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OLTL PreVUE: Week of May 26 Edition

By Scotty Gore

( — Blood alone does not a parent make.

Melissa Fumero


In a special Memorial Day encore of “Prom Night: the Musical,” which orignally aired on June 18th, 2007, Starr has great difficulty making it to the prom. Her dress is ruined when she unwittingly comes between Dorian and David during a food fight. Britney, while gitty about Cole taking her to the prom, becomes concerned that his feelings for Starr may get in the way of their perfect evening. Marcie works overtime to push Langston and Markko together. Dorian’s limo breaks down with Starr en route to the prom, while Cole sets out in search of the woman he loves.

Rex is puzzled as to why Adriana has placed his toothbrush in her bag. Gigi flies off the handle when Brody allows Shane to drink beer. Adriana desperately works to cover her tracks with Rex confronts her about the toothbrush. Brody realizes the error of his ways, and works to make things right with Gigi and Shane.

The Main Event: Parents Behaving Badly

While Marcie pulls Sam from Todd’s vehicle, Michael tends to a wounded Adriana’s injured knee. On their way to the hospital, Todd comes to and eyes Marcie holding Sam in her arms. After calling John, Marcie refuses to hand over Sam to Todd and tears into him for not having the child in a car seat. Todd meanwhile, pays a Sun employee to place a car seat at the accident scene, only to have his rouse uncovered. Todd fumes with anger as Sam is placed into the custody of Child Protective Services. Unaware of the current situation, Blair adamantly refuses Todd’s plea for help. Fed up with Todd’s behavior, Viki tells her brother to grow up and take responsibility for his own actions. Marcie, Markko, Langston, Cole, Starr, and Blair all provide damning evidence against Todd as Sam’s custody hearing begins. The judge arrives at a decision. Blair makes an unexpected announcement in the courtroom. Marcie breaks down, fearing she will never be a mother again. Todd promises to destroy Blair.

Adriana confronts her mother about her trying to stop her wedding to Rex. Charlie is on the verge of confessing to Rex when they receive news of Adriana’s accident. Jared and Natalie prepare for worst after discovering that David has escaped. David meanwhile, pays Dorian a visit. Dorian urges David to sit on the truth about Jared for the moment, and takes drastic action after bumping into Charlie at the hospital. With the help of two hired hands, Dorian places a drugged Charlie in one of the spare bedrooms at La Boulaie. Dorian warns David that if he keeps his mouth shut, they will both be rich. Addie is delighted to have David back in the house again. Viki becomes concerned when she can’t reach Charlie and realizes that Rex doesn’t yet know the truth. Dorian sends Viki a text message via Charlie’s cell phone in order to buy her more time. Blair is none to happy to find Addie with David. Dorian is pleased to see all the pieces of her plan falling perfectly into place. David grows suspicious as to whom Dorian is hiding in her bed. Viki arrives at La Boulaie to speak with Blair, but ends up fighting with Dorian. David deflects Addie’s advances. Dorian places the final touches on her plan to destroy the Buchanans, and warns an unconscious Charlie that his life is about to go to hell in a hand basket. With Nash about to lose the vineyard, Jared offers to buy it with BE funds to prevent investors from using the land to build a shopping mall.
Jared discovers David at Dorian’s house.

Around Town:

Clint and Nora argue about Lindsay; Nora turns to RJ for potential dirt on Lindsay; Bo forgives Lindsay on the condition that she remains honest with him; Clint and Bo plan to display a united front at the upcoming BE shareholders meeting; Jessica has some exciting news for Natalie.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF June 2, 2008

Monday: Rex receives a cryptic message. Dorian places her plan in motion. Viki confronts Roxy about Rex’s paternity.

Tuesday: Dorian drops several bombshells at the BE shareholders meeting. Nash and Jared’s fight has tragic consequences. Gigi comforts Rex over Charlie not being his father.

Wednesday: Michael delivers devastating news to Jessica. Antonio pays Ramsey a visit. Adriana finds herself backed into a corner.

Thursday: Viki learns Jessica has a bun in the oven. A young Buchanan girl becomes a widow. Dorian discovers revenge isn’t always sweet.

Friday: Jessica unleashes her anger on Natalie. Adriana again disowns her mother. Todd fights back.

My View of Llanview: May 15 Edition

Black vs. White
Friday, May 23, 2008 8:52 PM| By Scotty Gore

( – Ellen Holly comments on playing a black woman (Carla Gray) pretending to be white.

Hello everyone. Yes, this column is again several days late. Sorry about that, but I just have no time in schedule for much of anything these days. I hope that improves soon.

With the 40th anniversary of “One Life to Live” just around the corner, I thought it appropriate to reflect upon one of the soap’s first controversial storylines. It involved an actress by the name of Ellen Holly, who portrayed Carla Gray. Unknownist to viewers at the time, Carla, was actually a black woman passing herself off as a white woman. The following article, written by Ms. Holly herself, appeared in the August 10th, 1969 edition of the New York Times.

In September of last year I was approached to try out for a part on a brand new ABC soap opera called “One Life To Live”; the part was a black girl who passes for white. I didn’t give it much thought. If you’re black you don’t get white parts, and if you’re a “black who looks white” you don’t get black parts either. But what most people don’t realize is that even when there’s a part for a “black who looks like white,” it never goes to a black person but to a white one. Follow? I know … I know … it’s hard for me, too.

