Intense Negotiations Between Minshew and ABC




Nelson Branco
is reporting intense contact negotiations between All My Children's Alicia Minshew and ABC. In his latest Suds Report. Branco then suggests that if the negotiations should fall through that Tamara Braun would make a "fierce, three-dimensional recast."

Would you accept anyone other than Minshew as Kendall?

Yes! Tamara Braun would make a great Kendall recast.
33% (393 votes)
I'm not sure.
8% (100 votes)
Hell to the no! No one other than Alicia Minshew works for me.
59% (699 votes)
Total votes: 1192

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davidandgreenlee08, I saw a comparison of 2005 ratings when Rebecca Budig was on the show compared to AFTER she left when the focus shifted off of her to Alicia Minshew and the ratings went UP. The comparison was provided with data obtained from SON. If you look at the ratings BEFORE Brown and Esensten made AMC the Greenlee show (both during Sabine Singh's and Rebecca Budig's time), they were higher. In fact, Rebecca Budig brought on to RAISE ratings has failed miserably no matter how much storyline they provided her. It's not all RB's fault, but she's done nothing for ratings and neither has her character.

Since August 2007, Alicia Minshew has not been given her own storyline. It's been about Greenlee. Poor, abused Greenlee, poor betrayed Greenlee, then we had Greenlee, all the men after her, blah, blah, blah. Alicia Minshew was reduced to propping Greenlee, Ryan, Annie, and Aidan. That's not a storyline for Alicia/Kendall.

As for a ratings increase with Tad and Dixie's reunion, one episode and the ratings went down again. During Cady McClain's return she failed to raise ratings more than 0.1. I was surprised by the small bump too, but there it is.

The Satin Slayer storyline was the LAST time AMC saw ratings over 2.5. They were averaging that or more. You want to talk about one episode bumps, Valentine's Day 2007, where Zendall was featured: 3.0.

As for Emmy nominations, I guess you missed the massive criticism of the Emmy nomination selection which included nominating panels not bothering to watch clips, voting just for friends or just for a name.

The actress they really need to let go is Budig who has had more airtime this year than Alicia Minshew and ratings are even worse.

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Lish All The Way!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ITA Birdie. The Satin Slayer s/l received a 2.5 rating with AM and TK as Zendall front and center. Last week’s 1.7 rating for the Graiden wedding showed how little the audience cares about RB/Greenlee’s return and how disgusted they are that TK and Alicia as Zach and Kendall are used to prop the toxic four of Greenlee/Aiden/Ryan/Annie. It looks from the Fall previews that the new head writer at AMC has seen the light and is giving Zendall their own front and center s/l. I hope that this does not change.

The Emmys this year were highly criticized for their unfair nominating process. Many in the nominating committee wrote that they were overwhelmed by the number if show DVDs they were asked to view and just voted for the ones that had won before. The Internet and magazines were rife with criticism how some of the most deserving actors, Alicia and Thorsten among them, were left out because of the unfair nominating process and questionable network politics. Alicia not only deserved the nomination, she deserved to win. One wonders if the fact that Alicia’s contract was being negotiated this year, denied her the nomination. I personally do not trust TPTB at ABC Daytime.

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I feel that Kendall needs to get away from our screens for a minute to have her come back and in a better s/l of her own instead of propping the quad from hell. I sick of the Ryan show and I do believe that AM needs a break from the show to come back stronger and feistier than ever before.

siomonstuart2003

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Yes. Puhlease get rid of AM and give us TB. AM has ruined the role of Kendall. Tamara would be great!

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If TB were to come back to ABCD, I would much rather see her come back as a recast for Kelly with Dan's Kevin in tow. I LOVE AM and TB but I am not sure I see TB as Kendall.

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24 August 2008
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birdie, I agree with your post #21, your response to davidandgreenlee08.

Anyone who wants to bring up Emmy noms as "proof" of an actors' talent or popularity is fooling themselves. The Emmys are considered a joke, amongst the fans and the people in the industry. As was stated above, how much of an accurate or fair system could it be when some of the judges publicly stated they did not have time to watch all the submission scenes, so they just voted for friends or for those who had been nominated in the past?

I thought the show was much better after Rebecca Budig's Greenlee left in 2005. I watched the whole show again, instead of fast forwarding through Greenlee, Rylee, and Kenlee. I even fast forwarded my favorite character, which is Alicia Minshew as Kendall, when she was in scenes with Greenlee, a character I have never liked. Since RB's return last January the ratings have sunk even lower. She is not contributing the ratings I suspect TPTB were hoping she would bring with her. She is the one whose presence is not adding anything to the show or ratings. TPTB should consider not renewing RB's contract and instead offering some of that money and contract perks, such as extra time off once or twice a month, to keep AM, and maybe go towards getting one of our vets, like Cady McClain, back. Greenlee's recent marriage to Aidan did not bring in the fans of that pairing. A wedding episode should be the one they would make a point of watching, and they tuned out. Doesn't seem like she's worth the money they spent on her and her return promotion.

The show is no longer the Kendall show, and it certainly isn't the Zendall show. Zendall fans are lucky if we get a few moments of our pairing alone each week. They are always with the other 4 characters of Ryan, Annie, Greenlee, and Aidan. The show is now the Greenlee show. RB as Greenlee has had more episodes than AM as Kendall this year, and, IMO, the falling ratings show it. I have no interest in Greenlee centric storylines so I'm not tuning in as often. I just hope TPTB do what they can to keep AM as Kendall, because bringing back their "go-to" girl, RB, isn't working. Recasting Kendall with TB or anyone else will just be one more nail in the coffin. Maybe it will be the final nail for this show. I won't stick around to watch if AM walks. She's the only Kendall for me.