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OLTL Recap: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, March 31, 2010.


Schuyler holds firm, refusing to administer the antidote to Mitch until Allison relinquishes her hold on Sierra Rose. Allison finally relents and hands the baby over to Schuyler but he one ups her by sending the antidote filled syringe flying across the floor. Brody races in and subdues Allison as Schuyler walks out of the infirmary with Sierra Rose.

Rex struggles to grasp Roxy’s earth shattering revelation that not only is Mitch not his father, but she is not his mother. Rex assures Roxy he loves her anyway but later breaks down while alone with Natalie.

Cole comes clean with Starr and admits he was in Hannah’s dorm room because she suffered an overdose. Ford scores points with Langston when he defends her to Hannah. Langston wonders if she should break up with Markko but Ford tells her they should keep things the way they are for now.

Layla finds the old love letter Cristian wrote to Jessica back in high school and asks him to get rid of it. Cristian storms off after destroying the letter and ends up encountering Jessica at the Buenos Dias.

David blackmails Kim, demanding she tell Clint she wants a divorce.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Bo convinces Brody to do the right thing.
  • Markko catches Langston in a lie.
  • Fish shows Schuyler the DNA test results.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, March 31, 2010.


Tad’s relieved when Damon returns home with Colby but still remains angry over his having run off in the first place. Angie’s the voice of reason when she tries to get both Tad and Damon to calm down and come to an agreement. Colby offers to tutor Damon while he pursues getting his GED. Angie’s impressed when she witnesses Damon dealing with a troubled teen at the hospital.

Marissa has to move out of the mansion after coming down with a case of the flu in order to prevent JR from getting sick. JR continues to try and manipulate Annie into believing he wants to get along with her. Annie learns she and JR have been invited to testify before a congressional subcommittee to boost awareness for the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Brooke admits to Jack she’s concerned for Adam’s health and later accuses Annie of not taking care of him.

Jake and Amanda hire a nanny for Trevor but can’t stop themselves from constantly calling to check on their son as they can’t stand being away from him.

Opal urges Erica to take a chance and act on her feelings for Jack. Jack surprises Krystal when he suggests she come work for him as a paralegal at his new law office.

On the Next All My Children…

  • JR continues to manipulate Annie.
  • Liza warns David against pushing Greenlee away.
  • Jack challenges Erica to stop playing games.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

GH Recap: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, March 31, 2010.


Carly assures a questioning Kristina that she doesn’t believe Sonny would ever raise a hand against a woman. Meanwhile, Olivia tells Dante she wholeheartedly believes he didn’t inherit any of Sonny’s volatile side. Dante gets his first glimmer that something could be off about Kiefer when Kiefer arrives as he’s questioning Kristina about her attack.

Maya Ward, Edward’s great-granddaughter, comes to Port Charles to live with the Quartermaines. Ethan and Maya get off to a scratchy start. Tracy suggests she and Luke take Ethan out of town for a while and he readily agrees. After receiving a call, however, Luke tells Tracy that it will only be her and Ethan on the trip just as Skye arrives.

Patrick takes Elizabeth home from Shadybrooke. Helena arrives at Elizabeth’s just as she receives the results of the paternity test Nikolas had done at the independent lab.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Robin seeks answers from Jason.
  • Will Elizabeth learn the truth?
  • Lucky and Dante grow suspicious of Kiefer.

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

‘One Life to Live’ April Casting Notes

Photo: Donna Svennevik/ABC

Thursday, March 30, 2010 11:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — The spring season brings several new characters to Llanview.

Just when you thought the “OLTL” canvas wasn’t crowded enough, several new and familiar faces will share some screentime during the month of April.

Erika Slezak will bring Viki Banks back to Llanview in the coming weeks. On Friday, April 16th, she arrives at the Palace restaurant, only to misinterpret what she sees between Charlie and Dorian.

Carmen LoPorto returns Tuesday, April 12th, when the pint-sized Jack Manning blames his dad’s rotten mood on the fact that he misses Téa.

Maureen Mueller returned as Dr. Leah Joplin (who committed suicide in December 2008), in new flashback scenes on Tuesday, March 30th, where it was revealed that she was Allison Perkins’ sister.

Despite hearing that former “Another World” star Alice Barrett would be playing Dr. Townshend in Tuesday’s episode, the show instead decided to reuse the name of the character she briefly portrayed on “OLTL” in a handful of episodes back in 2008. That character’s name was Dr. Morrison.

