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OLTL PreVUE: Week of June 30 Edition

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 1:20 AM | By Scotty Gore

( — Dorian is confronted from beyond the grave.


In a special Independence Day encore of Snoop Dogg’s visit to Llanview, which originally aired on May 8 2008, Adriana’s bachelorette party gets underway at Ultra Violet. John and Blair comb the boardwalk in search of Cole and Starr. On the verge of getting an abortion, Langston blurts out to Dorian that Starr is really the one who’s pregnant. David spies Natalie kissing her ‘Uncle Jared.’ And Snoop Dogg becomes the special guest at Adriana’s party.

Todd begins to squirm when Marty asks him about their relationship in college. In an attempt to change the subject, Todd volunteers to carry Marty downstairs, and awkwardly places her in his arms. Blair arrives to confront Todd as Marty struggles to listen from an adjacent room. Todd gets under Blair’s skin, causing her to angrily sign the divorce papers. Later, John finds Blair, in tears, at the diner. Meanwhile, Todd plays innocent to Marty, claiming that John is responsible for breaking up his marriage to Blair. John provides Blair with a shoulder to lean on as Todd continues to give Marty his slant on the past and John’s role in it.

The Main Event: A Visit From the Great Beyond

Dorian continues to work to break up Addie and David’s marriage by arranging to have Madame Delphina to give the newlyweds a physic reading. Her plan backfires however, when she predicts a rosy future for the new couple. Meanwhile, Dorian receives a rude awakening when Madame Delphina conjures up the spirit of her late husband Mel Hayes, who blasts Dorian for her evil deeds. Madame Delphina informs Langston that her parents are proud of her and that she isn’t alone in the world. The physic senses that something may be wrong with Starr’s baby, and prophesies that there will be a battle for custody, with the baby suffering the most. Natalie and Jared bring the canine David Vickers to Dorian’s home. Although skeptical of her claim, Blair is nonetheless rattled when Madame Delphina sees another woman in Todd’s life. Delphina informs Charlie that he wasn’t alone the night he blacked out. Markko urges Cole to talk things out with Starr when the father-to-be confides in his friend that he will do whatever necessary to prevent Starr from placing the baby up for adoption. Starr and Langston bump into Cole when they go to the diner. Cole confesses that he and Starr may not work as a couple if she gives away the baby. Marcie seeks Judy’s legal advice concerning the adoption of Starr’s baby. Judy warns Marcie that Todd will likely stand in her way. Starr and Cole soften toward one another, but continue to disagree on what is best for the baby. Cole cannot fathom why Starr would want Marcie and Michael to have the baby. Cole pays a visit to Todd.

Tina offers Jonas the Mendorran Crown Jewels in return for Sarah and Talia’s safe return. However, Jonas instructs Tina that she, Antonio, and Cristian are taking a trip to Mendorra. Once in Mendorra, Jonas continues his ruse in front of Tina and the Vega boys, while Sarah and Talia are held captive in a dungeon. Talia receives a visit from her father, while Tina is reunited with her Prince; both men share a history with Llanview.

Around Town:

Tess continues to plot her revenge on Jared and Natalie. Pretending to be Jessica, Tess pays Natalie and Jared a visit, and claims that all is forgiven. Natalie feels things will work out for the best. Nora is disgusted when Bo and Lindsay announce they are getting married. Lindsay is successful in destroying RJ’s letter, but is unaware that Nora has another copy. Bo asks Rex to be his best man and probes him about his feelings for Gigi. As they are about to be joined in holy matrimony, Nora has the power to smash Bo and Lindsay’s happiness. Brody refuses Dorian’s order that he return the money she paid him. Instead, he surprises Gigi by announcing he used the money to start a college fund for Shane. Rex gets the wrong impression when he sees Gigi and Brody embracing one another.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF June 7, 2008

Monday: Cole becomes desperate. Lindsay confesses her sins to Bo. Tina and Cain share their scheme to overtake Mendorra.

Tuesday: Tess fine tunes her quest for revenge on Jared and Natalie. Lindsay accuses Nora of wanting Bo for herself. Charlie and Roxy work to piece together what happened the night he blacked out.

Wednesday: Todd refuses to allow Starr to give her baby to Marcie and Michael. ‘Jessica’ persuades Jared and Natalie to move into Llanfair. Charlie confronts Dorian.

Thursday: Todd once more threatens Marcie and Michael. Rex and Gigi give into their feelings. Charlie’s attempts to redeem himself to Viki go up in smoke.

Friday: Cristian and Antonio are reunited with Sarah and Talia. Lindsay appears in court. Clint contemplates using David and Addie’s marriage to his advantage.

My View of Llanview: June 15 Edition

Sunday, June 22, 2008 9:32 PM | By Scotty Gore

( — The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards and “One Life to Live.”

Greetings soap opera connoisseurs. Once more procrastination has become my Kryptonite. It’s so hard to set down and write a column this time of year because there is so much to do outside. But then again, it is hot, and typing is a painless activity while cooling off under the air conditioner. So sorry this column is a little behind schedule, but you know what they say…..better late than never.
Ha ha. Anyway, on to the Llanview lowdown…

Last Friday night, the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were handed out in their typical lackluster fashion. Hosts Cameron Mathison and Sheri Shepherd made for a grueling two-hour snooze fest block of time that we will never get back.
Two thoughts first came to mind as I turned on ABC to watch the debacle. First, Sheri Shepherd seems really annoying and overanxious, and second, is there any program that ABC won’t use as an opportunity to pimp Cameron Mathison?
But beyond the oblivious, there were a few other things about this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards that really grinds my gears.

First is the severe lack of any “One Life to Live” recognition in all but one of the acting categories. In fact the only “OLTL” actor even nominated for anything was Brian Kerwin (Charlie Banks), and he lost. I don’t get it. “One Life to Live” has the best cast on daytime, yet they are routinely shut out year after year after year. Granted other soaps have some terrific actors as well, but “OLTL” appears to have cornered the market in that regard. So how is it that they get shut out of the Emmys when “General Hospital” gets nominated for nearly everything?
Remember last year when Genie Francis won an Emmy for only a month’s worth of episodes? Or this year when Anthony Geary won an award for a sub par six-month performance?

