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OLTL Recap: Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, August 30, 2010.


Blair has a moment of doubt before finally marrying Eli. Kelly talks to Blair on the phone and tells her everything about of Eli. Blair confronts Eli about his first two wives and wonders if she’s going to be the third he murders.

John, Kelly and Rex figure out that Ross is alive. John gets word from Tahiti that the cops apprehended Eli. Todd and Dani learn that Téa died.

Dorian is shocked to find Clint in her bedroom, who toys with her about David’s having left her at the altar.

Destiny warns Matthew that she thinks he’s going to “the dark side.” Cristian and Layla plan for their wedding.

Cris receives a grant to work on his art in association with a museum in Philly. Layla is offered a design job in Paris.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Ford and James reach an agreement.
  • Blair pulls a gun on Eli.
  • Clint wants Matthew to work at BE.

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Monday, August 30, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, August 30, 2010.


Olivia believes that Sonny shot Johnny in self-defense. Learning he may be denied bail, Sonny makes plans to flee the country and go to Rome.

Brenda returns to Rome after a trip with Murphy, whom she has agreed to marry.

Carly refuses to fork over money to Brook Lynn for ostensibly breaking up Dante and Lulu. Brook Lynn threatens that she will tell Lulu the truth about Carly. Brook Lynn appears at Dante’s apartment and bares her soul to Lulu. Stunned in disbelief, Lulu decides to confront Carly.

Lucky arrives at the cabin where Sam and Jason face off in a gun battle with Santos Lopez’s men. The Lopez thugs torch the cabin.

After deliberately stepping in front of Robin’s moving car, Lisa claims that Robin tried to kill her. Robin realizes that Lisa is trying to set her up.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Dante learns of his father’s betrayal.
  • Jason, Sam and Lucky risk life and limb to escape the burning cabin.
  • Lulu is floored after Carly’s confession.

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One Life at a Glance: August 30 Edition

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Monday, August 30, 2010 at 3:00 PM ET by Scotty Gore

( – Eli’s cornered this week on “One Life to Live.”







Will Blair and Eli walk down the aisle?
  • Monday: (Episode 201032/4332/32) – Blair may say “I do” to Eli.  Cristian and Layla are offered opportunities that could separate them.  John, Kelly, and Rex figure out that Ross is alive.   
  • Tuesday: (Episode 201033/4333/33) – Ford and James declare a truce.  Starr and Langston sign up for a writing class and learn Ford will be their teacher.  Blair points a gun at Eli.
  • Wednesday: (Episode 201034/4334/34) – Starr learns that her mother is in danger.  Marty visits Hannah to tell her she knows she wasn’t the one who killed her baby.  Eli and Blair wrestle for a gun.
  • Thursday: (Episode 201035/4335/35) – John takes off in search of Blair and Eli.  A fire breaks out in Tahiti. Jessica makes excuses when Viki finds her at the hospital.
  • Friday: (Episode 201036/4336/36) – Natalie worries that John will figure out the baby isn’t his.  Starr tells Todd that she’s going to arrange a memorial service for Téa.  Kelly and Rex grow closer. 

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Season 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010 at 2:57 AM ET by Errol Lewis

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( — While online media seems to be breaking news reports before print media can finalize the cover of their next issue, it is unfortunate to learn that to compete with its online counterparts, Soaps in Depth took the news of Leslie Charleson being placed on recurring status with ABC's "General Hospital," after more than 30 years on the show portraying the role of Monica Quartermaine, to its website without alerting Ms. Charleson of the change after initially informing her that the news was to be revealed in the print version of the magazine first.

"I was under the impression that the announcement of my contract status was not going to be released by Soaps In Depth Magazine until the September issue and that would give me the time to tell you myself what was going on," said Charleson to fans on her website. "I did not want you to find out on the internet. Unfortunately, that did not happen and yes, it is true. I am officially off contract."

