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How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of ‘GH,’ ‘The View’ and ‘The Chew’; Shows Also on Hulu Plus


Thursday, July 15, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 15, 2010.


Dante, Jason and Spinelli begin to unravel Franco’s clues, determining that Franco is trying to lead them to a location according to the song lyrics of “Route 66.” Franco pays a visit to Lulu, who is alone at Kate’s office.

Claire assures Lucky that she is not falling prey to Sonny’s charms.

Steve finds it hard to hide the truth from Robin when she questions him about Patrick and Lisa’s successful surgery on Shirley.

Jax is overjoyed at the potential reunion between him and Carly. Spinelli advises Carly to pursue Jax if she wants him back.

Elizabeth starts to feel contractions and goes to the hospital, preparing to give birth.

Spinelli tells Maxie that he is letting her go.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Jason’s plan from Franco is derailed.
  • Claire suggests Sonny walk away from the mob.
  • Franco’s murderous plans become clear.

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

Thursday, July 15, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 15, 2010.


Wondering why the universe keeps putting them together, Caleb kisses Erica. She questions his intentions and he admits he’s willing to put aside his peaceful life in the mountains for her. Erica tells Caleb the answer to his question is no. Erica asks Jackson if they can postpone their wedding until they are both sure it’s the last time they’ll ever walk down the aisle and go on the honeymoon first.

Greenlee learns from Bianca that Ryan has gone to New York with Madison. In a spontaneous moment, Greenlee books a flight and winds up in New York, specifically inside Ryan’s room.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Will Greenlee ruin the romance between Ryan and Madison.
  • David pushes Jesse’s buttons.
  • Angie questions the heavens.

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

‘One Life to Live’ Celebrates 42 Years

Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 3:30 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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( — “One Life to Live” celebrates 42 years of delivering drama, passion, and romance to millions of viewers.

Editors Note: I first wrote the following article in celebration of “One Life to Live’s” 39th anniversary in 2007. I am re-posting it again this year, in honor of the show’s 42nd anniversary. Only slight revisions to the original article have been made, mainly in the last paragraph, to reflect events during which occurred during the past two years, including “OLTL’s” 40th anniversary in July 2008, at which time SON posted several special articles commerating the event, as well as the show’s three day musical event from earlier this year and move to “All My Children’s” studios.

Forty-two years ago today, a new soap named “One Life to Live” debuted on ABC. On July 15, 1968, the mythical town of Llanview, Pennsylvania was born as ABC Daytime brought millions of viewers a drama centered around the culturally diverse suburb of Philadelphia. Romance, adventure, racial relations, interracial marriage, AIDS, gang violence, child abuse, split personalities, mental disorders, homosexuality, rape, heart disease, breast cancer, and more have been featured as the soap gained many loyal viewers and fans. Over the decades, “One Life to Live” has become one of Daytime television’s highest rated drama series, and many of its characters household names.

During its nearly four decades on the air, “One Life to Live” has been nominated as Outstanding Daytime Serial four times (1983, 2000, 2002, and 2007), and won once (in 2002). The soap has also gone on to win numerous technical and acting Daytime Emmys and Soap Opera Digest Awards over the years. In 2005, “One Life to Live” veteran Erika Slezak won her record breaking sixth Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress. Slezak is also the recipient of a Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Daytime Couple, which she shares with her former co-star Mark Derwin.

ABC approached “Another World” writer Agnes Nixon in the mid-1960s about creating a new daytime drama for the network. A short time later “One Life to Live” premiered on ABC as a half hour soap opera on Monday, July 15, 1968 at 3:30 pm et. Unlike other soaps of its day, “One Life to Live” featured a diverse cast of characters representing a number of ethnic, social and religious backgrounds. Groundbreaking storylines such as a black woman trying to pass herself off as being white proved quite relevant during the turbulence of late 1960s America. The early days of Llanview featured daytime’s first Jewish family in the Siegels, as well as the middle class Rileys and Woleks and wealthy Lords. Other families introduced over the years have included the Buchanans, Cramers, Vegas, Walshs, McBain, Vegas, and Rappaports. Since the show’s inception, the character of Victoria Lord has been the focal point of Llanview and “One Life to Live.” Originally portrayed by Gillian Spencer, Viki has been played by the legendary Erika Slezak since March 17, 1971.

