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OLTL PreVUE: Week of March 10 Edition

What’s a girl to do?
Saturday, March 8, 2008 10:00 PM | By Scotty Gore

( — Why must I be a teenager in love?


Ramsey threatens Nora by telling her that her job is on the line. John and Ramsey reach a stalemate. Nora tells a stunned Antonio, Cristian, and Carlotta that victims of the Santi family are suing for restitution, meaning Antonio will lose everything, including Capricorn and Jamie’s trust fund. John and Nora team up to figure out how Ramsey got his job. Cristian informs Jessica of Antonio’s turn
of bad luck. Jessica asks Cristian to design a new wine label. Ramsey arranges a meeting with Dorian, and sends John and Antonio to cover a minor crime. John, Talia, and Antonio work to understand why Ramsey had them deal with small time crooks. Ramsey begins digging into Antonio’s past. Later Antonio sees a different side of Ramsey. Nash is curious as to Jessica’s reasons for wanting to hire Cristian, and meets again with his mysterious new business partner. Jessica and Antonio share a bittersweet moment.

Dorian taunts Viki at the Palace. Jessica alerts Charlie to the true nature of Viki and Dorian’s “friendship.” Arriving at the Palace to confront Dorian, Charlie is curious as to what’s in it for her. Dorian, meanwhile, fires back and confesses to wanting to hurt Viki by keeping Jared’s secret until it will cause the most damage. Charlie wants to wash his hands of Dorian, who reminds him
that she holds all the cards. Charlie if forced to do Dorian’s bidding as she schemes to stop Adriana from marrying Rex. Natalie can see the chemistry between Rex and Gigi. Jared and Charlie join forces to beat Dorian at her own game by taping her conversation with Charlie. Jared confesses his guilt to Nigel, and is unaware their conversation is being recorded. Natalie nearly overhears Jared’s confession. Roxy wonders what Charlie’s real motives are. Viki senses that there is something going on between Rex and Gigi. After stumbling upon photos of Rex and his mother, Gigi stops Shane in his tracks when he asks if there are any pictures of his father.


Starr is distraught over her lack of contact with the outside world, and begs Dorian to help her. Although sorry for her niece’s predicament, Dorian sides with Todd. Blair flat out refuses to allow Todd to move the family to Hawaii. Starr’s joy of remaining in Llanview is short lived when Todd warns her that if Cole doesn’t keep his distance, he will have him arrested for shooting Miles. John manages to stop Cole from making matters worse. Starr realizes Todd is serious, and bruises her father’s ego by telling him that she now sees why people are afraid of him. Blair’s words fall on deaf ears as Todd is determined to file assault charges against John. However, Todd comes to his senses after Nora reminds
him that getting John fired from the LPD would play right into Ramsey’s hands. Blair tells Starr that she believes Todd would actually make good on his threat. Todd hires bodyguards to follow Starr. Langston and Markko devise a plan for Starr and Cole to meet at the docks. Blair urges Starr to let Cole go if she truly loves him. Heartbroken, Starr breaks up with Cole in order to protect him from Todd’s wrath.


- Marcie picks up Shane from school and drops him off at Llanfair.

- Marcie receives kind words from the mother of a former student, as well as from Viki.

- Asa’s old ally Walter Honeycutt offers to help with the latest crisis at Buchanan Enterprises.

- Lindsay put her scheme in motion by cozying up to Walter.

- Natalie and Jared question Renee and Nigel about potential BE adversaries.

- ABC Daytime Joins Forces with ESPN. READ MORE

- The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Award Pre-Nominations. READ MORE

- My View of Llanview: February 29 Edition. READ MORE


Monday: John sees red when Antonio refuses to stand up to Ramsey; Gigi comes clean to Rex about Shane; Jared works to gain possession of the tape.

Tuesday: Starr is out for revenge against her father; Jared worries that Natalie has uncovered the truth; Blair has a business offer for Cristian.

Wednesday: Lindsay dangles info. on BE’s enemies in front of Clint; John and Talia begin investigating Ramsey; Jared and Gigi lock lips.

Thursday: Rex and Natalie feel jealous; Lindsay urges Clint to fight dirty in order to save the family business; Adriana gives Dorian an ultimatum concerning Rex.

Friday: Jared and Charlie continue to bond; Adriana learns of her mother’s dealings; Langston and Markko work to keep Starr and Cole together.

Pictured: Kristen Alderson courtesy Donna Svennevik/ABC

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OLTL PreVUE: Week of March 3 Edition

Todd is out for blood–Cole’s.
Saturday, March 1, 2008 12:54 PM | By Scotty Gore

( — A father’s love?


Nora and Dorian reach a stalemate in their confrontation when Roxy reveals that Dorian can also be seen on the surveillance tape. An absent minded Dorian attempts to set the tape on fire, which results in the sprinkler system activating at Buchanan Enterprises. John, Talia, and Antonio discover that Ramsey is more powerful then they thought. Nora confesses when Clint demands an answer from a drenched Nora and Dorian. Viki stops Natalie from harassing Charlie, and tells her that Charlie has been truthful with her. Gigi fights her feelings and is concerned of Shane’s growing relationship with Rex. Michael explains to Natalie and Jessica that Allison opening her eyes was only an involuntary reflex and that she remains in a coma. Nash tells Jessica how Jared helped her and Natalie.

Bo and Clint are determined to fight Virgil Webster without getting their hands dirty. Later, they meet with Mr. Webster, who assures them that the Buchanans are
no match for him and that he will destroy Asa’s empire and legacy. Bo leaves in a huff, however Clint makes an unexpected move. Rex suggests that Gigi be hired as Natalie’s secretary at BE. Gigi is excited to be offered a job at BE.


