All My Children and One Life to Live TOP The Charts; Plus My Thoughts on Their 2.0 Premiere Episodes
All My Children's premiere was also a solid effort. Unlike OLTL, however, AMC's pace was a bit meandering and the dialogue for the younger set needs freshening. While Dani and Co. sounded like actual, potty-mouthed young adults in fictional Llanview, PA., Miranda Montgomery's (the talented Denyse Tontz) high school locker chatter with hard-bodied AJ Chandler (Eric Nelsen) was a bit Saved By The Bell: The New Class, when it should be more Pretty Little Pine Valley Liars. I also didn't feel the constant, heavy-handed mentions of what happened "five years ago". I almost wanted to start a drinking game.
Where AMC's premiere beat OLTL's opener was in home and hearth. The incredible Jill Larson readily stepped back into the role of tentpole matriarch Opal Cortlandt. Larson's new, onscreen son Pete (Rob Wilson) was seemlessly folded into Pine Valley's storied, decades-old tapestry. The app mogul has that same mischievous twinkle in his eyes, that his big brother Tad had at his age. Because his mama loves him, so do we. That's how it works on the "stories".
It was great to see old friends like Jesse (Darnell Williams), Angie (Debbi Morgan), Dixie (Cady McClain), Brooke (Julia Barr) and Adam (David Canary), as well as newer acquaintances such as Drs. Griffin and Cara Castillo (Jordi Vilasuso and Lindsay Hartley). I predict things will get even more interesting now that dastardly Dr. David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) has been sprung from jail and Cassandra Foster's (Sal Stowers) disappearance is somehow tied to casino boss Zach Slater (Thorsten Kaye).
What I am most anxious to see, though, is how Miranda's scenes with her beloved mother, Bianca (Eden Riegel) play out. I've long thought Bianca raising a teenage Miranda could be akin to Mona (the late Frances Heflin) rearing young adult hellcat Erica Kane (Susan Lucci). To find out if that'll be the case, I guess I'll just have to tune in, er, log on, tomorrow!
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