>LET LUCCI RULE!
THIS IS THE WEEK OF THE DAYTIME Emmy Awards (ABC, Wed., May 26, 9 p.m. ET), which means there will be the usual speculation about Susan Lucci’s chances. The All My Children star has been nominated 14 consecutive years for Best Actress and has yet to win. In this case, character truly is destiny. Each year Lucci’s audition tape is blown out of the water by some impressive talents who play daytime’s most sainted martyrs and black-hearted villainesses—and who devour the scenery in the process. By comparison, Lucci’s coy, manipulative Erica Kane will always seem more transparent. But, hey, all the other awards shows are glorified popularity contests. The fact is that Lucci is and has been for most of her career the most recognizable and charismatic performer on daytime, the only one whose popularity extends outside the genre’s fan base. How often do you see Elizabeth Hubbard, Kim Zimmer or Erika Slezak appear on QVC? Is Lucci the best actress in soapdom? Maybe, maybe not. Now give her the damned statuette already!