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My View of Llanview

My View of Llanview: January 15 Edition

Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore


Photo: 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 look at what I had to say: 

“God may be all knowing and powerful, however, Mitch Laurence is a close second. The former cult leader and self-proclaimed man of the cloth seemingly has his pulse on anything and everything related to anyone who is anyone in Llanview.  He knew about the souring of Rex and Gigi’s relationship, and even that Danielle was really Todd Manning’s biological daughter. But yet, he has no clue that Stacy’s baby’s father isn’t even Rex. Which makes his claim that the baby will be his “blank slate” all the more ludicrous. Granted, Mitch does have minions strategically placed all over town to feed him much of the confidential information, but that doesn’t change the fact that he is clueless when it comes to his own “grandchild.” How realistic is that? About as much as Danielle suddenly being older that her half-brother Jack, who was born before she was, I suppose.”

And just what about Mitch’s non-reaction to Todd Manning suddenly looking just like his dead brother Walker, or even why Roxy was suddenly so afraid of the cult leader?  Well, “One Life to Live” decided to take the easy way out of trying to explain those former plot points by simply sweeping them under the rug: 

“Furthermore, why did Mitch have no reaction to seeing Todd face-to-face for the first time is returning to Llanview? After all, Todd did have plastic surgery back in 2003 to make him look exactly like Mitch’s brother Walker. And along those same lines, why is Roxy so afraid of Mitch now when she was more than ready to jump the bones of his other brother Miles, just a few short years ago? I mean, it’s not like Roxy didn’t know that Miles and Mitch were brothers or that Mitch was a psychopath. She seemed to have no problem whatsoever with it. Now all of a sudden she is extremely frightened to even hear his name. Apparently, the fact that Miles and Walker even existed has either been forgotten by the writer’s or disregarded by them. Either way, it leaves a rather large plot hole in this particular storyline.”

So a year ago the primary storylines which were (or about to be) playing out on our television screens including Mitch’s 976th return from the dead, twit Stacy Morasco running around town trying to get pregnant with a baby she could pass off as Rex’s, drugged up gay cop Oliver Fish making Stacy’s wish come true, everybody and their brother keeping the extra bag of stem cells in their refrigerators, and Jessica becoming “17 Again.”

But as bad as that stuff was, it could always be worse.  You could have had Ford brothers running loose all over town while their 35-year-old momma pretends to sex up the geriatric police commissioner.  Although, as bad as all that sounds, it has resulted in some much needed airtime and story for some characters that folks actually care about.  Nora played an important part in the storyline when she was kidnapped by Eddie, Bo has been featured more as well, and Clint has turned into Asa and has just become the kind of person you just love to hate.  This is all, of course, in addition to the Echo storyline, which has given Viki, Dorian, and Charlie something to do as well, other than twiddle their thumbs and worry about their children and loved ones all the time.  It’s just a shame that Rex had to be included in that plot, however, because his presence really, really drags everything and everyone down with him.

I think (or rather hope) that the worst may finally be behind us.  So far 2011 certainly looks promising. Big names like Kourtney Kardashian and Wendy Williams will be appearing on the show, recognizable individuals such as news anchor Vinita Nair and author Peter Straub will be guest starring, familiar faces like David (Tuc Watkins) and Alex (Tonja Walker) have returned, and soap veteran Ted King will soon be calling Llanview home.  Also some upcoming storylines sound rather promising, such as Blair’s quest to uncover the hidden meaning behind the painting of herself and Shane getting bullied by some of his classmates at school.   

And for the first time in awhile, I actually like a lot of what is happening in Llanview right now.  I still don’t like the overemphasis on the Fords and teens or the boring attempt for find out who really murdered Eddie, but the majority of everything else is actually somewhat decent right now as crazy as that sounds (and yes I know it does). 

Anyway, moving on, congratulations to “Judy146,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” celebrity guest star as Blair Underwood, who played Bobby Blue.  Not long after arriving in Llanview, Underwood decided to move on to bigger and better things, which over the years have included roles on “Dirty Sexy Money,” “Sex and the City,” and “L.A. Law,” along with films such as “Just Cause,” “Set it Off,” and “Deep Impact.”

In case you missed the clues, here they are:

This future Hollywood heart throb made “One Life” fans “blue” when he left the show after only three months in Llanview 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 celebrity guest stars from “OLTL’s” past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

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.    

So who is this mystery celebrity from the past? I’ll have the answers in the January 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 February 7th. Relatives duke it out.  A pair of lovebirds take care of a pressing issue.  Breaking up is hard to do.  Will a huge secret finally be revealed?  One woman receives some upsetting news.  Someone gets some new information regarding an adversary.  And one new couple could be on the verge of taking the next step in their relationship.

