All Kinds Of Sadness
Last week will go down in...I was going to say "history", but my fingers wouldn't even let me type it on account of the absurdity, so let's revise: last week will go down in the first paragraph of this blog entry as "The Week of CRAZY Casting News". I had barely recovered from the news that Rebecca Herbst was let go from General Hospital when Melissa Claire Egan announced that she will be leaving All My Children.
I think I speak for us all when I say: "WHAT?" And also, "Oh, no!"
Melissa Claire Egan has been a rare bright spot on AMC these days. Even when the writing is terrible (which it often is) and even when the show accidentally stumbles upon greatness and then falls all over itself to take it back for no apparent reason, she turns in uniformly excellent performances. And she makes amazing faces! All over-the-top and soapy reaction shots. She's divine.
It's not that I blame her for leaving. She's ultra talented, so I am sure that she'll have success on whatever daytime or primetime show she lands. And I wouldn't want her to stay on the sinking ship that is AMC just because somewhere out there is a cranky soap blogger that she's never met who would really like Annie to stick around.
But, selfishly, I am disappointed all the same. What am I supposed to look forward to now?! Alicia Minshew can't be expected to carry all of my hopes and dreams on her bony little shoulders. True, there are stories that I have been enjoying (Cara and Griffin? Surprisingly intriguing. Rev. Ricky? J'adore! And I never would have predicted that, since Eddie Matos was SO horrible on GH and is SO irksome in his State Farm Commercials), but I can't let myself fully enjoy them. Because I know--I KNOW!--what AMC does when I like something. They take the something that I like and set it on fire in the most appalling way possible OR cut its screentime drastically in favor of more of...this.
Ryan: Do you remember when we met at WRCW? Remember that day? I commented on your name, and I said that it was unusual, and you said that you were an unusual woman. We've been friends, enemies, lovers, husband and wife. We've found each other and lost each other multiple times, but we're here now, Greenlee. This is it. This is real. We made it. Every dream that we've ever had, we'll live it. And for every time that I've hurt you, I will love you a thousand times over. And I got to admit there were times where I didn't think that we would make it back here, but we did because of you. You taught me what real love is. You did. Will you marry me?
Greenlee: We did it. We got to the place that we wanted to be for so long. We're committed, together finally. And I promise I'm going to do everything I can to honor what we have, to protect it, to protect us.
I HATE EVERYTHING.