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Susan Lucci Set For A Return To Hot in Cleveland!

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Susan Lucci is headed back to meet up with her old nemesis Victoria Chase (Wendie Malick) on an all new episode of TV Land’s  Hot in Cleveland during its fifth season. Viewers who have seen this hilarious on-going gag in four other episodes during the series run know that Lucci plays a ‘”version” of herself in it.

According to The Wrap, “On the episode titled “The Undead,” Lucci speaks on Victoria’s behalf at Victoria’s fake funeral, getting the last laugh in their rivalry.” Season five of Hot in Cleveland will begin in spring of 2014!

So Susan has been very busy with Devious Maids, Hot in Cleveland, Deadly Affairs and countless other projects!  Of course, All My Children fans keep wondering if she will ever return to the online series of the iconic soap as Erika Kane?  But from the looks of her schedule, doesn’t seem like it, does it?    Will you be checking out La Lucci on Hot in Cleveland?

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I Love Lucci…but i have to see All My Children return first before i hope for an Erica appearance…enjoyed her on previous Hot In Cleveland episodes…looking forward to it!!!

For the time being, it doesn’t seem likely that Susan is dying to breathe life back into the iconic ERICA KANE on ALL MY CHILDREN.
Prospect Park has kept us all in the dark as to whether or not the show will even be back – naturally, I hope that it WILL be back, but the rumors were flying that October 21st was the scheduled date for production of “Season 2” of All My Children and here we are in October, yet not one actor has tweeted anything about receiving a script or production schedule or anything at all. So, as usual, Prospect Park has any possible information shrouded in mystery – why can’t they at least say “we will resume production soon and will return in January”. Instead, fans are left adrift and wondering when the heck does Season 2 begin?

I agree Ted. Especially with the part about PP jerking everyone around. I’ll probably be canceling my Hulu+ account very soon! I only got it to watch AMC/OLTL and if they’re not coming back, I don’t need to spend the money.

I also didn’t realize that when these soaps went to PP/online, they would be limited to “seasons” like this. Silly me, I thought they would be on 4 days a week, 52 weeks a year.

I Agree! PP originally said there would be no change, 5 one hour episodes a week. So why no news from anybody, like here, about OLTL or AMC coming back or in production? I don’t really care about HIC or DWTS, sorry.

IMHO PP should grow up and an get on with producing OLTL. Forget the lawsuit and just make the show. I don’t get why they can’t, or won’t. Seems lame.

Yes ABC screwed PP but now PP is screwing over the fans and themselves. I read the court papers and IMO I can’t see anyone taking this lawsuit seriously.

Soaps kill off and bring back characters all the time. GH killed 2 minor characters, so bring them back. PP agreed to let GH use OLTL characters, what did they think GH would do? PP is asking for a jury trial. We all know how long those take.

I love OLTL, am a long time fan and have never much liked ABC or Disney, but if it were me, I’d throw the case out of court on grounds. just an opinion. 😉

Haven’t heard any news about OLTL dispute lately…What is going on with that I wonder? I use to like Ms. Lucci on AMC when she was on. Not so much now..

I too plan on CANCELLING my Hulu Plus subscription – like many others, I only got it so that I could get All My Children and I figured I would watch One Life as well, since they are both shortened versions on-line. Maybe it would send a message to Hulu Plus and Prospect Park that the fans are annoyed. I am tired of this nonsense, and weary of fans saying “be grateful for what we’ve got, our soaps are back” attitude. One Life to Live is in such precarious limbo that even when it does come back there’s no way of knowing what actors will be available. As for ALL MY CHILDREN, if only we knew for sure when it is returning, but there’s been no press release, no actor’s tweets (I’m sure they’ve been practically threatened into silence) and not one statement from Prospect Park whom I wouldn’t trust to order out for Pizza let alone have a clue about producing a soap in a timely manner. I am NOT in any way trying to dwell on the negative but let’s all be honest for a moment, is this what any of us really expected? I too was extremely excited when I finally heard that AMC was returning for four days a week plus one “here’s what happened” MORE Friday show (not necessary by the way) then the next thing I knew they cut the showings down to twice a week, then everything squashed on a Monday, then a Season “finale” when we were just barely getting acclimated to the various formats, and now, not one single official word on when it will be back – In October – uh, maybe – in November – well it’s possible, – in the New Year – could be. Could Prospect Park possibly be any more vague or evasive in their few and far in-between statements?

