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My View of Llanview: January 30 Edition

My View of Llanview: January 30 Edition

( — "One Life to Live" is having success with turning Clint Buchanan into the J.R. Ewing of daytime,  but an ever increasing cast size and endless display of pretty faces continues to cause problems.

Jerry verDorn has quickly become "One Life to Live's" saving grace who, in many ways, is carrying the show right now.  Speaking as someone who never watched his work on "Guiding Light," I am amazed by the quality of his acting.  His presence brings much needed depth "OLTL," and he has the ability to turn garbage into gold so to speak, and totally "sell" his current storyline to fans. 

It doesn't matter who he shares scenes with because verDorn has chemistry with practically every other member of the cast.  And, while this particular storyline has been at times a bit over the top, verDorn is able to make it work.  I think that the Daytime Emmy Awards committee should just skip the Outstanding Lead Actor category nominations this year, and just go ahead and hand the award to him because he is just that damn good.

And as I noted earlier there have been moments where the writers have taken Clint's actions a tad to the extreme and left a few too many loose ends while trying sew up the storyline.  But overall I have rather enjoyed watching Clint morph into Asa Jr.  This whole walk on the dark side really adds another layer to his character.  Even though Clint has his fingers in a lot of different pies in Llanview at the moment, his motives are easy to understand.  And, unlike Mitch Laurence and Spencer Truman, whose ability to control so many things that were far beyond their reach was never really explained, Clint's has been more grounded in reality with his endless supply of wealth, his hired goons, and his shrewd manipulation skills.

However, as good as verDorn has been, he can't continue to keep caring the show by himself.  And the powers that be are certainly not doing him any favors by adding more new faces to an already bloated cast.  The announcement that Austin Peck was coming to "One Life" left many fans shaking their heads.  Not so much because of his acting talents (or lack thereof), but mostly because yet another new character is the last thing this show needs.  As of the first of this year, there were 31 people on contract with the show, over a dozen more on recurring status, and still several others who are semi-frequent dayplayers.  So why, in a time when the economy is in a rebuilding mode, soaps are on the decline, and budgets everywhere are being slashed, does "One Life to Live" continue to add to their roster?  It doesn't make much sense, especially when half the actors they currently have on the payroll are rarely even used.  Why not just give them more to do and stop adding new faces that are not connected to anyone else presently on the canvas?

Along these same lines, the show continues to shoot itself in the foot by focusing on characters that have haven't clicked with the majority of fans.  And yes, I am referring to the Ford brothers (and mother) here.  You know the show is really desperate to force us to like them when they start trying to make them look good at the expense of others.  For example, normally, wouldn't it have angered Bo to hear Ford admit that she took advantage of his mentally ill niece Jessica?  Of course it would.  But that wasn't the case last week, when Bo hardly batted an eye when he heard Ford admit to sleeping with her.  But when the intent of the show was to make Ford look like an innocent bystander who was undeservingly attacked and blackmailed by big, bad Clint Buchanan, to hell with common sense.

The Fords ruin everyone they come into contact with.  Take Langston for example.  She was a very likeable character until she was paired up with Robert Ford.  Since then, Langston has been destroyed and all at the expense of making Ford look like the good guy.  At least one good thing has come out of the firing of Brittany Underwood, and that is that even further damage can't be done to the character of Langston than already as…although at this point, it may already be too late.

Moving on, one thing that continues to intrigue me is how "One Life to Live" continues to tease fans Roger Howarth may be coming back as Todd and that Trevor St. John may really playing Walker or someone else.  Let me first say that I have no new information regarding Howarth one way or the other, aside from Errol's article and recent comments.  I am speaking strictly as a viewer when I say this.  Just from picking up on subtle hints lately thrown out by the show, and by noting the encore episodes of the show airing on February 11 on ABC, and on February 13 on SOAPnet, I believe that Howarth will be returning to "OLTL" later this year.  Granted, it is possible that they are just screwing with the fans in an attempt to get some publicity and increase the ratings.  However, I think there is more to story than just yanking everyone's chains.  But with "OLTL" you just never know.  

Lastly, I know that some people have already started complaining about the high school bullying storyline involving Shane.  Well, I'll admit that I have my doubts about it too, but at least (compared to the Ford brothers anyway), Shane is a tolerable character and Austin Williams is a decent young actor.  And it doesn't hurt that it's a topical, socially relevant storyline at the moment.  So I'll have to give "OLTL" points for that, especially since it is, in a small way, a nod back to the early days of the soap when taking on important issues was commonplace.  