Some years ago I was interviewed for the film “I Passed For White” and the part went to the white Sandra Wilde. Some years later, I was seen about the remake of “Imitation of Life.” Ross Hunter cooed over me, told me I looked like Loretta Young, and gave the part to the white Susan Kohner. I had dim memories of Jeanne Crain in “Pinky,” Ben Aliza in “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window,” Mell Ferrer & Co. as the family in “Lost Boundaries” and numerous other whites masquerading as blacks masquerading as whites which, as far as I am concerned, cancels out the whole point much in the manner of a double negativity. So I thought I knew pretty much what to expect from “One Life To Live.”

At the interview with the producer, Doris Quinlan, I smiled and did my best to look amiable, talented and 20 (which was what the part called for and which I hadn’t seen for a goodly while), but in the back of my head I was already bracing for the inevitable turndown. She smiled a lovely smile back and said that they were being polite about things and looking at all the white girls the agents were sending them but that she didn’t really see the slightest point to the whole thing if the girl wasn’t the genuine article. It sounded revolutionary enough to report her to the H.U.A.C. They tested me. A couple of days later I had the part. I couldn’t believe it.

Then I began to worry. I have such a personal distaste for blacks who pass for white that I wondered how the story line was going to be handled. If an actor’s at all squeamish or apprehensive about the part he’s playing, a soap poses a rather special problem for him. In a play or film you know the whole story before you contract to do it, but in a soap the story is open-ended. New writing is a constant and you don’t know from one moment to the next what words are going to be put into your mouth. If you’re dealing with dense writers, you can end up playing a ventriloquist’s dummy Uncle Tom or quitting the job to avoid it.

On the other hand, in terms of the particular story line, I found the idea fascinating. I felt that the unique format of a soap would enable people to examine their prejudices in a way no other format possibly could. In a play or a film the audience would relate to the character as white only briefly and then discover she was black perhaps an hour later, but the soap audience would relate to her as white for months … months in which she would become part of their daily lives … for some, virtually a member of their family. The emotional investment they made in her as a human being would be infinitely greater, and when the switch came, their involvement would be real rather than superficial. A lot of whites who think they aren’t prejudiced – are. It seemed like a marvelous opportunity to help them confront their own prejudices. When the switch came, those who would radically alter their response to the character would surely demonstrate to themselves that they don’t dislike black people because they are dirty or lazy or stupid, but just because they are black – i.e., they would have a chance to isolate not only the existence of their own prejudice but, also, its lack of a logical base.

My character, Carla Benari, was introduced last October. For four months thereafter I was presented as a white girl, a struggling actress engaged to a white doctor but gravitating – against her will – toward a gorgeous black one. Ironically, for the first time in my life, I had to “cool” being black lest I tip the plot. I had to forgo an appearance on another ABC show called “Like It Is” that deals with the black scene, and patiently wait for an issue of Look in which I appeared properly labeled as a black actress to disappear from the stands. Even though the situation was temporary, I found it much more destructive to my psyche than I had dreamed …

A month went by, and we got to an important turn in the plot. I kissed Peter De Anda, who plays the gorgeous black doctor, and confessed my love for him. Immediately, the switchboard was flooded with calls from irate white men defending my supposedly Caucasian virtue (later, after the switch, I’m sure they felt like a bunch of idiots) and the show was dropped like a hot potato by a station in Texas. Most producers would have blanched and dropped the story line; Doris Quinlan had been prepared to lose more. The reaction from white women was different. They wrote in (people who are angry seem to call at once to relieve their feeling; people who are pleased seem to write at their leisure) and said, “Well, it’s about time.”

… Finally, we got to the switch. In an ingenious script whose parallel cutting was almost as well done as Hitchcock’s tennis game sequence in “Strangers on a Train,” I met up with the black mother I had abandoned nine years before (a major character, who had already been well established in the story line long before I was, and played by Lillian Hayman of “Hallelujah, Baby” fame). People were genuinely surprised. Most found it absorbing. Others were fascinated by the way all the pieces fit. There were, of course, the inevitable ones who found it hard to accept …

It is now several months since the switch. Presumably, people would have made emotional adjustments they felt necessary and settled down. Still, there are those who call the show from time to time to check to make certain that a black actress rather than a white one is playing the part. Whether it’s a black person checking to make sure that a soul sister wasn’t done out of a job, or a white person checking to make sure a white actress isn’t playing opposite a black actor, is never clear. What is clear is that it’s going to be a great day when America ceases to be obsessed with color…

I love my job. Jack Wood and Don Wallace direct the show with a special care of things. The actors are some of the best around. The writer, Agnes Nixon, is more sensitive to the vibrations of the black community than any white I’ve ever met and I think three or four of the episodes have been more relevant to life and real concerns than any I ever dealt with during a decade in the theater. The tedious but necessary aspects of soap opera are definitely present – exposition to help newcomers catch up on plot lines, dull stretches, repetition. But within the framework of the genre surprisingly much has gotten said – among other things, that blacks pass for white not because they value whiteness per se, but rather because they value the special rights and privileges that unfairly accrue to whiteness … New as it is, “One Life To Live” has one of the highest ratings of any soap on the air. Not only because of this story line, but because of several things equally well done, including the major one about some swanky goings on on the Philadelphia Main Line.

