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My View of Llanview

My View of Llanivew: May 30 Edition

My View of Llanivew: May 30 Edition

(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 I have a cousin named Kate? That’s right mate, I can rhyme too, just like Ron Carlivati and the other writers on “One Life to Live” when they are choosing names for all of Jessica’s alters.

Humor aside, however, I really do detest the character of Nate. His actions this past week where he, in a fit of rage, violently punched Matthew in the head (a wound that has proven quiet serious), only served to validate my opinion of him. No offense to the actor (Lenny Platt), but Nate looks like he is at least twice as old as his girlfriend Dani (who has also run of her course on the show), and it is more than just a little creepy. I’m talking about Christina Chambers and Brandon Buddy (ex-Marty and Cole) kind of creepy. Remember when Chambers played Marty how the relationship between mother and son seemed just a bit too chummy — almost like they were flirting with one another, instead of having a proper family relationship?

I hate nearly everything about Nate, by the way. He really serves no purpose (I mean, we already have two other Ford brothers), and surely wouldn’t even be missed if he were to suddenly disappear. Seriously…name one thing you would miss about the character if he were gone? Thought so. I’m sure very few would even miss his parading around town without a shirt on 90% of the time. I mean, it’s not like there’s a shortage of other guys in Llanview who would be more than willing to do that at a moment’s notice and for even the flimsiest of reasons.

Speaking of which, how contrived and idiotic can this show get? The entire sequence revolving around Nate and Deanna’s water gun fight was not only a complete waste of airtime, but an insult to even the most casual of “One Life to Live” viewers. Watching the two of them running around the apartment half-naked with dialogue like Nate telling Deanna that he was “going to get her wet” (or something to that extent), is not exactly Emmy material.  I knew viewers were going to be in for a big letdown when Nate came home in his full Llanview Lions baseball uniform (cap, knee socks, stirrups, and all), saying that he was hot, and that he needed to take a shower. And, of course, the air conditioner had to be out as well…sounds like the beginning of a really bad porn movie doesn’t it? Oh wait, “OLTL” already has that covered, with slut peddler Rick Powers and his latest masterpiece “Hold the Pepperoni.” Throw in the strippers that were on the show a couple of years ago, and we’ve got a Cinemax Friday night softcore porn flick in the making, minus the nudity of course. They could call it “Llanview After Dark” or something like that. I should probably stop at this point, before I give them anymore ideas.

Nate just really needs to go away though. I don’t care if they kill him off, have him go missing, or simply move away, but he just needs to go. It’s bad enough that we still have his brothers Robert and James running amuck. James is annoying, what with spending his every waking moment thinking and dreaming of Starr so that he can inch closer to getting into her pants, and Robert with his hotdog costume and reading to sick kids at the hospital (let the redemption begin). And don’t even get me started about his hamburger costume-claded friend named Patty (talk about clever — if only) trying to “get cooking” with him. Although, if they were to start having sex, I would hope that Ford remembers to wear condiments…..sorry, couldn’t resist.

Anyway, my point is that, with “One Life” only having about seven months left on the air (barring some last minute reprieve) you would think that the show would find a more productive use of their dwindling airtime by returning the show to its core values and characters, and giving the majority of fans something they actually want to watch, and not be embarrassed about. And yes, I realize it is a soap opera, but still, it should be (and has been) more dignified than this crap.

I think Robin Strasser (Dorian) sums up the frustration shared by many “OLTL” fans regarding Llanview’s teen overload perfectly when she tweeted this weekend that “How BIG an ALLOWANCE do pre-teen+teens In a Frons-ian household get? They not buying big tkts.-yet. ‘Get ‘em young and grow them.’ Nonsense!”

And yes, although Nate looks like he is old enough to be eligible for AARP in scenes with other teens who are actually teens, he is a prime example of what is wrong with the show at the moment. Don’t confuse my Nate bashing with an assault on his portrayer, Lenny Platt, however. I’m not blaming him for his horrible character — after all, it’s not his fault. He just has to work with the material he is given (much like the rest of the cast these days). Hopefully, with any luck however, things will get better soon so that “One Life to Live” can have a proper sendoff, fitting of its long history and rich legacy. Fingers crossed.

Moving on, congratulations to “Michael Tunstall” and “Shariten,” both of whom correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” celebrity guest star, which was former CNBC analyst and reporter Ted David.

In case you missed the clues, here they are:

In 2009, this former TV newsman moderated a debate between Llanview’s mayoral candidates.

Now it’s time to play another round of “Llanview, Who Am I?,” a new feature where you have to use the clues to figure out the identity of some mystery celebrity from “OLTL’s” past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

Here’s your clue….this aspiring actor found a more mature audience when he appeared in Llanview in 2009 as a thug.

So who is this mystery group from the past? I’ll have the answers in the June 15th edition of My View of Llanview. Bonus points if you can tell me the name of the show which first made him a star, and what storyline his “One Life” character was involved in. And don’t forget to check out my Twitter page for all the latest “OLTL” news and information at SON.

Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. These are for the week of June 20th. Someone has a surprise visitor. A father demands answers. One person is seriously injured. And a patient at Llanview Hospital gets some potentially good news.

Well that’s concludes yet another column. Hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day holiday. Remember to buckle up! Take care and stay safe. And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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    My View of Llanview: May 15 Edition

    My View of Llanview: May 15 Edition

    (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 [Niki] 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 actual DID patients do just that, however, in this instance it is too outlandish and idiotic, even for a soap opera. And that should tell you something.

    For starters, Jessica’s reasoning for creating Wes appears to be largely non-existent. What possible reason could he have for being “born” and just what purpose could he serve? From the show’s perspective, they will probably try and argue that the real Wes was an old Navy Seal buddy of Brody’s and that Jessica created him to represent the friendship she has with Brody or something stupid like that. As far-fetched as that sounds, however, it could perhaps be acceptable. That is until you remember that Jessica had very little contact with Wes when he was alive, although she was only really learned about him through some stories Brody told her, it makes this storyline even more perplexing.

    At least when Viki created her two male alters, they clearly represented something and served very important functions. Tommy expressed the rage that Viki had for all the times her father had molested her. And her Victor Lord personality was the embodiment of her father (the majority of DID sufferers tend to create an alter with the personality of their attacker), who wanted her to take the secret to the grave and kill herself. Wes, however, does neither of those things. Instead he is portrayed as a fun-loving, macho kind of guy. If the writers had really wanted this storyline to work, they could and should have created a male alter that represented the man who molested Jessica in that seedy bar Niki took her to as kid, or one that took on the persona of Jessica’s diabolical, cult leader biological father, Mitch Laurence. But not Brody’s dead best friend Wes Granger.

