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Susan Lucci Joins Lifetime's "Army Wives" for Multi-Episode story Arc!

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Breaking news this afternoon! Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) has signed on for her first television role post-All My Children!  The soap icon will be appearing in a multi-episode story arc of Lifetime’s Army Wives! Lucci will appear in at least two episodes and maybe even more for the sixth season of the series!

According to TV Line, “Lucci will play the wife of a retired general who gives Kim Delaney’s Claudia valuable advice on how to deal with a potential rival.”   Army Wives also gives soap fans an inside hook, as it will reunite Susan with her former AMC castmate Kim Delaney who played Jenny Gardner.

Now with that being said, does this mean Susan has moved on from life in Pine Valley, and is not reconsidering an offer from Prospect Park to join AMC in some capacity when it moves online next year? Or, perhaps, it’s just a great fun choice role that came up in the interim … and that Susan is looking at this point in her career to take on other roles?  Only time will tell, but it will be great to see Susan back on our television screens once again.

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Nancy Wizner
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Nancy Wizner

While it is great for Susan to have a new temporary role, it will be a huge disappointment if she does not remain in the role of Erica Kane. Disappointing because since April 15, 2010, every AMC fan fought to have this soap remain in some way, shape or form. Susan praised the fans in their fight. I am hoping she will remain faithful to her fans and sign up for the online trip. I am still missing All My Children very much. Having hopes of its return come January.

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

I’m thinking it’s cool that La Lucci is playing a nice change-of-pace role for the time being! 🙂

Georgia
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Georgia

That is fantastic news! I love Army Wives and Ms Lucci will be a welcome addition to the cast. “Erica Kane gives Jenny Nelson some advice!”

Torrey
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Torrey

I just wish that we could get more news on the cast of AMC…..it’s seems like the news is few and far between. I agree with Nancy’s statement….the fans have fought really hard to keep AMC alive in one form or another, and I really hope the cast is considering moving along with AMC once it goes online. It would be devastating to have AMC return in January, only to find that the show is left with a skeleton cast….it would be hard to accept a version of the show that lacks so many familiar faces. Plus, I’m concerned that… Read more »

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

It doesn’t look too promising for AMC to make the move. Lots of actors from OLTL have already signed up but only a few from AMC.

Jill Tidwell
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Jill Tidwell

I hope this isn’t for good.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I imagine Susan Lucci and Prospect Park will come to some agreement, don’t you? Erica Kane is Lucci’s legacy and she will want to protect that. Even if Erica is in the “new” Pine Valley on a limited basis or for short-term periods (as Anthony Geary does on GH), everyone wins. I am hoping for a fresh start for AMC 2.0. I fear some of the lamer stories are the ones that will be kept on. I am so over resurrections and plots that truly strain credulity. AMC has strayed in the last years here and that is part of… Read more »

ethel
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ethel

the reason abc felt compelled to cast away amc & oltl because when disney bought abc their ultimate goal was to get rid of day time soaps – to be sure gh will be next

Robynne
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Robynne

Good for Susan! She should take every job she can before AMC starts again. I am hopeful she will go online with them. I have heard from a reliable source that Prospect Park is in intense negotiations right now with All My Children cast & crew. While we may not hear anything, it is happening! Yay!

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Rebecca Budig in Cast of CBS Holiday Movie ‘Fit For Christmas’

Daytime favorite Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee, AMC, and ex-Hayden, GH) will be seen in the upcoming CBS holiday movie, Fit For Christmas.

The movie also stars The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and she also serves as one of the executive producers and also co-wrote the project.  Budig joins Kloots along with When Calls the Heart favorite, Paul Greene in the holiday charmer.

In story, Fit For Christmas tells “the tale of Audrey, an enthusiastic Christmas-obsessed fitness instructor at a beloved, financially beleaguered community center in quaint Mistletoe, Mont., who begins a holiday romance with a charming, mysterious businessman, complicating his plans to turn the center into a more financially profitable resort property.”

Fit for Christmas is slated to premiere on Sunday, December 4th (8:30 ET/8 PT).

So, will you be watching Rebecca, Amanda and Paul in the holiday film? Do you somehow wish GH could bring back Budig as Hayden? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

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The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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