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OLTL PreVUE: Week of June 16 Edition

Sunday, June 15, 2008 12:55 AM| By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The Buchanans are stuck “Between Heaven and Hell.”

THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

John, Talia, and Antonio don’t realize the mystery woman who fled Ramsey’s penthouse is Tina. Meanwhile, Tina spies on Viki, Cristian, and Sarah at Llanfair. Tina reveals herself to a speechless Sarah, who persuades Cristian to let her mom hide out in his studio. A sketch of Jonas is given to John by Cristian and Sarah. Jonas meanwhile, takes a personal interest in Talia, Antonio, Cristian, and Sarah.

The Main Event: An Offer You Can’t Refuse

Dorian is giddy as a schoolgirl as she gloats to Bo, Clint, and Nora about BE’s downfall. Natalie believes she has thought of a way to keep Jared out of jail, and makes Clint and Bo an offer they can’t refuse. Natalie promises to reveal the name of the Buchanan heir if all charges are dropped against Jared. Nora points out to Bo and Clint the advantages of Natalie’s proposal, even though it means Jared will get away with hurting the Buchanans. Reluctantly, Bo and Clint accept Natalie’s offer. Jared and Natalie reveal how they discovered that David was Asa’s long lost son, while conveniently leaving out Nigel’s involvement. Clint’s criticism wounds Natalie’s ego. Meanwhile, David floors Dorian with the announcement that he and Addie got married in Las Vegas. Horrified by the news, Blair and Dorian go off the deep end.

Antonio and Talia tell Carlotta the truth. After examining the x-rays, Michael informs John that the woman has sustained serious injuries, which could result in permanent damage. Later, John finds Cole at Marty’s grave. Meanwhile, Todd is less than honest when Marty questions him about the picture of her with John and Cole. Marty has no memory of her past or of Todd, and demands answers from him. Cole is horrified when Starr makes the decision to place the baby up for adoption and runs away from her. Starr pays a visit to Marcie. Cole tells John why raising this baby means so much to him. Starr asks Marcie to adopt her baby. Marcie arrives at difficult decision, but is confident she made the right choice.

Around Town:

David questions Charlie about his recent bender and suspects Dorian may be to blame for his predicament. David urges Viki to give Charlie a second chance. Brody admits to Gigi that Adriana gave him money, but claims he really came to Llanview to see her. Gigi opts out of Dorian’s offer of employment, and blames her for sending Rex the cryptic note. Meanwhile, Shane confesses to Brody that he sent Rex the note and explains why he did it. Charlie’s pleas fall on deaf ears as Viki tells him that, while she still loves him, she can never forgive him for what he’s done. Antonio’s kindness overwhelms Jessica.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF June 23, 2008

Monday: Jessica bubbles with anger over Clint’s news. Jared is haunted by Nash’s death. RJ’s note to Lindsay is accidentally delivered to Nora. Dorian’s plan to have Addie re-committed doesn’t go as expected.

Tuesday: Blair receives divorce papers from Todd. Cole decides to sue Starr for custody of their unborn baby. Nigel and Nora complicate Lindsay’s plan. Todd informs Marty that John is responsible for her condition.

Wednesday: Nash’s funeral begins. Todd continues to turn Marty against John. Tina confesses to Sarah and Cristian that she’s a princess.

Thursday: Keys and Janet keep John in the dark. Jessica condemns Jared and Natalie at Nash’s funeral. Jonas sets a trap for Sarah. Bo pops the question to Lindsay.

Friday: Jessica’s dark side re-emerges. Jonas has deadly intentions for Talia and Sarah. Lindsay contemplates telling Bo the truth.



Torpey Finds ‘Life’ in Heaven

Thursday, June 12, 2008 11:04 PM| By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Erin Torpey returns to “One Life to Live,” but not as Jessica.

With filming for “One Life to Live’s” 40th anniversary episodes set to begin on June 16th, Head Writer Ron Carlivati had to put on his thinking cap when Jessica Tuck informed the soap on June 11th that, due to an scheduling conflict, she would be forced to back out of returning to “OLTL.” Tuck had been scheduled to be one of familiar faces Viki Davidson (Erika Slezak) encounters on her trip to heaven following a horrible car accident. The news came as a headache for the soap, who had planned on Tuck’s dearly departed characer Megan Gordon Harrison guiding her mother through the pearly gates.

However, thanks to some quick thinking, “OLTL” Head Writer Ron Carlivati has managed to lure back another familiar face from the past to take Tuck’s place. Replacing Tuck will be none other than Erin Torpey, who portrayed Jessica Buchanan from 1990-2003. But since Jessica is very much alive and currently being portrayed by Bree Willamson, Torpey will not be back in her signature role. Instead she will portray the spirit of Jessica’s dead baby Megan. The casting move comes as a creative, yet odd choice since baby Megan would only be eight years old had she not died. It remains to be seen how “OLTL” will address the age discrepancy.

