ABC Benches Susan Lucci's Devious Maids; Hayden Panettiere and Jonathan Jackson's Nashville Gets Series Order

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Several daytime soap alums will be heading to ABC primetime this fall, but the genre's biggest star won't be one of them, at least not in Devious Maids. ABC has reportedly passed on Marc Cherry's Desperate Housewives follow-up, which was set to star All My Children's Susan Lucci.

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While the Mouse House passed on Cherry's soapy mystery series, they did pick up the music industry-themed sudser Nashville, starring daytime soap alums Hayden Panettiere (One Life to Live, Guiding Light) and General Hospital's Jonathan Jackson. From creator Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise), Nashville centers on a fading, female country crooner (Friday Night Lights' Connie Britton) dealing with a rising, young honky tonk starlet (Panettiere). Jackson is set to play a sexy, songwriter in the vehicle.     

ABC also ordered the mob soap Red Widow to series. From Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, Red Widow is the saga of a woman (Radha Mitchell) who must take her slain husband's place in a crime syndicate, to both avenge his death and maintain her family's lavish lifestyle. Somewhere Bob Guza is calling his agent to pitch himself for the Red Widow writing staff.

Are you bummed that La Lucci's show didn't make the cut? Excited to see JJ and Hayden in prmetime again? Sound off in the comments!