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Susan Lucci on working with Benard on "What-If's" and new Bianca!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

On-Air On-Soaps was on the set of All My Children today for a very special announcement coming next Monday for fans of the show.  While there, we caught up with Susan Lucci (Erica) to ask her about working with Maurice Benard (Sonny) General Hospital in the upcoming “What-If’s” web mash-up series from ABC.com and SOAPnet.com, and how she feels working with her brand new on-screen daughter, Christina Bennett Lind, who premieres on June 15th in the role of Bianca.  Here are some excerpts:

Susan on working with Maurice Benard (Ex-Nico, AMC, now Sonny, GH) in the new “What-If’’s” web series premiering later this summer. “It was fantastic.  Maurice and I had been on our show together, and we always got along very well, but I don’t think we ever had a scene together.  I know when Maurice left All My Children, we both had these headshots with our hair wet and slicked back, and we looked like separated at birth! (Laughs) And, they had them up in the hallway of our studio. (Laughs) But, doing the “What-Ifs” with him… I loved it.  We both had a wonderful time. And we were very vocal about it! (Laughs)  We kept saying, “This is great.  We love working together.  I love you. I love you.  It was great!”

Susan on working with her new Bianca, Lind:  “Christina is wonderful, and is doing a spectacular job, and has big shoes to fill. Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC, and now Heather, Y&R) is a very special girl, actress, and human being, and we are close friends.  I don’t like to make comparisons because each person is an individual. So far we have had wonderful scenes together. Christina has a wonderful presence, and a really nice sensibility about her.”

Susan on if Christina has come to her for any advice: “No, she hasn’t it.  As scripts would come up, and if there was a part of our character’s history that I thought she may not be aware of, I would say to her, “Do you know about this?”  And she basically does.  She has been filled in on all of it very well.   She is a lovely actress.”

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Kelly Ripa To Guest Star On CW’s Riverdale

Here’s a fun bit of casting news!  Live with Kelly and Ryan and former All My Children star, Kelly Ripa  (Ex-Hayley) is joining her real-life husband, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC) on the hit CW soapy drama Riverdale.

Consuelos already plays the the role of Hiram Lodge, and now Ripa will plays his mistress, Mrs. Mulwray.

Kelly shared the inspired-casting choice on Instagram relating: “It’s a family affair …23 years of auditioning for a role i was born to play. Coming soon to the CW;s Riverdale.”’

The CW released a statement on the casting of Ripa, adding: “Kelly Ripa will guest star on Riverdale as Mrs. Mulwray. Confident and tough, she is Hiram Lodge’s alleged mistress. She’s a beautiful, icy, femme fatale who gets caught up in a conspiracy that’s much bigger than she initially realized.”

Film buffs take note!  Ripa’s character name is borrowed from Faye Dunaway’s Oscar-nominated role in Chinatown (1974), Evelyn Mulwray.   Those who saw Chinatown know that Evelyn was a femme fatale as well caught up in a conspiracy!

And there is more “All in the Consuleos Family” casting.  The couple’s son Michael is portraying the teen-aged version of Hiram on tonight’s all-new episode.

Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT

So, will you be checking out Kelly on Riverdale? Comment below.

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Soap Stars Step Out For Halloween: Who’s Costume Was Tops?

On Wednesday night, many of your favorites from daytime past and present donned some pretty fabulous Halloween costumes and took to some trick or treating!

Michael Fairman TV selected a few for this oh-so-cute photo gallery of some our favorite looks from fright night that were posted by each actor on social media.

From Y&R’s Jason Thompson (Billy) and his family, to DAYS Greg Vaughan (Eric) and his three boys, and others, everyone got into the spirit, especially those with young kids, or even those adults who enjoy pretending they are someone or something else for just one night.

Check out our gallery of some of the looks below.

Then let us know, who do you think wore their costumes best in the comment section.

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WATCH: Live With Kelly And Ryan’s All My Children Halloween Reboot

In one of the funniest satires of a soap opera, Live with Kelly and Ryan annual Halloween episode had this year as its theme the trend in Hollywood to reboot TV shows and more.  So, what should they pick as one of the shows they spoof?  You betcha … Kelly’s first major acting gig on All My Children where she played Hayley Vaughan!

Joining Kelly in the  Halloween”Reboot” of All My Children were Ripa’s real-life hubby Mark Consuelos who played Mateo Santos back on the ABC daytime drama series.

Then, also joining in the throwback fun was none other than the original Kendall Hart, Sarah Michelle Gellar, the one and only Susan Lucci, reprising her role of Erica Kane, and All My Children Superfan, Bravo host and producer, Andy Cohen stepping in as a recast Mateo!

Ryan Seacrest wasn’t left out! He took on the role of Erica’s longtime love, Jackson Montgomery. In addition, Eva LaRue took part in the send-up reprising her role of Maria Santos, and then there is the mysterious Farfel Fargate! Who knew? Myrtle had a brother?

Watch the All My Children reboot below!  Then let us know what was your favorite part of it in the comment section below!

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