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Casting updates
Saturday, January 26, 2008 1:18 PM | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” casting shake-ups.

Fans can expect to see even less of Vincent Jones in recent months, as word comes that “OLTL” has released African-American actor Tobias Truvillion from his contract, and placed him on recurring status with the soap. Truvillion originated the role of con man Vincent Jones in April of 2006. However, after receiving a decent amount of airtime following his “OLTL” debut, he was placed on the backburner and seldom used by the soap in recent months. It is speculated that Truvillion and “OLTL” will part company by April.

Prior to his stint on “OLTL,” the thirty three year old Truvillion appeared on shows such as “Law and Order: SVU.” In 2007 he appeared in the film “Blackout.” No word yet on what this means for his onscreen girlfriend and co-star Tika Sumpter, who portrays Layla Williamson.

In related contract news, Robin Strasser, whose contract with “One Life to Live” was set to expire next month, has reportedly inked out a deal to keep her in Llanview for at least another twelve months. Strasser has portrayed the stubborn, vengeful Dorian Cramer Lord on and off since becoming the fourth actress to step into the role in 1979. She would leave the show in 1987, prompting Elaine Princi to take over the role of Dorian until Strasser’s return to Llanview in 1993; the actress would leave again in 2000. Strasser’s latest stint in Llanview began in 2003. That same yera she also appeared in a handful of episodes of “All My Children” as Dorian.

Strasser began her soap career as Iris Ocasek on “The Secret Storm” from 1964-1966. Next she joined “Another World” as Rachel Davis Matthews from 1967-1971, and again in 1972. In 1970, she also appeared as Rachel on the “AW” spin-off “Somerset.” From 1976-1979 she appeared on “All My Children” as Dr. Christina Karras Martin. And from 2001-2002 she had a recurring role on “Passions” as a 300-year-old witch named Hecuba. Additionally, Strasser appeared as Dianne Kirkwood on the primetime soap “Knot’s Landing” from 1989-1990. Strasser’s numerous other acting credits include guest appearances on programs such as “Murphy Brown,” “Coach,” “Dear John…,” “Dharma and Greg,” “MacGyver,” and “Highway to Heaven.”

In 1982, Strasser won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama for her portrayal of Dorian Cramer Lord; she was also nominated for the award in 1981, 1983, and 1985. Also, Strasser has received Soap Opera Digest Awards for the role of Dorian in various categories in 1986, 1988, 1994, 1995, and 2005. In 1996 she nabbed a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Leading Actress. And in 2001 she earned a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Female Scene Stealer for her work as Hecuba on “Passions.”

Strasser has become one of “OLTL’s” longest running current cast members, behind only Erika Slezak (Viki Davidson) and Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan).

In other news…

Kevin O’Rourke has been cast in the recurring role of Mayor Lowell, Llanview’s latest top public official. O’Rourke first airs on February 13th, when the Mayor accompanies Dorian Lord to the Go Red ball.

Former “As the World Turns” star Joanna Rhinehart has been tapped to play the recurring role of Sister Caroline, a nun as St. Ann’s, beginning February 7th. Rhinehart portrayed Jessica Griffin on “ATWT” from 1995-1999.

Pictured: Tobias Truvillion courtesy Donna Svennevik/ABC

OLTL PreVUE: Week of January 28 Edition

A web of lies
Thursday, January 24, 2008 8:47 PM | By Scotty Gore

( — Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.


Allison Perkins begins to taunt Jessica at St. Ann’s, while claiming to know a secret about her family. Jessica’s attitude causes Nash to believe that she has something up her sleeve. While visiting Buchanan Enterprises to beg Jared for another chance, Charlie nearly runs into Viki. Aunt Corrine tries to stonewall Rex. Addie believes she recognizes Miles, and later they learn that they have a great deal in common. Nora thinks Bo holds a grudge over their failed marriage. Starr is oblivious to the fact that Langston and Cole are planning a surprise party for her. Rex receives Natalie’s help, and is shocked to see Gigi at the Angel Square Hotel. Rex uncovers an envelope in Roxy’s desk. Lindsay promises Clint that her breakdown was real. Starr admits to Blair that she’s jealous of Cole and Langston’s budding friendship. Nora’s comment about his being able to forgive Lindsay but not her leaves Bo speechless. Roxy spins a lie to Rex that Charlie is his father to throw him off the trail. Antonio finds a creative way to spend time with Talia. Dorian comes up with a plan concerning Charlie and Jared. When Charlie denies being his father, Rex seeks advice from Bo. Addie’s new personality shocks Viki. Charlie and Viki are reunited. Dorian issues Jared an ultimatum. Adriana bumps into Gigi and Shane. Renee stops Clint and Nora from tossing Jared out of the mansion.


