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OLTL PreVUE: Week of June 2 Edition

By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Dorian unleashes her wrath of destruction on an unsuspecting Llanview.

Robin Strasser

THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

John and Antonio continue to keep up appearances in front of Eddie. However, both become suspicious upon overhearing a nervous Janet inform Ramsey that “she” has become very restless. Antonio, Talia, and John begin to suspect that Ramsey is hiding a woman in his apartment, and decide that Antonio should attempt to break in to investigate. Meanwhile, Ramsey works to calm his houseguest by telling her that she will see her loved ones soon enough. While snooping in Ramsey’s office, John comes across a woman’s medical information and an x-ray. Antonio pays Ramsey a visit, and later tells John that he managed to plant a bug while he was there.

The Main Event: You Can’t the Handle the Truth!

Jared realizes that Dorian and David have teamed up against him, and quickly shares this newfound information with Natalie. Although she feels somewhat remorseful for what she is about to do, Dorian places her well-oiled plan in motion. As Dorian takes to the floor at the Buchanan Enterprises shareholders meeting, Jared and Natalie prepare for the worst. Dorian begins dropping one bombshell after another at the meeting, and produces Pamela Stuart to help back up her claims. Meanwhile, the entire Buchanan family are left speechless by Dorian’s announcments. Enraged, Clint lunges for Dorian’s throat. Jessica can’t believe her sister was in cahoots with Jared. Thanks to Jared’s lies, Malcom gains possession of Nash’s vineyard. Jared and Nash’s fight has tragic consequences. Jared blames himself for all that’s happened, while Natalie realizes what she has done. Gigi and Rex are horrified to discover Nash’s bloody body. Jessica breaks down in Viki’s arms at the hospital. Gigi thanks Rex from protecting her from the broken glass. Viki is disheartened to overhear Jared calling Charlie “dad.” Michael has devastating news for Jessica. Natalie tells Bo that Jared never meant to hurt anyone. As Jessica and her family set vigil for Nash, the young wife attempts to stay strong. Michael tells the family to say their good-byes to Nash. Viki learns that Jessica is pregnant. Nash’s life comes to an end as Jessica wonders how she will ever be able to go on with her life. Natalie becomes the target of Jessica’s wrath. Dorian gives David a rude awakening, and realizes that victory isn’t as sweet as she thought it would be. Jessica tells Natalie she hates her. David informs Viki that he may have a clue as to Charlie’s whereabouts. A Rodi’s bartendar discovers a passed out Charlie in an alley and uses his cell phone to contact Viki. A horrified Viki arrives to find that Charlie has quit breathing, calls 911, and begins administring CPR.

Gig and Rex have an akward encounter. Rex receives a cryptic note concerning Adriana. Viki asks Roxy why she wanted Charlie to claim to be Rex’s father. Roxy makes a quick get away following David’s arrival. Gigi comforts Rex after he learns that Charlie is not really his father. Rex questions Gigi about the note he received. Adriana finds herself backed into a corner when Rex confronts her about the anonymous message he was given. Adriana admits to lying to Rex, but only out of love. Rex decides he has heard enough, and walks out on Adriana, leaving her destroyed. Brody tends to Gigi after realizing that she is in shock following her near death experience. Adriana blames Dorian for sabotaging her marriage, and wants nothing more to do with her. Bo gives Rex some fatherly advice when he admits that he and Adriana are having problems. Rex is grateful for Bo’s friendship.

Around Town:

Blair, Starr, and Addie want nothing to do with Dorian’s latest plan for the Cramer women. Starr wishes that everyone would just get over the fact that she is pregnant. Todd is anything but complacent when Blair slaps him with a restraining order.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF June 9, 2008

Monday: Blair calls the cops on Todd. Jared prepares to deal with the ramifications of his lies. Rex demands that Adriana grant him a divorce.

Tuesday: Clint and Bo demand justice for Jared. Adriana has a long distance plan to salvage her marriage. Renee confronts Jared, while Nigel prepares to confess. Blair questions Addie about her father.

