My View of Llanview

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Does, at the end of the day, "One Life to Live" show that it cares for its viewers? The answer may surprise you. Given the show's often stagnant ratings and high volume of viewer complaints, it may seem hard to imagine that "OLTL" might actually care what their fans think and want.  However, I really do think that they do care -- at least to an extent; however not so much in terms of characters and writing, then in terms of the small things that provide a little wink to the audience to say, "hey here's a little...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" is having success with turning Clint Buchanan into the J.R. Ewing of daytime,  but an ever increasing cast size and endless display of pretty faces continues to cause problems.Jerry verDorn has quickly become "One Life to Live's" saving grace who, in many ways, is carrying the show right now.  Speaking as someone who never watched his work on "Guiding Light," I am amazed by the quality of his acting.  His presence brings much needed depth "OLTL," and he has the ability to turn garbage into gold so to speak, and totally "sell" his...
Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: Errol Lewis/SON(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — 2011 begins with baby steps for "One Life to Live." What a difference a year makes.  I thought I would begin my first column of 2011 with a look back at some of what I had to say about the state of the show in my first column of 2010.  First, twelve months ago Mitch Laurence was menacing the citizens of Llanview with his latest reign of terror.  However, the storyline quickly began to take a turn for the worse when it took on plot holes large enough to...
Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: Errol Lewis/SON(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — 2010 finally comes to an end in Llanview. Well here we are again, at that time when we say farewell to the old year and hello to the new year that lies ahead. The trials and tribulations of 2010 are behind us and the hope and optimism that 2011 will be a better time for one and all is still ringing in our ears. But perhaps nowhere more so than in Llanview, Pennsylvania should the end of 2010 be such a blessing. It's past time to put...
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: Errol Lewis/SON(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" takes a turn for the worse. What a train wreck "One Life to Live" seems to be right now. On the one hand, you have solid drama, while on the other hand you have something that, at best, is reminiscent of a middle school drama production. For example, the scenes involving Clint tricking Matthew into believing that his parents were cheating on one another, Matthew's reaction to seeing Inez and a drunken Bo kissing on the couch, his being incapable of dealing with...
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: Errol Lewis/SON(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" remains a work in progress. Much like the building of the ancient city of Rome, "OLTL" can't be re-built over night. While the show does have some bright spots, it is also still filled with reminders of what is wrong with the show. Hopefully, however, as the weeks and months continue to go by the good will begin to outweigh the bad. The good comes in different shapes and sizes...literally. Kim Zimmer continues to shine as Echo, evil Clint in intriguing and...
Monday, November 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: Errol Lewis/SON(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Is "One Life to Live" starting to get its groove back? I have to say that, after watching the show the past few weeks, it seems as if "OLTL" has turned the corner...finally. And the reason for the sudden is, oddly enough, Kim Zimmer. Yes that would be the same Kim Zimmer that was the butt of weight jokes, scenery chewing claims, and sub-par acting abilities. As strange as it may seem, Kim Zimmer is one of the biggest things "One Life" has going for it right...
Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: Errol Lewis/SON(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Halloween disappointments. How depressing is it that Erika Slezak's role on this show continues to decline. I mean it was bad enough when Viki did nothing more than dispense advice to her nitwitted children. But now, her only function seems to be propping Rex and handing out Halloween candy to unseen children. I suppose I should be glad that "One Life to Live" is even acknowledging Halloween this year, but I'm not to excited about it. Other than the parlor at Llanfair being decked out for All...
Friday, October 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: Errol Lewis/SON(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Déjà vu in Llanview. While watching "One Life to Live" this week, it has become even more apparent to me that this show must really be concerned about the environment. Why else would they be basically recycling scripts and storylines every few months? Once again, for what seems like the tenth time, Starr and Hope have been kidnapped. It is fast becoming as predictable a plot device as a seemingly normal, intelligent character going bat crap crazy before leaving town. The writers at "OLTL" apparently don't know...

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: Errol Lewis/SON(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" has once again proven that they don't have a clue about what their fans really want. The two breaking news stories today involving the show showcasing exactly what is wrong with "OLTL" at the moment. Both are nothing more than examples of undeserving people being rewarded for producing crap. As per ABC policy, the worse things get, the more praise and promotions those in charge receive. Just take ABC Daytime President Brain Frons for example. He has pretty much single-handed destroyed the...
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: Errol Lewis/SON(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Whatever the hell happened to the expression "Leave them wanting more?" So I was wracking my brain, trying to think of a topic to write about for this edition of the column, when lo and behold I came across the tacky, cheesy, God-awful, and downright embarrassing new "OLTL" promo entitled "People are Talking About the Ford brothers." After watching it, all I can say is "Really?" While it does appear that most "One Life" fans are indeed talking about the Ford brothers, the words typically used are not...
Monday, August 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: Errol Lewis/SON(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" is giving viewers something to talk about. Seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I was commenting that "OLTL" needed to go the route of its two ABC sister soaps and do "something -- anything -- to drum up some publicity" (oh wait it was).  Little did I realize, however, that only days after writing that apparently prophetic statement (at least I'd like to think so anyway, ha ha), the show would drop two huge casting bombshells on fans...
Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: Errol Lewis/SON(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" needs to shake things up a bit. Brenda returns to Port Charles. Kendall returns to Pine Valley. These two heavily promoted events have so overshadowed "OLTL" in recent weeks, it's almost as if the show no longer existed. "OLTL" was so much of an afterthought for ABC that it couldn't even put together any sort of a promo for the same week as those two returns. But, then again, that is more or less a moot point now because, after watching what "One Life to Live" had...
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