And the kicker of it all was when “GH” won the Daytime Emmy for ‘Outstanding Daytime Drama,’ and hearing Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps rudely proclaim while prancing on stage to accept her undeserved statue that “This was expected.” That one left me scratching my head and repeating “REALLY?!?” I kept watching the clock and waiting and hoping for the network to cut off her acceptance speech like they did in 2005. I have nothing but contempt for this woman and this soap. Although my mother watched “GH” while I was growing up, and that I was named after two characters on the soap, I have slowly manifested a hatred of all things “General Hospital.” I suppose it is due in part to the royal treatment it receives in comparison to “All My Children,” and especially to “One Life to Live.” It boggles my mind how “General Hospital” can receive a Daytime Emmy for crap on a stick, when there were three other, much more deserving, nominees. There was “The Young and the Restless,” who has long been daytime’s number one sudser, next there was “Guiding Light,” the longest running soap who celebrated its 70th anniversary last year, and then there was “One Life to Live,” who has increased substantially since the dismissal of Head Writer Dena Higley (and the promotion of Ron Carlivati to that position). But once again, “GH” wins an award they do not deserve. But what else is new? The Daytime Emmy Awards have been a joke for years now. It’s no wonder the over-the-top broadcast losses viewers and interest with each consecutive year. And, as if Phelp’s snarky comment was not a big enough slap in the face to the other three nominees (especially “OLTL”), then seeing ABC Daytime President Brian Frons setting
in his usual spot at the “GH” table certainly took the icing on the cake. Hey Mr. B.S. Frons (and yes, those are his actual initials), “GH” wasn’t the only ABC soap nominated for the top honor you know. But seriously, he is slowly sucking the life out of ABC’s Daytime schedule. And what does his terrible job performance earn him from his bosses? One promotion after another. Imagine that. And the most frightening part in all this is that, except for our last names and one letter in our first names, both Frons and I have the same name. His first and middle names are Brian Scott, whereas mine are Bryan Scott…. that’s some freaky stuff if you ask me. And I just think God that Jill Farren Phelps got out of Llanview when she did. Just imagine what “OLTL” would be like today had she still been in charge. Yikes. But anyway, I digress…

Since Daytime Emmy Awards were first handed out in 1972, the majority of past and present soap operas have won the category of ‘Outstanding Daytime Drama’ at least once. “General Hospital” tops the list with 10 wins in the category (1981, 1984, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2005, and 2008). Next up on the list is “The Young and the Restless” with 7 wins (1975, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1993, 2004, and 2007 [tied with "Guiding Light"]). Third is “As the World Turns” with 4 wins (1987, 1991, 2001, and 2003). In a three-way tie for fourth place on the list are “All My Children” (1992, 1994, and 1998), “Guiding Light” (1980, 1982, and 2007 [tied with "Y&R"]), and “Santa Barbara” (1988, 1989, and 1990). In fifth place is “Ryan’s Hope,” with wins in 1977 and 1979, and “The Doctors,” with wins in 1972 and 1974. The sixth place spot is a four-way tie between “Another World” (1976), “Days of Our Lives” (1978), “The Edge of Night” (1973), and “One Life to Live” (2002), each with one win. And seventh place consists of “Passions,” “Loving,” “The City,” “Port Charles,” and all other since cancelled soaps who never won a Daytime Emmy for ‘Outstanding Daytime Drama.’ On a related note, also fitting into that last category is “The Bold and the Beautiful,” which holds the distinction of being the only one of the eight current daytime dramas to have never won the category.

I believe that “OLTL” would have had a decent shot at winning the category this year had they submitted two good episodes from the past year, instead of just one. They made a good decision to submit the episode featuring the death of Asa Buchanan. But their kiss of death was with their second submission, one of the craptastic “Prom Night: the Musical” episodes. For those of you who have valiantly attempted to erase that vomit-inducing memory from your craniums, I’m going to rub a little salt in the wound. “Prom Night: the Musical” was a week’s worth of episodes centering around Starr and Cole’s high school prom. And yes, for any who may have missed it, it was as good as it sounds. It was like nails on a chalkboard. And not even the wonderful performances of Kathy Brier, Jason Tam, and Brittany Underwood could save the sinking ship. I think that, by submitting that episode as their second choice, “OLTL” sealed their fate in losing the ‘Outstanding Daytime Drama’ category at last week’s Daytime Emmy Awards. After doing a little research, I discovered that 2008 marked “OLTL’s” sixth nomination for ‘Outstanding Daytime Drama’ in the Daytime Emmy’s 35-year history; it also marked their fourth loss in the category. “OLTL’s” other nominations occurred in 1973, 1983, 2000, 2002 (in which it won), and 2007). And, while “OLTL” has lost more times than it has one, it is interesting to note that four out of its six nominations in the category have occurred within the past eight years.

On the plus side, “OLTL” was nominated in several technical categories, winning six of them. Nominations included the categories of “Outstanding Achievement for Casting for a Drama Series,” “Outstanding Achievement for Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama Series,” “Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition in a Drama Series,” and “Outstanding Original Song.”

Wins for “OLTL” came in the technical categories of “Outstanding Achievement for Costume Design for a Drama Series,” “Outstanding Achievement for Lighting Direction for a Drama Series,” and “Original Song” (two “OLTL” songs won in this category, ‘Chemistry’ and ‘Little Starr’). Also, “OLTL” was nominated fro and won in the “Best Directing” and “Best Writing” categories. It feels so good to be able to say Award Winning Head Writer Ron Carlivati. Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? I think it does. Congratulations to everyone at “OLTL” who won Daytime Emmys this year, especially the directing and writing staffs. It was well deserved and long overdue. Keep up the good work! I am so proud of “OLTL” right now, and cannot wait for the 40th anniversary celebration next month.

