Spoiler Alert: (If you DVRed the ABC network finale for All My Children and have not watched it, or were planning to watch it this week via Hulu, than skip down to the Talking Dead news…) After 41 years of storytelling in the fictional city of Pine Valley on ABC, the network sends the show off in a depressing way. Sure, the series *might* be continuing online thanks to Prospect Park, but it will be a very different show with lots of new faces in the mix. I look forward to seeing how the show changes and grows online in ways broadcast TV held it back.
But lets focus on the finale and the fact that it ended on a cliffhanger. Who in their right mind thought that would be a good idea? After 41 years of stories, I think the audience deserves an actual finale. This is where the characters are as we close this chapter of their lives. We did not need a “Who did JR shoot?” mystery to cap off the series. Nor did we need unresolved issues of who is the mystery woman that David Hayward brought back to live, or will Erica and Jackson make up? The ending felt rushed, choppy, and worst of all, incomplete. I truly hope that Prospect Part treats All My Children with the proper respect that it deserves, because ABC has not done that in the past few years.
I love The Walking Dead. I’ve followed the comic since close to the beginning and I dig the series (even thought I feel like the season finale was a major miss step in an otherwise awesome season). But I honestly have no desire to watch a bunch of people sit around and talk about the episodes. AMC has announced The Talking Dead, a live talk show hosted by Chris Hardwick that will feature people talking about the episode of the show that just aired. Um… okay. Instead of wasting money on useless things like this, it would have been nice for AMC to not slash The Walking Dead‘s budget down or push out showrunner Frank Darabont. Please just focus on the show and making it as good as possible instead of trying to milk the brand for any pennies that you can get out of it.