I love the job, but I have one major regret … I look forward to the day when America believes that the relevant thing about me is not that I am black but that I am Ellen.

Well, that’s all for this edition of the column. I hope you enjoyed this edition of the column. That’s all for now; please be sure and join me again on May 30th. See you next time.

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

Pictured: My View of Llanview courtesy Matt Smith/Soap Opera Network

Block’s ‘Life’ Reaches End

Friday, May 23, 2008 7:52 PM | By Scotty Gore

Hunt Block
( — Llanview’s corrupt police commissioner will soon be without a job.

The casting shake-ups continue at “One Life to Live,” with Soap Opera Weekly reporting that Hunt Block, who joined the cast in the short-term role of rogue FBI agent turned Police Commissioner Lee Ramsey last October, has been handed his walking papers.

Prior to his stint on “OLTL,” Block became the second actor to Craig Montgomery on “As the World Turns” from 2000-2005. Additionally, Block portrayed Ben Warren on “Guiding Light” from 1997-1999, and Guy Donahue on “All My Children” in 2000. He has also appeared on stage in films such as As You Like It, Forever After and A Loss Of Memory.

In a recent interview with SOW, Block stated that “I met a lot of nice people on the show,” and that “I wish them luck.” While “OLTL” is keeping mum on the specifics of his exit, the character is not expected to leave Llanview quietly. Although no final airdate has been announced, look for Block to last air as Lee Ramsey sometime in June or July.

In other news…

Christine Jones makes yet another appearance as Pamela Stuart (Asa Buchanan’s ex-wife #5), beginning June 3rd when Dorian orders her to be in attendance at a Buchanan Enterprises board meeting to help back up her claims concerning Jared Banks. This marks Jones’ third stint on the show since January. Besides originating the role of Pamela Stuart in the mid-1980′s, Jones also portrayed Victoria Lord during Erika Slezak’s maternity leave in 1981.

Forbes March last airs in early June, as his character Nash Brennan meets a bloody demise.

OLTL PreVUE: Week of May 19 Edition

By Scotty Gore

( — He love me, he loves me not…

Melissa Fumero


After making himself at home in Asa’s mansion, David delights in making Jared squirm in front of Nora and Clint, who are none to happy with their uninvited houseguest. In an attempt to keep David quiet, Jared whacks him over the head, rendering him unconscious. Jared and Nigel scramble to keep David out of sight as very slowly come to. Natalie arrives on the scene in time to assist Jared and Nigel in tying up David in the stables. David counters Jared’s death threats by extending him an olive branch, in which he tells Jared and Natalie that if they give him money they’ll never see him again. Realizing what needs to be done, Jared and Natalie make plans to out themselves before David does. Jared pays Charlie a visit. Natalie is left shaken when Clint almost stumbles upon David when he visits the stables. Charlie knows he must rock Viki’s world by confessing the truth to the woman he loves. Charlie heads to see Rex as he braces to tell Viki the truth.

The Main Event: The Wedding from Hell

As the priest asks if anyone has any objections to Rex and Adriana getting married, Gigi proclaims her love for Rex. After nonchalantly strolling down the aisle, Adriana punches Gigi’s lights out. Marcie encourages Gigi to tell Rex the truth about Shane, however, Brody arrives at the church before she can make another announcement. As Gigi and Shane leave the church with Brody, the boy wants his “father” to come stay with them. Gigi allows Brody to bunk with them for the night, as long as he sleeps on the couch. Brody dodges Gigi’s questions about how he ended up in Llanview. Adriana and a troubled Rex become husband and wife. Bo and Lindsay recall their own failed wedding attempt. Dorian can hardly control her emotions over the turn of events. Shane gives Adriana a rather wet welcome when she stops by to visit Gigi. As Adriana tries to coax her into another scheme, Gigi drops a bomb on Adriana. Brody physically removes Adriana from the premises as she bubble with anger.

Thanks to Todd, Starr and Cole end up in the hospital. Blair demands that Todd keep his distance from his daughter. John receives confirmation on Starr’s pregnancy from Cole. Blair is floored when the doctor informs her that both Starr and her baby are in good condition. Starr opens up to a guilty Blair. Starr confesses to her mother that she didn’t tell her about being pregnant for fear of her telling Todd. Blair angrily confronts Todd. John and Cole have a man- to-man conversation. Starr wounds Todd when she tells him that she will never be able to forgive him. Blair has Todd arrested on assault charges. Langston and Markko fill John, Blair, Starr, and Cole in on all the latest Llanview happenings. Blair decides to keep Todd in the dark about Starr’s pregnancy for as long as possible. Nora promises to keep Starr and Cole’s secret. Blair informs Starr that she is the one calling the shots now. Todd is angered to discover that Blair has changed all the locks and hired Shaun for protection. Todd is crushed when Starr lets him know in no uncertain terms that he scares her. Blair stands her ground and tells Todd to find somewhere else to live. Todd leaves, but not before making one final demand. Todd’s attempt at using Jack to play hardball is met with resistance from Blair. Starr helps out her mother by explaining to Jack that Todd is to blame for Blair kicking him out of the house. Todd grabs Sam and leaves, all the while vowing to return. As they prepare to celebrate their second wedding anniversary, Marcie and Michael agree to work to salvage their marriage. However, on their way out to dinner, they witness a car crash involving Todd and Sam.

