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Will 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' Actors Be Hired by Other Soaps?

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 27th 2011 7:45PM
All My Children, One Life to LiveAccording to Deadline, Sony Television, which partially owns surviving soaps 'The Young and the Restless' and 'Days of our Lives,' wants its soaps to snatch up available talent from 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live,' which have recently -- and tragically -- been canceled by ABC.

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.

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Susan Lucci Surprises 'All My Children' Fans With Erica Kane Makeovers, And It's the Saddest Thing Ever (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 14th 2011 5:50PM
Susan Lucci of 'All My Children' on 'The Nate Berkus Show'The news that 'All My Children' was canceled Thursday had not yet hit when a pre-recorded 'Erica Kane' makeover segment aired on 'The Nate Berkus Show' (weekdays, syndicated). So TV watchers were treated to the awkward spectacle of watching three 'All My Children' fans being made-over to look like a much beloved, but recently canceled soap character. David Zyla, the show's stylist, was there, as was special guest Susan Lucci, who surprised the ladies on set.

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."

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Susan Lucci Demonstrates the Soap Slap on 'Rachael Ray' Producers (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 1st 2011 2:20PM
Rachael Ray and Susan LucciWednesday, Susan Lucci demonstrated the "soap opera kiss" on 'Fox & Friends.' Today, the 'All My Children' star showed off her stage slap to help keep the staff in line on 'Rachael Ray' (weekdays, syndicated), with approval from Ray herself. And one by one, Ray's staff stepped up to receive their punishment for transgressions like failing to answer the phone and not holding the elevator.

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.

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Susan Lucci Shows 'Fox & Friends' Anchor Brian Kilmeade the 'Soap Opera Kiss' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Mar 30th 2011 5:20PM
Susan Lucci and Brian Kilmeade on 'Fox & Friends'If you tuned in late to 'Fox & Friends' (weekdays, 6AM on FNC), you were probably wondering why Susan Lucci was making out with anchor Brian Kilmeade. It was not love at first sight, and the studio was not on fire, trapping them with no hope of ever feeling the lips of another human being again. Lucci was simply demonstrating the "soap opera kiss."

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.

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Susan Lucci Credits Regis With Popularizing Her 'La Lucci' Nickname (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Mar 29th 2011 2:10PM
Susan Lucci on 'Live with Regis and Kelly'If you have ever called 'All My Children' star Susan Lucci "La Lucci" or heard others call her that, you have Regis Philbin to thank. Lucci explained the backstory about her nickname today on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

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.

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Susan Lucci Optimistic About Future of 'All My Children' Despite Cancelation Rumors (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Mar 28th 2011 11:25AM
Susan Lucci talks 'All My Children' on 'Good Morning America'A week ago, TV Squad reported that ABC was considering canceling the long-running soap opera 'All My Children.' Today, 'AMC' star Susan Lucci was on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC) addressing the rumors. Lucci believes the future of the show looks bright based on the support it has received from various sources.

"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."

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The 15 Most Memorable Female Soap Opera Characters Ever

by Michael Maloney, posted Mar 24th 2011 1:00PM

Susan LucciWondering 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!

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Kathy Bates Menaces Susan Lucci on 'All My Children' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 4th 2011 3:00PM
Kathy Bates Menaces Susan Lucci on 'All My Children'Kathy Bates relives an 'All My Children' moment from 1983 where she plays prison inmate Belle Bodelle and menaces Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated).

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.

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Susan Lucci & Wendie Malick Preview 'All My Children'/'Hot in Cleveland' Crossovers (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Feb 16th 2011 12:00PM
'All My Children' and 'Hot in Cleveland' are crossing over ... sort of.

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.

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Oprah Reunites Susan Lucci With All Eight of Her TV Husbands (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 9th 2011 6:10PM
Susan Lucci and all eight TV husbands on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'Susan Lucci has been playing Erica Kane on 'All My Children' for more than 40 years, and in that time she's racked up a lot of TV husbands. Today on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), she was reunited with all eight of them.

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."

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'Hot in Cleveland,' 'All My Children' Crossover Coming in February

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 5th 2011 3:20PM
Susan Lucci, Wendie MalickCan you say dueling divas? That will be the case when Wendie Malick's 'Hot in Cleveland' character and Susan Lucci meet in a new 'Cleveland'/'All My Children' crossover this February.

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."

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Susan Lucci Throws Victoria Under the Bus on 'Hot in Cleveland' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Aug 19th 2010 3:55PM
Susan Lucci, 'Hot in Cleveland'In the season finale of new hit comedy 'Hot in Cleveland' (Wed., 10PM on TV Land), it was finally time for the Daytime Emmy Awards. Due to a storm, Victoria Chase (Wendie Malick) was unable to attend.

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."

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Soap Casting News: Susan Lucci's Heading to 'Hot in Cleveland' ... and More

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 20th 2010 9:00AM
susan_lucci_all_my_children_abcThe world's been spinning like crazy in soaps, with the big-time return of Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo to 'General Hospital' dominating the headlines. But that's not all that's going on! Check out what's been happening around the dial with our Soap wrap-up.

-- 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.

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What to Watch for at the Daytime Emmys

by Michael Maloney, posted Jun 24th 2010 6:00PM
Emmy AwardThe emphasis will be on "entertainment" during the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, set for Sun., June 27 at 9PM ET on CBS.

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 ...

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Soap Comebacks: Shaughnessy on 'Days of Our Lives,' Nouri on 'All My Children'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 9th 2010 3:02PM
charles_shaughnessy_glassesCan you name two tall, dark and handsome television stars who will soon be delving into daytime? No, it's not a trick question, it's news. Yesterday, 'All My Children' will be welcoming Michael Nouri to the ABC soap as a new romantic adversary for Erica Kane. As for the other man, it's none other than Charles Shaughnessy, who will be returning to 'Days of Our Lives' to reprise the role he originated in 1984.

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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