Fall TV Preview

TVLine Items: Susan Lucci's AMC Status Report, Drop Dead Scoop, and Other TV News to Know

Soap queen Susan Lucci has a few words of encouragement for fans worried about the fate of ABC’s long-running sudser All My Children. “We’ll see, as long as we have these loyal, passionate fans in our corner,” La Lucci offered Monday on Good Morning America. “And we just received a letter from the vice president in charge of finance congratulating us on what great shape we’re in.”

Also a positive sign that the series is not in any imminent danger: Last Wednesday, AMC executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers told the cast that “[the cancellation] rumors are just rumors.” So, that’s something, right?

Ready for more of today’s top TV dish? Well…

• How ’bout a little Drop Dead Diva scoop to start your week off right? TVLine has learned that Tony Goldwyn (Ghost, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) has been cast as a corrupt District Attorney who just so happens to have a romantic past with Jane. Goldwyn appears in the sixth episode of Drop Dead‘s third season, which premieres on Lifetime this June.

• Gale Harold (Queer as Folk) has joined The CW’s buzzy pilot The Secret Circle, says Deadline. Harold, who currently recurs on Hellcats, will play the father of the coven’s head witch Diana (played by Days of our Lives’ Shelley Hennig).

• Also pilot-bound is Daneel Harris Ackles, Deadline reports. The One Tree Hill starlet has landed a lead in NBC’s “twisty” romantic comedy I Hate That I Love You. Ackles also costars in NBC’s long-on-the-shelf sitcom Friends With Benefits.

• Lifetime’s Army Wives drew 4.8 million viewers Sunday night, making it the most watched episode in the series’ five-year history.

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