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Pine Valley and the ‘L’ Word

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 1:48 AM EST | By Angela Rosa

( — Bianca’s back from Paris with a few surprises.

ABC confirms that both Tamara Braun and Eden Riegel have signed contracts with “All My Children,” but the lengths of those contracts have not been revealed.

Tamara Braun is joining the cast of “AMC” as Bianca Montgomery’s (Eden Riegel) girlfriend, Reese Williams, who is described as a “confident and successful architect.” Braun is best known for her work on “AMC’s” sister soap “General Hospital.” The Emmy-nominated actress played the second incarnation of Carly Corinthos from 2001 until 2005. Braun’s last role on daytime was at NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” where she played the troubled Ava Vitali for a six month period in 2008. On Reese’s upcoming storyline, Braun tells Soap In Depth, “where this is going, I don’t know that this storyline has ever been done in daytime.”

As previously reported by Soap Opera Network, Riegel is returning to “AMC,” as well, as the popular Bianca Montgomery. Riegel played Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) tortured youngest daughter from 2000 until February 2005. The actress was nominated for several Daytime Emmy’s in that time, and finally took home the award in 2005. This will be Riegel’s third … uhm, no actually seventh return to “AMC” since her 2005 exit. Riegel’s longest return started in October of 2006 when the actress initially signed on for a three month contract that extended to six; her last return was in December of 2007.

Braun’s Reese won’t show up until Thursday, October 30, although her girlfriend Bianca first airs on Friday, October 17, when her brother-in-law, Zach Slater (Thorsten Kaye), finds her buried under some rubble that the tornado, that’s due to hit Pine Valley during the week of October 13, leaves behind. Word is that, despite Reese’s delay, Bianca will not be returning home all alone – and we don’t mean with her sweet daughter, Miranda. Speaking of Miranda, Haley Evans will reclaim her role and is scheduled to start taping soon.

In non-related “AMC” casting news, Shannon Kane will be portraying Natalia, the young woman from Jesse’s past that SON previously reported about. The role is contract.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

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    Branson Leaps into the ‘Light’

    Tuesday, September 23, 2008 5:25 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

    ( — The prodigal son.

    Jeff Branson is “Guiding Light’s” lucky seventh incarnation of Shayne Lewis.

    Branson is most known for playing the role of Jonathan Lavery on ABC’s “All My Children.” The Emmy-nominated actor played the role of reformed serial killer Jonathan from June, 2004 until “AMC” stopped calling him in for tapings in late 2007. In the spring of 2008, the show officially announced that Branson had been let go. Ironically enough, Branson’s first role on daytime was a day role on “GL” as a young Alan Spaulding in 2003.

    Shayne Lewis is the son of “GL’s” biggest super couple Reva Shayne and Joshua Lewis (Kim Zimmer and Robert Newman). The character was last seen on August 16, 2004 played by played by Marty West. Shayne’s return will be a welcomed surprise for his family; the Lewis’ have recently learned that Shayne is missing in Afghanistan.

    Branson’s first airdate on “GL” is December 1.

    “Guiding Light” airs Weekdays on CBS.

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      Two Hunks Bring Harmony to Salem

      Tuesday, September 23, 2008 5:17 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

      ( — The look.

      Former “Passions” hunks Galen Gering and Eric Martsolf are joining the cast of NBC’s “Days of Our Lives.”

      Galen Gering played the very popular Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald on the now defunct soap, “Passions,” from it’s inception on NBC on July 5, 1999 to it’s cancellation on DirectTV on August 7, 2008. The 37 year-old actor has been cast in the role of an FBI Agent who comes to Salem working on a special case. Gering first airs on “DAYS” in late October. Word is that Gering’s character will be involved with Alison Sweeney’s character, Sami Brady.

      Eric Martsolf, who played the easily manipulated Ethan Winthrop on “Passions” from 2002 until the shows cancellation, will join his former cast-mate on “DAYS” in mid-November. Martsolf will be playing a recast of Brady Black, the son of John Black (Drake Hogestyn). We last saw Brady Black on September 16, 2005, played by Kyle Lowder (currently Rick Forrester on “The Bold and the Beautiful”). Mr. Black is back to settle some unresolved issues with his ex-wife, Chloe Lane (Nadia Bjorlin).

