Daytime superstar Susan Lucci visited The Talk on Thursday and got fans buzzing about the possibility of All My Children continuing on another network. Before that, she mentioned not believing the AMC cancellation rumors initially because they came from a blogger, who she thought had a "negative agenda." As the blogger most likely in question, Ms. Lucci I must respectfully say, my only agenda has always been helping to save the soaps. READ MORE
Effin' A! All My Children leading lady Susan Lucci is finally spilling the T-E-A about how and why her iconic soap was destroyed. Lucci reveals to TV Guide Canada how she really feels about having her soap hub ripped out from under her. Here's what she said about Chuck Pratt—a long time friend of ABC Daytime Chief Brian Frons—whom most critics and fans feel put the final nail in the soap's coffin:
“Because I have thought about this very question for quite some time. My feelings are that Brian Frons was handed a very healthy daytime line-up when he arrived and then he hired Chuck Pratt to be head writer. Chuck said to all of us in a big team meeting that he didn’t care about characters. He said, ‘I will not be writing character-driven storylines. I don’t care.’ In individual meetings with him, people would come out weeping and distressed because he would [dismiss their characters and histories]. Almost immediately, our ratings dropped. As actors, we did everything we could to save and respect our characters and their histories; although on paper nothing was there for us to work with. The producers listened to the fans in the focus groups, and fans are sophisticated because of columns like yours and talk shows and so on, and they knew the writing was the problem. Chuck Pratt taking AMC down didn’t happen over night. And he was allowed to stay for two years. And unless it was Agnes or Lorraine, no one could dig us out of this hole.” READ MORE
The face of ABC Daytime Susan Lucci is still a bit peeved about All My Children getting the boot. La Lucci swung by The Joy Behar Show last week to discuss her book, All My Life. Behar asked Lucci how she felt regarding AMC and One Life To Live's cancellations and the reality shows replacing them. Watch Lucci after the jump! READ MORE
Ratings, Rants and Raves: All Soaps Fall; The Stories All My Children Could Have Told For Erica KaneBy Jamey Giddens on May 13, 2011
The week of May 2-6, 2011 was pretty sucky across the board for daytime soaps ratings-wise. (Source: Soap Opera Network). All six soaps fell among total viewers, with CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless dipping the most, losing a whopping 272,000 viewers. Y&R went down one-tenth of a point in households and among women 18-34, but held steady among women 18-49.
Y&R basically told two stories they've told over and over again the week in question—Crazy Jana (Emily O'Brien) terrorizing Kevin (Greg Rikaart) and the Winters brothers being in a secret paternity pickle over the same girl. I am enjoying the battle for Baby Lucy, as well as Smilin' Jack (Peter Bergman) getting his hands on a block of Newman stock, however so I won't be too hard on Y&R this time around. READ MORE
Since the cancellation of All My Children, rumors have swirled that Susan Lucci could be headed to ABC’s primetime hit Desperate Housewives. Now we have another reason to wonder if such a move is in the works. In an interview with Pop Eater, former AMC star Elizabeth Rodriguez (ex-Carmen Morales) gives the latest indication that it could be a possibility.
"She's going to 'Desperate Housewives' apparently. She has a contract at ABC," Rodriguez said of Lucci. "You heard it here first. That's what I heard!"
Watch the clip at Pop Eater.
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