Steve Blackburn is replacing Phil Collinson as producer.
Blackburn has spent the last few years ruining Emmerdale, although he's mostly been carrying out the damage which was started by Gavin Blythe.
On the other hand, Phil Collinson has taken most of what made Corrie special (genuine humor, strong and complex female characters, solid stories which build over time) and destroyed it, possibly beyond repair.
Instead of focusing on Blackburn's failures, I'll just remember Collinson.
- bringing in Stephanie Cole, and actually managing to create a decent character for her
- bringing back Dennis Tanner, one of Corrie's best ever characters
- stopping the stories about Gail's misery
- bringing back Charlie Condou, a very talented and likeable actor who left the first time around because he had no role beyond being Sean's toy
- the Kirsty story, which is as poorly paced as everything else on this show, but which is at least trying to tackle a serious issue in a non-exploitive way, which makes sense for Tyrone's character, and which has ramifications on many other characters
- continuing to focus on dead end characters, played by incompetent actors
- a shocking inability to bring in new characters, with laughably bad casting decisions over and over (sleepytime Frank Foster who read every line like he was waiting to go home, Rob the doughiest, blandest "ladies' man" ever, creepy Nick Cotton lookalike Karl, Tony Hurst, who was wonderful on Hollyoaks, as creepy, boring, pathetic Paul, who was desperate to dump his ill wife for a new honey, Michelle Collins as deadly dull Stella, who after over a year still has no believable relationship or tie to the canvas, the wonderful Sue Johnston as the unlikeable, useless Gloria, 30 year old looking Ryan Connor, 30 year old looking Chris Fountain as "18 year old" Tommy Duckworth, when there are no Duckworths left, aside from tired panto horse Terry who returned to play out the same bad story he'd already had ten times.)
- a need to force characters on viewers not because of public support, but because of some idea that they are "the new ___." Kym Marsh knowing how to do the PR game does not mean she's Pat Phoenix. Michelle Keegan getting photos in the papers and winning generic "sexiest female" awards does not mean Tina is anything but a vile, self-righteous, dour harridan, one who is so unlikeable that she made viewers root for husband-batterer Kirsty.
- babies, babies, babies, babies.
- a complete lack of charismatic or entertaining couples. At the moment the only ones I can think of are Kirk and the kinder, gentler Cilla, and maybe gay Marcus and BFF Maria. Three years of nothing.
- a total lack of respect for Corrie's history. Bringing back Dennis Tanner for no apparent reason other than to occasionally have scenes with Rita. He has such a rich, wonderful past with Corrie. I still can't believe they brought him back for this.
The horrible decision to have Deirdre overlook Tracy admitting to planning Charlie's murder, and to make Deirdre a ridiculous joke of a character. Deirdre and Ken have been on this show for generations - why have they become cheap punch lines? Then there was Jim McDonald returning for some sort of bank robbing story just to give Liz a rushed exit. And worst of all, Betty's funeral, which had no returns other than her son, which had characters like Kylie whom we were supposed to laugh with as they scorned Betty's memory, and which had the insulting rewrite of Betty owning the Rovers for decades, which meant that she sat back and watched her best friend, Bet Lynch, leave town in shame when no one would help her buy the pub.
- deeply offensive "social issue" stories. Alzheimers is nothing more than a plot device to make Eileen some object of pity. How awful for her that she has to put up with her married boyfriend's wife - what a burden to her. But don't worry, we'll kill her off for shock value and then Eileen can be happy. And of course the Frank Foster story, which taught viewers a) if a man tries to sexually assault a woman (Maria), then it might just be her "crying rape", and b) if a woman is raped, then she will almost immediately find a hot relationship with a new man, and said relationship will be used to destroy her in court. But don't worry - the rapist's mother will suddenly kill him and hold a random person hostage, so you'll still get your justice. These stories were endlessly touted as educating the public. They were dangerous, and they were trash.
- character destruction run riot. Before Collinson, Carla was one of my favorite characters. Now she's a complete failure in business and in life in general. Giving her tedious Ronnie Mitchell trauma stories and removing any humor, personality, or spark she ever had, all for a constant parade of melodrama and a relationship with a drunk, weird deadbeat. Said deadbeat, Peter, was one of my favorite characters until Collinson. Now I will likely never watch any of his scenes again. He's abusive, obsessive, one-note, and he just plain sucks. He was willing to go to jail for decades, and abandon his son, all because of his insta-love for Carla, the woman he treats like garbage most of the time. Then there's Leanne, who was systematically ruined to try to make fans care about the two drunk losers, and who is only viable at this point because of Jane Danson. How can I forget the Webster family, who for some reason won "story of the year" for garbage which made Sally look like a hypocrite, made Kevin look like a deadbeat and a jerk, made Sophie and Rosie into annoying, shrill brats, and then collapsed after less than a year, leaving the family with no stories at all, unless you count Groundhog Day sagas where Sally fell for weird men who conned her (and in some cases groped at her daughter). This family could have carried Corrie for a new era. Now, thanks to Collinson, would you really miss what's left of them if they all left?
- awful pacing. Even if I cared about coma patient Owen and his unbelievable relationship with Anna, I still wouldn't be involved in the Gary/Izzy/Tina baby story, because it all happened in about two weeks. Why are you in such a rush when you have five episodes a week? The same went for Stella's arrival and her being Leanne's mother. Why did this need to happen so quickly? I've heard people say that it's great to not see stories dragged out, but wouldn't you rather have a story which builds over time than something which ends in a month so you can see yet another hospital stay?
- nasty tone. The show's only humor often feels forced and silly. The show seems to prefer a much harsher form of humor, whether it is Kylie and her "jokes," laughing at Deirdre, laughing at Tina as she pours a drink over her boyfriend's head for little reason, and anything with toxic waste dump Tracy.
- Easter episode. The biggest turd I can ever remember on Corrie. I still have no idea what that was about, other than to make viewers hate Todd Grimshaw so much that they would never want to see him again. Bonus points for random Gail homophobia.
Edited by O2Sean, Oct 9, 2012 @ 3:10 AM.