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Susan Lucci Talks: Going Nude For Devious Maids, Why Cameron Mathison Was Known As "Snaps" On Set Of AMC, & How Much Fun It Was To Play Erica Kane!

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Monday Night is the season four premiere of Lifetime’s sudsy Devious Maids (9PMET/8PMCT), which co-stars Susan Lucci as Genevieve Delatour,  better known to daytime audiences as the one and only Erica Kane!

Throughout her 41 years as Pine Valley’s staple character, at one point Erica was involved in a romance with the younger Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery).

The two met up this time with Cameron in his ET gig as correspondent and her as the interviewee to relive some good ole days and to discuss the upcoming season of Devious Maids.

In the trailer for ‘Maids’, there is a scene where it is clear that Lucci is appearing naked reclining on a couch, but with strategically-placed props in the foreground. When Mathison asked how she felt doing something like that (Lucci is now 69), she answered, “It’s always just a lot of butterflies and preparation. You hope you did everything you’re supposed to do — lots of extra Pilates and not eating lunch. You know, all of that stuff.”

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Lucci teased Mathison about when he was a soap newbie, and how the crew used to call Cameron “Snaps”, because he would have snaps on his shirts so he could quickly rip them off for all of his shirtless and bedroom scenes.

Later, Susan remembers just how great is was to play the iconic Erica when she told Mathison, “Erica Kane was such a juicy character. There was so much fun to be had playing her. In airports and things, people stop and say how much they really loved the show … The people still feel so affected by it, and it keeps me company in that respect.”

Watch Susan and Cameraon reunite on this ET interview after the jump. Then AMC fans let us know, what did you think when Ryan and Erica were paired in a burgeoning love story that got cut short? Will you be checking out Devious Maids season premiere tonight? Comment below!

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john
john

Great interview!!! I have hopes that they will let Cameron audition to fill the seat at Live with his old costar Kelly Ripa!!! Werent their characters linked on AMC? I would be the two would have great on air personality and an old friendship that would be fun to watch! Just like this video- its great to see old friends get together and catch up

Rj
Rj

I agree. Cameron would be good on live. His personality and all he does would fit and suit the show. Also, he and Kelly would be a good pair with the types of personalities they have. He is an intelligent and nice guy to have on the show – not to mention his great looks! 🙂 Please know I really liked Michael, but now that he has chosen to move on I think Cameron would be a good replacement.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Hasnt Susational Lucci played Erica in all her roles-lol

Rapids
Rapids

Yes la lucci has Erica Kane down pat and relies on this experience for other roles.

Susan
Susan

I miss Erica Kane.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

You said it Susan. I will always miss our beloved All My Children and One Life to Live!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mollie
mollie

What a stupid decision to cancel AMC and OLTL. Really stupid.
I miss them both, too. Wonder what could be happening in Pine Valley and Lannview?

Tom
Tom

THIS IS AMERICA! BRING BACK ERICA! THIS IS AMERICA! BRING BACK ERICA!

Peg
Peg

I liked Ryan and Erica as friends. Lovers not so much. I didn’t understand how Erica always wanted that abusive jerk with Kendall. Ryan in the later years was a better character. Too bad the show ended, I might have even started to like Ryan. Cam however was very sweet when I met him.

kathy
kathy

I miss Erica, also, along with all of the Pine Valley clan!

mark
mark

I miss Erica!

Jenn
Jenn

John, I agree. Seeing Cameron and Susan back together was wonderful. They were very cute together. I also agree that Cameron would be an AWESOME option to fill the empty chair at Live with Kelly. Although I feel Kelly frowns on her soap days! She acknowledges the many blessings AMC brought to her life, but she clearly acts as if she’s above those actors now! I recently watched where she said she hates watching her AMC scenes but enjoys watching FAITH AND HOPE!!! I was shocked! In my opinion her better work was totally done on AMC- not on that ridiculous sitcom.
Not sure she (Kelly) would want Cameron filling that seat- as I’m sure it would require the talk show to use lots of clips of their AMC days to showcase their history.

On another note- I feel Fred Savage has been her best co host so far. If they were looking for a former daytime actor- of course there’s Cameron or I think OLTL and Castle star Nathan Fillion would be a great option!!

mollie
mollie

Kelly probably has a harder time watching her AMC character work because she was a “newbie” and she probably sees a lot of things she would act differently…more skilled perhaps at acting in Faith and Hope. Plus she showed up on AMC young and baby faced (chunky for her) and she has super slimmed down for a long time…so she probably sees an earlier body shape she doesn’t like as well as now.

Brett
Brett

I still miss All My Children

Rj
Rj

I miss All My Children. Wish it were still on. It was a fun soap with Erica’s flamboyance, and all the other characters, etc. It was iconic. Seems none of the talk shows have been able to replace AMC. I find I never tune into the station now during the period when AMC/OLTL were on before I did. Seems to me they have lost even more. I understand that it is all about Revenue/Expenses/Profit, but they may have been able to figure out a way to sustain AMC by keeping costs down, and generating revenue. If fewer people tune in now, they have lost even more sponsors.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I just love her on Devious Maids. Soapy goodness. Fun show.

Ghlover
Ghlover

I still think Erica should pop in Port Charles and buy ElQ! The mansion, the compagny everything!! Maybe she was a long lost mistress of Alan or Edward!!! Imagine her going against Tracy and Monica!! Heck Luke could come back for a story with Erica!!

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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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