Well that’s concludes yet another column.  I hope everyone is finally beginning to thaw out from all the snow and cold weather.  May warmer days and sunshine lie ahead.  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.



My View of Llanview: December 30 Edition

Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore


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(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 has left nothing but devastation and destruction throughout Llanview. Langston is a shell of her former self after getting mixed up with the “Bobby,” the Eddie Ford murder mystery would actually be exciting if he were a character anyone had actually cared about, and it was painful to watch a 35-year-old Inez (whose eldest son is pushing thirty) seduce a man (Bo) who was old enough to be her grandfather.  I cringe every time I hear James call Starr “Twinkle” and Nate, who looks like he’s twice as old as he is supposed to be, setting in a jail cell on New Year’s Eve does very little to peak my interest. But that’s just me…apparently some folks like the Ford family for some odd reason.

Hey here’s an idea…instead of spending all this time focusing on characters that most people don’t like, why not use that time more wisely by fleshing out storylines for some of Llanview’s largely forgotten background characters like Destiny and Shaun. It’s difficult to really get emotionally invested in how betrayed Destiny feels by her grandparents, who have been lying to her for all of her life, when we only see her about five minutes a week. The same can be said for Shaun. As is usually the case with “OLTL,” the “filler” characters are often more entertaining that those forced down our throats day in and day out. I’ll take more of Destiny, Darren, Shaun, Vivian, Roxy, Renee, Nigel, and others anyday if it means I don’t have to watch James, Ford, and Nate eat up even more airtime.

But anyway, at least I can still find small bits and pieces of the show entertaining these days. And believe me, that is saying a whole hell of a lot. I continue to like Viki and Dorian teaming up to banish Echo from Llanview. So what if some people see the Viki/Eco storyline as “two divas in their 60s feuding over a guy with a potbelly?” It’s still much better than thirty-something year old actors trying to pretend like they are still in high school. This is “One Life to Live,” NOT “Saved by the Bell.” At least those sixty-year-old divas are accomplished actors who have each won several Daytime Emmy Awards, and were not hired just so they could run around town without a shirt on 90% of the time and couldn’t act their way out of a paper bag.

So, here’s a toast to 2011. May it be the year that “One Life to Live” finally gets its act together and morphs back into the show we all know and love. Sure that’s a rather lofty goal…but I’ve always believed that you should set your goals high instead of low, just because you are too afraid of being disappointed. So I raise my glass to the new year with hopes that it may be the best one “OLTL” has had in a decade, and hope you will do the same.

Anyway, moving on, congratulations to “CLB,” “Debbee7,” and “Judy146,” all of whom correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” celebrity guest star as Erika Slezak’s (Viki) father Walter Slezak.

In case you missed the clues, here they are: In 1974, this famous actor, the son of an Austrian opera star, played the godfather of one of Llanview’s leading ladies, who just happened to be portrayed by his real-life daughter.

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 future Hollywood heart throb made “One Life” fans “blue” when he left the show after only three months in Llanview back in the 1980s.

So who is this mystery celebrity from the past? I’ll have the answers in the January 15th edition of My View of Llanview. Bonus points if you can tell me the character he played, why he decided to leave the show, and list some of his other acting credits. 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 January 17th. Accusations are hurled at someone who is rightfully to blame. One person makes a surprising confession. An accomplice comes clean. The green-eyed monster of jealousy rears its ugly head. A woman asks her adversary’s old flame a few questions. Things get sultry in the steam room.  And someone may take something that doesn’t belong to them.

Well that’s concludes yet another column. I hope everyone as a very happy New Year! Remember to buckle up and not drink and drive as you ring in the new year. See you next year! Stay safe 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.



My View of Llanview: December 15 Edition

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore


Photo: 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 James and Nate watching their abusive dad trading jabs with their older brother while the boys’ girlfriends watched in horror and disgust. Much like the storyline that it was ripped off from (where Cristian pursued a boxing career and the shifty Vincent Jones became his manager), this story brought down what would have otherwise been a solid episode. But that’s nothing new. “OLTL” tends to do this a lot these days. They try to balance out a good storyline involving talented actors with filler and fluff that would make “High School Musical” look like Shakespeare. And who in the hell even cares who really killed Eddie? That’s yet another bad habit “One Life” seems to have trouble breaking. They nearly always kill off insignificant or despised characters and then try lure viewers in by making many of the characters they actually care about into suspects with motives that contain more holes than a piece of Swiss Cheese.

