Luke's 10 Ways to Fix All My Children
Watching All My Children last week was like visiting a lush oasis after being stuck in a creative desert penned by Chuck Pratt. AMC fan are hoping what Lorraine Broderick has started will continue when former Guiding Light scribes David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski's episodes start airing. Given Kreizman's penchant for outlandish, over-the-top storytelling, it's no wonder people are a bit nervous, after seeing Broderick get the show back on track so quickly. That being said, I've come up with 10 ways to help keep things moving in the right direction in Pine Valley.
No. 10: Angie and Jesse Hubbard need to drive stories, not support them
Angie (Debbi Morgan) and Jesse (Darnell Williams) need to drive stories, not support them, as they have in the awful tales featuring Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber, aka Madison (Stephanie Gatschet) and Randi (Denise Vasi). Morgan and Williams deserve better and so do the fans who were so excited when they first returned in 2008. AMC has two of the most popular African American characters in soap history on their canvas, and it's high time they used them.
No. 9: Fix or recast legacy characters who aren't working
Colby Chandler (Natalie Hall)
could be should be the next hellraiser-in-heels and needs to be portrayed by a strong actress. Neither the current Colby, nor the previous incarnation (Brianne Moncrief) showed they had what it takes to be the next Liza, Hayley or Skye. AMC needs to keep recasting this character until they get an actress that works.
As for Jesse's daughter Natalia (Shannon Kane), the character comes off as one-dimensional, and is grating to watch. There needs to be more depth added to Natalia for fans to become thoroughly invested in her. Natalia’s type A personality and daddy issues are wearing thin as an excuse for her abrasive behavior. Give Natalia more substance and personality, or write the character out.
Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams Photo Credit: ABC