    To further complicate matters, Wes seems to have no idea that he is a man trapped inside a woman’s body and mind. He has no recollection of Jessica or Tess (or even Bess for that matter), and thinks them as just some really hot girls he would like to hook up with. While a host personality and his/her various alters may not always remember everything that was done by the others while they were in control, there are least aware of the others existence. Tommy knew about Niki and Jean and the others, and vice versa. But Wes has no earthly idea whatsoever who Jess and Tess are.

    Furthermore, is it too much of a stretch to ponder what Wes thought when he went into the bathroom of Cutter’s hotel room to change into some of his clothes? I mean, he had to have noticed that things looked a little out of place for a man. Surely he had to wonder why he was suddenly wearing a bra and panties, had on lipstick, and had to set down to pee. But, at least you have to admit that this makes 30-year-old Teen Jessica going back to high school again with people half her age, and freaking out about not having a date to the prom and trying desperately to lose her virginity, look like Masterpiece Theater.

    As moronic as this storyline has already been, however, I fear that the worst may be yet to come. While I admit that I chuckle whenever I think about Ford’s reaction when he learns his ex-wife is now a man, I worry about how much longer all of this is going to continue. And by that, I mean the entire Jessica storyline, not just Wes. How disturbing is it that Cutter will put the moves on his mentally disturbed wife (who isn’t even a real person to begin with), who now thinks she is a man, so that he can bring her back in order to have her committed to St. Ann’s so he can extort her family in order for him to get his hands on her host personality’s money? Almost as disturbing as Wes trying to pick up where the real Wes Granger left off before his death with his “lady love” Marty Saybrooke. Just please don’t let Jess, er I mean Wes, put the moves on Marty and try to have sex with her. There’s an image none of us need in our heads. Yikes!

    Speaking of Marty, as much as I hate the fact that her entire storyline revolves around John McBain (sorry, but he’s just not worth all this trouble), I have to admit that she makes one hell of a good psycho. She has been quite entertaining these past few days, even as she has been running around town stabbing and throwing people off roofs, murdering mental health care professionals, assaulting police officers, kidnapping babies, switching DNA test results, waving guns at teenagers, and preparing a romantic dinner for her fantasy boyfriend all at the same time. Damn, she’s good…lol.

    Moving on, congratulations to “CBRVA” and “Judy146,” both of whom correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” celebrity guest star, which was John Cullum. In 1969, Cullum as appeared as Artie Duncan on “One Life to Live.” From 1990-95, he appeared as bartender Holling Vincoeur.

    In case you missed the clues, here they are:

    This Tennessee born actor gained some northern exposure when he appeared in Llanview in the late 1960s and on stage after leaving town, but didn’t achieve primetime success until more than two decades later.

    Now it’s time to play another round of “Llanview, Who Am I?,” a new feature where you have to use the clues to figure out the identity of some mystery celebrity from “OLTL’s” past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

    In 2009, this former TV newsman moderated a debate between Llanview’s mayoral candidates.

    So who is this mystery group from the past? I’ll have the answers in the May 30th edition of My View of Llanview. And don’t forget to check out my Twitter page for all the latest “OLTL” news and information at SON.

    Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. A father is confronted by his son. One child’s parents receive some devastating news. Someone gets advice from an unlikely source. And one Llanview resident’s condition takes a turn for the worse, while his/her family remains in the dark about their loved one’s prognosis.

    Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a great day! Take care and stay safe. And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

    • One Life to Live
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    • Northern Exposure


      My View of Llanview: April 30 Edition

      My View of Llanview: April 30 Edition

      (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 be to accept, it is something that we must prepare for as soap fans. As the old saying goes, “prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.”

      You have no doubt heard in recent days the many unconfirmed reports that NBC and/or SONY (which produces “Days of Our Lives” for NBC and “The Young and the Restless” for CBS) was in the midst of hammering out a top secret deal to pick up both “AMC” and “OLTL” from ABC to potentially air on NBC weekday afternoons. Sounds great, doesn’t it?  Why of course it does. Remember, however, that when something sounds to good to be true, it probably is. The same can also be said of the similar rumor that NBC is/was considering purchasing just “One Life,” as a companion for “DAYS.” At this point, all of this looks to be nothing more than an elaborate rumor, which has yet to receive any credence from a major media outlet. And, while, those same media outlets have also not emphatically denied the rumor either, that doesn’t mean we can look forward to seeing either Erica Kane or Victoria Lord on NBC anytime soon. In other words, I will believe it when I see it. Until then, I am remaining highly skeptical of this speculation. Although, stranger things have happened, so we cannot say with absolute certainly that the two soaps won’t switch from being managed by a mouse to a peacock (never say never, after all), but I wouldn’t bet the bank on it just yet.

      Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point-of-view), at least one rumor has been debunked since the cancellation news broke on April 14th. Following thousands and thousands of posts on Internet message boards and social networking sites by fans claiming otherwise, media guru Oprah Winfrey announced in a video clip on her website that she had no interest whatsoever in placing either “All My Children” or “One Life to Live” on the schedule of her new cable/satellite network OWN. The announcement led to near chaos for some desperate soap fans, who blasted the queen of talk for her decision, which led to cries of boycotting the last few months of her daytime talk show as well as OWN, in addition to many personal threats and other highly unflattering remarks being made against Winfrey herself. While I can certainly understand the passion of these loyal soap fans, their vendetta against Oprah is unjustified and unwarranted. I love soaps (“OLTL” in particular) just as much as the next person, but you have to know when to draw the line. Enough is enough.

      With all that said, as it stands right now, “One Life to Live” is still going off the air in January after 43 1/2 years on the air. As we inch ever closer to the end, I would like to take a moment to ponder which former cast members may potentially return to Llanview to help wrap up the show in its final months.

      For starters, Andrea Evans (Tina Lord) has already announced publicly that would love to return to “OLTL,” as has Brandon Buddy (Cole Thornhart). Tonja Walker (Alex Olanov) and Catherine Hickland (Lindsay Rappaport) would likely agree to reprise their roles as well. And it should not be too hard to convince Michael Storm (Larry Wolek), Dan Gauthier (Kevin Buchanan), John Loprieno (Cord Roberts), Robert Krimmer (Andrew Carpenter), Laura Bonarrigo (Cassie Callison), Pamela Payton-Wright (Addie Cramer), James DePaiva (Max Holden), Timothy D. Sitckney (R.J. Gannon), and Nathan Purdee (Hank Gannon) to come back, at least briefly. In addition, Kathy Brier and Chris Stack (Marcie and Michael McBain) would also probably return if asked.