Longtime “OLTL” fans may recall that in 1999 Jessica was pregnant with Will Rappaport’s baby. All was well until Jessica’s car was struck by Dorian Lord, resulting in a miscarriage. Jessica named the dead baby Megan in honor of her older half-sister who died of lupus in 1992.

Since leaving “OLTL,” Torpey has appeared in the films “Dirty Deeds” and “Fierce Friends.” In 2007, she provided the voice of Princess Aurora in “Disney’s Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams.” Torpey is also a singer of acoustic rock and folk music.

Look for Torpey’s scenes as Megan to air on July 21st and 22nd.

In other casting news, there is continued speculation that Roy Thinnes may also reprise his role as Viki’s late husband Sloan Carpenter during Viki’s trip to heaven.

“One Life to Live” airs weekdays on ABC and weeknights on SoapNet. Check local listings.



By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — War and peace.

Billy

THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

Jack and Samuel go to the prison to watch Erica’s new show. Sparks fly as Erica interviews Samuel again. Kendall and JR begin to mend fences. Tad offers to turn the business over to Aidan. Tad seems happier than he’s ever been now that Kathy is in his life. Adam learns that JR planted the damaging stories about him in the press but decides not to confront JR just yet. Erica promises to lend Carmen a helping hand after Jack gives Ms. Morales some good news. Ryan gets some bad news from Jake.

The Facts of Greenlee’s Life

Greenlee finds Annie waiting for her in her apartment. Annie tells Greenlee in no uncertain terms to stay away Ryan. After returning home, Annie admits her insecurities to Ryan who in turn whisks his wife into his arms and carries her to their bedroom. Greenlee and Kendall talk. Greenlee isn’t ready to completely forgive Kendall but the two women make some headway. Greenlee can’t stop herself from feeling jealous when Ryan jumps to Annie’s defense and later admits it to Zach. Aidan realizes Greenlee slept with Josh. Although unable to forgive what he did, Greenlee tells Aidan she would like to be friends but he wants more and kisses her passionately. Jack’s suggestion catches Greenlee by surprise. Greenlee runs into Ryan at the marina.

The Evidence Against Mr. Novak

JR fills Zach in on what Richie did to him. Zach remembers Richie mowing him down with his car and then sealing him and Greenlee in the bunker. A lethal Zach threatens to kill Richie as he forces a confession out of him. The walls close in further on Richie after Treena gives her statement to the cops and Angie gets the go ahead to draw Richie’s DNA to prove he stole JR’s bone marrow. Zach informs Greenlee that Richie is the one who trapped them in the bunker. Zach and Greenlee take off after hearing that the DNA tests have incriminated Richie and he’s being arrested as they speak. Everybody involved gathers at the hospital, where Richie refuses to let them see him sweat. Richie informs Annie that she’s putting up his bail or he’ll inform Ryan of her duplicity. Annie and Richie strike a deal. Zach is Richie’s worst nightmare. Kendall mistakenly believes she’s succeeded in talking Zach out of getting revenge on Richie.

No Justice For Jesse

Angie refuses to even consider letting Jesse rejoin the police force. Jesse tries to make Angie see things from his point of view but she remains unrelenting and storms off. Jesse seeks advice from Tad, while Angie confides in Krystal. Angie remains resolute. Angie is thrilled when Jesse tells her he’s accepted the position of Professor of Criminology at Pine Valley University. Frankie and Cassandra have their doubts that Jesse will be happy in the classroom.

The Love-Sick Doctor Hubbard

Frankie is determined to help Randi. Jake and Frankie bond over wanting to right the injustices in the world but Jake informs his pal that he can’t help somebody who doesn’t want it. Frankie shows up at the law office where Randi works and invites her out for coffee. Frankie tries to help Randi, who wishes the doctor would just mind his business. Randi is accosted by a man on the pier. Frankie tends to a badly beaten Randi.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF JUNE 23, 2008

Monday: Zach roughs up Richie, who denies any wrongdoing. Angie and Jesse take note of Frankie’s interest in Randi. Annie suspects a missing Greenlee is with Ryan.

Tuesday: Aidan knows that he and Greenlee are more than just friends. Tad convinces Jake to stay in town. Erica blackmails Adam into hiring Carmen.

Wednesday: Greenlee tries to convince Jake to move in with her. Opal has an ominous warning for Richie. Randi comes clean with Frankie.

Thursday: Annie reminds Richie of the deal they made. Erica’s new cellmate could spell trouble. Zach and Ryan plot to take care of Richie once and for all.