      “Days of Our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

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        Wednesday, September 24, 2008 5:00 PM | By Angela Rosa

        ( — Beware of the signs.


        Adam leaves Annie in a pickle when he recants his tale about the gun in her room. Babe and JR are being watched. Babe gets news that leads her to suspect that the Bella samples may be tainted. Annie accuses Kendall of concentrating on everyone else in order to avoid focusing on her own relationship with Zach. Pete fills Adam in on what Erica’s really up to. Erica and Adam privately think about the kiss they shared. Krystal frets over Opal’s prediction of doom while Jesse and Erica choose to ignore it. JR, Babe and Adam are disbelieving of Annie’s claim that she was attacked. Jesse gets a surprise outside of his door.

        The Inside Story: Just Like a Pill

        Taylor takes the sedative Frankie prescribed her and calmly gets through her therapy session. Taylor feels certain that she’ll be cleared for redeployment. Jake knows Taylor is on something despite her denials and turns to Frankie for answers. Amanda plans a seduction for Jake. Taylor is shaken to find Jake and Amanda, donned in Brot’s shirt, in bed after returning home from a rough therapy session. Jakes finds Taylor at his cabin. Taylor opens up to Jake and admits to how deeply she misses Brot.

        A Closer Look: Hidden Passions

        Greenlee reaches out to Ryan. Greenlee and Ryan resist sharing a kiss. Ryan pushes Greenlee away. A shaken Greenlee confronts Kendall and blames her for her predicament. Ryan tells Annie that he’s filing for divorce and full custody of Emma. Aidan confronts Greenlee on lying about seeing Ryan. Greenlee tells Ryan they can no longer be friends. Ryan sets Annie straight after she jumps to the wrong conclusion. Ryan and Greenlee can’t get their minds off one another. Aidan secretly plants a listening device on Greenlee’s earring.


        • Monday: Kendall learns the truth about the tainted perfume. Annie turns to Zach for help. Jake tries to get Taylor to open up to him.
        • Tuesday: Aidan keeps a close eye – and ear – on Greenlee. Adam makes a move against Fusion. Taylor pulls away from Jake.
        • Wednesday: Ryan tells Kendall to concentrate on her own life instead of his. Colby is impressed by Pete despite herself. Annie plays into Zach’s hands.
        • Thursday: Zach knows what Annie did last summer. Greenlee struggles to remain faithful to Aidan. Kendall, Greenlee and Amanda try to do damage control.

        • Friday: Zach forces Annie to do the right thing. Aidan admits the truth to Greenlee. Jesse’s past catches up to him.

        AMC PreVUE: Week of September 22 Edition

        Wednesday, September 17, 2008 5:05 PM | By Angela Rosa

        ( — The bold and the beautiful.


        Erica’s pull to Adam is electric as he holds her close during the raging storm but soon turns to push when Adam offers up an astute observation. Zach and Kendall face the problems in their marriage. Adam lays it on thick after JR and Babe announce their engagement. Frankie and Taylor’s night out with their old comrades ends with violence and an arrest. Adam finds himself inexplicably touched when Babe tells him just how much JR means to her. Angie begins to see Randi in a new light. Pete gives Colby a taste of his newfound confidence. On Wednesday, September 24, JR’s romantic proposal to Babe is cut short when he finds the ring missing from the box and Babe finds their son choking. Annie comes to Little A’s rescue. Jesse finally tells Angie the truth after Tad confronts him with his suspicions. Kendall admits to Zach that she’s been spending too much time meddling in other people’s lives. Taylor and Angie clash after mother Hubbard reacts to Frankie’s unpatriotic sentencing for his DUI arrest.