Anyway, congratulations to "Clbsyndrome," who correctly identified last time's mystery "OLTL" celebrity guest star as Jai Rodriguez from the Bravo show "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."

In case you missed the clues, here they are:

Llanview got a little queer back in 2005 when this actor played a receptionist for two episodes, even though he didn't have eyes for any straight guys in town.

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!!!

Things got a bit crowded on the set when this Puerto Rican singer-songwriter stopped by Llanview to sing her then hit single from her debut album.

So who is this mystery celebrity from the past? Bonus points if you can tell me the names of both the single and the album.  I’ll have the answers in the February 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 February 14.  One couple is caught in the sack.  A new father meets someone unexpected.  One-time lovers have a confrontation.  Two lonely hearts are involved in a brawl.  A revenge plot is hatched.  Loved ones are concerned that someone may have given in to temptation.  And one person misinterprets what they see.

Well that’s concludes yet another column. Hopefully everyone has finished digging out from all the recent snow that has fallen across the country, and that all is safe and well.  May warm weather and sunny days be in your future.  See you next time, 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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    Llanview Casting Gossip: January 29 Edition

    Llanview Casting Gossip: January 29 Edition

    ( — "One Life to Live" casting insights and other news.

    With Bo Buchanan (Robert S. Woods) just beginning to uncover his big brother Clint's (Jerry verDorn) tangled web of lies and deception, one would suspect that it would only be a matter of time before Bo's oldest son David Vickers (Tuc Watkins) re-enters the picture. When we last saw David a few weeks ago, he was in the midst of desperate, feeble attempt to escape and return to his beloved Dorian (Robin Strasser). Now Soap Opera Network has learned that Watkins will return to the set in the coming weeks to tape additional scenes from his Moroccan prison cell with his prison guards Amir-Rashad (Alex Tavis) and Kahid (Donnie Keshawaz), which will likely air sometime in March. Could a jailbreak be in his future? Uncle Clint better watch his back…

    In related news, "One Life to Live" recently released a new audition script for the role of a "Warden." Remember that "OLTL" changes character names in these scripts to try and confuse viewers, however in this case, it appears to involve David Vickers. The scene opens with him asking "Chris" if he was the American who wished to speak to him. Chris says yes, and that he understands he is holding a fellow American cistern by the name of Tyler Marks captive. The Warden responds that there was a misunderstanding, and that he has no prisoner by that name. Chris tells him that Mr. Marks may have been imprisoned under another name, and show him a photo of him. Undeterred, the warden maintains that he does not recognize him. Presenting him a large sum of cash, Chris asks if it changes his mind and that it is nearly the same amount of money that was given to him by his sister Lucy. The Warden is offended at that someone thinks he would take a bribe and orders Chris and his friend to leave. Angry, Chris says the man with him is not his friend, and that he's not leaving without Tyler. The scene ends with the Warden calling for "Hassen," one of his guards to escort the men out.

    And on a hilarious note, Kristen Alderson (Starr) tweeted Thursday that "this made me laugh 2day….me-'The snow is SO crazy right now!' OLTL publicist-'Blame Clint.Clint is behind everything evil.' LOL But all jokes aside, we love Clint ; ) he's just a little upset at the moment….with the he'll get better..we hope."

    In other news…

    "One Life to Live" is looking for an Asian, Hispanic, or African-American woman in her late 20s or early 30s for the dayplayer role of Skye, who is described as a "porn star, trashy, and well endowed."  Skye is said to be a "'famous' porn star, or so she thinks she is."  This casting call seems to tie in with a similar audition script released last week for the role of "Zoe."

    John Herrera played Reverend Dennis on Friday, January 28, in the baby christening scenes.

    David A. Gregory (Ford) lists his February airdates on his Facebook page as the 3, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 25, and 28. 

    Tonja Walker (Alex) commented on a photo of Aubrey (Terri Conn) on the "One Life to Live" Facebook page, saying that "She looks like me.  Daughter?  This Aubrey looks a little like me.  hmmmm."

    Mandy Evans booked another "Under 5" role on "OLTL" on January 17, and taped her scenes three days later, according to her website.

    Brittany Underwood (Langston), who was recently fired from the show, thanked her fans, saying that "You guys are the best, really and truly, thank you for all of the support through the years, it has really meant a lot to me. Some of her current and former co-stars also sent her warm wishes. Kristen Alderson (Starr), tweeted "Thanks to all of the fans for your kind words about Brittany .This is a tough time4us all but she'll be my sister no matter what <3." And John Wesley Shipp (ex-Eddie) writes "Brittany is the brightest and the best, I always knew that if I looked her way, scripted or not, she would give me something spicy. She will thrive. I believe it is the show's loss." Click here to check out some of Underwood's on and off-set videos on her Youtube page.