All this storyline succeeds in doing is making me hate the Ford family even more and remind me how the show has completely ruined several characters, most notably Starr and Langston. And just who is writing this garbage anyway? For example, take the line where Langston told Ford that she would sleep with him if he wouldn’t fight his father. Yeah, that would be the same father that physically abused his younger brother James while they were growing up. But what the hey, having sex with your girlfriend will take care of all of that. Yeah, right. Langston has been totally ruined to make the Ford family looked good. I can still remember the days when she and Markko decided to wait to have sex because they were both so mature and focused on their future. But just look at her now. Oh, how far she has fallen. And don’t even get me started on “oh, woe is me” Starr. I just wonder how many more weeks will go by before she gets kidnapped for the 527th time? My guess not very long.

That’s about all I feel like saying about “One Life to Live” at this point. It has just turned back into a hot mess again. It never fails that, just when the show is starting to get good again, it takes a sudden nosedive and returns to a steaming pile of crap again. And that is starting to happen now. Until then, I’m outta here…

But before I go, perhaps I should just stop writing these columns all together since apparently certain people have nothing better to do than to set around and look for mistakes and publicly criticize someone anytime one is made. Well we all can’t be as perfect as some people pretend to be, and perhaps they have an endless amount of time to critique each and every paragraph for grammatical and spelling errors but I, much like most other people in the world, have a life away from my computer that tend to focus more of my time on more important things than what someone has written on an online message board. Get off the couch and enjoy your life for a change already. 

Anyway, moving on, no one correctly guessed I identity of last time’s celebrity guest which was former CNBC news anchor Ted David. He played both a debate moderator and reporter during the recent mayoral election storyline featuring Viki and Dorian.

In case you missed the clues, here they are: This former financial TV commentator appeared in Llanview in 2009 on two separate occasions during a storyline that involved two of the town’s leading citizens.

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!!!

In 1974, this famous actor, the son of an Austrian opera star, played the godfather of one of Llanview’s leading ladies, who just happened to be portrayed by his real-life daughter.

So who is this mystery celebrity from the past? I’ll have the answers in the December 30th edition of My View of Llanview. Bonus points if you can tell me the name of his daughter. 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 January 3rd. A woman mourns for a lost love. Someone receives some bad news. A realization is made about a person who is up to no good. One woman gets bitch slapped. Alcohol is used to dull the pain of unrequited love. A mysterious package is exposed. And will someone finally reveal the secret they are holding over another?

Well that’s concludes yet another column. I hope everyone had a wonderful a very merry Christmas and an extremely happy New Year. Stay safe, warm, happy, 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.



My View of Llanview: November 30 Edition

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore


Photo: 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 Slezak is clearly evident. Not to mention that Nigel and Nevil always bring as a smile, as does the seemingly increasing appearances by Dan Gauthier as Kevin (whom I think has definitely made the role is own). And who could forget Roxy’s drunken witticisms that seem to never fail to make you laugh.

But then there is also the bad working just around the corner. The Ford brothers continue to be a drag on the show, as does clueless Inez and the one-dimensional, over the top Eddie. I couldn’t help but laugh the other day when Eddie punched James…please don’t hit me. Oh well, just let big, bad Starr go and tell him off for you man. Speaking of Starr, this whole mess with her and James need to move to the backburner like yesterday, and Ford and Langston continue to be nauseating. Just please make it stop. At least “OLTL” has wised up in one respect and cut Rex and Gigi’s airtime. At least that’s a start.

Switching gears, one thing I have always really liked about “One Life to Live” is the fact that they are not afraid to toss in a few inside jokes and poke a little fun at themselves. I thought the “Castle” reference in the November 29th episode was a nice salute to the previous Joey, Nathan Fillion, who now plays Richard Castle on the hit ABC primetime show, on the same day his successor Tom Degnan stepped into the role. But things like that are nothing new for “OLTL.” One of my all-time favorites was when Viki was showing Noelle pictures of each of her ex-husbands on her wedding day to Charlie, which included a photo of the late Clint Ritchie (who originated the role of Clint Buchanan, and is now played by Jerry verDorn), and Viki saying that Clint was a “different man” back then. Another one that stand out in my mind was back in 2001 when Asa Buchanan faked his death and all his surviving ex-wives showed up at his funeral. As each of the women flashed back to their wedding day, Blair Cramer (a role created by Japanese-American actress Mia Korf, but now played by Kentucky native Kassie DePaiva), checked the mirror in her compact after remembering just how very different she looked when she first married Asa. And there are countless others as well that can be added to the list.

Anyway, moving on, congratulations to “CLB,” who correctly identified last time’s “OLTL” mystery guest star as Kortney (Kayle) Wilson.