        A Closer Look: Tainted Love

        Aidan and Greenlee prepare to leave on their long overdue honeymoon but Babe’s well-intentioned gift could spell doom. Greenlee and Aidan enjoy a romantic evening that ends in love-making. The newlyweds night of bliss though soon comes to a screeching halt when, under the influence of the secret recipe Bella, Greenlee professes to her husband that she wants to have Ryan’s baby. Back home, Ryan relishes spending time with Emma while Annie forces a smile on at JR and Babe’s engagement party. Ryan remains melancholy over Greenlee. The honeymoon is over as Aidan struggles with Greenlee’s slip of the tongue and the missus realizes that her feelings for Ryan aren’t so cut and dry after all. Adam comes to Annie’s rescue when a furious Ryan confronts her with the gun he found in her and Emma’s room on Thursday, September 25. Annie shows up at the penthouse to reclaim Emma, with Jesse in tow. Ryan’s situation quickly deteriorates. Greenlee loses it with Annie and punches her.


        • Monday: Adam throws Annie to the wolves. Greenlee gives Ryan a shoulder to lean on. Jake wants to know what’s going on with Taylor.
        • Tuesday: Greenlee blames Kendall for pushing her towards Ryan. Opal senses that trouble is on the horizon. Jesse warns Aidan to stay out of his personal life.
        • Wednesday: Aidan learns Greenlee lied to him about being with Ryan. Adam and Erica prove to be worthy opponents. Frankie asks Randi to move in with him.
        • Thursday: Pete tells Adam what Erica is really up to. Annie unleashes her anger in Kendall’s direction. Greenlee doesn’t think she and Ryan can be friends after all.

        • Friday: Babe and JR begin to question Annie’s sanity. Opal has a dire warning for Erica and Krystal. Ryan and Greenlee can’t get their minds off one another.

        ‘AMC’s’ Fall Returns

        Wednesday, September 17, 2008 2:30 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

        ( — The healing touch.

        Vincent Irizarry returns to “All My Children,” as Dr. David Hayward, on October, 23, one week after a devastating tornado hits the little town that the troublemaking doctor left behind almost two years to the date. Could David’s return have something to do with an ominous warning Opal (Jill Larson) issues to both Krystal Carey (Bobbie Eakes), the mother of David’s only living child, and the doctor’s former lover, Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), in the coming weeks or will we learn that the doctor has been lurking in the shadows all along?

        Irizarry started his daytime career on CBS’s “Guiding Light” where he played the popular Lujack Luvonaczek. The Emmy-nominated actor joined the cast of ABC’s “AMC” in 1997 where he would play Dr. Hayward until he was given the pink slip in late 2006. CBS’s number one rated soap “The Young and the Restless” quickly picked up the talented actor for the role of David Chow. Irizarry played this incarnation of David from January 2007 until last August when the unpopular character was killed off.

        “AMC” head writer Charles Pratt reports that the evil wind that blows through Pine Valley will also pave the path for the return of “probably the most loved character of the last 10 years that’s been on “AMC,” and that’s Bianca.” Eden Riegel is returning to “AMC” as Bianca Montgomery, again. Riegel tells ABC Soaps In Depth that she’s “not just stopping in,” she’s back with a contract. Pratt hints to the magazine that Bianca’s return with coincide with her “ever-suffering family going through one mother of a rough patch;” though it likely won’t be the only tragedy striking the family following the disaster that hits Pine Valley next month, a cryptic Pratt hints of Bianca being there in the wake of an all new horribleness that befalls Zach and Kendall (Thorsten Kaye and Alicia Minshew) that she’ll help heal.

        Pratt also reports that their will be three other surprise arrivals aside from Riegel’s – but points out that two of those arrivals will be directly connected to the character of Bianca’s return. Pratt previously reported to TV Guide that “a character from Erica Kane’s past returns to fundamentally change her life;” while that could mean anybody from her aforementioned daughter, Bianca, to Dr. Hayward, Soap Opera Network speculates that this may be one of those still to be announced surprise returns.

        In other “AMC” news, the role of Natalia has been cast. The character, likely one of those faces from Jesse’s past promised by Pratt in his fall previews, will start appearing regularly in early October. The character will indeed be circling the Hubbard family.