Melanie King reprised her recurring role of Judge Avery Henson last week, during the custody hearing for Sierra Rose.

SON cannot confirm at this time the identities of the actors cast in the following minor roles, which will air during the month of April…

Pizza delivery girl Karen becomes Ford’s latest conquest. However, not wanting to pass up a good thing, the teaching assistant decides that two women are better than one, and continues his relationship with a naive Langston on Monday, April 12th, all the while sleeping with Karen on the side.

Also on the 12th, Destiny and Matthew introduce themselves to Nate, the young man who will be playing Cole in Langston’s musical.

Mrs. Stevens, the administrator at the California mental facility where Kelly’s mother Melinda resided before her death, first airs on Wednesday, April 14th when Ms. Cramer stops by with John McBain to ask her a few questions. Also on that date, Kelly is approached by a patient named Rodney, who claims to have some knowledge concerning her mother’s demise. Last week, viewers heard Rodney’s voice in phone conversations with Kelly.

And on Friday, April 16th, Rex and Gigi follow up on a tip from Allison and question Nurse Wojohowitz, whom the cult follower claims may be able to give some insight into the day Rex was born.

Also, “OLTL” released a casting call earlier this week for the role of “Pete.” The scene opens with “Rick” asking Pete what he is doing in his office. Pete wants to know if Rick broke things off with his daughter so he could be with some tramp. Rick claims it’s none of his business, to which Pete asserts that it is as long as continues to work for him. Rick fires back that he has paid off his father’s gambling debt and that he no longer needs to work at Pete’s casino. Nevertheless, Pete says that the debt is paid only when he says it is. He goes on to tell Rick that his daughter loves him and wants to marry him. Rick objects, however Pete reminds him that his daughter gets whatever she wants. Even so, Rick says that he will not marry the girl, and that he doesn’t love her. Pete tells him that he’s a dead man then. He goes on to say that he’ll learn to love her, and makes him set down and write a Dear John letter to his current girlfriend, saying that if he doesn’t, he can’t be responsible for what might happen to his parents. He tells Pete to write “I love her and I never loved you. Don’t try to contact me. I never want to see you or hear from you again.” However, when Rick says that none of it is true, Pete tells him that if it were, then he wouldn’t be telling him what to write. As the scene ends, he makes Rick sign the letter. Remember that “OLTL” frequently changes character names and sometimes tries to recycle parts of old audition scripts in an attempt to throw off viewers.

And the following actors made their “One Life to Live” debuts last week with the names of the minor characters they portrayed in parentheses. Daniel Passaro (Mr. G), Jarrell Singleton (Darren), and Anthony Thomes (Guard 1).

In other news…

Bree Williamson (Jessica) and husband Michael are expecting their first child this fall. A spokesperson for “OLTL” had no comment on whether to soap plans to incorporate Williamson’s pregnancy will be referenced onscreen.

“OLTL” Music Director Paul Glass tweeted on Monday that “LIFEHOUSE live in the studio today. First performance in new studio…sounded great and absolutely no nicer band in the world!”

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

OLTL Recap: Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, March 30, 2010.


Schuyler and Allison are in a standoff, with Schuyler refusing to give Mitch the antidote until Allison hands over the baby. Allison stuns Mitch and Schuyler when she reveals what really happened after Roxy gave birth to Mitch’s son.

Meanwhile, Roxy shatters Rex’s world with her unbelievable story about the events surrounding the birth of her son. Kyle’s supportive of Fish as he grasps the fact that he’s Sierra Rose’s father. Bo and Brody work feverishly to try and find a way into the infirmary. Fish races to Statesville determined to rescue his daughter.

Marty and John are relieved to learn she didn’t lose the baby but Dr. Morrison warns Marty that hers is a high risk pregnancy. Wanting to take care of her, John asks Marty to move in with him.

Jessica and Cristian become playful while building sets for the play, which Layla arrives to see. Alone, Cristian explains to Layla he was keeping an eye on Jessica as a favor to Brody. Jessica clearly isn’t happy to witness a kiss between Cristian and Layla.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Schuyler refuses to back down.
  • Ford’s actions impress Langston.
  • David blackmails Kim.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Tuesday, March 30, 2010.


Annie doubts JR’s sincerity when he claims he wants to try and get along with her. While sleeping next to Annie, Adam dreams that Brooke is the woman beside him.

Erica and Brooke remain as scratchy as ever when they bump into each other at BJ’s.

Jack tells Erica it’s obvious they’re meant to be together and surprises her with a kiss.