Blair’s encounter with Ramsey leaves Todd very uneasy. Cole and Langston are devastated at the thought of Starr moving to Hawaii and discover that they really don’t have feelings for one another after all. Starr pleads with Todd not to move the family away from Llanview, and accuses him of doing so just to keep her away from Cole. Heartbroken, Starr makes plans to spend her last hours in town together with Cole in Langston’s old house. Langston and Markko cover for Starr and Cole, only to be found by an enraged Todd. Starr and Cole share their pain over being torn apart. A short time later, Todd finds the two lovebirds together. Blair attempts to convince Todd that moving to Hawaii may not be the best thing
for them to do. Nora becomes angry when Bo wonders if she’s really up to the challenge of being Cole’s legal guardian. A desperate Langston tips off Blair to the fact that Todd is out for blood. Blair arrives just in the nick of time as Todd is about to strangle Cole with his bare hands. After Blair demands that Todd leave, Starr assures her consoling mother that she and Cole did not have sex. Todd promises to kill Cole if he ever comes near Starr again. Upon seeing Cole’s injuries, John sets out after Todd. Blair and Starr are forced to break up a fight between Todd and John. Todd accuses Cole of raping Starr and demands justice. Blair is unable to talk any sense into Todd, whose anger frightens Langston.
Starr states that she will never be able to forgive her father for what he has done.


- Blair realizes just how hard Dorian took her breakup with Clint.

- Jared has a difficult time controlling his jealousy of Natalie’s closeness to John.

- Talia and Antonio enjoy their night out.

- Nora delivers devastating news to Antonio and Cristian.

- Layla and Sarah ask Talia to be their new roommate.

- ABC Daytime Joins Forces with ESPN. READ MORE

- The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Award Pre-Nominations. READ MORE

- My View of Llanview: February 29 Edition. READ MORE


Monday: Todd stops all contact between Starr and Cole; Antonio finds himself in financial trouble; Ramsey tells Nora that she can be replaced as DA.

Tuesday: Todd threatens Cole with jail time; Jessica informs Charlie of Viki and Dorian’s true relationship; John and Nora work to figure out how Ramsey got Bo’s job.

Wednesday: Dorian will keep Charlie’s secret-but with strings attached; Nash meets with a mysterious new business partner; Viki assures Marcie that she has forgiven her.

Thursday: Ramsey makes a decision concerning Antonio; Jared beats Dorian at her own game.

Friday: Starr forces herself to break up with Cole; Viki and Charlie vow not to let Dorian come between them; Jared is oblivious to the fact that someone has caught his confession on tape.

Pictured: Trevor St. John courtesy Yolanda Perez/ABC

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My View of Llanview: February 29 Edition

Blowing off steam
Friday, February 29, 2008 8:35 PM| By Scotty Gore

( — My latest rant on Llanview’s current state.

Hello once again everyone. Hope you are as glad as I am that spring is just around the corner. I can hardly wait for the warmer temperatures and short wearing weather to return to my little corner of the planet. I am also looking forward to spring break, which unfortunately will likely be shortened this year because of days missed for snow and ice. There is even talk of us going to school on one or two Saturday’s in March. Which would be virtually unheard of for elementary, middle, and high school students in the U.S.A. these days. But anyway, I guess it beats going to school in the middle of the summer. Anywho, it’s time to talk a little about “One Life to Live.”

I have so busy with resume writing and lesson plans recently that I am still playing a little catch up on my “OLTL” viewing. However, I have watched all the episodes surrounding the “Go Red” Ball. I have to admit that I think they did a really good job with the costumes. It was nice seeing everyone all dressed in red. “OLTL” has some very beautiful women as part of their cast. And it was nice
to see several of the vets, such as Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser, and Hillary B. Smith involved in the a major storyline. Sure, at least half of the episodes were about Jared and his plight, but still I thought it was pretty nicely done. Although I am not particularly fond of Mr. Banks, I have to admit that he is starting to grow on me. I’m not sure why, but he is. Jared is actually one of the few newbies that I honestly care for. And that’s saying a lot.

When the going gets tough, add new sponsors? I guess cash must be in short supply these days around ABC Daytime, because there have been several product placements recently on “One Life to Live” alone, not to mention “All My Children” and “General Hospital.” Those three daytime sudsers have been hawking everything from Campbell’s Soup to V-8 Juice to the Oscars, and Big East College Basketball. I guess the next thing we’ll see is Roxy Balsom doing a commercial for Vitameatavegiman. I mean, come on, are they [i]that[/i] desperate for new sponsors? I can understand the logic with the soup and juice, what with the “Go Red” Ball to promote healthy heart care, but still I thought it was a bit over the top. And the Oscar mention happens every year, when Rex talks about the never seen celebration at Ultra Violet. Give me drama and good writing any day over a sixty-minute infomercial.

While we’re on the subject of the ball, can Jessica get anymore stupid? She is acting like she just fell off the turnip truck yesterday (in the afternoon, just before 5:00 pm). It was one thing when she got herself committed to St. Ann’s, it
was stupid, stupid, stupid when she broke Allison Perkins out of St. Ann’s, but it was absolutely, totally moronic to watch her beg for her life like a little baby when threatened at gunpoint by Allison. Granted, she was being held at gunpoint
(and I would probably do the same thing), but Jessica has always been more strong willed than that. She used to be more independent and tough than she is now. I blame that partly on that immature pretty boy husband of hers, however I also blame that on her family for allowing her to become a total wimp and spoiled little brat. I found myself rooting for Allison in those scenes, and was somewhat disappointed when Jared stepped in to help the little scaredy cat.

Speaking of Allison, I have to ask several important questions–”Was that it?” Was that the whole point in bring her back? To make Jared look like a hero, and to taunt the audience with a secret not even the writers themselves probably don’t
even know yet? And then to place Llanview’s beloved evil psychopath in a coma hovering on the brink of death? If so, then all I can say is, “what a waste!” I’m certain the writer’s strike had something to do with little gaff, but still it makes me wonder if anyone ever had any plan in place whatsoever when called Barbara Garrick and asked her to return in the first place. Maybe I’m alone in my thinking, but this return appears to have had no purpose other than to serve as a stunt which obliviously did not work. How do I know this? Just look at the ratings. “OLTL” is near the bottom once more. I love Allison Perkins just as much as the next person, but sometimes no matter how much air fresheners you spray in the bathroom, the place still smells like crap. Literally.

