You'd never know it, based on the coverage it's received on the blog lately, but All My Children is still being televised. Yup. It's on five days a week, for an hour a day, and over the course of five hours, it provides the world with, at most, ten notable moments. The rest of it...does anything even happen? Stuff must happen, right? Even though my fast-forwarding, I'd probably notice if the show was mostly dead air.
What I am trying to say is that this show is hella boring, with a few notable exceptions. And most of the exceptions involve Greenlee and David, both together and separately. The show has really stumbled onto something completely fantastic with these two (I use the word "stumbled" because, even though the current writing staff is lightyears ahead of Charles Pratt, I still have a hard time believing that they put thought into anything they do and envision their planning process more along the lines of "You know whats-her-face and whats-his-name? What if they talked a lot?", which is why we wind up with things like Madison and Ryan bonding), but I don't have high hopes for the future of their story, since the new headwriters told SOAPNet:
We were lucky enough to come in when she was coming back. Look for a lot more of Greenlee going head-to-head with Erica. I think what's really going to be interesting is that we know that Ryan and Greenlee are hugely popular, but I think the journey for them to get back together is going to be really fun to watch because David is now in the mix.
BREAKING NEWS: ALIENS TAKE OVER AS AMC WRITING STAFF, DESCRIBE RYLEE AS "HUGELY POPULAR", FOREVER DILUTING THE MEANING OF BOTH WORLDS AND ENSURING THAT I WILL BE COMPLETELY INCAPABLE OF VIEWING THEIR WRITING WITH AN OPEN MIND AND ALSO MAKING MY HEAD EXPLODE.
But, you know, it's possible that, like people so often say, I am being a miserable pessimist and that I am prematurely worrying for naught and that maybe I should just appreciate things while I have them, so:
Greenlee and Erica sparring is juvenile, ridiculous and poorly written (why would Jack agree to any of this lunacy?) and yet it's immensely entertaining. That could just be because the rest of the show is so freaking dull that anything that doesn't make me fall asleep mid-episode can be qualified as entertaining, or it could be that Rebecca Budig and Susan Lucci are fantastic together. We'll go with the latter, since I am in a charitable mood.
(Not charitable enough to pretend that Greenlee's commercial fantasy was anything but ludicrous, but still, pretty charitable).
And Vincent Irizarry made me actually laugh out loud in Friday's episode when he was lurking in the Chandler mansion tunnels, as you do, and heard Annie losing what's left of her daffy mind and plotting aloud to Scott and growing ever-more hysterical. The look of rapt interest on his face was amazing, like he was just completely delighted by the trainwreck. And then he actually mouthed "Wow!" and I experienced AMC-related giddiness for the first time in a long time.
(Although I'm not so giddy that I can watch Adam and David scenes together and forget that David is responsible for Adam killing Stuart, because everything about that story still irks me).
(It's probably not a good sign for this show that my moments of enjoyment were both tarnished with unpleasantness. It's also probably not a good sign for this show that the number of enjoyable moments on this show can be described with the word "both").