Daytime legend and “All My Children” icon Susan Lucci will be appearing on the Friday, April 30 episode of “The Dr. Oz Show” to discuss getting vaccinated and being separated from her 104-year-old mother for a year, and to talk about the potential “AMC” primetime reboot titled “Pine Valley,” which is still in the development stage at ABC.
In a preview of her appearance, Lucci says to her good friend Dr. Mehmet Oz that she would love to reprise her iconic role as Erica Kane should the potential reboot get a series order from the network. “I know the fans want that very, very much,” Lucci said. “And, I still believe that Erica Kane is one of the best parts ever written for a woman so I certainly hope so.”
Spearheaded by Lucci’s former “AMC” co-stars and real-life power couple Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley Vaughan Santos; “Live with Kelly and Ryan”) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo Santos; “Riverdale”), Dr. Oz took note of Lucci’s interest in reprising the role to which Lucci noted, “It would be wonderful to play her again and with the company of actors… My goodness, I was so lucky.”
Ripa and Consuelos are executive producers alongside the show’s writer Leo Richardson (“EastEnders,” “Katy Keene,” “Star”), Andrew Stearn and Robert Nixon, son of the late Agnes Nixon, creator of both “AMC” and “One Life to Live.”
In a recent posting on Instagram, Richardson responded to a potential viewer who asked if the project was still happening and said, “I certainly hope so!” When the lack of updated news on the project was brought up in a follow-up comment, Richardson replied, “Don’t worry! It’s a long process but it’ll happen!”
Based on the town in which the daytime soap opera took place, the potential primetime series will follow a young journalist with a secret agenda looking to expose the dark and murderous history of the town only to become entangled in a feud between the Kane and Santos families. The series plans to explore all the secrets that come with the Kane and Santos family names.
Richardson announced that he had turned in the producer’s draft of “Pine Valley” in late February.
“Almost a year and a half of work right there. Now it’s up to the goddesses…,” Richardson wrote on his since-deleted Twitter account. In a since-deleted tweet, he added, “A year and a half of work comes down to just 60 pages. And off she goes…”
To see what else Lucci has to say on “The Dr. Oz Show,” make sure to check your local listings for time and station.