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Susan Lucci's Memoir Set to be Released this March

(Soap Opera Network) — The latest news on the release of Susan Lucci’s memoir “All My Life”.

Last July, Soap Opera Network reported that It Books, an imprint of publisher HarperCollins, had tapped the biggest superstar in daytime drama history, Susan Lucci, to pen her memoir for publication in 2011. Since then, the accomplished actress and entrepreneur who has played the legendary character of Erica Kane on “All My Children” since January 5, 1970 has completed that memoir. “All My Life” is scheduled to hit book stores on Tuesday, March 29. In correlation with the book release, Lucci will spend most of that release week signing copies of her book and meeting fans at various Barnes and Noble and Book Revue locations on the East Coast.

Scheduled Signing Engagements:

  • Tuesday, March 29, 2011 12:30 PM at Barnes & Noble – Fifth Avenue. New York, NY.
  • Tuesday, March 29, 2011 7:00 PM at BookEnds – East Ridgewood Avenue. Ridgewood, NJ.
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2011 7:00 PM at Book Revue – New York Avenue. Huntington, NY.
  • Friday, April 1, 2011 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – Old Orchard Center. Skokie, IL.
  • Saturday, April 2, 2011 at Barnes & Noble – Mall of America. Bloomington, MN.

The following is a description of some of what fans can find in the 336-page memoir that can be pre-ordered right now at

“‘See that moon up there?
You can reach that high.
Never be afraid because you can be anything you want to be.’

Susan Lucci was only five years old when her father shared these encouraging words with her. They inspired the highly imaginative child who loved make-believe to craft one of the most enduring characters in television history, an achievement that would earn her a record twenty-one Emmy nominations—the most for an actor in the award’s history—and the crown as “Leading Lady of Daytime.”

When Lucci and All My Children were introduced to the world in 1971, American television changed forever. Susan’s character, the beautiful, spirited, and mercurial Erica Kane, was an original—the first vixen viewers loved to hate. But while millions have enjoyed getting to know Erica’s many sides—and have been awed at how this character has continually remade herself—the woman who plays her has remained a mystery.

In her long-awaited memoir, this very private actress, wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, friend, and entrepreneur pulls back the curtain to reveal her story.

Susan, like Erica Kane, has undergone a metamorphosis many times. All My Life shares the stories of those transformations: starring in roles on television and stage, where she took Broadway not just by storm but “by tsunami” as one critic raved about her performance in Annie Get Your Gun; mounting successful cabaret acts (solo and with Regis Philbin); bringing art and joy back to New York in the wake of 9/11; conquering the tango with Tony Dovolani on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars; and building a successful career as an entrepreneur with a signature line of products.

Susan goes beyond her success to talk about the darker moments, too, including the childhood guilt she harbored over the death of her dear grandmother, the car accident that nearly took away her career and her eyesight, her newborn son’s life-threatening illness, coping with her husband’s cancer, and the pain of miscarriage—one of the many parallels between her Erica Kane.

As charming, down-to-earth, and compelling as the woman whose story it tells, All My Life shines a spotlight on one of our most popular stars and reminds us of the power of dreams and how we can find the courage and tenacity to make them come true.”

SON will continue to keep fans updated on future developments concerning Lucci’s book release.

  • All My Children
  • Susan Lucci
  • Erica Kane

    Is There 'Life' After Death for John Wesley Shipp?

    ( — After his character was killed off late last year as part of a still unsolved murder mystery, it appears that John Wesley Shipp may be headed back to Llanview as Eddie Ford, the late papa of “One Life to Live’s” infamous trio of Ford brothers.  Shipp made a rather lengthy comment on his Facebook page on February 25 praising the show’s production crew which read in part, “Thrill rides, today.  Highlight:  murder scenes under the—I feel like saying ‘baton’– of Director Jill Mitwell…I’ve experienced this at peak moments working on Broadway, in primetime, on film, and today with the terrific cast and crew of ‘One Life To Live.’”