Wednesday: John, Talia, and Antonio spy on Ramsey. Rex confronts Charlie and Roxy. Marty Saybrooke is revealed to still be alive. Tina Roberts returns to Llanview as “The Crown Princess of Mendorra.”

Thursday: Tina’s return to town is anything but quiet. Todd makes a shocking discovery. Starr seeks Marcie’s help with Sam.

Friday: Todd formulates a new plan. Tina places Sarah and Cristian’s lives in danger. Starr contemplates placing her baby up for adoption.



Thursday, May 29, 2008 5:15 PM EST | By Errol Lewis

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children’s” Cameron Mathison and “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd team up as co-hosts of the “35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” which will air live on Friday, June 20 at 8:00 PM EST/PST (tape-delayed to the West Coast) from Hollywood’s Kodak Theater on the ABC Television Network. SOAPnet original series “MVP” to air immediately after the two-hour Emmy telecast.

“Cameron and Sherri both have such an inviting way about them. Viewers will feel like they’re in the Kodak and part of the excitement and enthusiasm surrounding this year’s broadcast,” said Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group. “They bring the perfect vibe to the celebratory atmosphere of this show.”

“We are excited to have two of the biggest supporters of daytime programming as our hosts,” said show executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss. “The audience – both in the Kodak and at home – is in for a very entertaining evening, courtesy of Cameron and Sherri.”

“MVP,” also known as the “Secret Lives of Hockey Wives,” tells the story of the Mustangs hockey team and gives viewers a behind the scenes look at their lives off the ice.

“The Daytime Emmys are the perfect springboard into SOAPnet’s new original series. We have a unique opportunity to leverage the strength of the division and showcase a great new dramatic series to a broad audience that loves serialized drama,” said Frons.

The series is an original production of Screen Door Inc., with Mary Young Leckie and Heather Haldane serving as executive producers. It was cancelled in March by its Canadian broadcaster the CBC. Each episode reportedly cost about $1.5 million

“MVP” stars Lucas Bryant, Dillon Casey, Matthew Bennett, Peter Miller, Kristin Booth, Anastasia Phillips, Deborah Odell, Natalie Krill and Olivia Waldriff.



By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Lingering effects.

Jacob

THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

Friends and family gather to celebrate Spike’s birthday but thoughts of Tad and Julia weigh heavily on everyone’s mind. Erica is frustrated that she can’t be there for her family. Tad learns of Julia’s death. After hearing JR talk about Richie, Babe calls Amanda to put her plan in motion. JR gives Adam his word that he’s not trying to steal Chandler Enterprises away from him after word of the elder Chandler’s institutionalization leaks. Treena introduces Babe to her pimp. Babe quickly finds herself in over her head.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Despite heavy resistance, Adam is determined to do the right thing. Krystal thinks Adam has lost his mind when he orders Babe and JR to bring Kathy to the hospital. Tad is ready to go into the light and be with Dixie forever. Dixie tells Tad that he needs to go on living for the sake of both of his daughter and disappears as Adam arrives in Tad’s room. Adam’s admission brings Tad back to life. Tad absorbs the revelation that Kathy is really Kate as word spreads across the hospital. Krystal realizes Adam has known the truth about Kate for quite awhile and is disgusted that he deliberately kept Tad away from his daughter. JR disowns Adam…again. Looking for validation that he isn’t an evil man, Adam turns to Erica. Later, an unapologetic Adam arrives at Tad’s room where he proceeds to justify his actions. Tad thanks Adam for telling him the truth about Kate and the two men shake hands. Tad challenges Krystal to be honest about her feeling for Adam.

Home Wreckonomics

Ryan and a newly single Greenlee’s closeness irks Annie. Ryan can’t force himself to muster up feelings for Annie, who feels like an outsider at Spike’s birthday party. Greenlee agrees to talk to Aidan but remains unforgiving. Aidan theorizes that Greenlee is sabotaging her own happiness because she has never really gotten over Ryan. After giving Aidan back his engagement ring, Greenlee surprises Ryan on the beach. Ryan admits to Greenlee that he isn’t sure that he ever really loved Annie. Greenlee covers her hurt when Ryan asserts that he isn’t the man for her. A determined Annie visits a fertility doctor. Greenlee puts forth a successful effort to push Kendall’s insecurities to the surface as she makes implications about her and Zach’s special bond. Greenlee doesn’t return home alone after she and Jake drown their sorrows at ConFusion.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF JUNE 9, 2008

Monday: Aidan tells Greenlee that he still loves her. Zach wants answers from Kendall. JR comes to Babe’s rescue.