Now don’t get me wrong, “OLTL” is much improved than it was just one year ago. And the veterans are receiving increasing amounts of airtime and storylines. However, the ratings still have not recovered. But then again, neither have the ratings for the other two ABC soaps. How Brian Frons still has a job is beyond my level of understanding, and apparently everyone else’s as well. When the network you are in charge of loses over three million viewers in one year, you would think the person in charge would be reassigned to flippin’ burgers at McDonald’s, but not good ole Frons. Instead, he is still employed by the alphabet network and STILL in his present position. It almost leaves one to believe that perhaps ABC is deliberately trying to sink its daytime line-up. If so, they are likely trying one of two options–either they are allowing Frons to do whatever means he deems necessary to continuously flush their soaps down the drain, or he really is that clueless, and thinks that his ideas are it on a stick, with the ABC brass knowing better but going along for the ride in an attempt to kill two birds with one stone if the soaps get cancelled and Frons finally gets canned. Either way, it doesn’t look good. And even if ABC is not intentionally trying to destroy their daytime programs, it still leaves a viewer to wonder why he hasn’t lost his job already. Perhaps a higher power than I can answer that question. Calling Errol, paging Toups…where are you. hahaha…anyway, he needs to be fired, like three years ago. And, as if you couldn’t tell, ‘like it on a stick’ is my new catchphrase. Man I need a life.

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 cop may lose his fortune when victims of his family’s wrath sue for damages. A protective father refuses to allow his daughter anywhere near her boyfriend. The beau of Llanview’s leading lady learns the truth about her long-standing feud with another. A younger steps back out into the world for the first time since losing her son. A local artist may be hired to design a new label. One of Llanview’s most hated women comes clean about her scheme. And the town’s newest father and son duo gain the upperhand on their blackmailer.

Well, that’s all for this edition of the column. I hope you enjoyed this edition of the column. My sincere apologizes for this column not being any longer. However there is only so much time in the time. I’ll try to write more next time.
Have a great weekend everyone, and hope you enjoyed this extra day of February. That’s all for now; please be sure and join me again on March 15th See you next time. Take care and stay safe.

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 February 25 Edition

Llanview plots against Ramsey
Sunday, February 24, 2008 4:37 PM | By Scotty Gore

( — Power isn’t everything.


Jessica fears Allison may never regain consciousness and that she really does have a secret. Jessica and Nora are women on a mission following a call from Clint. John and Antonio grill Jessica and Natalie about Allison’s escape from St. Ann’s. A sketch artist faxes a drawing of Allison’s accomplices to the LPD. The Buchanan girls fear the worst. Jared and Nash join forces to tamper with the sketches before they reach John and Antonio. As Nash hovers over Allison’s bed determined to make sure that she will never hurt Jessica again, Allison opens her eyes. Meanwhile, after being turned down for a loan, Nash makes a secret phone call, and later has a mysterious business meeting. Jared refuses to sell his half of the vineyard to Nash. Natalie gets Jared to reconsider in order to keep peace in the family.

Rex realizes why Adriana is hesitant to go to Paris and, with the help of Layla, convinces her to change her mind. Gigi surprises Rex with the news that she is staying in Llanview. Cristian is unable to hire Gigi at the diner.


Cole shares his concern about Ramsey with Langston. Talia finds herself on Ramsey’s bad side, and later teams up with Antonio and Bo to trick Ramsey into signing John’s reinstatement papers. John is shocked to see that he has a new boss upon returning to Llanview. Antonio and Talia keep John from making a mistake. Bo convinces John to stay on the force and be his mole. Ramsey leaves Talia with a creepy feeling. John and Ramsey prepare to do battle. Gigi hides Ramsey’s threats from Rex. Todd formally drops the charges against Marcie, but not before insulting her. Nora realizes the effect that Ramsey’s new position has on Todd, and suspects that he holds the key to destroying Ramsey. Todd drops a bombshell on his family, declaring that they are moving to Hawaii. Ramsey sees red upon realizing he has been tricked. John confronts Ramsey. Blair believes Todd’s announcement is somehow connected to Ramsey. The thought of leaving Llanview devastates Starr. Viki questions her brother’s motives for wanting to move his family across the country. Blair is spooked by her encounter with Ramsey at the diner.


- Michael tells Marcie to stop feeling sorry for herself.

- Jared and Natalie find themselves together in a crisis.

- Michael forces Marcie to face the fact that Tommy is safe and loved.

- Dorian confronts Nora after watching the surveillance tape of her breaking into the box of secrets.

- Bo and Nora slip into their old routine while helping the family at BE.

- ABC Daytime Joins Forces with ESPN. READ MORE

- The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Award Pre-Nominations. READ MORE

- ABC Daytime Loses Three Million Viewers in One Year. READ MORE


Monday: Jessica and Natalie discover what Jared did to help them; Dorian and Nora reach a stalemate; Starr rebels at the thought of leaving Llanview.

Tuesday: Starr makes a decision concerning Cole; Nora confesses to Clint.

Wednesday: Todd resorts to violence; An unexpected ally comes to the aide of the Buchanans; John, Talia, and Antonio work to bring down Ramsey.

Thursday: Blair finds herself between John and Todd; Being close to Rex has an effect on Gigi; Natalie and Jared struggle with their feelings.

Friday: Antonio is floored to learn about his financial status; Clint decides what’s best for the family; Gigi is unsettled to watch Rex bond with Shane.

Pictured: Hunt Block courtesy CBS | Carmen LoPorto/Jacob & Luke Clodfelter/Trevor St. John courtesy Steve Fenn/ABC

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OLTL PreVUE: Week of February 18 Edition

Will Allison’s secret be revealed?
Sunday, February 17, 2008 3:32 PM | By Errol Lewis

( — The ‘Go Red’ Ball is full of surprises.