Friday: Richie is closer than the Fusion women realize. Zach grows suspicious of Annie. Erica and Samuel find themselves in close quarters.



“One Life” Plans 40th Anniversary Bash

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 2:48 AM| By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” plans to celebrate their 40th anniversary by honoring the past.

With “One Life to Live’s” 40th anniversary fast approaching on July 15th, Head Writer Ron Carlivati assures fans that they won’t be disappointed with the tribute to honor the venerable daytime drama’s enduring legacy. In an interview with TV Guide, Carlivati states that “Our 40th anniversary deserved more than just a clip montage–we’re retelling classic stories.”

The homage to Llanview’s history begins on July 21st with reincarnations of three of “OLTL’s” most memorable storylines from the 1980s. In the first tribute, town heroine and leading lady Viki Davidson (Erika Slezak) becomes a victim of a horrible car crash, which results in her having an out-of-body experience. While unconscious, she dreams she is in heaven for a second time. In 1987, Viki imagined she was at the pearly gates while undergoing brain surgery. Unlike her last visit, however, heaven has become much more modernized. According to Carlivati, when Viki’s arrives in heaven, she finds herself in an elevator, stopping at each floor in a high-rise building. Along the way she encounters several deceased friends and family members. Among them are the spirits of her daughter Megan Gordon (Jessica Tuck), the husband that gave her his heart, literally, Ben Davidson (Mark Derwin), her good friend Mel Hayes (Steven Markle), and her colorful former father-in-law Asa Buchanan (Phil Carey). Viki even encounters “OLTL” creator Agnes Nixon while in heaven.

In the second story, Carlivati plays tribute Tina Robert’s memorable plunge over Argentina’s Iguazu Falls by having a horrified Tina look on as dastardly Carlo Hesser sends her daughter Sarah over a waterfall. But will Tina’s ex-husband Cord Roberts (John Loprieno) be able to save them before it is too late?

And then there was the time in 1988 when Clint was knocked unconscious and imagined he was living in 1888? Well, Carlivati states that the third story will consist of Bo and Clint being hit by lightning, and are transported to 1968, the same year “OLTL” premiered. In addition, Bo has become Asa, while Rex has become a younger version of Bo. While the first two stories will last for two days (July 21st-22nd), this one will last for several weeks. Carivati hints to TV Guide that, if “they are unable to find their way back to the future, Rex will be drafted and sent to Vietnam.”

While Jessica Tuck, Mark Derwin, Phil Carey, and Agnes Nixon are reporting returning for only two episodes (July 21-22), the returns of Stephen Markle and John Loprieno are expected to return to Llanview are expected to last awhile longer. Markle first appears as Mel’s spirit on June 30th, when he pays Dorian a visit. Loprieno is rumored to first air in early July.

In other casting news, Dorian’s favorite physic Madame Delphina returns to give the Cramer women some surprising insight into their futures on July 1st. It remains to be seen if Lea DeLaria will step back into the role, or if it has been recast. DeLaria originated the role in 1999. And Tess, the alter ego of Jessica Buchanan, returns to seek revenge on Jessica’s enemies starting June 27th.

And, in minor casting news, look for Alison Raimondi to portray a ‘New Mother’ on June 24th.

“One Life to Live” airs weekdays on ABC and weeknights on SoapNet. Check local listings.



Monday, June 9, 2008 11:40 PM | By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Jason Cook (“Days of our Lives”) joins the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital” as Port Charles’ new resident Doctor, who has a run-in with the town’s fashionista.

Cook, last seen on NBC’s “Days of our Lives” where he played the role of Shawn Brady from October 1999 to September 2006, is returning to daytime after nearly a two year absence in the contract role of Dr. Matt Hunter, who finds his life turning upside down once he meets Maxie Jones. Maxie is played by Cook’s former on screen partner on “DAYS,” Kirsten Storms. Storms left that soap in July 2004 before joining “GH” in May 2005.

When Dr. Hunter debuts on June 26, he and Maxie don’t get off to a good start, but sparks are sure to fly as his interaction with Damien Spinelli (played by Bradford Anderson) soon after is sure to provide a telling story.

What brings Matt to Port Charles? You just gotta tune in to find out!

IN RELATED NEWS

On July 4, “General Hospital” will air an encore presentation of their May 1 episode in which Claudia takes the stand in her father’s insanity trial, Nikolas prepares to spend his last moments with his hallucination of Emily, and Spinelli rescue’s Maxie and Lulu.

“General Hospital” airs weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.




A love at it’s most fragile…
Monday, June 9, 2008 1:59 PM | By Venus Stone

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Sneaking around never felt so good; and can a fragile relationship be mended?

