While that's likely to happen to some degree ('AMC' and 'OLTL' picked up actors from 'Guiding Light' and 'As the World Turns' after they were canceled a while back), shows need to be careful who they go after.
Veteran daytime talent manager Michael Bruno, who reps actors including Amelia Heinle and Stephen Nichols on 'Y&R' and Lauren Koslow on 'Days,' notes that there's a right and a wrong way to go about maximizing the genre's available talent. Read his comments after the jump.
Susan Lucci Surprises 'All My Children' Fans With Erica Kane Makeovers, And It's the Saddest Thing Ever (VIDEO)
One fan broke down and cried upon meeting Lucci, who has been on a non-stop media tour lately, insisting that she thought the show had a bright future. If Lucci knew the news about 'AMC's' cancellation, she didn't show it, handling herself with typical grace and class. She complemented the women on their new looks and laughed with them. "I hope you all feel really good," said Lucci. "You look fantastic."
Producer Tom didn't pick up the phone three times, using the excuse that he was giving blood. "Tom, you're supposed to be giving blood here," Lucci said. "That is no excuse." She then wound up and gave Tom a good smack across the cheek, wearing her best smoldering scowl.
Lucci has been the star of 'All My Children' since its debut in 1970, and in that time, she has done a lot of screen smooching. She was asked to demonstrate today with Kilmeade with only 30 seconds left to go on the show. Being a professional, she made it with time to spare.
"First of all, there's a lot of eye contact, Brian," Lucci said. She led him up to it and then said, "You can even go like this and hide it a little bit," and put her hand up so their mouths weren't visible to the audience, and then went at it, eventually falling to the curvy couch. Which only lends credence to the idea that the news is a soap opera anyway.
Lucci was on the show promoting her new memoir, 'All My Life,' which was released today. Philbin said he started calling her La Lucci when the pair were touring with a club act. He thought he had coined it but found that Lucci's 'All My Children' co-stars had been calling her that for years. While she's not sure who started it, Lucci thinks no one would have remembered the nickname without Philbin.
"We'll see, as long as we have these loyal, passionate fans in our corner," she said, "including Oprah, who had us on just a few weeks ago." She also mentioned that it was expensive to move the show from New York to Los Angeles, which she saw as a vote of confidence. "And we just received a letter from the vice president in charge of finance congratulating us on what great shape we're in."
Wondering where Erica Kane, Marlena Evans and Katherine Chancellor were on TV Squad's recent list of the 100 Most Memorable Female TV Characters?
Frankly, there just wasn't enough room for all of them. The unforgettable divas, leading ladies, matriarchs and ingénues that have graced the soaps for more than 50 years are so plentiful that they deserve their own list!
We could easily have compiled a list of 100 women from soap operas, but this one has been limited to 15. Those selected represent characters from ABC, CBS and NBC daytime dramas, including current serials and canceled favorites.
Are your favorites on this list? Who else should have been included? Let us know!
Bates flares her nostrils impressively, bugs out her eyes and threatens Lucci in a vintage clip from the sudser, calling her a "dirty piece of fluff" while the two are in a jail cell.
AMC's reigning diva, Susan Lucci, is back in Cleveland for another catfight (Wednesday, Feb. 16, 10PM ET on TV Land), but once again, she's not playing Erica Kane. She's playing a fictionalized version of herself, the rival of HIC's leading lady, Victoria Chase (played by Wendie Malick).
And that's not the only crossover the gals have up their sleeves. Next week, Malick will hit Pine Valley (Thursday, Feb. 24, 1PM ET on ABC) to play Gertie, a housekeeper hired by Lucci's AMC alter ego, Erica Kane.
Get it? Sort of? Oh, just watch -- and check out our interview with Lucci and Malick to hear more about the cast-swapping, network-crossing, genre-defying guest spots right here.
Oprah presented Lucci with photos of her character's husbands on a giant curtain and asked her about them. Lucci said she had great chemistry with all of the actors and thanked her casting director.
Oprah then asked which character was hottest in bed as the audience cheered for their own particular favorites. "Look at these guys," said Lucci. "How do you make a choice? Which has been Erica's problem."
On 'Hot in Cleveland,' Wendie Malick's soap star character Victoria Chase will get a role as Gertie, a housekeeper/bartender on 'All My Children.' Lucci, Darnell Williams and Michael E. Knight will guest star on the TV Land sitcom.
"We're so happy that Victoria Chase will finally get to show 'All My Children' fans why she is a soap superstar," Larry W. Jones, president of TV Land, said in a statement. "We're so excited to partner with 'All My Children' to bring to life this classic TV form when television worlds collide."
In a comedic nod to Susan Lucci's one win among 21 nominations, she was on-hand to accept the award on Victoria's behalf. In her speech, Lucci said, "Victoria Chase is now living in Cleveland and recovering from some disfiguring disease. The words 'botched' and 'surgery' have been tossed around, but who can say."
-- Have you been watching -- and enjoying -- 'Hot In Cleveland'? I have, especially the story lines involving Wendie Malick's character, former soap star Victoria Chase, still chasing fame since her show's been canceled. Well, in an upcoming episode, a real soap diva, Susan Lucci, will arrive in Cleveland.
No plot has been revealed as yet, but wouldn't it be cool if Victoria had a rivalry with La Lucci's character from their days on a soap? Sounds like a perfect set up for comedy.
Regis Philbin, a nominee for hosting 'Live With Regis and Kelly,' is the kudofest's emcee. Producers for the awards gala are hoping to draw big numbers with a host of musical acts and star appeal with appearances by Simon Cowell, Susan Lucci and Cirque du Soleil.
Here are 10 highlights to watch for during the live broadcast ...
You may recall Shaughnessy from his recent stint on 'Mad Men' -- as St. John Powell, director of the British ad agency that acquired Sterling Cooper -- as well as his best-known role, as Mr. Sheffield on 'The Nanny.' But he was wonderful on 'Days' in the '80s and early '90s.
Shane Donovan was the quintessential James Bond of daytime (aside from Tristan Rogers on 'General Hospital'). He was a secret agent with the ISA (International Security Agency), and brought a lot of class and elegance to the show. The fact that he's coming back now is a real plus for the NBC soap, and a shout out to longtime fans who remember Shane.
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