In case you missed the clues, here they are: This Canadian country music breezed through Llanview nearly a decade ago playing herself and promoting her debut album. While in town, she asked for Al Holden’s help and caught a break when Al’s mother Gabrielle Medina helped her land a singing gig at the Llanview Country Club.

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 former financial TV commentator appeared in Llanview in 2009 on two separate occasions during a storyline that involved two of the town’s leading citizens.

So who is this mystery celebrity from the past? I’ll have the answers in the December 15th edition of My View of Llanview. Bonus points if you can tell me what role(s) he played and the names of the two primary character he interacted with. 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 December 13th. A young man is seriously injured. Two adversaries team up with one goal in mind. Someone gets what they deserve. A son misinterprets what he sees. One woman is convinced by her family to make a confession to another. Two lovers open up a new case file. And a daughter gets someone powerful to help the boy she cares about.

Well that’s concludes yet another column. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now the rush is on to hang the decorations and buy all the presents for friends and loved one for Christmas. It may be be the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also the busiest. Much to do and so precious little time to do it in. Stay safe, warm, happy, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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    My View of Llanview: November 15 Edition

    Monday, November 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore


    Photo: 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 that for “OLTL” to be the highest rated ABC soap just a couple of weeks ago?

    Could it be that the brass at “One Life to Live” and ABC are finally getting a hint about much of their audience wants to see? Eh, probably not considering the Ford brothers (along with their momma and daddy) are still hogging up way to much airtime, Langston continues to serve no real function, and Starr remains as overexposed as ever, but hey, at least it’s a start.

    The only real downside to all of this is that they just had to make Rex be her biological son. The character of Rex is way beyond played out and John-Paul Lavoisier’s facial expressions leave absolutely nothing to be desired. Rex Balsom is an annoying one-note character that has no real range and couldn’t be anymore of a clown if he were Ronald McDonald himself. And he isn’t even good for comic relief the way David Vickers was before Tuc Watkins wore out his welcome by coming and going literally every few months for the past several years.

    So it’s a shame that this dumbass of a character is one of the few blemishes on what has otherwise been a fairly entertaining storyline. Notice I didn’t say great….but it is the closest I have seen to that on “One Life to Live” in quite some time, and believe me that is really saying a lot. The only other thing that bugs me about all of this is how they seem to keep changing around the timeline from all those years ago as to who knew what and when. For example, just exactly when did Clint realize without a doubt that he was really Rex’s biological father? And at what point did Echo hook-up with Charlie after she left Llanview? The basic details of this storyline seem to change almost from day-to-day. But I suppose it’s not as bad as some of the reasoning the writers gave for Eli’s motivation for all his evil deeds. Now that got be downright painful after awhile.

    Despite all of that however, I must say that I have rather enjoyed watching Echo, Viki, Charlie, Clint, and Dorian all mix it up these past six weeks. It was a welcome relief after the summer when it was easier to find Waldo than to locate anyone over the age of about 23 or 24 in Llanview.

    So for now I will remain cautiously optimistic that this improvement in the overall status of the show will continue, even though history doesn’t appear to be on my side with regards to that. Chances are this show will take another nosedive just when things start to get really, really juicy again. Honestly, sometimes I think this show is bipolar, considering how it often seems to go from good to bad at the snap of a finger. It’s like riding on a roller coaster with all the ups and downs…which is especially bad for me, considering as how motion sickness is one of the my burdens in life.

    Anyway, moving on, no one correctly guessed the identity of last time’s mystery “OLTL” guest star, which was former WGNO-TV ABC26 news anchor Liz Reyes.

    In case you missed the clues, here they are: This former New Orleans television television news anchor popped up in Llanview in early 2009 in a bit part that put her in scenes with David Vickers.

    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 Canadian country music breezed through Llanview nearly a decade ago playing herself and promoting her debut album. While in town, she asked for Al Holden’s help and caught a break when Al’s mother Gabrielle Medina helped her land a singing gig at the Llanview Country Club.

    So who is this mystery celebrity from the past? I’ll have the answers in the November 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 November 29th. One woman agrees to to shocking proposition, but with strings attached. Two old flames are caught kissing by an unlikely person. A young couple decides it’s time to take the next step in their relationship. One man seeks the assistance of someone in a position of power. A father is handed a gun and sent on a secret mission. Two mothers from different generations release their pent up hostility at one another. And someone finds themselves in a precarious predicament.

