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By Patti G

I have given a lot of thought about what I wanted to write about this week. Last week all of the AMC web sites reported what is being called a rumor that the show was going to be cancelled by ABC. Well, either it was a rumor, or the show narrowly dodged a bullet, but for the time being, AMC will continue its 40+ year run. TPTB however, should take this latest incident as a wake-up call and start to ďPut on their big boy pantsĒ and get the show back on track. Otherwise, the next time we hear about the show being cancelled, it wonít be a rumor. That would be a very sad day for long-time viewers of this history breaking show. 

As a long-time viewer (since 1976 full-time), I appreciate that the show produces 5 episodes a week, 52 weeks a year for 40+ years. That is unprecedented in the entertainment industry. For the most part, AMC has hit their mark more times than it has missed. You have to be realistic in this show being on so long, that not every character and/or storyline is going to be a winner. Something has happened though in the past 5 or so years. The writing has been hit or miss, the storylines sometimes very powerful and more often lately, totally ridiculous or boring. AMC has also lost many long-time characters either through death (unavoidable) or through actors leaving or being let go. I also donít believe that the move to California has done anything substantial to help the show, as it was supposed to do.  TPTB also have been putting ďall their eggs in one basket,Ē by using just a few of what they believe to be the frontrunner characters and putting them on day after day for months on end. After a while as a viewer, whether you like the character or not, you want to see other people. There are many good actors on this show that simply get a walk on or used more like a prop. That is quite a disservice to these actors. 

What I donít understand is we have the Internet now. There are so many web sites devoted to AMC each with viewer message boards. Fans are able to instantly share their opinions about the show with other fans. Why doesnít TPTB and the writers use this information? I understand that you are never going to please everyone. However, listening to what the viewers like and do not like and incorporating that information into the show would have to make a difference. Viewers (myself included) also suggest some very good and interesting storylines, or ones they would like to see for certain characters. I know story boards are done way into the future, but would it hurt to take some suggestions. 

All I am trying to say is we viewers are very loyal to this show and do not want to see it cancelled. So please ABC, AMC Powers That Be and Writers, take what we fans have to say seriously, and just give us what we want to see. You ratings will go up, the network will be happy, and we the loyal fans of AMC will continue to enjoy the people of Pine Valley for years to come. 

             Well, thatís about all for now. Have a great week.

                    I would love to hear from any of my readers.

                           Patti G


Read Patti's previous articles:  3/26/11, 3/19/11, 3/13/11, 3/8/11, 2/26/11, 2/19/11, 2/13/11, 2/6/11, 1/28/11, 1/22/11, 1/16/11, 1/7/11, 12/30/10, 12/23/10, 12/17/10, 12/9/10, 12/4/10, 11/26/10, 11/20/10, 11/12/10, 11/6/10, 10/30/10, 10/22/10, 10/15/10, 10/8/10, 10/1/10, 9/26/10, 9/18/10, 9/10/10, 9/4/10, 8/27/10, 8/20/10, 8/13/10, 8/7/10, 7/30/10, 7/21/10 7/16/10, 7/10/10, 7/2/10, 6/25/10, 6/18/10, 6/11/10, 6/4/10, 5/27/10, 5/21/10, 5/14/10, 5/7/10, 4/30/10, 4/24/10, 4/16/10, 4/9/10, 4/2/10, 3/26/10, 3/19/10, 3/13/10, 3/6/10, 2/27/10, 2/19/10, 2/12/10, 2/7/10, 1/29/10, 1/23/10, 1/17/10, 1/8/10, 1/1/10, 12/25/09, 12/18/09, 12/11/09, 12/4/09, 11/20/09, 11/13/09, 11/6/09, 11/1/09, 10/24/09, 10/16/09, 10/12/09, 10/8/09, 10/5/09, 9/26/09, 9/21/09, 9/9/09, 9/5/09, 8/29/09, 8/23/09, 8/15/09, 8/8/09, 8/2/09, 8/1/09, 7/24/09, 7/19/09, 7/10/09, 7/3/09, 6/27/09, 6/20/09, 6/14/09, 6/5/09, 5/29/09, 5/25/09, 5/24/095/16/09, 5/15/09, 5/8/09, 5/3/09, 4/25/09, 4/15/09, 4/10/09, 4/3/09, 3/31/09, 3/28/09, and 3/27/09.

Read all about Patti's visit to AMC's NYC studios on 8/17/09.

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