My View of Llanview

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on Monday, August 15, 2011 @ 12:01 AM
What happens when real life interferes with reel life?
(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,...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Thursday, April 14, 2011 is a day that will live in infamy for ABC soap fans as, in the blink of any eye, the network canceled long running serials "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." By the time they air their final episodes in September and January, respectively, a combined 84 years of drama will become nothing more than a piece of television history. The news certainly gave viewers of both soaps a lot of "Chew" on, prompting many of them to start a "Revolution" and shun the very network that helped give them more...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" learns to take the good with the bad....even when the bad outweighs the good. (NOTE: This column was written on the evening of April 14th, less than 24 hours before the news of "One Life to Live's" cancellation broke. I will talk more about that in a special edition of the column this weekend). While watching "One Life to Live" the past few weeks, two things in particular have really stood out in my mind.  The first has to do with the uncharacteristic way the character of Charlie is being written off the show, while...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With "One Life to Live's" bullying storyline now kicking into high gear, just how effective has it been so far? Anyone who has seen the latest "One Life" promo, with a desperate Shane seeking to escape the torment of being bullied by a classmate, knows that this storyline is certainly taking on rather realistic tone (I have included a different version of the promo at the end of this column). It's often said that soaps imitate life, and while, in reality, that isn't always the case, what with mind-controlling brain chips, mad scientists, space aliens, secret underground cities,...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" keeps it all in the family with plot twists so convoluted and mind-boggling that you need a score card to keep up with just who is related to who. First it was Walter Balsom, then it was Mitch Laurence, then it was Charlie Banks, and then (finally) it was Clint Buchanan.  Is there a middle-aged man in Llanview that has not, at one time or another, been named as Rex's biological father?  Not really....other than maybe Nigel (which would be awesome by the way).  But what is the point in all of that?  The...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" recently took to the scriptures with regards to the the new rivalry between Kelly and Natalie -- the "scriptures of pie" this is, evoking the sacred Pie Commandment that "Thou shalt send a pie to your enemies as a peace offering." What's that? Pie scriptures and commandments you say? Yes, and I agree that it does sound silly, which is exactly the point I am trying to make. To think that having drunken sex with the ex-fiancé of the sister of one of your best friends can be easily forgiven with...
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