    Well that’s wraps up yet another column. I have spent much of the past week trying to catch up with my chores — both at SON and in real ife. The recent election closed one chapter of my life when I was re-elected to another term as a city commissioner in my hometown, giving me another two-year break from campaigning. Now with the change of seasons comes the laborious job of raking leaves and dragging out the Christmas decorations once more. But I love it. It is the most wonderful time of the year after all, according to Andy Williams anyway. So take care, have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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      My View of Llanview: October 30 Edition

      Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore


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      (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 year is really a bust in Llanview.

      I realize that with Starr and Hope getting kidnapped for the millionth time and several people getting trapped in the rubble after Eli set off a bomb at the warehouse, most of Llanview wasn’t in the holiday mood. However, that is still no excuse. The writers could have woven a nice masquerade ball in with this storyline. Maybe Dorian could have had a party and Eli could have come dressed as something really scary and held everyone hostage before blowing up the Palace or the Community Center or some other building. Anything where everyone was dressed up in costumes and saying “Trick-or-Treat.” I never get tired of those sort of Halloween celebrations. It is one of my favorite holidays outside of Christmas.

      Hopefully, “OLTL” will get its act back together again and celebrate Thanksgiving in style. I know Ron Carlivati can write a classic holiday episode. Take the 2008 Thanksgiving episode for example, where nearly all of Llanview ended up together at the diner. Now that was a heart-warming episode, and the way the show should write all of their holiday-themed shows. But what do I know?

      Switching gears, since I’m a little bored and need something to finish out this edition of the column, here are a few odds and ends from the Twitter files. “OLTL” Music Producer Paul Glass tweeted on October 8th that it was a “C R A Z Y week at the studio! Hope everyone that’s in NYC for the fan weekend has an amazing time!” Kristen Alderson (Starr) writes “Okay, now i’m dying to be on ‘Dancing with the Stars’……how’re we gonna make this happen?? LOL” And on October 14th she commented that “the makeup artist on our show said2me(after seeing the scenes i taped 2day)’No wonder u have nightmares’lol WOW I watched today’s ‘One Life To Live!’ SO INTENSE!! I LOVED filming that car stunt,so fun! felt like a movie, hope u liked it too!” Alderson also posted this promotional picture she got from ABC from her “What If…” webisode with “All My Children’s” Debbi Morgan (Angie) and Darnell Williams (Jesse). And here is one featuring “OLTL’s” John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) and “General Hospital’s” Kristen Storms (Maxie).

      Brittany Underwood (Langston) made this tweet with links to pictures of she and her co-stars Alderson and Nic Robuck (James) clowning around in her dressing on October as they were waiting to tape their scenes. She also says she taped more scenes the week of October 25th, and that she recently discovered that someone was pretending to be her on Facebook and was calling people claiming to be her. And Hillary B. Smith tweeted on September 27th that “I am loving my scenes with Jessice (Leccia) and Woodsie (Robert S. Woods). Jessica has been nothing but light and laughter for me on the set.”

      Terrell Tilford (Greg) tweets that “Sean Ringgold is in the house…stopping by the crib to send his “big brother” off to LA! What a guy! ‘OLTL’ did the right thing by him!” And Kim Zimmer (Echo) tweets that “TY all so much for your enthusiasm. Job well done & I so appreciate it.Now let’s leave it up to the casting people DWTS from here.LY all!Kim”

      Anyway, moving on, congratulations to “C.L.,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” guest star as Soap Opera Digest editor Lauren Flynn.

      In case you missed the clues, here they are: This daytime magazine editor appeared as an extra in the fall of 2007 when Timbaland rocked the stage at Capricorn.

      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 former New Orleans television television news anchor popped up in Llanview in early 2009 in a bit part that put her in scenes with David Vickers.

      So who is this mystery celebrity from the past? I’ll have the answers in the November 15th edition of My View of Llanview. Extra credit if you can tell me the name of the TV station the reporter was employed at the time she taped her “OLTL” scenes. 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 November 15th. One woman makes an idiot out of herself. Someone makes a phone call and pretends to be someone they’re not. A woman’s career is threatened. A mother puts the moves on a ladies man. One man plans to watch as an adversary is sentenced to prison. A married woman gets into an argument with another regarding her husband. One young man demands to know who the hell is father really is. And two old flames share a nice moment with someone.

      Well that’s concludes yet another edition of the column. Hope you enjoy reading my seemingly endless rantings. It was nice to have a few moments to set down and rest before hitting the campaign trail yet again. Stay well and safe, and I’ll have more in the next column. 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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        My View of Llanview: October 15th Edition

        Friday, October 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore


        Photo: 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 Eli storyline has plot holes in it large enough to drive a truck through. For instance, why was the Cherryvale Clinic so understaffed? And no, Natalie’s comment about the economic recession being to blame doesn’t count as a legitimate explanation. Because, even if that were the case, there would still be a few security officers around, or at least a couple of surveillance cameras.