      On the other hand, those clamoring for Judith Light (Karen Wolek) or Ellen Holly (Carla Hall) shouldn’t hold their breath. Light has never appeared to have any desire to return to her daytime roots, while Holly’s relationship with show became soured more than two decades ago, following her unceremonious firing in 1985 by then “OLTL” Executive Producer Paul Rauch.  Of course, there is always the chance that one or both of them may ultimately agree to return to help give the show a proper send off, but I personally don’t see that happening. Furthermore, even if they do return, what purpose would they serve? Sure, it would be a nice nod to both long term viewers, as well as newer ones who are familiar with the show’s history, but what would they do and who would they interact with? As noted above, Holly left the show in 1985, while Light left in 1983. Not very people that either of their characters corresponded with during their stay in Llanview are still there, with the exceptions of Viki, Dorian, Bo, Clint, and perhaps Echo.  But that’s it….they would have no idea who the hell anyone else was, unless the writers were to create an elaborate back-story where Viki or Dorian had been keeping in touch with them over all these years or something. But aside from that, they would appear out of place.

      Who do you think should return to help usher “One Life to Live” off-the-air? I would like to hear your thoughts on the subject. So be sure and leave your comment below.

      Moving on, congratulations to “CBRVA,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” celebrity guest star, which was Richard Grieco. From 1986-87 Grieco played Rick Gardner on “One Live to Live,” before going on to star in “21 Jump Street.”

      In case you missed the clues, here they are:

      This model turned actor played a ‘Gardner’ in the mid 1980′s, before jumping out of daytime and into a successful primetime series.

      Now it’s time to play another round of “Llanview, Who Am I?,” a new feature where you have to use the clues to figure out the identity of some mystery future celebrity from “OLTL’s” past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

      This Tennessee born actor gained some northern exposure when he appeared in Llanview in the late 1960s and on stage after leaving town, but didn’t achieve primetime success until more than two decades later.

      So who is this mystery group from the past? I’ll have the answers in the May 15th edition of My View of Llanview. And don’t forget to check out my Twitter page for all the latest “OLTL” news and information at SON.

      Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. These are for the week of May 16th. An intimate secret is revealed. One man is shocked by what he learns. Someone resorts to drastic action to keep from losing everything. And one person spirals out of control.

      Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a great weekend! Take care and stay safe. And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

      • All My Children
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      • The Young and the Restless
      • ABC
      • Erica Kane
      • NBC
      • Chris Stack
      • Kathy Brier
      • Tonja Walker
      • Brandon Buddy
      • Llanview
      • Dan Gauthier
      • SONY
      • Catherine Hickland
      • Oprah Winfrey
      • The Oprah Winfrey Show
      • Days of our Lives
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      • Andrea Evans
      • Michael Storm
      • OWN
      • John Loprieno
      • Laura Bonarrigo
      • Robert Krimmer
      • Pamela Payton Wright
      • Nathan Purdee
      • Judith Light
      • Ellen Holly
      • Richard Grieco
      • 21 Jump Street
      • Victoria Lord
      • James DePaiva
      • Timothy D. Stickney


        My View of Llanview Special Edition: The End of 'Life' as We Know It

        (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 than four decades of memories from Pine Valley and Llanview. In this special edition of My View of Llanview, I will take a sentimental look at “One Life to Live” as it nears its abrupt, but nonetheless bittersweet, ending.

        As I set here writing this column, the weather outside my window perfectly captures my mood as I try to come to terms that my reel ‘Life’ is nearing an end. On this cloudy, raw spring day, I think back to some of the key moments while growing up when I realized just how very much “One Life to Live” meant to me. And I recall how it all began rather innocently as a young child, watching the show during school breaks and snow days as my mom tended to her housework. That was nearly twenty-five years ago, at a time before the advent of the Internet when, aside from spoilers in certain magazines like Soap Opera Digest, you really didn’t know what was going to happen next on the show. Perhaps those where simpler times, before the arrival of the Digital Age. Soap operas, along with other television shows, just seemed to be so much better back then. But I digress.

        In the early 1980s, cable was still a few years away from reaching my hometown. Satellite dishes were rather large and not a good fit for a small backyard. So my family, as well as many of my neighbors, relied on outdoor antennas which, on a good day, meant you might be able to receive a half dozen or so channels. Aside from picking up the local KET (Kentucky Educational Television) transmitter station, there really wasn’t much else to watch. The nearest commercial station and, more times than not, the only one with a clear enough signal to actually watch, was an ABC affiliate. And thus, my soap opera addiction began. While I can vaguely remember watching the entire ABC soap line-up of the time (“Ryan’s Hope,” “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital”), it was “OLTL” that stood out the most in my mind…perhaps because it aired at 1:00 pm (in the Central Time Zone), when we usually ate lunch. In some ways, it is ironic that “OLTL” was the ABC soap that won me over instead of “GH,” which (much to my near constant dismay), was responsible for my parents deciding what to name me…both my first and middle names, as well as my nickname. Why I couldn’t have been named after someone from “One Life to Live” is beyond me.  Sigh…lol

        Anyway, during the nearly quarter of a century that I have been peeking into see what’s happening Llanview, there have been many storylines that have stood out in my mind. Among them have been the brutal gang rape of Marty Saybrooke, Viki’s epic battle with D.I.D., the rocky road that finally led Bo and Nora to the altar, Alex and Asa’s Egyptian-themed wedding, Billy Douglas coming out of the closet and the ensuing wave of homophobia that engulfed the entire town, and the hilarious “Trading Places” episode, just to name a few.

        But now, as the time is to says farewell to Llanview is fast approaching, I can’t help but wonder if these final months will produce any more memorable moments, such as those I just mentioned. And what about some of the “One Life to Live’s” most memorable characters and actors from the past?  Just who among them will be making a return as the show winds down?  For me, I would love to see Tina (Andrea Evans) and Dr. Larry Wolek (Michael Storm), along with several others, one last time. If ever there was a time for them to return, it is now.

        Fortunately the show will have one last birthday to celebrate — #43 on July 15th. What a depressing day that will be, however, knowing the show won’t live to see 44. It will be much the same on the holidays as well, since it will be the last time we will to welcome them into our homes (aside from reruns of course) and consider them part of the family during times like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Ah the memories though….

