We all wish for happily ever afters, but we get a kick out of watching love gone wrong. That's where shows like "Deadly Affairs" (10 tonight, Investigation Discovery) come in. Love doesn't just go wrong in these re-enactments, love kills.
So each episode features two real-life stories of love triangles that ended in murder. Actual friends and family discuss the cases along with journalists and law officers. Actors depict the affairs, arguments, deaths.
Hosting it all is "All My Children" icon Susan Lucci. The funny thing is she's playing Erica Kane, vamping it up, talking about her numerous husbands, and narrating each story with cheesy lines. It's like live-action pulp fiction.
It's all pretty routine; in a world where the Drew Peterson case makes national news, the story of the seemingly loving husband who kills his wife to be with his mistress isn't all that special. It's Lucci's presence and arch and campy comments that make the whole thing a little special, and fun, which is sort of sad when you think about the idea of making murder entertaining.