With Bo fired, Ramsey is named Llanview’s newest Police Commissioner. Gigi finds the news hard to swallow. Nora blames Lindsay for Bo’s predicament. Ramsey wants to throw the book at Jessica for helping Allison escape. Todd’s happiness comes under attack. Gigi gives in to Ramsey, while Todd formulates a plan to stop the rogue cop. Jessica evades Antonio’s questions. Bo rebuffs Clint’s proposal that he come to work at BE. Matthew ponders what his father will do next. Ramsey and Antonio start off on the wrong foot. Todd is a bundle of nerves thanks to Ramsey.

Lindsay swallows her secret before Nora has a chance to read it. Clint is forced to referee Nora and Lindsay’s catfight; but not before everyones’ secrets fall out of the box. Dorian catches Roxy sorting through a floor full of secrets. Dorian gives in to her curiosity and sneaks a peak at some of Llanview’s deepest, darkest secrets; later she bribes a security guard in order to get possession of valuable surveillance tape.


Jared and Natalie are interrupted by news that Jessica is in trouble. At the same time, Allison forces Jessica to plead and beg for her life while holding her at gunpoint. In an act of bravery, Jared throws himself in front of Jessica, but ends up tumbling over a balcony railing with Allison. With his life hanging on by a thread, Jared clutches the railing with one hand and Allison with the other. Charlie arrives just in time to save Jared, who purposely releases his grip on Allison. As she hurriedly plummets to the pavement, Allison vows to take her secret to the grave. Jared is treated as a hero by the Buchanans. Ramsey announces that Allison’s condition is grave. Jessica realizes that she may never uncover Allison’s secret as the DVD she had with her when she fell was destroyed. Allison isn’t expected to make it through the night.


- Jared’s declaration leaves Natalie feeling uneasy, and later, heartbroken.

- Langston and Cole continue to fight their feelings.

- Jamie interrupts Talia and Antonio’s evening of romance.

- Cristian and Sarah give into temptation; Layla and Vincent see more than they bargained for.

- Adriana is jealous of Rex’s rapport with Gigi and Shane.

- Mary J. Blige continues her visit to Llanview. READ MORE

- The ABC Daytime Dramas ‘Go Red’ for a good cause. READ MORE


Monday: John is aghast to learn Ramsey is his new boss; Cole confides in Langston his fears about Ramsey; Rex realizes Adriana still thinks Shane is his son.

Tuesday: Jessica fears she may never know Allison’s secret; Marcie’s future is decided; Antonio and Talia team up to bring down their new boss.

Wednesday: Bo and Clint deal with family issues; Michael gives Marcie some tough love; Nash has a cryptic meeting with potential business partners.

Thursday: Todd vows to protect his family; Langston and Cole feel guilty; Antonio confronts Jessica.

Friday: Jared helps Jessica and Natalie; Dorian gains the upper hand on Nora; Allison has a reaction to Nash’s visit.

Pictured: Barbara Garrick courtesy Donna Svennevik/ABC | Jerry verDorn/Hillary B. Smith courtesy Jeff Neira/ABC

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My View of Llanview: February 15 Edition

Looking back
Friday, February 15, 2008 11:28 PM| By Scotty Gore

( — Another look back at “One Life to Live” over the years.

Hello all. I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Valentine’s Day, and that it was everything you dreamed of and more. How is everyone? Hope life has been treating you kindly. As for me, I am in the process of putting together my student teaching portfolio at the moment, something which has become a rather cumbersome task. But really, I am enjoying student teaching so far. The kids are great (well most of them anyway), and I like their enthusam. However, as you can imagine, planning lesson plans and making out tests is a time consuming task. And so, because of that, I’m afraid I haven’t a great deal of time to devote to this column at the moment. For that reason, I felt that it would be appropriate if we took one last look back at some memorable moments from “One Life to Live’s” nearly fourty year history.. And now it’s time for “A Blast From the Past!”

This go around we are powering up “One Life to Live” time machine and transporting ourselves back to a time when hippies ruled and groovy was cool to say. That’s right, we’re heading back to 1969.

It was on October 1969, when this article, entitled “The What’s Happening Now Serial” appeared in After Noon TV. I have chosen to include this article because it reflects back on “OLTL’s” first year on the air back in 1968.

On July 15, “One Life to Live” celebrated its first anniversary. This show, in the course of one year, has become one of the most popular soaps on afternoon television.

Encouraged by Bill Kimbrough, the D.A. (Justin McDonough) to do volunteer work, Meredith Lord (Lynn Benish) took a job in an orphanage and met Wendy (Jan Chasmar), an orphan girl who has had a serious operation.

Jan is one child who will never have the problem of shyness. She’s already adjusted well to TV work.

Hospital aide and everybody?s friend is Sadie Gray (Lillian Hayman). She has come to see Larry Wolek, (Mike Storm), who is in the hospital after an accident. Sadie tells Larry about the day that Vince and Viki ran away.

One lovely day in the park for Sadie Gray, Wendy and Meredith Lord. When Meredith was very ill, she broke up with Larry Wolek because she did not want to be a burden to him. Now she is well, but Larry has been forced into marrying Karen Martin (Niki Flacks) because she is pregnant.

Vince Wolek (Antony Ponzini) is in love with Niki – the split personality of Victoria Lord (Gillian Spencer). The other part of Victoria’s personality, Viki, is in love with Joe Riley (Lee Patterson).

Viki had agreed to marry Joe Riley, but in the middle of the wedding ceremony the personality of Niki came out. Vince wants to marry Niki. Though she likes having fun, Niki is not crazy about the idea of getting married.

Now, while the time machine is still powered up, let’s jump ahead to 1985 when the “OLTL” theme song was the highly popular ‘Tour of Llanview’ version and Peabo Bryson was gearing up to add lyrics to the theme in only a few short months the following the year. It was alos a time when Andrea Evans was at the height of her popularity on “OLTL” as the rebellious Tina Clayton Roberts.

It was on August 10, 1985, when this article, entitled “It’ll take more than a bubble bath to clean up Andrea Evans’ act as daytime’s diva of dirt” appeared in People Weekly. The article was written by Alan Carter and takes a closer look at both Andrea and Tina.

