Thursday, August 18, 2011

Susan Lucci May Stay with All My Children

TV Guide is reporting that Susan Lucci will continue to play Erica Kane when All My Children starts its online run next year.

The show, one of the longest running programs on television, will leave the ABC airwaves on September 23rd.

Lucci, 64, is the last remaining original cast member.  She is a native New Yorker who has been traveling to the West Coast to tape her scenes on AMC.  Lucci's failure to bolt is a good sign that other actors will remain, though there is still a lot of speculation about that.  One star, Jacob Young, will be leaving and returning to his old soap, The Bold and the Beautiful on CBS.

In other news, a number of former cast members are returning to AMC for the final month, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Sarah Michelle Gellar, CSI: Miami star Eva La Rue (Maria Santos Grey), Josh Duhamel (the dearly departed Leo du Pres), Thorsten Kaye (Zach) and Cady McClain (Dixie).  They are back or soon will be.

The online version, backed by Prospect Park, will be available on the net beginning in early 2012. The company is also seeking a cable outlet for AMC and ABC's other outgoing soap, One Life to Live.

ABC is replacing All My Children with The Chew, a one-hour food/lifestyle program.  (Yuck!)

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