If living well is truly the best revenge, Susan Lucci is getting hers in spades.
The actress who was heartbroken a year ago to see her daytime series “All My Children” end after more than 40 years is not sitting around being bored.
She’s returning to scripted-series TV with “Devious Maids,” coming in 2013 from the creator of “Desperate Housewives.” Lucci also has been busy on the series “Army Wives.”
And now she’s host of the true-crime program “Deadly Affairs” (10 p.m. EDT Saturday, Sept. 8, Investigation Discovery). “Affairs” chronicles the tragedies when love triangles and quadrangles occur. In this series, two is company — three is murder.
“It’s a series about how love affairs can go as wrong as they can possibly go,” Lucci says in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., dressed in a white pants outfit. “This is something new for me. I have never hosted a show before.
“But when it was pitched to me, it was so well written. It even made me laugh. I knew I wanted to be involved.”
Lucci won’t act in the series. She’s introducing the story and wrapping up the loose ends.
During the meeting about hosting the show, the executives wooing her displayed pictures of Lucci as her “All My Children” character, Erica Kane, her myriad of lovers and husbands. There was also a shot of Erica in prison.
Though she played Erica through all the character’s soap-filled trauma for decades, she never really pondered how love affairs get to such violent breaking points until now.
“I hear such news on the news night after night, and I think, ‘What is going on?’ I wonder why these women and men just don’t get a divorce,” she says.
“It takes my breath away to see how many times someone is killed or their bodies are found in the water, drifting around until someone finds them.
“I just don’t understand it, but it fascinates me.”
Other highlights for the week of Sept. 2-8 (listings subject to change; check local listings):
“Hoarding: Buried Alive” (9 p.m., TLC). In the fourth-season finale, a hoarder and her husband have 25 years’ worth of clutter to clear out, but, of course, they don’t want to do it.
“Torchwood: Miracle Day” marathon (10 a.m., Starz). The channel repeats the Starz original series of the “Dr. Who” spinoff through 11:10 p.m.
“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (9 p.m., Travel Channel). The outspoken Emmy-winning chef is going around the world one final season in this travel series. First stop: Austin, Texas. The last one: His native Brooklyn, N.Y.
“Coma” (9 p.m., A&E). Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”) heads the cast of this sci-fi medical thriller about comatose patients who are experimented upon. Part two airs Tuesday at 9 p.m.
Now it’s their turn: The Democratic National Convention, which will be all over the dial throughout the day and night, begins in Charlotte, N.C. The party will formally confirm President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as the standard-bearers for the fall campaign. The gathering wraps up Thursday.
“DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk” (7:30 p.m., Cartoon Network). Spinning off from the film “How To Train Your Dragon,” this adventure follows Hiccup and his dragon Toothless on the Viking island of Berk as they train new dragon riders.
“Chicago Trauma” (10 p.m., National Geographic Channel). The Cook County Trauma Unit, set in an urban neighborhood, is profiled in this reality show.
“Video Music Awards” (8 p.m., MTV). Green Day, Alicia Keys and One Direction will be part of the rollicking ceremony, live from the Staple Center in Los Angeles.
“Cheer” (11 p.m., CMT). Add an “s” to the title, and it would be a classic sitcom. Without the “s”? It’s a reality show about competitive cheerleading.
“Puppy Love” (9 p.m., Hallmark Channel). A single mom feuds with a handsome athlete over the dog her daughter adopted in this family-friendly movie. Candace Cameron Bure and Victor Webster star.