Unabortion Shot, Loses Heart?

In an attempt to whitewash one the biggest mistakes All My Children ever made it looks as if the show is finally getting rid of the character of Josh Madden (Colin Egglesfield), Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) "long lost" unaborted son. AMC may not be undoing the rewrite of the Erica’s historic abortion, but they sure are doing the next best thing and killing off the character.

Egglesfield is the unfortunate victim of a storyline fans would never accept and the show got rid of the one actress he had chemistry with when they brought back Rebecca Budig as Greenlee.

Are you glad AMC is whitewashing the Unabortion storyline?

Unabortion Shot, Loses Heart?

  • I liked having Josh as a "Kane man." (54%, 204 Votes)
  • It's the next best thing to undoing the rewrtie, but I'll take it. (9%, 33 Votes)
  • Yes! AMC should have never undone Erica's abortion. (37%, 139 Votes)

Total Voters: 376


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19 Responses

  1. Profile photo of Set

    You will never, EVER hear me utter the words that undoing Erica’s abortion was a good idea. It’s one of the most important moments in AMCs history, as well as the soap genre in and of itself, and quite possibly a landmark moment of television (if memory serves, it was the first on screen abortion for any show, daytime or otherwise), so it really should have stayed sacred. But it didn’t. And that was stupid.

    HOWEVER, Josh was a character with so much potential. I’m not going to lie, the idea of Erica having a son was what got me to watch AMC full time. I hate how they brought him about, but they did, and for me he was a character who worked. I never for a moment doubted that Josh was Erica’s son (okay, maybe when Kinworthy was in the role, but they weren’t really hinting at it too much back then) because they really acted a lot alike, and that kind of storyline, the one where the kid is all pissed about a parent doing something and watching them build up a relationship is probably my favorite stock storyline in daytime.

    Sadly, the show never really gave Josh and Erica that kind of solid relationship (he didn’t even see his mother while she was in prison ONE damned time! And that was after he begged her not to take the deal. The hell?), but they did capitalize on the sibling dynamic between Kendall and Josh, and it was beautiful. They were really good together. I remember when Kendall threatened Adam and was like ‘Josh is a Kane, you don’t mess with him.’ Glorious. Or when Ian was in the incubator and Josh gave that speech about what it meant to be a Kane and how he finally got it. Those were moments when the character’s potential shined. Josh was a Kane in essence. They did that much right. He was also a Martin, though that was rarely brought up. So, here’s this character (who, again, was brought about in the most idiotic way possible) who happens to be a member of two major families on the show, and the son of the show’s star, and yet they can’t find something to do with him?

    The way they wrote him out last year was stupid, too. There was no buildup, nothing. It was just ‘oh, I took a bunch of your money Zach because… well, I don’t know why, but just because…’ and now he’s holding his little sister’s (the first person who really reached out to him and he accepted) woman hostage? This isn’t the Josh that evolved from what he was at the start.

    It was a bad decision to bring him on, but he became a character with utmost potential. I’m seriously considering tuning out of this show now. The choice angers me that much.

  2. Profile photo of season1217

    I still say they should have gone back in time like OLTL did and just have Erica make sure she got the job done!:P


    Pushing Daisies – You will always be in my heart!

  3. Profile photo of elbugten

    They never really knew what to do with the character of Josh, so I guess this kills 2 birds with one stone, literally. Kill off Josh and right the wrong that McTavish inflicted on us. I liked Colin Egglesfield as an actor and am sorry he got saddled with such a mess; he is a good actor and deserves better.

    Wishful casting: Could OLTL would snap him up as the next Joey and pair him with Marcie as suggested in the OLTL 911 podcast? I could see CE and KB having good chemistry together and about the only job Josh DIDN’T have on AMC was “minister” so why not? CE did “corporate mogul” well, so ultimately Joey could help the Buchanans save BE.

    I see 2 flaws with the “Kendall needs a heart” s/l, though. Wouldn’t a better match for her heart be her fully biological brother, Trey (same Mom and Dad as Kendall) rather than half-brother Josh? Granted, killing Trey off wouldn’t have sewn up the unabortion s/l so neatly so that’s why they’re not going the more logical route. Will Dr.’s Joe and Jake have to operate on “a Martin” and essentially kill him to save Kendall? Has potential for good drama there, although David operating on his half brother Trey would’ve been interesting, too.