        Lastly, the cancellation notice also brought about a time of reflection for me regarding my years of service as the “One Life to Live” news and previews reporter and columnist for Soap Opera Network. It was nearly six years ago when I first began my duties as an SON staffer. It has been a fun ride, writing articles about so many things “OLTL” related over the years such as both the show’s and Erika Slezak’s 40th anniversaries, the move to “All My Children’s” old studios next door to “The View,” the show’s 10,000th episode, and the infamous high school musical events. I have also had the opportunity to write a number of articles on subjects that I really didn’t know much about, like prom dresses, MMA fights, and HD camera equipment. Overall, it has certainly been a learning experience, that is for sure. It will be difficult not having a show to report on come January. But at least one good thing will come out of it, the loss of my “job” covering “OLTL,” will free up more time to focus on my “real” life and job. Even so, I will miss my “One Life” family and the many fans I have met and interacted with along the way. Despite all the ups and downs, it has certainly been one hell of a ride!

        January 2012 will mark not only the end of “One Life to Live,” but the end of my soap watching days as well.  I will not be watching or reporting on any of the remaining four soaps. No longer will I watch ABC Daytime, regardless of whatever piece of crap shows they may air over the coming years in the show’s old timeslot. ABC has officially lost me as a viewer the moment immediately after the final scene of the last episode of “OLTL” airs. And I’m certainly not alone….thousands of other fans will be doing the exact same thing. So congratulations ABC, you have officially murdered the soap opera genre.

        Well that’s concludes this special edition of “My View of Llanview.” However, if I hadn’t been so determined to stay ahead with regards to my reporting duties at SON last week and wrote the last column the same evening it was to be posted, instead of the night before, this particular column wouldn’t have even been necessary. Guess that’s what I get for trying to stay caught up in my work. At least this gave me a chance to vent, however.

        Thank you for taking the time to read both this column, and all the ones I have written over the years. All of your thoughts and comments have really been appreciated. I have never really considered myself being a great writer. I simply think of myself as a typical “One Life” fan who just felt like periodically ranting and raving about the status of the show. And if my semi-incoherent ramblings made sense, then great, however, if not, then at least it made me feel better by unleashing all the feelings and frustrations I bottled up while watching the show.

        Well that wraps up another column. Sorry there was no juicy gossip or reports of behind-the-scenes cancellation drama included in the preceding paragraphs. I just wanted to take the opportunity to express my reaction to the news and how it has affected me personally. However, that doesn’t me I don’t want to hear from you as well.  So please take a few moments to share your thoughts on “OLTL’s” cancellation as well.  It is time to sound off!

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

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        • Ryan’s Hope
        • ABC
        • General Hospital
        • Soap Opera Network
        • Soap Opera Digest
        • The View
        • Erika Slezak
        • My View of Llanview
        • The Chew
        • The Revolution
        • Andrea Evans
        • Michael Storm
        • KET


          My View of Llanview: April 15 Edition

          My View of Llanview: April 15 Edition

          (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 the other deals with bad acting sabotaging good storylines.

          For those of us who watched Viki and Charlie’s romance blossom a few years back in Paris, Texas, the character assassination of Charlie at the hands of the “One Life” writers is difficult to fathom. Having him fall in love with his wife’s sworn adversary is never a good soap plot anyway, but in this case, it is especially bad. It’s as if Brian Kerwin, the actor behind the role, pissed in someone’s Cheerio’s or something. Why else would they write his character off the show in the way that they have. From what we have been shown and told about Charlie’s past since he first came onto the canvas, having an affair seems total out of character for him. What’s next?  Are they going to turn him into a bisexual serial killer district attorney like they did with Daniel Colson? Or maybe have him switch paternity test results like they did with Clint and Marty? They’ve destroyed Charlie’s character so much already, why not just finish the job and put him out of his misery? However, at least some good did come out this….it has given Erika Slezak (Viki) some juicy material to work with.

          Moving on, what is up with all the bad acting on “One Life to Live” lately? Their apparent desire to flood the cast with pretty faces has seemingly backfired once again by several actors who seem intent on “hamming up” what should be serious scenes. Take the bullying storyline for example and the questionable acting choices of John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) and Farah Fath (Gigi). Between his inappropriate facial expressions and her screaming, the scenes with Shane (Austin Williams) on the roof, threatening to jump did lose some of their intensity. And yes, I get that they are supposed to playing hysterical parents whose son is about to commit suicide, but even so, their performances feel flat. Much the same can be said for Andrew Trischitta (Jack Manning), who seems uninterested in what is going on around him. Instead of just reciting his lines, more or less, he needs to put more emotion into it. Personally, I think the only person really knocking this story out of the park is Austin Williams. His performance is much more believe than anyone else involved…..which, unfortunately, isn’t saying a whole lot. But still, I think Austin is doing a great job, and deserves a great deal of credit for helping save this particular storyline.

          However, as bad as those discussed above can be, they all pale in comparison to the terrible acting of Kourtney Kardashian in her “OLTL” debut on March 28. Kardashian herself has stated several times that she is not an actor and, after watching her spend a day in Llanview, I can agree with her, which is shocking and even a little scary, because I would have never have imagined having something in common with Kourtney Kardashian. But her performance on the show makes Pee-Wee Herman look like a classically trained actor. She was just that bad. And the monotone delivery of her lines was reminiscent of those boring high school teacher’s whose classes we all slept through at one time or another. At least her one and only episode will soon be forgotten, just as long as the show doesn’t plan a repeat performance with the socialite. Which leaves me wondering who’s idea it was to even invite her to appear on the show in the first place. Someone must have thought it was a good idea, after all. As scary as that is, it is even more frightening to ponder what they have planned next. Maybe Snooki will come to Llanview next, or Charlie Sheen, or perhaps even Sarah Palin. I mean, it’s not like any of those people could be any worse that Kourtney Kardashian, right?

          Congratulations to “CBRVA,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” celebrity guest star, which was “Murphy Brown” and “Hope & Faith” star Faith Ford.

          In case you missed the clues, here they are:

          Before going ‘Brown’ and finding her ‘Hope,’ this actress played a preppy Llanview socialite back in the 1980s.

          Now it’s time to play another round of “Llanview, Who Am I?,” a new feature where you have to use the clues to figure out the identity of some mystery future celebrity from “OLTL’s” past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

          This model turned actor played a ‘Gardner’ in the mid 1980′s, before jumping out of daytime and into a successful primetime series.

          So who is this mystery group from the past? I’ll have the answers in the April 30th edition of My View of Llanview. And don’t forget to check out my Twitter page for all the latest “OLTL” news and information at SON.

          Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. These are for the week of May 2nd. Will wedding bells be ringing again for someone? A confession is made. A teen searches for a family member. And one person tries to put the moves on an old flame.

          Well that’s concludes yet another column. Hope everyone is doing well. Enjoy the warmer weather and have a great Easter. And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

          • One Life to Live
          • Austin Williams
          • Farah Fath
          • Brian Kerwin
          • Erika Slezak
          • John-Paul Lavosier
          • Llanview
          • Kourtney Kardashian
          • Hope and Faith
          • Murphy Brown
          • Snooki
          • Charlie Sheen
          • Sarah Palin
          • Pee Wee Herman
          • Faith Ford


            My View of Llanview: March 30 Edition

            My View of Llanview: March 30 Edition

            (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, and time travel, the statement is quite accurate in this particular case. With a child becoming the victim of a bully every seven minutes, “One Life to Live” could not have chosen a better time to launch this much-needed storyline.

            According to statistics, 30% of teenagers in grades 6-10 are involved in bullying — either as a bully, a victim, or both, and 1 in 4 kids in this country are bullied at one time or another in their lives. On the flip side, 1 in 3 kids admit to having bullied a peer at least once. But perhaps the most startling statistic involves a recent survey, which found that 77% of the children who responded admitted that they been bullied either mentally, verbally, or physically by someone, and that 14% had experienced a severe reaction to the abuse they suffered at the hands of their peers.

            With numbers like that, I applaud “One Life to Live” for taking the initiative and deciding to do a storyline about bullying. After all, this is the same soap that has tackled many controversial and topical issues in the past, including interracial relationships, homophobia, gay marriage, breast cancer, heart disease, mental illness, gang rape, drug abuse, and menopause, just to name a few. I see nothing wrong with them taking a firm stance on this particular issue as well, just as long as do it the right way. Done correctly, this storyline can reach a lot of people and help them to understand the depth of the problem and how best to deal with it when and if it happens to you or your family. And, while I haven’t always had faith in “OLTL’s” ability to successfully pull-off a realistic depiction of real-life events with regards to socially relevant storylines, in this case I feel obliged to give them the benefit of the doubt.

            In a recent interview with Soap Opera Digest, Austin Williams, who plays bullying victim Shane Morasco on “OLTL,” summed it up perfectly when he said that “It’s really hard to play, because it’s sad to go to that place where everyone just hates you. On the other side, it’s really fun knowing that this really can make a difference in some people’s lives.” Truer words were never spoken. Williams’ comments convey what those who have been bullied go through everyday. They constantly live in fear no matter where they go. They skip school, refuse to attend social events, and generally try to avoid contact with other kids at all costs. However, they can’t always hide from their problems, especially when their parents, teachers, and others become aware of the situation. Eventually, they turn to desperate measures to escape the pain because they feel too embarrassed and humiliated to ask for help or tell confide in anyone — even their own parents, for fear they wouldn’t understand.

            In that same interview, “One Life to Live” Head Writer Ron Carlivati echos a similar sentiment while explaining why Shane has been keeping his parents in the dark about what he has been going through. “He’s scared, he’s embarrassed and he thinks that getting the parents involved is going to make it worse. That’s what does happen with a lot of these kids. They don’t think that they can tell anybody, so they kind of take it and put up with it.”

            Carlivati also points out why, as with Shane, there is always a particular reason why someone is bullied. “We don’t ever see the origin; where it began. It’s very typical of what does happen: [Bullies] just see a kid that’s an easy target, or there’s the kid that’s sitting on the sidelines ’cause he can’t play in the basketball game, or he doesn’t have the latest, coolest sneakers.”

            The bully in case is Jack Manning (Andrew Trischitta), who “seems like the leader, but in some ways, Jack is a little bit of a follower and just wanting to be part of that popular crowd — as much as he seems like the ringleader,” says Carlivati. While Jack is trying to gain acceptance from his peers for being a tough guy, he is actually insecure about his own identity and feels the only way he can truly feel superior is to pick on those who are smaller, weaker, or different from him. Eventually, however, I’m sure he will start to feel guilty about what he’s done and ultimately seek forgiveness. And that is starting to come across on screen where, in recent scenes, you can tell that Jack is starting to suffer a bit of a guilty conscience, however small it may be at this point. However, the road of redemption will be a long one, because Jack doesn’t seem ready to play nice with Shane anytime soon.

            So again, I am going to give “One Life to Live” the benefit of the doubt on this one. As someone who majored in education, I have seen first hand the dangers of bullying in schools and honestly believe that the show is trying to make a difference with this storyline, and think that they will succeed. At least I hope so anyway. If it can make the difference in at least one person’s life, then it will have all been worth it in my opinion.

            Moving on, congratulations to “CBRVA,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” celebrity guest star, which was “Simon & Simon” star Jameson Parker.

            In case you missed the clues, here they are:

            Simon says that this actor who co-starred in a popular ’80s CBS primetime action drama played a cad on “One Life to Live” in the late 1970s.

            Now it’s time to play another round of “Llanview, Who Am I?,” a new feature where you have to use the clues to figure out the identity of some mystery future celebrity from “OLTL’s” past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

            Before going ‘Brown’ and finding her ‘Hope,’ this actress played a preppy Llanview socialite back in the 1980s.

            So who is this mystery group from the past? I’ll have the answers in the April 15th edition of My View of Llanview. And don’t forget to check out my Twitter page for all the latest “OLTL” news and information at SON.

            Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. These are for the week of April 18th. A surprising confession is made.  Someone is attacked. One woman has a decision to make. And an unlikely pair team up to get what they want.

            Well that’s concludes yet another column. Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful spring weather. Take care and stay safe. And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

            • One Life to Live
            • Soap Opera Digest
            • Austin Williams
            • Ron Carlivati
            • Andrew Trischitta
            • Bullying
            • Jameson Parker
            • Simon and Simon


              My View of Llanview: March 15 Edition

              My View of Llanview: March 15 Edition

              (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 plot has been long and drawn out that it no longer even has any shock value.  “What?  Clint is really Rex’s father?”  Yawn…so what?  It’s no different than if the former cult leader Mitch Laurence were his flesh and blood.  Not only has this storyline lost it element of suspense, it is no longer even has any humor left in it.  In fact, it simply highlights the fact that the writing staff clearly has no idea how to write for the character of Rex or a way for him to fit in with the rest of the characters on the canvas.  Moreover, Rex isn’t the only one person in Llanview that has fell prey to a mutated family tree.  And while, thankfully, no one has yet to become their own grandpa (as the song goes), the writers appear to be headed in that general direction.