“One Life to Live” served as a replacement for the short-lived game show “The Baby Game,” and was part of a scheduling shuffle with “Dark Shadows” and “The Dating Game.” The new soap overcame stiff competition early on from “The Edge of Night” on CBS and the successful game show “You Don’t Say” on NBC. “One Life to Live” expanded to forty-five minutes and moved to 2:30 pm et on July 26, 1976. On January 16, 1978 it would expand to one hour and moved into its present time slot. “One Life to Live” has often been referred to as “the most peculiarly American of soap operas: the first serial to present a vast array of ethnic types, broad comic situations, a constant emphasis on social issues, and strong male characters.”

Nixon’s original title for “One Life to Live” was “Between Heaven and Hell,” but the name was scrapped at the last minute due to fears by sponsors that the name was too controversial. Nonetheless, the first opening sequence for “One Life to Live” featured a close up image of flames in a fireplace with the words “One Life to Live” hovering above it. The Colgate-Palmolive Company was the original sponsor of the new ABC Daytime Drama. Nixon maintained ownership of the show until it was purchased by the network in 1974.

Over the years, “One Life to Live” has tackled many controversial storylines. For its efforts in bringing relevant social issues to the forefront, “One Life to Live” has been rewarded with several awards and honors. In 1992, it became the first soap to show the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, as part of a critically acclaimed homophobia storyline. In 2000, “One Life to Live” received the CDC Sentinel for Health Award for Viki’s breast cancer storyline. That same storyline also featured First Lady Laura Bush appearing on “One Life to Live” in Public Service Announcements concerning the disease.

“One Life to Live” has also been responsible for many “first” in Daytime television over the years. In 1970, it became the first regularly scheduled television program to adhere to a White House request to use commercial airtime to alert the American public about the dangers of drugs. The soap broadcast actual group therapy sessions of teenage drug addicts at Odyssey House in New York City. The storyline featured Dr. Jim Craig taking his daughter Cathy to Odyssey House after she stole her father’s prescription pads, and forged his signature to buy drugs to support her addiction. The idea behind the storyline belonged to none other than Agnes Nixon, who called it “a natural outgrowth of our program.”

“One Life to Live” also traveled to exotic destinations in South America and Europe over the years. The show transported viewers to the Old West, sent them to Heaven, and gave them a glimpse of life down below in the underground city of Eterna. “One Life to Live” has brought us the many marriages of Asa Buchanan and Viki Davidson, as well as numerous unforgettable characters and storylines. “One Life to Live” has also fantasized about the middle ages, amused us with special Trading Places and Babes Behind Bars episodes, and entertained us with a weeklong high school prom musical. In 2005, the sudser tackled cross promotion, when Marcie Walsh (Kathy Brier) “wrote” a book called “The Killing Club.” The book, which cracked the New York Times Bestseller list, was actually written by former “One Life to Live” Head Writer Michael Malone. The soap treated viewers to another Daytime first in 2002 with a week of live episodes, each of which featured a cameo appearance by a former cast member.

Over the years Llanview has been home to many cast members and guest stars that have gone on to become celebrities. Among them are Judith Light, Laurence Fishburne, Phylicia Rahsad, Roma Downey, Tommy Lee Jones, Marcia Cross, Ivana Trump, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Yasmine Bleeth, Dixie Carter, Faith Ford, Ryan Phillippe, and Brandon Routh, just to name a few. “One Life to Live” has also entertained a long list of musicians over the years covering a variety of genres from country, to rap, to hip-hop, to rock and roll. The list includes Bill Anderson, Sammy Davis Jr., The Beach Boys, Peabo Bryson, Darlene Love, Little Richard, Erykah Badu, Reba McEntire, Mary J. Blige, Lifehouse, Nelly Furtado, and Snoop Dogg, among others. Other celebrity guests appearing on “One Life to Live” in recent years have been “Good Morning America Weekend” anchor Marysol Castro, talk show hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, and author Peter Straub. And in 1994, three of the soap’s leading men, John Loprieno, Robert S. Woods, and Clint Ritchie appeared as their “One Life to Live” characters Cord, Bo, and Clint on an episode of the primetime ABC sitcom “Roseanne,” whose star is a longtime fan of the soap.

