Out With the New, In with the Good OldBy Michael Karol Posted: Nov 23, 2009
Wow…Chuck Pratt, ALL MY CHILDREN's controversial head writer since June 2008, has been let go. This has already made lots of AMC fans deliriously happy, those who have been upset with such questionable plot directions as:
— Jackson being sent off to Siberia, er, Europe, in order for Erica to strut her cougar stuff with Ryan (an ICK factor that goes off the charts for many);
— Aidan Devane being turned from one of the show's sexiest lead players, a government agent with a strong moral character, into a lovesick madman; and
— "Who killed Stuart?", a mystery that was supposed to jar the show back to life, but has lingered way too long, causing viewers to lose interest. (If the gold standard of AMC murder mysteries, 1992's classic "Who killed Will?", is a 10, then "Who killed Stuart?" rates a 3, tops.)
In fact, soap fans in general seem to chortling with glee at Pratt's firing, if the Internet message boards are to be believed.
Lorraine Broderick — a former head writer on AMC and a writer for many other soaps, who first wrote for AMC under its creator, Agnes Nixon — will be taking over the position for the near-term future, as the show moves to its new West Coast facilities.
I'm hoping that AMC will be smart enough to lure some familiar and sorely missed faces back (like Walt Willey and Julia Barr, both of whom are returning in January for at least a few episodes to celebrate AMC's upcoming 40th anniversary), especially one of my faves, Janet From Another Planet (Kate Collins). Daytime Emmy winner Vincent Irizarry's devious Dr. David has been screwing with Janet's kid for a long time now — who better to take revenge?
Life is all about change, and soaps are no different. I wish Broderick well, and hope that she can restore some luster to a classic show that, ironically, has been sputtering toward its 40-year milestone.