Greenlee insists to David that she does in fact have real feelings of love for him. David admits to Greenlee he’s afraid of how strong his feelings are for her and fears he’ll end up hurting her like he’s hurt all the other women in his life. Tad, meanwhile, encourages Ryan to fight for Greenlee.

Tad’s anxious to find Damon, who’s hiding out in the attic at the Chandler mansion with Colby. Damon and Colby continue to connect.

Jake eases Amanda’s mind when she worries about the impact her new modeling career will have on their lives.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Damon impresses Angie at the hospital.
  • Jack questions Brooke about her feelings for Adam.
  • Colby accuses JR of trying to seduce Annie.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, March 30, 2010.


In the courtroom, Kristina’s shaken to witness Sonny and Johnny vicious exchange and leaves in tears. Sonny later goes to see Kristina, who takes the anger she feels over having been beaten by Kiefer out on him. Sam’s hurt to realize Jason doesn’t take Kristina at face value but makes it clear she believes her little sister no matter what. Luke makes a heartfelt appeal for Ethan to stay in town but he feels as though he’s being persecuted.

After getting Ronnie to back off Morgan, Dante advises Carly that she needs to make sure Morgan steers clear of any cops. Johnny’s thrilled that he made Sonny fly into a rage in front of the jurors. Dante has conflicted feelings when Johnny informs him of Sonny’s outburst in the courtroom. The judge decides to sequester the jurors in Sonny’s trial.

Neither Steve nor Nikolas think Elizabeth’s ready to leave Shadybrooke but she insists on doing so.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Olivia defends Sonny to Dante.
  • Dante has a bad vibe about Kiefer.
  • Skye sails back into town.

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

Photo: Donna Svennevik/ABC

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 1:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — Soap Opera Network can now confirm when “One Life to Live’s” next high school musical will debut. 

For weeks “One Life” fans have known that the soap was planning to remind viewers of the turbulent romance of teen lovers Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson) and Cole Thornhart (Brandon Buddy) sometime this spring.  Langston Wilde (Brittany Underwood) wrote the script, and auditions are currently being held.  And now the show prepares to begin filming the big musical number.

Kristen Alderson revealed Monday on her Twitter page that the cast had just received copies of the script for the first day of the musical, which is set to begin on episode #10,686 (according to a picture of the cover page of the script posted by Alderson).  Barring any interruptions or pre-emptions of “OLTL” in the coming weeks, viewers can expect “Starr X’d Lovers” to begin on Friday, May 14th. 

In the meantime, there will be some more scenes involving the Llanview teen scene in preparation for the musical.  On Monday, April 5th, Danielle (Kelley Missal) and Destiny (Shenell Edmonds) vie for the lead role in the play.  However, they soon agree to put their competition on the backburner in order to support Matthew (Eddie Alderson).  On Friday, April 12th, the three teens learn who has been cast in each role.  Matthew and Destiny introduce themselves to Nate, the boy who will be playing Cole on Monday, April 12th. And on Thursday, April 15th, Starr remembers the past while rehearsing scenes for the musical. 

In 2007, “One Life to Live” featured Prom Night: The Musical, which featured Starr, Cole, Langston, Markko (Jason Tam), Britney Jennings (Portia Reiners) and their teacher Marcie McBain (Kathy Brier).

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

My View of Llanview: March 30 Edition

Photo: Errol Lewis/SON

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 12:01 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — One controversial life to live.

“When trying to please everyone, you ultimately please no one.” Truer words were never spoken. After limping on one leg into 2010, things seem to have gone from bad to worse for “One Life to Live.” And, while the majority of the criticism has been justified, some of it is simply the result of misinterpretation.

Last week, the website posted a story in which they villified “OLTL’s” recent St. Patrick’s Day tribute as “the most disgraceful depiction [they had] ever seen.” The site takes particular offense to Llanview’s resident drunk, Roxy Balsom, who was dressed in green from head to toe in honor of the holiday, and offering free beer to patrons of her hair salon, Foxy Roxy’s. Now, in and of itself, that does sound bad. When placed in the proper context, however, there is more to it than meets the eye.