With the 40th anniversary of “OLTL” coming up on July 15th, please share your thoughts and memories of the soap’s long history. I just may use some of your comments in a special edition of the column on July 15th.

Well, that’s all for this edition of the column. I hope you enjoyed this edition of the column. Thanks for reading and patiently enduring my twice a month ramblings. Take care and see you next time.

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

OLTL PreVUE: Week of June 23 Edition

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 1:17 AM| By Scotty Gore

( — Natalie and Jared crash Nash’s funeral, prompting Jessica to damn them to hell.


Tina confesses to Sarah and Cristian that she is the Princess of Mendorra, and that Jonas is trying to steal the crown jewels away from her. Jonas, meanwhile, bumps into Talia and later locates Tina in Angel Square. Thanks to the canine David Vickers, Tina is able to escape Jonas’ reach. Natalie and Jared find Tina’s dog and decide to take him home with them. Talia lures Sarah into a trap and tricks Antonio and Cristian into coming to the diner. Cristian confesses to Antonio, and takes him to the studio to interview Tina. Concerned when Talia and Sarah are nowhere to be found, Cristian and Antonio receive a call from Jonas saying he has both women.

The Main Event: The Stages of Grief

Viki provides Jessica with a shoulder to lean on as the day of Nash’s funeral arrives. Jared and Natalie understand they are now the black sheep of the Buchanan family. Jessica fumes with anger when Clint announces that he and Bo will not be pressing charges against Jared due to their deal with Natalie. As Jessica’s family and friends begin to assemble, Nash’s funeral ceremony gets under way. Viki, speaking from her own past experiences, assures her daughter that she will get through this. An unwelcome Natalie and Jared ease drop on the service. While Jessica is speaking, Roxy accidentally lets it slip that Jared and Natalie are in attendance. In front of her loved ones, Jessica publicly condemns Jared and Natalie by claiming they have Nash’s blood on their hands. After the funeral, Jessica becomes overwhelmed with emotion when she returns to the cottage for the first time since Nash’s death. Feeling tremendous guilt, Jared and Natalie confide in one another. Clint and Nora find solace in one another’s arms. Jessica’s mourning for Nash reawakens her dark side.

John visits Blair, who is unaware that Starr plans to give her baby up for adoption. Starr asks John for help convincing Cole that adoption is their best option. Blair and John realize Starr and Cole have a difficult decision to make. Blair is floored when Todd’s lawyer serves her with divorce papers, even though she realizes their marriage has been over for a while now. Todd’s lies continue to mount as he tells Marty that, after the accident, John left her to die and is responsible for her present condition. John arrives at Todd’s doorstep. Marcie, claiming that it would be impossible, tests Michael’s reaction to the thought of adopting Starr’s baby. Meanwhile, Starr won’t let go of the idea of Marcie adopting her unborn child. Cole checks with Nora to determine if he has any rights to the child and announces his intent to sue Starr for custody. Todd dodges John’s questions about the x-rays. John uses his wits to gain entry into Todd’s home after Todd leaves for Nash’s funeral, and searches the premises. After Keys prevents him from discovering Marty, John interrogates a panicky Janet. Marcie is vague when she tells Gigi she might be able to adopt a baby.

Around Town:

Viki and Charlie are miserable and lonely. RJ writes Lindsay a note stating that he will keep her secrets. However, Lindsay panics when Bo accidentally delivers the note to Nora. Nigel and Nora become obstacles in Lindsay’s plan to retrieve the note. Bo shocks Lindsay by asking her to marry him. As she answers his proposal, Lindsay contemplates coming clean to Bo. Dorian’s plan to have Addie re-committed to St. Ann’s leaves her with egg on her face. Rex’s icy behavior toward her depresses Roxy. Rex introduces himself to Brody, who is enjoying pretending to be Shane’s biological father.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF June 30, 2008

Monday: Tess plots her revenge against Natalie and Jared. Dorian receives a spiritual visit from late husband Mel Hayes. Tina tries to cut a deal with Jonas.

Tuesday: Tess taunts and tortures Natalie and Jared. Madam Delphina presents the Cramer women with several interesting predictions. Marty quizzes Todd about her past life.

Wednesday: Marty is presented with Todd’s view of the truth. Charlie sets out to find out what, or whom, is responsible for his blackout. Cole and Starr attempt to reconcile.

Thursday: While being held in a dungeon, Sarah and Talia receive a surprise visitor. Will history repeat itself at Bo and Lindsay’s wedding? Princess Tina of Mendorra is reunited with her Prince, who is a familiar face to many in Llanview.

Friday: Encore Presentation of May 9th, 2008 episode, in which Snoop Dogg performs at Adriana’s bachelor party. John and Blair search the boardwalk for Starr and Cole. On the verge of getting an abortion, Langston confesses to Dorian that Starr, and not her, is the one who is pregnant. David spies Natalie lip locking with “Uncle Jared.”

Woods Brings Family to Llanview

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 9:29 PM| By Scotty Gore

( — Robert S. Woods makes “One Life to Live’s” 40th anniversary a family affair.

When “One Life to Live” celebrates its 40th anniversary next month, viewers can expect special appearances by several former cast members, as well as get a glimpse at the real-life family of “OLTL’s” Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan). Woods’ wife Loyita Chapel and 17-year-old son Tanner arrive in the Llanview of yesteryear when Bo and Rex are struck by lightning and transported back in time to 1968.

Woods told Entertainment Weekly that in the flashback sequence he portrays a younger version of Bo’s father Asa Buchanan, who was portrayed by Phil Carey until the character was killed off last fall. He adds that ”I don’t have to mimic Philly or try to be him. Everybody sees me as Asa except the audience and J.P. [John-Paul Lavoisier], so we have asides to one another.”

Woods wife Loyita reprises her role as Clint Buchanan’s ex-girlfriend Dallas Jones, which she previously played in 1999 and 2005, and also appears in the fantasy sequence as a younger version of Asa’s wife (and Bo’s step-mother), Renee Divine Buchanan. Chapel also portrayed Blaze (Dot) Buchanan in 1988 when Clint hit his hand, and dreamed he had been transported back to the Old West. Although John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex Balsom) will portray a younger Bo throughout much of the dream sequence, Woods’ son Tanner makes his soap debut toward the end of story as a young Bo.