Tuesday: Zach is pleased by the changes he sees in Greenlee. Angie hopes Jesse doesn’t become Pine Valley’s new Chief of Police. Erica’s blood boils when she learns she’s been booted off New Beginnings.

Wednesday: Greenlee fuels Kendall’s insecurities about Zach. Tad tells Kate that he is her father. Adam tries to convince Krystal that he’s a changed man.

Thursday: Dixie takes Tad on a magical journey. JR puts the screws to Richie. Erica proves that nothing can keep her down.

Friday: Babe is shocked by the extent of Richie’s crimes. Annie is fed up with Greenlee’s attachment to Ryan. Kendall believes Greenlee is out for revenge.



Posted Monday, May 26 12:22 PM | By Venus Stone


Restless Style Magazine Cover
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Friday, May 16, 2008, “The Young and the Restless” launched an online fashion and lifestyle magazine, RestlessStyle.com, to go hand in hand with the launch of their in-show print magazine, RestlessStyle.

The new online website gives viewers the latest in runway trends, beauty pointers and coverage on the red carpet. The magazine also offers videos, polls, horoscopes and photo galleries. Content will run concurrently with upcoming “Y&R” storylines connected to RestlessStyle, run by Nicholas and Phyllis Newman (Joshua Morrow and Michelle Stafford) and Jack and Sharon Abbott (Peter Bergman and Sharon Case).

George Kotsiopoulous, current style director at C Magazine lends his expertise in fashion and style for the site and will also appear on the daytime drama as a fashion consultant. Alongside Kotsiopoulous, Peter McQuaid, a contributor to The New York Times, InStyle Magazine and The Los Angeles Times, will oversee and provide editorial content for RestlessStyle.com.

“Y&R” fans will have the opportunity to engage with some of the interactive features including a slideshow widget, which allows photos showing favorite fashions to upload onto the site. The widgets can be taken and embedded into viewers blogs, online social networks and their own websites. Fans are also allowed to customize their very own playlists from the five themes listed: New York Lifestyle, Hollywood Lounge, Summer Stylin, Paris Runway and of course Restless Style.

“The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.



OLTL PreVUE: Week of May 26 Edition

By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Blood alone does not a parent make.

Melissa Fumero

THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

In a special Memorial Day encore of “Prom Night: the Musical,” which orignally aired on June 18th, 2007, Starr has great difficulty making it to the prom. Her dress is ruined when she unwittingly comes between Dorian and David during a food fight. Britney, while gitty about Cole taking her to the prom, becomes concerned that his feelings for Starr may get in the way of their perfect evening. Marcie works overtime to push Langston and Markko together. Dorian’s limo breaks down with Starr en route to the prom, while Cole sets out in search of the woman he loves.

Rex is puzzled as to why Adriana has placed his toothbrush in her bag. Gigi flies off the handle when Brody allows Shane to drink beer. Adriana desperately works to cover her tracks with Rex confronts her about the toothbrush. Brody realizes the error of his ways, and works to make things right with Gigi and Shane.

The Main Event: Parents Behaving Badly

While Marcie pulls Sam from Todd’s vehicle, Michael tends to a wounded Adriana’s injured knee. On their way to the hospital, Todd comes to and eyes Marcie holding Sam in her arms. After calling John, Marcie refuses to hand over Sam to Todd and tears into him for not having the child in a car seat. Todd meanwhile, pays a Sun employee to place a car seat at the accident scene, only to have his rouse uncovered. Todd fumes with anger as Sam is placed into the custody of Child Protective Services. Unaware of the current situation, Blair adamantly refuses Todd’s plea for help. Fed up with Todd’s behavior, Viki tells her brother to grow up and take responsibility for his own actions. Marcie, Markko, Langston, Cole, Starr, and Blair all provide damning evidence against Todd as Sam’s custody hearing begins. The judge arrives at a decision. Blair makes an unexpected announcement in the courtroom. Marcie breaks down, fearing she will never be a mother again. Todd promises to destroy Blair.