        It’s sad, but that’s really about all I have to say about “One Life to Live” right now. It’s just that boring. And, after the last column, I think I have done more than enough complaining for awhile. I mean, seriously, what’s the point? Nothing seems to change. It’s just more of the status quo week in and week out. So, there is really no point in griping about the same issues over and over and over again. I’m just going to shrug my shoulders, shake my head, and go on.

        However, it was great to see such an emourous reaction to that particular column, which received 1,060 hits (as of last check) and 22 responses. That is truly amazing, and I think everyone who read and/or responded to what I wrote. I hope we can keep up that momentum because it shows that there are at least a few people still out there that care about “One Life to Live.”

        Anyway, moving on, congratulations to “Ladymember” and “Joanne,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” guest star as Dr. Joyce Brothers, as well as the fact that she was summoned to town by Dr. Larry Wolek to help his wife Meredith Lord Wolek deal with her depression.

        In case you missed the clues, here they are: This mental health care professional was summoned by this Llanview doctor to help his wife back in 1972, when she was suffering from depression following the death of one of her infant sons.

        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 daytime magazine editor appeared as an extra in the fall of 2007 when Timbaland rocked the stage at Capricorn.

        So who is this mystery celebrity from the past? I’ll have the answers in the October 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 November 1st. A woman vows revenge on her rival. One happy couple makes love for the first time since being torn apart. Lovesick, one young man leaves Llanview to visit the object of his affections. Two brothers receive a surprise visit from their father. A conflicted young man contemplates turning himself in. Someone tries to coax information from a mother about her “son.” And two other brothers discuss a dead woman’s connection to their family.

        Well that’s concludes yet another edition of the column. Apologies for it being rather short. These past few weeks have been hectic for me as I have been out campaigning for re-election to hometown city council. Stay well and safe, and I’ll have more in the next column. 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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          My View of Llanview: September 30 Edition

          Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore


          Photo: 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 reaffirmed my belief that “One Life” always fires the wrong people. Jason Tam is professional actor and has had a successful theater career, and his character of Markko was a fan favorite. However, I do agree with those that argue that Markko’s importance to the canvas did decrease when Langston was placed in Ford’s orbit, however the guy still had promise. And as for Tilford, while he wasn’t the greatest actor to ever grace the “OLTL” studios, he is the the least of the show’s problems right now. I mean, up until recently, he has been little more than the dayplayer doctor serving the residents of Llanview whenever they faced a medical crisis.

          The real problem remains where it always has been, with unnecessary and unpopular (unless you’re a pre-teen girl perhaps) characters like the Ford brothers, along with the over exposure of others like John McBain, Todd and Starr Manning, and Rex Balsom, who top the episode counts month after month after month. But yet, instead of fixing that huge problem, they fire two backburner characters that are nothing more than supporting players in the never ending storylines featuring the airhogs mentioned above. This is reminiscent of a couple of years ago when Kathy Brier and Chris Stack were fired just so airhogs like John and Todd could featured even more often than they already were at the time.

          The second bit of bad news today discussed ABC’s commitment to “OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini and Head Writer Ron Carlivati, who were given two and three year contract extensions, respectively. This too is more bad news since thus far during their tenure with the show, “One Life to Live” has sucked to record low levels, where it has since remained. Granted Valentini is apparently a whiz at keeping the show under budget, but should that outweigh plummeting ratings? Apparently so. I understand that executives at the networks pay relatively little attention to the weekly Household and Total Viewer ratings categories, focusing instead on particular demographic groups, however even those have dropped to near the bottom of the ratings in recent years. The optimist may see this news as hope that “One Life to Live” will continue to live on for a at least a few more years. However the pessimist (like myself) sees it as merely an attempt by the network to get rid of the show once and for all by giving it just enough rope to hang itself.

          “OLTL” needs new blood, not just the same old familiar faces that are recycled on a regular basis. Valentini has been with the show in various capacities for the past twenty-five years, while Carlivati has been on the payroll for fourteen years now. By keeping them on staff, the show continues to die a little more with each episode that airs. This makes it especially hard for loyal, longtime fans, who hate to watch the show they once loved die such a slow, painful death.

          Anyway, moving on, congratulations to “Chris,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” guest star as jazz musician Paul Taylor.

          In case you missed the clues, here they are: In 2004 this smooth-jazz musician brought his soothing saxophone sounds to Llanview when he appeared as his himself, and performed a few of his musical numbers at R.J. Gannon’s popular nightclub Capricorn.