    In case you missed it…

    Matt Walton (ex-Elijah Clarke) is co-host of a new comedic sports show on Comedy Central called "Onion SportsDome," which debuted on January 11. Walton, whose "One Life" run ended when his character was killed off last fall, has also appeared in recent months in various Old Navy commericals.

    What could have been…

    Want to check out some aspiring actors who read for the parts of Joey of Aubrey?

    Click here and here to see videos of two men auditioning for the role of Joey.

    To see the Aubrey audition, click here.

    And to see an audition for the role of Glenn, the script for which was released last year, here.

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

    • One Life to Live
    • Tonja Walker
    • Kristen Alderson
    • Robert S. Woods
    • David Gregory
    • Tuc Watkins
    • Brittany Underwood
    • Matt Walton
    • Robin Strasser
    • Mandy Evans
    • Alex Tavis
    • Wendy Williams
    • Donnie Keshawaz
    • John Herrera
    • Terri Conn

      GH Recap: Friday, January 28, 2011

      Friday, January 28, 2011 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

      ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, January 28, 2011.


      Sam, Brenda and Spinelli discuss pregnancy, dredging up feelings of loss for Sam and (unbeknownst to them) for Brenda.

      Carly and Jax share a momentary loving reunion – until she finds out Jax traveled to London to protect Brenda from Jerry Jax.

      Dante tries to win Lulu back, but she remains too hurt by his lies about Brenda. Lulu is threatened by the Balkan.

      Lucky sets a trap to ensnare the traitor and confronts him/her with the false lead.

      Molly tries to play matchmaker and get Michael and Abby back together. When Brandon sees Abby with Michael, he attacks her in a jealous rage – attempting to rape her. Michael is confronted with the memories of Carter as he fights off Brandon from hurting Abby.

      On the Next General Hospital…

      • Michael breaks down and tells Jason the truth about his time in prison.
      • Carly asks Jax for a divorce.
      • Siobhan falls for Lucky’s trap.

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

      OLTL Recap: Friday, January 28, 2011

      Friday, January 28, 2011 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

      ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, January 28, 2011.


      Jessica and Brody ask Joey and Kelly to be their baby’s godparents. John and Natalie ask Gigi and Rex to be their baby’s godparents.

      The christening goes well until Aubrey steps forward to address the crowd. Earlier, Aubrey and Cutter review their options now that Clint has disowned Joey. Aubrey reveals that she’s blackmailing Clint, demanding he revoke the prenup and re-inherit Joey or she’ll tell what she knows about his DNA-switching. When Clint fails to take the bait, Aubrey makes the dramatic decision to expose Clint’s manipulations. Kelly and Cutter make a dinner date.

      Todd returns the photo album to Blair, who finds the empty space for the wedding picture that somehow turned up in Paris. Blair tells Todd about the mysterious artist who painted her portrait from the photo. Tomas is given Blair’s address and contemplates a trip.

      Affected by Dorian’s suspicions, Rex weighs the pros and cons of having another DNA test to determine who is his father.

      Echo seizes on the opportunity to be close to Charlie.

      Echo discovers the cyberbullying messages on Shane’s MyFace page.

      On the Next One Life to Live…

      • Starr pays Marty a visit.
      • Jessica and Natalie plan a double-wedding.
      • Echo is concerned about Shane.

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

      Friday, January 28, 2011 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

      ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, January 28, 2011.


      Ryan is frustrated to learn that David is still in the hospital and not in prison. When he overhears Jake talking to David about some tests he has to have done, Ryan poses as an orderly to get David alone. Kendall returns to Fusion and is welcomed back by the girls. When Kendall looks at a new Fusion ad she has a flashback of holding a gun and Erica screaming “no” but can’t quite figure out why.

      Someone is stealing prescription pills from the hospital and Tad is put in charge of finding out whom. When Cara almost blows his cover, she quickly helps him cover and later admits she enjoyed the feeling of adventure that gave her.

      Brot and Natalia grow closer which puts their jobs in jeopardy. Iris instructs Jesse to fire one of them.

      On the Next All My Children…

      • Krystal consoles Jack about Erica.
      • Kendall and Greenlee bond.
      • JR is disturbed when he finds the stolen jewelry in Annie’s room.

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

      OLTL PreVUE: Week of January 31 Edition

      OLTL PreVUE: Week of January 31 Edition

      ( — A look at what's happening on "One Life to Live" during the week of January 31, 2011.