As daytime’s answer to Alexis Carrington, Evans doesn’t wear dresses as fancy as Joan Collins’, but she certainly wears fewer clothes than any other actress in the afternoon soaps. For one recent shower scene, even the ABC censor visited the set. “I thought the scene was very sexy,” insists Evans. “People were coming up to me for weeks after that scene and saying, ‘Were you naked in there?’ and I’d say, ‘Well, do you wear clothes in the shower?’” Despite her sass, in Evans’ case the answer is affirmative: She wore a body stocking for the scene. With Evans, ABC’s One Life To Live has undressed for success, now ranking a strong third in the competitive daytime soap ratings. “She makes a tremendous difference to our show,” says producer Paul Rauch. “Her ability makes her go beyond the ordinary viper. In large part, she’s responsible for the show’s recent success.”

Evans sees herself as “a tigress,” which is in marked contrast to the “scared doe” one reporter called her four years ago. At that time the University of Illinois theatre graduate was making news by marrying her older (30ish) “One Life” co-star, Wayne Massey. They Valentine’s day ceremony took place in Evans’ hometown, Downers Grove, Ill., and was attended by her mother, Audrey, a piano teacher at Chicago’s American Conservatory of Music, and her father, Robert, a semi-retired apartment building manager. “I was very young then,” says the strawberry blonde. “I depended upon Wayne quite a bit. He took more control of things and I was like a scared doe. Now I’m on my own. The scared doe doesn’t exist anymore.”

Having played Tina Clayton since 1978, Evans left “One Life” in December 1981 with Massey, and the couple moved to Nashville. While Massey pursued a career as a singer (he now duets with his new wife, country crooner Charly McClain), Evans took it easy for a year. Then she landed the role of Patty on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” which is filmed in Los Angeles. “I don’t think it’s possible to run a marriage across the country,” says Evans, and hers didn’t travel well. The couple divorced last year.

Evans returned to One Life last January. “I’m more confident,” she explains. “I’m able to have fun with the character and have fun with myself.”

Like Tina, she’s also shrewder than she was in an earlier incarnation. In the tradition of her trade, Evans likes to shave four years off her past and give her age as 24. She insists that there is a typo in her college records. While in college she entered and lost the miss illinois pageant back home. “I’m not against beauty pageants,” she says now, “but I’m torn because I tend to be feministic in a lot of ways. Is feministic a word?” Savvy about cross-promotion as well as self-promotion, Evans recently signed with the Elite agency as a model. On the subject of romance, she is circumspect. Her current man is a publicity-shy L.A. producer. Though her marriage couldn’t withstand long distance, this relationship “gets a lot of help from GTE Sprint, People express and MCI,” says Evans.

The steadiest males in her life are still Grompit (a nonsense word used by her father) and Uff da (a Norwegian expletive). The dogs even accompany Evans to work. “They sit in the makeup room under a sign that says, ‘Permanently reserved for the Evans boys.’ Bob Woods [a "One Life" co-star] said that if he’s ever reincarnated, he wants to come back as one of my dogs. Of course he said that after he found out they sleep with me.” Arf, arf.

And lastly, we’re moving full steam ahead to 1991 and look at an article honoring Erika Slezak on her twenith anniverary with “One Life to Live.” The article, which was written by Michael Logan, appeared in a March edition of TV Guide, and was entitled “Brain surgery, blackmail and amnesia … Erika’s a true soap survivor.” I felt this article would be appropriate since Ms. Slezak celebrates her 37th anniversary on “OLTL” next month.

This week, Erika Slezak celebrates her 20th anniversary as the Queen of Unsolved Miseries – a title no other daytime diva comes even close to owning. As Viki Lord Buchanan on ABC’s “One Life To Live,” Slezak has endured the requisite suds tragedies (murder charges, kidnapped kids, custody battles). But she has also suffered through some humdingers, including pornographic blackmail, an 8-year memory lapse and a slutty split personality named Niki. During brain surgery, Viki had an out-of-body experience that put her in Heaven. She has also regressed to the Wild West. And visited the lost underground civilization of Eterna, where she discovered a daughter she didn’t know she had.

Lest we feel too sorry for Slezak, it should be noted that she’s won two Best Actress Emmys for her troubles – and is currently being touted for a third. And, at age 44, she is having the time of her life. “I’m lucky – there are only a few parts that have ever lasted this long!” remarks Slezak, who thought she had died and gone to Heaven when she landed OLTL in 1971 – at a whopping $190 a week. “Some days I wonder why nobody’s caught on to me. I still feel like that nervous little girl who walked in here with no TV experience.”

Though Slezak (the granddaughter of Metropolitan Opera legend Leo Slezak and daughter of actor Walter Slezak) seemed chromosomally destined to shine, she has never ventured into primetime or feature films. And while she’s a graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, her most notable extracurricular activity since joining OLTL was a series of Sunsweet prune commercials. “I cling to the soap because it affords me the best of both worlds,” says Slezak, referring to life on Long Island with her spouse, Broadway veteran Brian Davies and their children Michael, 11, and Amanda, 9. “The show lets me off for school plays, field trips and Parents’ Night. I don’t think there’s another job that would give me that freedom.”

Or such outlandish theatrics. Still Slezak claims she’s prepared for another decade on “OLTL”. And she doesn’t think her storylines are that screwy. “The show has done others that were more far-fetched – like the time several characters had mind-control devices implanted in the backs of their heads. I wasn’t involved in that one.” That’s comforting … but is she bragging or complaining?

