I’m really starting to think ABC stands for “Anything But Class.”
I’ve written before about my distaste with the way head honchos have treated Sabine Singh. She’s the actress who was hired as a recast Greenlee on All My Children, landing her in the difficult position of replacing original, uber-popular portrayer Rebecca Budig.
Well, now Rebecca is back. And I love her. Really. But ABC’s not-so-subtle assault on Sabine is unprofessional and downright mean.
Have you seen the AMC Web site? It actually has a countdown … A COUNTDOWN .. to the return of Rebecca as Greenlee. As if advertising that the “real” Greenlee is back wasn’t insult enough to Sabine. Now this?
What are these people thinking?
I get that Sabine wasn’t an immediate hit with most fans. But once she started getting a story that (thankfully) moved her away from Ryan (Cameron Mathison) and toward Aidan (Aiden Turner), things changed.
Sabine’s chemistry with Aiden is sweet and sultry. It helped Sabine connect with the Greenlee most AMC viewers fell in love with.
Then came her scenes with Zach (Thorsten Kaye) while they were trapped in a bomb shelter. It was another major turning point for Sabine in the role. Greenlee bonded with the one man she hated most, and their interaction since has been a fabulous mixture of uncertainty, respect and kinship. They understand each other now; you can see it in their eyes when they talk. Where will that palpable connection be when Rebecca steps into the role?
Without the history of Greenlee’s scenes with Zach — and with Aidan, for that matter — will Rebecca’s interactions with these characters have the same resonance for me?
I’d like to say yes, but I’m not so sure.
And it leaves me feeling very disappointed … and sad, actually. Sad that Sabine didn’t get more of a break from fans. Sad that she got axed just when she was hitting her stride in the role. And sad that I’m not more excited about Rebecca’s return, simply because of the stink that surrounds this whole thing.

13 Responses to “Sabine Singh deserved better from AMC”

  1. Kara, ITA! I had no idea about this online countdown … how many more ways are they gonna find to slap Sabine in the face? And why are they so hell bent on doing so?
    I really liked Rebecca Budig’s version but she may catch some backlash behind ABC’s insensitivity towards Singh. Singh’s portrayal really shows the power an actor can give to a character with good writing & material to work with.
    Further I have to say, Rebecca’s Greenlee wasn’t all that (especially after Leo’s death) that we need a countdown to her return. I’m more excited about Angie & Jesse’s return, personally.

  2. Hi, Kimi. Yeah, I think there may be a little backlash, too, which is a shame because I do like Rebecca. You’re right, though. Greenlee did lose a bit of her flair after Leo died, but I blame that more on the writing/plots than Rebecca. I’m a softie that way. LOL. As for Angie and Jesse, their return has kind of been overshadowed by the Sabine/Rebecca mess, which is a real travesty. I loved them way back when. Thanks again for posting!

  3. ICAM Kara and Kimi!
    I really liked Rebecca in the role, but the way ABC has handled her return is appalling. I *cringe* everytime I see the commercial heralding “the real Greenlee.”
    I agree wholeheartedly that this insensitivity towards Sabine is really going to backfire and create animosity towards AMC, ABC, and, unfortunately towards Budig.

  4. Not to keep beating this dead horse lol BUT I caught up w/the soaps over the holidays & couldn’t believe how many times they showed that “real Greenlee returns” commercial before and after Sabine scenes.
    Geeze did Sabine do something to some ABC executive to deserve this kinda treatment? I’ve seen worse actors that NEVER caught on with viewers get more respect on the way out the door.
    Kara ITA also that it was the writing, not Budig’s portrayal that made the character lose some of its flair.

  5. Very nice commentary! Most of the feedback I’ve seen about this promo campaign has been negative- whether it’s fans of Sabine’s or the ordinary viewer who has no preference on who plays Greenlee, people do not think ABC is handling this whole thing well. Fans of Sabine’s are encouraged to make their voices heard by writing to ABC, emailing the soap magazines, etc. http://www.myspace.com/supportsabine has all the needed info for anyone who wants to show support for Sabine & appreciation for all her hard work.