Adriana confronts her mother about her trying to stop her wedding to Rex. Charlie is on the verge of confessing to Rex when they receive news of Adriana’s accident. Jared and Natalie prepare for worst after discovering that David has escaped. David meanwhile, pays Dorian a visit. Dorian urges David to sit on the truth about Jared for the moment, and takes drastic action after bumping into Charlie at the hospital. With the help of two hired hands, Dorian places a drugged Charlie in one of the spare bedrooms at La Boulaie. Dorian warns David that if he keeps his mouth shut, they will both be rich. Addie is delighted to have David back in the house again. Viki becomes concerned when she can’t reach Charlie and realizes that Rex doesn’t yet know the truth. Dorian sends Viki a text message via Charlie’s cell phone in order to buy her more time. Blair is none to happy to find Addie with David. Dorian is pleased to see all the pieces of her plan falling perfectly into place. David grows suspicious as to whom Dorian is hiding in her bed. Viki arrives at La Boulaie to speak with Blair, but ends up fighting with Dorian. David deflects Addie’s advances. Dorian places the final touches on her plan to destroy the Buchanans, and warns an unconscious Charlie that his life is about to go to hell in a hand basket. With Nash about to lose the vineyard, Jared offers to buy it with BE funds to prevent investors from using the land to build a shopping mall.
Jared discovers David at Dorian’s house.

Around Town:

Clint and Nora argue about Lindsay; Nora turns to RJ for potential dirt on Lindsay; Bo forgives Lindsay on the condition that she remains honest with him; Clint and Bo plan to display a united front at the upcoming BE shareholders meeting; Jessica has some exciting news for Natalie.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF June 2, 2008

Monday: Rex receives a cryptic message. Dorian places her plan in motion. Viki confronts Roxy about Rex’s paternity.

Tuesday: Dorian drops several bombshells at the BE shareholders meeting. Nash and Jared’s fight has tragic consequences. Gigi comforts Rex over Charlie not being his father.

Wednesday: Michael delivers devastating news to Jessica. Antonio pays Ramsey a visit. Adriana finds herself backed into a corner.

Thursday: Viki learns Jessica has a bun in the oven. A young Buchanan girl becomes a widow. Dorian discovers revenge isn’t always sweet.

Friday: Jessica unleashes her anger on Natalie. Adriana again disowns her mother. Todd fights back.



Are the feelings mutual…
Sunday, May 25, 2008 4:44 PM | By Venus Stone

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Katie continues to see red and trouble could be on the horizon for Noah and Luke…

THIS WEEK ON:AS THE WORLDS TURNS

Emily and Casey continue to find it hard to work and not play. Casey comes forward with the truth to Lisa about his stealing money at the Lakeview, but when she tells Tom and Margo, they give Casey and ultimatum: attend college full-time or return back to jail. Unfortunately, when Casey tells Emily what happened she turns him away when she says they are not an item. After yet another fight with Chris, Alison confides in Aaron. Chris goes to Bob and expresses he feels bad for pushing Alison so hard in the nursing program. Bob tells his son that if he truly has faith in her, continue to help her. Alison learns she passed her exam and she goes out with Chris to celebrate. When a passionate moment between them turns sour, an angry Chris throws Alison’s porn past in her face.

TROUBLES ON THE HORIZON…

Shortly after moving the girls back to their home, Lily calls upon Holden when the lights go out. Holden opts to take Faith and Natalie out for something to eat. Meanwhile, Carly and Sage, who are also out, run into the threesome and agree to horseback riding plans that the young girls request. The next day, however, Carly shows up solo, telling Holden that Sage backed out due to fear. Holden suggests that the two of them go on the horseback ride anyways. During the ride, Holden’s horse is injured, which forces him and Carly to share one horse back to the farm. The closeness of their ride soon ignite some sparks between Holden and Carly, leaving the two of them unnerved.