Woods quips that ”I’m sentimental about it all. I think he’s going to wear my old uniform. My old beret. If I can dig it out. And if the moth holes don’t read on camera.” Woods is a Vietnam Veteran and former Green Beret, as is the character of Bo Buchanan.

Look for the scenes featuring Woods, his wife, and his son to begin airing on July 21st.

In other casting news…

Walter Hudson will portray the minister presiding over Nash Brennan’s funeral beginning June 24th. Kim Sullivan will play Judge Runyon on July 1st. And Tom Lacy will portray Bitterman on July 2nd.

“One Life to Live” airs weekdays on ABC and weeknights on SoapNet. Check local listings.

OLTL PreVUE: Week of June 16 Edition

Sunday, June 15, 2008 12:55 AM| By Scotty Gore

( — The Buchanans are stuck “Between Heaven and Hell.”


John, Talia, and Antonio don’t realize the mystery woman who fled Ramsey’s penthouse is Tina. Meanwhile, Tina spies on Viki, Cristian, and Sarah at Llanfair. Tina reveals herself to a speechless Sarah, who persuades Cristian to let her mom hide out in his studio. A sketch of Jonas is given to John by Cristian and Sarah. Jonas meanwhile, takes a personal interest in Talia, Antonio, Cristian, and Sarah.

The Main Event: An Offer You Can’t Refuse

Dorian is giddy as a schoolgirl as she gloats to Bo, Clint, and Nora about BE’s downfall. Natalie believes she has thought of a way to keep Jared out of jail, and makes Clint and Bo an offer they can’t refuse. Natalie promises to reveal the name of the Buchanan heir if all charges are dropped against Jared. Nora points out to Bo and Clint the advantages of Natalie’s proposal, even though it means Jared will get away with hurting the Buchanans. Reluctantly, Bo and Clint accept Natalie’s offer. Jared and Natalie reveal how they discovered that David was Asa’s long lost son, while conveniently leaving out Nigel’s involvement. Clint’s criticism wounds Natalie’s ego. Meanwhile, David floors Dorian with the announcement that he and Addie got married in Las Vegas. Horrified by the news, Blair and Dorian go off the deep end.

Antonio and Talia tell Carlotta the truth. After examining the x-rays, Michael informs John that the woman has sustained serious injuries, which could result in permanent damage. Later, John finds Cole at Marty’s grave. Meanwhile, Todd is less than honest when Marty questions him about the picture of her with John and Cole. Marty has no memory of her past or of Todd, and demands answers from him. Cole is horrified when Starr makes the decision to place the baby up for adoption and runs away from her. Starr pays a visit to Marcie. Cole tells John why raising this baby means so much to him. Starr asks Marcie to adopt her baby. Marcie arrives at difficult decision, but is confident she made the right choice.

Around Town:

David questions Charlie about his recent bender and suspects Dorian may be to blame for his predicament. David urges Viki to give Charlie a second chance. Brody admits to Gigi that Adriana gave him money, but claims he really came to Llanview to see her. Gigi opts out of Dorian’s offer of employment, and blames her for sending Rex the cryptic note. Meanwhile, Shane confesses to Brody that he sent Rex the note and explains why he did it. Charlie’s pleas fall on deaf ears as Viki tells him that, while she still loves him, she can never forgive him for what he’s done. Antonio’s kindness overwhelms Jessica.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF June 23, 2008

Monday: Jessica bubbles with anger over Clint’s news. Jared is haunted by Nash’s death. RJ’s note to Lindsay is accidentally delivered to Nora. Dorian’s plan to have Addie re-committed doesn’t go as expected.

Tuesday: Blair receives divorce papers from Todd. Cole decides to sue Starr for custody of their unborn baby. Nigel and Nora complicate Lindsay’s plan. Todd informs Marty that John is responsible for her condition.

Wednesday: Nash’s funeral begins. Todd continues to turn Marty against John. Tina confesses to Sarah and Cristian that she’s a princess.

Thursday: Keys and Janet keep John in the dark. Jessica condemns Jared and Natalie at Nash’s funeral. Jonas sets a trap for Sarah. Bo pops the question to Lindsay.

Friday: Jessica’s dark side re-emerges. Jonas has deadly intentions for Talia and Sarah. Lindsay contemplates telling Bo the truth.

Torpey Finds ‘Life’ in Heaven

Thursday, June 12, 2008 11:04 PM| By Scotty Gore

( — Erin Torpey returns to “One Life to Live,” but not as Jessica.

With filming for “One Life to Live’s” 40th anniversary episodes set to begin on June 16th, Head Writer Ron Carlivati had to put on his thinking cap when Jessica Tuck informed the soap on June 11th that, due to an scheduling conflict, she would be forced to back out of returning to “OLTL.” Tuck had been scheduled to be one of familiar faces Viki Davidson (Erika Slezak) encounters on her trip to heaven following a horrible car accident. The news came as a headache for the soap, who had planned on Tuck’s dearly departed characer Megan Gordon Harrison guiding her mother through the pearly gates.

However, thanks to some quick thinking, “OLTL” Head Writer Ron Carlivati has managed to lure back another familiar face from the past to take Tuck’s place. Replacing Tuck will be none other than Erin Torpey, who portrayed Jessica Buchanan from 1990-2003. But since Jessica is very much alive and currently being portrayed by Bree Willamson, Torpey will not be back in her signature role. Instead she will portray the spirit of Jessica’s dead baby Megan. The casting move comes as a creative, yet odd choice since baby Megan would only be eight years old had she not died. It remains to be seen how “OLTL” will address the age discrepancy.

Longtime “OLTL” fans may recall that in 1999 Jessica was pregnant with Will Rappaport’s baby. All was well until Jessica’s car was struck by Dorian Lord, resulting in a miscarriage. Jessica named the dead baby Megan in honor of her older half-sister who died of lupus in 1992.

