Revenge Gets Its Mojo Back

by the TV Guy’s Stepmom
thIt was several months into season one when I started watching Revenge.  The TV Guy’s father was already a fan.  This night time soap is engaging, and I found myself caught up in the lives of the uber-rich inhabitants of the Hamptons.
The plot: new Hampton resident Emily Thorne quickly becomes a thorn in the side of Victoria Grayson, as she ingratiates herself into the life of Victoria’s son, Daniel. Emily, born Amanda Clarke, returns to the Hamptons to avenge the wrongs inflicted on her father by the Graysons, deeds that destroyed her father’s life, and changed hers, too..
The second half of season two muddled along and became confusing, and I was ready to throw in the towel. Kudos to the writers for finding their way in season three, creating a major plot shift. When the Graysons were about to get their due, at Emily/Amanda and Daniel’s wedding, things went awry.
Emily and her loyal sidekick, Nolan, were ready.  Emily has now been exposed as a young woman desperate to become a part of the Hampton social scene, rather than one out for blood.
The show is on hiatus until early March, so this is the perfect time to binge watch. Can’t wait to see what comes next!

All My Children

by the TV Guy

imagesBack from the edge of oblivion, the 40-year old daily staple All My Children has returned to the air after ABC tossed it into the bin.

This daily soap opera was a staple in the ABC lineup for four decades. The buzz around the show returning to TV started almost immediately after it was cancelled. The show returned this week on Hulu.

There are certain key characters that are not on the show. The iconic Susan Lucci as Erica Kane did not make the transition to the new AMC. The show is substantially more racy, as the censors are not part of the equation. The conversations are also full of colorful language and adult themes. The departure from daytime TV to a web based shorter version of this iconic classic is mediocre at best, and that is a kind review. The acting is almost comedic without trying to be. One too many shirtless teenagers crossed with an aging cast that is doing their due diligence to recreate the once popular serial.

I do wish them all the best in this unchartered endeavor. As a lover of all things television I hope they garner enough of a following to make it worth it to the money people.