When Barbara’s health hasn’t improved, Paul insists that she call upon a nurse to care for her, Barbara tells Paul he will have to oversee Sophie’s upcoming jewelery launch. Paul maintains that he will do so, but will make sure Sophie is aware that it is strictly business. Sophie, upon learning that Paul will be there at the launch, immediately gets the wrong ideas. Across town, Bob informs Meg that she has her nursing job back. She soon realizes that Barbara was the one that pulled strings to make that happen and heads over to see her. When she arrives, she finds that Barbara is very ill and offers to stay with her. Paul shows up and finds Meg asleep on the couch. After the two of them share a tender moment, Meg tells Paul she will drop the restraining order against him. Paul in turn, invites Meg and Mike to the jewelery launch party. Meg immediately agrees and when she and Mike are alone, he questions if this will be their first date with one another. Meg answers yes, which makes Mike more than happy.

Parker, who is also preparing for a date with a girl named Ashley, has a run in with Liberty. When she learns that he’s going on a date, she begins to question if he knows what to do on a date. A nervous Parker tries to sideline her questions until she questions if he’s ever kissed a girl before. Shortly after, Parker and Ashley go on their movie date. Liberty, who has tagged along, begins to tease Parker after his date ends on an awkward moment. Alone together, Liberty tries to give Parker some tips on how to kiss a girl and when the two kiss, the two become shaken up by it.

Pictured: Jon Hensley courtesy CBS

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The past always seems to come to light…
Sunday, May 25, 2008 4:21 PM | By Venus Stone

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Another accident causes Nick to remember his past actions…

THIS WEEK ON:THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

Paul, who is in Bermuda, locates David’s ex girlfriend, Elizabeth, who tells him that David has a muderous past. Katherine and Jill have an arguement about the past regarding Phillip. Gloria gets played when she learns that the diamonds that she has are fake. Alistar gets a job at the coffeehouse. David thinks his bet will get him out of his financial hole. Daniel stuns Phyllis with the news that he’s leaving with Danny on tour. Jill gives Gloria the boot at Jabot, while Victor is determined to fight the lawsuit they have against Newman.

Chloe lets Lily know that a modeling agency in New York expects to see them. Paul finds David’s step-daughter. Adam says the words that Victor has longed to hear since his arrival. Gloria and Jeffrey get their divorce and Michael soon agrees to let Gloria stay with him. Cane wants questions answered about his father. Adam and Heather get closer than close. David receives a mysterious telephone call.

AN ACCIDENT JOGS NICK’S MEMORY AGAIN

The Newman family comes together when they learn that Nick was in a car accident. Phyllis arrives to visit Nick, and when she receives a chilly vibe from him, she assumes the worst. At the hospital, Nick spots a girl who reminds him of Cassie, which jogs his memory. He soon learns of how his past actions affected his relationships and soon reaches out to Sharon. When Sharon and Nick come face-to-face, he apologizes for all he’s done to cause their marriage to deteriorate.

Pictured: Joshua Morrow courtesy CBS

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My View of Llanview: May 15 Edition

Black vs. White
Friday, May 23, 2008 8:52 PM| By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – Ellen Holly comments on playing a black woman (Carla Gray) pretending to be white.

Hello everyone. Yes, this column is again several days late. Sorry about that, but I just have no time in schedule for much of anything these days. I hope that improves soon.

With the 40th anniversary of “One Life to Live” just around the corner, I thought it appropriate to reflect upon one of the soap’s first controversial storylines. It involved an actress by the name of Ellen Holly, who portrayed Carla Gray. Unknownist to viewers at the time, Carla, was actually a black woman passing herself off as a white woman. The following article, written by Ms. Holly herself, appeared in the August 10th, 1969 edition of the New York Times.


In September of last year I was approached to try out for a part on a brand new ABC soap opera called “One Life To Live”; the part was a black girl who passes for white. I didn’t give it much thought. If you’re black you don’t get white parts, and if you’re a “black who looks white” you don’t get black parts either. But what most people don’t realize is that even when there’s a part for a “black who looks like white,” it never goes to a black person but to a white one. Follow? I know … I know … it’s hard for me, too.