Since leaving “OLTL,” Torpey has appeared in the films “Dirty Deeds” and “Fierce Friends.” In 2007, she provided the voice of Princess Aurora in “Disney’s Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams.” Torpey is also a singer of acoustic rock and folk music.

Look for Torpey’s scenes as Megan to air on July 21st and 22nd.

In other casting news, there is continued speculation that Roy Thinnes may also reprise his role as Viki’s late husband Sloan Carpenter during Viki’s trip to heaven.

“One Life to Live” airs weekdays on ABC and weeknights on SoapNet. Check local listings.

“One Life” Plans 40th Anniversary Bash

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 2:48 AM| By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” plans to celebrate their 40th anniversary by honoring the past.

With “One Life to Live’s” 40th anniversary fast approaching on July 15th, Head Writer Ron Carlivati assures fans that they won’t be disappointed with the tribute to honor the venerable daytime drama’s enduring legacy. In an interview with TV Guide, Carlivati states that “Our 40th anniversary deserved more than just a clip montage–we’re retelling classic stories.”

The homage to Llanview’s history begins on July 21st with reincarnations of three of “OLTL’s” most memorable storylines from the 1980s. In the first tribute, town heroine and leading lady Viki Davidson (Erika Slezak) becomes a victim of a horrible car crash, which results in her having an out-of-body experience. While unconscious, she dreams she is in heaven for a second time. In 1987, Viki imagined she was at the pearly gates while undergoing brain surgery. Unlike her last visit, however, heaven has become much more modernized. According to Carlivati, when Viki’s arrives in heaven, she finds herself in an elevator, stopping at each floor in a high-rise building. Along the way she encounters several deceased friends and family members. Among them are the spirits of her daughter Megan Gordon (Jessica Tuck), the husband that gave her his heart, literally, Ben Davidson (Mark Derwin), her good friend Mel Hayes (Steven Markle), and her colorful former father-in-law Asa Buchanan (Phil Carey). Viki even encounters “OLTL” creator Agnes Nixon while in heaven.

In the second story, Carlivati plays tribute Tina Robert’s memorable plunge over Argentina’s Iguazu Falls by having a horrified Tina look on as dastardly Carlo Hesser sends her daughter Sarah over a waterfall. But will Tina’s ex-husband Cord Roberts (John Loprieno) be able to save them before it is too late?

And then there was the time in 1988 when Clint was knocked unconscious and imagined he was living in 1888? Well, Carlivati states that the third story will consist of Bo and Clint being hit by lightning, and are transported to 1968, the same year “OLTL” premiered. In addition, Bo has become Asa, while Rex has become a younger version of Bo. While the first two stories will last for two days (July 21st-22nd), this one will last for several weeks. Carivati hints to TV Guide that, if “they are unable to find their way back to the future, Rex will be drafted and sent to Vietnam.”

While Jessica Tuck, Mark Derwin, Phil Carey, and Agnes Nixon are reporting returning for only two episodes (July 21-22), the returns of Stephen Markle and John Loprieno are expected to return to Llanview are expected to last awhile longer. Markle first appears as Mel’s spirit on June 30th, when he pays Dorian a visit. Loprieno is rumored to first air in early July.

In other casting news, Dorian’s favorite physic Madame Delphina returns to give the Cramer women some surprising insight into their futures on July 1st. It remains to be seen if Lea DeLaria will step back into the role, or if it has been recast. DeLaria originated the role in 1999. And Tess, the alter ego of Jessica Buchanan, returns to seek revenge on Jessica’s enemies starting June 27th.

And, in minor casting news, look for Alison Raimondi to portray a ‘New Mother’ on June 24th.

“One Life to Live” airs weekdays on ABC and weeknights on SoapNet. Check local listings.

My View of Llanview: May 30 Edition

Saturday, June 7, 2008 7:37 PM | By Scotty Gore

( — Ron Carlivati helps “One Life to Live” rise from the ashes and return to its former glory.

Hello to all you fellow “One Life to Live” fans out there in TV land. I am finally writing this column about a week late again, as usual. However, one thing that is different now is that I am going to actually write a column, and not just copy and paste some random “OLTL” article from the past. I am so very thankful that summer vacation has arrived. I finally have the opportunity to catch up on things “OLTL,” including writing a meaningful column again. So without further delay, here are my latest thoughts and rants on “One Life to Live.”

For starters, I remain in shock and awe from the past week’s events in Llanview. From corporate takeovers to family squabbles, “OLTL” seems to have it all these days. Head Writer Ron Carlivati has nearly completely won me over after these last five episodes. This is the “One Life to Live” I fell in love with as a child, which I thought was gone forever after the past few years under Dena Higley’s tyrannical, botched reign. We would have never had storylines like this under Higley’s poison pen. I think that it is safe to say that Ron Carlivati is arguably one of the best soap writers of 2008. And here are a few reasons why….

First, as the old saying goes, ‘you can’t live in the past.’ But don’t they also say that ‘the past never stays buried?’ The latter of those two quotes seems to fit “One Life to Live” nearly perfectly these days. In my opinion, a good soap is one that embraces its history instead of ignoring it. That’s not to say that a soap can survive solely by regurgitating old storylines or by focusing entirely on past characters. However, it does mean that any soap writer worth his or her salt should thoroughly research the history of the daytime drama they are writing for, in order create new storylines out of past events. The trick is to find the correct balance between the two. And Ron Carlivati seems to have found that delicate balance. For instance, earlier this week, Jessica became a widow this week following the death of her husband Nash. While the focus of this storyline will center on Jessica’s grief and anger toward Natalie and Jared, it also creates an underlying storyline that eerily mirrors that of her mother, Viki. Longtime fans of “OLTL” can recall how Viki’s husband Joe Riley died when Kevin was a young child and before Joey was born. Aside from a casual comment made by Viki to Clint about Joe, nothing was said to connect the two events. However, viewers noticed the connection, and appreciated the subtle nod to history. Notice how Ron Carlivati connected the past to the present without unnecessarily dwelling on it? That’s how to you a soap’s history the right way.

