Sunday, May 19, 2024

Susan Lucci Back on TV with New Show from “Desperate Housewives” Creator


That didn’t take too long. Susan Lucci, who ruled daytime TV for 41 years on “All My Children,” is coming back. Lucci will star in “Devious Maids,” the new show from “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry. Ironically, the comedy–an “Upstairs Downstairs” for the 2010s–comes from ABC Productions. “All My Children” was unceremoniously dumped by ABC last year, and not even given a proper send off.Lifetime has ordered 13 episodes, scheduled to start airing in 2013.

Lucci is a survivor, and a popular presence on TV. Her character, Erica Kane, was probably the best known soap diva of all time. In the new show, La Lucci will play one of the wealthy employers of the devious maids of the title. Among the show’s other stars are Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty), Judy Reyes (The Pregnancy Project), Dania Ramirez (Entourage), Roselyn Sanchez (Without a Trace), Edy Ganem (Livin’ Loud) and Grant Show (Melrose Place).

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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