Three More Actresses Return to All My Children
The “All My Children” farewell reunion tour is bringing back three more fan favorites. TV Guide reports that Jennifer Bassey (Marian), Melissa Claire Egan (Annie) and Kate Collins (Janet) will appear the week of July 25th. Pine Valley’s three wildest and craziest gals are currently residing at Oakhaven mental hospital. It turns out that Dixie (Cady McClain) is being held their with them. I guess the poisoned pancakes drove her insane instead of killing her. The four women will team up to escape from the psych ward. I am thrilled with this development because it rights one of the great AMC wrongs of the past few years: Marian trying to shoot Kendall and being committed after Stuart’s death. It was such an undignified, out-of-character exit for a resilient, vibrant character. Of course, that still leaves the greater travesty of Stuart’s demise. I don’t think there’s any way out of it — short of a long lost Chandler triplet actually being killed — but it would be nice to see the Chandler twins reunited before the series ends.
This storyline reminds of one of my favorite AMC plots: when the women of Pine Valley teamed up to go after dastardly Dr. Kinder. I hope this journey out of cukoo’s nest is jut as much fun. All of these women have unfinished business. Annie loves (and in my opinion belongs with) J.R. (Jacob Young). Janet needs to visit her daughter Amanda (Chrishelle Stause and help her through her marital drama. Marian, similarly, needs to spend some time with Liza (Jamie Luner.) Dixie (Cady McClain), of course needs to reunite with the love of her life, Tad (Michael Knight.) It is so bittersweet that AMC is getting so good now that it’s too late. Dare I say that it may be the first soap to actually have a satisfying, though unjustly premature, ending.
Noel Maxam and Greg Meng Named “Days of Our Lives” Co-Executive Producers
“Days of Our Lives” announced Tuesday that Noel Maxam and Greg Meng have been promoted to co-executive producers of the soap opera, replacing the departing Gary Tomlin. Their appointments are part of a complete overhaul of the show that includes new headwriters, and numerous cast changes. Maxam has been a producer and director on the show for the past four years. He previously was a director and producer on “The Young & the Restless.” Meng has been DOOL’s Executive in Charge of Production for over a decade. Given their backgrounds, it seems likely that Maxam will be responsible for the physical production of the show while Meng will handle the business aspects of producing the long running drama. Meng stated in a press release, “”The new writing team has already generated much excitement with the compelling stories they have written, and we plan to translate those stories to the screen with a refreshed look.”
Executive Producer Ken Corday revealed more of his vision to revitalize the show, stating, “It’s time to make a more positive, romantic, and intriguing show driven by the power of heroic love. I’m very excited about the new adventure we are about to take which is based on the show that my parents created 45 years ago.” This sounds exactly like the DOOL I want to see. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Corday’s vision of heroic love matches mine.
Beyond Redemption Indeed
Is it just me, or were Monday’s Luke (Tony Geary) and Lucky (Jonathan Jackson) scenes on “General Hospital” incredibly meta? (It goes without saying that the acting was brilliant. So was the dialogue. Luke’s alcoholism storyline would make a great play, even though it’s not working as a soap storyline.) Fans often debate whether characters who have committed heinous acts are beyond redemption. Luke decided to make subtext into text.
Luke: When I killed Jake, it moved me up and beyond redemption. It liberated me in a way I have never been before.
Lucky: I’ll make sure I understand what you’re saying. Running down my son… was liberating? For you?
Luke: Yes. Yes, it was. Because, you see, a man who kills a child can never be forgiven. There’s no redemption. A man who kills a child can never say “I’m sorry” enough to put a dent in all the pain and all the devastation that he’s caused. I am finally, finally beyond redemption. I am… irredeemable.
Well, if you say so Luke. Go on throwing yourself a self-pity party complete with hookers and booze. The numerous soap characters who have survived intentionally killing people, committing sexual assault, lying, and cheating might disagree. Given that Luke spent the rest of the episode again proclaiming how much he resented falling deeply in love, getting married, and having children, I would argue that Luke is less irredeemable and more having the world’s most melodramatic midlife crisis. The way Luke acts like his family was thrust upon him, rather than something he actively chose, the obsession with reliving his youth, having sex with a much younger prostitute who he deludes himself actually enjoys it — the only way he could be more stereotypical is if he bought a sportscar. Luke, you have become the one thing you swore you never would be: a cliche.
I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means
Daytime Emmy Mania
It’s Emmy time again. This weekend, I will head to Vegas for the festivities. Saturday, I’ll be covering the action in the gifting suite. Sunday, I’ll be liveblogging from the press room during the ceremony. Log in and get the immediate scoop on what the winners are saying after they leave the stage. Between the impending cancellations of “All My Children” and “One Life To Live” and the new regimes at “General Hospital” and “Days of Our Lives,” there’s a good chance that people are going to speak their minds. This year, what happens in Vegas won’t stay there.