THIS WEEK ON:AS THE WORLDS TURNS

Janet once again puts herself out there to get Brad’s attention when she stops over at his house while Katie is out of town. When Kim gives Brad a segment about single mothers, he asks Janet to be his co-host for the show, which is an instant hit. After taking JJ to the hospital, Carly and Jack panic when they are informed that he has a serious case of strep throat. Sophie’s guard goes up when Cole showers her with compliments on her new jewelery line. The two fall into bed after she lies about how Paul raped her. Cole then later tells Sophie she should drop charges against Paul if he’s willing to give her some serious cash. Mike, with insistence from Meg, digs into Sophie’s past before she came to Oakdale.

A LOVE UNDERCOVER AND A LOVE TORN APART…

Casey and Emily, on a high from their time together in New York, are told by Tom about Alison suing Chris. Tom later suggests to Emily to stay at a distance from his family until things blow over. Casey, not pleased by the suggestion and a very tense dinner with his family, goes to see Emily, letting her know that he doesn’t plan on stopping his feelings for her. Emily admits she has the same feeling for him and the two promise to keep their relationship a secret.

After the disappearance of his father, Noah pushes Luke away when he offers to help console him. Luke is heartbroken when Noah tells him that they need time apart. When Luke goes back to the farm, he tells Holden what happened.. Holden tells his son that maybe it would be best to give Noah the space that he needs. Lily, who has come into the conversation, gives Luke advice on how he should fight for Noah. Both parents soon find themselves arguing about what Luke should do, which pushes Luke into calling Noah to let him know that if he needs him he is there. Later that day, Lily sticks her nose in Luke’s business by inviting Noah to dinner at the farm. Noah is hesitant in coming until Lily presses him to join the family. When Noah arrives Luke immediately becomes elated until Noah tells him nothing has changed. Noah soon leaves and Luke follows behind him in hopes of working things out. Once the two are gone, Holden tells Lily she should have kept her nose out of Luke’s business. Things don’t look well for Luke when Noah announces that he’s moving back into the dorms.

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My View of Llanview: May 30 Edition

Saturday, June 7, 2008 7:37 PM | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Ron Carlivati helps “One Life to Live” rise from the ashes and return to its former glory.

Hello to all you fellow “One Life to Live” fans out there in TV land. I am finally writing this column about a week late again, as usual. However, one thing that is different now is that I am going to actually write a column, and not just copy and paste some random “OLTL” article from the past. I am so very thankful that summer vacation has arrived. I finally have the opportunity to catch up on things “OLTL,” including writing a meaningful column again. So without further delay, here are my latest thoughts and rants on “One Life to Live.”

For starters, I remain in shock and awe from the past week’s events in Llanview. From corporate takeovers to family squabbles, “OLTL” seems to have it all these days. Head Writer Ron Carlivati has nearly completely won me over after these last five episodes. This is the “One Life to Live” I fell in love with as a child, which I thought was gone forever after the past few years under Dena Higley’s tyrannical, botched reign. We would have never had storylines like this under Higley’s poison pen. I think that it is safe to say that Ron Carlivati is arguably one of the best soap writers of 2008. And here are a few reasons why….

First, as the old saying goes, ‘you can’t live in the past.’ But don’t they also say that ‘the past never stays buried?’ The latter of those two quotes seems to fit “One Life to Live” nearly perfectly these days. In my opinion, a good soap is one that embraces its history instead of ignoring it. That’s not to say that a soap can survive solely by regurgitating old storylines or by focusing entirely on past characters. However, it does mean that any soap writer worth his or her salt should thoroughly research the history of the daytime drama they are writing for, in order create new storylines out of past events. The trick is to find the correct balance between the two. And Ron Carlivati seems to have found that delicate balance. For instance, earlier this week, Jessica became a widow this week following the death of her husband Nash. While the focus of this storyline will center on Jessica’s grief and anger toward Natalie and Jared, it also creates an underlying storyline that eerily mirrors that of her mother, Viki. Longtime fans of “OLTL” can recall how Viki’s husband Joe Riley died when Kevin was a young child and before Joey was born. Aside from a casual comment made by Viki to Clint about Joe, nothing was said to connect the two events. However, viewers noticed the connection, and appreciated the subtle nod to history. Notice how Ron Carlivati connected the past to the present without unnecessarily dwelling on it? That’s how to you a soap’s history the right way.