Around Town:

Carlotta gives Talia a piece of her mind; Ramsey tattles his plan to steal the Mendorran Crown Jewels from Lindsay’s gallery to Antonio; Cristian comes clean to Sarah about Antonio, Talia, and John, and the two make love; RJ is hurt when Lindsay rejects him for Bo, warns her the truth will come out, and pays a visit to Nora; Bo has a change of heart about his relationship with Lindsay; Ramsey puts his plan into motion and plans to frame Talia for the crime; Lindsay promises revenge on Nora; Antonio is unable to alert Talia in time; RJ has Lindsay’s freedom in his hands.


Monday: Encore Presentation of Prom Night: The Musical episode from June 18, 2007.

Tuesday: Marcie refuses to hand over Sam to Todd for a second time. Adriana confronts Dorian, who goes to great lengths to keep her ruse alive.

Wednesday: Todd is hot under the collar with the recent events involving Sam. David realizes Dorian is up to something. Rex begins to grow suspicious of Adriana.

Thursday: Todd pleads his case to the judge. Viki becomes worried when she can’t reach Charlie. Nora decides to see if RJ has any dirt on Lindsay.

Friday: Todd unleashes his anger on Blair while in the courtroom. Jessica delivers some startling news to Natalie. Addie is overjoyed to have David back at La Boule.

Cousins Raises ‘Cain’ in Llanview

Thursday, May 15, 2008 6:59 PM | By Scotty Gore

One Life to Live
( — “One Life to Live” is bringing back yet another familiar face.

On the heels of the news that Tuc Watkins, Andrea Evans, Thom Christopher, and Susan Haskell will all be reprising their “One Life to Live” roles this spring and summer, comes news that the sudser is bringing back still another fan favorite. is confirming that Christopher Cousins is reprising his role as conman Cain Rogan.

Cousins portrayed the infamous con artist Cain Rogan, who always employed the use of clever diguises to pull off his heists, from 1991-1994. While searching for information he could use against the powerful Asa Buchanan, Cain crossed paths with Tina Clayton Lord, whom he ended up taking the plunge into holy matrimony. Not long thereafter, the marriage fell apart and Cain and Tina got divorced.

While “OLTL” is keeping mum on the details, it has been said that his return will be tied to Andrea Evans’ return next month as Tina. Look for Cousins to first air in early July.

“One Life” Returns to Mendorra

Soap revisits past
Thursday, May 15, 2008 5:54 PM| By Scotty Gore

( — Head Writer Ron Carlivati brings another piece of Llanview history to life.

Following weeks of speculation, Soap Opera Network can now confirm that “One Life to Live” plans to resurrect the fictional European principality of Mendorra. The official word comes not from the daytime drama itself, but from the website of actor Jason Howland, who has previously appeared on “OLTL” as Boo, one half of Roxy Balsom’s poker buddies. On his website, Howland mentions that he recently taped an episode for the ABC sudser, in which he portrayed Mr. Caldwell, a museum curator from Mendorra. The episode, which was taped last month, is expected to air later this month.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mendorra played a prominent role in several “OLTL” storylines. First, there was Tina Robert’s unquenchable determination to gain possession of the fictional nation’s crown jewels. Then there was Megan Harrison who was at one time involved with the Mendorran crown prince. After saving her life, he ended up permantetly blinded. As a result, Bo, Sarah, and Megan returned with him to Mendorra, where they bumped into Cassie Callison and her mother Dorian Lord, who had become Mendorra’s ambassador. And then there was the wedding of Sarah and Bo, while disguised as Prince Raymond.

This go around, Llanview Police Commissioner Lee Ramsey devises a plan to steal the Mendorran Crown Jewels, which are on display at Lindsay Rappaport’s art gallery. He confides his plan to Antonio, and let’s it slip that he plans to frame Talia for the heist. It has also been speculated that this is only the beginning of a much larger storyline that may also involve more of Llanview, including Tina Roberts, upon Andrea Evans’ return to the role in June. Look for these scenes to air beginning May 21st.

Pictured: Hunt Block courtesy CBS

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OLTL PreVUE: Week of May 12 Edition

A severe case of cold feet..
Thursday, May 8, 2008 12:24 AM | By Scotty Gore

( — It’s too late to turn back now, or is it?


After overhearing Jared state that he is not a Buchanan, David Vickers devises his latest scheme. Viki is shocked to find David in her kitchen. David meanwhile, gently probes for information on Jared, and later comes face to face with he and Natalie at Asa’s mansion. Jared and Natalie pale as David claims he knows everything, however he remains clueless to the fact that he is the true Buchanan heir. David proceeds to blackmail Jared and Natalie demanding money in exchange for his silence. Nigel worries that Natalie and Jared’s relationship won’t remain a secret for long.