While the Joe Riley mention was the most memorable to me, it wasn’t the only history reference made this past week on “OLTL.” There was Dorian looking up to heaven to ask her deceased ex-alcoholic lover Mel to forgive her while she poured elixir down Charlie’s throat. There was also Adriana angrily reminding Dorian that she had loving parents (her adoptive parents) before coming to Llanview and accusing her mother of only loving her inheritance (from dear ole Aunt Betsy). We also had Jessica, in a fit of rage, telling Natalie that she was no different than she was when she first arrived in Llanview, and how much Natalie’s behavior and actions hurt Viki and Jessica, both then and now. And who could forget Sarah’s periodic mentions of Tina, Clint’s of Kevin, Joey, and Cord, Dorian’s comments about Cassie and Kelly, or Starr’s reference of River and Zane? While all these nods to the past may appear in writing to be overdoing it, they all served a purpose. They weren’t just randomly thrown out to impress longtime viewers; they actually were tied to various current storylines on “OLTL.”

Second, it’s never too late to go home again. Since Ron Carlivati took over the reigns from Dena Hackley (I mean Higley) last August, we have been treated to the returns of a number of former characters and actors to “OLTL.” While some of these returns have been limited to only a handful of episodes, others have turned into indefinite engagements. The list of short returns includes Ann Hamilton (Aunt Corinne Balsom), Tari Signor (ghostly Margaret Cochran), R. Brandon Johnson (Chuck Wilson III), John Rue (Moe Stubbs), January LaVoy (Noelle Ortiz), Dan Gauthier (Kevin Buchanan), Nathan Fillion), James DePaiva (Max Holden), John Loprieno (Cord Roberts), Phil Carey (Asa Buchanan, for the reading of his will), Janet Hubert (Lisa Williamson), Jason-Shane Scott (Will Rappaport), Timothy Adams (Ron Walsh), and Christine Jones (Pamela Stuart). The list of returns with extended visits in Llanview includes Andrea Evans (Tina Roberts), Susan Haskell (Marty Saybrooke), Thom Christopher (Carlo Hesser), and Christopher Cousins (Cain Rogan). Also we have been treated to recurring visits from Tuc Watkins (David Vickers), Tonja Walker (Alex Olanov), and Barbara Garrick (Allison Perkins). I grew up watching many of these characters and actors on “One Life to Live,” and it was/is wonderful to have the opportunity to see them again.

Third, seeing things in 3-D is always more lifelike. One thing in recent weeks and months about Ron Carlivati is his ability to write three-dimensional characters. Under Dena Higley, most of Llanview became one-dimensional cardboard props to characters such as Spencer Truman and John McBain. They lacked personality, depth, and emotion. Most characters were written in such a way as to revolve around a handful of core characters that viewers were unwittingly subjected to day in and day out. The majority of these characters quickly became predictable and boring. Now, however, the characters have regained their depth and composure and showcase their human characteristics. Jessica and Natalie are two such characters that immediately come to one’s mind. Both exhibited powerful, emotional scenes last week following the death of Nash Brennan at the hands of Jared Banks. Another example is Dorian Lord, who showed, in classic form, just how big of a bitch she can by publicly destroying and humiliating the entire Buchanan family at their annual shareholders’ meeting. One other example is Marcie’s breakdown following her realization that she may never be a mother again. The raw emotion Kathy Brier exhibited in those scenes really tugged at the heartstrings. If nothing else, it demonstrated how much being a mother truly meant to her. The viewer is able to feel and sympathize with these characters because of the depth to their characters.

Fourth, history is not rewritten, but is built upon. As I mentioned toward the beginning of this edition of the column, history is very important to a soap. However, what is even more important is to use that history to effectively build upon current stories. It is disrespectful to both the soap and to the viewers, for a writer to take that history and twist it into something unrecognizable for his or her benefit. While I have never been a fan of rewriting history, I have to admit when there are a few instances on “OLTL” when it actually produced a powerful storyline and positive outcome. The best example of this was the transformation of Victor Lord into a child molester. While it did demoralize the old man’s character, it also created some powerful, compelling drama for Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser, and the other actors involved. It revealed a fact that “OLTL” fans have long known, that their soap has the best cast of actors and actresses in daytime. And that remains the case today. With a few exceptions, the cast of “One Life to Live” is arguably the best group of performers of any daytime drama. For the last few years, they have been forced to turn horrible material into gold, which they did extraordinarily well, considering what they had to work with. But the viewer was always left imagining just how great the show would be if these wonderful performers had great material to work with. Well, after this past week, that speculation became a reality as “One Life to Live” confidently reminded of us of the definition of a classic soap opera. And Ron Carlivati did that, not by rewriting history, but by building upon it. On the flip side, there have been some horrible storyline decisions over the years, most notably bringing Victor Lord back in 2003 when he and Mitch Laurence attempted to steal Natalie’s heart. But I’ll save discusion of that for another day.

And fifth, and perhaps the most important, Ron Carlivati has a genuine love and respect for “One Life to Live.” After all he has been a member of the “OLTL” writing staff in one form or another since 1996. In those twelve years, he has had a hand in helping to write some of Llanview’s most memorable storylines. Those dozen years have also helped to give him an understanding of the personalities of all the characters on the soap, as well as their respective histories. And Ron Carlivati appears to understand this perfectly.