Meanwhile, keeping her fans informed is of top priority with Charleson as she revealed without them, she wouldn't be where she is today. "I have had the best relationships with you, the fans and I would’ve never had that without 'Monica.' There is nothing that I cherish more than the experiences and memories I have had and the special friends that I have made over the years, both on the show and off," she said. "I can’t say enough about how much you all mean to me."

Charleson joined the cast of "GH" in 1977 replacing actress Patsy Rahn, who originated the role. She has been nominated for four Daytime Emmy Awards and four Soap Opera Digest Awards, but has never won. She has appeared in such primetime shows as "Dharma & Greg" and "Diagnosis Murder." She also brought her character, Monica Quartermaine, over to "GH" spin-off's "Port Charles" and "General Hospital: Night Shift" for multiple appearances.

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    Kim Zimmer Talks About Her New ‘Life’

    Monday, August 30, 2010 at 1:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

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    ( — She may have just started taping scenes for her big “One Life to Live” comeback as Echo DiSavoy, but Kim Zimmer is already dishing a little dirt on her upcoming storyline.

    In an interview with the New Jersey Star-Ledger about playing the lead role of Christine in the new play “Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods” (which is set to begin its three week run on Thursday, September 2nd), Zimmer reveals that shortly after accepting the role, she received official confirmation from ABC that she would be returning to “OLTL.” “What’s better for an actor than doing a soap by day and a play by night,” she asks.

    Zimmer, who was last on “OLTL” in 1983, says of her return, “I’ll be with my old friends Robin Strasser [Dorian] and Erika Slezak [Viki] from when I was first on the show. Not that the scripts will have me and Erika [Viki] as friends. Now that Echo’s back in Springfield, having finished with being a faux-countess, she’s there to stir up trouble — taking an interest in Erika’s [Viki's] husband.” Despite Zimmer’s faux pas in confusing her former “Guiding Light” hometown of Springfield with “OLTL’s’ Llanview, it appears that Echo will not only interact with familiar faces like Clint, Dorian, and Viki, but with Charlie as well, much to Viki’s dismay.

    Speaking of Slezak, the long-time “One Life” actress issued the following statement on her website on August 21st “Kim Zimmer has joined us at ‘One Life to Live.’ She comes back as the same character she played 27 years ago, Echo Di Savoy and Echo is here to make trouble. It will be lots and lots of fun and good story. I worked with her Friday, she was awesome as usual. I love her and am so happy to have her back. It will be story for so many of the older characters.”

    As for the demise of “Guiding Light” (which was cancelled last year), where Zimmer portrayed Reva Shane on and off for more than two decades, she admits that “I was so angry that the show went downhill. After it ended, I started writing my memoir, and my co-writer Laura Morton had to let me spew about everything for a month. She was a genuine shrink in the way she was able to calm me down. It was real therapy writing that book. For the moment, it [the title] is ‘I’m Just Sayin.’ Because I did say a lot in it.” It is expected to be released by Penguin Books next spring.

    You can read more of her comments, as well as learn more about the play “Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods,” here.

    Look for Zimmer, who started taping her scenes on August 19th, to first air on Friday, October 1st.

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    Y&R PreVUE: Week of August 30 Edition

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    Monday, August 30, 2010 at 9:39 AM ET by Venus Stone

    ( Desperate to hold on…


    On Monday, August 30, Skye and Jack get down to business. On the same day, Skye's 'bitter' half, Adam gets a tongue lashing from Ashley in terms of being named in his lawsuit against the Newmans and the Abbotts. Nikki has a startling dream, Tuesday, August 31. Billy finds himself having a 'heart-to-heart' with John.