              Take David for example.  Not only are Bo and Matthew his father and brother, but Viki and Clint’s children are also now his cousins – Natalie biologically, and Kevin, Joey, and Jessica via adoption.  David is also cousins with Rex, who is now Cord’s half-brother.  Cord and Natalie are biological half-siblings, as are Natalie and Jessica, Kevin, and Joey (whom are full brothers).  Also, Natalie and Jessica are twins…even though Jessica’s father is Mitch Laurence.  Rex and Natalie, who have always thought of themselves as siblings now really are.  But now Rex and Jessica are also siblings, but not for the first time.  When Rex thought Mitch was his father, he and Jessica thought they were related then as well. Confused much?  Just wait…there’s more.

              If Dorian and David finally get married, Bo and Nora would become her father and step mother-in-law (which is about as weird as when Dorian was Viki’s step mother back in the day), and Matthew would be her brother-in-law.  Matthew and Shane are cousins.  Shane is being bullied by Jack who is the cousin of Shane’s cousins Jessica, Natalie, Joey, and Kevin. In addition, Jack is Dorian’s niece, and the grandson of Dorian’s sister and David’s ex-wife Addie. All this would mean that, should David and Dorian wed, Shane’s cousin (David) would be the uncle (by marriage) of Jack (his bully).  And the list just goes on and on and on.  Even for a soap opera, the Buchanan family tree contains way too many branches.  Unfortunately these types of strange connect-the-dots type familial relationships seems to be as much of a favorite of the show’s writers as those ever increasing “Who’s the Daddy?” storylines.   I’m just waiting for the day that they make Viki and Dorian sisters or, better yet, lesbian lovers.  Because knowing this show, if the writers think they can get a few new viewers out of it, they’ll do it.

              On an unrelated note, has anyone noticed the color change in the background of the sponsor card shown as each of the ABC soaps head into the commercial break at the beginning of each day’s episodes?  I’m referring to one with the ABC logo in the corner and logo in the center of the screen for the title sponsor of that day’s show where the announcer says “ABC’s (soap name) is brought to you by….”  Anyway the background behind the sponsor’s logo, which had been white, was recently changed to more of a orange/brown background.  Not really a big deal, just an interesting observation in my opinion.

              Moving on, it appears as if no one correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” celebrity guest star, which was the British rock band Simply Red.

              In case you missed the clues, here they are:

              Llanview turned red in 2004 when Al presented Marcie with a very special Valentine’s Day treat, which included a performance by her favorite band.

              Now it’s time to play another round of “Llanview, Who Am I?,” a new feature where you have to use the clues to figure out the identity of some mystery future celebrity from “OLTL’s” past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

              Simon says that this actor who co-starred in a popular ’80s CBS primetime action drama played a cad on “One Life to Live” in the late 1970s.

              So who is this mystery group from the past? I’ll have the answers in the March 30th edition of My View of Llanview. And don’t forget to check out my Twitter page for all the latest “OLTL” news and information at SON.

              Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. These are for the week of April 4th. A secret is exposed.  Someone is pushed to their breaking point.  Backed into a corner, one person tries to shift blame to another.  An unlikely pair grow closer.  And a mother needs a boost of confidence.

              Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a great St. Patrick’s Day and take care. And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

              • One Life to Live
              • ABC
              • Soap Opera Network
              • Llanview
              • Simply Red


                My View of Llanview: February 28 Edition

                My View of Llanview: February 28 Edition

                (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 a lemon meringue pie and a card is ridiculous even for “One Life to Live.” It doesn’t matter if it is one of Noelle’s (where the heck is she anyway?) award-winning pies; it’s a slap in the face to the person you are trying to apologize to. Although one good thing did come out of it….Kelly shoving the the pie in Joey’s clueless face did get a few slight chuckles out of me. And not the same kind of reaction I get every time I hear Echo refer to the increasing dimwitted Charlie by that name. In Joey’s case however, I’m surprised he even realized he had just been hit with a pie, considering how dumbed down the character has become lately.

                This is not the only example of how stupid plot twists have become recently on “OLTL.” Just a few weeks ago Ford tried to bust a move while dressed in a giant hot dog costume, which looked oddly like the dancing banana from the “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” Youtube videos. And throw in some bad wiener jokes by both Langston and Ford, and I was left “relishing” in thoughts of just how bad the writing on this show can be — sorry, couldn’t resist. But not all of these moments were bad. Marty holding a baby doll, and later an empty blanket, claiming it was her child with John and how much it looked just like him, was priceless.

                One storyline that has surprisingly turned out fairly decent at the moment involves Ford and Tess. While it seems these days Jessica’s very fragile emotional state shatters a drop of the hat and it doesn’t take much more than a hangnail for Tess to regain control, it has been most entertaining watching her constantly insult Ford. Someone on the writing staff at “One Life to Live” must hate the character as much as most of the people who watch the show. If this what the show brought Tess back for, then I vote to keep her around for awhile. Now if we could just get someone to do the same thing to James and Nate.

                Speaking of James, is it just me, or have he and Starr basically been having the same conversation over and over again for a couple of weeks now? It seems like each time they talk, they just paraphrase and rehash their conversation from the previous episode. And what was with the flashbacks? To remind us how boring they have been since day one?

                Something else that has been bugging me is how no one seems to really scold Todd when he acts like a complete and total jackass, which is pretty much all the time these days. Oh sure Téa and others may yell and fuss at him from time to time, but most people seem to just let him get away with it. He’s worse than a spoiled little kid; at least they still have a conscious that helps them realize right and wrong,  plus you can teach them a lesson. Todd just does whatever he wants, to whomever he wants, whenever he feels the urge to. If I had been Viki I would have slapped the hell out of him when he acted so rude to her the other day while she was frantically searching for Jessica. No wonder his kids don’t want anything to do with him.