    In addition to Mitwell, the actor also compliments other members of “One Life’s” production team in his Facebook post, saying “Many thanks to Director Larry Carpenter for the morning scenes whch were quite a bit lighter (no murders) and Vince Cupone who–in coordinating fights and physical business–incorporates beat and motivation and reality into his process of keeping us safe and saving us from looking ridiculous most of the time unless we want to.”

    Shipp joined the “One Life” cast on November 5, only to have his character killed off six weeks later.  He last aired as Eddie in a newly created flashback scene with youngest son Nate Salinger (Lenny Platt) in early January.  Nate, along with his siblings James (Nic Robuck) and Robert Ford (David A. Gregory), and the boys’ mother (and Eddie’s ex-wife) Inez Sallinger (Jessica Leccia) have all been considered as suspects in the case. Also under suspicion for the murder is Llanview’s perennial suspect Todd Manning (Trevor St. John), as well as good guy turned bad Clint Buchanan (Jerry verDorn), who hired Eddie to do his dirty work and kidnap and rough up is his ex-wife and sister-in-law Nora (Hillary B. Smith), much to the dismay of little brother Bo (Robert S. Woods). To further complicate matters, look for Joey (Tom Degnan) to accuse someone close to him of murdering the abusive, dead beat dad on Wednesday, March 9.

    No word on Shipp’s upcoming airdates, or as to when his real murderer will be revealed.  In the meantime though, look for more references to the Eddie’s violent death to surface in the coming weeks.

    This was Shipp’s second time in Llanview.  In 1989 he played the minor role of Blanchard Lovelace on “One Life to Live.” He is best known for the roles of Kelly Nelson on “Guiding Light” from 1980-84 and Douglas Cummings on “As the World Turns” from 1985-86.  He has also appeared on “Santa Barbara” and “All My Children.”  Shipp earned Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on “ATWT” and “SB.” Other credits include “The Flash,” “Sisters,” and “Dawson’s Creek.”

    In other news…

    Zane Akram recently booked an Under 5 role on “OLTL.”  His scenes will air on Tuesday, March 15.


    • All My Children
    • One Life to Live
    • OLTL
    • Facebook
    • Guiding Light
    • Daytime Emmys
    • Jessica Leccia
    • As the World Turns
    • Broadway
    • Hillary B. Smith
    • Robert S. Woods
    • Daytime Emmy Awards
    • Llanview
    • Lenny Platt
    • Nic Robuck
    • One Life
    • Trevor St. John
    • Jerry verDorn
    • John Wesley Shipp
    • Eddie Ford
    • Dawson’s Creek
    • Sisters
    • Larry Carpenter
    • David Gregory
    • Santa Barbara
    • Comings & Goings
    • Jill Mitwell
    • Vince Cupone
    • The Flash
    • Zane Akram

      Danny Cistone Joins 'GH' in Recurring Role

      ( — "General Hospital" has cast actor Danny Cistone in the recurring role of Jules, one of the Balkan's (Daniel Benzali) henchman that is holding some high priced inventory from their loved one's.

      According to sources, Cistone will debut on the Wednesday, March 2 episode of "General Hospital" when Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) wakes up from what she thinks is a dream, but turns into a nightmare soon after as Jules presents her with a potentially deadly injection.

      In addition to his role on "GH," Cistone is also the Technical Director and Co-founder of Theatre 68 | 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company along with Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie Dimestico). He's appeared in a number of films including "West of Brooklyn" and "A Bronx Tale," which both co-starred Marmo and in the case of "Bronx Tale," James Franco (Franco).

      Cistone's last airdate is set for Thursday, March 10.

      • General Hospital
      • Ronnie Marmo
      • James Franco
      • Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo
      • Danny Cistone
      • West of Brooklyn
      • A Bronx Tale
      • Theatre 68 | 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company
      • Daniel Benzali

        Stuart Damon Launches 'Luxury Lifestyles' TV Series with Son

        ( — After portraying the role of Alan Quartermaine on ABC's "General Hospital" for 31 years, Stuart Damon has taken to real estate as his second career move. The actor has joined his son to host the new series "Luxury Lifestyles," which takes a look into the life of luxury in the growing Southern California housing market.