Moving back to the present, I have a few quick comments. I like how “OLTL” has brought back Allison Perkins. She’s one my favorite Llanview psychos. It’s also a pleasure to see Viki’s long time maid Lois grace our screens again. Although, she is often talked about on the soap, we hardly ever get to see her. She is truly a sight for sore eyes. Call me crazy, but I’ve always thought it would be interesting if they hooked her up as a love interest for Nigel. Just imagine the secrets and gossip those two would have to talk about. But, is it just me, or was Olivia Sklar’s hair always brown? But when we saw her this week, it looked red. Hmmm…she looked better as a brunette. Now they need to put a face with Dorian’s “Cook” that we always her talking about as part of her domestic staff. Moving along, why does Nash suddenly have a ponytail? Honestly, why? I think it looks stupid and tacky. Why not just give him a haircut? Afterall, this is 2008, not the 1990s when ponytails were at the height of their popularity. Just give him a haircut and be done with it. And I have to give “OLTL” praise once more for continuing to utiliize their veteran castmembers and characters. Give up the good work people! Also, I’m still not sure what to make about the possiblility of Snoop Dog recording a new “OLTL” theme. A part of me can’t help but wonder if he is a Dorian fan or a Viki fan. Makes you think, doesn’t it?

And, 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 husband and father decides to move his family far away from Llanview. A vineyard owner meets with his new partner. A psycho slips into a coma. A young couple begins putting their lives back to together again. And a secret stealer is caught red-handed.

Well, that’s all for this edition of the column. I wish I had more time to write an in-depth analysis of the current state of my favorite soap, but I will in a special edition of my column on February 29th, when I look back on “OLTL’s” ‘Go Red’ Ball and determine how big of a splash it made in Llavniew, and with viewers. See you next time. Take care and stay safe.

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

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

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OLTL PreVUE: Week of February 11 Edition

I Know a Secret
Saturday, February 9, 2008 2:27 PM | By Scotty Gore

( — Secrets are made to be found out with time.


At the Lord mausoleum, Allison continues to tease Jessica and Natalie, but does not reveal her secret. Desperate, Jessica locks her in the tomb overnight. Now alone, Allison finds what she was looking for inside the crypt. Layla interrupts Cristian and Sarah’s romantic evening. Allison escapes and bumps into Roxy at the Diner. Natalie and Jessica are surprised to learn from Viki that Charlie is Rex’s father. Jared places his secret into the ‘Get If Off Your Chest’ box. Starr is certain that there is something going on between Cole and Langston. Telling Roxy they have unfinished business to settle, Allison hides out at Foxy Roxy’s. Jessica and Natalie’s search is interrupted by Nash; later they nearly discover Allison when picking up Bree from Roxy’s. Viki is delighted when Gigi and Shane visit Llanfair. Charlie’s lies mount as Viki tells Gigi that Charlie is Rex’s father. Viki invites Gigi to the Go Red Ball. Charlie hates having to lie to Viki. Bo informs Viki that Allison is on the loose. Nora’s curiosity is quipped as Lindsay drops her secret into the box. Antonio and Talia have their minds on things other than work. Allison overhears Jessica’s phone call to Natalie informing her that the police are involved. Antonio, Rex, Vincent, and Cristian wonder what women really want. Jessica turns her and Nash’s tickets over to Roxy. Charlie pressures Jared. Nora wants to know Lindsay’s secret. Addie shocks Blair by inviting Miles as her guest to the ball. A disguised Allison forces Roxy to take her to the ball. Jared sees Charlie in a new light. Nash is upset to learn what Jessica did. Lindsay catches Nora red-handed with her hand in the cookie jar. Addie defends Miles to Blair. Starr realizes she jumped to the wrong conclusion as Mary J. Blige sings for her Sweet Sixteen. Langston and Cole feel guilty about lying to Starr. Cristian and Sarah leave the ball early.


Todd attacks Ramsey, and the two fight over the gun. Rex, Gigi, and Shane hide out as John goes after Ramsey and Todd. Confronted by the LPD, Todd and Ramsey blame each other. With Todd and Ramsey taken in for questioning, Gigi tells Rex that he is not Shane’s father. Michael begs and pleads with Marcie to fight the charges. Marcie, meanwhile, prepares for the worst. Lindsay trades insults with Nora at the courthouse when she arrives to support Marcie. John uses blackmail to force Todd into publicly defending Marcie and posting her bail. Marcie and Michael are aghast at Todd’s actions, however, he soon shows his true colors. At home for the first time since loosing Tommy, Marcie is horrified to discover that Michael has removed all traces of Tommy from the apartment. Once Michael retrieves the items, he and Marcie began to mend their broken hearts. Blair is impressed by Todd’s honesty. Llanview’s mayor is none to happy that his police commissioner has assumed guardianship of Lindsay. Bo has a turn of bad luck.


Monday: Jared informs Natalie that he’s in love with her; Jessica is held at gun point; Mary J. Blige sings “Hurt Again.”

Tuesday: Jared and Allison hang on for dear life-literally; Dorian is tempted by the secrets of others.

Wednesday: Dorian stops Jared from coming clean; Sarah and Cristian get intimate; Todd won’t give in to Ramsey.

Thursday: Antonio questions Jessica about Allison; Gigi is terrified of Ramsey.

Friday: Natalie and Jared are miserable, Langston fights her feelings; Ramsey gains leverage.

Pictured: Kristen Alderson courtesy Donna Svennevik/ABC

OLTL PreVUE: Week of February 4 Edition

The ties that bind
Friday, February 1, 2008 9:00 PM | By Scotty Gore

( — You can’t handle the truth.