As mentioned in the article, the author’s wife observed “One Life’s” St. Patty’s Day celebration while apparently channel surfing. Based on her assessment of the episode in question, it is a fair assumption to make. Because if she were a regular viewer she would understand that neither the character of Roxy, nor the show itself for that matter, where intentionally trying to offend Irish-American viewers. Those of us who actually watch the show on a frequent basis understand that Roxy is, in essence, an equal-opportunity drunk. March 17th is not the only day out of the year that Roxanne Balsom hits the sauce. And St. Patrick’s Day is not the only holiday in which she flamboyantly expresses her free-spirit personality either. Whether it be Halloween, Christmas, Columbus Day, the 4th of July, Groundhog Day, National Potato Week, or Presidents Day, chances are that you see Roxy consuming more than the legal limit of alcohol.

But this is what happens when a casual or first-time viewer watches only one or two episodes and misinterprets what they see without investing more time into the show, or researching the soap’s background and recent plotlines. True, soap stories often move at a snail’s pace, however, crucial details can still be missed by only occassionally tuning in.  Furthermore, I find it highly amusing that the people over at Irish Central think that “One Life to Live’s” St. Patrick’s Day episode was the most offense they have ever seen. Do these people even realize how the rest of America celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day? Contrary to what they may think, most Americans do not spend the day in church or studying up on the history of the saint himself. Instead, the vast majority of us wear green (for fear of getting pinched if we don’t), consuming several bottles of brew, hanging out in bars, and proudly sticking buttons to our clothing with such sayings as “Kiss Me, I’m Irish.” And let’s not even get into talking about leprechauns, rainbows, and pots of gold.

Also, just look at how other television shows have honored St. Partick’s Day. An episode of “Family Guy” had a plane landing on a runway in Ireland that was littered with thousands of beer bottles. Or what about “Beverly Hills, 90210,” which had a storyline where a newspaper editor came up with a new St. Patrick’s Day marketing campaign, where he dressed a midget up as leprechaun and offered a pot of gold to the first person who captured him. Or how about “The Simpsons,” where 10-year-old Bart gets drunk at a St. Partick’s Day parade and the town of Springfield imposes a ban on prohibition, only to have Homer (his father) secretly supply the local pubs with alcohol. And, of course, there’s the episode of “The Office,” where the gang celebrates the special day each year with a big party at a local bar, where they get drunk.

The point is that there are a lot worse St. Partick’s Day celebrations out there, both in real and reel life, that are much more stereotypical and insulting than “OLTL’s” town drunk dressed in green, and a bar full of off-duty cops drinking (only after giving their car keys to the bartender) and singing “Danny Boy.” In addition, Irish Central’s claims that “Everyone, not just Irish-born or of Irish ancestry, should be offended by this show. We have decided that we will not watch anything on ABC.” Well I am part Irish (my paternal grandmother’s grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland in the 1860′s), and I did not find it offensive at all. On the contrary, I found it to be rather amusing, as I know a lot of other people with Irish blood did as well. As for boycotting ABC, just go ahead and do that. In a few months, I’m sure they will be watching ABC again, as to most people to claim they are going to snub the network (among other things).

Along those same lines, gay and lesbian viewers have also threatened to boycott and protest “One Life to Live” and ABC, however for a much different reason. Instead of being pissed off that the town drunk was seen drinking green beer on St. Patrick’s Day, they are upset that the show has decided to write off its only same-sex couple. But that’s only half the story. Various media outlets have reported that the firing was not merely based on ratings, focus groups, or storyline direction, but instead was a direct result of the irresponsible behavior of the actors involved in the firing, Brett Claywell (Kyle Lewis) and Scott Evans (Oliver Fish).

In what appears to be an all to familiar occurrence for the Alphabet network, the stars of their shows are thrown under the bus in hopes that the network to gain sympathy and garner support for their errant decision-making skills. Some claim that the ‘Kish’ firing was simply a means to an end, and that Claywell’s excessive partying and Evans’ frequent absences resulted in scenes being cut or filmed at the last moment. Both actors, however, have disputed claims that their on-set behavior was anything less than professional. So who do you believe….two recently fired actors who were just doing their job, or a network and show known for being less than honest and forthcoming? Hmmm…that’s a tough one.

I recently received an e-mail from long-time “OLTL” viewer Willie Thomas, who asks the the soap not to push Kish into the closet. “Kish has transcended their sexuality. They are the ONLY decent love story on the show. I have been a viewer of ‘OLTL’ for over 20 years. I am a person in my mid 30s. But simply put there is nothing worth watching once Kish leaves,” writes Thomas.

So what bugs you about “One Life to Live” these days? Be sure and drop me a line…I would love to hear from you, and I just might use your comments in an upcoming column.