With all that said, here are a few random thoughts I have on last week’s episodes. First, I may be in the minority, but I like the episode titles. They are unique, creative, and relevant. I enjoy seeing how each one relates to its respective episode. My favorite so far is “Cramer vs Cramer.” Second, I liked the nod to “OLTL’s” upcoming 40th anniversary at the BE shareholders’ meeting when Clint announced it was the company’s ’40th annual meeting.’ On the flip side, to those critics who claim, “I like everything ‘OLTL,’” here is a list of a couple of things I don’t like right now. I think it’s a disgrace that Nora does not have more of a story at the moment than Clint’s girlfriend. I also didn’t care for the Antonio/John bathroom scenes with John at the urinal doing his business and then not washing his hands (although I did like the fact that the scenes were shot in an actual restroom though). And I’m still wondering where the heck David Chisum has been lately. We have not scene Miles Laurence in a couple of months. And finally, I’m still waiting (although rather impatiently) for “OLTL” to announce that Michael Storm will be returning as Dr. Larry Wolek for the 40th anniversary. With everyone else that is coming back, I personally see no reason why the good doctor can’t return either…. even it’s just for only an episode or two. I would rather see him come back than Marty Saybrooke. Although I am looking forward to Tina and Carlo returning (and Cain Rogan to an extent). On a side note, I wish Anthony Call would return as Herb Callison. After watching Youtube scenes of him on “OLTL,” it made me remember just how powerful his character was and just how much he is missed in Llanview. And, why not also bring back Hank Gannon while they’re at it?

Before I close this column, I would like to include an excerpt from Ron Carlivati’s Wikipedia page. Granted that nearly anyone can modify entries on that site, however, I think Carlivati’s page stands as a testament to his creative ability as a writer.

“Ron Carlivati is an American soap opera writer born in 1968. It was announced in the February 27th edition of ‘Soap Opera Digest’ that Carlivati was promoted to Co-Head Writer of the ABC Daytime One Life to Live alongside Dena Higley. On June 4, 2007, Brian Frons announced that Carlivati would be promoted to head writer effective immediately. The first episode with Carlivati as Head Writer aired September 11th, 2007. In the months that followed, the show experienced a creative resurgence, receiving great critical acclaim for revitalizing characters, routinely incorporating and honoring the show’s long history and improving dialogue.[citation needed] However, the show’s rating continued to slide, a problem that all daytime soap operas have been experiencing in recent years. Carlivati’s work aired until mid-February 2008 when the Writers Guide of America strike forced a new head writer (Gary Tomlin) to take over. Once the WGA strike was settled, Carlivati returned as head writer, with his first post-strike episode airing on May 2, 2008. He is a lawyer, graduated from George Washington University, lives in New York City and has been recommended by Claire Labine.”

And now for a sneak peak at some of the storylines coming up a few weeks down the road. A recent death continues to haunt Llanview. A surprise marriage proposal occurs as an enemy nears the truth. One young woman’s quest to be a mother causes her to reach a difficult decision. A Princess reveals the reason she returned to Llanview. And friction mounts between two young lovers and one goes to drastic lengths to keep an unborn child.

Well, that’s all for this edition of the column. I hope you enjoyed this edition of the column. I would like to personally think each and everyone of you for your patience and understanding these past few months while I was very busy with school and student teaching. I apologize for just copying and pasting so many old “OLTL” articles during that time in order to keep the column afloat until I had more time to devote to it. In addition, I apologize for my ramblings in this column. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I am not a writer, and have never claimed to be one. I am simply a person who loves “OLTL” and enjoys sharing that love with other fans of the soap. That is all. I wish I were a better writer, but I’m not. Anyway, that’s all for now; please be sure and join me again on June 15th. I promise to present my next column to you on time Thanks again for your patience. See you next time.

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

OLTL PreVUE: Week of June 9 Edition

By Scotty Gore

( — Tina Roberts makes her long awaited return to Llanview.

Robin Strasser


Dorian doesn’t believe that Adriana will ever be able to forgive her. Rex demands a divorce, however Adriana has a plan to salvage the marriage. Adriana tells Rex that she needs time to revert back to the woman she used to be. Roxy visits Charlie in the hospital, where she tells him that she had only Rex’s best interests at heart. As Rex and Adriana part company, she plans to return to Paris. Before leaving for Europe, Adriana says good-bye to Marcie. A bitter Rex confronts Roxy and Charlie, and tells Roxy that he no longer has a mother. Charlie urges Roxy to tell Rex the identity of his real father, but Roxy believes it would only result in more pain. Rex encounters Gigi, who learns that Adriana has left Llanview. Gigi shocks Rex with the news that Adriana paid Brody to reunite with her and Shane. Natalie informs Roxy that Rex is shattered that Charlie isn’t his father.

The Main Event: Being a Princess Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

John, Antonio, and Talia listen to Ramsey and his houseguest from a surveillance van, but fail to find many clues as to her identity. Tina Roberts returns to Llanview as the Crown Princess of Mendorra. Todd is floored to see long-lost sister from his limo, and decides to trail her. Meanwhile, Tina and her dog named David Vickers instruct Jonas to drive them to Ramsey’s penthouse. As John listens to Tina and Ramsey’s conversation, he bolts for the penthouse after hearing gunshots. A fearful Tina runs for her life, with John McBain in hot pursuit. Jonas turns the tables on Tina when he shows his violent side. Todd moseys to the penthouse to discover what Tina is up to. He makes his way to the bedroom, and is stunned to find a very-much-alive Marty Saybrooke. Todd quickly formulates a new plan of action. Meanwhile, John arrives at Ramsey’s apartment to find Todd, but there is no sign of Ramsey’s houseguest. John is certain that Todd knows more than he is saying. Tina makes a hasty getaway when Jonas holds her at gunpoint. While hiding from Jonas in the park, Tina spots Sarah. A crazed Jonas holds Sarah and Cristian hostage. After escaping, a rattled Sarah tells Cristian that she thought she heard her mother call out her name.

Blair calls the cops on Todd when he attempts to justify his actions to Starr. Todd vows to destroy Michael and Marcie if he loses custody of Sam. Starr confides in Blair that she doesn’t feel ready to be a mother. Langston gives Dorian a shoulder to lean on when the Cramers don’t seem to appreciate her. Blair wishes she had a better handle on what Starr is feeling, but vows to stand by her daughter nonetheless. Cole reassures Starr. Addie deflects Blair’s questions when she asks about her father. Starr and Cole prepare for the future by taking Sam to the park. However, the toddler proves to be a handful, which plants seeds of doubt in Starr’s mind. Starr and Cole bump into Marcie, who Starr asks to help calm Sam down. While soothing Sam, Marcie accidentally adds to Starr’s insecurities about becoming a mother. Meanwhile, Starr makes a decision about her baby’s future…one that Cole may not agree with. Michael and Marcie grow closer.