        Launching on Sunday, March 6 at 11:00 AM on KCOP Channel 13 in Southern California, "Luxury Lifestyles" will give viewers the opportunity to peak inside the homes of some of the grandest living spaces in the area, but unfortunately for the rest of us in the country we'll miss out on all the finest homes.

        "It was intended to be a local show but there could be a national interest in this," said Christopher Damon, who was a producer on the first season of "Survivor" as well as MTV's "Road Rules" in an interview with AOL Real Estate. "You can certainly make this a national show and even an international show. I don't think it has any particular limitations. We have just been so focused on getting this first season together and getting the show launched."

        "I have actually been involved with real estate development for the last 20 years," said the elder Damon when asked why he chose real estate as the next step in his life. "Now that my 31-year run with 'General Hospital' is over, I have more time to devote to it. Working in real estate with my son offers me the flexibility to continue acting when parts arise, while my son handles the business. He had been working in residential and commercial real estate for the last 10 years so this was a great opportunity."

        "The show is not really about us or any listings we have or are dealing with," said the younger Damon. "The show highlights a variety of homeowners, agents, architects, and designers." But mostly, he says, it is "just about seeing amazing real estate." [Stuart adds: "We try to make the show just fun and entertaining, not too serious. Our sense of humor and sense of fun we both have with each other come in handy and it is natural to us."]

        In the Spring of 2010, the duo launched The Damon Group alongside real estate broker Joyce Rey of Joyce Rey Coldwell Banker Previews International. They are joined by real estate brokers and partners Jason Oppenheim and Stacy Gottula.

        On the web: Luxury Lifestyles TV

        • General Hospital
        • Stuart Damon
        • Luxury Lifestyles
        • Jason Oppenheim
        • Stacy Gottula
        • Joyce Rey
        • Real Estate
        • The Damon Group
        • Christopher Damon

          Back Yet Again! Tuc Watkins Returns to 'One Life'

          ( — With his character left to rot in a Moroccan prison, Tuc Watkins comes back to his old daytime stomping ground.  But with Bo (Robert S. Woods) now hot on his son’s trail, it maybe just a matter of time before David Vickers Buchanan is a free man once more — or will it?  As we previously reported, following a falling out between Bo and best pal/nephew Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier), the troubled pair head for the African desert nation in search of the missing Buchanan heir, only to realize that Clint (Jerry verDorn) is one step ahead of them.  Look for Watkins to next air as David beginning the week of March 14.

          Watkins has played David on and off since originating the role in 1994.  He was last seen in early January trying to bribe a guard who was patrolling his jail cell.  He also portrays the recurring role of Bob Hunter on “Desperate Housewives.”  Other credits include Reggie on “Santa Barbara” (1993) and Dr. Pierce Dorman on “General Hospital” (1996-97), along with numerous television and stage appearances.  And he had a small role in the 1999 film “The Mummy.”

          In other news…

          David A. Gregory (Ford) has posted his upcoming airdates.  Look for him on March 2, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 22, 25, 28, 29, and 30.

          Gary Hilborn plays “Private Security Guard #1″ on Monday, March 7.

          Frank Dolce and Aitana Rinab portrayed Brad and Beth, respectively, beginning Tuesday, February 22.

          Li Jun Li debuted as the Gothic Vegas Justice of the Peace assistant beginning Friday, February 25.

          Also on on the 25th, Ariel Shafir played Dan, the man Tess flirted with while in Las Vegas.

          And Kristen Alderson (Starr) tweeted Friday (February 25) that had a photo shoot for the show to attend.