Cole manages to win Starr a stuffed frog along the boardwalk. John demands answers from Winter. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, Langston confesses to Dorian that she’s not the one who’s pregnant. Dorian meanwhile, is unable to reach Blair on her cell phone. After scolding her for lying, Dorian praises Langston for her loyalty to Starr in her time of need, and breathes a sigh of relief upon learning that Langston is still a virgin. Blair receives a jolt when Todd joins her and John at Virginia Beach. Todd receives the third degree from Blair, who
warns him to change his attitude. Winter doesn’t give John much information to work with, however, he is successful in gathering enough data to run a background check on the guy. Blair demands separate motel rooms for her, John, and Todd as her anger reaches its boiling point. Addie finds out that Starr is pregnant. Blair accuses Todd of allowing his anger to get in the way of his concern for Starr. While suffering from a rough bout of morning sickness, Starr realizes just how much she misses her mother. Blair’s nerves are calmed when John informs her that he told Winter to provide Todd with false information so they could get to Starr and Cole before he did. Todd, meanwhile, discovers that he has been set up. Hot on her daughter’s trail, Blair is heartbroken to see how Starr has been living since running away. John discovers that Starr is pregnant, but decides not to tell Blair. While walking on the boardwalk, Starr and Cole come face to face with Todd.


Brody spies on Gigi through a window. Still in a drunken stupor, Rex seeks advice from Bo. Adriana communicates to Brody via text messages, urging him to reveal himself to Gigi. Brody informs Adriana that is unable to at the moment because Gigi is not alone. Meanwhile, an intoxicated Rex tries to tell Gigi something but is interrupted by Shane. After Gigi sends him home, Rex is surprised to find Adriana there waiting for him. Certain that he is lying about not visiting Gigi, Adriana asks Rex to make love to her. Trying to tone down the situation, both Rex and Adriana are dismayed by his sudden case of erectile dysfunction. Brody looks on as Gigi breaks down in tears, and leaves without revealing himself to her. As Rex and Adriana awaken on their wedding day, neither are as happy as they should be. Considering it a bad omen for them to be together before their wedding, Roxy goes into panic mode. Roxy exhibits strange motherly behavior when she reminds Rex that she has always loved him. Bo suspects Rex is suffering from more than a case of cold feet. Marcie receives a surprise when Gigi informs her that Rex is Shane’s father. As Gigi is leaving for the wedding, Marcie urges her to tell Shane the truth, but Gigi feels that it is best for everyone if it stays a secret. Marcie and Gigi rush to Llanfair is search of Shane’s inhaler following a severe asthma attack. While there, they encounter Rex, who is searching for Charlie. Adriana reminds Brody of their agreement. Adriana and her bridal party make their way to the church for the wedding. Back at Llanfair, Rex gives Shane mouth-to-mouth resuscitation just before he and Gigi rush him to the hospital. Charlie and Bo are concerned when by Rex’s absence as the wedding is about to begin. Dorian reverts to her old ways when she pays Brody is disappear. Rex and Gigi nearly give in to their feelings. A heartbroken Gigi successfully urges Rex to leave for the church. Adriana is relieved by Rex’s arrival. Although secretly troubled, Rex assures Bo that everything is fine. Dorian tries to manipulate Gigi in order to get what she wants. As Brody recalls the day he said goodbye to Gigi, he remains conflicted on what to do next.


- Antonio and Talia’s kiss at Capricorn is interrupted by Cristian who warns them that they are placing their plan in jeopardy.

- Antonio assures his brother that he and Talia are playing it safe.

- Alone together in a closed Capricorn, Antonio and Talia find it difficult to keep their hands to themselves.

- Antonio and Talia are disciplined by a priest who finds them making out in the church.

- Sarah and Cristian enjoy a little play time.

- My View of Llanview: April 30 Edition. READ MORE

- Evans Brings Tina Back to Llanview. READ MORE


Monday: Gigi has something to say at the wedding; Blair orders Todd to stay away from Starr; David places Jared on the hot seat in front of Clint and Nora.

Tuesday: Starr opens up to Blair; Gigi is floored to see Brody alive and well; Jared will stop at nothing to silence David.

Wednesday: Blair wants to keep Todd in the dark about Starr for as long as possible; Natalie and Jared realize they must confess before David outs them; Natalie works to keep Clint from spotting David.

Thursday: Blair tells Todd to find a new place to live; Lindsay vows to make Nora suffer for coming between her and Bo; a scorned RJ warns Lindsay that her secrets will be exposed.

Friday: Todd has a trick up his sleeve concerning Blair and his kids; Viki’s world is rocked by Charlie’s confession; Gigi informs Adriana of Dorian’s latest actions.

Pictured: John-Paul Lavoisier courtesy Donna Svennevik/ABC

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OLTL PreVUE: Week of May 5 Edition

By Scotty Gore

( — A con man targets his next victim.

