And Then There Were...Almost All The Same People, Actually
When the news broke that All My Childrenwould be moving to Los Angeles, I became hysterical and prone to Byzantine conspiracy theories almost immediately, and was convinced that the ever nefarious powers-that-be would use this opportunity to force people off of the show while pretending that they had a choice in the matter (kind of exactly what seems to have happened with Greg Vaughan and General Hospital, so my worries were not completely out of the realm of possibility! Why so shady, ABC Daytime?). I figured that Julie Hanan Carruthers and Charles Pratt are slowly destroying the show anyway, so they'd certainly take advantage of this opportunity to speed up the process.
I was sincerely anxious about the prospect of an AMC without the characters who make the show, and had terrifying visions of episodes filled with just Ryan and Liza and a suddenly not-so-dead Babe and a suddenly not-so-gay Reese and generic newbies who occasionally snorted about people like Adam Chandler and Erica Kane and something called "Hubbards" who used to live in Pine Valley.
LUCKILY, it never came to that. The list of actors joining AMC in LA was released today (fun fact: the actress who plays Natalia is named Shannon Kane. I was never interested enough to know that before!) and only a handful of people are not traveling out west, chief among them
- Brianne Moncrief: I have to admit--and I feel bad doing so, because she's out of a job, and now I'm just kicking her when she's down--that I said the words "Well, fiiiiiiiinally!" out loud as soon as I read her name. I will no longer be able to argue when people tell me that I'm a bad person.
- Beth Ehlers: Remember how insane ABC was about publicizing the "major" casting coup of BE and Ricky Paull Goldin and promised great stories for Taylor? The only thing this network is good at is making empty promises
- Aiden Turner: This one made me sad because of how genuinely excited he seemed about moving to Los Angeles. Aidan was on the backburner more often than not, but I feel like he filled the show's "foxy but pointless" niche very nicely.
- Ray MacDonnell: Not at all surprising, but the end of an era! Now La Lucci is the show's only original cast member!
And the most talked-about? Thorsten Kaye.
I'm actually not at all surprised about this, since Susan Haskell is working in New York for One Life to Live and he was upfront about not wanting to be away from their daughters, but it is disappointing all the same.
And Alicia Minshew WILL be staying with the show, just going on maternity leave. With Kendall in Pine Valley and Zach out, I...am kind of nervous. Is having no Zach/Kendall preferable to watching Zach and Kendall being ruined repeatedly? I'm not sure, but I swear, if we are in for another round of Ryan and Erica, especially considering the, you know, thing that happened, I am going to be so irritated that I will be at a loss for words and all of my AMC blog entries will just be random punctuation marks. PLEASE, WRITERS, DON'T GO THERE. I'd rather Kendall become a nun. Or follow Bianca's lead and go gay, although Charles Pratt seems to think that "lesbian" means "in love with men", so we'd wind up with Ryan/Kendall redux anyway, even if Kendall switched teams...