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OLTL Alerts: Week of November 21 Edition

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( — “One Life to Live” DVR Alerts for the Week of November 21, 2011.


  • Monday: Brody holds John and Natalie at gunpoint. Todd goes to great lengths to get what he wants. Baker takes Tomas by surprise.
  • Tuesday: Rex bumps into Alex. Rick starts a rumor about Starr and Nate. Mayor Finn reminds Bo of their agreement.
  • Wednesday: Bo and Nora celebrate Thanksgiving with Matthew at the hospital. Jessica receives an unexpected apology. Viki watches Clint and Shane bond. Someone in Llanview dies.
  • Thursday: (Encore Presentation; Original Airdate of September 2, 2011.) Kim learns that her brother is living in Llanview. Cutter has a surprise visitor. Viki confronts Todd over Victor’s murder.
  • Friday: “One Life to Live” will not air today. The episode airing on Monday, November 28 will pick up from the episode that aired on Wednesday, November 23.

OLTL Recap: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, November 16, 2011.


Rex and Stacy lock eyes right before she scurries onto the plane. Stacy considers deplaning to have a face-to-face with Rex, but Cutter stops her. During the journey, Stacy coaxes from Cutter a story about his past. Back in Llanview, Rex obtains the information about the Gigi look-a-like’s destination and books his own ticket. John and Natalie make a shocking discovery and must act fast.

Blair and Tomas bask in the afterglow. In a private moment Tomas receives a call from Calmar. Blair catches Tomas giving Calmar an update on his investigation into Victor’s murder. At EOD Tomas wonders aloud to a sleeping Blair what catching Todd will do to their relationship.

Rama and Vimal give their account of the fire at the Sun. Meanwhile, Neela compels Jack to confess his crime .

On the Next One Life to Live

  • The Buchanans rally around John and Natalie.
  • Aubrey decides to follow Rex to Rio.
  • Cutter encounters someone from his past.

Buddy Speaks Out About Hasty ‘One Life’ Exit

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( — As we previously reported, “One Life to Live” was forced to replace Brandon Buddy with Van Hughes in the role of Cole Thornhart just one day after Buddy reprised the role for an upcoming storyline with ex-girlfriend Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson). Now the actor has taken to Twitter to apologize to fans for the sudden turn of events.

In a series of tweets dated Thursday, November 10, Buddy explains, “Hi everyone! I wanted to say that I am so sorry that I was unable to make a return to ‘OLTL’ as I intended due to personal family issues. I cherish the time that I had on the show and always will. The fans mean more to me then words can express. I’m devastated about this! Again I am so sorry! Thank you all for your love and support! It really helps me in times like this. Thank you and God bless!”

Buddy’s journey back to the set of “One Life” began in early August when he posted another series of tweets begging fans to help him get back on the show. “I want/need everyone to send in your love for cole! I’m tired of sitting around. Get me back on the the show so I can finish what I started. I love my fans/friends let’s go!!! No more f**ging around!!!!!!!!! Ok!!! Let me think! I hope I don’t get in trouble for this! …..standby! : ),” said the actor at the time.

Although both Buddy and the show are keeping mum on the specific reason as to the need for an emergency recast, Texas public court records from Travis County indicate that an individual with the full name Brandon Robert Buddy, which is the actors full name, along with matching birthday (verified by Soap Opera Network via district clerk), is scheduled to appear before a judge next month on charges of “INJURY CHILD/ELDERLY/DISABLE W/INT SBI/MENTAL,” or allegedly causing harm to a Child/Elderly/Disabled person with the intention to cause serious bodily injury or mental injury.

Buddy was reportedly involved in a traffic accident early last month. On October 8, he tweeted “So check this out! I was headed to Dallas for the Texas OU game yesterday and someone rear ended me going over 60 mph totaling my car. I had to climb out of the window to get out of the car! Craziness!”

While there is no reason to presume that Buddy’s personal family matter is in anyway tied to these reported legal issues, Soap Opera Network wishes Buddy nothing but the best as he works to get things back on track.

Meanwhile, “OLTL” is moving forward with Van Hughes in the role. The Broadway vet, who reshot all of Buddy’s scenes, taped for the first time with Alderson last Tuesday. In fact, she tweeted on Friday (November 11) that “Nic [Robuck],Van, & I have been working extremely hard for the #Jarr & #Sole fans! Having a lot of fun, can’t wait until you guys see what happens!”

OLTL Recap: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

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( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, November 15, 2011.


Shaken Natalie finally overcomes her shock to realize what she must do. John learns that Liam is his son. Brody takes drastic action to secure the future of his family.

Ford realizes he’s falling for Jess, not Tess. Jessica finds that she’s wild for Ford. They make love.

Cutter convinces Stacy that he sincerely wants to accompany her to Brazil for plastic surgery to turn her face back into Stacy. They share a warm moment. Cutter goes off to purchase their tickets, running into Rex. At EOD, Rex spots Stacy. Stacy turns and they lock eyes.