    The Inside Story:Unwilling to Let Go
    Still stunned by Kevin turning his back on her, Jana finds herself losing her cool when she spots him and Chloe on the cover of the current issue of Restless Style. Seeing how hurt Jana is, Choloe offers up some out of the blue comfort to her. She further eases Jana's mind when she tells her that she and Kevin are not in a relationship. Later that day, Kevin finds Jana and presents her with the divorce papers, requesting that she sign them. An upset and distraught Jana tries her best to get Kevin to see that they belong together. Unfazed, Kevin points out that they have to end their relationship; it's the best for the both of them. He signs the papers and leaves them behind for her to sign. Determined not to lose Kevin, Jana decides that she will do whatever it takes to get Kevin to fall in love with her again. That same day, Jana goes in search of a new job.

    A Closer Look:Throwing Stones
    Taking Faith to the park, Sharon runs into Phyllis. Ready to start in on her, Phyllis begins to attack her regarding Nicholas. As the two are arguing, Phyllis relishes in tossing out that Nicholas was kissing another 'blonde' at Jimmy's Bar. The news instantly hits a nerve with Sharon. Meanwhile, Jill decides to wedge her way into the Fenmore company by setting up an office at the main headquarters. Still fuming over the fact that Nicholas has moved Sharon into the tack house, the wheels start turning for Phyllis. She later overhears Nikki and Ashley going at it with one another, then later overhears another argument between Heather and Chloe. After hearing both heated exchanges, Phyllis continues to think on what to do with the little tibits of information. Soon after her argument with Heather, Chloe runs into Phyllis and opens up about how hurt she is by what Chance has done. Phyllis gives her advice on how to stop wallowing in her pity and start to take charge of what she wants. That same day, Phyllis soon finds herself seeing Jill and Lauren arguing with one another. Leaving the scene, Phyllis sits down at her computer and begins writing her blog The Realy Homewreckers of Genoa City. As more bickering and insults are going around, word soon gets out about the juicy gossip on the net. As the women are arriving at the Jabot spa day celebration, they are none-to-pleased to see Phyllis or learn that it was she that started the blog about their personal problems. Unfortunately for all discussed, Phyllis could care less about what she's done.

    What To Watch

    • Billy's humiliation is Victor's sheer joy
    • Abby continues to push her parents buttons
    • Meggie manipulates Nikki with drinks
    • Victoria's reaction to Billy's proposal isn't what he expects

    The Young and the Restless News and Headlines

    • Jerry Douglas returns as the ghost of 'John Abbott' Thursday, September 2
    • The character of 'Noah Newman' will be returning to the canvas September 21st with newcomer actor Luke Kleintank
    • Former child star, Susan Olsen, best known as 'Cindy Brady' from The Brady Bunch will appear on the show as 'Mrs. Liza Morton'. Olsen airs Wednesday, September 1
    • Kristoff St. John is taking a brief hiatus from the role of 'Neil Winters', as he is focusing on a project with the Wayans Brothers.
    • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on "Y&R" during the week of August 23, 2010? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday's at 4:00 PM, EST.


    • Nina gets a first hand glimpse of photo of her son
    • Chloe worries about Chance's dangerous behavior
    • Meggie continues to manipulate Nikki


    • Phillip Chancellor's arrival stirs up a mole hill of problems
    • Cane still has secrets that he is afraid of reveal to Lily
    • Lily soon realizes she has some hard decisions to make in her relationship with Cane
    • Victor does whatever he can to keep Victoria and Billy from walking down the aisle
    • Nikki's spiral back into drinking couldn't come at a worse time as the anniversary of Colleen's death
    • As someone's life is suddenly taken, questions and revelations begin to surface

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    My View of Llanview: August 30 Edition

    Monday, August 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore

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    ( — “One Life to Live” is giving viewers something to talk about.

    Seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I was commenting that “OLTL” needed to go the route of its two ABC sister soaps and do “something — anything — to drum up some publicity” (oh wait it was).  Little did I realize, however, that only days after writing that apparently prophetic statement (at least I’d like to think so anyway, ha ha), the show would drop two huge casting bombshells on fans as well hold “the meeting” with the contract cast members.