          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 mental health care professional was summoned by this Llanview doctor to help his wife back in 1972, when she was suffering from depression following the death of one of her infant sons.

          So who is this mystery celebrity from the past? I’ll have the answers in the October 15th edition of My View of Llanview. Extra credit if you can tell me the name of the doctor who sought her help, along with the name of his wife. 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 October 18th. Two loved ones are reunited. A secret finally sees the light of day. A confused individual becomes a suspect. One man makes a shocking confession. Several people face off with a murderer. A certain young lady celebrates her birthday. And a hostage works to free herself and a family member from the clutches of a madman.

          Well that’s concludes yet another edition of the column. I hope you enjoyed reading it as I did enjoyed writing it. Stay healthy, wealthy, and wise.

          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.



          My View of Llanview: September 15 Edition

          Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore


          Photo: 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 show keep promoting such drivel?

          Well apparently the show’s new core audience consists of twelve-year-old girls, which would explain why the said promo contains quotes like “They are all really cute. They kinda make you melt just watching them.” I mean, seriously, who else other than a love struck teenage girl is going to say things like that? I realize that soaps have always been geared more toward women, but this is nothing short of ridiculous and absurd. We have certainly come a long way haven’t we?

          When “One Life to Live” debuted more than four decade ago, it dealt with relevant social issues like racism, drug addiction and minorities. Today, however, it deals primarily with three young brothers who run around town with their shirts off 90% of the time, flirt with every woman they see, and couldn’t act to save their lives. But I suppose it doesn’t matter as long as some teenyboppers comment on the “OLTL” Facebook page that the brothers are hot, cute, and make you, you know “kinda want to melt” just by looking at them. It’s ratings be damned apparently.

          And, while this promo is bad enough on its own, it is even more humiliating when you realize that it is only the latest in a series of promotional gaffes by “OLTL” and ABC to try to sell the show’s fanbase on these three characters who epitomize style over substance. Let us not forget about how the latest “More Life to Live” video clip turned into a “Meet the Ford Brothers” interview, and that the latest “OLTL” photo shoot consisted solely of pictures of the brothers in various states of upper body undress. Oh, and who could forgot the new mid-show bumpers for two of the three Ford siblings, once of which features the eldest brother Robert (David A. Gregory) smiling while mugging for the camera and opening his shirt to once again showcase what lies underneath (as if it were still some sort of mystery); the other features middle brother James (Nic Robuck) working on a car (Lenny Platt plays the youngest brother Nate). And yet, some people wonder why these three were hired in the first place. Let’s just say that it likely wasn’t their acting abilities that won them their roles.

          So how do you top something as stupid as that promo? Give the brothers their own online mini-sodes? Replace Erika Slezak’s picture at the end of both openings with shots of the brothers? Or just go all out and rename the show in their honor? After seeing what show has been promoting lately, I wouldn’t put anything past them. Making these three the stars of the show, much like making 2010 the “Summer of the Teens,” is a recipe for disaster — all the ingredients have been coming together, and it’s about ready to blow up in their faces. And I wonder if there will be anyone left to pick up the pieces after it’s all over. However, at this point, I seriously doubt it.

          Anyway, moving on, congratulations to “Tmontyb,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” guest star as actor Tony Roberts. However, no one mentioned the full name of the character he played on the show, which was Judge “Killer” Carson.

          In case you missed the clues, here they are: This star of the big screen, who has frequently appeared as Woody Allen’s best friend in several of his movies, stopped by Llanview briefly in 1991 when, as a ‘Killer’ of a judge, he sent Gabrielle Medina off to prison for seven years for reluctantly aiding mob boss Carlo Hesser in his quest to poison Viki.

          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!!!

          In 2004 this smooth-jazz musician brought his soothing saxophone sounds to Llanview when he appeared as his himself, and performed a few of his musical numbers at R.J. Gannon’s popular nightclub Capricorn.

          So who is this mystery celebrity from the past? I’ll have the answers in the September 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 October 4th. Two brothers have a confrontation. One man is discovered near death. A person from the past is forced to make an admission. Is one man’s mind playing tricks on him? A person in a precarious position is diagnosed with a stress-related medical condition. Will one brother tattle on another? Someone with influence works to get another back on the job. And one woman wonders what secret is being kept by one half of a soon-to-be-married couple.

          Well that’s concludes yet another edition of the column. I hope everyone is enjoying the cooler fall weather.  Stay safe and well.

          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.



          My View of Llanview: August 30 Edition

          Monday, August 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore


          Photo: 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 it appeared nearly dead in the water as far as discussion on online message boards was concerned.