                Which brings me to my last rant…the bullying storyline involving Jack and Shane. My initial optimism that this storyline might be at least half-way decent was quickly shattered last week when I watched as Shane was bullied by a geeky little boy and girl that were half his height and age (at it least that’s what it looked like anyway). It was like watching two midgets picking on a giant. And the new Jack wasn’t very impressive either. Perhaps it was the actor’s first day jitters, but I’m not so sure.  And those spoiler pictures of Jack and Shane from last Tuesday’s episode looked like anything but Shane being scared of Jack.   I dare anyone (especially those who stay spoiler free) to say they were at all shocked by the revelation that Jack was Shane’s bully. I mean, after all, it wasn’t hard to figure out, especially when we saw on Shane’s computer that the person sending him threatening messages on “MyFace” was using the screen name “WhoDaMann.” Subtly is not “One Life to Live’s” strong suit, after all…

                Not to make light of someone being bullied, but every time I heard the Jack and those other kids calling him “Weezy” the other day, all I could think was George Jefferson’s wife Louise on “The Jeffersons.” Also, I think that picking on the kid for having asthma is a bit far-fetched, although I did read the other day that it happened to Jessica Alba when she was growing up. But still, there are plenty of other things that they could have picked on Shane about, like the fact that his mother’s hairdo makes her resemble Justin Bieber, or that his dad is a doofus, but no… It’s sad to think that Shane is a Buchanan now. Matthew, Joey, Jessica, Cord, Kevin, David, and Natalie are all his cousins. Now that is almost as scary as Matthew nearly having Dorian for a sister-in-law (twice I might add), which almost made Bo and Nora her father and stepmother-in-law. Only in Llanview…

                One last thing…I am still enjoying the not-so-subtle hints that maybe Trevor St. John isn’t really playing Todd Manning after all. Two of the most recent comments involved Téa calling him a “new Todd,” and Dani telling Starr that their dad won’t change unless aliens took out his brain and made him a new person.

                Moving on, congratulations to “Ange Hertz,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” celebrity guest star as Dr. Ruth Westheimer who, in 1992, tried to change the brainy Egyptologist Mortimer Bern into evil genius Carlo Hesser at the request of the power hungry Alex Olanov.

                In case you missed the clues, here they are:

                This pint-sized sex shrink stopped by Llanview in 1992 to help pump up the ego of an evil villain’s mild mannered twin at the request of his girlfriend.

                Now it’s time to play another round of “Llanview, Who Am I?,” a new feature where you have to use the clues to figure out the identity of some mystery celebrity guest stars from “OLTL’s” past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

                Llanview turned red in 2004 when Al presented Marcie with a very special Valentine’s Day treat, which included a performance by her favorite band.

                So who is this mystery group from the past?  I’ll have the answers in the March 15th edition of My View of Llanview. And don’t forget to check out my Twitter page for all the latest “OLTL” news and information at SON.

                Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. These are for the week of March 7th.  One person’s past is investigated.  A mother goes to drastic lengths to protect her child.  And someone is fired from their job.

                Well that’s concludes yet another column. Hope everyone is doing well, and enjoying the warmer weather.  It is refreshing to know that spring is just around the corner. And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

                • OLTL
                • Llanview
                • My View of Llanview
                • Youtube
                • Trevor St. John
                • One Life to Life
                • Dr. Ruth Westheimer
                • The Jefferesons
                • Jessica Alba
                • Justin Bieber


                  My View of Llanview: February 15 Edition

                  My View of Llanview: February 15 Edition

                  (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 somethin’ special for ya.”

                  Granted those small gestures can only go so far, but they are a sign that perhaps at least someone behind-the-scenes is still listening to “One Life’s” ever vocal fanbase.  And in this day and age, when the soap genre is on life support, a little is better than none at all.

                  What are some of these little gestures I am referring to?  Well the most recent one that comes to mind was the remixed version of the show’s present opening theme music that accompanied the 1992-95 “Satin Sheets” opening during the encore showing of Todd and Blair’s gold balloon wedding last Friday.  Although the reason that the original theme composed for that particular opening sequence was not used was most likely due to copyright issues, it doesn’t explain why the “Tour of Llanview II” opening, which debuted only a few weeks after the encore episode originally aired, wasn’t used in its place.  Or better yet, why didn’t “OLTL” simply use just a title card for that episode, or even the current theme music as is with the particular opening?  Why go to the time and expense of remixing the current theme just to use for that one old episode?  Maybe it was a subtle hint that a completely revamped opening in presently in the works featuring the variation of the theme — the same one that fans have been complaining about for several years now as being tacky and out-dated.  Or maybe it was simply just an unexpected treat for the fans who tuned in to watch the episode.  Either way, I think that it shows that “One Life to Live” still cares.

                  Perhaps an even better example of what I am talking about was the re-recorded versions of the popular 1986-91 Peabo Bryson “Rainbow’s End” vocals featured in the original “Tour of Llanview” opening, that aired during last year’s “Starr X’d Lovers: The Musical” episodes.  Although none of the cast members who recorded updated versions of Bryson’s song could even come close to holding a candle to the original, it was still nice to hear that old theme again .  As a child of the eighties that theme song and opening sequence was one of my earliest memories of “OLTL.”  So that was a very, very special treat for us long-time fans.

                  Other examples include things such as showing a copy of Nathan Fillion’s (ex-Joey) “Castle” character’s book and Kelly saying he looked familiar, and Viki telling Gigi that Clint was a different man back then when they looked at a picture of the late Clint Ritchie while sorting through photos on her wedding day to Charlie.  It’s little things like these that help me find something recognizable in the show right now that reminds me of how it used to be.  Back when the characters were not one-dimensional and the writing was done by someone on a higher level than that of a high school freshman.

                  These days soaps are all about shock value and plot points. Men run around town 90% of the time without shirts on, women are degraded and made to look sub-servant to the men in their lives, storylines contain holes large enough to drive a truck through, and grown men and women are cast as middle and high school age kids.  “Masterpiece Theater,” it is not…

                  Much like David A. Gregory’s hyperventilating on Monday’s show when his character Robert Ford found out he had a son, talent is no longer required to be a soap star of the 21st century.  As long as you have a pretty face (among other things), you’ll do all right, apparently.  With that philosophy, is it any wonder that soaps are a dying breed?  Maybe, maybe not…but one thing’s for certain.  The “good ole days” are long since gone.  Thank God for memories and Youtube, where at least, they will continue to live on in my mind.

                  Moving on, congratulations to “CBRVA,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” celebrity guest star as Jeannie Ortega who, back in 2006, sang her hit single “Crowded” from her album “No Place Like BKLYN.”

                  In case you missed the clues, here they are:

                  Things got a bit crowded on the set when this Puerto Rican singer-songwriter stopped by Llanview to sing her then hit single from her debut album.

                  Now it’s time to play another round of “Llanview, Who Am I?,” a new feature where you have to use the clues to figure out the identity of some mystery celebrity guest stars from “OLTL’s” past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

                  This pint-sized sex shrink stopped by Llanview in 1992 to help pump up the ego of an evil villain’s mild mannered twin at the request of his girlfriend.

