Hi Everyone! This is Mara Levinsky, SOD's Feature Editor. I've been covering AMC since 2002 and looking forward to connecting with you on these forums. Welcome!
Thank you for giving us this forum to write our opinions. I have been watching AMC for many many years and it pains me to see what a mess the current writers have made of my once beloved show. The continuity is non-existant, the characters are jerked around to fit non-sensical plots and characters are regressed to make other less popular characters more palatable (it's not working!). It's a shame.Thorsten Kaye and Alicia Minshew are my favorite actors on the show..and it's gotten to the point that I am happy when they are not on, so I don't have to watch their character destruction. If that isn't a sad commentary, I don't know what is.I am hanging there but it's harder and harder. I hope things change soon.Regardless, thank you again for giving us this opportunity to share our opinions with you and everyone from SOD.Kathy
Hey Mara, So happy SPW/SOD decided to get it's own board. Haven't "seen" you since the old 4pm chats from years ago. Hope all is well with you. --Claudine
Hey Mara. We met back when you guys did the live chats on Weds. I miss that. Anyway, I was known there as "jackericafan" and I'm the Co-Founder of the Jackson Posse. Hope to post with you here..BTW we went NUTS over the Jack/Erica scenes on Tues wiht the flashbacks of our beloved couple. I wish AMC would do this more often
Hey, Mara: I'm thrilled that SOD now has a board to stay in touch with the SOAP online community, especially since they 86'd your weekly chats. (they were great fun.) I'm also a member of the Jackson Posse. --MIsha
I just want to add my appreciation for this new board.I am a Zach and Kendall fan, but I also love Erica, Josh and Amanda.
Hi Mara - I really miss the weekly chats and I'm thrilled that we can touch base here. I've watched AMC for over 20 years now and the past 3 years have been really tough. The only reason I keep watching is for Jack and Erica. They're my all-time favorite soap couple and I keep hoping for a great story for Walt and Susan. Looking forward to chatting with you again here.
Hi Mara,Thanks to you and the editors for setting up this board. I've been watching AMC since its start and hope that it will be able to continue for many years to come. I'm a huge fan of Zach and Kendall and also The Kanes( especially Josh ). I enjoy reading SOD and hope for more AMC covers in the future. I look forward to discussing the show with you.Phyllis~
So happy SOD/SOW decided to start up a message board. Look forward to posting with you
I'm a huge fan of Zach & Kendall. I'm hoping for a Annie and Josh pairing. Really looking forward to Ricky Paul Goldin.
Hey Mara! I'm glad SOD made this board to connect with the fans.I'm a big Greenlee fan and I've rooted for almost every pairing she's had. Right now I think AMC's getting a lot better and that's mostly cuz of the big returns like RB and Angie/Jesse. The Hubbards' story is really bringing life to the show again. It's good to finally see an older couple worth rooting for. Another good thing is Erica has her own storyline that isn't silly. I can't wait to see how she handles her latest jail stay and what might happen between her and Samuel.
Hi Mara,I am so happy that SOD and SOW started this message board. I am also a Zack and Kendall fan, as well as the entire Kane / Slater family.
Hi there. I am a big Jerica, Jesse/Angie and Tad/Adam fan. I can't stand Carey's or Lavery's though.
Hi-great board. I'm a huge fan of Zen, and I love that they brought Jesse and Angie back, Hopefully we'll get some interaction there!
Thanks Mara, great board I too am a Zach/Kendall Fan & I also love Adam & Erica
Hi Mara,I am a huge Zach/Kendall fan and they are my main reason to tune in into AMC, but the last several months the writing has been horrid for my favorite as well as the overall show. I'm waiting for AMC to get themselves together in the writing department, so that I can tune in on a regular basis and enjoy some excellent storytelling the way AMC use to be back in the day.
Hi Mara,Thanks for the new board. I too am a huge Zendall fan. I'm extremely disappointed in the writing for them and for almost all characters right now. Hope it gets better soon.I also love Josh. He needs a good love story. I love Erica now that she supports Zendall. I'm a Jerica fan from way back and hope for better writing for them as well. Would love to see more Zendall articles and pics in the magazine. Thanks!
