Did ‘All My Children’s’ Sex Scene Featuring Pete & Colby Go Too Far?

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Wednesday’s episode of All My Children sent shock waves across the internet as young temptress Colby Chandler (Brooke Newton) seduced a drunken Pete Cortland (Robert Scott Wilson) with sensual kissing, breathy dirty nothings that led to sex. Afterwards, Colby proceeded to have Pete teach her about computers while she performed oral sex! Almost immediately after, fans took to social media with what seemed like a combination of excitement, dismay and disgust that such an act would play out on “their soap”. But was it really that controversial?

I think the scene in question definitely pushed the boundaries of what fans of daytime television are used to, but Prospect Park isn’t writing or producing shows for a daytime television audience. Rather, the studio is going after a broader viewership, and that means “pushing the envelope” every now and again. Taking that into account, the scene in question shouldn’t be compared to that of Days of Our Lives, or even previous sex scenes portrayed on ABC’s All My Children; but to that of Scandal, Gossip Girl and 90210, where pushing the boundaries of the “norm” has become acceptable.

In comparison to other programming available online and on television, the ‘shocking’ scene in question as actually pretty tame. Not much was left up to the imagination as anyone over the age of knowing what sex is would know what Colby was doing. Is this the type of scene that should be included on a show built for a family audience? No. But this incarnation of All My Children, even the ABC version in later years, is built for family consumption. Why not do something daring, grab a few headlines if possible and move forward?

The CW has consistently challenged expectations of “suitable” viewing, even going as far as to market many of their shows as scandalous – embracing the controversy surrounding their shows and using it for promotion. At one point, the network featured campaign ads touting the show as “Every parent’s worst nightmare,” a quote attributed to the Boston Herald. The OnLine Network should capitalize on the buzz and debate, using it to their advantage and market the show towards the young adult audience it’s hoping to reach.

The CW’s capitalized on controversy surrounding its popular teen primetime soap, ‘Gossip Girl.’

Over time, today’s controversial scene will become just another scene on a soap opera; becoming a vague, distant memory like past controversial scenes on soaps have been – Chelsea and Max’s implied fellatio on Days of our Lives, Kendall and Ethan’s racy bathtub romp on All My Children and that one time Katie and Mike had steamy shower sex that featured a shot of a bare ass pressing against the glass on As the World Turns.

What did you think of the scene in question? Was it too much for All My Children? Will you be tuning out because of it? Or was it just like every other sex scene you’ve seen on network television?

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Johnathon K.
Johnathon K. is a staff writer for TV Source Magazine. With a love of soaps, the Super Sentai Series and gaming, John's passion comes through in his writing and as a featured host of the TV Source Podcast, where he also serves as producer. In 2019, John launched his own podcast series "Our Take Media" which gives his take on various things in TV from soaps to reality television.

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  1. […] to show some skin, Wilson took part in many racy scenes on the online soap opera, including the infamous sex scene between Pete and Colby (Brooke […]

  2. That embedded video is already removed by YouTube.
    Wanna bet it gets deleted from the actual AMC internet site too soon?

    Hey, someone should put it on a video upload site that’s not afraid of keeping it there. :)

  3. Funny tidbit, if the roles were reversed where Pete seduced a drunken Colby, it would actually be considered “rape”. Gotta love this double-standard misandrist society…

  4. The bathtub romp between Kendall and Ethan (love me some James Scott..lol) was racy ?! lol it was a pretty tame love scene to me..i did not see this Colby/Pete bj scene..but i am not offended maybe because i am a twenty..something therefore i saw a lot lot more..lol

  5. No big deal. Over two decades ago, Sheila took a trip downtown with Scott on Y&R. And that truly was daytime, broadcast television.


  6. Some @allmychildren fans are in an uproar over the Colby (@BrookeNewton ) & Pete (@MrRobertScott ) sex scene.

    Some are calling the scene porn. Well all I am gonna say to that is this. If you think that sex scene on #AMCwas porn, then you must never have seen an actual porn scene before.

    I highly suggest that you never do because what you saw on #AMC pales in comparison in what is in porn & me thinks your hearts couldn’t take it.


  7. My vote is “NO”. I don’t think it went too far. Funny that some people are so “offended” by this scene but are fans of AMC which featured an affair between Tad and Marian when Tad was in high school and was the boyfriend of Marian’s high school age daughter Liza. A woman in her 30-40’s sleeping with a high school student was ok but two consenting age adults sleeping together is not ok? I’m glad TOLN/PP are using the “uproar” to their advantage!

  8. LOL. Fantastic and ABOUT TIME!! ;) People need to watch SKINS UK. Now there’s some dang zex action. We can take THOUSANDS of violent scenes; shootings, rape… blowing up but not this? Please.

  9. yes, it was too much. Soaps are about relationships and families and romance, not porn. This was presented in a porny way. They can show what they want but if the show continues in this direction I won’t be watching. It’s not what I watch for.

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