Todd refuses to adhere to Blair’s suggestion that he and Sam move back to the penthouse, and tells Blair he wants a real marriage. Although hesitant at first, Blair can’t deny her feelings. Blair and Todd wake up after making love only to be interrupted by Addie. Todd is floored by the ‘new’ Addie, who warns him not to hurt Blair. Antonio brings Marcie back to Llanview, and gives her and Michael a few moments alone. Marcie appears ready to accept her punishment. Nora makes it clear to Marcie that she is forced to throw the book at her. John welcomes Gigi and Shane into his apartment. John blackmails Todd into helping Marcie. Roxy’s arrival thwarts Ramsey’s plan. As Ramsey tells Todd that Gigi is a threat, Roxy
gets to know Shane. Gigi dodges Rex’s questions. Running out of options, Ramsey tells Todd that Gigi and Shane need to be eliminated. Charlie helps Blair with Sam. Blair is horrified to see Todd and Ramsey together. Michael encounters Gigi and Shane again. Gigi tells John that Rex was her high school sweetheart, and is sympathetic to learn of John’s recent loss and Ramsey’s role in Marty’s death.

D2D PreVUE’s for the week of February 4

Monday: Viki and Charlie are ecstatic to be reunited.

Tuesday: Adriana wonders if Rex has a son; Natalie learns of Jessica’s encounter with Allison.

Wednesday: Dorian and Viki are named co-hosts of the “Go Red” Ball.

Thursday: Todd is on the brink of murder; Rex learns Gigi has a son.

Friday: Natalie breaks Jessica and Allison out of St. Ann’s, and the trio go on the run.

Pictured: John-Paul Lavoisier courtesy Donna Svennevik/ABC

Mary J. Blige Returns to ‘One Life’

Popular musician returns to soap
Tuesday, January 15, 2008 6:27 PM| By Scotty Gore

( –Six-time Grammy Award winning artist Mary J. Blige returns to Llanview just in time for Valentine’s Day.

“One Life to Live” starts off 2008 with a bang as the multi-platinum singer/songwriter makes her second appearance in Llanview in less than two years. On July 28, 2006, Blige made her soap debut on “OLTL.” In a press release issued by ABC, Blige is quoted as saying, “It’s absolutely amazing to be integrated into a soap opera I’ve watched since I was a little girl. I performed on the show two years ago and had a ball, and I am beyond thrilled to be welcomed back again.”

The release goes on to say that “the return of Ms. Blige to ‘One Life to Live’ marks success on the show’s part in forging its unique path in ABC’s daytime lineup as a music-focused show.”

Performing as a surprise guest at Starr Manning’s Sweet Sixteen party, Blige will perform the singles “Just Fine” and “Hurt Again” from her Grammy nominated album “Growing Pains.” Blige will be joined onstage by members of her band.

According to Brian Frons, ABC Daytime President, “Mary J. Blige represents another of today’s top recording artists who sees the power of ABC Daytime as a promotional platform to reach the highly engaged, passionate audience of women 18-49. Music is an important component to daytime storytelling — it is relevant, contemporary and builds emotional intensity.”

Since its December 21st release, “Growing Pains” has gone on to top the Billboard charts and become Blige’s 8th #1 CD on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and her 4th #1 CD landing at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Says “OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini, “Mary J. Blige is one of the most prominent and powerful voices in the music industry. She is an inspiration in both her music and her life, and we are thrilled to welcome her back to ‘One Life to Live.”

Blige is part of an impressive list of musicians for appear on “OLTL” in recent years. Others on the list include Lifehouse, Simply Red, Timbaland, Nelly Furtado. Look for Blige’s scenes to air on February 15th and 18th.

Photo Credit: One Life to Live logo courtesy ABC

My View of Llanview: January 15 Edition

What happens in Texas doesn’t stay in Texas.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008 8:45 PM| By Scotty Gore

( — A look at the Bon Jour Cafe hostage crisis.

Happy 2008 everyone, and welcome to my first column of the New Year. I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday season. I don’t know about you, but I am glad the holidays are finally over. It was nice while it lasted, but it such a relief when things got back to normal once more. After a couple of busy evening of burning the 9 pm oil (haha), I have finally gotten caught up on my “One Life
to Live” viewing for the month. I have been so busy lately since starting student teaching on January 3rd. Until the end of the school year, I have working with about 112 sixth grade social studies students. So far it has been a mostly rewarding experience, however I am still a little nervous about taking over the teacher’s classes and doing my own thing for a couple of months. So we’ll see how it goes. Well, enough about my ‘new’ life. Now let’s talk about another life…”One Life to Live.”

