Daytime Confidential's 10 Worst Soap Couples of 2009
No. 5: Ryan and Erica, All My Children
What do you do when your show's writing is in the toilet, fans are in an uproar and the critics are circling with stake knives? In the case of All My Children's brilliant Chuck Pratt you try to pull a fast one, distracting everyone by capitalizing on pop culture's craze of the moment, in this case the "Cougar" phenomenon. AMC, claiming they were listening to "the fans", put their most recognizable character, Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), in a bogus, icky relationship with lead hunk Ryan Lavery (Cameron Mathison) and then bombard the media with "Erica Kane is a Cougar" headlines. Yeah, we really wanted to see Erica lusting over Ryan, the ex-husband of her daughter Kendall (Alicia Minshew), and son of Erica's ex. Erica had been a mother figure to Ryan for years. Sorry, one inappropriately hot scene in the rain was not the makings of a supercouple. We love us some Erica Kane, and we're all for her getting her cougar on, but next time, can it be with someone who didn't father her grandchild? Yuck!