Alicia Minshew

Pine Cones in Pine Valley

Regular Daytime Confidential readers and aficionados may have noticed that this lovely website has added daily recaps of most of the soaps on the air, in addition to Perkie's longtime (and often hilarious) observations about General Hospital. Conspicuously absent from the recaps — at least as of this writing — has been what might be considered the quintessential forerunner of the modern soap opera, All My Children.

Not too long ago, our fearless leader, Luke, asked if I would be able to write a daily recap of the show since I've been watching it; I regrettably informed him that because of a currently unpredictable schedule (hence, why there are long lags between my posts these days) I would be unable to do so. Instead, I suggested that I would divert my recent attentions from Guiding Light to AMC a bit more closely and blog about life in Pine Valley more regularly. Since then I've mightily tried to get a grip on the show, but unfortunately watching All My Children is not unlike walking on pine cones barefoot: it's not the worst feeling in the world, but it is still pretty painful. READ MORE

Random Thoughts on Five Soaps

I'm back, gentle readers, and not a moment too soon. Since we were last together, real life has provided more plot twists than an episode of Lost, but I've still managed to faithfully watch the stories day in and day out. While there are a few larger topics that I'll be addressing in the next few days and weeks, it turns out a little time and distance provides the opportunity for a bit of clarity and perspective on issues that one might have been previously too close to appreciate. In that spirit, here are a few completely random observations about the five soaps I normally watch that I've noticed in the little over a month since I last posted. These observations generally are not a part of the usual list of talking points, but just a number of things that have popped in my head. Without further ado... READ MORE

All My Children's Ryan and Kendall: Same Song, 700th Verse. Sing It Over, It Only Gets Worse.

As the World Turns may be recycling 2006 scripts, but in the arms race for unoriginality All My Children is going back even further. Apparently Kendall and Ryan are back in fashion again. What could be more exciting then then Ryan and Kendall back together, yet again? I mean seriously. The angst, agony, romance and sorrow of this "iconic couple" - and I use the term so loosely a mac truck could drive right through - will spark the imagination of fans, immediately make All My Children "must watch TV" and save the genre from itself. Ryan the superhero, Kendall the second guesser and Zach the man who never loses are here to save the day! Whoop-de-do-da-day, inspiration abounds! I'm so happy I need to take a prescription drug to calm my excitement.

I know that many General Hospital fans think that it is the worse of the three ABC soaps, but I enjoy it exponentially more than All My Children, even with the mob. Only in the world of soaps do shows such as All My Children and Days of Our Lives have their ratings go up while shows like One Life to Live are hanging on for dear life.  All My Children even beat General Hospital in the ratings. I'll let everyone draw their own conclusions about what that means, but it says something. READ MORE

What If: Mary Smythe vs. Kane Women

Susan Lucci's Erica Kane is daytime's biggest diva. Anna Stuart's Donna Love didn't pull any punches and her All My Children character, Mary Smythe, isn't a slouch when it comes to getting what she wants.

Now that Greenlee's memorial is over wouldn't it be awesome if Greenlee left her shares to Mary and Mary decided to seek revenge on Erica and Kendall for what she believes they did to her daughter? I know ABC doesn't like actresses over 40, but they would be fools to pass up all the possibilities of such a rivalry. Maybe the show could make lemonade out of the giant lemon that was "The Real Greenlee" debacle.

Would you enjoy Mary Smythe vs. the Kane women?

AMC's Zach Slater is PIG VOMIT! Bring on Rendall!

Regan asked you guys earlier if you were ready for a Rendall Redux and from the looks of things, DC readers aren't trying to feel a reunion between Ryan and Kendall on All My Children, but I sure am! Those promos are taking me right back to the magic that was Rendall! Alicia Minshew and Cameron Mathison have always sparkled together onscreen, and they still do.
It was an abyssmal mistake to ever inject Green-Me (Rebecca Budig) into Ryan and Kendall's orbit. As for Zach (Thorsten Kaye), my ability to tolerate The Cambias That Ate Pine Valley died with Myrtle Fairgate (the late Eileen Herlie).

Zach is a Grade-A jackass, who thinks he should never pay for anything he does! He shot Kendall's poor, unaborted brother through the head and showed about as much remorse as a celebutante after her sex tape is "leaked". READ MORE

ABC Cancels Life On Mars

Another ABC series bites the dust. Michael Ausiello is reporting that network execs at ABC have "advised the show's producers that it would not be ordering a second season. The heads-up will allow them to make this year's season finale a series finale, thus leaving no questions unanswered."

The cancellation of Life on Mars comes after ABC axed Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money and Eli Stone. Several current and former daytime stars have appeared during the series run. They include: Jennifer Ferrin (ex-Jennifer Munson, As the World Turns), Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda Walsh, As the World Turns), Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding, Guiding Light) and Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart Slater, All My Children). READ MORE