On August 17, 2007, “One Life to Live” celebrated the airing of their 10,000th episode. The milestone made “One Life to Live” only the fifth of the nine present daytime dramas to reach the coveted achievement. Furthermore, “OLTL” marked their 40th anniversary on July 15, 2008, by revisiting several classic storylines from the show’s four deacde run, including Viki’s trip to heaven, Tina’s horrific fall over the terrifying Iguazu Falls, and Bo and Rex going forty years back to time to the Buchanan ranch of 1968. The show also paid homage to creator Agnes Nixon, by inviting her to appear as herself in the special two-part anniversary episodes, in addition to bringing back several past castmembers and characters for the event. In 2010, the show moved into the vacated studios of sister soap “All My Children” when that show relocated production to Los Angeles.   Also in 2010, “One Life to Live” aired a second prom night musical event entitled “Starr X’d Lovers: The Musical” with much fanfare.

Over the past 42 years, “One Life to Live” has brought drama, passion, and romance to millions of loyal viewers five days a week, and they will continue to be rewarded for their hard work, dedication, and loyalty to the daytime genre.

”One Life to Live”, an Agnes Nixon creation, can be seen weekdays at 2:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network. Taped in New York City, Ron Carlivati is the Head Writer and Frank Valentini the Executive Producer. For more information on “One Live to Live,” visit

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

Discussion: ‘One Life to Live’ Celebrates 41 Years

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    Thursday, July 15, 2010 9:30 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “All My Children” DVR Alerts for the Week of July 19, 2010.


    • Monday: Tad asks Liza if she can see herself as a mother to Damon. Scott jumps to the wrong conclusion about Annie’s torn shirt. Damon blows up at Colby.
    • Tuesday: Will Annie agree to be JR’s mistress? Madison admits she’s falling in love with Ryan. Frankie surprises David with information on Greenlee.
    • Wednesday: Scott proposes to Annie. Will she say yes? Liza catches Damon taking money from Krystal’s bar. Liza makes a confession to Tad.
    • Thursday: Ryan is hit with an intense pain in his head. Madison asks Greenlee to give Ryan a chance to move on. JR and Caleb almost come to blows.
    • Friday: Caleb learns JR duped him. Bianca suggests she and Caleb live together. Greenlee finds David standing over Ryan’s unconscious body.

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

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    Thursday, July 15, 2010 9:30 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “General Hospital” DVR Alerts for the Week of July 19, 2010.


    • Monday: Dante enlists Claire to help re-release Jason. The ID bracelet on Elizabeth’s newborn has some unlucky numbers. Spinelli reveals to Sam he is hurt about losing Maxie.
    • Tuesday: Elizabeth and Nikolas’s baby disappears. Lulu fuels Carly’s vengeance. Michael gets into a fight on his first day of community service.
    • Wednesday: General Hospital goes into lockdown. Lucky, Nikolas, and Elizabeth confront Helena. Warren lashes out at Kristina.
    • Thursday: Jason makes a shocking discovery regarding Michael. General Hospital gets a message from Franco. Warren goes on a rampage.
    • Friday: Jason gets a message from Franco. Warren’s rampage at General Hospital leaves people injured. Skye steals back Alcazar’s fortune.

    “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “GH” also airs online at and can be accessed 24/7.

    OLTL Alerts: Week of July 19 Edition

    Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 8:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

    Photo: Robert Milazzo/ABC

    ( — “One Life to Live” DVR Alerts for the Week of July 19, 2010.


    • Monday: Charlie informs Viki that their plan is backfiring.  Dorian catches Viki and David in bed together.  Jessica and Natalie rush to the ER.
    • Tuesday: Langston and Starr mend their friendship.  Layla holds Evangeline’s life in her hands.  Both Jessica and Natalie receive some unexpected news.
    • Wednesday: Jessica and Natalie keep a secret from one another.  Gigi enrolls in Llanview University.  Viki and Charlie decide they need a vacation.
    • Thursday: Ford has himself tested after learning of Jessica’s medical history.  Dani confides her fears to Greg.  John and Brody continue to bond. 
    • Friday: Natalie contemplates making a radical decision.  Someone drugs Rex.  Blair is taken by surprise when she tries to surprise Eli.   