                  So who is this mystery celebrity from the past? Bonus points if you can tell me the names of the other characters referred to above.  I’ll have the answers in the February 28th edition of My View of Llanview. And don’t forget to check out my Twitter page for all the latest “OLTL” news and information at SON.

                  Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. These are for the week of February 28.  A worried mother tries to win someone over to her side.  Jealousy leads to violence.  A gigolo comforts someone in need.  Desperate, one man turns to harassment to get what he needs.  Another secret it revealed.  A nontraditional couple prepares to wed.  And someone receives an unexpected visitor.

                  Well that’s concludes yet another column. Hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day.  Take care and enjoy the warmer weather. And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

                  • One Life to Live
                  • Castle
                  • David Gregory
                  • Llanview
                  • Robert Ford
                  • Joey
                  • Nathan Fillion
                  • Peabo Bryson
                  • Jeannie Ortega
                  • Starr X’d Lovers: The Musical
                  • Masterpiece Theater


                    My View of Llanview: January 30 Edition

                    My View of Llanview: January 30 Edition

                    (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 current storyline to fans. 

                    It doesn't matter who he shares scenes with because verDorn has chemistry with practically every other member of the cast.  And, while this particular storyline has been at times a bit over the top, verDorn is able to make it work.  I think that the Daytime Emmy Awards committee should just skip the Outstanding Lead Actor category nominations this year, and just go ahead and hand the award to him because he is just that damn good.

                    And as I noted earlier there have been moments where the writers have taken Clint's actions a tad to the extreme and left a few too many loose ends while trying sew up the storyline.  But overall I have rather enjoyed watching Clint morph into Asa Jr.  This whole walk on the dark side really adds another layer to his character.  Even though Clint has his fingers in a lot of different pies in Llanview at the moment, his motives are easy to understand.  And, unlike Mitch Laurence and Spencer Truman, whose ability to control so many things that were far beyond their reach was never really explained, Clint's has been more grounded in reality with his endless supply of wealth, his hired goons, and his shrewd manipulation skills.

                    However, as good as verDorn has been, he can't continue to keep caring the show by himself.  And the powers that be are certainly not doing him any favors by adding more new faces to an already bloated cast.  The announcement that Austin Peck was coming to "One Life" left many fans shaking their heads.  Not so much because of his acting talents (or lack thereof), but mostly because yet another new character is the last thing this show needs.  As of the first of this year, there were 31 people on contract with the show, over a dozen more on recurring status, and still several others who are semi-frequent dayplayers.  So why, in a time when the economy is in a rebuilding mode, soaps are on the decline, and budgets everywhere are being slashed, does "One Life to Live" continue to add to their roster?  It doesn't make much sense, especially when half the actors they currently have on the payroll are rarely even used.  Why not just give them more to do and stop adding new faces that are not connected to anyone else presently on the canvas?

                    Along these same lines, the show continues to shoot itself in the foot by focusing on characters that have haven't clicked with the majority of fans.  And yes, I am referring to the Ford brothers (and mother) here.  You know the show is really desperate to force us to like them when they start trying to make them look good at the expense of others.  For example, normally, wouldn't it have angered Bo to hear Ford admit that she took advantage of his mentally ill niece Jessica?  Of course it would.  But that wasn't the case last week, when Bo hardly batted an eye when he heard Ford admit to sleeping with her.  But when the intent of the show was to make Ford look like an innocent bystander who was undeservingly attacked and blackmailed by big, bad Clint Buchanan, to hell with common sense.

                    The Fords ruin everyone they come into contact with.  Take Langston for example.  She was a very likeable character until she was paired up with Robert Ford.  Since then, Langston has been destroyed and all at the expense of making Ford look like the good guy.  At least one good thing has come out of the firing of Brittany Underwood, and that is that even further damage can't be done to the character of Langston than already as…although at this point, it may already be too late.

                    Moving on, one thing that continues to intrigue me is how "One Life to Live" continues to tease fans Roger Howarth may be coming back as Todd and that Trevor St. John may really playing Walker or someone else.  Let me first say that I have no new information regarding Howarth one way or the other, aside from Errol's article and recent comments.  I am speaking strictly as a viewer when I say this.  Just from picking up on subtle hints lately thrown out by the show, and by noting the encore episodes of the show airing on February 11 on ABC, and on February 13 on SOAPnet, I believe that Howarth will be returning to "OLTL" later this year.  Granted, it is possible that they are just screwing with the fans in an attempt to get some publicity and increase the ratings.  However, I think there is more to story than just yanking everyone's chains.  But with "OLTL" you just never know.  

                    Lastly, I know that some people have already started complaining about the high school bullying storyline involving Shane.  Well, I'll admit that I have my doubts about it too, but at least (compared to the Ford brothers anyway), Shane is a tolerable character and Austin Williams is a decent young actor.  And it doesn't hurt that it's a topical, socially relevant storyline at the moment.  So I'll have to give "OLTL" points for that, especially since it is, in a small way, a nod back to the early days of the soap when taking on important issues was commonplace.  

                    Anyway, congratulations to "Clbsyndrome," who correctly identified last time's mystery "OLTL" celebrity guest star as Jai Rodriguez from the Bravo show "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."

                    In case you missed the clues, here they are:

                    Llanview got a little queer back in 2005 when this actor played a receptionist for two episodes, even though he didn't have eyes for any straight guys in town.

                    Now it’s time to play another round of "Llanview, Who Am I?," a new feature where you have to use the clues to figure out the identity of some mystery celebrity guest stars from "OLTL’s" past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

                    Things got a bit crowded on the set when this Puerto Rican singer-songwriter stopped by Llanview to sing her then hit single from her debut album.

                    So who is this mystery celebrity from the past? Bonus points if you can tell me the names of both the single and the album.  I’ll have the answers in the February 15th edition of My View of Llanview. And don’t forget to check out my Twitter page for all the latest "OLTL" news and information at SON.

                    Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. These are for the week of February 14.  One couple is caught in the sack.  A new father meets someone unexpected.  One-time lovers have a confrontation.  Two lonely hearts are involved in a brawl.  A revenge plot is hatched.  Loved ones are concerned that someone may have given in to temptation.  And one person misinterprets what they see.

                    Well that’s concludes yet another column. Hopefully everyone has finished digging out from all the recent snow that has fallen across the country, and that all is safe and well.  May warm weather and sunny days be in your future.  See you next time, and until next time remember, we only have "One Life to Live"…

                    "One Life to Live" airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.

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