Yep, Hulu Plus was canceled weeks ago. Once it seemed like neither show was going to go back into production in the foreseeable future I dumped it.

As a OLTL fan from day one I am truly saddened that PP was unable, for whatever myriad of reasons, to continue with the show. If they ever do go back into production I will re-up Hulu,,,unless they decide on another venue for it.

Personally, I had lost interest in AMC years ago and was never a big Susan Lucci fan so, while I wish her well, her return or not will not effect my AMC viewing (should it ever be revived).

Susan is so funny on Hot in Cleveland. Not sure why PP even bothered to pick up the soaps. They are obviously not able to handle them. I will continue to watch if they come back. I blame ABC for all this mess. I will continue my boycott of ABC because it makes me feel better to do so, not because I think it makes a difference. I am moving on and I figure I will get an email if AMC and OLTL come back. I figure by the time PP starts up again ,more actors will have other commitments anyway. Hope for the best but expect the worst. I am getting use to not watching them anyway.

PP really has been playing games and this frivolous law suit. They should have continued OLTL and AMC if they wanted to truly keep up the momentum. I wonder if the actors are truly getting concerned because if my understanding is correct their salaries were pretty paltry to start with online so let’s say they got $1000 a show and they got 2.5 to three shows week but now it is half that. You can see while they aren’t starving compared to some people that isn’t a lot of money. As for Susan Lucci I think PP has been horrible to her and I hear that the other veteran actors really don’t want her back and stealing their thunder. However, Lucci brings media attention and they shouldn’t forget it. I believe there was some report and Lucci was AMC and even though she isn’t on the show still brings in fifty percent of the publicity – whether by attributing her to AMC or vice versa. I know the actress who plays Angie Debbie Morgan said she had to leave AMC as it was the Susan Lucci show and even if she won four Emmy’s it was still Lucci’s show and she wanted to be the star essentially. PP has not negotiated in good faith and continues to play bad games with the show. Mind you it is unfortunate Devious Maids didn’t have the money to let Lucci be on all 13 episodes – I hope that changes next season as she and Evelyn are the two best characters on DM. But Hot In Cleveland always rocks when Lucci is on so I think this is a good move for HIC and Lucci – but I do think AMC needs Erica Kane back in Pine Valley.

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Josh Duhamel to Star in Netflix Romance Drama ‘Ransom Canyon’

Former All My Children star and Daytime Emmy-winning actor, Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo duPres) will star in a new romantic series for Netflix. The streamer is expanding its romance brand with the upcoming drama, Ransom Canyon.

In story, Ransom Canyon “charts the intersecting lives of three ranching families, all set against the rugged expanse of Texas Hill Country.” It is said to be a romance-fueled family drama and contemporary Western rolled intoone.

Duhamel will take on the role of Staten Kirkland, said to be,”The owner and sole occupant of the sprawling Double K Ranch.” Staten is, “steadfast and stoic, and leads the charge to resist outside forces threatening his way of life and the land that he loves.”

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Minka Kelly stars opposite Duhamel in the role of Quinn. According to the loglines, the character, “has often found herself in the shadow of others, but after a stint in New York pursuing her career as a concert pianist, she has returned to Ransom Canyon to carve out a new path for herself.”

The series has received a 1o-episode order. Ransom Canyon follows the success in this genre of show for Netflix s such as Virgin River and Sweet Magnolias. The show is created by executive producer April Blair, whoseTV credits include: Jane by Design; All AmericanHart of Dixie and the Gossip Girl reboot.

As for Josh, he has recently appeared in motion pictures in the Transformers franchise, as well as features such as Shotgun Wedding. and on TV, he appeared in the NBC miniseries, The Thing About Pam with Renee Zelleweger. Minka is best-known for her roles in Friday Night Lights and Euphoria.

So, intrigued by this new romance western drama starring Josh Duhamel and Minka Kelly? Comment below.

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Billy Miller Memorial Scholarship Endowment Created at His Alma Mater to Help Others ‘Realize Their Dreams’

Two months since three-time Daytime Emmy-winning actor, Billy Miller passed away, the beloved All My Children (ex-Richie), General Hospital (ex-Jason/Drew) and The Young and the Restless (ex-Billy) star, will now have a permanent scholarship endowment in his honor at the University of Texas at Austin which was Miller’s alma mater.

