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Friday
Nov182011

Susan Lucci: Not Responsible for Delay in 'All My Children' Return

ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) -- The return of the soap opera All My Children as an Internet series has been put on hold, but longtime star Susan Lucci says she's not to blame.

It was recently reported that Prospect Park, which is licensing All My Children and another canceled ABC daytime drama -- One Life to Live -- for its new website, TheOnlineNetwork.com, has postponed the re-launch of AMC indefinitely.

In a statement on her Facebook page, Lucci, who played Erica Kane on All My Children for more than four decades, says there are false media reports floating around that she played some sort of role in Prospect Park's decision.  She writes that she told Prospect Park in September that she would be interested in continuing with All My Children if it was committed to producing the show for another year.

However, she says, "I have not heard back from Prospect Park since then, in fact, I learned of their decision not to proceed with All My Children at the same time you did, through the media."

Prospect Park still plans on re-launching One Life to Live on TheOnlineNetwork.com after the soap airs its ABC finale in January.  The website is not yet live.

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Friday
Sep232011

'All My Children' Ends 41-Year Run

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- After 41 years on the air, the ABC daytime soap All My Children will air its final televised episode Friday afternoon.  The finale will take a look back at the significant story lines and characters in Pine Valley since the show's debut in January 1970.

Susan Lucci has starred on All My Children since the beginning, playing Erica Kane.  The series' famous alumni include Kelly Ripa, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Josh Duhamel, Amanda Seyfried, Christian Slater, Eva LaRue, Kim Delaney, Melissa Leo and Mischa Barton.

Though it's ending its network run, All My Children is expected to continue as an Internet-only program beginning in January.  Cameron Mathison, who plays Ryan on the show, thinks the move may not be such a bad thing.

He says, "You can watch any episode at anytime wherever you want in the world and you can choose the advertising that you're going to be, y'know, advertised, so, it makes more sense for something like that right now."

All My Children will be replaced in ABC's daytime lineup by the new talk show The Chew.

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Wednesday
Sep072011

Susan Lucci Rejects Offer to Star in Online Version of 'All My Children'

Angela Weiss/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- It appears that Susan Lucci will not extend her run on All My Children when it moves to the Internet.

Deadline.com reports the veteran soap star, who has played Erica Kane on All My Children for more than four decades, sought a pay increase, a lighter work schedule and a commitment for a primetime series.  Prospect Park, which is licensing All My Children and One Life to Live from ABC and will distribute both shows online when they conclude their network runs, had offered Lucci a similar salary to what she is making now.

News of Lucci's rejection of Prospect Park's offer comes amid a report that she criticizes the head of ABC daytime programming in the paperback edition of her memoir for canceling her series.

Given the breakdown in negotiations, Deadline speculates that Prospect Park could focus more attention on One Life to Live than All My Children going forward.

All My Children leaves ABC later this month, while One Life to Live signs off from the network in January.

Deadline notes that Prospect Park has reached deals with four One Life to Live cast members: Michael Easton, Ted King, Kassie DePaiva and Erika Slezak.

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Tuesday
Sep062011

Report: Susan Lucci Blasts Exec for 'All My Children' Cancellation

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- All My Children is just three weeks away from fading to black, but Susan Lucci isn't going quietly.

The actress, who has played Erica Kane on the soap for more than four decades, has reportedly included a new epilogue to the paperback edition of her memoir that blasts the ABC executive who pulled the plug on the long-running series.

At the close of All My Life: A Memoir in paperback, The New York Post reports Lucci blasts the head of ABC Daytime Programming, saying, "I watched Brian Frons' decisions destroy the production of our show and the lives of people on both sides of the country."

Saying the executive has a "fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance," Lucci writes Frons was "self-congratulatory" when he told the cast and crew AMC was being canceled.

A rep for the network told The Post, "We have all the respect in the world for Susan, and are very sorry she felt the need to write this epilogue to an otherwise incredible career."

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Monday
Aug222011

Susan Lucci Not Joining 'Desperate Housewives'?

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- All My Children veteran actress Susan Lucci has not been talking to Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry about joining the primetime series.

E! Online reports a rep for ABC says there's "no truth" to the widely reported story that Lucci was in talks to join the show.

All My Children will come to an end on Sept. 23.  ABC announced earlier this month that the upcoming eighth season of Desperate Housewives will be the show's last.  The final season will kick off Sept. 25.

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Wednesday
Jul062011

Susan Lucci to Join 'Desperate Housewives'?

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- Apparently confirming earlier rumors, All My Children veteran actress Susan Lucci has been talking to Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry about joining the prime-time series, according to TVGuide.com.

Lucci told Access Hollywood, "There's been a lot of talking, but we'll see.  It's a show I like very much, of course. The cast is amazing. Marc Cherry is amazing."

ABC's All My Children will come to an end on Sept. 23.

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Tuesday
May102011

Susan Lucci Moving to 'Desperate Housewives,' Says Co-Star

Angela Weiss/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- According to a former co-star, the scheming ladies of Wisteria Lane will be getting a new neighbor: Susan Lucci.

Lucci's former All My Children co-star Elizabeth Rodriguez -- a new Tony nominee for the play The Motherfu**er in the Hat -- told PopEater.com that Lucci's headed to Desperate Housewives. "She's got a contract at ABC," Rodriguez spilled. "You heard it here first."

ABC recently announced it was canceling the daytime soaps All My Children and One Life to Live after decades on the air. The decision reportedly came as a surprise to Lucci and the other stars.

The actress was rumored to be attached to Desperate Housewives back in April, but ABC sources denied it at the time.

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Wednesday
Apr062011

Susan Lucci: 'All My Children' Isn't Going Anywhere

Angela Weiss/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Susan Lucci wants you to ignore the chatter that All My Children will soon join the ranks of other canceled soap operas. 

The veteran star, better known for her work as Erica Kane on the ABC daytime drama, tells PopEater.com she thinks the show will continue, adding, "The rumors are not coming from ABC.  I just have been very enthusiastically told how much they love my story line that I just begun working on, and I just was given my schedule into next year." 

The 64-year-old star adds of the cancellation rumors, "It hurts me to hear those."

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