        “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

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          AMC PreVUE: Week of September 15 Edition

          Wednesday, September 10, 2008 6:10 PM | By Angela Rosa

          ( — When the bough breaks.


          Amanda picks up on the tension between Jake and Taylor. Angie shares her concerns about Jesse with Tad, who is alarmed by Jesse’s reaction to Angie answering his cell phone. Someone is watching Jesse. Erica arrives at the mansion with a beautiful dress as a present for Carmen but gets more than she bargained for when Jack arrives with a present of his own for the birthday girl. Dre says goodbye to Colby before joining his father on the campaign trail. Jesse demands that Angie and Tad stop butting into his business. JR surprises Babe with a marriage proposal on Thursday, September 18. The impending storm makes Erica jittery which allows Adam to get very close to his ex-wife. Tad asks Aidan to look into Jesse’s phone records.

          The Inside Story: Fragile Ground

          News of Annie’s miscarriage spreads. A loving Aidan sends Greenlee off to give Ryan the comfort he needs; while elsewhere, Zach prevents Kendall from going to Ryan. Kendall doesn’t address the guilt she feels. Meanwhile, a guilt-stricken Annie admits to Ryan the lengths she went to in her attempt to make him love her again but leaves out that she killed Richie. On Monday, September 15, alone, Annie exorcises the demon of Richie from her mind. Ryan and Annie later break the news of the miscarriage to Emma together. Kendall admits to Greenlee that she believes Zach blames her for causing Annie’s miscarriage. Greenlee has a chat with Zach. Ryan, Annie and Emma plant a tree in the park in memory of the baby. Zach questions if Kendall is happy in their marriage. Ryan pulls away from Annie but later begins to open up to Greenlee. Greenlee becomes angry when an emotional Ryan declares his love for her. Zach’s frustration with Kendall grows. Aidan has a romantic surprise for Greenlee.

          A Closer Look: The Game is On

          Kendall and Greenlee decide to invest more of Fusion’s money in Bella after seeing the pre-order figures for the perfume. JR grows increasingly suspicious of Adam. Kendall confronts Babe after getting a look at the message to her from Adam on her Blackberry. Babe works furiously to cover up her and JR’s part in the matter. Erica agrees to help Kendall deal with Adam. Kendall informs a skeptical Greenlee about Adam’s plans to take over Fusion; meanwhile, Adam accidentally doses Carmen with the “secret” ingredient in the Bella fragrance, Blast. A blasted Carmen jumps into the Chandler pool fully clothed; meanwhile, an anxious Pete takes matters into his own hands. Amanda tells Kendall and Greenlee that she saw Pete lurking on the docks, near the shipment of Bella, and Babe fills them in on all the time Pete’s been spending with Adam. Wanting to keep an eye on him, Kendall and Greenlee hire Pete as an intern at Fusion. Erica works two agendas at once, as she flirts with Adam while proficiently making Jackson jealous. On Friday, September 19, Pete get more than he bargained for when he sets out to sabotage the Bella shipment in the middle of a storm.

          SON ALERTS: WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 22, 2008

          • Monday: Erica can’t ignore the affect Adam has on her. Zach and Kendall face the problems in their marriage. Pete undergoes a life changing experience.
          • Tuesday: JR is suspicious of the kinder Adam he sees before him. Greenlee ends up with a tainted bottle of Bella. Tad gets closer to uncovering Jesse’s secret.
          • Wednesday: Greenlee makes a startling admission due to the tainted perfume. Zach and Kendall continue to grow further apart. Angie begins to see Randi in a new light.
          • Thursday: Ryan takes actions when he finds a gun in Annie’s room. Jesse confesses his secret to Angie. Greenlee is conflicted over her feelings for Ryan.

          • Friday: Greenlee takes her anger out on Annie. Babe wonders what Adam and Pete are up to. Angie asks Tad to stop investigating Jesse.

          AMC PreVUE: Week of September 8 Edition

          Wednesday, September 3, 2008 5:00 PM | By Angela Rosa

          ( — On the brink.