I know that certain people occasionally like to think that since I am a “OLTL” fan that I’m just going to gush and praise the soap whether it deserves it or not. It’s true that I am somewhat biased about the soap I have grown up watching, however, that doesn’t mean that I cannot or will not complain about it when I see something I don’t like. After all, this is column reflects only my opinion of “OLTL.” I recognize that not everyone has the same views on the show as I do, although it would be awesome if they did. Just kidding. We all like different things, and that’s okay. Just imagine how boring and dull the world would be if we were all liked exactly the same things. Six billion people with identical personalities walking around unsupervised is scary to even think about. So it’s good to be different, it helps make the world a better place. Much like “OLTL” these days. It is different from the other ABC soaps right now, in my opinion, because it is good. And just because the ratings are low doesn’t necessarily mean the quality of the show has deteriorated.

One thing that makes “OLTL” good right now is the variety. There is something for virtually everyone. It’s hard to praise the show here without sounding like a Public Service Announcement, but I will give it the old college try. Older and/or longtime viewers can enjoy seeing the veteran characters and actors they recognize and have followed for years. Young adults can follow the exploits of Llanview’s under thirty crowd. And teen viewers can find entertainment by watching the high school crowd. These are only a few examples of the entertaining things to see right now on “OLTL.” Hmmm…..maybe I only gave this the old middle school try. Upon reading what I just wrote, it sounds more like an infomercial where I am trying to sell a product to the five people watching at three o’clock in the morning. Yikes! Anyway, here’s the gist of what I am trying to say. “OLTL”
is pretty damn good right now period.

What makes it so good? I think the number one and two reasons the sudser has been at the top of its game the last few weeks has been in large part due to the powerful
performances of Erika Slezak and Kathy Brier. One could just feel the emotion in the Cafe hostage scenes. Although I have to admit that the storyline has drug on for much, much too long, it left me speechless nonetheless as Marcie finally realized that she had reached the end of the line. Say what you will about Marcie Walsh McBain, but above all else she loves baby Tommy. And what mother in her right mind would not fight for her child. I know what you’re thinking. Technically, he’s not her son…he’s Todd and Margaret’s son. However, she and Michael have raised him since he was only a few months old. They adopted him, thinking he was an orphan. He was the center of their world. And it was even harder for Marice, knowing that she couldn’t have kids of her own. She only wanted what she thought was best for ‘her’ baby. And with all the deadbeat parents out there today, you have to at least admire her for that. My heart goes out to her and Michael. I only pray that they will have a miracle, and somehow Marcie will end up pregnant. Again, I realize that some of you have grown tired of seeing Marcie on you television screens, but have a heart and try putting yourself in her shoes. Wouldn’t you have done the same thing, or at least something similar? I’m not trying to excuse what she did, but I have trying to explain it. Sometimes letting go is the hardest thing you can do to someone or something you love.

Speaking of the McBain family, has Chris Stack not made an impressive debut as Michael? Wow. At first I was skeptical, however I am quickly warmed up to his portrayal of Michael, and am left thinking “Nathaniel who?” Stack has the made the role is own, and has great chemistry with Kathy Brier and most others he comes into contact with, except for Michael Easton, but then again, who does? While I miss Nathaniel Marston and his roles of Al and then Michael, I am really digging Chris Stack’s version of the better McBain brother.

After nearly thirty-seven years and six Emmy’s, Erika Slezak can still deliver when the occasion warrants. I was on the edge of my seat as she tried to talk Marcie out of doing something she would regret. You could tell that her words were really beginning to have an impact on Marcie. And when she started having heart problems from all the stress and not having her medicine, I felt like calling 911 myself. Watching her expressions and movements in those scenes, it looked as if she were truly having a heart attack. I was spellbound by her flawless performance.

Call me crazy, but I am starting to like the thought of Clint and Nora dating. I’m glad they’re taking things slow with them, and not having them jump into bed after the first kiss. I think it’s sweet how they’re worried how others will react to their budding relationship. Who says romance is dead? I think if Clint can’t be paired with Viki, then Nora is the next best thing. And I’m also glad to see that hell has thawed back out after it froze over when Clint was dating Dorian. I still can’t believe he even had the gall to ask her out considering all the pain and suffering she has put him, his family, and Viki through over the years. As for Nora, keep her away from Bo. They were a fun couple back in the day. To quote a popular rock and roll song whose name escapes me at the moment, “But that was yesterday, and yesterday’s gone.” Meaning they [i]were[/i] great ten or twelve years ago when they were married, but times have changed. They have both moved on; so it really makes no sense to go back and try and recreate something that hasn’t been there for more than a decade.