  6. I normally don’t add my opinions to blogs-no matter the subject- but I felt that I had to add my voice to how disrespectful I feel the producers of AMC treated Sabine Singh in the matter of her exit from their show.
    I know very little about actors and the conditions surrounding their employment. The little that I do know is that an actor’s employment is often precarious, at best. I don’t know what kind of exit “balloon” package Ms. Singh might have received, although I hope that it was an excellent one. I do know, however, that it was a very shoddy move on the AMC producers’ part to continually “dismiss” Ms. Singh’s contribution to AMC with their continued PR campaign to promote Rebecca Budig’s return; especially upon learning that Ms. Singh had a four-year contact to play Greenlee Smythe. This may not have been the producers’ intention, but it was definitely the result.
    In the “real” world, you are judged by your actions and the perceptions that those actions can lead people to have. My perception is that AMC’s producers seem to feel that it was A-OK to stomp Ms. Singh’s contribution, and I feel safe in saying, her feelings as well.
    Until a year ago, it had been a long time since I was a devoted AMC viewer. Although I never saw Ms. Budig in the Greenlee role, I do understand AMC and Ms. Budig’s fans’ excitement about her return. I understand her popularity. I have my all-time favorite actors as well, so I get it. I had grown to enjoy Ms. Singh’s portrayal of Greenlee, and therefore, the character, but hers is the only one that I know, so I can’t make any comparisons. I, for example, like certain aspects that the four actresses that played Carly on GH had brought to that character over the years, but I don’t have a favorite. Every long time soap opera viewer knows that many actors most likely will play a popular character over the years on any given show.
    Let me make it clear that I have no problem with Ms Budig. I wish her–and Ms. Singh–all the best in their futures. And I will freely admit that Ms. Singh’s exit probably won’t stop me from watching AMC. But we must all remember–no matter what line of business that each of us may be apart of–that a little simple courtesy and respect must be given towards a fellow human being. Ms. Singh certainly deserves her fair share of courtesy and respect–unless the producers are able to prove otherwise. After all, it is only a matter of time until Karma comes back to bite a trespasser in the butt.

  7. Nancy Crawford
    15:36, 13.01.2008

    I too thought that Sabine had stepped in wonderfully. Actually, in recent weeks, before they announced the return of Rebecca, I had tried to recall Rebecca’s face in that role, and all I could see was Sabine. I’m so sorry to see her go, does anyone know if she has a new job?

  8. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t AMC offer Rebecca Budig the chance to return to the soap before Sabine was cast? I was under that impression. If that is the case, perhaps Ms. Budig wasn’t happy with how good a job Sabine did in making the role her own? Regardless of that, I think it is terrible the way Sabine was treated. I think it was awful and I haven’t been able to watch AMC since. They say things happen for a reason. I hope Sabine lands a much better role with people who appreciate her talent. I’ll miss her.

  9. Hi, Sarah. Thanks for the info on Sabine. Judging from the chatter I see online, we’re not the only ones dismayed at ABC’s treatment of the actress.
    And welcome to Soapbox, Carol, Nancy and Janice. You all made some wonderful, well-thought-out points. It’s just a shame any of us have to be writing about this at all.

  10. When Rebecca Budig first left AMC i was disappointed…at the same time, i was shocked at what a fantastic job AMC did recasting the Greenlee role. I really love Sabine and felt that she brought something that was seriously lacking from “the real Greenlee” I have a hard time seeing how the chemistry will flow between her and Aidan…i just don’t see it happening.
    Anyhoo…i will really miss Sabine and hope to see her again in the near future. :0(

  11. I am so disapointed at the firing of Sabine Singh. I too agree with so many people I have read all over the internet that they screwed up on this one. Backlash will follow. The good news is, that Sabine is a very talented actress and she will go much farther than this role. Just watch,I think we will see her grow beyond this role. I am sad at the loss of her and really started watching AMC after her return. AMC has always been a more on top of things over the years, but they really blew it this time. Some one had there head where the sun don’t shine. I was watching the wonderful tributes to Sabine on You Tube. There is one that is tying the Apology song. How appropriate to this situation. AMC and Frons owe her a lot of apologies. Also poor Rebecca Budig’s reentry to all this backlash. This is going to be a tough role to be replaced. Bravo Sabine. You were a pleasure to watch on AMC and I will miss you. I loved you and anticipate greater success for you in the future. This is a stepping stone role for you. Other actors can’t cut it and return, others grow and get bigger and better. That is Sabine. Just wait and see!
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  12. I feel a sadness when I see RB stepping into the situations we have waited to see Sabine in. It just is not the same and we need to see SS instead.

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