Viki and Charlie are ecstatic to be reunited, however Viki can’t help but wonder how Charlie ended up at Dorian’s. Dorian, meanwhile, blackmails Jared. Viki confronts Jared about Jessica, not knowing that he is Charlie’s son. Charlie and Viki make love at Llanfair. Allison offers Jessica a deal–break her out of St. Ann’s, and she’ll confess her secret. A lying Charlie informs Viki that Rex is his son. Dorian wants to go head-to-head with Viki. Starr wants Markko to reassure her that nothing is going on between Langston and Cole. Antonio and Talia’s time alone is
interrupted by Officer Oliver Fish, who arrives to take Antonio back to Llanview. Viki tells Dorian Charlie’s lie about Rex. Charlie comes clean to Rex, who agrees to go along with the plan in hopes of getting the truth from Roxy. Jessica’s plan horrifies Natalie. Lindsay gets Vincent’s help with the “Get It Off Your Chest” project for the upcoming Go Red Ball, whose purpose is to ask people to write down their secrets and place them in a “heart box” sculpture with the promise that no one will ever see them. Talia and Antonio are successful in convincing Oliver to switch place with Talia, however Bo warns Antonio about the LPD’s fraternization policies. Jared’s actions surprise Jessica and Natalie. Jared offers to sell Nash back 1% of the vineyard, and later the two make a pact. Jessica puts her plan in motion. Addie and Roxy place their secrets in the box, while Lindsay chooses not too. Cole and Langston inform Blair of Starr’s surprise party. Free from St. Ann’s, Allison forces Jessica and Natalie to take her to the Lord Mausoleum. Bo and Lindsay grow closer.


John forces Todd to choose between going to jail or helping Marcie. Afterward, Ramsey attempts to persuade Todd that killing Gigi and Shane would be the best solution to their predicament. Gigi tries to assure Adriana that Shane is not Rex’s son. Rex confides in Bo about Walter Balsom, and asks him to be his best man. Bo, meanwhile, gives Rex the ring he had planned on giving to Gabrielle. Adriana can’t shake the feeling that Rex and Shane are father and son, and shares her suspicions with Layla. John places Todd on the hot seat in front of Nora. In secret, Todd tells Ramsey that he cannot allow him to murder Gigi. Blair tells John how difficult it is for her to be a mother to Sam. Rex tells Adriana the truth about Charlie. Todd is horrified when Ramsey remains determined that they kill Gigi and Shane. Todd has fire in his eyes when Ramsey threatens to go after Blair and the children if Todd backs down. Markko unknowingly alerts John to the fact that Ramsey is staying at the penthouse. Rex is speechless to learn from Adriana that Gigi has a son. Ramsey hides out across from the Angel Square Hotel armed with a high-powered rifle. After coming to, John discovers that Gigi and Shane are missing. Meanwhile, on the roof of the hotel, Gigi dodges Rex’s questions about Shane. Rex is clueless to the fact that Gigi was once in love with him. Todd is mortified to discover that Jack knows how he tried to give him away when he was a baby. After he and Blair ease Jack’s fears, Todd hunts down Ramsey.

D2D PreVUE’s for the week of February 11

Monday: Gigi answers Rex’s questions; Todd and Ramsey fight for survival; Allison is full of surprises.

Tuesday: John forces Todd to become Marcie’s ally; Allison forces Roxy to help her.

Wednesday: Roxy pleads with Allison to keep quiet; Todd impresses Blair; Michael and Marcie bond.

Thursday: Jessica and Natalie fear their plan will be uncovered; Nora plots to discover Lindsay’s secret; Starr receives a shock.

Friday: Mary J. Blige returns to Llanview to sing for Starr’s Sweet 16; Lindsay catches Nora red-handed; Bo receives bad news; a gun-wielding Allison searches for Jessica.

Pictured: Bree Williamson courtesy Donna Svennevik/ABC

My View of Llanview: January 30 Edition

“One Life,” Many Issues
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 5:40 PM| By Scotty Gore

( — A look back at how “One Life to Live” handled social issues in the past.

Hello all. Hope life is treating everyone well. I am now off and running with my student teaching at my local middle school. Thus far it has been it has been rather interesting. I’m finally starting to learn all the students’ names, which is a big help. Student teaching can be tons of fun, but it is also very labor intensive. I have lesson plans to write, assignments to grade, and chapters to review for tomorrow’s social studies classes. So, due to my somewhat overwhelming workload at the moment, I have decided to go a slightly different route with this edition of the column. Since it’s been awhile since we’ve done this, I felt that it would be an appropriate time to do it again. And so now it’s time for “A Blast From the Past!”

This go around we are powering up “One Life to Live” time machine and transporting ourselves back nearly thirty three years to a time when disco, large hair, and bellbottoms were considered cool and groovy. That’s right, we’re going back in time to 1975 to revisit an article highlighting “OLTL’s” emphasis on topical issues ranging from drug abuse to sexually transmitted disease and the Vietnam War.

It was on March 23, 1975 when this article, entitled “There’s a schism in the world of the Grand Old Soap Opera: Life can be beautiful/relevant” appeared in the New York Times. Written by Anthony Astrachan, this article focused on how soap’s were changing their format in order to tackle many relevant issues. I have chosen to only include excerpts of the article which feature “OLTL,” due to the fact that since is a column centered around that soap and not “As the World Turns,” “Another World,” or “All My Children,” which were also discussed in the article.

Cathy Craig was a teen-ager who experimented with drugs and was cured of her incipient habit at Odyssey House. She went on to become a reporter for her hometown newspaper, the Llanview Banner, and wrote a nationally syndicated article telling nice people what to do when they get venereal disease. She turned some of her newspaper experiences into a best-selling book of short stories that won feminist praise. She has borne a child without a husband but is enthusiastic about being a “single parent” rather than an “unmarried mother.” On a national television talk show, she looked meaningfully down at her bulging belly and asked the interviewer, Melba Tolliver, to call her “Ms.”

Cathy Craig is not a real-life feminist but a character in a soap opera, ABC’s “One Life to Live.” It’s recipe for dramatic entertainment includes a large dose of realism, ranging from real-life drug treatment centers like Odyssey House to real-life television personalities like Melba Tolliver. It makes quite a contrast with the classical canon of daytime television drama embodied in CBS’s “As the World Turns.”

… The contrast between the two programs shows what James Thurber once alled “Soapland,” like American society as a whole, is torn between the need to keep up with changing realities and the desire to stick to tried-and-true formulas that have never expressed reality – to tell it like it isn’t. The search for relevance has led daytime drama to deal with social issues like drugs, venereal disease and the Vietnam war, to take feminist positions on questions like abortion and women working, and to bring blacks and ethnics into the WASP population of Soapland.

