By Patti G
Susan Lucci AKA Erica Kane. I was on a three-hour
ride to Boston this past weekend and thought this might make
an interesting column. First, I am very aware hearing from
both the press, talk shows and other co-workers, that Ms.
Lucci is a wonderful woman to work with. She has been called
gracious, professional, supportive of her cast members and
kind to her fans. She is also the only character to be on
the show since it began 40 years ago. That is an
accomplishment right there.
However, is she a great actress? Meryl Streep
probably has nothing to worry about. Susan Lucci with all
her hair flipping, me, me, me attitude, and her habit of
acting with her hands, distract from what she does do very
well, and that is makes Erica who she is and who her fans
have come to count on.
What I wonder about is why TPTB and the writers
seem to do nothing but recycle old storylines for
Susan to play. How many love triangles are we going
to have to endure? These always start off badly. There is
always hostility between the new man and Erica, They
eventually get together and Jack plays the third wheel. The
gruff new love object for Erica this time is the grouchy old
mountain man named, Caleb. Years ago, it was Mike Roy,
Jeremy, the DA that put her in jail, and even the man who
was FBI, Chris Stamp, and thought to be Ryan’s actual
father. The point being we know how this is going to turn
out. There has been some speculation on the Boards, that
Caleb might be Ross Chandler. Interesting, not sure yet if I
What I would love to happen is for Erica to forget about
Fusion, give it back to Kendall and Greenlee and, with
Brooke out of the picture, let her go back to being Editor
of Tempo. She and Jack should just get remarried. I liked it
when they got married and had that totally blended family
thing going. It was the closest to reality that a soap dared
to go. Just because J & E remarry, things do not have to be
dull. If Erica goes back to Tempo and Jack has his law
practice, there will be professional dilemmas to deal with.
Their respective children and/or step children are enough
dynamite to keep things lively. Also, maybe Reggie could
return after graduating Law School and join Jack’s practice.
Since he has a “street side” to him, maybe he cuts corners
every once and awhile. Bianca (the new actress playing her)
and Kendall’s return will give Erica some family to fuss
Perhaps Jack decides he wants to run for DA, or Mayor of
PV or even Governor of PA. That would make Erica First
Lady. She would eat that right up with a spoon. Perhaps
during this SL, Erica who had heart surgery years ago after
an accident, starts showing signs of problems but does not
want to tell Jack or anyone else because of the campaigning.
Eventually she collapses and needs trusted Dr. Evil to save
her life, but he has no license any more. What to do?
I guess my main point is that Erica will always be Erica,
but they need to use her maturity and experience to play out
some wonderful storylines and not keep recycling old ones.
Or just write something new. Maybe she has a drug relapse,
slips into depression, I don’t know. I find it hard to
believe they cannot come up with worthwhile material.
Well, that all for me on this subject. Please let me know
what you think.
Read Patti's previous articles:
5/15/09, 5/8/09, 5/3/09,
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