While the Joe Riley mention was the most memorable to me, it wasn’t the only history reference made this past week on “OLTL.” There was Dorian looking up to heaven to ask her deceased ex-alcoholic lover Mel to forgive her while she poured elixir down Charlie’s throat. There was also Adriana angrily reminding Dorian that she had loving parents (her adoptive parents) before coming to Llanview and accusing her mother of only loving her inheritance (from dear ole Aunt Betsy). We also had Jessica, in a fit of rage, telling Natalie that she was no different than she was when she first arrived in Llanview, and how much Natalie’s behavior and actions hurt Viki and Jessica, both then and now. And who could forget Sarah’s periodic mentions of Tina, Clint’s of Kevin, Joey, and Cord, Dorian’s comments about Cassie and Kelly, or Starr’s reference of River and Zane? While all these nods to the past may appear in writing to be overdoing it, they all served a purpose. They weren’t just randomly thrown out to impress longtime viewers; they actually were tied to various current storylines on “OLTL.”

Second, it’s never too late to go home again. Since Ron Carlivati took over the reigns from Dena Hackley (I mean Higley) last August, we have been treated to the returns of a number of former characters and actors to “OLTL.” While some of these returns have been limited to only a handful of episodes, others have turned into indefinite engagements. The list of short returns includes Ann Hamilton (Aunt Corinne Balsom), Tari Signor (ghostly Margaret Cochran), R. Brandon Johnson (Chuck Wilson III), John Rue (Moe Stubbs), January LaVoy (Noelle Ortiz), Dan Gauthier (Kevin Buchanan), Nathan Fillion), James DePaiva (Max Holden), John Loprieno (Cord Roberts), Phil Carey (Asa Buchanan, for the reading of his will), Janet Hubert (Lisa Williamson), Jason-Shane Scott (Will Rappaport), Timothy Adams (Ron Walsh), and Christine Jones (Pamela Stuart). The list of returns with extended visits in Llanview includes Andrea Evans (Tina Roberts), Susan Haskell (Marty Saybrooke), Thom Christopher (Carlo Hesser), and Christopher Cousins (Cain Rogan). Also we have been treated to recurring visits from Tuc Watkins (David Vickers), Tonja Walker (Alex Olanov), and Barbara Garrick (Allison Perkins). I grew up watching many of these characters and actors on “One Life to Live,” and it was/is wonderful to have the opportunity to see them again.

Third, seeing things in 3-D is always more lifelike. One thing in recent weeks and months about Ron Carlivati is his ability to write three-dimensional characters. Under Dena Higley, most of Llanview became one-dimensional cardboard props to characters such as Spencer Truman and John McBain. They lacked personality, depth, and emotion. Most characters were written in such a way as to revolve around a handful of core characters that viewers were unwittingly subjected to day in and day out. The majority of these characters quickly became predictable and boring. Now, however, the characters have regained their depth and composure and showcase their human characteristics. Jessica and Natalie are two such characters that immediately come to one’s mind. Both exhibited powerful, emotional scenes last week following the death of Nash Brennan at the hands of Jared Banks. Another example is Dorian Lord, who showed, in classic form, just how big of a bitch she can by publicly destroying and humiliating the entire Buchanan family at their annual shareholders’ meeting. One other example is Marcie’s breakdown following her realization that she may never be a mother again. The raw emotion Kathy Brier exhibited in those scenes really tugged at the heartstrings. If nothing else, it demonstrated how much being a mother truly meant to her. The viewer is able to feel and sympathize with these characters because of the depth to their characters.

Fourth, history is not rewritten, but is built upon. As I mentioned toward the beginning of this edition of the column, history is very important to a soap. However, what is even more important is to use that history to effectively build upon current stories. It is disrespectful to both the soap and to the viewers, for a writer to take that history and twist it into something unrecognizable for his or her benefit. While I have never been a fan of rewriting history, I have to admit when there are a few instances on “OLTL” when it actually produced a powerful storyline and positive outcome. The best example of this was the transformation of Victor Lord into a child molester. While it did demoralize the old man’s character, it also created some powerful, compelling drama for Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser, and the other actors involved. It revealed a fact that “OLTL” fans have long known, that their soap has the best cast of actors and actresses in daytime. And that remains the case today. With a few exceptions, the cast of “One Life to Live” is arguably the best group of performers of any daytime drama. For the last few years, they have been forced to turn horrible material into gold, which they did extraordinarily well, considering what they had to work with. But the viewer was always left imagining just how great the show would be if these wonderful performers had great material to work with. Well, after this past week, that speculation became a reality as “One Life to Live” confidently reminded of us of the definition of a classic soap opera. And Ron Carlivati did that, not by rewriting history, but by building upon it. On the flip side, there have been some horrible storyline decisions over the years, most notably bringing Victor Lord back in 2003 when he and Mitch Laurence attempted to steal Natalie’s heart. But I’ll save discusion of that for another day.