      Shane begs Echo to keep quiet on Monday, January 31. Echo advises Rex against having another DNA test. Dorian and Viki butt heads with Echo. Langston helps Starr move on with her life on Thursday, February 3. As she prepares to visit Cole, James and Michelle get up close and personal. And Ford makes a promise to himself.

      The Inside Story: Candid Camera
      Clint cuts Aubrey off at the pass and apologizes to Joey on Monday, January 31. Dorian and Kelly become suspicious of Clint. Aubrey and Cutter tamper with the boarding yearbook before the Cramers see it. Kelly decides on a change of plans. Rex learns of Clint's misdeeds. Clint doesn't give Vimal quite the reception he'd hoped for on Tuesday, February 1. Kelly and Cutter get closer. Rex subtly hints to Joey about Kelly's true feelings. Clint videotapes Aubrey. Brody gets caught up on Clint. Rex is less than truthful with Dorian. Joey and Kelly confide in Shaun and Vivian on Wednesday, February 2. Aubrey makes an admission to Rama. After bumping into Todd, Vimal has renewed confidence. Joey and Kelly spend some time alone. Cutter and Aubrey scheme. Cutter makes an alarming discovery. By Friday, February 4, Rama plots Clint's downfall. Aubrey and Cutter fear the worst. Joey has something to tell Aubrey. Kelly has a heart-to-heart with Blair. And Bo threatens Clint.

      A Closer Look: A Dose of Reality
      Starr and Hope visit Marty on Monday, January 31. Afterward, Marty begins to inch back closer to reality. Jessica and Brody talk Natalie and John into a double wedding. Natalie and Jessica prepare for their nuptials and look forward to their bachelorette party. Rex treats John and Brody to a bachelor party on Wednesday, February 2. Jessica and Natalie's wedding day gets off to a rocky start. As everyone is getting ready, Starr informs John of her weird visit with Marty. Marty escapes from St. Ann's. Showing up on John's doorstep, she reasserts her previous claims. And Brody suggests to Natalie that they confess on Friday, February 4.

      One Life to Live News and Headlines:


      • Charlie and Viki agree to disagree.
      • A bombshell is dropped on Jessica.
      • Vimal enacts his revenge.
      • Will Natalie come clean?
      • Cutter and Aubrey to damage control.

      "One Life to Live" airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on Check local listings. "OLTL" also airs online at and can be accessed 24/7.

      AMC PreVUE: Week of January 31 Edition

      ( — A look at what's happening on "All My Children" during the week of January 31, 2011.


      Ricky's request takes Kendall by surprise on Tuesday, February 1. Greenlee decides to hold her wedding at her favorite location in the world. Madison helps out a slightly sloshed Ryan. On Wednesday, February 2, Madison's actions leave a smitten Scott dejected. Cara figures out why Tad rejected her help. Natalia and Brot both make sacrifices to be together. Brot gives Natalia a special gift on Friday, February 4.

      The Inside Story: Crash…
      Ryan gives David a taste of his own medicine. Jesse finds David making an apparent escape from the hospital rooftop. David insists to Marissa that he was framed. Kendall is the recipient of a jailed David's one phone call. On Tuesday, February 1, David toys with Kendall who holds her own. Kendall suddenly collapses in front of David. David manages to revive Kendall after being released from his cell. Jack reaches his breaking point with Erica. Erica finally comes clean with Jack. Griffin reveals to Erica that Kendall is developing an aneurysm and is refusing to have the major surgery required to save her life. Erica makes a heartfelt plea to Kendall. Griffin explains the risks of the surgery. Kendall's memory comes flooding back as David and Ryan go at it outside of her room on Thursday, February 3. Griffin listens as a horrified Kendall recalls the night of the shooting. Dr. Castillo's inability to reach Erica for her prompts Kendall to take drastic action. Griffin races to find Kendall before time runs out for her.

      A Closer Look: and Burn!
      On Monday, January 31, Krystal issues Annie a warning. Marissa and Krystal confront JR about Annie's unsettling behavior. JR gives Annie an ultimatum after learning she staged the burglary at the mansion. JR tells Tad he won't discard Annie just because she's broken and later covers for her with Marissa. Annie freaks out when JR vents his frustration at her exhausting behavior. JR reassures Annie of his love but tells her that they have to see Dr. Burke immediately. Colby gets the goods on Annie. Annie "neutralizes" Colby's threat. Racing to make her appointment with JR and Dr. Burke on Friday, February 4, a crazed Annie winds up crashing her car straight into the ambulance carrying Kendall while hallucinating.