          Which brings me to the infamous “meeting” that has been talked about in earnest these past few weeks. Among the many rumors circulating concerning the possible agenda of the said meeting, was the never ceasing talk of cancellation. Never mind the fact that only the show’s contract cast members (and not the recurring cast nor the show’s crew) were said to be required to attend. And don’t forget the fact that, had “OLTL” really been cancelled it would have been front page news on every legitimate media outlet and not just on the webpage of some obscure person who runs a fan website for a soap on another network (not to mention the fact that he removed the article only a few hours after first posting it).

          It simply amazes me that when news breaks of any and every new talk show that is currently in the works, everyone feels the need to post about how it is the final nail in “OLTL’s” coffin and that it will be only a matter of months before the new show overtakes its time slot. Granted, “One Life’s” ratings have been stagnant lately, and it has frequently been overpowered by even the cancelled “As the World Turns,” which has only weeks left to live. But that doesn’t mean that it will likely be cancelled anytime soon. Many of “OLTL’s” own fans have seemingly turned into vultures, circling the drain, just waiting to swoop in and claim that their comments about the show’s supposedly imminent demise were correct. I admit that a few months ago I did state that cancellation may be a blessing for this show at the moment, considering how horribly bad it has become. However, as any loyal “OLTL” fan can attest, we really don’t want the show to get cancelled. It’s just like being a parent — no matter how bad your kids behave or really screw up, you still love them. You may be disappointed in them, but you just don’t stop loving them because they aren’t living up to your expectations. That’s how I feel about “OLTL.” While I have not particularly enjoyed the show in sometimes, I still love the show. I have grown up watching it, and it has become a big part of my life. And it just doesn’t feel right to abandon it now.

          Getting back to Howarth and Zimmer, I have somewhat mixed emotions about each of their returns. I enjoyed Howarth’s portrayal of Todd, especially the first few years he was on the show…back when Todd truly was a true bad guy and not just the town’s whooping stick. And who could forget the hilarious “Trading Places” episode in 2001, when Howarth dressed up like Viki, and pulled off a nearly flawless imitation of Erika Slezak. In his final years on the show, his delivery seemed to be rather flat and boring. Nonetheless it will be interesting to see where the writers are going with this story and exactly how it will affect Trevor St. John’s (‘new’ Todd) status with the show.

          With regards to Zimmer, I have never really watched her act for more than a few minutes at a time while flipping through the channels on the TV set. However, in just those few, brief moments (plus what I’ve heard and read about her), she seems to act a little over the top, meaning that she tends to be a bit overdramatic and ‘hammy’ for lack of a better term. Even so, I am cautiously optimistic about her upcoming return as Echo (a character that was last in Llanview when I was only four years old), for no other reason than it will likely give the veteran characters an actual storyline and some much needed airtime. Plus I really think it says something that the show and network are willing to hire a 55-year-old soap vet in a time when younger is better and teenagers have been sucking up nearly all of the airtime the past several months. My only hope is that “OLTL” will not disappoint me and all those other long-time fans out there the way they have again and again and again.

          Anyway, moving on, congratulations to “Judy from Jersey City,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” guest stars as “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” host Robin Leach and the one-hit wonder band Information Society (whose only memorable song was “What’s on Your Mind”). However, no one mentioned the fact that ”Fraternity Row” was the name of the ficitional soap within a soap on the show at that time.

          In case you missed the clues, here they are: This ‘Rich and Famous’ host stopped by Llanview to to emcee ‘The Daisy Awards’ (“OLTL’s” answer to the Daytime Emmys) in 1992, in which this one-hit wonder boy band, who left people’s ‘Minds’ almost as quickly as they came into them, performed their only memorable song.

          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 star of the big screen, who has frequently appeared as Woody Allen’s best friend in several of his movies, stopped by Llanview briefly in 1991 when, as a ‘Killer’ of a judge, he sent Gabrielle Medina off to prison for seven years for reluctantly aiding mob boss Carlo Hesser in his quest to poison Viki.

          So who is this mystery celebrity from the past? Bonus points if you can tell me the full name of the character he played. I’ll have the answers in the September 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 September 13th. A young lady grows concerned that her fiancé may no longer want to marry her. One half of a happy couple thinks they should get married sooner rather than later. A ‘dead’ person’s will is unearthed. A ne’er-do-well is arrested. Someone doesn’t like what she hears. Troubled, this young lady bears her soul to her beau. Will an old flame be given a second chance? And a job offer is extended to one particular individual by a family member of someone in a position of power.

          Well that’s concludes yet another edition of the column. I hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day weekend. God bless and take care.

          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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