And now for some thought from the peanut gallery. First, although Jared is not actually a Buchanan, it is still creepy to see the unhealthy relationship between him and Natalie. In many ways, it reminds me of the creepy vibes I got from watching Cole and Marty share scenes together. Second, it is great to see Dorian involved in so many different storylines. And it’s also a pleasure to see Addie. Third, since we have been seeing more of the veterans lately, where has Bo been? His only function these days seems to be in police station scenes and as Lindsay’s babysitter. Fourth, I pray that they don’t pair Langston with Cole. That boy sucks the life out of anyone and everyone he shares scenes with. Just look what he has done to Starr. However, while I don’t like the potential Langston/Cole match-up, the thought of a Starr/Markko relationship intrigues me. I like Markko; he’s a good kid. In fact I like all the teens except Cole, and sometime Starr (depending on what type of mood I’m in). Fifth, Gigi is my favorite newbie, followed by Charlie and Shane. Young Austin Williams is a cute little boy and a good actor for someone his age. I hope we see more of Shane and Gigi soon. And sixth, Jessica needs the stupid ness slapped out of her. She should have been ashamed of how selfishly she acted as her mother was being held hostage.

Well, that’s all for this edition of the column. It’s not a masterpiece, but I don’t think it’s half bad for something I wrote in about twenty minutes. haha. But there’s just so much to do for school. I have lesson plans to write, names to learn, and homework of my own to do. I’ll try to write a more in-depth column for January 30th. In the meantime, keep enjoying “OLTL” and take care of one another. Have a great week and stay warm.

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 January 14 Edition

Every action has a consequence
Sunday, January 13, 2008 10:34 PM | By Scotty Gore

( — A new mother is haunted by the past.


Rex tries to reassure Adriana. Natalie freaks out when she witnesses a kiss between Jessica and Jared. Nash explodes in anger upon learning that Jessica is continuing her charade. Clint and Nora are worried how Bo, Matthew, and Viki will react to their budding relationship. Bo informs Talia that she must report for duty in Cherryvale, much to Antonio’s dismay. Later, after sharing a bittersweet good-bye, Antonio is assigned a geeky new partner. Addie slips into bed with an unsuspecting Charlie. Bo becomes Lindsay’s guardian. Cristian hires Markko at the Diner. Langston and Cole end up in group counseling together. Markko becomes a little jealous when he sees Langston with Cole. Cristian and Sarah have an impromptu date. Starr confesses to Markko that her family forgot her 16th birthday. While Cole and Langston bond over their losses, a thoughtful Markko cheers up Starr. Antonio and Talia realize that romance is harder than they thought. Charlie misses his lunch date with Jared, thanks to Dorian. Jared reflects on all the other times his father stood him up. Rex realizes he doesn’t have much of a family. Clint and Nora drop a bombshell on Bo. Nora tells Lindsay that she knows she’s faking her mental illness. Jared feels uneasy when Bo brings someone from the past to the Buchanan Enterprises board meeting. Jessica keeps Natalie in the dark.


Following Michael’s heartfelt plea, Marcie realizes she has run out of options and silently hands over Tommy to Todd. Michael says good-bye to his son. Dorian has a plan to keep Charlie in the dark. Marcie and Gigi share a jail cell. Gigi remains in Marcie’s corner. Michael has an emotional visit with Marcie. John asks Gigi for help. Shane asks Viki to help his mother. As Viki visits Marcie, Jessica and Natalie arrive at the Bon Jour Cafe. Starr and Cole throw a surprise party for Blair, Todd, and Sam. Blair is distraught upon remembering she forgot Starr’s birthday, but let’s her daugther know just how much she loves her. Todd and Blair draw closer. Alone with Sam, Blair is overcome with stress. Viki stands up for Marcie and posts Gigi’s bail. John works to persuade Gigi to turn the tables on Ramsey. Viki shares an emotional farewell with her friends at the cafe. Dorian makes sure Charlie knows just exactly who the real Viki is. Jessica and Natalie want to know all about Charlie. Meanwhile, Dorian advises Charlie to keep his distance from Viki. Jessica and Natalie are upset to learn Viki let Charlie walk out of her life, and encourage her to track him down. Blair appears on the verge of a breakdown as she has a haunting visit from beyond the grave.

D2D PreVUE’s for the week of January 21

Monday: Todd is furious to learn Viki has dropped the charges against Marcie.

Tuesday: Nora believes Bo isn’t in favor of her relationship with Clint.

Wednesday: Jared has Jessica committed to St. Ann’s.

Thursday: Ramsey warns Gigi to keep quiet.

Friday: Blair confesses to Todd that she doesn’t think she can be a mother to Sam.

Pictured: Robin Strasser courtesy Donna Svennevik/ABC

OLTL PreVUE: Week of January 7 Edition

A shocking turn of events
Wednesday, January 2, 2008 9:16 AM | By Scotty Gore

( — Secrets always seem to have a way of coming out when you least expect them to.