…”One Life to Live,” which seems the most consistently innovative soap opera, has a recurring feminist story line in the adventures of Cathy Craig. Dorrie Kavanaugh, who plays Cathy, feels that the program has not gone far enough, even though she regards it as the best on the air from the feminist viewpoint. She says the best script she has been given was her childbirth sequence, alone in a snowbound resort cottage with a male newspaper colleague. When he sees her in pain, he says, “Be a brave girl.” Between deep contractions, she replies indignantly, “Don’t call me a girl! I’m a woman.”

Miss Kavanaugh is only half pleased that Cathy could go to bed with another male character, Joe Riley, without being in love with him. “Before, we couldn’t say ‘Yes,’ now we can’t say ‘No,’” she commented. “That has nothing to do with human liberation. I play a character as though she’s liberated, but she’s 28, she lives with her parents, she went to bed with a man once in her life and got pregnant – is that so liberated?”

…Racial attitudes are also changing, a dozen years after the peak of the civil rights movement. Many programs have one or two black characters to put the networks’ employment of actors in compliance with the Federal law. “One Life to Live” has gone one step further by making its black characters really important in the story line. Ed Hall, a black police lieutenant, has been written out temporarily because the actor who played him, Al Freeman Jr., went to Hollywood. He will be replaced. Ellen Holly, who plays his wife, likes the Ed Hall role because it calls for a black that comes on like Carey Grant instead of the macho gangsters – like Superfly – who have become models for black children. Miss Holly has been described as a mixture of three racial strains, and there was no doubt that she could pass for white when the story called for it. In the process of deciding to admit she was black, she had romantic involvements that required her to kiss first a white man and then a black, making a Southern red-neck equally indignant about both when he wrote in to protest. Usually, daytime drama shows only two or three blacks in an all-white world, and their problems tend to be classified as human rather than racial. The amount of realism remains a matter of dispute.

“One Life to Live” also tries for a greater degree of realism in having an important set of characters that are both blue-collar and ethnic, whereas most soap operas merely drop in an occasional Italian or Jewish name to add what is thought to be a desirable touch of the exotic. “One Life” also had a Jewish- Christian marriage (until the Jewish husband “died”) with one-liners about Christmas and Hanukkah.

The blue-collar couple on this program also provide something else that is a rarity in the old- fashioned kind of soap-opera humor. It tends toward slapstick, as in a scene in which they test a waterbed when they set out to buy furniture for their new home. But even the middle-class WASPs in “One Life” are capable of wit by Soapland standards. Joe Riley is painting the carriage house that he and Victoria Lord Riley Burke Riley are remodeling. When Viki applauds his work, Joe says, “Michelangelo, eat your heart out!” She deadpans, “I thought he only did ceilings.”

“One Life to Live” and “All My Children” were both created by a woman who cheerfully takes credit for much of daytime drama’s new willingness to face social issues – Agnes Eckhardt Nixon.

…Mrs. Nixon likes to introduce into the soaps not only such relevant issues but scenes and people from real life. One of her favorites was the Odyssey House sequence in which Cathy Craig went for her drug cure on “One Life to Live.” Doris Quinlan, the producer of “One Life,” still speaks proudly of that story. The show spent five days on location at the real Odyssey House in 1970. The cameras shot Cathy with the black and Puerto Rican youths there, and the writers spread the footage over a summer’s worth of episodes intended to deliver the message to young people home from school or college. Actors on the show speak of the excitement in the fan mail of that period, and the ratings went up slightly. (Ratings have actually gone down when other soaps showed less realistic drug sequences.) Amy Levitt, who then played Cathy, says the management thought the Odyssey House youngsters interfered with the entertainment values of the show. She resented what she regarded as a diversion of the story from the ghetto kids to a blue-eyed blond hero with whom Cathy was made to fall in love. Miss Quinlan says, however, the sequence lasted its natural life, ending at the same time as the summer and the Odyssey House footage.

A venereal-disease sequence followed some time later. Dr. Larry Wolek spoke on the subject at Llanview High, which made it only natural for Cathy, his step niece, to write an article on the subject for The Banner. Mrs. Nixon wrote the “article” herself from research with William D. Schwartz of the Communicable Disease Center of the U.S. Public Health Service in Atlanta. Mrs. Nixon says that more than six thousand people wrote to ABC for copies of the article – an enormous response, especially considering the fact that “One Life” subordinated the V.D. theme to the continuing, disease-free romances that are the living matter of all soap operas.

Moving back to the present, I have to give “OLTL” an A+ for its use of history and past characters and cast members. Since last summer, Tuc Watkins (David Vickers), Tonja Walker (Alex Olanov), John Loprieno (Cord Roberts), Dan Gauthier (Kevin Buchanan), Nathan Fillion (Joey Buchanan), James DePaiva (Max Holden), Christine Jones (Pamela Stuart), Ann Hamilton (Aunt Corrine Balsom), Tari Signor (Margaret Cochran), and Barbara Garrick (Allison Perkins), have all returned for short
guest stints in Llanview. Now if we could only get these people back either recurring or on contract: Thom Christopher, Michael Storm, Laura Koffman, Wortham Krimmer, and Andrea Evans. Do you realize that it has been ten years since the character of Tina Roberts has been seen on “OLTL?” I say it’s way past time that we bring Viki’s baby sister back home to Llanview.

And, 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. On the run with two nuns, a psychopath finds what she’s looking for at a dead man’s grave. One new couple have a difficult time focusing on their jobs. A pair of newly independent souls attend a ball together. An overzealous individual is anxious to get his/her hands on someone else’s secret. And someone is in for the shock of his or her life.

Well, that’s all for this edition of the column. I wish I had more time to write an in-depth analysis of the current state of my favorite soap, but alas I’m afraid I just don’t have the time at the moment. But there’s always next time. Since we won’t meet again until February’s most cherished holiday, I hope everyone finds love this Valentine’s Day. And if any of you ladies are single, I’m in the book. I’ll be awaiting your calls. Hahaha Take care everyone, and I’ll see you again on February 15th.

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

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

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