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

    My View of Llanview: July 15 Edition

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    Thursday, July 15, 2010 12:01 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — The Top 5 reasons “One Life to Live’s” ratings are in the toilet.

    Given the crap that “OLTL” has been dishing out lately in terms of poor writing, bad acting, and choppy storytelling, here are a few of the major reasons why I believe the show is getting what it deserves.

    5. Constant re-writes and behind-the-scenes antics. To  anyone who is left watching this show on a regular basis, it is evident that certain scenes and plot twists have surely been revised and rewritten. Take Eli for instance…what possible motive would have for killing Melinda, pushing Marty down the stairs and killing her unborn baby, and severely beating Ford? It would make about as much scene as having Addie, Jack, or Sam do it. And the constant scenes with Eli trying to explain his actions to Hannah and Ford are not helping. This makes little, if any sense at all. I can just picture the writers all setting in their offices throwing darts at Post-It Notes with storyline ideas jotted down on them just to determine the direction they will go in next. At this point, I think a monkey with a typewriter would be able to do a better job.

    4. Newbie and teen overload. “One Life to Live” took a huge risk when they chose to make this summer the year of the teens in Llanview. The more airtime and storylines the teen castmembers get, the lower the ratings seem to go. Things have gotten so bad that “One Life” is even getting their butts kicked by the cancelled sudser “As the World Turns.” That’s like being beaten by a 90-year-old in a marathon. And in what world is introducing a new character, and then immediately throwing him or her into a front burner storyline going to prove successful? Do they seriously think the audience will become invested in someone that just started appearing on their TV screen a few days ago? Whatever happened to the days where a new character was introduced slowly, allowing for time for their personality to be developed and to give the audience a chance to determine whether they liked, hated, or loved to hate that person? I guess those days, along with the days when soaps were actually entertaining, are long gone.

    3. Pushing the vets onto the backburner. I can’t speak for everyone else, but when I watch “OLTL,” I want to see characters I recognize, like Viki, Clint, Dorian, Nora, Bo, etc. However, judging by the ratings, I’m apparently not the only one who feels that way. Having storylines centering around teenagers is okay in moderation, and when veteran characters are involved as well (and no, I’m not referring to the overexposed John and Todd). Take Starr and James for example. Outside of Todd, who was involved at the end, their recent exploits did not really involve any of the older folks on the canvas. And, as a result, the ratings have continued to falter. I realize that “OLTL” is more focused on specific demos, such as the Women aged 18-34 category, rather than overall ratings. But, even there, the ratings are slipping. Why you ask…because even younger folks don’t want to watch teens dominate every episode with their idiotic adventures. I should know…while not a woman (obviously), I do fit into that particular age category, and I couldn’t care less if most of the teens on the show right now were backburned and didn’t have another major storyline for the next decade. Perhaps the powers that be at “OLTL” and ABC will realize that sooner rather than later as well and try to get the show back on track. Then again, probably not.

    2. Recycled storylines. It’s bad enough when a writer uses a nearly identical storyline that a previous writer on the same show used. But it’s even worse when you start re-using your own storylines again and again and again. These days, the plots on “OLTL” are nearly as predictable as the sun rising and setting each day, and have more holes in them than a piece of Swiss cheese. Where’s the suspense, the drama, and the romance? Not in Llanview, that’s for sure.

    1. Six words. Ron Carlivati — Frank Valentini — Brian Frons.

    Well, that pretty well sums up how I feel about “One Life to Live” these days, but how do you feel about it? Be sure to leave your comments and voice your opinion on what bugs you about “OLTL” right now. I always enjoy hearing from fellow “One Life” fans.

    Oh, by the way, before I forget — happy 42nd anniversary to “One Life to Live.” I felt the need to throw a little something positive in this column. But don’t get used to it though.

    Anyway, moving on, congratulations to “Lee,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” guest star which was the talented actor Robert Vaughn.

    In case you missed the clues, here they are: This “Man from U.N.C.L.E.” star whose “World” was left unhappy, agreed to a short stint as a man of the cloth in Llanview in 1996. A few years later he played dad to Charles Shaughnessy’s “Nanny” character.