Some years ago I was interviewed for the film “I Passed For White” and the part went to the white Sandra Wilde. Some years later, I was seen about the remake of “Imitation of Life.” Ross Hunter cooed over me, told me I looked like Loretta Young, and gave the part to the white Susan Kohner. I had dim memories of Jeanne Crain in “Pinky,” Ben Aliza in “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window,” Mell Ferrer & Co. as the family in “Lost Boundaries” and numerous other whites masquerading as blacks masquerading as whites which, as far as I am concerned, cancels out the whole point much in the manner of a double negativity. So I thought I knew pretty much what to expect from “One Life To Live.”

At the interview with the producer, Doris Quinlan, I smiled and did my best to look amiable, talented and 20 (which was what the part called for and which I hadn’t seen for a goodly while), but in the back of my head I was already bracing for the inevitable turndown. She smiled a lovely smile back and said that they were being polite about things and looking at all the white girls the agents were sending them but that she didn’t really see the slightest point to the whole thing if the girl wasn’t the genuine article. It sounded revolutionary enough to report her to the H.U.A.C. They tested me. A couple of days later I had the part. I couldn’t believe it.

Then I began to worry. I have such a personal distaste for blacks who pass for white that I wondered how the story line was going to be handled. If an actor’s at all squeamish or apprehensive about the part he’s playing, a soap poses a rather special problem for him. In a play or film you know the whole story before you contract to do it, but in a soap the story is open-ended. New writing is a constant and you don’t know from one moment to the next what words are going to be put into your mouth. If you’re dealing with dense writers, you can end up playing a ventriloquist’s dummy Uncle Tom or quitting the job to avoid it.

On the other hand, in terms of the particular story line, I found the idea fascinating. I felt that the unique format of a soap would enable people to examine their prejudices in a way no other format possibly could. In a play or a film the audience would relate to the character as white only briefly and then discover she was black perhaps an hour later, but the soap audience would relate to her as white for months … months in which she would become part of their daily lives … for some, virtually a member of their family. The emotional investment they made in her as a human being would be infinitely greater, and when the switch came, their involvement would be real rather than superficial. A lot of whites who think they aren’t prejudiced – are. It seemed like a marvelous opportunity to help them confront their own prejudices. When the switch came, those who would radically alter their response to the character would surely demonstrate to themselves that they don’t dislike black people because they are dirty or lazy or stupid, but just because they are black – i.e., they would have a chance to isolate not only the existence of their own prejudice but, also, its lack of a logical base.

My character, Carla Benari, was introduced last October. For four months thereafter I was presented as a white girl, a struggling actress engaged to a white doctor but gravitating – against her will – toward a gorgeous black one. Ironically, for the first time in my life, I had to “cool” being black lest I tip the plot. I had to forgo an appearance on another ABC show called “Like It Is” that deals with the black scene, and patiently wait for an issue of Look in which I appeared properly labeled as a black actress to disappear from the stands. Even though the situation was temporary, I found it much more destructive to my psyche than I had dreamed …

A month went by, and we got to an important turn in the plot. I kissed Peter De Anda, who plays the gorgeous black doctor, and confessed my love for him. Immediately, the switchboard was flooded with calls from irate white men defending my supposedly Caucasian virtue (later, after the switch, I’m sure they felt like a bunch of idiots) and the show was dropped like a hot potato by a station in Texas. Most producers would have blanched and dropped the story line; Doris Quinlan had been prepared to lose more. The reaction from white women was different. They wrote in (people who are angry seem to call at once to relieve their feeling; people who are pleased seem to write at their leisure) and said, “Well, it’s about time.”

