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Susan Lucci Previews New Season Of Deadly Affairs! Investigation Discovery Enlists Daytime Stars For 'Real-Life Soaps" Programming Block!

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Investigation Discovery continues to channel their inner-soap by utilizing some very familiar names in the soap genre, chief among them, of course, is Susan Lucci who returns as host of another season of Deadly Affairs which kicks-off this Saturday August 16th at 10PM ET on the cable channel.

La Lucci appeared yesterday on a segment of The Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb promoting Deadly Affairs new season and the “character” she plays in the host wraps and vignettes.  Susan also discussed the fate of her Devious Maids character Genevieve!  Later in the segment, the gals played “Spin the Bottle” with Susan which incorporated some of her Erica Kane and soap opera history!

As part of their the marketing blitz this week, Investigation Discovery also put out a press release announcing that “After a successful debut last year, Investigation Discovery bringing back its ID Daytime programming block featuring what the network calls “real-life soaps.” Beginning Monday, August 25 from 1-4 p.m. daily, soap stars from past and present host encores of ID’s most scandalous series, such as Wives with Knives, My Dirty Little Secret, Scorned: Love Kills and Evil Twins. Beloved pairs are reunited on screen each week to provide insight into these cautionary tales, including: General Hospital’s Lynn Herring and Kin Shriner; Days of our Lives’ Mary Beth Evans and Wally Kurth; bad boys Lamon Archey from The Young and the Restless and Darnell Williams from All My Children; and telenovela actress Katie Barberi, Dona Barbara.

The daytime stunt airs in conjunction with ID’s evening primetime return of a new season of Deadly Affairs with Susan Lucci, featuring all-new stories of deadly dalliances on Saturday, August 16 at 10 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery.

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“Soap fans are a voracious audience, hungry for emotionally riveting content and devoted to the characters they’ve grown to love – or, hate,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Destination America, American Heroes Channel and Discovery Fit & Health. “As the #5 network for women in daytime*, soap opera fans know that they can always find their ‘stories’ on Investigation Discovery – the real life tales of passion – and, on occasion, perhaps, a little poison.”

Each week will have its own theme and star hosts to introduce the true-life programming, channeling their scandalous soap personalities. The schedule is as follows:
* Sinful Secrets August 25-29: Hosted by Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe, General Hospital) and Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin, General Hospital)
* Lessons in Lust September 2-5: Hosted by Katie Barberi (Cecilia Vergel, Dona Barbara; Ursula Van Pelt, Every Witch Way)
* Poisonous Love September 8-12: Hosted by Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Brady, Days of our Lives) and Wally Kurth (Ned Ashton, General Hospital; Justin Kiriakis, Days of our Lives)
* Evil Enemies September 15-19: Hosted by Lamon Archey (Mason Wilder, The Young and the Restless) and Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard, All My Children)

Now below watch Susan Lucci on TODAY, and then share your thoughts on her segment, Deadly Affairs, and ID’s upcoming “Real-Life Soaps” programming block?  Will you be tuning-in?  Like the concept?

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The Chew Cancelled After 7 Seasons; A Slice Of Justice For All My Children Fans?

Karma is a bitch! ABC announced yesterday that the foodie series The Chew has been axed after seven seasons. 

The Chew lost significant viewers when ABC fired main co-host chef, Mario Batali after reports of alleged sexual harassment over many years. Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, and Michael Symon have remained the regular series hosts.

In addition, The Chew dropped 17% with women in the 18-49 demo and this has been its least watched season since its debut in 2011.  As ABC Daytime fans know, The Chew replaced iconic soap opera All My Children, when ABC made the decision to cancel the beloved soap and replace it with the food show.

So, let’s take a look at the numbers: All My Children lasted 41 years, while The Chew lasted 7 seasons. Hmm …

ABC noted that The Chew will cease production at the end of this season, but will continue to air until September with all-new episodes in June.  In addition, ABC announced that Good Morning America will expand to three hours.  Thus, switching up the ABC morning line-up.

So, are you glad that The Chew got fried?  Is this justice for All My Children fans who miss their beloved Pine Valley?  Comment below.

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All My Children Alum Kim Delaney Joins The Cast of CHICAGO FIRE!

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Pine Valley’s Jenny Gardner, who is all grown up and had a successful career in primetime television and films, has landed a primo role on NBC’s hit drama, Chicago Fire!

Casting news has revealed that Kim Delaney is joining the show in Season 6 where she will play the role of Jennifer Sheridan, the mother of Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney).

According to Deadline, Kim’s new role as Jennifer Sheridan is described as “warm, scripture-quoting and church-going. At one point she may have partied like it was 1979, but now it looks like she’s on the path of the straight and narrow. If you ask her, she’s moved on from the past, namely her messy divorce from her ex-husband Benny (Treat Williams), but old habits die very hard.”

Chicago Fire is currently on hiatus until after the Winter Olympics, when it begins again on March 1st.  As viewers know, in the last episode prior to the break, Kelly and Casey (Jesse Spenver) were seen jumping off a roof of a building while it was in flames in an exciting cliffhanger. (more…)

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TAINTED DREAMS Season 2 To Bow December 21st!

Tainted Dreams is back with a second season offering from Daytime Emmy-winning director and series creator, Sonia Blangiardo!

Beginning December 21st, the next chapter of Blangiardo’s the soap behind a soap, will be available for streaming on Amazon and Amazon Prime. (season one is also currently available on Amazon)

This series, which was nominated for five 2017 Daytime Emmys, follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictitious soap opera titled Painted Dreams.  Many soap opera notables have roles in the online series including: Alicia Minshew, Michael Lowry , Austin Peck. Terri Ivens,  Walt Willey, Kelley Menighan, Grant Aleksander, Bobbie Eakes, Natalia Livingston, Marnie Schulenburg, Nathan Purdee, Colleen Zenk, James DePaiva, Tonja Walker, Ilene Kristen, and the late Larkin Malloy . In addition, Jessie Godderz of Impact Wrestling and Big Brother fame, and Dina Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, also appear.

In a statement, Sonia Blangiardo said that she is “excited to take everyone along these characters’ journeys in Season 2, as they evolve and deal with ever increasing professional and personal turmoil.”

Fore more on Tainted Dreams visit their official website here.  (more…)

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