Tuc Watkins


Blair blames Todd for Starr running away with Cole, and urges him to take responsibility for his actions. Langston and Markko find themselves in hot water with Dorian as they cover for Starr by claiming that Langston is the one who is pregnant. As Dorian lashes out at Markko, Langston quickly reminds her of what it takes to be a Cramer woman. Starr and Cole are honest with one another as they discuss their night of passion. John infoms Antonio and Talia that he is leaving Llanview in search of Starr and Cole. As the two teen lovebirds settle into their new lives, Starr is impressed by Cole’s get up and go attitude as they search for summer jobs. John provides Blair with moral support, and work together to figure out where Starr and Cole have gone. Todd, meanwhile, confronts Langston and Markko demanding to know where Starr and Cole ran away to. Langston’s attempts to calm Todd’s down are shortlived when he locates Markko’s pre-paid cell phone in his backpack. Afterward, he call the cell phone and demands to speak with his daughter. While tempted by Todd’s offer to come home, Starr realizes that her father would die if he knew she were pregnant. Todd receives a tip as to Starr and Cole’s location. Dorian’s annoucement shocks Langston. As John and Blair search the boardwalk, they are unaware of just how close Starr and Cole really are. Langston is beside herself when Dorian takes her to the doctor for an abortion.

Charlie begins to suspect that Rex is having second thoughts about marrying Adriana. Gigi confesses her feelings for Rex to Viki. Adriana attempts to persuade Brody to reunite with Gigi and Shane. Adriana’s jaw drops when Brody tells her that Rex is Shane’s father. Refusing to abandon her plan, and knowing that Gigi would never do anything to tarnish Shane’s image of his father the war hero, Adriana tries to reward Brody with money if he pretends to be Shane’s father. Rex and Gigi continue to dance around their feelings. Meanwhile, Adriana finds the two together, and invites Gigi to her bachelorette party at UV, and apologizes to Rex for her behavior. Dorian becomes worried about Adriana’s zealousness about getting Gigi and Brody back together. Gigi confesses to Marcie that she’s still in love with Rex. In a drunken stuper,
Rex crashes the bachelorette party looking for Gigi and does an impromptu striptease. Snoop Dogg performs at Adriana’s Ultra Violet bachelorette party. While still drunk, Rex seeks advice from Bo. Shane is thrilled to find a picture of his “father” Brody, who has conflicting feelings about reuniting with Gigi and Shane.


Natalie loses the battle with her feelings and tells Jared that she loves him. Agreeing not to think about the future, Natalie and Jared make love for the first time. Later, after waking up happily in one another’s arms, Jared decides he will come clean once they return to Llanview. Natalie’s happiness is short lived when Jared tells her that Charlie is his father. Natalie believes that Viki needs to know the truth, but can’t bear to destroy her mother’s happiness. Jared and Natalie stop by the Bonjour Cafe, where David Vickers just happens to be working. David recalls the nightmare that led him to seek employment at the local greasy spoon. Natalie and Jared’s arrival peaks David’s curiosity. After overhearing Jared saying that he is not really a Buchanan, David believes he has found his latest meal ticket; all the while unaware
that he is the true Buchanan heir.


- Antonio and Talia quickly make up for lost time.

- Antonio, John, and Talia kick their plan to destroy Ramsey into second gear.

- Antonio continues to make Ramsey believe he is a corrupt cop and wants a piece of whatever side action Ramsey is involved with.

- Cristian spots Antonio and Talia together and warns them they are planning their plan in jeopardy by being together.

- My View of Llanview: April 30 Edition. READ MORE

- Evans Brings Tina Back to Llanview. READ MORE


Monday: Rex wrestles with his feelings for Gigi; Todd, Blair, and John are hot on Starr and Cole’s trail; Langston is forced to tell Dorian the truth.

Tuesday: Adriana orders Brody to follow through with his end of the bargin; David pays Viki a surprise visit; Jared and Natalie finds themselves in over their heads.

Wednesday: John is one step ahead of Todd; David places Natalie and Jared on the hot seat; Dorian takes action on her daughter’s wedding day.

Thursday: Adriana fears the worst when Rex is absent from his own wedding; Starr and Cole bump into Todd; John realizes that Starr is pregnant.

Friday: Gigi says her peace as the wedding gets underway; Blair orders Todd to stay away from Starr; Jared fights back when David threatens to blackmail him.

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My View of Llanview: April 30 Edition

Back to the past
Sunday, May 4, 2008 11:44 PM| By Scotty Gore

( – A look at Viki before Erika.

Hello everyone. My sincere apologizes for this column being a few days late, but I am about to enter the final days of my student teaching semester. With graduation fast approaching next Saturday, things have gotten rather hectic around the house, seriously limiting the amount of free time I have available
to write this column.

So, because of homework and tests, here an article from the June 1971 edition of After Noon TV, entitled “The Good Witch of the North Riding Side Saddle on a Washing Machine.” It was written by Robert Narrows, and talks about Joanne Dorian who became the second actress to portray Viki on “One Life to Live” between Gillian Spencer and Erika Slezak. Hope you enjoy…….

Return with us now to El Mirage Lake in California, a sea of sand where Joanne Dorian once road the toughest, the orneriest, he most rip shortin’ washing machine in creation.

Yup, that’s what we said folks. A washing machine. Rode it sidesaddle, no less. And that’s not all. Joanne’s also been a puppet come to life, had conversations with an imaginary dog, been stuffed in a Volkswagen with 23 college boys and dreamed about flowers inside a coffee cup.