… Finally, we got to the switch. In an ingenious script whose parallel cutting was almost as well done as Hitchcock’s tennis game sequence in “Strangers on a Train,” I met up with the black mother I had abandoned nine years before (a major character, who had already been well established in the story line long before I was, and played by Lillian Hayman of “Hallelujah, Baby” fame). People were genuinely surprised. Most found it absorbing. Others were fascinated by the way all the pieces fit. There were, of course, the inevitable ones who found it hard to accept …

It is now several months since the switch. Presumably, people would have made emotional adjustments they felt necessary and settled down. Still, there are those who call the show from time to time to check to make certain that a black actress rather than a white one is playing the part. Whether it’s a black person checking to make sure that a soul sister wasn’t done out of a job, or a white person checking to make sure a white actress isn’t playing opposite a black actor, is never clear. What is clear is that it’s going to be a great day when America ceases to be obsessed with color…

I love my job. Jack Wood and Don Wallace direct the show with a special care of things. The actors are some of the best around. The writer, Agnes Nixon, is more sensitive to the vibrations of the black community than any white I’ve ever met and I think three or four of the episodes have been more relevant to life and real concerns than any I ever dealt with during a decade in the theater. The tedious but necessary aspects of soap opera are definitely present – exposition to help newcomers catch up on plot lines, dull stretches, repetition. But within the framework of the genre surprisingly much has gotten said – among other things, that blacks pass for white not because they value whiteness per se, but rather because they value the special rights and privileges that unfairly accrue to whiteness … New as it is, “One Life To Live” has one of the highest ratings of any soap on the air. Not only because of this story line, but because of several things equally well done, including the major one about some swanky goings on on the Philadelphia Main Line.

I love the job, but I have one major regret … I look forward to the day when America believes that the relevant thing about me is not that I am black but that I am Ellen.


Well, that’s all for this edition of the column. I hope you enjoyed this edition of the column. That’s all for now; please be sure and join me again on May 30th. See you next time.

And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live” …..

Pictured: My View of Llanview courtesy Matt Smith/Soap Opera Network



Block’s ‘Life’ Reaches End

Friday, May 23, 2008 7:52 PM | By Scotty Gore


Hunt Block
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Llanview’s corrupt police commissioner will soon be without a job.

The casting shake-ups continue at “One Life to Live,” with Soap Opera Weekly reporting that Hunt Block, who joined the cast in the short-term role of rogue FBI agent turned Police Commissioner Lee Ramsey last October, has been handed his walking papers.

Prior to his stint on “OLTL,” Block became the second actor to Craig Montgomery on “As the World Turns” from 2000-2005. Additionally, Block portrayed Ben Warren on “Guiding Light” from 1997-1999, and Guy Donahue on “All My Children” in 2000. He has also appeared on stage in films such as As You Like It, Forever After and A Loss Of Memory.

In a recent interview with SOW, Block stated that “I met a lot of nice people on the show,” and that “I wish them luck.” While “OLTL” is keeping mum on the specifics of his exit, the character is not expected to leave Llanview quietly. Although no final airdate has been announced, look for Block to last air as Lee Ramsey sometime in June or July.

In other news…

Christine Jones makes yet another appearance as Pamela Stuart (Asa Buchanan’s ex-wife #5), beginning June 3rd when Dorian orders her to be in attendance at a Buchanan Enterprises board meeting to help back up her claims concerning Jared Banks. This marks Jones’ third stint on the show since January. Besides originating the role of Pamela Stuart in the mid-1980′s, Jones also portrayed Victoria Lord during Erika Slezak’s maternity leave in 1981.

Forbes March last airs in early June, as his character Nash Brennan meets a bloody demise.



Wednesday, May 21, 2008 6:04 PM | By Errol Lewis


Seamus Dever

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — According to published reports, Seamus Dever, who recently departed ABC’s “General Hospital” (as Dr. Ian Devlin) is joining the cast of Lifetime’s top-rated original series “Army Wives,” starring Kim Delaney (“All My Children,” “NYPD Blue”) and Catherine Bell (“Jag”).

Dever has signed on for at least four episodes and will play a doctor at Mercer Hospital. He will play the love interest to Bell’s character Denise.

The actor recently wrapped work on “Ready or Not,” which also stars Jordi Vilasuso (“Guiding Light”) and Jonathan Murphy (“Wildfire” and “The Bold and the Beautiful”).

The new season of “Army Wives” begins June 8.









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