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My View of Llanview: January 15 Edition

Saturday, January 15, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
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 drive a truck through.  To make matters worse, while the "Messenger" seemed to know all the dirty laundry about everyone else in town, he was clueless about what was happening with his own family which, as it turns out, weren't even related to him in the first place.  Take a...

My View of Llanview: December 30 Edition

Thursday, December 30, 2010 12:01 AM EDT
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 these past 365 days of their misery. After the devastating twelve months that was not-so-affectionately known by many "One Life to Live" fans as everything from the "Year of the Ford" to the "Summer of the Teens," 2010 will go out with little fanfare, as it should in my opinion. The Ford family...

My View of Llanview: December 15 Edition

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 12:01 AM EDT
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 the situation, and of Nora's fear and anger over what Eddie almost did to her, were powerful and truly soapy in nature. On the other hand, the boxing match between Eddie and Ford was idiotic to say the least. It was horrible editing to go from Matthew's rage and anger to...

My View of Llanview: November 30 Edition

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 12:01 AM EDT
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 entertaining to watch, Viki and Dorian working together clicks because they are able to compliment one another very well, Bo and Nora finally getting some decent airtime is a blessing, and Tom Degnan is a good fit for the role of Joey and his chemistry with his onscreen mom Erika...

My View of Llanview: November 15 Edition

Monday, November 15, 2010 12:01 AM EDT
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 now. She has really stepped up and is knocking it out of the park with her scenes with other veteran soap stars like Erika Slezak, Jerry verDorn, Brian Kerwin, and Robin Strasser. Imagine that. People who can actually act. Who would have thought that it would have taken something like...

My View of Llanview: October 30 Edition

Friday, October 29, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
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 Hallow's Eve, you wouldn't think anyone else in Llanview was even celebrating the holiday this year. Aside from the conspicuous plastic pumpkin that kept my attention during those boring Natalie and Marty scenes and Hope's little pumpkin costume (don't even get me started on Starr, James, and Hannah), Halloween this...

My View of Llanview: October 15th Edition

Thursday, October 14, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
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 how to write a proper exit for someone, so they just automatically change their personality into that of a psycho. What's worse, at least in this case, is how that, even though they keep repeating their storylines, they seem to pay even less attention to detail the second time around. This...

My View of Llanview: September 30 Edition

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
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 entire weekday line-up for the network over the past several years...yet he is still employed by ABC has been promoted several times in as many years. Ignorance is bliss I suppose. But back to today's news. The first story proclaimed the firings of Jason Tam (Markko) and Terrell Tilford (Greg). This...

My View of Llanview: September 15 Edition

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
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 as kind as those mentioned in the promo. In fact, it seems as if the vast majority of the "OLTL" audience, myself included, cannot stand the cardboard siblings and see no purpose what so ever that they serve by being on the show right now. So then why does the...

My View of Llanview: August 30 Edition

Sunday, August 29, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
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 as well hold "the meeting" with the contract cast members. Whatever your opinion of the news that both Kim Zimmer and Roger Howarth are returning to Llanview in the coming months, you must admit that it has certainly generated some much needed buzz for "One Life to Live," at a time when...