AMC Rant
Week of November 16 – 20:

The news is good for All My Children this week – Head Writer Chuck Pratt has been let go, which hopefully means there will be an end to the inane stories and character assassination we’ve been enduring. Of course, there will still be another good month or two of his storylines to play out, as AMC tapes well ahead. So hope is probably lost for the likes of Aidan Devane, and the characters returning for the 40th Anniversary, but hopefully things will improve after that. Let’s look at this past week’s developments and happenings on the show:

A Grunting Thug: Zach has been reduced to nothing more than a one-note bully – so disappointing, and such a misuse of a talented actor. Zach’s sensitivity has always countered the macho side of his personality, and that’s been lost. Kendall continues to be a whiny idiot, and Aidan has had a full-on personality transplant that is nothing less than an insult to those who have been fans of this character for years.

Amanda’s Conscience:
A little late for her conscience to kick-in – after she has sex with a man other than her husband. I hate to see women depicted in this manner, and the scenes with David and Jake baiting one another have just become a ridiculous, repetitive bore. Jake’s remarks make him seem like someone barely out of their late teens, and David’s smarmy, gloating condescension is tiresome. I was truly interested to see where this threesome would go after the big reveal that David’s son was alive, but it’s just fallen flat.

Kicked to the Curb: The one entertaining aspect of this past week has been the performances of David Canary as the beleaguered Adam Chandler. He has made the most of the material provided to him. It was a truly satisfying scene when Adam kicked conniving Annie and wishy-washy Scott to the curb! That said, it still left me wishing I could understand where Annie and Scott have been coming from all these months. The character-development has been such that their true motivations and feelings have failed to come to light – therefore it’s nearly impossible to engage with the characters emotionally – which is necessary in order to feel something about the story one way or another.