A beloved couple says “I do.”

On the Next One Life to Live

  • Thanks to Brody, Liam goes missing.
  • Blair catches Tomas on the phone with Calmar.
  • Rama and Vimal discuss the fire at The Sun with police.

My View of Llanview: November 15 Edition

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( — Prospect Park decides to move forward with plans for “One Life to Live,” while delaying the launch of “All My Children” for the time being. But why the sudden change of plans?

As Soap Opera Network Editor-in-Chief Errol Lewis expressed over the weekend, recent actions by the upstart online production company have made their decision obvious. To date, pending final agreements with the various unions, 13 cast members have agreed to make the transition with the show from ABC to Prospect Park, compared with only three for “All My Children.” Furthermore, “One Life” will keep its current head writer and executive producer and, at least for the short term, still tape episodes in the same New York City studio.

But what are the reasons for that? Some have argued that Prospect Park is giving “All My Children” some additional time off as a way to preserve it. In this argument, “One Life to Live” is turned into somewhat of a guinea pig, with its failure or success determining if and when Prospect Park would decide to debut a rebooted “AMC.”

Despite being the biased “OLTL” fan that I am, I cannot accept that assumption as a valid argument. First, “OLTL” has been the stronger of the two shows in the months leading up to “AMC’s” final episode on ABC in September. “One Life to Live” moved up in the ratings, routinely breaking even with or outperforming both “All My Children” and “General Hospital.” Creatively, the show was on an upswing as well, luring back fan favorite Roger Howarth to step back into his signature role as Todd Manning.

Also, if “AMC” was supposedly the stronger of the two, why was it’s final ABC airdate scheduled nearly four months ahead of “OLTL,” therefore giving it a momentum-killing hiatus when only a weekend will separate “One Life to Live” from the ABC and Prospect Park eras? The days of “All My Children” being more of a household or brand name are long since gone. Outside of Susan Lucci, who has become somewhat of a caricature in recent years, the show is about recognizable as “OLTL.” And speaking of Lucci, it worth noting that, while she was/is allegedly holding out for more money and fewer hours, “One Life” grand dame Erika Slezak was among the first four cast members to sign up with Prospect Park.

I sometimes wonder if maybe “One Life to Live” was the only soap that Prospect Park really wanted to license from ABC, and the network played hardball with them by forcing them into taking “All My Children” as well. Yeah, I know, probably just some wishful thinking on my part, but stranger things have happened. However, regardless of whatever went into Prospect Park’s decision, as a “OLTL” fan I am excited and optimistic about what lies ahead for the fictional town of Llanview.

From the flood of returning cast members and familiar faces in the coming months, to the show’s upcoming storyline involving the cancellation and fan campaign to ‘save’ “Fraternity Row,” to awaiting the start of the Prospect Park era, I am anxious to see what the future may hold. “One Life to Live” is back in its groove again, and now is beginning to show some (keyword ‘some’) resemblances to the “OLTL” I grew up with back in the 80′s and 90′s.

Moving on, congratulations to “CBRVA83,” who correctly guessed the answers to the trivia questions from the previous column. In case you missed the clues, here there are again with the answers: 1. What small role did Peter Bartlett (Nigel) play in the film “Meet the Parents?” Answer: An employee at an animal shelter. 2. To which magazine has Andrea Evans (Tina) served as a contributor? Answer: Healthy Cooking. 3. What former “Andy Griffith Show” actor did Barbara Rhoades (Irene) co-star with in a 1968 Western, and what was the name of the movie? Answer: Don Knotts, “The Shakiest Gun in the West.”

Now it’s time to shake things up a bit and do some more trivia. 1. What role on “OLTL” did Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, “AMC”) once audition for? Before taking over the character of Cristian Vega, what small role did David Fumero play? 3. What did Jerry verDorn wear to his audition for the role of Clint Buchanan that disappeared before his first episode aired? I’ll have the answers in the November 30 edition of My View of Llanview.

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. Unexpected couples lock lips. One family member probes into another’s mindset. Someone learns that things aren’t always what they seem. And an old flame has a few tricks up their sleeves while cozying up to the object of their affections.

Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a great week everyone! Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and don’t eat too much turkey!

Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

OLTL Recap: Monday, November 14, 2011

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( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, November 14, 2011.


Natalie’s wedding to Brody is underway, and when the minister asks if anyone knows just cause why these two should not be married, Roxy speaks up. As the ceremony continues, Natalie is haunted by what Jessica told her earlier – that Liam might be John’s baby, not Brody’s.

Meanwhile, Tina tracks down DV the dog, who has the paternity test results. Tina races to the wedding to show Natalie. Tina manages to give Natalie the document… Natalie is overwhelmed as she realizes everything Jessica said was true. Brody reacts to this news. Will they go through with the wedding? Natalie makes a declaration to Brody.

Earlier, John chooses not to answer his phone… we see it’s Jessica, who’s decided to tell him he might well be Liam’s father. John goes to the nursery to say goodbye to Liam, remembers happy times with him and Natalie. Nigel catches him.