Natalie gives Roxy a shoulder to lean on. Jessica puts her dangerous plan in motion, much to Nash’s dismay. Roxy panics when Rex considers researching the Balsom family history. Jared offers Natalie a shoulder to lean on. Rex assures Roxy that both he and Natalie love her. A suspicious Jared tests Jessica to see if she is really Tess. Starr refuses to help Dorian plan Adriana’s wedding. Meanwhile, Adriana tells Rex that she told Blair that they knew about Tommy all along. Dorian fakes being happy when Rex and Adriana tell her they’re engaged. Later, the love birds meet Charlie, who covers his tracks by telling them that his last name is Balsom.


Viki and Marcie come face-to-face at the Bon Jour Cafe. Upon realizing that John and Todd have each tracked her down, Marcie becomes desperate. Discovering that her money and passport have disappeared, Marcie takes Viki hostage. As police and reporters gather outside the cafe, news reports make their way to Llanview. Viki’s loved ones are shocked to learn of her double life. As Viki attempts to reason with Marcie, she experiences heart trouble and begins to have difficulty breathing. Michael is able to convince the police to allow him to talk to Marcie on the phone. Michael is able to convince Marcie to allow him to trade places with Viki as her hostage. The McBain family is reunited for perhaps the final time; meanwhile Viki’s family and friends are grateful for her release. Moe, Noelle, and Gigi are shocked to discover Viki’s true identity. Ramsey harasses Shane. Rex and
Adriana see Gigi being interviewed on TV. Dorian helps Blair rush to Todd’s side. As Michael finally convinces Marcie to give herself up, they rediscover their love. Todd confesses to Viki that he mishandled things. Viki must explain herself to her friends from the Cafe. Gigi pays for aiding Marcie. Dorian hides her emotions as Charlie describes his friend Viki from Texas, and later welcomes him to stay at La Boulaie. Dorian realizes that Charlie doesn’t know the real Viki.

D2D PreVUE’s for the week of January 14

Monday: Marcie realizes she has reached the end of the line.

Tuesday: Dorian works overtime to hide what has happened to Viki from Charlie.

Wednesday: Antonio and Talia realize the road to love is full of curves.

Thursday: Blair’s past comes back to haunt her.

Friday: Bo welcomes back a familiar face who may be able to shed light on Jared’s background.

Pictured: Erika Slezak courtesy Donna Svennevik/ABC

My View of Llanview: December 30 Edition

OLTL PreVUE: Week of December 24 Edition

Holiday blues
Thursday, December 20, 2007 11:25 PM | By Scotty Gore

( — The holidays are anything but tranquil in Llanview.


Nash has strong objections to Jessica’s new plan to trick Jared into thinking Tess has returned. Jared has a difficult time controlling his emotions when Natalie tells him she slept with John. Later Jared gives Natalie his mother’s locket as a Christmas present. The Cramer girls are shocked when Addie arrives at Dorian’s doorstep, and appears to be normal. John puches Jared. Blair is happy to see the change in her mother, while Dorian is taken aback. Blair, struggling to adjust to Addie’s new personality, is worried when she can’t find her. John wonders what is up with Jared and Natalie. Cristian and Layla decide to speak to Mrs. Williamson about allowing Cristian to see Evangeline. Dorian decides to use her newfound knowledge about Charlie and Jared to her advantage, and heads for the Buchanan mansion. Her plans quickly change, however, when she sees Clint and Nora sharing another kiss. John receives a Christmas present Marty ordered before her death. Talia helps Blair and Dorian find Addie at Capricorn. Addie is ready to start her own life. A band member has the hots for Sarah. Cristian makes a decision about Evangeline. Antonio asks Talia to remain in Llanview. Rex and Adriana share a New Year’s Eve kiss at midnight, as do the Vegas and the women in their lives. Starr, Cole, Langston, and Markko celebrate the New Year. Roxy jumps to the wrong conclusion about Natalie and Miles. Roxy kisses Miles. Natalie and Jared find themselves alone at midnight.


Viki and Charlie share their first kiss at the drive-in. Shortly thereafter, however, the car breaks down and the snow begins to fall. Finding other ways to occupy their time, Viki and Charlie continue to kiss. Later, as they awaken in one anothers arms, Viki convinces Charlie that he should ask his son again for a second chance, and tells him that he helped her as well. Agreeing that they will see each other again soon, Viki and Charlie part company. Gigi keeps her composure when Rex tells her he is going to propose to his girlfriend; Gigi is relieved when Rex failed to recognize the ring. Ramsey manages to get information from Noelle. Marcie and Gigi say good-bye. John offers to help Michael look for Marcie. Adriana gives Rex the answer he was waiting for. Rex has no idea the engagement ring he got Adriana is really the one Michael gave Marcie. Moe brightens Noelle’s day. Michael discovers Adriana’s ring.