Hard to believe? Well, the truth is that anybody can do it. Anybody, that is who’s young and beautiful and has what they call in the business “a commercial face.”

And Joanne Dorian has it. So much so, that if you haven’t yet caught her performance as Viki Riley on One Life to Live, chances are you’ve seen her work in dozens of little commercial dramas. Last Christmas, for example, she was popping out all over the tube as the Avon Lady, the one who sold her goodies to a deliriously happy Mrs. Santa Claus at the North Pole. And do you know that surrealistic split-screen classic? That masterpiece where on one side is a girl soaping her hair, and on the other is a baby running through the fields while an off screen voice coos “Remember the baby like softness that was born in your hair…?” Well, Joanne was the sudsy one. She’s also been a Crisco lady, and if you live in the Midwest, you might recall her throwing snowballs and shilling air-conditioning for Columbia Gas. And so on, ad commercio nauseum.

Joanne has been on the commercial whirl for the past two years, ever since she migrated to New York from sunny California. That’s not to say she singled out commercials as a life work. When you earned a degree in drama from UCLA, danced and sang in a USO sponsored tour of Carousel in the Orient, worked in repertory and appeared in the national company of There’s A Girl in My Soup, you don’t necessarily dream about huckstering for Johnson and Johnson, Crisco, Top Job or ringing doorbells for Avon.

What we’re trying to say is that life just ain’t that easy for an aspiring actress. So up till now, and except for a brief appearance as a copy girl in The Secret Storm (oddly enough, she is cast as an executive assistant on a newspaper in One Life to Live), Joanne’s talent has been displayed largely on 30 and 60 second commercial spots. Not that we’re knocking commercials. Joanne regards them as rewarding and fun. Some so funny, in fact, that they’ve never made it to the home screen. Like, for instance, that mechanical dreadnaught we spoke about earlier – the washing machine.

“I rode side saddle on that thing for three days,” said Joanne “driven across the desert by a little old man who was scrunched up inside the machine at the controls. There were food stains set up at particular intervals, and the driver was supposed to stop at those marks when he heard a horn blast, the signal being given by the director who was riding along side of us in the camera car.”

“The trouble was that the machine didn’t stop. It zipped right through the bloodstains, the coffee stains and the egg stains. It went faster and faster. I was screaming and yelling and banging my feet, and the director was screaming and yelling and tooting his horn.”

“But then things got even more ridiculous. As we were galumphing along, looming on the horizon and heading straight for us was an entire house, pulled a long by a little car. And off in the distance we could see another commercial being filmed – some guy flying in the air with a wing like apparatus.”

“So you can just imagine how ludicrous it was. There we were, the washer and camera car rattling along, the house in front and aerial act above. It was like a scene out of a Fellini western.”

“Finally, a’la John Wayne, the director pulled me off the machine to safety. Later we discovered that the washer driver didn’t stop because he never heard the horn. Seemed he was hard of hearing.”

But that’s not all, folks. Here ‘s another commercial that died on he cutting room floor. Let’s call it the great Volkswagen caper.

“I guess the sponsor was trying to show how roomy the car was,” said Joanne. “Anyway, they put me under the dashboard and wedged in a fraternity house from the University of Southern California. Three of the boys were put in the trunk and the rest were plopped in the car like so many pancakes. I almost smothered to death.”

“For the grand finale, they all poured out of the car, put me on the hood and carried me off.” Why didn’t they air the commercial? Use you imagination. There’s something slightly risqué about a girl coming out of a car behind 23 young guys.

I got a mild case of claustrophobia from that commercial. My own car was a Volkswagen, and for the next two weeks I was afraid to get into it.”

There’s more. “Oh let me tell you about this coffee ad,” she laughed. “It was partially animated to give the impression that my husband and I were sitting in the middle of a coffee cup. Every time we took a sip we’d have a psychedelic experience. He’d see boats. I’d see flowers. The images kept alternating until one of our visions merged and we were lifted out of a cup by a balloon. It was fun, really. But they never did put that coffee on the market.”

Her first commercial, and one that did see the light on the TV screen, was a Top Job ad especially tailored for the annual showing of The Wizard of Oz. The detergent bottle caps were shaped in the puppet form of Oz characters, and Joanne sprang to life as the Good Witch of the North.

“I had to sprinkle magic dust over a little girl who was playing Dorothy and guide her through the Land of Oz,” recalled Joanne.

According to Joanne commercial auditions can be crazier than commercial itself. Without a script or prop to work with, She’s been asked to recreate some nutty situations. Among them carrying on an impromptu conversation with an invisible dog and lifting imaginary tables and chairs.

Now if you think that’s ridiculous, consider the lunacy of her most recent audition. Consider also, that it’s you, not Joanne who has just walked into the commercial studio. The director speaks:

“Okay,” He says, “I want you to imagine that it’s very early in the morning. You’re half asleep when you go to the window and open the Venetian blinds. You pull the string, and while it’s going down the string on the other end is going up – with a box of Jell-O. Throughout the day, you see boxes of Jell-O everywhere. Finally, you get in your car, and because it’s raining you turn on the windshield wipers. And attached to the wipers are boxes of Jell-O going back and forth, back and forth.”

