Tuesday, November 19, 2013

11/19 Susan Lucci

As the most famous face in daytime television history, Susan Lucci has held audiences spellbound for years as the sexy, sassy, beautiful "woman you love to hate," Erica Kane on ABC-TV's "All My Children." In May 1999 she won the Emmy Award for "Best Actress," which was a historic moment not only for Lucci, but for all of television. She received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 28, 2005 and was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2006. Lucci was named one of E! Entertainment's "Top Entertainers of the Year" as well as one of Barbara Walters' "Ten Most Fascinating People." VH-1 has also named Lucci one of its"200 Top Icons of all Time."

Lucci is the host and narrator of Investigation Discovery's "Deadly Affairs," which premiered in the fall of 2012 and was the second highest series debut in network history. The show was renewed for a second season scheduled for the summer of 2013. Lucci will also star in the new highly anticipated series, "Devious Maids," created by Marc Cherry, who also created the hit series, Desperate Housewives. Devious Maids will air on Lifetime beginning late spring 2013. In 2011 Lucci appeared in the highly rated season finale of TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland," and returned for another episode in February 2012 entitled, "I Love Lucci." She also guest starred in a recurring role on Lifetime's "Army Wives" in 2012. Lucci competed on ABC's primetime reality show, "Dancing with the Stars," hosted "Saturday Night Live," and guest-starred in many successful television series and numerous movies for television throughout her career. In March 2011 Lucci released her New York Times bestselling autobiography, All My Life, with Harper Collins. The paperback edition of All My Life was released on September 13th.

Lucci's artistic excellence afforded her the opportunity to expand to luminous careers in theater and cabaret with solo concerts across the country and nightclub performances opening for Regis Philbin. In her 1999 Broadway debut, Lucci starred as Annie Oakley in the revival of Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun," to amazing reviews. Michael Logan of TV Guide said, "Susan Lucci didn't just take Great White Way by storm: she took it by tornado, hurricane and tsunami, too." Reenact
Acting and singing are only two of Lucci's many passions. Within the past 10 years she became a successful entrepreneur launching a Susan Lucci Collection of hair care products, two fragrances, jewelry, shoes, and accessory lines, and a lingerie line for "beauty of all ages." Her head-to-toe collection is a constant sell-out and available on the Home Shopping Network (HSN). In 2002, Lucci introduced a personal microdermabrasion system with Guthy-Renker, Youthful Essence® by Susan Lucci that has sold over 10 million kits worldwide since its debut. Lucci expanded her expertise with Guthy-Renker by also presenting "Malibu Pilates," the widely popular Pilates chair fitness program.

Lucci's commitment to her work with children has most recently taken her to Africa in support of Feed The Children, appearing in an Emmy-award winning documentary. She and her husband have been ongoing champions of Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York and most recently have been the spokespersons for the National AFib Campaign. She has served as the March of Dimes' National Ambassador in 2000 and as a celebrity spokesperson for AMDeC (Academic Medicine Development Company) and The New York Cancer Project. She has also been involved with Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids and is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the prestigious New York City Gracie Award and the Muse Award for Women in Film & Television. She was inducted into the American Academy of Achievement Awards and presented with the Italian Board of Guardians Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lucci's accomplishments and contributions to the world of television and the performing arts have truly made her an icon to millions.


Devious Maids is an American television comedy-drama series created by Marc Cherry, produced by ABC Studios and executive produced by Cherry, Sabrina Wind, Eva Longoria, Paul McGuigan, Larry Shuman, David Lonner, John Mass, Paul Presburger, and Michael Garcia. The series premiered June 23, 2013, onLifetime

The show's cast includes Ana Ortiz as lead character, and Dania Ramirez,Roselyn S├ínchez, Edy Ganem, and Judy Reyes as other maids, with Susan Lucci, Rebecca Wisocky, Tom Irwin, Brianna Brown, Brett Cullen, Mariana Klaveno, and Grant Show in feature main roles. The series centers on four Latina maids working in the homes of Beverly Hills’ wealthiest and most powerful families, and a newcomer who made it personal after a maid was murdered and determined to uncover the truth behind her demise, and in the process become an ally in their lives.

The show was originally in development to air on ABC. The pilot episode was released online on June 9, 2013, before its television debut. The pilot episodehas received positive reviews from critics. The pilot drew 1.99 million viewers, and in episode six, shot up 45 percent from the series premiere, to 2.90 million viewers. The first season finale would become its highest rated episode, peaking at 3 million viewers

On August 13, 2013, Devious Maids was renewed for a second season, consisting of 13 episodes. Season 2 is set to premiere on Lifetime on April 6, 2014. Brianna Brown and Brett Cullen are not returning for season 2.


Deadly Affairs is an American documentary television series on Investigation Discovery that debuted on September 28, 2012. The series tells true stories of love affairs that ended up deadly and is hosted by former All My Children actressSusan Lucci. Deadly Affairs was renewed for a second season in November 2012, with the premiere on August 3, 2013.

Recipe of the Week

Italian Breaded Pork Chops 

8 Thin Cut Pork Chops
11/2 Cups Bread Crumbs (Panko Italian Seasoned)
1/2 Cup Romano Cheese
2 Eggs
4 Cloves of Garlic (Chopped)
1 Cup Olive Oil

Heat garlic in olive oil until translucent, remove garlic. Dip Chops in egg and bread crumbs after being seasoned with cheese, herbs, salt and pepper. Fry in hot oil until crisp, about two minutes on each side. Place on paper towels or rack to drain excess oil.


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