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Monday, January 28, 2013 3:35 AM EDT
What a difference a year makes, huh "One Life to Live" fans? Looking back through the Soap Opera Network archives, I happened upon the last column that I had written. It was November 30, 2011, nearly two weeks after Prospect Park made the now infamous decision to scrap their plans to revive "OLTL" online, just five days after the soap wrapped production on its ABC run. And now here we are just over a year later, with that plan seemingly resurrected and "One Life," along with sister soap "All My Children," a month away from resuming production for new episodes on the internet.

Monday, August 1, 2011 12:52 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” does what it does best – comedy. And even if the storyline is absurd and vulgar, the show still manages to give fans a chuckle and poke fun at itself, all without skipping a beat. I’ll be the first to admit that this whole Nate and Deanna do porn storyline idiotic, nasty, and just downright stupid. I have routinely shaken my head and sighed each and every time it has been mentioned on screen these past few months, and taking notes on the inconsistencies in the story and holes in the plot. For instance,...

Friday, July 15, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" gets a last minute reprieve and will continue to air new episodes online. But will it mean that the show's second life will be as good as its first? First of all, it was 43 years ago today that "One Life to Live" made its television debut so Happy Anniversary! Nearly three months of protesting, boycotting, and keeping "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" in the forefront of everyone's minds came to an abrupt end just over a week ago when fans received the shocking news that ABC had agreed to license both...

Thursday, June 30, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Rex Balsom proves in one day that he is more of a Buchanan than he will likely ever admit. The more Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier) keep trying to prove he is nothing like his father, the more they seem to have in common. Rex, like Clint, and Asa for that matter, has proven that he can be ruthless, selfish, and take drastic action in order to get whatever he wants. And he has shown that he that will go out of his way to protect his family and seek his own brand of justice if any one of them...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Must see TV? More like must miss TV. The more I watch "One Life to Live" these days, the more I am convinced that the show itself is bi-polar. From week to week and even day to day this show goes from entertaining to choppy and idiotic. It seems to have more ups and downs than a roller coaster. And lately, it has been on a serious downturn. Take Tuesday's (June 14) episode for example. As much as the thought of Tess and Ford dressed in nun habits making out in a padded cell at a mental hospital excites...

Monday, May 30, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Hate Nate? Welcome to the club. My hate of Nate didn't start on any particular date, but instead I feel it was simply an act of fate. At any rate, whenever I see him on TV, my feelings of ill will toward him cannot be contained by a flood gate. But wait, even though it's late, there's more. Much like a smelly fish who was caught with some stinky bait, this is one character who has overstayed his welcome and needs to reeled in and relocated to another town because he's starting to smell. By the way, did...

Sunday, May 15, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The less we see of the mess called Wes, the better. Leave it up to Ron Carlivati to kill a good story. Okay, so the story wasn't all that great to begin with. Even so, with one swoop of his pen, Carlivati effective ruined the Jessica/Tess/Bess/Wes/Hess/Dess/whoever storyline last week. As if Jessica and her rhyming alternate personalities weren't already ridiculous enough (and yes, I realize that Viki has a rhyming alter as well, but that's beside the point), this latest action was the icing on the cake. In theory, giving Jessica a male alter sounds plausible, since many...

Saturday, April 30, 2011 1:01 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Who might be returning for "One Life to Live's" grand finale, and could the show find a new home on another network? Just two weeks after ABC dropped a bombshell on fans of "One Life to Live" and "All My Children," rumors have begun to swirl regarding the network's decision, along with speculation that one or both soaps may be picked up by another broadcast or cable network. In all likelihood, however, both "AMC" and "OLTL" will be still gone as of their Alphabet Network mandated end dates of September and January, respectively. As harsh as it may...