Knight as they should be. Vincent I. is the only actor from AMC that has been cast wisely.

Tania Peterson
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Tania Peterson

I loved this interview so much. Him and Susan seemed like bff. GREAT Interview and thank you for sharing Michael. I love coming to your website because you always share wonderful things about our favorte daytime peeps.

Joel
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Joel

I didn’t get to see much of the online AMC revival being that I’m in Canada & didn’t have great access to prospect park. Was any mention ever made in the revival as to Erica’s fate?

Beacon
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Beacon

It would be fun to see Susan make a few guest appearences on GH as Erica Kane. If Brenda was still on the show, they could host some kind of America’s Next Top Model show together.

Nellie
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Nellie

ABC bring back the soaps and bring Erica Kane back to life.

Brian J. Greene
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Brian J. Greene

Go, Susan Lucci, Go! Hooray! 😀 😀

Robert
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Robert

If there were ever was a need to have some fierce competition in daytime it would be a ‘crossover” from AMC to GH. With the demise of Prospect Park and AMC I’m sure the execs in daytime could find a way to bring Erica Kane to Port Charles. There are so many open ended storylines with LaLucci bringing her back to life. Think of her crossing paths with so many characters on GH. “Buying out Julian Jerome” and running the empire he once helmed. The scenes with Carly over the hotel service. “I’m Erica Kane! The penthouse suite was supposed… Read more »

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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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