And fifth, and perhaps the most important, Ron Carlivati has a genuine love and respect for “One Life to Live.” After all he has been a member of the “OLTL” writing staff in one form or another since 1996. In those twelve years, he has had a hand in helping to write some of Llanview’s most memorable storylines. Those dozen years have also helped to give him an understanding of the personalities of all the characters on the soap, as well as their respective histories. And Ron Carlivati appears to understand this perfectly.

With all that said, here are a few random thoughts I have on last week’s episodes. First, I may be in the minority, but I like the episode titles. They are unique, creative, and relevant. I enjoy seeing how each one relates to its respective episode. My favorite so far is “Cramer vs Cramer.” Second, I liked the nod to “OLTL’s” upcoming 40th anniversary at the BE shareholders’ meeting when Clint announced it was the company’s ’40th annual meeting.’ On the flip side, to those critics who claim, “I like everything ‘OLTL,’” here is a list of a couple of things I don’t like right now. I think it’s a disgrace that Nora does not have more of a story at the moment than Clint’s girlfriend. I also didn’t care for the Antonio/John bathroom scenes with John at the urinal doing his business and then not washing his hands (although I did like the fact that the scenes were shot in an actual restroom though). And I’m still wondering where the heck David Chisum has been lately. We have not scene Miles Laurence in a couple of months. And finally, I’m still waiting (although rather impatiently) for “OLTL” to announce that Michael Storm will be returning as Dr. Larry Wolek for the 40th anniversary. With everyone else that is coming back, I personally see no reason why the good doctor can’t return either…. even it’s just for only an episode or two. I would rather see him come back than Marty Saybrooke. Although I am looking forward to Tina and Carlo returning (and Cain Rogan to an extent). On a side note, I wish Anthony Call would return as Herb Callison. After watching Youtube scenes of him on “OLTL,” it made me remember just how powerful his character was and just how much he is missed in Llanview. And, why not also bring back Hank Gannon while they’re at it?

Before I close this column, I would like to include an excerpt from Ron Carlivati’s Wikipedia page. Granted that nearly anyone can modify entries on that site, however, I think Carlivati’s page stands as a testament to his creative ability as a writer.

“Ron Carlivati is an American soap opera writer born in 1968. It was announced in the February 27th edition of ‘Soap Opera Digest’ that Carlivati was promoted to Co-Head Writer of the ABC Daytime One Life to Live alongside Dena Higley. On June 4, 2007, Brian Frons announced that Carlivati would be promoted to head writer effective immediately. The first episode with Carlivati as Head Writer aired September 11th, 2007. In the months that followed, the show experienced a creative resurgence, receiving great critical acclaim for revitalizing characters, routinely incorporating and honoring the show’s long history and improving dialogue.[citation needed] However, the show’s rating continued to slide, a problem that all daytime soap operas have been experiencing in recent years. Carlivati’s work aired until mid-February 2008 when the Writers Guide of America strike forced a new head writer (Gary Tomlin) to take over. Once the WGA strike was settled, Carlivati returned as head writer, with his first post-strike episode airing on May 2, 2008. He is a lawyer, graduated from George Washington University, lives in New York City and has been recommended by Claire Labine.”

And now for a sneak peak at some of the storylines coming up a few weeks down the road. A recent death continues to haunt Llanview. A surprise marriage proposal occurs as an enemy nears the truth. One young woman’s quest to be a mother causes her to reach a difficult decision. A Princess reveals the reason she returned to Llanview. And friction mounts between two young lovers and one goes to drastic lengths to keep an unborn child.

Well, that’s all for this edition of the column. I hope you enjoyed this edition of the column. I would like to personally think each and everyone of you for your patience and understanding these past few months while I was very busy with school and student teaching. I apologize for just copying and pasting so many old “OLTL” articles during that time in order to keep the column afloat until I had more time to devote to it. In addition, I apologize for my ramblings in this column. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I am not a writer, and have never claimed to be one. I am simply a person who loves “OLTL” and enjoys sharing that love with other fans of the soap. That is all. I wish I were a better writer, but I’m not. Anyway, that’s all for now; please be sure and join me again on June 15th. I promise to present my next column to you on time Thanks again for your patience. See you next time.

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



Friday, June 6, 2008 10:21 PM | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Summer brings in a wave of new faces to “All My Children.”

Beth Ehlers has signed a contract to star on “All My Children.” Ehlers, a four-time Emmy nominee, is best known for the role she has played off and on for more than twenty years – Harley Cooper on CBS’s “Guiding Light.” Ehlers was initially scheduled to be a recast of Liza Colby, formerly played by Marcy Walker, but head writing shifts scrapped that plan; the characters name is yet to be determined. Ehler’s has not begun taping at the ABC soap.

June 16: The July 1 issue of Soap Opera Digest reports that Ehlers will play soldier Taylor McBride on “AMC,” a new character. Taylor comes to town with a purpose and upon waiting for her next tour of duty will become side-tracked. Ehlers will begin taping this month and her first air-date will be Thursday, July 24.