Around Town:

As Jared and Charlie continue to bond, the Buchanans stew with anger. When Jared tries to apologize for his actions, Bo and Clint confront him. Jared assures Nigel that the Buchanans will never know of his involvement in the ruse. Renee is furious over Jared’s betrayal, and tears into him. Jared prevents Nigel from confessing. Natalie arrives at Asa’s mansion just as Jared is taken away in handcuffs, and learns that Clint and Bo had him arrested. Sarah leans on Cristian as she remembers Nash.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF June 16, 2008

Monday: John, Talia, and Antonio look for the mystery woman. Tina places herself in danger. David insists Viki give Charlie a second chance.

Tuesday: Natalie makes a deal with Clint and Bo. Shane tells Brody a secret. Dorian is shocked to learn that she and David are now in-laws.

Wednesday: Sarah convinces Cristian to help her hide Tina. Blair is horrified to discover she has a new stepfather. Clint and Bo demand answers from Natalie and Jared. Carlotta learns the truth about Antonio and Talia.

Thursday: Todd uses Marty to his benefit. John gets closer to the truth. Cole is shocked by Starr’s decision.

Friday: Todd weaves a tangled web of lies. Marcie receives a rather tempting offer from Starr. John reminds Cole that he’s there for him.

OLTL PreVUE: Week of June 2 Edition

By Scotty Gore

( — Dorian unleashes her wrath of destruction on an unsuspecting Llanview.

Robin Strasser


John and Antonio continue to keep up appearances in front of Eddie. However, both become suspicious upon overhearing a nervous Janet inform Ramsey that “she” has become very restless. Antonio, Talia, and John begin to suspect that Ramsey is hiding a woman in his apartment, and decide that Antonio should attempt to break in to investigate. Meanwhile, Ramsey works to calm his houseguest by telling her that she will see her loved ones soon enough. While snooping in Ramsey’s office, John comes across a woman’s medical information and an x-ray. Antonio pays Ramsey a visit, and later tells John that he managed to plant a bug while he was there.

The Main Event: You Can’t the Handle the Truth!

Jared realizes that Dorian and David have teamed up against him, and quickly shares this newfound information with Natalie. Although she feels somewhat remorseful for what she is about to do, Dorian places her well-oiled plan in motion. As Dorian takes to the floor at the Buchanan Enterprises shareholders meeting, Jared and Natalie prepare for the worst. Dorian begins dropping one bombshell after another at the meeting, and produces Pamela Stuart to help back up her claims. Meanwhile, the entire Buchanan family are left speechless by Dorian’s announcments. Enraged, Clint lunges for Dorian’s throat. Jessica can’t believe her sister was in cahoots with Jared. Thanks to Jared’s lies, Malcom gains possession of Nash’s vineyard. Jared and Nash’s fight has tragic consequences. Jared blames himself for all that’s happened, while Natalie realizes what she has done. Gigi and Rex are horrified to discover Nash’s bloody body. Jessica breaks down in Viki’s arms at the hospital. Gigi thanks Rex from protecting her from the broken glass. Viki is disheartened to overhear Jared calling Charlie “dad.” Michael has devastating news for Jessica. Natalie tells Bo that Jared never meant to hurt anyone. As Jessica and her family set vigil for Nash, the young wife attempts to stay strong. Michael tells the family to say their good-byes to Nash. Viki learns that Jessica is pregnant. Nash’s life comes to an end as Jessica wonders how she will ever be able to go on with her life. Natalie becomes the target of Jessica’s wrath. Dorian gives David a rude awakening, and realizes that victory isn’t as sweet as she thought it would be. Jessica tells Natalie she hates her. David informs Viki that he may have a clue as to Charlie’s whereabouts. A Rodi’s bartendar discovers a passed out Charlie in an alley and uses his cell phone to contact Viki. A horrified Viki arrives to find that Charlie has quit breathing, calls 911, and begins administring CPR.

Gig and Rex have an akward encounter. Rex receives a cryptic note concerning Adriana. Viki asks Roxy why she wanted Charlie to claim to be Rex’s father. Roxy makes a quick get away following David’s arrival. Gigi comforts Rex after he learns that Charlie is not really his father. Rex questions Gigi about the note he received. Adriana finds herself backed into a corner when Rex confronts her about the anonymous message he was given. Adriana admits to lying to Rex, but only out of love. Rex decides he has heard enough, and walks out on Adriana, leaving her destroyed. Brody tends to Gigi after realizing that she is in shock following her near death experience. Adriana blames Dorian for sabotaging her marriage, and wants nothing more to do with her. Bo gives Rex some fatherly advice when he admits that he and Adriana are having problems. Rex is grateful for Bo’s friendship.

Around Town:

Blair, Starr, and Addie want nothing to do with Dorian’s latest plan for the Cramer women. Starr wishes that everyone would just get over the fact that she is pregnant. Todd is anything but complacent when Blair slaps him with a restraining order.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF June 9, 2008

Monday: Blair calls the cops on Todd. Jared prepares to deal with the ramifications of his lies. Rex demands that Adriana grant him a divorce.

Tuesday: Clint and Bo demand justice for Jared. Adriana has a long distance plan to salvage her marriage. Renee confronts Jared, while Nigel prepares to confess. Blair questions Addie about her father.

Wednesday: John, Talia, and Antonio spy on Ramsey. Rex confronts Charlie and Roxy. Marty Saybrooke is revealed to still be alive. Tina Roberts returns to Llanview as “The Crown Princess of Mendorra.”

Thursday: Tina’s return to town is anything but quiet. Todd makes a shocking discovery. Starr seeks Marcie’s help with Sam.

Friday: Todd formulates a new plan. Tina places Sarah and Cristian’s lives in danger. Starr contemplates placing her baby up for adoption.

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