Hi Mara - Thank you for giving us the opportunity to speak on behalf of our favorite show. While I am a huge Zendall fan, I am a bigger fan of the actors who portray them. Thorsten Kaye and Alicia Minshew give us something in Zen that is very rare. They deserve to be in well written, character driven stories, not the unforunate writing we are currently seeing.
Hello Mara,Another BIG Zendall fan here who's simply disgusted by the treatment Zach and Kendall and ALL of the characters have received from the current writers of the show. Let's hope better times are ahead for everyone.
Hi Mara,I am also a big Zach and Kendall fan and I am very disappointed in the treatment that both Zach/TK and Kendall/Alicia are currently receiving. Because at this point the characters of Zach and Kendall as well as the actors Thorsten and Alicia are the only reason
Hi! I am also a HUGE Jack and Erica fan. I love their chemistry and passion. Although I am also fans of Kendall and Greenlee, I hate that J/E seem to be put on the back burner unless K/G are going through something major. I loved the New Divorce s/l but wished that it had not ended the way it did. I am also becoming really board with the 'Ryan lost his memory' sl as well as the Richie/Babe/Jr triangle. I would love to see Eden back and would love to see MVP go.
Thanks so much for dropping in to say hi! Great to meet those of you I haven't and to reconnect with some old chat pals! (I miss the chats too by the way!)I was a sucker for the recent slew of Jack/Erica flashbacks too
Hi - I have watched amc on and off for a zillion years but when I retired I started full time because I heard TK's voice and I have been a fan ever since. He and Lish are my favorites. Glad to find this new board
Mara, it's nice to "see" you. I also used to check in on the SOD chats and I continue to enjoy your work in the magazine. Thanks for checking in here, so that we can vent to you:) I've actually been disappointed in the show of late. I too love Jesse/Angie, however I'm waiting for their love story to be the only thing going, not the history rewrite.Also, I want payoff for JR. I want Richie to be exposed I want him to pay, not only for what he did to JR, but to Zach. The Thumbs down in the last issue said it all- he's got no humanity.please let Jacob and Amanda know, they're doing a good job with JR/Babe. While the mag opined they're (JR/Babe) not quite on track, I think there's a nice flow there, and they have a sweet chemistry. I'd like the triangle to cease existingTake care!
I love the Jerica flashbacks and romance too. I think these two older people can do romance better than the younger crowd For some reason it looks so real between J&E and maybe it's because of their long history. I hope AMC puts them back together.I love Jesse and Angie too. I think they are a great couple. I hope they don't put Frankie with Colby. I think he is too old for her. I wish they'd kept Sean. I loved him and Colby together.I'd rather see Greenlee paired up with Josh. She and Aidan or Ryan have no chemistry
HI Mara..I agree with you about Jesse and Angie..to a point. As a long time viewer and a lover of Jesse and Angie from the earlier go-rounds, I loved their reunion this time out but I really felt it was kinda rushed. That's what soap historically have done best..dragged out a reunion or a coming together until the viewers were begging for it. I know J/A were apart for 20 years but I think it would have worked better dramatically to have A/J have some personal complications..one involved with someone else, some friction as to not living together for all those years, some anger at what happened.. something to last more than 1/2 an episode.Instead we got a big reunion love scene already and now the only thing they are focusing on is the mystery and plot and less on the relationship. It was just too fast to my taste.It'sone of the reasons that Zendall has worked so well..it was built up slowly over more than a year, with viewers not even realizing that they were being sucked and without the writers hitting you over the head with what their intentions were. In fact, I always felt Zen was not their intention but it became too strong to deny.I know Jesse and Angie are not a new couple..but they are to a lot of the viewing audience..and I think they wasted a lot of terrific scenes by rushing the reunion the way that they did. JMHO. Kathy
Quote:As for Zach/Kendall, I get that AMC stands to make a pretty penny from real-life sales of Charm, but it's been bugging me that Kendall has a son who's adjusting to a cochlear implant and another son who's in his first year of life and she's on a book tour. Ah well, I guess I should know better than to expect a realistic depiction of parenting on soaps...Mara First I want to say Hi and Thanks for this message board.ITA with your post.... Not to mention, that they have a stalker, no not obsessed creepy stalker Ryan, but creepy stalker #2 attempt to rape Kendall, and it was done for the sole purpose of some stupid, repulsive plot device. No mention of what happened. No showing the viewers the aftermath of such a horrific thing on a woman. Especially with the character of Kendall whose mother & sister are victims of rape and who is a child of rape.It's more important to TPTB to push Ryan's amnesia, which makes him out to be a sick, creepy stalker guy, and Greenlee 24/7 being praised by her victims and holding the child she almost killed while sitting in the house of the other child she almost killed. AMC doesn't do realism. I mean, how realistic is it to have both Kendall & Zach BFF with the woman who terrorized a pregnant Kendall, kidnapped Spike, almost killed both her sons, then stalked her for fun.... and the ratings continue to fall....along with the tears of the fans who watch the show sink closer to cancellation.