Now if you can do that, you can do commercials. Who knows, you might even be lucky enough to ride sidesaddle on a washing machine.

Saving the best for last, it’s time to take a quick look at some of the plotlines coming up on “OLTL” a couple of weeks down the road. A concerned woman is relieved to learn that one Cramer woman is a virgin, but shocked that another is with child. A young child has a medical crisis on someone’s wedding day.
A man of the cloth confronts a lustful couple for not keeping their hands to themselves. And a mother is heartbroken to discover her daughter’s present living conditions.

Well, that’s all for this edition of the column. I hope you enjoyed this edition of the column. That’s all for now; please be sure and join me again on May 15th. See you next time.

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

Pictured: My View of Llanview courtesy Matt Smith/Soap Opera Network

OLTL PreVUE: Week of April 28 Edition

A web of lies.
Sunday, April 27, 2008 9:40 PM | By Scotty Gore

( — You can’t run away from your problems.


On the verge of lovemaking, Natalie and Jared are interrupted by Viki. Natalie asks Viki if maybe she could talk to Calvin. Jared doesn’t believe Natalie’s claim that nothing will ever happen between them. Viki quizzes Calvin about his sudden interest in BE. Clint warns Bo and Nora that he’s going to continue to fight dirty in order to save BE. Bo and Clint are shocked by Calvin’s announcement that he is calling off his takeover attempt. Calvin refuses to be Dorian’s pawn. Meanwhile, Dorian’s blood boils when she realizes that Viki is responsible for her latest roadblock. Jared devises ways to spend time with Natalie, who is angry to discover that Jared tricked her into going to the Buchanan Ranch under false pretenses. Jared opens up his heart to Natalie and regrets having chosen the Buchanan name over her, all the while begging her to give him a second chance.

Starr is floored by Cole’s suggestion that get married and run away from their troubles. While spending time with her family, Starr becomes emotional upon realizing that it will be her last night with them. Starr and Langston share an emotional farwell. Viki bumps into Starr as she is about to leave to meet Cole. Starr tells Viki that she was on her way to meet Cole, but leaves out the fact that they had planned on running away together. Viki decides not to tell Blair and Todd that Starr was planning to see Cole. Dodging a few more close calls, Starr and Cole meet on the docks. Cole tries to calm Starr’s fears by promising to take care of her and the baby, and later drive off to start their new life. Starr and Cole find shelter in a rundown old beach house. Langston tries her best to cover for Starr in front of Todd and Blair. A furious Todd terrorizes Llanview by blaming people left and right for Starr’s running away from home. Blair seeks John’s help, and reaches her boiling point with Todd when he refuses to take any responsibility for his actions concerning Starr. Dorian receives a jolt when she demands answers from Langston.


When it looks like Rex is about to kiss her, Gigi slaps him. Rex explains that he was just demonstrating to Gigi how Jared is taking advantage of her, however both remain unnerved about the ordeal. Gigi confesses to Marcie that she still has feelings for Rex. Gigi recalls a time when Brody wanted to marry her even though she was pregnant with another man’s baby. Adriana attempts to convince Brody to come to Llanview to be with Gigi and Shane. Dorian, Layla, and Adriana are surprised by Brody’s temper. Adriana remains convinced that her plan will work, however, Layla worries what Brody’s return will do to Shane and Gigi. Layla finds a naked woman in Brody’s bed at the Palace, and summons Adriana to his room. Adriana, meanwhile, asks Dorian for her help. Brody manages to sneak past Adriana, Layla, and Dorian.


- Eddie pushes John’s buttons about what he and Talia are doing to Antonio.

- When Carlotta and Jamie drop by the LPD, Antonio, John, and Talia are taken aback by Ramsey’s kindness toward the girl.

- Ramsey lets an unsuspecting Antonio get away with stealing money from a drug bust.

- John comforts Talia following Antonio’s outburst.

- Sarah has a difference of opinion with Jessica and Cristian over his artwork for Nash’s wine label; Jessica suprises herself by passionately defending Cristian.

- As Jessica and Cristian grow closer over what his work means to him, Nash borrows more money from his partner.

- The tension continues to mount between Antonio and John and Talia.

- My View of Llanview: April 15 Edition. READ MORE

- Evans Brings Tina Back to Llanview. READ MORE


Monday: Jared and Natalie make love; Todd endures Blair’s wrath; Starr makes a surprise admission to Cole.

Tuesday: Jared and Natalie face reality; Antonio continues his plan to bring down Ramsey; Brody’s confession floors Adriana.

Wednesday: John and Blair team up to search for Starr and Cole; Natalie debates telling Rex and Viki the truth about Charlie; a violent Todd demands answers from Langston and Markko; David Vickers returns to Llanview.

Thursday: Rex performs a striptease and unexpectedly becomes the pre-show for Snoop Dogg; Todd begs Starr to come home; Gigi confesses to Marcie that she’s in love with Rex.

Friday: Starr and Cole are closer to Blair and John than either realize; Snoop Dogg performs at UV and has a surprise connection to a leading Llanview citizen; David believes he has found
his newest meal ticket.

Pictured: Erika Slezak courtesy Donna Svennevik/ABC

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