4:14pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Susan Lucci to Star in Marc Cherry's Soapy ABC Pilot
Susan Lucci is returning to ABC.
The former All My Children star has joined the cast of the network's Marc Cherry drama pilot Devious Maids, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Devious, an adaptation of the Mexican format, revolves around four maids (Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Roselyn Sanchez and Dania Ramirez) with ambition and dreams of their own while they work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.
Lucci will co-star as Genevieve Delacourt, the wealthy but borderline crazy employer of one of the maids.
Cherry will write and executive produce alongside Sabrina Wind, Paul Presburger, David Lonner, Larry Shuman, Michael Garcia and John Mass. Paul McGuigan will direct the pilot for the ABC Studios production, which will film in Los Angeles.
Lucci played the iconic character of Erica Kane on ABC's recently departed All My Children from 1970-2011. She famously was nominated for the lead actress in a drama Daytime Emmy 18 times before winning in 1999. Should Devious be picked up to series, the role would mark Lucci's first primetime scripted series gig since her turn on Dallas. The actress also appeared on Season 7 of the network's Dancing With the Stars.
All My Children was canceled last year to make room for less expensive programming on the network, with Lucci criticizing then-ABC daytime chief Brian Frons' decision to pull the plug on the long-running soap.
On Devious, Lucci joins former General Hospital star Brianna Brown, as well as Rebecca Wisocky, Angelique Cabral and Edy Ganem.