    I alos hope that Kendall goes to the same plastic surgeon that GH’s Maxie went to after her heart transplant so that she can still wear low-cut sundresses w/o showing her scar, like Maxie does. Kendall prefers sundresses, even in February in Pennsylvania and I’d hate to see her need a new wardrobe just because of a little heart transplant. ;)

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    Sorry but i don’t see the point, why couldn’t he have just been revealed to not be her son and then stay off screen to never be mentioned again?

    This way you know they will possibly bring it up in the future that she is only alive because of her Brother -.-

    A.K.A. ssjohn

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    Courtney fan4life

    I always hated Josh! He has killed off Babe, Di soon to be Greenme! I love Pratt!

    Pratt seems to be fixing all of Mctrashes wrongs. Now he just has to bring back Dixie and fix her BIGGEST mistake.

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    No wonder ABC worked with the American Heart Association and Campbell’s on a heart-healthy diet….every other soap character needs a heart transplant at least once in their life!

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    How is Trey Kendall’s “fully biological” brother? They share a father, but Trey’s mother is Vanessa, not Erica. I would like to see the character of Trey back in Pine Valley, though, since his sibs Kendall and David are there. At the very least, it’d be nice if those two mention that they have a brother in common…who I guess is still in jail???

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    I have no problem with them killing off the character, I only mind the killing isn’t due to Zach finding out the Josh was scamming the family all along. I would have much preferred that the unabortion was corrected. I hated the character and dislike the actor.

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    I think the only way they truly could have corrected this was to somehow reveal that the abortion did take and that Josh wasn’t the Unabortion. Yeah, killing off the character gets rid of him forever, but Erica’s groundbreaking abortion will still be “undone” in the Soap History Books…

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    I like the idea of Erica having a gorgeous son. Since she tried to murder him once by abortion, couldn’t they have kept him alive and off the canvas til there was a story for him?

    That’s the problem with soaps today…since no one has more than 1 or 2 offspring they have to keep inventing silly scenarios for bringing in children (Josh and Kendall were 2 of Erica’s before then unknown children)

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    I agree with those that say this doesnt undo the unabortion. They should find a way to make it all a giant scam. As for CE, I guess it depends on whether they need more male characters in that age range. I always thought that he and Amanda would have had potential.

    Ditch the bitch, Save the World….Exterminate the Lizard.

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    My apologies. I don’t know what I was thinking saying Trey is Kendall’s full brother. Of course he isn’t. I sitll wish they’d mention him once in awhile. How long is the sentence for arson, anyway? Isn’t that why he’s in jail, for burning down Erica’s house?

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    Yep – he burned down Erica’s home. And you would think Kendall would have tried to get mommy to help her brother. I would love to see Trey back on canvas, esp. with the same actor. I saw him on Mad Men and he was terrific…and real SOB…but he did a good job with the part.

    David needs family on the show.


    Ditch the bitch, Save the World….Exterminate the Lizard.

  14. Profile photo of williamjc

    Finally they will abort the unaborted. What a horrific storyline. None of this is a knock on Colin Egglesfield – he worked with what was given to him. But, the whole storyline was just plain stupid. Plus I’m kind of glad how it goes down – Zach wanted to kill homeboy anyway and now he gets his wish – plus Zach needed to get off some steam…lol.

    I loved how he immediately says – put his heart into Kendall – damn how Bianca and Erica feel. I bet in Zach’s eyes, he was suppossed to be an abortion anyway, sooo what’s the problem?

    AMC is actually becoming entertaining again. Now, I’m just waiting for Rylee to disintergrate and Greenlee is outta here…

  15. Profile photo of THEBEST

    Thank God! I have been saying kill Josh off for the longest. Now, my prayers are finally being answered. I am still waiting for Dixie & Brooke.

    ***///My life as a soap fan is on life support, waiting for a miracle…\\\***

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    I hated the unabortion storyline but Josh and his portrayer Colin Egglesfield has really grown on me. I wish TPTB would’ve figured out a way to undo the unabortion but kept Josh within the story and have Erica become a surrogate mom to him. I have a real problem with Zach being the one who shoots, and so it appears, eventually kills him and then for him to just haul off and say, “He’s dead. Give Kendall his heart” just seems really mean. We’ll see how this story plays out but I would much rather see Colin keep his job than Brian Frons.

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    I didn’t like Josh when he first appeared. However, he grew on me.
    He was a good friend to Zach and Kendall. He was there for Kendall when Zach was in the bomb shelter, never discouraging her.
    He was, also, there for Zach when Ian needed surgery.
    They ruined the character when they had him embezzle money from Zach and Kendall. This was all a set up to kill him off.
    Now Zach doesn’t have any male friends.

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