The beaten and battered beauty that premiered on the May 29 episode of “AMC,” where Dr. Frankie Hubbard (Cornelius Smith Jr.) tended to her wounds, is played by Denise Vasi. The 27-year old actress was cast to play the contract role of a prostitute named Randi. If her frequent visits to the hospital are any clue, Randi isn’t getting any respect from her pimp. Vasi’s character is slated for a hot-and-heavy romance with Frankie.

Soap Opera Network has learned that the role of Peter “Petey” Cortlandt has been cast. The character will begin airing during the week of July 7 and will be involved in storyline with Colby, Dre and Cassandra (Brianne Moncrief, Sterling Sulieman and Yaya DaCosta). Opal (Jill Larson) and Palmer Cortlandt’s (James Mitchell) son was last played by Mitchel Federan in 2002. Stay tuned for more information.

June 11: Soap Opera Digest Online is reporting that Daniel Kennedy will premiere in the recurring role of Petey on Friday, July 11.

“All My Children” airs weekdays on ABC and weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

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    OLTL PreVUE: Week of June 9 Edition

    By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Tina Roberts makes her long awaited return to Llanview.

    Robin Strasser

    THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

    Dorian doesn’t believe that Adriana will ever be able to forgive her. Rex demands a divorce, however Adriana has a plan to salvage the marriage. Adriana tells Rex that she needs time to revert back to the woman she used to be. Roxy visits Charlie in the hospital, where she tells him that she had only Rex’s best interests at heart. As Rex and Adriana part company, she plans to return to Paris. Before leaving for Europe, Adriana says good-bye to Marcie. A bitter Rex confronts Roxy and Charlie, and tells Roxy that he no longer has a mother. Charlie urges Roxy to tell Rex the identity of his real father, but Roxy believes it would only result in more pain. Rex encounters Gigi, who learns that Adriana has left Llanview. Gigi shocks Rex with the news that Adriana paid Brody to reunite with her and Shane. Natalie informs Roxy that Rex is shattered that Charlie isn’t his father.

    The Main Event: Being a Princess Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

    John, Antonio, and Talia listen to Ramsey and his houseguest from a surveillance van, but fail to find many clues as to her identity. Tina Roberts returns to Llanview as the Crown Princess of Mendorra. Todd is floored to see long-lost sister from his limo, and decides to trail her. Meanwhile, Tina and her dog named David Vickers instruct Jonas to drive them to Ramsey’s penthouse. As John listens to Tina and Ramsey’s conversation, he bolts for the penthouse after hearing gunshots. A fearful Tina runs for her life, with John McBain in hot pursuit. Jonas turns the tables on Tina when he shows his violent side. Todd moseys to the penthouse to discover what Tina is up to. He makes his way to the bedroom, and is stunned to find a very-much-alive Marty Saybrooke. Todd quickly formulates a new plan of action. Meanwhile, John arrives at Ramsey’s apartment to find Todd, but there is no sign of Ramsey’s houseguest. John is certain that Todd knows more than he is saying. Tina makes a hasty getaway when Jonas holds her at gunpoint. While hiding from Jonas in the park, Tina spots Sarah. A crazed Jonas holds Sarah and Cristian hostage. After escaping, a rattled Sarah tells Cristian that she thought she heard her mother call out her name.

    Blair calls the cops on Todd when he attempts to justify his actions to Starr. Todd vows to destroy Michael and Marcie if he loses custody of Sam. Starr confides in Blair that she doesn’t feel ready to be a mother. Langston gives Dorian a shoulder to lean on when the Cramers don’t seem to appreciate her. Blair wishes she had a better handle on what Starr is feeling, but vows to stand by her daughter nonetheless. Cole reassures Starr. Addie deflects Blair’s questions when she asks about her father. Starr and Cole prepare for the future by taking Sam to the park. However, the toddler proves to be a handful, which plants seeds of doubt in Starr’s mind. Starr and Cole bump into Marcie, who Starr asks to help calm Sam down. While soothing Sam, Marcie accidentally adds to Starr’s insecurities about becoming a mother. Meanwhile, Starr makes a decision about her baby’s future…one that Cole may not agree with. Michael and Marcie grow closer.

    Around Town:

    As Jared and Charlie continue to bond, the Buchanans stew with anger. When Jared tries to apologize for his actions, Bo and Clint confront him. Jared assures Nigel that the Buchanans will never know of his involvement in the ruse. Renee is furious over Jared’s betrayal, and tears into him. Jared prevents Nigel from confessing. Natalie arrives at Asa’s mansion just as Jared is taken away in handcuffs, and learns that Clint and Bo had him arrested. Sarah leans on Cristian as she remembers Nash.

