All My Children's Susan Lucci, Michael E. Knight, Darnell Williams Head to Hot in Cleveland


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Susan Lucci, Wendie Malick (c)TVLandSusan Lucci (Erica), Michael E. Knight (Tad) and Darnell Williams (Jesse) guest star on Hot in Cleveland and TV Land's Wendie Malick guest stars on All My Children, continuing the storyline established in Hot in Cleveland's first season. To wit...

Fans of Hot in Cleveland know that Wendie Malick's character, Victoria Chase, a former soap star, has a past with Susan Lucci! Well this February, in an unprecedented cross-over event, ABC and TV Land join forces to bring characters from All My Children to Hot in Cleveland and vice versa. The purpose is to continue the storyline established on last season's Hot in Cleveland which revolves around the fact that Susan Lucci (Erica, All My Children) is the industry-nemesis of Wendie Malick's character, Victoria Chase.

All My Children's Emmy Award® winners Susan Lucci, Michael E. Knight (Tad) and Darnell Williams (Jesse) will appear as themselves on Hot in Cleveland and Golden Globe® winner Wendie Malick, as her Hot in Cleveland" character Victoria Chase, will appear on All My Children as Gertie, a housekeeper who ends up moonlighting as a bartender at Confusion after Erica Kane fires her.

"We are thrilled Victoria Chase will join the cast of All My Children – there are very few actresses who could pull off a dual role performance as BOTH a maid and bartender. We hope she is up to the challenge," teased Julie Carruthers, executive producer, All My Children. Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group, joked: "There is only room for one Erica Kane in Pine Valley, and Victoria Chase will unfortunately find that out the hard way." Frons went on to say, "This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness of both shows with similar demos, and we expect each other's viewers to follow from one show to the next."

"We're so happy that Victoria Chase will finally get to show 'All My Children' fans why she is a soap superstar," responds Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land. "We're so excited to partner with 'All My Children' to bring to life this classic TV form when television worlds collide."

And get this. It will prove to be a homecoming of sorts for not only Susan Lucci (who did appear on Hot in Cleveland last season), but for Michael E. Knight who has worked with Valerie Bertinelli before on her 90s sitcom "Sydney."

The two-part Hot in Cleveland episodes will air on TV Land on February 16 and 23 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT, and the "All My Children" episode will air on ABC at 1:00 p.m., ET/12:00 p.m., PT on February 24.

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Hot in Cleveland revolves around three fabulous best friends from Los Angeles – novelist Melanie Moretti (Valerie Bertinelli), eye-brow archer to the stars Joy Scroggs (Jane Leeves) and former soap star Victoria Chase (Wendie Malick) – who find their lives changed forever when their plane, headed for Paris, makes an unexpected landing. When the friends discover that life is better for them since they are hot in Cleveland, they decide to stay. Starting over together, they rent a house that happens to come with a very opinionated caretaker (Betty White).

Filmed in front of a live studio audience, Hot in Cleveland is executive-produced by Emmy Award winner Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions, and is helmed by Emmy Award-winning Suzanne Martin (Frasier, Ellen) serving as executive producer, show runner and writer. Lynda Obst also serves as executive producer.

Season One of Hot in Cleveland will be available on DVD on January 11, just in time to relive all ten hilarious episodes before the second season kicks off. The two-disc set is loaded with uproarious bonus material, including the original full-length pilot, bloopers, wardrobe featurette, We Love Our Age featurette, a set tour, Victoria's (Malick) full-length Japanese Lady Pants commercial and more.

Entertainment Weekly and TV Land have named Susan Lucci one of the Top 50 Television Icons of all time for her portrayal of the legendary Erica Kane, the sexy, sassy, beautiful "woman you love to hate!" In May 1999, all of America stood and cheered when she won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and in 2005 she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Three-time Emmy Award winner Michael E. Knight created the role of Tad Martin on "All My Children" in 1983, when he was better known as "Tad the Cad." Today Tad is less of a cad, but ever more a fan favorite and respected actor. Emmy Award winner Darnell Williams made a triumphant return to the show in January 2008, after a 20-year absence, to reprise the fan-favorite role of the presumed deceased Jessie Hubbard.

All My Children celebrated its 41th anniversary on January 5th, 2011. The program has successfully maintained its popularity and continues to be one of daytime's most compelling dramas. "All My Children" took home the 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series, the third time the show received this top honor, having also garnered the award in 1994 and 1992. In 2004 the show also received its third consecutive Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series Writing, its third Writers Guild Award and its fourth GLAAD Media Award in March 2007.

Created by Agnes Nixon, All My Children premiered on the ABC Television Network on January 5, 1970, as a half-hour show; seven years later it expanded to an hour. Julie Hanan Carruthers is executive producer with David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski as co-head writers. "All My Children" is produced in Los Angeles and airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (1:00-2:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.