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  1. I forgot Darnell had come to Loving as Jacob! What a horrible ending for that character. Yeah, not exactly quick and painless. I do remember catching commercials regarding Gilbert. She did play that hand a bit too often (Kitty/Kelly, Adam/Stuart, Jeremy/Gilbert, Natalie/Janet, Tad/Ted, Anna/Alex, Erica/Jane...)
  2. The introduction of Wildwind in the early 90s really opened up the canvas in the same way I imagine Cortlandt manor did in the late 70s/early 80s. It's so funny...apparently these big estates existed in Pine Valley but no one ever discussed the Cortlandts or Merricks prior to.
  3. I was trying to find an example online, but had no luck. I remember they showed it one day early in my viewing history, and I looked over at my cousin, and she said, "Yeah, sometimes he has visions." I think we both rolled our eyes and went on watching. On another note, while searching for the example, apparently Jeremy died on loving by being encased in cement??
  4. I liked the actress as well, and was glad when they decided to keep her around. It was the voodoo nonsense...like I said, I appreciated AMC for its realism compared to other soaps.
  5. For me, AMC hit its nadir right around that time with Rayfield and Cascio. Dog Boy, random teens, Anna/Alex, fading out of core families...cybersex with Weird JR and Boring Lori...it's saying something that I got down on my knees when McTavish came back. And I hated Corrinne (?) and the voodoo story. Luckily, they dropped it like a hot rock and got back to the mainland.
  6. I feel like the show never recovered from McTavish's second stint as writer. I suppose, in an effort to grab ratings like Days and Passions, the show became more fanciful and stunt-driven. Esensten/Brown drove it into the muck and mire (Sextet of Suck) until Chuck Pratt drove it off the edge, as he just didn't seem to care about history or tone. Online definitely felt like the earlier days.
  7. Not disagreeing with you at all here, but could you go into more detail about what you are saying?
  8. I enjoyed the first episode and will continue to watch. I loved Hillary's extended cameo, and I think her relationship with Avery was one of the most surprising and my favorite parts of the new series. And, although brief, I agree that it seems as if Tyne Daly had been there all along.
  9. When did you start watching AMC, and was there a reason why you did (boredom, family member watched, illness)? Growing up, my paternal grandmother watched the CBS soaps and my maternal grandmother watched the ABC soaps. For a brief time after high school, I lived with my maternal grandmother, who fixed "dinner" during what we call lunch (which differs from "supper," for all of you that didn't know. ) I usually ate dinner while AMC was on in the next room, and I became intrigued by the humorous character of Opal Purdy Gardner as she was trying to "land" Palmer Cortlandt. At first, I only watched these scenes, but then I became interested in other scenes as well. This would have been in the fall of 1990. Do you remember when you became aware of who was writing it, and may be a writer change over? Being interested in show business, I always paid attention to credits. I'm the guy in the theater who didn't leave until the end, even before Marvel superhero "stings" after the credits rolled. I really started to become interested in the changeovers when the show went from Megan McTavish to Lorraine Broderick in the mid-90s. (Long answer) Do you think about the show differently than you do other soap operas? If so, or not, why? I always think differently of AMC, because it is the only soap I actually watched fully. I stayed tangentially connected to other soaps due to family members and for a brief time, subscribed to Episodes and SOD. Since AMC has been gone, it's just not the same. I come here to these boards mostly for the nostalgia and I enjoy the general entertainment and political threads. I never added another soap to my lineup, because daily viewing, even on VCR, was sometimes difficult to keep up with while working full time. I really think AMC and OLTL 2.0 really had it right in their rebirths as a show that only aired 2-3 times a week as a "half hour" (although initially that p***ed me off). One thing I always appreciated about AMC was its "realism," which unfortunately flew out the window more and more often, esp. as Chuck Pratt took over. By then, I guess I was so invested, I saw it through with eyes permanently rolled. I can laugh through Opal's tarot readings and Myrtle dating Santa Claus, but never could stomach Jeremy's psychic powers and Erica's unabortion (although I appreciated both actors, and thought the character had a horrible undeserving exit). And although Opal remained a favorite, the real drawing power for me through most of the run was David Canary's portrayals of Adam and Stuart Chandler. Even the most asinine story (who killed Stuart?) could be riveting due to his performance.
  10. Eric, it is so good to "see" you again. You always bring a sincere thoughtfulness to the boards.
  11. cct

    Facts of life Reboot

    Facts of Life tried to reboot itself in the series finale, featuring Blair playing Mrs. Garrett to Juliette Lewis and Mayim Bialik. What if...
  12. When Finola Hughes was on AMC briefly in the early 2000s, her character was Alex (Devane).
  13. If ONLY someone would rip off his toupee, and we all discover a heavy-breathing Marj Dusay underneath...then we could all go back to French fries at McKay's and Thanksgivings at the Valley Inn.
  14. My people. "Fair is fair!"
  15. I thought this might involve Steve Harvey. Damn.
  16. Am I the only one getting Ashley Madison ads in these sexual harassment threads? LOL
  17. Now that some of these soaps have ended, I'd love to see versions that "wrapped it up."
  18. I'll agree that the on again/off again scheduling did not sustain any momentum. And the nadir of the season was the first two episodes back. The show worked best in the first few seasons before the guest star parade and before the characters had become cartoon-y. The last installment, with Jack guesting on Shades of Blue, felt more like classic W&G to me, and has been one of my favorite episodes of the season.
  19. +1 Once they were given an end-date, then they were allowed to just soar. The twist at the end of Season 3 was the kicker that made me know it was back after the tailspinning of seasons 2 and 3 (Tailies were meh; loved Juliet and Ben!)
  20. Everyone's sitcom game was dire around that time. Several entertainment magazines did articles on the Death of the Sitcom from 82-84. It was actually The Cosby Show that revived the format. I loved Holly from Anything But Love, with Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Lewis, prior to her appearance on These Friends of Mine. And of course Anita would go on to play Janice on Friends.
  21. Praise. Although, oddly, I liked her in Nashville the most. I just remembered what an odd fit she was on Spin City, sucking the energy out of the room. I'm thinking also of various nineties film actresses: Julia Ormond Monica Potter Gretchen Mol And how many times can they push Sienna Miller?
  22. I remember Jack staying there in the very early 90s when Erica lost custody of Bianca.
  23. Can't remember why I fell out of Murphy Brown in it's middle years, but I fell back in that final season. I think I left when Jim left FYI. I liked the cancer storyline and how the show ended overall, but I haven't seen it in years, and could do without a reboot. The timeliness of our current political state would be perfect, but the cast is much older, and Eldon and Phil have passed on. More than likely I'll watch, praying it doesn't become the "Arlington Virginia Dinner Theater" does "Murphy Brown." As they say on the "E! True Hollywood Story," Kirk Cameron Jesus-freaked Growing Pains right off the air. Once naughty-boy Mike grew into striving young adult, it became a bit sanctimonious and somewhat uninteresting. This was a show that was more about the adults early on and became about Cameron a la Family Ties became about Fox.
  24. Yeah, I had checked out of 227 by then for similar reasons (plus I started working Saturday evenings). Rose (Alaina Reed Hall) was pushed into the background after marrying. This would have been after Mrs. G. left Facts and Facts had been cancelled. I thought she left Facts because she was "retiring." Guess not.
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