I completely agree with KathyNYC's post! Especially the Jesse & Angie part. IMO AMC gave away too much when they promoted their reunion, they practically gave away every single thing that was going to happen, which to me is why would I bother watching when you just showed me everything that was going to happen... Quote: As for Zach/Kendall, I get that AMC stands to make a pretty penny from real-life sales of Charm, but it's been bugging me that Kendall has a son who's adjusting to a cochlear implant and another son who's in his first year of life and she's on a book tour. Ah well, I guess I should know better than to expect a realistic depiction of parenting on soaps... Mara ITA! This is just a major part of the hack writing(most especially in regards to Kendall) that's been going on since practically B&E took overI really hope they're gone soon, they're killing AMC with every stroke of their poison pens...
What I think is really sad is that AMC has so many talented actors in its cast, but the show still stinks to high heaven because the writing is worse than it's ever been. It just seems like these writers do not care one bit what their viewers want, so they spend all their time doing the complete opposite of what fans are wanting to see. It almost seems like they are trying to get AMC cancelled. Even the return of past AMC fan favs Angie and Jesse has done nothing for this show, but it's not because of the actors, goodness knows they do the best they can with what they are given, it's because a kindergartener could write better stories. The show as a whole needs a major overhaul, IMO. I just don't get it. AMC seems to think they can fix what's wrong by overflowing the show with returning characters and ignoring what is wrong from within - the aweful writing. It's like putting a bandaid on a broken leg.Watching AMC is depressing these days. They have so much potential that they are just wasting. Actors with tremendous talent, and pairings that fans love, all that is missing is good writing. I keep hoping they'll get their act together and finally take advantage of what they have that is good, I keep hoping...
HI Mara I am so happy this forun is available for the fans to use. Even if are treated as if we shouldn't have an opinion we do and have the right to express them. It makes me sad thatAMC seems to be on a further downward slide but as long as Zach and Kendall are on and there is hope of happiness for them I will hang on. TEAM SLATER is the only reason I have hung on this long and the only good thing on this show.I personally hope Greenlee is a goner before too much longer she is a deadly virus and this show was sick enough already.
Thanks Mara for this message board.I've been watching AMC since I was eleven,1980. I am huge Erica Kane and Zendall fan. I haven't seen such a great pairing like Zendall ever on AMC or daytime and I have seen them all and loved many of them.Looking forward to many posts here.
Hi Mara: Thanks for creating this message board and I'm looking forward to posting, I have been watching AMC for many years (not continuous, but have constantly for the last 3 years since Zach and Kendall). Yes, I'm a Zendall fan, but also love/like most of the characters on AMC. I have to admit I have been watching very little of AMC these days but catch up through the message boards, and clips from the internet. I keep hoping that big changes are coming from AMC -- the head writers and management need to go and give way to new fresh blood. We need good stories/writing that are character driven, and the stories make sense (and AMC history is honoured -- not ignored, rewritten or whitewashed). IMO, these headwriters are destroying this once great soap (my favourite soap) and no one at ABC is doing anything about it. In a real corporate world, numbers/results this bad would result in a firing. I guess ABC isn't a real company,
Hello Mara! Thanks for making this board available for the fans to come to. I am a Zach, Kendall and Zendall fan and there is not too much to be thankful for in that area these days. But it is not just Zendall who the writer's are wanting to do damage to, pretty well every character is being written OOC. There is truly no story being told and definitely nothing on the screen currently would be called entertainment. I keep trying to hang in there but it is hard when you don't even recognize your favorite character's thru their dialogue or actions. If their anyone in charge who cares about AMC?