D2D PreVUE’s for the week of December 31

Monday: Cristian is ready to take a chance on Sarah; Antonio’s kiss causes an unexpected reaction from Talia; Clint and Nora celebrate the New Year.

Tuesday: Pre-empted.

Wednesday: Todd and Ramsey demand answers from Gigi; Lindsay’s future is decided.

Thursday: Marcie and Todd meet face-to-face; someone is shot by Ramsey.

Friday: Marcie does something desperate.

Pictured: Farah Fath courtesy NBC

My View of Llanview: December 15 Edition

“One Life” goes primetime
Saturday, December 15, 2007 9:30 PM| By Scotty Gore

( — How feasible is a “One Life to Live” spin-off centering around John McBain?

Hello again everyone. Hope everyone is having a great holiday season so far. I also hope that you are having better weather than I am at my house. Life has been like an underwater world here recently with rain, rain, and more rain. I keep hoping for some snow by Christmas, but it looks less and less likely with each passing day. So, if any of you are unsure what to get me for Christmas, I have an easy answer as to what I want. Just pray that it will snow on my old Kentucky home for Christmas. Maybe if we all do it, my wish will come true. But anyway, enough of my vain attempt to get a snow high. Now it’s time to look at “OLTL.”

Earlier this month, ABC Daytime President Brian Frons talked with TV Guide about the possibilities of spin-offs for “One Life to Live” and “The Young and the Restless.” In the interview, Frons stated that he has already discussed the issue with “OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini; however plans are on hold until the writers’ strike has been resolved. He also says that “One could easily imagine an ‘OLTL’ spin-off focusing on Michael Easton’s character, John McBain, solving a mystery for 13 weeks—a serial killer or whatever.”

I can sum up my reaction to that in one word, WHAT?!?! Well, maybe two words, HELL NO! Even though that response needs no further explanation, I’m going to give one anyway. For starters, there are two major flaws with Frons’ last comment. However, before I question Frons’ sanity, let me comment on the prospect of “OLTL” getting a spin-off.

Personally, I think it is about damn time that “OLTL” is getting a spin-off. I for one am sick of “General Hospital” always getting everything handed to them on a silver platter. In my opinion, it is an honor for “OLTL” to be chosen for a possible spin-off. Now when I say that I am not referring to any specific characters or storylines, instead I am referring to the idea of a spin-off in general. It’s long past time that an ABC soap other than “GH” receives some attention. I may be in the minority, but I have to give Frons at least a
small amount of credit for choosing “OLTL” as the next spin-off worthy ABC soap.

However, that is where I draw the line at praising Brian Frons. As mentioned earlier, there are two major flaws in his argument. The first is Frons’ unhealthy obsession with Michael Easton and John McBain. If, as Frons claims, the character of John McBain would make an “OLTL” spin-off successful, then why hasn’t he done the same for
the daytime version? While one could easily argue that at least part of the reason for “OLTL’s” ratings decline in recent years is due to the slow death of soap operas, one could also argue that blame for the faltering ratings can also be blamed on the invasion of new and unnecessary characters such as John McBain. It is a proven fact that Michael Easton cannot carry a show. To support my claim, just look at “Port Charles.” As the soap began to focus more and more on his vampire character, the lower the ratings began to drop. There are eerily similarities between “PC” and “OLTL.” In the last couple of years, Michael Easton has been thrown into nearly every single storyline, most of which had no real connection to his character whatsoever. He has routinely been at or near the top of the list for airtime throughout his stint at “OLTL.” And what effect has
his on-air presence had on the ratings you may ask? Well, a look at the ratings shows that “OLTL” ranks near the bottom of the eight soaps on the air. So then, if Michael Easton and John McBain are so damn popular, why are “OLTL’s” ratings the toilet? If he has the appeal that Frons claims he has, then why isn’t “One Life to Live” as popular as “The Young and the Restless” or “The Bold and the Beautiful?”

I understand that the actor does have a small, but very vocal group of fans and supporters; however, he also has twice as many opponents and critics. And why should they care about a spin-off that focuses mainly on a character they despise? Much the same way that a pissed off person won’t vote for a candidate that ticked them off, many soap fans won’t watch a soap that gives them the finger. And for the few years, “OLTL” has done just that for many loyal fans who have been left scratching their heads and wondering how is it that a character that has only been on “OLTL” since 2003 has become the center of the nearly forty-year-old daytime drama? I’ll have to admit, I’ve asked myself that exact question more times than I care to count or remember. Thinking back, I wonder how, oh how that “OLTL” managed to survive all those years (thirty-five years in all) without John McBain and his brooding demeanor. It’s scary to think that we could have missed seeing his dead daddy, who oddly enough had more airtime some months than many of the show’s
veteran cast members, and the deceased Spencer Truman, who came up back to haunt Mr. McBain on numerous occasions. And need I even mention Katlin and Marty? I think not.

