'All My Children' Star Susan Lucci Is Returning to TV -- in Primetime!

Following up her 41-year stint as Erica Kane, the star has wrapped up a pilot for ABC with Marc Cherry based on a telenovela

Her show, All My Children, may have died a slow death. But was there any doubt that soap queen Susan Lucci would rise from the ashes? After 41 years of playing the iconic Erica Kane, Lucci has wasted no time moving on. And she's using her soap credentials wisely.

After some pit stops for cameo roles in Hot in Cleveland and a Gloria Estefan video, she has systematically set about securing a new place in primetime TV. First off, she got a role in Devious Maids, the latest primetime drama by Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry. The show, which is based on a popular Mexican telenova, stars Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez and Judy Reyes as maids working for wealthy (and, naturally, difficult) Beverly Hills housewives. Lucci plays one of those employers, the slightly nuts-o Genevieve Delacourt.

"Genevieve has big, big mood swings," Lucci tells the New York Post. "Marc Cherry is very funny and an intriguing storyteller. The characters are just delicious." ABC will show the pilot to potential advertisers later this month. "We don’t know if it’s a go yet," Lucci said. "In a few weeks…we should know for sure."

Ah, but she's got other irons in the fire, too. She's also signed on to host Deadly Affairs, a new, 10-episode series debuting this fall on Investigation Discovery. As the name suggests, the show will chronicle true stories of soap-style romances gone wrong, from love triangles to secret affairs at the office to crimes of passion. Basically, the sort of debacles that Erica Kane got involved in on a weekly basis. 

"There is simply no other actress in the world more qualified than Susan Lucci to host Deadly Affairs," said president and general manager of I.D. Henry Schleff in an interview with TV Guide. "While our series, of course, has the added benefit of featuring real stories of betrayal, we are delighted that Susan will bring her own distinctive voice and dramatic flair to our real life soap."

"Every day you hear these stories and you think, 'Oh, my goodness!'" Lucci told The Huffington Post. "Then they disappear. You don't know what happened next, and you don't know why they happened. I'm hoping that, in exploring them, we'll shed some light on human nature."

What will happen next for Lucci? Apparently, whatever this talented go-getter wants!

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