I've read all the complaints about AMC and I know all of my issues with this show. It seems the one thing Mr. Pratt did correct was balance of story, however that has gone by the wayside and now, AMC, imo is one gigantic mess.
I've read all the discussion about whether the soap genre is dying, about the budget crunches and salary cuts, and the poor ratings.
So, how do we fix AMC? Of course I have some thoughts, but I'll keep those to myself. I do believe AMC is a viable soap. I believe the cast is a talented one (though there are a few I could do without) and I believe there are plenty of stories left to tell for the residents of Pine Valley.
Where does one begin??
Soaps have certain staples - couples, friendships, family, it is time AMC gets back to that. Right now, AMC has Zach and Kendall, the most powerful couple on this show. Instead of continually finding ways to torture them (and their fans), why not write a story that allows them to be side by side? Go on an adventure? Instead of trying to rip apart couples, write for them. Stop messing with what works.
Jake and Amanda- not quite a couple - but a duo I like. I like that they are building a friendship, that Amanda is learning she can be friends with a man and doesn't need to sleep with him. I don't know where this will go, but so far, I like it. Though I'm tired of David and his threats.
When was the last time this show focused on family time? Honestly? I can remember a time where all drama on soaps was suspended on holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthday's, etc. and family was the focus. When was the last time we saw families come together for Christmas? Thanksgiving? Soaps need some happy, right now, AMC is dark and depressing.
Where are they? We see Brot and Frankie and Frankie and Taylor. I'm not really invested in their stories because I find them boring, but they are friends and it is a nice thing to see. But where are the rest? Why not have Brot and Kendall become friends? Brot understands how Kendall feels - being in a coma himself. He could provide open and honest insight to her. When was the last time we saw Fish n Chips and Tad together? I actually enjoyed their friendship a great deal, yet, now it's like they are strangers. Why can't Zach have an honest friend who only feels friendship for him? Maybe Zach and Jesse could be friends - as they have things in common - mainly living in the shadows for a good part of their life. Why don't we see more of Erica and Opal together? What happened to people just being good friends? Talking and helping each other just because?
It needs to be remembered and respected. Viewers are not stupid. I'm tired of having my intelligence insulted. All writers need to pay attention to details when telling a new story - because the viewers have memories and know how things rolled out.
Show - Don't Tell
This is a concept I learned at a very young age. Stop telling me that this character is cool or that couple will be hot, or that this person is a hero....show me. I need to make that decision for myself. I need to know if I think this person is cool, or that couple has potential or I detest this character because.....he / she did this. Show me why I should like them or dislike them, let me make my own mind up.
This show needs it. Big time. I'm sick and tired of David and Krystal having the same conversation over and over again, that lasts forever, and yet other characters are short-changed.
I get that soaps recycle stuff - but why recycle things that didn't work the first time around? It's time for something original, something new and fresh.
Can one writer read the other writer's work? Please? Watching AMC day to day gives me whiplash.
The writers and producers of this show have lost the viewers trust. It's going to take a lot to get it back. I sincerely hope some plans are in place to start fixing the things that are broken, so this show can start climbing its way back to the top.
All the elements are right there, I just wonder what it's going to take to make things happen.