          Erica puts the brakes on her budding relationship with Samuel. Angie is beside herself with worry when she learns that Frankie is being sent back to Iraq to complete his tour of duty. Frankie admits to Taylor that he doesn’t really want to go back to Iraq, a notion she finds difficult to comprehend. Taylor is haunted by a disturbing memory. Erica doesn’t get what she wants from Kendall, Jack or even Adam. JR becomes suspicious of Adam’s relationships with both Annie and Pete. Angie turns to Randi for help with Frankie. Randi asks Frankie not to leave her. Tad becomes suspicious of Jesse’s behavior. Amanda asks Taylor how she feels about Jake on Friday, September, 12.

          The Inside Story: Risky Business

          Josh fears Zach is going to make him pay with his life after he confesses he stole millions from the casino. Kendall tries to intercede on Josh’s behalf but Zach refuses to back down. Kendall uses her pepper spray to disarm Zach’s goons, allowing Josh the chance to escape. As a terrified Josh arrives at Erica’s door, Kendall issues Zach an ultimatum. Erica heads out to confront Zach who continues to ignore Kendall’s pleas. On Tuesday, September 9 Kendall finds Josh at Erica’s and begins to realize how broken a man he’s become. Zach fully intends to make Josh pay for what he’s done despite Erica’s protest. Upon arriving at Erica’s suite, Zach and Erica learn that Kendall and Ryan helped Josh disappear. Ryan takes a job with Zach overseeing the casinos as restitution for helping Josh escape. Zach is fed up with Kendall ignoring the life she has with him. Zach and Kendall make love on his desk. Zach and Kendall begin to take steps in fixing their relationship. Zach instructs his minions to call off the search for Josh.

          A Closer Look: Playing with Fire

          Ryan’s straight talk doesn’t go over well with the misses. Simmering from her hubby’s rejection, Annie stages it so that Pete accidentally bruises her arms and later claims to Babe, Kendall and Greenlee that Ryan caused the bruises. Babe seems to buy Annie’s claim, but Kendall is a tougher sell. Greenlee’s death becomes an unhinged Annie’s main mission. Annie sneaks out of the mansion and shows up at Greenlee’s penthouse, on Wednesday, September 10, with Adam’s gun in hand. Annie prepares to shoot an oblivious Greenlee when she’s suddenly hit with abdominal pain. Despite being in great pain, Annie manages to sneak out of Greenlee’s place and back to the mansion undetected. Meanwhile, Ryan heads over to the mansion to confront Annie after being served with a restraining order. Ryan’s anger turns to concern when he realizes Annie’s in bad shape. Greenlee reaches out to a distraught Ryan. Greenlee thinks Kendall should give her anger towards Annie a rest. Zach reassures a guilt wrecked Ryan that he’s a good father. Kendall sneaks into Annie’s room with disastrous results.

          SON ALERTS: WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 15, 2008

          • Monday: Annie admits some of her sins to Ryan. Someone is keeping an eye on Jesse. Frankie promises Randi that he’ll come back home to her.
          • Tuesday: Zach and Kendall aren’t in a good place. Adam knows how to push Erica’s buttons. Kendall learns what Adam’s really up to.
          • Wednesday: Kendall enlists Erica’s help in dealing with Adam. Erica sees the closeness between Jack and Carmen. Pete sets out to further Adam’s plan.
          • Thursday: Erica uses Adam to make Jack jealous. Kendall tells Greenlee that Ryan needs her. Jesse swears to Tad and Angie that he isn’t keeping any secrets.

          • Friday: Greenlee pushes Ryan away as she professes her love for Aidan. Zach is aware that his marriage is in trouble. Tad asks Aidan to help him uncover whatever it is Jesse’s hiding.

          Wednesday, August 27, 2008 6:15 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

          ( — Sleeping dogs never lie still for long.


