One Simple Storyline to Save All My Children
A few weeks ago I posted some non-storyline ideas about how to save this show, knowing that there were problems. I don't want to accuse Jamey of "stealing" them and posting them on the main page, but there were some strong similarities regarding the shorter production cycle seasons and stars coming in for a few weeks.
With this post I want to give an idea of how the show can be saved through the on-screen writing. Obviously, one of the problems Prospect Park is facing is the cost of bringing the show online with the current cast. Only 3 have signed on thus far, and I'm actually going to say that they only need a few more to get the ball rolling. Soaps have been a great launching pad for a lot of careers the past 40 years and I want to take that concept and really use it here again. I'm suggesting PP calls up the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, they find stage actors, they find people in LA trying to make it and they bring in a lot of new faces for less money. But won't this be a whole new show and not AMC you ask? No, here's why:
The big storyline to relaunch the show is the Von Williamsons vs. Pine Valley.
The Von Williamsons will be a completely new family, a fresh family that will be scripted to become the next dynasty in Pine Valley. It will take us back to the glory days of the Chandlers, and not only will it have the 80's feel, but you can bring in new fans or bring old fans back by simply pressing the reset button.
The three current stars returning are the perfect characters to represent "team" Pine Valley. You have Cara who will conflict with Bradley Von Williamson, a doctor who thinks he runs the hospital and has an ego bigger than one anyone's ever seen around PVH.
You'll have Ryan Lavery in his recent revenge zombie form trying to take down the evil family, but does he possibly feel something for twentysomething Lily Von Williamson, who he feels like he can "save" from the corruption of that group of people? And what does that mean for Greenlee (off camera if she doesn't re-sign) who is in Milan working on bringing the top European fashion magazine into the Confusion fold? Will his eye wander with her spending 6 months outside the states?
Jesse is an interesting character to handle. Let's just brainstorm and say that JR shot Angie, with his gun in the ABC finale. You can have Jesse track him down and kill him, only problem is that Angie survived, and she left him for what he did to JR. Jesse struggles with demons of his own, and feels like he can make it up to his wife and the town if he can stop the Von Williamsons. Jesse will feud with their bright young lawyer, Alvin, who always finds a way to get his father and siblings out of trouble.
The patriarch of the family would be Wesley Von Williamson, a powerful oil company executive with secret ties to Pine Valley, which is why he needed to move everyone there. Is he bankrolling David's Project Orpheus? Does he have a secret that can ruin Bianca and Marissa's future? There are a million ways you can handle that character, but just give him some important connection to someone in Pine Valley.
Look, I know that we all want the show to restart immediately after the gunshot and we want to know all of the continued lives of everyone from the revelations of AMC's final few weeks, but at this point that might not be possible. I think this is a cheaper way to maintain the pride and dignity of the series all while giving the online venture a fresh new start.
Thoughts? Feel free to say the idea absolutely sucks. I can take it...lol.