      All My Children News and Headlines:


      • Kendall's life lays in the balance.
      • David is positive that freedom awaits.
      • Tad clashes with David over Liza.
      • Cara admits that she still loves Jake.
      • An arrest is made in connection to the crash.

      GH PreVUE: Week of January 31 Edition

      ( — A look at what’s happening on “General Hospital” during the week of January 31, 2011.


      Siobhan explains her actions to a betrayed Lucky on Monday, January 31. Lucky’s decision about Siobhan doesn’t garner much support. Molly screws things up for Siobhan. Lucky makes an arrest. On Wednesday, February 2, Nikolas’ possessive side comes out when someone else takes interest in Brook Lynn. Steve becomes suspicious of Lisa on Thursday, February 3. Sam and Maxie commiserate. Sam is struck with some curious symptoms. Luke accidentally gets his new bride arrested on Friday, February 4.

      The Inside Story: Hour of Truth
      Michael saves Abby from being raped. Dante offers Jason some advice concerning Michael. On Monday, January 31, an emotional Michael finally tells Jason exactly what Carter did to him in Pentonville. Carly is heartbroken when Michael confronts her with the truth on Tuesday, February 1. Jason and Carly are there for Michael in his time of need. Michael later goes to the hospital to see Abby. Dante reels when Michael comes clean to him. Carly confronts Dante at gunpoint. Dante can’t forgive himself despite Michael’s absolution. Lulu is there for Dante. An ashamed Michael begs Jason to keep Sonny in the dark. Unaware that Carly has just told him everything, Michael faces Sonny on Friday, February 4.

      A Closer Look: Oh, Baby!
      Alexis confronts Jax about his latest move. Brenda taunts Carly about the risk her husband took for her. Carly tells Jax their marriage is over. Robin supports Brenda against Carly’s threat. Brenda opens up to Dante about the baby. Lulu finds Brenda in Dante’s arms. Suzanne appears to know more about Brenda’s secrets than she has let on. Brenda decides to take away Carly power over her on Wednesday, February 2. Sonny arrives on the scene just as Brenda is about to spill the beans to Jason. On Thursday, February 3, Brenda and Sonny make time for romance. Sonny realizes Brenda is gone after he wakes from another nightmare. Brenda makes a disturbing discovery.

      General Hospital News and Headlines:


      • Sonny assures Michael of his love.
      • Brenda and Carly clash again.
      • Jason finds Sam with a pregnancy test.
      • Lucky walks into the Balkan’s trap.
      • Lulu surprises Dante on Valentine’s Day.

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

      GH Recap: Thursday, January 27, 2011

      Thursday, January 27, 2011 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

      ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, January 27, 2011.


      Lulu cares for Johnny’s wounds. Dante and Theo argue over the civil suit and client confidentiality.

      Lucky and Jason’s suspicions are aroused when the traitor shows his/her hand.

      Michael takes to the streets, hoping to accidentally see Abby. Jason counsels Michael to respect Abby’s wishes for separation.

      Sam protests any desire to have a baby. Spinelli thinks Sam is pregnant.

      Terrell manages to charm Robin despite his failings in home improvement.

      Up to her usual antics, Brook Lynn pulls one over Elizabeth.

      On the Next General Hospital…

      • Lulu is threatened by the Balkan.
      • Carly and Jax share a momentary loving reunion.
      • Michael is confronted with the memories of Carter.

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

      OLTL Recap: Thursday, January 27, 2011

      Thursday, January 27, 2011 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

      ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, January 27, 2011.


      Aubrey confronts Clint about his having disinherited Joey. She leaves him with the threat that she’ll blow up his DNA-switching activities if he does. Joey tells Cutter there won’t be a job for him at BE because he’s been disinherited. Cutter freaks but Aubrey assures him it will be all right because she’s got something on Clint.

      Bo questions Ford about the $50,000 found in his office, and he believes Ford when he swears he didn’t kill Eddie. Ford reveals Clint gave him the money and beat him up. Bo confronts Clint about Ford, the beating and the money.

      Viki tells Echo and Charlie that she doesn’t want Echo at the christening. Dorian tells Rex she wants to hire him as a PI, to investigate Clint. After lots of hesitation she finally admits she thinks Clint switched the DNA test and that Clint is Rex’s father.

      Michelle tries to convince Starr to come to the Valentines dance too.

      On the Next One Life to Live…

      • Jessica and Natalie’s babies are christened.
      • Kelly and Cutter make a date.
      • Echo learns Shane is being bullied at school.

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

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