While I realize that the round about way in explaining my earlier comments, I think I have made my point. Before I continue, I want to apologize to any Michael Easton/John McBain fans that I may have offended by my preceding comments; for that was not my intent. Now, let’s examine the second flaw in Frons’ argument about a potential “OLTL” spin-off. Show of hands on this one. Who wants to see John McBain, or any member of the Llanview Police Department for that matter, botch another crime scene? The LPD couldn’t even find Waldo if he were wearing glow-in-the dark underwear and standing two feet in front of them. I mean, seriously, when was the last time that they actually solved a crime without any outside amateur assistance? If Lindsay hadn’t confessed, they would have never figured out who murdered Spencer Truman. We still don’t know who killed Mitch Laurence. The LPD’s
track record speaks for itself. I wouldn’t even ask them to help me find my grandmother’s false teeth.

And does Llanview really, truly, honestly need another serial killer? Didn’t “OLTL” learn their lesson from the Music Box Killer, the Killing Club Murderer, the OPP debacle, and the Daniel Colson bi-sexual murderer storylines? None of those storylines garnered any huge gains for “OLTL,” although the reveal of Daniel Colson’s double life did very briefly push “OLTL” above “GH” in the ratings for a week. However, each of these storylines were drug out for such a long period of time that once they were solved, no one could remember or care who had been killed in the first place. I say all of this because another serial killer storyline would do nothing but damage “OLTL’s” recent surge of momentum and creativity. And I think I can safely speak for all “OLTL” fans when I say that. In my opinion, the only way a serial killer storyline would have any success on “OLTL” right now is if it served as a way to rid the soap of some of the dead weight in Llanview. If it rid us of useless characters such as Cole, Vincent, Layla, Jared, and Nash then I would be all for it. Otherwise, it would do more harm than good.

Now that I have painted such a gloomy picture of an “OLTL” spin-off starring John McBain (which I think would be doomed from the start), let me open the windows and bring a little light back into the room. While making John McBain the focus of a spin-off is a bad idea, it may also be somewhat of a blessing for “OLTL” fans. It could result in the brooding McBain spending most of his time in the prime-time spin-off instead of on the daytime version of “OLTL.” However, that is the only silver lining I see in that particular storm cloud.

If Frons had any clue as to what “OLTL” fans think would make for a successful spin-off, he would realize that ninety-nine percent of them would mention characters other than John McBain. In reality, there are countless viable options for a spin-off. Some possibilities include: Viki, Charlie, the Texas diner crew and Asa’s ranch; The Sun; The Banner, Llanview High School, Llanview University, the LPD (with the focus on Bo); Buchanan Enterprises; the Buchanans; the Cramer girls; Llanview Hospital; and Capricorn, just to name a few. Of those, I think that the most successful would be the one’s that focused around the matriarch of Llanivew, Viki Davidson. If Frons truly wanted an “OLTL” to succeed he would choose from one of
the ideas listed above.

Before moving on, there is one last tidbit of the Brian Frons TV Guide article that seems like a no-brainer. Frons mentions in the article that for the upcoming second season of the “GH” spin-off “Night Shift” he in writing team specifically for the prime-time version. His reasoning? It will eliminate the added stress and pressure on the “GH” writing team, while helping to align the storylines between the two programs. To that, all I can say is DUH! How much sense does it make to have the same characters in the same town leading entirely
different lives on “GH” than they do on “Night Shift?” Just imagine how confusing something like that would be for “OLTL.” For example, what if Asa Buchanan was alive and interacting with his family and friends in the spin-off, but still dead as a doornail on “OLTL?” Imagine trying to explain those plot holes.

Switching gears, let’s briefly take a look at the recently updated “OLTL” opening. It was a sight for sore eyes to finally see an updated opening, which hadn’t been overhauled since January. It’s nice to finally have Talia, Markko, Miles, Sarah, Jared and Gigi in the opening credits; however the pictures were taken before Charlie and nu-Michael joined the cast, which explains their absence from it. I was a bit surprised to see just how fast Marty was removed from the opening, and to see Lindsay’s picture still there. But at least we don’t have to look at Spencer’s ugly mug shot any longer. In addition, I am impressed by the new mid and end show bumpers. I can’t help but wonder if “OLTL” is about to get a new
opening. Why else would they unveil new bumpers, if they were planning on keeping the same old and tired opening? Although, I have not heard or read anything concrete about a new “OLTL” opening, I wouldn’t be completely surprised if one debuted in January. After all, 2008 marks the soap’s 40th anniversary, so maybe, just maybe they will get a new opening in observance of that. And it’s not unlike “OLTL” to update their current opening sequence shortly before unveiling a brand new one. Only time will tell I suppose, and this is just probably wishful thinking on my part, but maybe for once the rumors are true on this one, and “OLTL” will get a new opening new month. Stranger things have happened.

