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AMC Rant
Week of November 9 – 13:

All My Children’s version of November Sweeps fell short of the mark this week. The characters are a mess, and the stories are mostly disappointing. Thank goodness for the casting news regarding the return of many popular names from AMC’s past to help celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary in January, which was the highlight of the week. Let’s look at what happened on the last five episodes:

Adam’s Heart Attack: Well, first there was Zach, shoving JR out of the way to perform CPR on Adam himself so he wouldn’t die without confessing first – security anyone?! Then there was the mega-cheesy trip to purgatory, which did offer a nugget of entertainment with Vincent Irizarry as the ‘devil’ – he looked great! Then there was the trip to the hospital, where Adam lay prone on a stretcher while his ‘angel’ traded yearning looks with his nephew Scott as he slipped the wedding ring on her finger. Scott’s integrity as Stuart’s son is toast, and who knows what Annie really feels – the writers have her doing all this contradictory stuff! It’s frustrating trying to relate to, or understand, these characters.

Aidan/Kat/Kendall:
Speaking of characters being destroyed, how about Aidan? He’s behaving so out-of-character that it’s laughable (not in a good way). Kendall is a giant, whining, pain in the rear – why would two men be fighting tooth-and-nail to be with her in the first place? Viewers can’t support what doesn’t make sense. Kat is an interesting character, but how she’ll fit in after Aidan’s gone, I can’t imagine.

Erica/Ryan/Zach:
Their quest for justice has become as unbearable as every other dragged out aspect of AMC these days. Who doesn’t want to pull their own hair out at the roots every time one of them utters their repetitive lines about ‘bringing Kendall home’, ‘protecting Emma’, or ‘getting to Adam’? They’ve all become morons with one-track minds.

Amanda/Jake/David:
Well, what can you even say about this storyline? Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, the writers take away Amanda’s last few IQ points, make David even sleazier, and drive Jake into fast-forward territory with his ‘if we just believe in our true love’ drivel. There are no words.

Liza/Bailey/Damon: Bailey and Damon are unentertaining bores. Does anyone really care about them, or what they do next? I’d like to see Liza get involved in something more interesting.