Through the scholarship, it will be able to help radio/television and film undergraduate students with financial need. Billy’s family and friends have established this permanent scholarship in his memory, naming it the William Jon Miller II “Billy Miller” Memorial Scholarship. They hope the endowment will be a legacy to his life and love of acting.

Before becoming soap-famous, Billy graduated from the the university’s department of Radio-Television-Film (RTF) at the Moody College of Communication. On its official website, they shared the news of this special memorial scholarship and how Miller died at the age of 43 after surrendering his life to bipolar depression, which he struggled with his whole life.

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Megan Hubbell, Billy’s sister, expressed, “We want something positive to be held in his name in perpetuity through the University he loved. He would be honored to know that even in death, he can help someone else realize their dreams.”

She added how she hoped her immensely talented brother will be remembered: “I hope BJ (as Billy was known by to his friends and family) is remembered for the kind-hearted, silly, funny, goofy, generous, beautiful soul that he was His megawatt smile, deep belly laugh and gorgeous mug were gifts on screen, but his true self was a bright light that will be carried with us forever.”

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According to Miller’s family, Billy had his picks of schools and UT was his first choice. When he first came to the university, Billy started in the zoology program before switching to radio-television-film, where he felt he belonged. Miller was one of just 20 students at the time accepted into the department’s prestigious production-sequence program.

“BJ was extremely proud to be a Texas Longhorn and always remembered his time there fondly,” Hubbell said. “The time he spent at UT allowed him the space to explore who he wanted to be and what he wanted to accomplish.”

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In honoring her brother’s work and strength to persevere in the often heartbreaking world of entertainment, Megan related: “I always admired the guts it took to go after a dream in Hollywood that so many people tried to discourage. He heard, ‘You’ll never make it’ more times than I care to count, but he used those comments as fuel and said, ‘Watch me.’”

Miller’s roles went far beyond those on daytime soap operas, as throughout his career he played major parts in primetime’s Suits, Ray Donovan and Castle to name but a few.

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In his death, Billy’s family is encouraging people to take stock of their own mental health. “BJ would want anyone struggling with intrusive thoughts to seek professional help,” Hubbell said. “Do not suffer in silence or try to muscle through on your own. Mental health is vitally important and shouldn’t be spoken about in silos behind closed doors but rather in open forums with open arms. Shame has no place in the discussion to seek help.”

To donate to the William John Miller II “Billy Miller” Memorial Scholarship click here.

Share your thoughts on Billy’s family and friends, along with his alma mater, setting up this memorial scholarship endowment to help other talented young people in financial need get a shot at realizing their dreams via the comment section below.

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‘Live with Kelly and Mark’ Scores Touchdown in Ratings with Taylor Swift-Inspired ‘Halloween: The Eras Show’ Delivering Largest Audience In Over A Year

More great numbers for Live with Kelly and Mark. The talk shows Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show scored an impressive 2.9M total viewers on October 31, making it the most-watched Halloween episode in four years, according to the Nielsen ratings.

The episode also delivered some of the highest ratings in seven months for the morning show, particularly among women 18-49 and 25-54. Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show also pulled in a 1.92 household rating, as well as a 0.47 among women in the key 18 to 49 demo and a 0.69 among women 25 to 54. Those are up over the last two years of Halloween episodes and since Consuelos first started in the co-host chair back in April.

According to Deadline, Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show, also pulled in the largest audience numbers for a single episode in more than a year and half.

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As is tradition with “Live’s Halloween” episodes, they are always filled with costume and pop culture moments and special guest surprises. Ripa and Consuelos were right in step with the biggest social media love story at the moment; that of Swift and her burgeoning romance with Kansas City Chiefs Tight End, Travis Kelce.

During Halloween week which started on Monday, October 30, Live was up up 11% versus the week prior in total viewers, and averaged 2.6 million viewers throughout the week.  Year-over-year, the talk show was up that week by 15% in terms of total viewers.  It looks like the former All My Children’s alum on-screen chemistry is just as palpable as it off-screen; as the two marrieds are making quite a successful run together on morning television.

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So, what do you think of the impressive numbers for the Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos on ‘Live’? Did you enjoy their recent Halloween episode? Share your comments below.

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