And now, for a little sneak peak at what you expect to happen in Llanview a few weeks down the road. It’s fun in the snow for this new couple. A man receives a Christmas gift from a dead woman. A distraught husband recognizes his wife’s engagement ring on the hand of another. One woman asserts her newfound independence. Two friends share a New Year’s Eve kiss. And, this young man give his “niece” a very special Christmas present.

Before I forget, don’t forget to be on the lookout for a new “OLTL” fanfic coming soon to SONBC. Jay Vanderburg will serve as Head Writer, with yours truly serving as Executive Producer. Look for the new fanfic to premiere in early January, just after the holidays. This date is a few weeks later than the previously announced date of December 20th, and was changed because of the busy holiday season. So, be sure and mark you calendars.

Also, my sincere apologizes for the continued delays in the November and 2007 year-to-date episode counts, but I promise you that they will be posted no later than early next week. Homework, finals, decorating, shopping, and other things have kept me quite busy these last few weeks, but with the Christmas break now upon me, I will have the time needed to get them completed and posted. Again, I apologize for the delay. It’s hard sometimes to keep up with them when you also have a life outside of “OLTL” and SON.

Well, that’s all for now, but before I wrap-up this column, I have a special holiday greeting for all loyal readers and fellow “OLTL” fans…

May the meaning of the season be deeper, its friendships stronger and its hopes brighter; and your heart be lifted in joy at the true meaning of this wondrous season. May you be filled with the wonder, be touched by the peace, and believe in the miracle. Have a safe and wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Holidays one and all. Love, Hope, & Joy to you today and always.

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 December 17 Edition

Tis the Season
Friday, December 14, 2007 11:45 PM| By Scotty Gore

( — The holiday season brings unexpected surprises to the citizens of Llanview.


Roxy pours out her heart to Miles, not realizing he has fallen asleep. Natalie is repulsed by Jared’s kiss. Bo keeps his eye on Jared. After unsuccessfully trying to talk Rex out of proposing to Adriana, Dorian gives him her blessing. Cristian and Layla are shocked to learn that Mrs. Williamson has moved Evangeline back home. Bo and Matthew visit Lindsay, and see RJ there as well. Lindsay has a court date after the holidays. Layla and Adriana give Roxy some good advice. Nora tells Cole that, according to Marty’s will, he will move in with her and Matthew. At La Boulaie, the Cramer girls are shocked by Addie’s behavior. Jessica concocts a plan to get rid of Jared. Sarah hides her feelings for Cristian. Adriana works to cheer up Cristian and Antonio. Talia requests a transfer. Starr apologizes to Langston. Jared tries to befriend Cole. Natalie bumps into John at Capricorn, and later they share a night of passion. Natalie floors Jared with news of her tryst with John.


Rex tells Michael that he’s planning to pop the question to Adriana; later he does Michael a favor and goes to Texas in search of Marcie. Viki tends to a drunken Charlie, and encourages him to become sober again. While Blair urges Todd to go easy on Marcie, she couldn’t care less about Rex and Michael. Charlie chooses Viki over the bottle. Moe and Noelle compete in the 2007 Dallas Bake-Off, however, an mishap by Marcie results in the judge nearly chocking to death, resulting in their elimination. When Moe throws a pie at the judge, a pie fight ensues as Viki and Charlie return to the diner. Todd names his son Sam in honor of Sam Rappaport. The Mannings celebrate Christmas before Todd resumes the search for his son; Blair and Todd share a kiss. Marcie asks Gigi to help sell her engagement ring to raise money. Blair and Adriana duke it out over Marcie. Rex is surprised to see Gigi in Paris, Texas. Viki and Charlie have their first kiss. Todd hires a suspended Ramsey to help find his son.

D2D PreVUE’s for the week of December 24

Monday: Viki and Charlie share more than a kiss; could Shane be Rex’s son?

Tuesday: Pre-empted.

Wednesday: Jared has a hard time controlling his jealousy.

Thursday: Todd and Ramsey interrogate Gigi.

Friday: John and Michael are determined to bring Marcie home; unexpected kisses occur as the New Year begins.

Pictured: Melissa Gallo courtesy Yolanda Perez/ABC

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