          Krystal narrowly escapes tragedy after Kathy deliberately pushes her off a ladder and sends her flying towards Jenny’s playpen. Tad buys Kathy’s innocent act. Krystal insists to Tad that Kathy needs professional help. Jesse gets confirmation that the blood on the lug wrench he recovered belongs to Richie. Kendall is annoyed when Zach is a no show at the Bella launch party. After enduring watching Jack and Carmen together all evening long, Erica makes sure to get the last word in before making an exit. Josh turns to Kendall for help. Randi confesses to Frankie that she’s never been truly intimate with anyone. Jesse reveals to Angie that during his time in hiding he was institutionalized for over a year after having suffered a nervous breakdown. Zach is out for Josh’s blood after putting together that he embezzled the twenty million from the casinos. Taylor opens up and tells Jake about the horrific event in Iraq that took the life of her fiancé.

          A Closer Look: Love on the Rocks

          Erica finds a troubled Ryan at the beach. Annie moves into the mansion at an oblivious Babe’s invitation. Ryan and Annie face the painful task of telling Emma that they’ve separated. Annie gives Ryan the cold shoulder when he shows up at the Bella launch party. Ryan later accuses Annie of not taking care of herself and the baby when he learns that Jake had ordered her to bed rest. Annie warns Aidan to keep Greenlee away from Ryan. Annie and Aidan find their ex’s on the Fusion rooftop. An indignant Greenlee refuses to abide by Aidan’s demand that she stay away from Ryan. Annie calls Ryan after getting an earful from Adam.

          The Inside Story: The Schemers

          Babe, Amanda and Randi prepare for the press conference announcing the launch of Bella. Amanda insists that she’ll be the face of their new fragrance. True to his part of the deal with the young Mr. Cortlandt, Adam pushes his daughter towards Pete. Adam taints one of the bottles of Bella with Pete’s recipe before heading to the launch party. Colby insists on trying out the tainted bottle of perfume much to Adam’s horror. JR and Babe assume Colby is drunk as she suffers the side effects of spraying on the perfume but Adam and Pete know better. Kendall gives Amanda some advice. An overtly confident Adam shares his master plan to ruin Fusion with Pete on Thursday, September 4.

          What To Watch

          • On Wednesday, September 3, Taylor flashes back to memories from Iraq when she sees Fletcher attacking Randi and ends up choking the pimp to death. A shaken Taylor proceeds to immediately make a full confession to Jesse.
          • Kendall walks in on her husband threatening her brother on Friday, September 5. Elsewhere, Jesse is clearly still hiding something from Angie as he places a mysterious call.


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          • Monday: Kendall manages to disarm Zach’s goons which allows Josh to escape. Annie wants to get rid of Greenlee once and for all. Aidan and Greenlee deal with the aftermath of their fight.
          • Tuesday: Kendall’s pleas to go easy on Josh fall on Zach’s deaf ears. Ryan tells Annie that they’ll never be a couple again. Annie is up to no good.
          • Wednesday: Annie sets out to put her deadly plan in motion. Zach wants Kendall to focus on their own lives, not everyone else’s. JR grows more and more suspicious of Adam.
          • Thursday: Ryan takes Annie to the hospital after she collapses. Erica isn’t used to taking no for an answer. Zach agrees to let Josh off the hook.

          • Friday: Annie’s worst fears come true. Angie turns to Randi to help convince Frankie not to return to the war. Amanda questions Taylor about Jake.

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          Monday, August 25, 2008 8:42 AM EST | By Angela Rosa

          ( — Susan Lucci is due to find out the answer to that age old question: Is it more easy to win a snazzy disco ball trophy or a Daytime Emmy?

          The internet web site Gossip Sauce announced the stars of the new season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” last week. On the morning of Monday, August 25, “Good Morning America” confirmed most of that list with the official announcement of the roster for the seventh season of the popular reality-competition series.

          “All My Children’s” Susan Lucci, 61, will take on the torch of representing daytime television when the dance competition premieres this fall; she will be partnered with Tony Dovolani. After a rough start, “General Hospital” star Kelly Monaco was eventually crowned the champion on the inaugural season of “DWTS;” Lucci’s co-star Cameron Mathison finished the competition in fifth place in season five; former soap stars Lisa Rinna (NBC’s “Days of Our Lives”) and Mario Lopez (CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful”) also competed in the competition; Rinna finished in forth place in season two, while Lopez was runner-up to season three winner Emmitt Smith.