          • One Life to Live
          • General Hospital
          • Las Vegas
          • Twitter
          • Kristen Alderson
          • Robert S. Woods
          • David Gregory
          • Tuc Watkins
          • Ford
          • Jerry verDorn
          • John-Paul Lavoisier
          • Desperate Housewives
          • Bob Hunter
          • Moroccan
          • David Vickers Buchanan
          • Clint Buchanan
          • Rex Balsom
          • Starr Manning
          • Bo Buchanan
          • Santa Barbara
          • Gary Hilborn
          • The Mummy
          • Frank Dolce
          • Aitana Rinab
          • Li Jun Li
          • Ariel Shafir

            Shayna Seymour Behind-the-Scenes of 'One Life to Live'

            (SoapOperaNetwork) — Ever wondered how soaps make getting slapped look so realistic?  Or how the actors learn all those lines? On the heels of Shayna Seymour‘s walk-on role this week as “Shayna the diner waitress” on “One Life to Live,” the Boston reporter takes fans behind-the-scenes of the long-running ABC soap to answer those questions and interview cast members Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Ted King (Tomas), Mark Lawson (Brody), and Josh Kelly (Cutter).

            The WCVB-TV anchor described her day in Llanview in a special episode of the station’s weeknight news magazine show “Chronicle HD.”  Click here to view Part 1 and Part 2 of Seymour’s day in the life of a soap star.  (NOTE: Part 2 also contains an unrelated story that was also featured on that particular episode of the program).

            • Ted King
            • Kassie DePaiva
            • Mark Lawson
            • Llanview
            • Josh Kelly
            • Shayna Seymour
            • WCVBTV
            • WCVB TV
            • WMUR TV
            • Chronicle HD
            • Dream Big
            • Boston
            • Manchester, New Hampshire

              Pop Culture Studies: Soap Operas 101

              Pop Culture Studies: Soap Operas 101

              ( — Colleges and universities are now teaching their students more than traditional subjects like physics, Latin, English literature, and chemical engineering.  Since the dawn of the digital age, these institutes of higher learning have begun to offer a host of nontraditional courses, including studies in social networking, horror films, video games, and yes, even soap operas.

              At Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green Sam Ford, co-editor of The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era, is teaching a class this semester on the daytime drama genre as part of the college's Pop Culture Studies Program.  WKU is only one of two colleges in the nation offer a major in pop culture. Twice a week students gather together to discuss his book, as well as Robert C. Allen's Speaking of Soap Operas and a variety of other readings, in order to gain insight into the evolution of the soap opera, in order to gain new insight into the evolution of the soap opera.

              "A uniquely American creation, the daytime serial drama is perhaps the most in-depth example of serialized storytelling in our popular culture, telling stories daily about the same characters and families over decades, with no off season.  This class examines the history of these 'soap operas' and their audiences by focusing on the production of soaps, the shows themselves, and the active practices of soap opera viewers. Through the semester, we will look at the place soap operas have held in U.S. culture and where the genre finds itself today, discussing how soaps compare and contrast with to other forms of serialized storytelling," reads a description on the course syllabus.  (To view the syllabus, click on "Course Syllabus" next to "Download Attached Files" under "Social Networks" at the end of the article.)

              Ford has chosen the popular CBS daytime drama "The Bold & the Beautiful," with which he has forged a unique partnership with the show's creative staff, to allow his students "to gain additional insights into the soap opera industry and to provide feedback to the writing team, based on their observations."  Throughout the semester, episodes of other soap operas are also used for comparison, including the special 70th anniversary episode of "Guiding Light," which was canceled last year after more than seventy years on television and radio.

              In addition, students will correspond with one another and discuss their findings in a blog that Ford has used since he taught a similar soap opera class at MIT three years ago.  Other requirements for the course include interviews with two contributors (other than Ford) to The Survival of Soap Opera and a term paper over a topic relevant to the material covered covered in class.

              Soap Opera Network is currently reviewing Ford's book, and will post an in-depth analysis of it later this spring.

              The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era, is a publication of the University of Mississippi Press, and can be purchased at Amazon. Among the numerous contributors to the book is radio soap creator, We Love Soaps founder, and Soap Opera Network poster Roger Newcomb.