Hi Mara! Thank you for providing this forum for us soap fans to able to express our opinions about our favorite shows. I only watch AMC, primarily because of Thorsten Kay and Alicia Minshew. Their portrayal of Zach and Kendall and the chemistry they bring to the screen is amazing and it is sad that the present head writers at AMC are not utilizing their great potential as a super couple to bring good drama and good story telling to Daytime. Presently they are writing them OOC and are using them to prop characters that are not able to carry story lines by themselves. Instead of concentrating on creative character driven stories, they are disrespecting show history and character growth and integrity to write plot driven boring contrived rehash. I hope that opinions expressed on the INTERNET as well as the telling numbers of dropping ratings will convince TPTB at AMC that changes should be made and soon.
Hi Mara: I have been watching AMC since the beginning and it is the only soap that has been a constant in my life. These days I'm totally disgusted by what has happened to this show. It is now a plot driven show. We jump from plot to plot to plot with no real story. Also, with so many talented actors on this show why would you have as your main character Ryan Lavery. This character has not been loved for a very long time and, actually, should have been gone a long time ago. As you can see from this board, there are not too many people who even like him and yet he is shoved down our throats every day (usually with his shirt off).Then you have Zach and Kendall. Definitely the heart and soul of this show. These writers have tried to destroy this couple from day one and yet they are still loved thanks to the amazing performances of Thorsten and Alicia. They are on everyday but not to showcase their own story but to prop characters like Ryan and Greenlee who cannot carry a story and most viewers would fast forward if Zach and Kendall weren't involved. What a waste of such an amazing couple and what a disservice to the fans. When will AMC wake up and see the light, good writing and characters we want to see and enjoy is what this show needs. So many characters have been ruined there isn't much to watch on AMC these days and I for one am deeply saddened by this. I also think one of the reasons GH and OLTL are down in the ratings is because people are going over to Y & R because AMC is so bad and not coming back. ABC needs to CLEAN HOUSE and bring someone in who get whip AMC back into shape starting with the writers. We need character driven stories not gimmicks.
Please, Jessie and Angie are amazing. Their love story is a true love story. They need to write more for them or something mature for Erica and Jackson. Get rid of the young ones like Babe and Colby. Bring back Liza, now that would throw things into the mix and she has a connection with everyone including Jesse and Angie.
Jesse & Angie are amazing, but their story is a snoozefest and is starting to become crappy like the rest of the writing on this show....Most people aren't familiar with Jesse & Angie's love story. IMO AMC rushed their reunion too much as well
Hello again everyone! Just a quick note because I am in the middle of working on an article that I think you are going to love... I am certainly not tooting my own horn, rather making an educated guess based on the actor preferences you've expressed here! But anyway, to those who commented about the rushed Angie/Jesse reunion, what's in store for the characters after the current mystery concludes is exactly what you've been talking about, which is an exploration of the domestic complications they'll face now that they're back together
To say most people don't know the story is silly. It hasn't been that long...rushed I don't think so. It was better than having Dixie and Maria come back but not be seen for months on end.
Thanks for the board! I hope the writers and TPTB start paying attention to what the viewers WANT. The show has been atrocious, the writing insufferable. Everyone is out of character and it's driven by plot points. Why is so hard for those in charge to understand? I wish you could explain it to me.We want to see Ailee and Zendall together! The mixed up couples are ridiculous. Zach on a stripper pole? Really? Aidan lying to the woman he loves? Kendall/Aidan having grief sex? Greenlee mooning over Ryan and forgetting about Ryan wanting to punch her in the face and faking his death rather than have a kid with her?Who are these characters?I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Aidan and Greenlee together - they have everything it takes and they are writing them into the ground so Frons can have his precious Rylee - which NO one wants to revisit.And that is just the tip of the iceberg!
Quote:Hello again everyone! Just a quick note because I am in the middle of working on an article that I think you are going to love... I am certainly not tooting my own horn, rather making an educated guess based on the actor preferences you've expressed here! But anyway, to those who commented about the rushed Angie/Jesse reunion, what's in store for the characters after the current mystery concludes is exactly what you've been talking about, which is an exploration of the domestic complications they'll face now that they're back together
I'm guessing that anonymous was you Mara? LOLThanks, look forward too it, that's the kind of story Zen fans have bee wanting for Zen for a long time...... Quote:To say most people don't know the story is silly. It hasn't been that long...rushed I don't think so. It was better than having Dixie and Maria come back but not be seen for months on end. How is it silly? Go read most message boards, alot that watch now didn't watch then, I know I didn't.It wasn't rushed? Angie returned almost late January, Jesse about a week later, they were reunited not even a month later and having sexThat is RUSHED, there was NO buildup.........