    Whatever your opinion of the news that both Kim Zimmer and Roger Howarth are returning to Llanview in the coming months, you must admit that it has certainly generated some much needed buzz for “One Life to Live,” at a time when it appeared nearly dead in the water as far as discussion on online message boards was concerned.

    Which brings me to the infamous “meeting” that has been talked about in earnest these past few weeks. Among the many rumors circulating concerning the possible agenda of the said meeting, was the never ceasing talk of cancellation. Never mind the fact that only the show’s contract cast members (and not the recurring cast nor the show’s crew) were said to be required to attend. And don’t forget the fact that, had “OLTL” really been cancelled it would have been front page news on every legitimate media outlet and not just on the webpage of some obscure person who runs a fan website for a soap on another network (not to mention the fact that he removed the article only a few hours after first posting it).

    It simply amazes me that when news breaks of any and every new talk show that is currently in the works, everyone feels the need to post about how it is the final nail in “OLTL’s” coffin and that it will be only a matter of months before the new show overtakes its time slot. Granted, “One Life’s” ratings have been stagnant lately, and it has frequently been overpowered by even the cancelled “As the World Turns,” which has only weeks left to live. But that doesn’t mean that it will likely be cancelled anytime soon. Many of “OLTL’s” own fans have seemingly turned into vultures, circling the drain, just waiting to swoop in and claim that their comments about the show’s supposedly imminent demise were correct. I admit that a few months ago I did state that cancellation may be a blessing for this show at the moment, considering how horribly bad it has become. However, as any loyal “OLTL” fan can attest, we really don’t want the show to get cancelled. It’s just like being a parent — no matter how bad your kids behave or really screw up, you still love them. You may be disappointed in them, but you just don’t stop loving them because they aren’t living up to your expectations. That’s how I feel about “OLTL.” While I have not particularly enjoyed the show in sometimes, I still love the show. I have grown up watching it, and it has become a big part of my life. And it just doesn’t feel right to abandon it now.

    Getting back to Howarth and Zimmer, I have somewhat mixed emotions about each of their returns. I enjoyed Howarth’s portrayal of Todd, especially the first few years he was on the show…back when Todd truly was a true bad guy and not just the town’s whooping stick. And who could forget the hilarious “Trading Places” episode in 2001, when Howarth dressed up like Viki, and pulled off a nearly flawless imitation of Erika Slezak. In his final years on the show, his delivery seemed to be rather flat and boring. Nonetheless it will be interesting to see where the writers are going with this story and exactly how it will affect Trevor St. John’s (‘new’ Todd) status with the show.

    With regards to Zimmer, I have never really watched her act for more than a few minutes at a time while flipping through the channels on the TV set. However, in just those few, brief moments (plus what I’ve heard and read about her), she seems to act a little over the top, meaning that she tends to be a bit overdramatic and ‘hammy’ for lack of a better term. Even so, I am cautiously optimistic about her upcoming return as Echo (a character that was last in Llanview when I was only four years old), for no other reason than it will likely give the veteran characters an actual storyline and some much needed airtime. Plus I really think it says something that the show and network are willing to hire a 55-year-old soap vet in a time when younger is better and teenagers have been sucking up nearly all of the airtime the past several months. My only hope is that “OLTL” will not disappoint me and all those other long-time fans out there the way they have again and again and again.

    Anyway, moving on, congratulations to “Judy from Jersey City,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” guest stars as “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” host Robin Leach and the one-hit wonder band Information Society (whose only memorable song was “What’s on Your Mind”). However, no one mentioned the fact that “Fraternity Row” was the name of the ficitional soap within a soap on the show at that time.

    In case you missed the clues, here they are: This ‘Rich and Famous’ host stopped by Llanview to to emcee ‘The Daisy Awards’ (“OLTL’s” answer to the Daytime Emmys) in 1992, in which this one-hit wonder boy band, who left people’s ‘Minds’ almost as quickly as they came into them, performed their only memorable song.

