TVLine Items: SOAPnet's Grand AMC Send-Off, Grey's Anatomy Mom Is Cast, and More

Let the countdown begin!

On Sept. 23, All My Children‘s final broadcast episode will air on ABC. Thankfully, SOAPnet has announced plans to honor the daytime institution with a two-day, 12-episode marathon of AMC‘s most memorable hours.

For starters, relish in the wonder that is Erica Kane on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7/6c, with a mini-marathon titled “I Love Lucci.” The five back-to-back episodes (one from 1979!) include Erica’s fairy tale wedding to Jack (one of their trips down the aisle, anyway), her daughter Bianca’s difficult coming out, and the realization that she might in fact be a pill addict.

Head back to SOAPnet on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 5 pm for “All My Children: Last Chance for Romance,” which will feature seven episodes meant to showcase Pine Valley’s most beloved couples, including: Cliff and Nina (pictured above); Jenny and Greg; Tad and Dixie; Ryan and Gillian; Leo and Greenlee; Zach and Kendall; and Angie and Jesse.

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It’s official: Three-time Grey’s Anatomy director Debbie Allen will be stepping in front of the camera to play Jackson’s mom, EW.com confirms. The dance legend is set to appear in the fifth episode of the ABC medical drama’s eighth season (premiering Sept. 22).

• New York Magazine’s Vulture is reporting that Oxygen has decided not to move forward with its ratings-challenged Paris Hilton vehicle, The World According to Paris. Though, a rep for the series tells TVLine that “the show just recently completed its run and no pick up decision has been made.” Additionally, the TV blog states that Roseanne Barr’s Roseanne’s Nuts is on the chopping block.

• The presenters for the 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards have been announced, and there’s no shortage of TV folk taking part. Giving out gold at the Sept. 10 event — to be broadcast Sept. 17 on ReelzChannel — will be Jon Cryer and Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men), Connie Britton and Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights), Alison Brie and Dan Harmon (Community), Phil Keoghan and Bertram Van Munster (The Amazing Race), Noah Wyle and Robert Rodat (Falling Skies), Nick Tweed Simmons and Gene Simmons (Gene Simmons: Family Jewels), Kiernan Shipka and Matthew Weiner (Mad Men), and Jeff Probst and Mark Burnett (Survivor).

• NBC has purchased a drama pilot from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jerry Bruckheimer, Deadline reports. The series is said to tell the story of the 1980s “Hulkamania” pro-wrestling boom.

• Who will host this Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards? According to Billboard, the coveted spot (occupied last year by Chelsea Handler) is going to… no one!

• Beginning Sept. 5, TeenNick will replace Clarissa Explains It All and Doug with the animated classics Hey Arnold! and Rocko’s Modern Life on its The ’90s Are All That programming block, per EW.com.

• And lastly, a somber note: Jimmy Kimmel Live staple Frank “Uncle Frank” Potenza died Tuesday at the age of 77. Potenza joined his real-life nephew on the eponymous ABC late-night show back in 2003, after two decades as a New York City police officer.

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