              For more information, click here to read an interesting article about Sam Ford's class with the Bowling Green Daily News, or here for a report on the class from WKU's student newspaper, the Herald.

              • Soap Opera Network
              • The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era
              • University Press of Mississippi
              • Sam Ford
              • Abigail De Kosnik
              • C. Lee Harrington
              • Amazon
              • Robert C. Allen
              • daytime drama
              • soap opera
              • book
              • Blog
              • The Bold and the Beautiful
              • Guiding Light
              • Roger Newcomb
              • Western Kentucky University
              • WKU
              • MIT
              • Herald
              • Bowling Green
              • Bowling Green Daily News
              • Pop Cultures Study Program
              • Speaking of Soap Operas
              • We Love Soaps

                Ilene Kristen Gets Familiar Company in 'My Big Gay Italian Wedding'

                (SoapOperaNetwork) — Ilene Kristen's (Roxy) daytime co-stars Kristen Alderson (Starr) and Brittany Underwood (soon to be ex-Langston) join her in the Off-Broadway production of the hit play, which centers around two gay men planning their wedding and having to deal with overbearing friends and family along the way, from March 17-19.  Also joining the show for those dates will be former "As the World Turns" stars Ellen Dolan (ex-Margo) and Marnie Schulenburg (ex-Alison).  Ilene Kristen's run as Aunt Toniann in the show goes through March 26.

                Directed by "OLTL" Associate Director and Editor Teresa A. Cicala, "My Big Gay Italian Wedding" also stars Anthony J. Wilkinson, Marty Thomas, Erik Ransom, Eric Carpenter, Brett Douglas, Liz Gerecitano, Leah Gerstel, Randi Kaplan, Chad Kessler, Marissa Rosen, Meagan Robar, Joe Scanio, Joey Murray, Billy Yoder and Adam Zelasko.

                The play takes place at St. Luke's Theatre at 308 West 46th Street in New York City.  To purchase tickets and see the schedule of performances, click here.   And for more information about the play, visit the show's official website.

                • One Life to Live
                • New York City
                • As The World Turns
                • Kristen Alderson
                • Brittany Underwood
                • Ilene Kristen
                • Marnie Schulenburg
                • Off Broadway
                • Ellen Dolan
                • My Big Gay Italian Wedding
                • Teresa A. Cicala
                • Anthony J. Wilkinson
                • Marty Thomas
                • Erik Ransom
                • Eric Carpenter
                • Brett Douglas
                • Liz Gerecitano
                • Leah Gerstel
                • Randi Kaplan
                • Chad Kessler
                • Marissa Rosen
                • Megan Robar
                • Joe Scanio
                • Joey Murray
                • Billy Yoder
                • Adam Zelasko
                • St. Luke’s Theatre

                  ABC Deciding Fate of Daytime Lineup?

                  ( — The sky is falling at ABC Daytime! At least that's what published reports have fans thinking after news broke yesterday that ABC is about to make "major decisions" relating to its daytime lineup of "The View," "All My Children," "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live."

                  The Story

                  Daytime Confidential is reporting that ABC will be making a decision in the coming weeks regarding its daytime lineup in the wake of Oprah Winfrey's impending departure from the ABC O&O (Owned and Operated) stations across the country in September. The decision, which has been highly anticipated for sometime, is expected to cause "ripple effects throughout the ABC Daytime lineup" according to DC's sources.

                  "They have to make a decision by the end of the First Quarter 2011 in order to get one or more of the shows on the air by fall," said the source in the DC report. "Affiliates are getting antsy with Oprah leaving the airwaves with no clear cut successor. The decisions ABC will be making will have ripple effects throughout the ABC Daytime lineup and yes, the soaps will be affected."

