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My View of Llanivew: May 30 Edition

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 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...

My View of Llanview: May 15 Edition

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 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...

My View of Llanview: April 30 Edition

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 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...
(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...

My View of Llanview: April 15 Edition

Friday, April 15, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
(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...

My View of Llanview: March 30 Edition

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
(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...

My View of Llanview: March 15 Edition

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
(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,...

My View of Llanview: February 28 Edition

Monday, February 28, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
(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...

My View of Llanview: February 15 Edition

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
(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...

My View of Llanview: January 30 Edition

Sunday, January 30, 2011 12:50 AM EDT
(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...