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

    This star of the big screen, who has frequently appeared as Woody Allen’s best friend in several of his movies, stopped by Llanview briefly in 1991 when, as a ‘Killer’ of a judge, he sent Gabrielle Medina off to prison for seven years for reluctantly aiding mob boss Carlo Hesser in his quest to poison Viki.

    So who is this mystery celebrity from the past? Bonus points if you can tell me the full name of the character he played. I’ll have the answers in the September 15th 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 September 13th. A young lady grows concerned that her fiancé may no longer want to marry her. One half of a happy couple thinks they should get married sooner rather than later. A ‘dead’ person’s will is unearthed. A ne’er-do-well is arrested. Someone doesn’t like what she hears. Troubled, this young lady bears her soul to her beau. Will an old flame be given a second chance? And a job offer is extended to one particular individual by a family member of someone in a position of power.

    Well that’s concludes yet another edition of the column. I hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day weekend. God bless and take care.

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

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    Friday, August 27, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, August 27, 2010.


    Dante tells Sonny that he believes his story. As Diane berates Sonny for trusting Claire Walsh, Sonny flashes back to the time he discovered Brenda wearing a wire. Brenda reminisces of the time Sonny and her first made love. Brenda accepts Murphy’s marriage proposal, and they make plans to return to Rome.

    After a passionate kiss with Sam, Jason decides to slip out a side window for a sneak attack on the Lopez’s men.

    Lisa immediately blames Robin for trashing her locker. Both Robin and Patrick recognize they are dealing with someone who is mentally deranged. Despite all of Patrick’s apologies, Robin will not forgive him. Lisa throws herself in front of Robin’s moving car, making it seem like Robin tried to run her over.

    Brook Lynn admits to Lulu she is officially giving up on Dante – but Lulu does not buy it. Brook Lynn bluffs to Carly that she succeeded in breaking up Dante and Lulu so she will pay her.

    On the Next General Hospital…

    • Lulu confronts Carly about paying Brook Lynn to seduce her man.
    • Lisa claims that Robin tried to kill her.
    • Sonny makes plans to flee the country and go to Rome.

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

    Friday, August 27, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, August 27, 2010.


    Liza asks the mayor to be considered for the newly available DA position. David expresses to Liza how badly he misses his daughter. Kendall witnesses Liza giving David a small key. Kendall approaches Liza and informs her that she’s moving back to town and would like to have a different dynamic with her. Liza sees right through the act and wants to stop the polite chit chat and cut to the chase.

    Kendall presses Greenlee on her feelings for Ryan and encourages her to act on them before it’s too late. The chemistry between Ryan and Madison heats up.

    Damon’s feeling pretty low after Colby buys him an expensive gift and he can’t afford to take her to lunch. Damon decides to work the Cooney party to earn some money. Damon suggests Colby take Asher to the party since he’ll be working it.

    On the Next All My Children…

    • David wants to know what’s upsetting Madison.
    • David considers destroying the evidence he has against Greenlee.
    • Scott and JR argue.

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

    OLTL Recap: Friday, August 27, 2010

    Friday, August 27, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, August 27, 2010.


    Blair grows increasingly concerned about the length of time she’s been away from Dani and wants to return to Llanview immediately.

    While Eli works to keep Blair in Tahiti, Blair discovers his gun in a drawer. Ross is devastated by the news of Téa’s imminent death. Blair hesitates to say “I do” to Eli in the wedding ceremony. Rex and Kelly come to the conclusion that Eli might have taken Blair to Tahiti.

    Todd and Dani fly to the location of the hospice, but they are too late. Greg informs them that Téa died during the night.

    Destiny buries her grudge against Nate for having stolen Dani from her friend Matt and gets Darren to join with her in offering Nate support.

    Layla realizes that “Bennett Thompson” was the one who urged her mother to remove Evangeline from life support.

    On the Next One Life to Live…

    • Will Blair marry Eli?
    • Cristian and Layla are pulled apart.
    • John, Rex, and Kelly learn Ross is alive.

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

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