                  The Facts

                  In 2009 and again in 2010, news broke that ABC Media Productions (previously known as Buena Vista Television) was developing talk shows and reality programming for corporate parent Disney/ABC Television Group. ABC Media Productions, ABC Daytime and soon-to-depart SOAPnet are all overseen by Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group. The production company has produced "Southern Belles: Louisville" and "HoliDate" for SOAPnet, along with oversight of game show "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?" which airs in national syndication.

                  In a November 2010 report, Los Angeles Times reporter Joe Flint published an article announcing that the production company had found the right man to co-host a daily talk show alongside Tori Spelling ("Beverly Hills, 90210"). That man was Jeff Lewis ("Flipping Out"). "In the test pilot show with Spelling last week, the two had good chemistry. The show, which is still in the development stage, wants to be a talk show version of 'Will & Grace,'" the report said at the time. When news initially broke, speculation went wild that ABC would be canceling one or more of its soaps this season and would replace them with this show, which has since gone nowhere beyond the initial pilot filmed in November. This same scenario played out in the Summer of 2009 when ABC Media Productions was developing a talk show for Aisha Tyler, but the key factor is whether or not these shows the company is developing are even targeted for the ABC Television Network itself. The production company after all has produced numerous hours of original programming for non-Disney cable networks including SyFy, TLC and TruTV. Last summer the company announced they were developing a half-hour reality show called "Ghost Town" and featuring well-known psychic Maureen Hancock as she goes "coast to coast calling up the past, seeing the future, and contacting spirits." That potential series was to be produced by "Ghost Whisperer" executive producers Kim Moses and Ian Sander. Nothing's been heard about the project since.

                  The Response

                  When pressed for comment, an ABC representative stated "there's nothing to comment on" and reminds us that the DC story is based on old news that has already been widely reported on, but with some new speculation added in.

                  • All My Children
                  • One Life to Live
                  • SOAPnet
                  • General Hospital
                  • Ghost Whisperer
                  • Brian Frons
                  • Daytime Confidential
                  • Oprah Winfrey
                  • The Oprah Winfrey Show
                  • Beverly Hills, 90210
                  • Business
                  • Tori Spelling
                  • Aisha Tyler
                  • Jeff Lewis
                  • Flipping Out
                  • Joe Flint
                  • Los Angeles Times
                  • ABC Media Productions
                  • Ian Sander
                  • Ghost Town
                  • Kim Moses
                  • Maureen Hancock

                    Jennifer Aniston Reveals She is a Soap Fan

                    Jennifer Aniston Reveals She is a Soap Fan

                    (SoapOperaNetwork) — Sometimes even the biggest of television and movie stars keep up with the happenings in the world of daytime drama. In an interview earlier this month with "The View," Jennifer Aniston confessed that she is a fan of one of the central characters on "One Life to Live."

                    After coming onstage to talk with the ladies of the ABC Daytime gabfest on February 10, Aniston stated that "I just met Viki [Erika Slezak] from 'One Life to Live' in the elevator and I almost passed out." "The View" and "One Life to Live" have had studios in the same building since "All My Children's" move from New York City to near Los Angeles last year.

                    The accomplished actress is no stranger to soaps. Her father John Aniston has placed Victor Kiriakis on "Days of our Lives" since 1985. Aniston is best remembered for the role of Rachel Green on the 1994-2004 NBC sitcom "Friends." The role earned her several honors, including an Emmy, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She has also appeared in films such as "Bruce Almighty," "Marley & Me," "He's Just Not That Into You," and "Along Came Polly," as well "Just Go With It," which co-stars Adam Sandler and was released in theaters on February 11.

                    • One Life to Live
                    • Days of our Lives
                    • ABC
                    • Los Angeles
                    • New York City
                    • John Aniston
                    • NBC
                    • The View
                    • Erika Slezak
                    • Friends
                    • Jennifer Aniston
                    • Adam Sandler
                    • Bruce Almighty
                    • Marley and Me
                    • Along Came Polly
                    • Just Go With It
                    • He’s Just Not That Into You
                    • Emmy Awards
                    • Golden Globes
                    • Screen Actors Guild Awards

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