February 28 2007

Probably only matters to me…

If you read this blog, and care about this info, you’ve already heard. If you read this blog, and don’t care….too bad. This news made my day.

All My Children Head Writer Fired!

Man that feels good to read.

As you all know from my previous posts, I’ve been working on projects in my spare time for fans of this soap. One of my big things was my desire to see this head writer ousted. All My Children, no matter what you may think of it, has an extremely rich, and vibrant, history. This was something Megan McTavish did not care for one bit. She tore apart history, rewrote it, discarded characters all in an effort to twist the canvas of All My Children to her will, and it was tearing the show apart.

The above linked article is from TV Guide, and I will quote what they said as it’s worth repeating:

The return of AMC heroine Dixie Cooney Martin (Cady McClain) was totally botched. We were supposed to buy that Dixie would let her family think she was dead for four years. Then Dixie’s mixed up in some nonsense with Zach Slater (Thorsten Kaye) instead of reuniting with her true love, Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight). Just when Dixie and Tad were on track for a reunion, she eats poisoned peanut-butter pancakes and dies. What a stupid, uncreative waste of a beloved classic character!

The revelation of Tad Martin as the person who buried alive Dr. Greg Madden (Ian Buchanan) and tortured the evil MD from above ground was absurd and completely out of character. “Tad would never do that,” longtime AMC fans insisted.

This Satin Slayer serial-killer saga has sucked from day one. To cap it off, AMC viewers just found out Zach’s diabolical daddy, Alexander Cambias Sr. (Ronald Guttman), is the killer. Talk about a snooze-o-rama reveal. Why has Papa Cambias been poisoning all these young ladies and festooning them with flowers and ribbons? He’s mad at Zach for faking his death to escape from their dysfunctional family years ago. Yawn. I don’t know about you, but whenever the show delves into the convoluted Cambias family history, I get awfully bored.

McTavish’s failure to give Brooke English (Julia Barr) any kind of send off at the end of Barr’s contract also ticked us off. Barr spends 30 years on AMC and fades off screen with no on-air acknowledgment of her departure? What a cold slap in the face to Barr and the show’s loyal viewers.

Worst of all, McTavish outrageously revised history when she undid Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) landmark 1973 abortion. Viewers were told that the fetus was somehow stolen from Erica’s body and implanted in another woman. Now a Calvin Klein model is playing Erica’s grown son, Josh, who’s grumpy because he was almost aborted. What?!

McTavish has a left a path of destruction in her wake that I am not sure will ever be fully repairable without even more rewriting of history. Even with that in mind though….”Ding dong, the witch is dead.”

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