          In the history of popular culture, it is likely that there will never come into existence an actor more synonymous with the medium of the daytime serial than “AMC’s” petite star. Thirty-eight years on the popular daytime serial, and a marriage or twelve for her alter ego Erica Kane, has contributed to Lucci’s fame, but it was eighteen Daytime Emmy nominations in the lead actress category, including an astounding streak of 14 consecutive nominations from 1980-1993, without a win that made her into a household name. Lucci’s streak made the Daytime Emmy’s must-see television through 1999, when Lucci finally took home the elusive award. During the losing streak, Lucci was invited to host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” an impressive feat for a daytime actor. Lucci has appeared on numerous made for television movies, as a commercial spokesperson for many products including Ford automobiles, starred on Broadway and is also a successful businesswoman/entrepreneur.

          The rest of season seven’s competitors include:

          • Film and television star, Cloris Leachman, 82. The oft-time comedic actress (“The Facts of Life” and “Malcolm in the Middle”) and legend has won eight Primetime Emmy’s, one Daytime Emmy and a measly Oscar as well. Leachman is the oldest star to ever compete on the dance show, Wayne Newton, 65, formerly held that distinction. Corky Ballas, father of Mark Ballas, will be Leachman’s dance partner.
          • Comedic actor Ted McGinley, 50. McGinley is best known for his stint on FOX’s raunchy comedy “Married with Children” where he played Jefferson D’Arcy from 1991-1997; he also played Charley Shanowski on the former ABC sitcom “Hope & Faith.” McGinley will be paired with “DWTS” newcomer Inna Braye.
          • Professional beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor, 31, who just took home a gold medal with teammate, Kerri Walsh, at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. May-Treanor is not used to defeat; she and Walsh have not lost a beach volleyball game in a whopping 103 matches. May-Treanor will dance with the sexy Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
          • Olympic champion sprinter Maurice Greene, 34. Greene earned two gold medals in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and a Silver and Bronze Medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics. Greene is paired with another two-time champion, Cheryl Burke.
          • 2003 Super Bowl champion, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Warren Sapp, 35. The retired football’s player talent and popularity earned him seven trips to the Pro Bowl. Sapp will dance with Kim Johnson.
          • Six-time Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton (“Un-Break My Heart”), 40. Recently, Braxton has been more recognizable for financial problems that led her to file for bankruptcy. Braxton will dance with Alex Mazo.
          • Lance Bass, 29, is the former bass singer of the pop boy band ‘N Sync. Bass came out of the closet as a homosexual in 2006. His former bandmate Joey Fatone was the runner-up on season four of “DWTS.” Bass teams up with Lacey Schwimmer.
          • Cody Linley, 18, is a young actor who is best known for his work on numerous Disney channel series. His most notable role is that of Jack Ryan on the Disney comedy “Hannah Montana.” Linley will dance with Julianne Hough.
          • Top celebrity chef and cookbook author Rocco DiSpirito, 41. In 2003 and 2004, the hot cook starred on his own reality series (“The Restaurant”) on NBC. DiSpirito will be paired with Karina Smirnoff.
          • Brooke Burke, 36, when not hitting the pages of popular lad mags “Maxim,” “Stuff” and “FHM” can typically be seen as a hosting personality (E’s “Wild On!” and CBS’s “Rock Star”). Burke is romantically linked to former “Baywatch” star David Charvet, the couple have two children together. Burke partners with Derek Hough.
          • Sex-tape star turned reality-show star, Kim Kardashian, 27, will fill the famous for no good reason void on season seven of the series. Kardashian will share the spotlight with dancer Mark Ballas.
          • Jeff Ross, 42, is a popular insult comic. While Ross probably won’t dazzle us with his dancing, audiences can likely look forward to some colorful exchanges between Ross and judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Edyta Sliwinska gets the honor of teaching Ross how to shake his bon-bon.

          The new season of “DWTS” premieres on Monday, September 22 on ABC.

          “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

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