    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 celebrity guest star from “OLTL’s” past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

    This rapper ‘blew’ through Llanview in in late 1990, first as a consultant for the show, and then later appearing onscreen as himself the following year in an episode that focused on the son of the town’s top cop, who wanted to pursue a career in rap music rather than going to college.

    So who is this mystery celebrity from the past? I’ll have the answer in the July 30th edition of My View of Llanview. 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 August 2nd. A child doesn’t want their mother to get remarried. An unsuspecting person holds the key to a mystery. One woman won’t heed the warnings of a family member regarding someone she cares about. Will a certain couple make it the altar before it is too late? Another person is attacked in order to keep a secret. A frightened young lady experiences déjà vu when she is forced to to do something familiar. And someone may be on the verge of confiding some big news to their partner.

    Well that’s concludes yet another edition of the column. Hope everyone is having a great summer. Hope it’s not too hot where you leave. Stay cool and take care everyone!

    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.

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      Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 11:30 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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      ( — “One Life to Live’s” former Jared Banks is set to make an appearance in an upcoming episode of the cable television series “Drop Dead Diva.”

      From 2007-2009 (and again briefly earlier this year) Brotherton spent his days in Llanview where his character was busy romancing Natalie Buchanan (Melissa Archer). But now the actor is testing the primetime waters, where has hooked another short-term gig.

      After appearing as Leo in an episode of the ill-fated Melissa Milano sitcom “Romantically Challenged” back in the spring, Brotherton has landed a guest spot on the the more popular Lifetime series “Drop Dead Diva,” which stars Brooke Elliott as the spirit of dead supermodel Deb Dobkins, who has been reincarnated in the body of brilliant, but overweight (and also recently deceased) attorney named Jane Bingum.

      The show has become a popular hangout for soap stars, including Mackenzie Mauzy (ex-Phoebe, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) and Jaime Ray Newman (ex-Kristina, “General Hospital”). Other celebrity guests have included Paula Abdul, Deidrich Bader, Delta Burke, Elliot Gould, Tim Gunn, Ricki Lake, Liza Minnelli, Kathy Najimy, Cybill Shepherd, Rosie O’Donnell, and Chuck Woolery.

      Although the name of Brotherton’s character is not clear, look for him to turn up in the August 15th episode of the series, which airs Sunday nights at 9:00 PM ET on Lifetime.

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      • Rosie O’Donnell
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        ‘OLTL’ Scribe Starts Blog

        Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 10:35 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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        ( — “One Life to Live” Breakdown Writer Shelly Altman takes you inside the mind of a soap scribe as the current blogger for The Writers’ Guild of America, East’s (WGAE) new member-written blog “Write On.”  According to Soap Opera Digest, “the blog will be written by members, sharing their experiences about writing and their careers.”

        In her latest entry, Altman discusses how it’s all in the name when it comes to creating a new soap character, as well as the fact they she named two past recurring lawyers on “One Life” (Alex Cody and Morgan Guthrie) after her own children.  You can read more of this entry, as well as others, by clicking here.

        Altman has been a Breakdown Writer for “OLTL” since 2001.  From 1995-99 she was an Associate Head Writer for “Another World.”

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

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          Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 9:49 AM ET by Errol Lewis

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          ( — As if being the most in demand actress in daytime wasn't enough, Vanessa Marcil, 41, can add newlywed and wife to her list of accomplishments in 2010 as the actress wed "CSI: NY" star Carmine Giovinazzo, 36, on Sunday, July 11 in New York City among family and friends, according to a statement released by the actress' representatives to Us Magazine. Marcil has opted to now also go by the name Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo professionally, according to her employers at Disney/ABC. 

          The actress' son, Kassius, with ex-boyfriend Brian Austin Green ("Beverly Hills, 90210") was among the attendees according to Us. The eight-year old also attended the nuptials of his daddy to actress Megan Fox ("Transformers") on June 24 in Hawaii.

          This is Marcil Giovinazzo's second marriage as she was previously married to Corey Feldman from 1989 to 1993 

          After a seven-year absence, Marcil Giovinazzo returns to ABC's "General Hospital" in the role of Brenda Barrett on Wednesday, August 11. The network is devoting an entire week to the actresses return, which has resulted in minor backlash from viewers that do not watch "GH" and would prefer to see "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" air in their regular scheduled timeslots on Tuesday, August 10.

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