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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
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
Kristyl Adams

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

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

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

Joe
Joe

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

Beth
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 answer, he got the name of David’s daughter wrong and kept calling her “Alicia”. I figure if Cameron, Susan and even Vincent don’t know or can’t remember, then it didn’t happen. I don’t want to remember AMC the way Prospect Park left things. Back to Susan–I’m happy for her and I hope Season 4 of Devious Maids is going to be a fun one. Based on the first episode, it looks like it will.

Alison Peters
Alison Peters

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

Iakovos
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
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
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
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
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
Nellie

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

Brian J. Greene
Brian J. Greene

Go, Susan Lucci, Go! Hooray! 😀 😀

Robert
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 to be ready an hour ago. Fix it.”
A flirtatious friendship with Sonny that would anger Carly?
Perhaps she would find a way to run Lucy’s now defunct cosmetics company?
Going toe to toe with Lucy and Scott?
A love interest?
ABC you have a great opportunity on your hands……..you should look into it.

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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