July 15, 2008By Mara Levinsky Posted: Jul 15, 2008
I'm a little concerned about the influx of new characters on AMC. Beth Ehlers has yet to make her debut as Taylor, but when she does, she'll surely be the beneficiary of mucho airtime. (I love Beth Ehlers; my hesitation is not about her or her character, it's the principle of the matter, this business of newbies taking away screen time from vets.) And this will be on top of what we're already seeing on-screen, which is a heck of a lot of Frank and Randi (she's brand spanking new, he's not far behind) and a heck of a lot of teens Colby, Dre, Cassandra and now Petey. To me, they'll all pretty darn new, since the affection I'd started to build for Ambyr Childers's Colby went out the window with her sudden recast. (Although that Sterling Sulieman is dreamy....) Obviously the show does have some vets featured prominently, though I'd like to see Michael E. Knight's Tad with a bit more to do than stress about whether Kathy should go to summer camp and I'm far from sold on the whole Ryan/Annie/Kendall/Zach/Greenlee/Aidan morass as it stands. Still, AMC feels imbalanced to me at the moment, and new chief scribe Chuck Pratt definitely has work cut out or him. Speaking of Pratt, I spoke with him at length recently about his plans for Pine Valley — be sure to check out the Digest on stands next week for his take on the show and how to fix it.