Susan Lucci Is Awesome, Reason #3,854
More often than not--so often that "always" is probably the best phrase to use here--the interviews we feature here at Serial Drama are cringe-worthy, completely absent of self-awareness and offensive on almost every level. But there are some members of the daytime world who are capable of speaking to the soap press in complete, coherent sentences and manage not to insult actors and audiences alike. Imagine that!
To the surprise of absolutely no one, everybody's favorite tiny, large-haired diva is part of the latter camp. Susan Lucci talked to Nelson Branco about her book, the cancellation of AMC and, awesomely, the regime of Charles Pratt, confirming what we all knew, which is that he is HORRIBLE.
“Because I have thought about this very question for quite some time. My feelings are that Brian Frons was handed a very healthy daytime line-up when he arrived and then he hired Chuck Pratt to be head writer. Chuck said to all of us in a big team meeting that he didn’t care about characters. He said, ‘I will not be writing character-driven storylines. I don’t care.’ In individual meetings with him, people would come out weeping and distressed because he would [dismiss their characters and histories]. Almost immediately, our ratings dropped. As actors, we did everything we could to save and respect our characters and their histories; although on paper nothing was there for us to work with. The producers listened to the fans in the focus groups, and fans are sophisticated because of columns like yours and talk shows and so on, and they knew the writing was the problem. Chuck Pratt taking AMC down didn’t happen over night. And he was allowed to stay for two years. And unless it was Agnes or Lorraine, no one could dig us out of this hole.”
I mean, we all knew that he had nothing but contempt for history, the characters ,and the show's audience, but having it confirmed angries me up all over again! The mental image of AMC actors literally in despair after meeting with him is sad (...and also, kind of funny, if you imagine really tough actors wailing and weeping. Just picture it for a second!) and sort of comforting, since his writing regime often had me distressed and weeping. Stars, they're just like US!
The rest of the interview is definitely worth reading--she is the cutest, basically.
All My Children itself? I have to say that today's episode was sort of enjoyable. Now, I have to admit: I'm still sort of floating on air following the news that Bob Guza was finally given his walking papers at General Hospital (is it ghoulish to be celebrating the fact that someone is out of a job? Because if so, I'll start shouting "BOO!" at people to complete my transformation), so maybe I'm biased. But if you fast forward through all things Colby and Asher, and ignore the fact that tragedy is coming with Madison and Ryan's daughter (I mean, I'm not spoiled, but the writing is on the wall there, right? And that's tragic, because I don't want another dead baby story, hence my ignoring all of it) and focus completely on Erica's doppelganger, it's entertaining! I especially liked Jack's look of suspicion when he walked in on FauxErica berating Opal. How refreshing would that be, if he realized something was up and solved the mystery in a few days? Very refreshing, is the answer.