It appears that no one was able to correctly identify the mystery country music star from last time. The answer was Bill Anderson, best known for such hits as “Mama Sang a Song,” “For Loving You,” “World of Make Believe,” and “I Get the Fever.” While on “OLTL,” Anderson shared scenes with Becky Lee Abbott (Mary Gordon Murray), who was involved the father/son oil tycoons Asa and Bo Buchanan.

In case you missed the clues, here they are: This real-life country music singer appeared on “One Life to Live” as himself several times in the early 1980s, where he took to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry with a certain young lady (who was involved with both a father and son), made her singing debut.

Now it’s time to play another round of “Llanview, Who Am I?,” a new feature where you have to use the clues to figure out the identity of a mystery character from “OLTL’s” past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

It’s a short one this time. What 1960s music group visited Llanview in 1988 to sing a few tunes with their old pal Bo Buchanan?

So who is this mystery rock band from the past? I’ll have the answer in the April 15th edition of “My View of Llanview.” Also don’t forget to tell me what bugs you about the show these days. I love hearing from fellow “OLTL” fans. And don’t forget to check out my Twitter page for all the latest OLTL news and information at SON.

Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. These are for the week of April 19th. Someone makes a horrific discovery. A guilty finger is pointed at a loved one’s old flame. A woman is grateful for another’s support. Will a wife give her husband what he’s been hoping for? Suspicions grow concerning a certain Llanview citizen. And a teen is tempted to fess up to his best friend about what has been going on behind his back.

Well that’s concludes yet another edition of the column.  Thanks for reading my inchoherent ramblings on the present state of my favorite soap. Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Good Friday and Easter holiday weekend. Enjoy the warm weather. Take care!

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

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

Monday, March 29, 2010 9:28 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “All My Children” ushers in a month of change.

Victor Alfieri makes his “All My Children” debut on Monday, April 5. Alfieri will play Ciro a fashion photographer who interacts with the ladies of Fusion. The role is recurring. This is Alfieri’s fourth daytime role; he previously played Franco on “Days of Our Lives,” Gianni on “Passions” and Giovanni on “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

Alicia Minshew returns to “AMC” on Friday, April 9. The popular actress who has played Kendall Hart since 2002 will return for a five episode stint which finds her ship-bound character playing hostess to a couple of surprise guests. Minshew is currently in the middle of an eight-month long maternity leave that will reportedly put Kendall back on the scene permanently late this coming summer.

Minshew’s on-screen husband, played by Thorsten Kaye makes his return a couple of episodes later on Tuesday, April 13. The actor is back for three episodes. Kaye spent a little over five and a half years on “AMC” as Zach Slater before parting ways with the soap earlier this year.

Both actors made their way to Los Angeles earlier this month to tape their scenes.

With David Hayward’s (Vincent Irizarry) trial getting underway soon, look for Anna Koonin to reprise the role of his scorned henchwoman Nurse Gayle. Koonin will first appear on Friday, April 9. Koonin has been with “AMC” in a recurring capacity since February of 2009. Joining Koonin, during Hayward’s trial arc, will be Robb Derringer, as Pine Valley’s newest District Attorney, and Patrick Pankhurst, as Judge Meyers

As previously reported, James Mitchell passed away on January 22. Pine Valley will gather to say goodbye to and remember the unforgettable tycoon Mitchell played for over thirty years, Palmer Cortlandt, on Tuesday, April 20. Taylor Miller and Gillian Spencer made their way to the “AMC” studio last week to reprise their popular “AMC” roles for the episode. Spencer, of course, played Daisy Murdoch, Palmer’s ex-wife, and Miller played Nina Cortlandt, Palmer and Daisy’s daughter. Both actors appeared on the show from 1979 to 1989.

David Canary has opted to retire and will wrap up his twenty-seven year run on “AMC” this April. The loss of the extremely talented actor, who has earned five Emmy wins for Outstanding Lead Actor (and nearly twenty nominations) for playing Adam and Stuart Chandler, will no doubt leave a hole on the canvas and in fans hearts. Look for Adam’s story to start wrapping up beginning with the news of Palmer’s surprise passing, which will be followed by a shocking revelation that is set to rock the Chandler mansion. It has been reported that Julia Barr returned as Brooke in February to usher Adam out that door, ultimately, so are we really losing Ms. English too? That depends on Brooke’s answer to Adam’s question on Friday, April 23.

In other casting news, Sadie Stratton, will debut in the role of Baby Trevor’s new nanny Jane on Wednesday, March 31.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” now also airs online at and can be accessed 24/7.

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