Ford and Jessica grow closer and he supports her in her decision to try to tell John the truth. Jessica feels terrible for how much she’s leaned on him, figures he probably wishes he hadn’t chosen to hang out with her so much. EOD, they kiss.

Cutter catches Stacy at the airport trying to use his credit card to buy a ticket to Brazil to get her face changed back to look like herself. He tries to convince her not to go, but she argues passionately that she needs to get back to her old self, try to regain her memory, and especially not do anything more that could hurt Rex and Shane. Cutter is touched, finally offers to go with her.

On the Next One Life to Live

  • John learns Liam is his son.
  • Brody resorts to drastic action.
  • One couple ties the knot.

GH Teasers: Week of November 14 Edition


( — “General Hospital” Teasers for the Week of November 14, 2011.


  • Monday (Episode #12433): Lucky gets an important message. Patrick and Robin are questioned by police. Luke and Sonny have a good talk. (Rated: TVPG L)
  • Tuesday (Episode #12434): Matt and Steve swap words. Sam is less than forthcoming with Spinelli. Lucky wakes up from his dream. (Rated: TVPG L)
  • Wednesday (Episode #12435): Luke thinks about the emotional scars he has left on his loved ones. Ethan notices Laura’s portrait has an unnatural aurora about it. (Rated: TVPG L)
  • Thursday (Episode #12436): Tracy and Lulu receive shocking news. Jason is bent on finding Franco. Someone sends Maxie a dozen red roses. (Rated: TVPG L)
  • Friday (Episode #12437): Luke suffers a setback. Maggie and Stephen recall their past. Sonny and Carly are at odds over Kate. (Rated: TVPG L)

OLTL Teasers: Week of November 14 Edition

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( — “One Life to Live” Teasers for the Week of November 14, 2011.


  • Monday (Episode #11003): Natalie and Brody’s wedding is interrupted. Tina arrives at the church with important news. John goes to Llanfair to say good-bye to Liam. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Tuesday (Episode #11004): Rex comes face-to-face with someone from his past. Ford is falling in love with Jessica. Someone else says “I do.” (Rated: TVPG S)
  • Wednesday (Episode #11005): Nigel is found passed out. Tomas and Blair are blissful after making love. Rama and Vimal discuss the fire at The Sun with police. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Thursday (Episode #11006): Aubrey worries Rex is falling for Cutter’s scheme. Jessica feels guilty about keeping quiet about Liam for as long as she did. Natalie’s family stands by her. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Friday (Episode #11007): Todd teams up with Baker to put his plan in motion. Aubrey and Cutter head for Rio. Cutter encounters someone eerily familiar while in Brazil. (Rated: TVPG V)

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( — Talk about being two faced! After Stacy (Farah Fath) heads south of the Equator to Brazil this week to have her old plastic surgeon Dr. Fascinella make her look like her old self again, the doc himself finally gets a face of his own.

According to Soap Opera Weekly, Portuguese actor and theater director Pedro Carmo has been cast in the recurring role of the nip and tuck expert. Carmo has appeared in numerous foreign films, shorts, and television series.

He debuts as Dr. Fascinella on Friday, December 2, despite the fact that Stacy, Cutter (Josh Kelly), and then later Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier) and Aubrey (Terri Conn) arrive in his Rio office this week.

And, while there, look for Cutter to encounter a very familiar face in Alex Olanov (Tonja Walker) on Thursday, November 17.

No word yet on the name of the actress cast as Dr. Fascinella’s receptionist, who first airs either late this week or early next week.


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( –  With several former cast members, whose characters are currently incarcerated in Statesville Prison for various crimes and offenses, many “One Life to Live” fans have been left wondering what the show has planned for them.

As we previously reported, those currently serving out their time at the jailhouse and likely returning to the canvas are Lindsay (Catherine Hickland), Troy (Ty Treadway), Cole (Van Hughes), Hannah (Meghann Fahy), Mitch (Roscoe Born), and Allison (Barbara Garrick).

Peter Austin Noir, who has played various dayplayer characters on the show on and off since 1987, returns in early January, this time as a convict named Johnny Rocket.

In a video the actor uploaded to YouTube, he gives fans a sneak peak at his character’s scenes, which feature him in prison garb, surrounded by other inmates, sporting a bloody, bandaged arm. So could a jailbreak be in order with several of Llanview’s biggest criminals? Tune in to find out!

Noir’s scenes, which were taped Thursday, November 10, will air January 3. Hickland was also back on set taping scenes this week. On Wednesday (November 9) she posted on Facebook “GR8 1st day at ‘OLTL’ today In spite of being gobsmacked by a wicked cold. @hbsguya [Hillary B. Smith, Nora] looked gorgeous! Good2B w/cast& crew!”

You only have “One Life to Live,” so why spend it in jail? Watch out Llanview! Prison is coming to getcha!

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