I agree with all that said Zendall should be given the in depth exploration of their emotional issues, just as apparently Jangie will be. TK and AM would really rock those scenes. And after all they have been thru in the past year, it certainly would be warranted. I sure don't begrudge Jangie those scenes. I know they'll be great. But it's possible to tell more than one story at a time.
Thanks for the update about Angie and Jesse, Mara. I am happy that they are going to address Angie and Jesse's problems.I hope that are planning to do the same with Zach and Kendall. I don't recognize the couple I love anymore. They are written as the only married super couple that's never allowed to actually talk about their problems. They always seem to have things happen to them but they aren't allowed to address them or fight them as a team.It's time for AMC to ALLOW them to be Team Slater again. We are so used to them working through their issues as a Team, but they really haven't been allowed to since the current writing team took over.
Nice board. Thanks for providing it.I agree with the posters who are disappointed in the writing at AMC. It's obvious no one cares about the characters or their real histories. Everyone is being sacrified for cheap, poorly developed plot points. It's a shame to see such a classy show going steadily downhill. And, if the destruction of Zach and Kendall continues in such shabby fashion, ratings will just go even lower.
Hi Mara, thanks! I'm also a huge Zach & Kendall fan & have only been watching AMC for 3 & 1/2 yrs & have been so captivated by their story. I have grown to love AMC because of this couple & gave up Y&R to watch them exclusively, but recently it's become quite a chore because of things that arehappening to them (you know what I mean) & the writing is abysmal. Hopefully things will be turning around soon & we will get our wonderful, magical couple back to their glory daysvery soon & maybe even a Zen anniversary on 5/4!! I only watch for them, but love Erica & all the Kanes as well. I justhope fervently that we're going to get some better writing & make this show what is was.
Thanks for the board!I loved Jesse and Angie way back when, but I refuse to get invested with another character or couple on this show. I have seen what the writers have done with Zach and Kendall. We don't get scenes with them working stuff out. No, we get out of character "grief sex" and pole dancing, etc. If we are lucky, we get maybe 10 seconds of them together alone. And then it
I am really disappoined in the writing too. I am a die hard Zach and Kendall fan also and I hate what they have done to this couple. They are the reason I started to watch the show. I would love to see them together with their two boys have some real family time and more Love in the Afternoon. I would like to be able to watch Jessie and Angie but I feel like their story was really rushed and there is no real longing to be together. They never had that big build up of are they going to get together or not. Maybe if we get better writing something will spark my interest in their story. Thanks for providing the fans a forum where we can express our feelings about the show.
Thanks for starting this board. It will be nice to share our feelings about our favorite couples and storylines .I am also a diehard Zach and Kendall fan. I really only watch because of them. Of late, they are not the couple that I recognize, because they are doing such uncharacteristic things with surprising people. I was also looking forward tot he Jesse/Angie story, but it has fallen flat with me as well. There are so many great characters on this show, and few are recognizable right now. It angers me that I have to watch my beloved couples and characters be who they are not.
Thanks for starting this forum.Hopefully every fanbase will find it so not one-sided and an accurate majority of the fans responding
Mara,Thanks for starting this forum. It's a great idea. I am also a huge Zendall fan but I love Erica and Josh also. Adam Chandler is perhaps one of the best bad guys on daytime and I love David Canary. I would love to see AMC honestly address Kendall's state of mind. This woman has been through a series of tragedies for the last 2 years and we've never really had a storyline where she is allowed to talk about her pain. I hated the one night stand with Aidan, it was completely unnecessary and in doing so they continue to try to ruin the best couple on the show. They are also going to ruin the promising pairing of Greenlee and Aidan.AMC needs to get back to some lightness and fun especially with hugely talented actors such as AM and TK whose comedic abilities are so underused.
Nice board. I can't say that I'm a Zendall fan but I do love seeing the vets back in action.
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