Coming Soon on All My Children: Erica Kane Goes Cougar!

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Cougar Town is coming to ABC.

There's also a reality show specifically called The Cougar.

So how could All My Children resist the opportunity to place one of television's most popular, older, attractive characters into a relationship with a younger man?

Later this month, Erica Kane will fall into the arms of a much younger man: her daughter's ex-husband and ex-fiance's stepson. Indeed, Ryan Lavery will kiss Erica on the cheek on June 22 and the sparks will fly from there.

Erica Kane Photo
Ryan Lavery Photo

When asked if this relationship was a reflection of of the culture's current obsession with experienced women dating men very much their junior, All My Children executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers said:

"Certainly the fact that it is a hot topic right now makes it all that more delicious for us. It doesn't mean that that is how we're going to tell the story."

Carruthers said Susan Lucci, who is 62 years old and plays Kane; and the 39-year-old Cameron Mathison, who plays Ryan; have great comic chemistry. The writers were looking for a way to feature them together in some capacity for awhile now.

It's complicated, of course: Ryan was once married to Kendall, the girl Kane gave birth to after being raped at age 14.

"Think about this," Lucci said. "I slept with his father. He slept with my daughter. There has to be, at a certain point, (thoughts of) what does he know about me? What does he think he knows about me? As an actor, there's so much material to plumb into."

That's for certain.

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All My Children Quotes

Erica Kane: This Trey Shepherd is as cold and as ruthless as they come.
Greenlee Smythe Lavery: It's about time someone's got in his way.
Erica Kane: Made him pay for all the damage he's done.
Greenlee Smythe Lavery: A nice long stretch behind bars.
Erica: No time off for good behavior.
Greenlee Smythe Lavery: And a bunkmate, named Bubba, who wants to be his special friend.

Kendall Hart Cambias: No way. A kiss on the boo-boo and that makes it all better? How the hell could she be so patronizing?
Ryan Lavery: This is not the time...
Kendall Hart Cambias: No, no, really, how can she do this to Bianca? After this pretty little show. She'll have her prefect baby, her perfect marriage, and her perfect life, and what the hell will Bianca have?
Bianca Montgomery: Kendall, it's all right.
Kendall Hart Cambias: No, Bianca, it really isn't all right. She's not doing this to ease your pain. She's doing this to cover her own pathetic guilt. Isn't that right, Babe? Isn't that what you're doing?
Arabella 'Babe' Carey Cramer Chandler: No.
Kendall Hart Cambias: Oh, really, no? ok, well you know what, you don't deserve a happily ever after, Babe, and after everything you've done, you will never, ever get it. Your fairy tale will crash and burn, and you'll deserve everything you get.
Bianca Montgomery: Kendall, don't.
Kendall Hart Cambias: And when the sky falls, you'll remember this day and exactly what I said.
Myrtle Lum Fargate: Time to hide those spinning wheels.
Kendall Hart Cambias: This had to be said, Bianca. You cannot believe a word out of that girl's mouth.
Bianca Montgomery: She's my friend!
Kendall Hart Cambias: She's a user. She doesn't care who she guts on the way. She's only out for herself. Isn't that right Babe?