    SON ALERTS: WEEK OF June 16, 2008

    Monday: John, Talia, and Antonio look for the mystery woman. Tina places herself in danger. David insists Viki give Charlie a second chance.

    Tuesday: Natalie makes a deal with Clint and Bo. Shane tells Brody a secret. Dorian is shocked to learn that she and David are now in-laws.

    Wednesday: Sarah convinces Cristian to help her hide Tina. Blair is horrified to discover she has a new stepfather. Clint and Bo demand answers from Natalie and Jared. Carlotta learns the truth about Antonio and Talia.

    Thursday: Todd uses Marty to his benefit. John gets closer to the truth. Cole is shocked by Starr’s decision.

    Friday: Todd weaves a tangled web of lies. Marcie receives a rather tempting offer from Starr. John reminds Cole that he’s there for him.



    By Angela Rosa


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Foul play.

    Chrishelle

    THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

    Aidan helps get Amanda out of a jam. Jack is saddened by the fact that Lily will soon be leaving for college. Samuel offers Jesse the job of Chief of Police. Erica gets the idea to do a new show, New Beginnings: Behind Bars. Angie makes an impassioned plea for Jesse not to return to police work. Frankie tends to Randi, a woman he suspects is being abused.

    Into The Light

    Only Adam is able to comfort Kathy after she’s told about Julia. Tad later explains to Kathy that he’s her father. Alone in the chapel, Tad senses Dixie’s presence and is certain she helped reunite him with their daughter. Dixie tells Adam not to give up hope. Krystal shows up at Adam’s door. Dixie assures Tad that she is at peace. Dixie wants Tad to be happy and knows he’ll find love again. Tad and Dixie share one last kiss before she dissolves into the light.

    Marriage Baggage

    Greenlee asserts to Josh that their hooking up was just a one time deal. Greenlee’s good mood doesn’t go unnoticed by Amanda. Aidan professes his love to Greenlee. Zach is pleased to find Greenlee in better spirits but questions her thinking when he discovers she had a one night stand. Zach thinks Aidan still loves Greenlee, but she doesn’t want to talk about her ex. Aidan resigns from his position at Cambias. Zach doesn’t think Aidan is good enough for Greenlee and warns him to never hurt her again or make another move on Kendall.

    Zach wonders why Kendall always tries to push him away. Kendall would initiate lovemaking but Zach just wants to hold her in his arms. Kendall turns to Erica. Kendall is unsettled when she sees Zach and Greenlee in a playful moment. The tension between the two women escalates as Greenlee teases Kendall about her “mystery” romp. Greenlee and Kendall warm up for their tennis match. Consumed with memories of seeing Zach and Greenlee together, Kendall ends up slamming Greenlee in the eye with her serve. Greenlee later has Kendall served with legal papers charging her with assault. Kendall advocates Josh pursuing Greenlee.

    Annie injects herself with the fertility drug and fantasizes about getting pregnant with Ryan’s baby. Realizing what she’s up to, Richie blackmails Annie…again. Ryan makes plans to leave town to consult with a doctor about restoring his memory. Annie convinces Ryan to postpone his plans and anticipates seducing him later that night. Ryan takes Greenlee on a motorcycle ride. Ryan believes that Greenlee wants to be friends with Kendall again. Furious that Ryan hasn’t returned home, Annie heads out to confront Greenlee.

    The Justice Files

    JR rescues Babe in the nick of time. Treena tells Babe and JR the truth about Richie. JR has Richie beaten up and then holds him hostage. JR threatens to kill Richie while getting him to confess to his crimes. JR plans take an unexpected turn when Richie goes into convulsions. JR tells Jesse, Babe and Angie that Richie stole his bone marrow. Jesse wants to get to the bottom of JR’s story. Richie feels the walls closing in on him but runs into Zach as he tries to leave the hospital.

    SON ALERTS: WEEK OF JUNE 16, 2008

    Monday: Annie accuses Greenlee of wanting Ryan for herself. Zach forces a confession out of Richie. Kendall and Greenlee make some headway towards rebuilding their friendship.

    Tuesday: Angie and Jesse remain at an impasse. Erica proves she’s a star even behind bars. Richie’s crimes begin to catch up with him.

    Wednesday: Ryan defends Annie to Greenlee. Krystal has no intention of walking away from Tad. Richie’s web of lies is quickly unraveling.

    Thursday: Adam learns of JR’s duplicity. Aidan asks Greenlee if there’s any hope for them. Randi wishes Frankie would just mind his own business.

    Friday: Jesse tries to make things right with Angie. Annie makes a bargain with Richie. Frankie finds a badly beaten Randi at the hospital.









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