My View of Llanview

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 12:35 AM ET | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- A look to both the past and the future. One of the best things about posting this bi-monthly column on the 15th and 30th of each month, is that it presents me with a unique opportunity every July 15th to pay homage to the soap I grew up with on its anniversary. Without getting into the whole history of the show as I have done in past columns (and will soon delve into again with the re-posting of an article I wrote for SON in honor of the show's 39th anniversary...
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 12:46 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "One Life's" gay stoyline claims its first victim. "One Life to Live" never ceases to amaze me. For the past week, I have spent countless hours wrestling with what to write about in this edition of the column. I was to the point of just compiling another list of what makes me nauseous about the soap right now, when 'it' happened. The 'it' in this instance is, of course, the termination of Patricia Mauceri (Carlotta Vega) from "OLTL" because of her alleged refusal to play even a...
Thursday, June 18, 2009 5:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Miracles can happen when you believe. I knew there was a reason I was writing this edition of my column a few days later than usual. Well, not really, but the time was perfect nonetheless. It gives me a chance to discuss two of my biggest pet peeves with "One Life to Live" at the moment. But before moving on to what grinds my gears about the show recently, I would like to take a moment to point out my new logo. Granted it's nothing fancy, just...
Monday, June 1, 2009 11:44 PM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- One step forward, two steps back. In the weeks since my last column, where I accused "One Life to Live" of no longer even attempting to produce a good daytime drama, the soap has begun to show signs of life.  However, it remains a long way away from a full and complete recovery.  "OLTL" has become like a horrible car accident in the past few months.  No matter how bad it gets, you just can't seem to avoid sneaking a peak.  You know you shouldn't look, but the...
Friday, May 15, 2009 12:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Is "One Life to Live" even trying anymore? For those of you out there who have not abandoned ship already and change the channel whenever the "OLTL" theme music starts to play, this question is directed at you. For many years I have been loyal to this soap, and have been with it through its many ups and downs. But like anything in life, you ultimately look in the mirror one day and ask yourself if it is time to move on. As noted above, I...
Thursday, April 30, 2009 12:05 AM ET | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- The journey through our "One Life to Live" has been filled with plotholes lately. It was Chuck Palahniuk, author of Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories who once said that "a good story should make you laugh, and a moment later break your heart." I can recall storylines on "One Life to Live" that have actually made me feel that exact way over the years. However, none of those storylines include the ones presently playing out on our television screens. A story is said to only be as...
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 2:07 AM EDT | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- A critical look back at the successes and failures of recent Llanview returns. Since becoming Head Writer of "One Life to Live" in 2007, Ron Carlivati has brought back for than his share of former cast members and characters. Ranging from Tina Roberts and the original Marty Saybrooke, to Jackie McNaughton and Madam Delphina, Carlivati has interwoven both major and minor past "OLTL" characters into various storylines. However, not all of those returns were met with widespread success. Being able to lure an...
Saturday, April 4, 2009 1:37 AM EDT | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- The cancellation of "Guiding Light" has sent shockwaves throughout the soap world, and Llanview is no exception.It has been said that time flies when you're having fun. However, it also seems to fly (albeit not as fast) when you are busy as well. Every time I have set down to write my column this week, something has come up. Whether it was waiting out tornado warnings, working around power outages, babysitting my aunt's dog (whom I love like a baby), taking grandma to the...
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 12:29 AM EDT | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- The top five reasons Llanview is struggling in 2009.After becoming revitalized and on top last year, "One Life to Live" appears to be running out of gas only one year later. There are several reasons why this viewer believes "OLTL" is trying hard to stay afloat right now; the top five of will be discussed in the following paragraphs.5. Too many characters, not enough airtime...not to mention overexposure of newbies. While the "One Life" cast has always been rather large, in the...
Monday, March 2, 2009 11:48 PM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Could Llanview survive without Viki, and "One Life to Live" without Erika Slezak? Viki Davidon=Erika Slezak. Erika Slezak="One Life to Live." The words seem interchangeable. When one is thought of, the other often immediately comes to mind. Those words have become so associated with one another that it would be difficult to think of them as separate entities. For almost 38 years, "OLTL" fans have not had to concern themselves with such a terrible thought. ...
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 2:12 AM EST | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Life outside Llanview.Sometimes if it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. That statement perfectly fits my life so far in 2009. When the clock struck midnight on January 1st, I was eagerly looking forward to resuming this column. The holidays were over and things seemed to be finally getting back to normal in my household. I published the January 1st edition of 'My View of Llanview" on time and was already tossing around topics in my head for the...
Thursday, January 1, 2009 11:08 PM EST | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- A soap legend responds to previous column.With the holidays over and 2009 beginning, I have made a New Year's resolution to be more faithful to this column, my readers, the fans of "One Life to Live," and the show itself. I intend to devote more time and attention to this column, which truly lost its focus throughout much of 2008. So let's celebrate by proposing a toast. Here's to "My View of Llanview." I hope you will enjoy the revamped column and my thoughts...
Tuesday, October 7, 2008 11:01 PM | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- An old interview with Michael Storm.After a nearly two month absence, I am back with my column, and hope to soon return to my in-depth discussions on the current state of "One Life to Live." Unfortunately, sometimes in life when it rains, it pours. Such has been the case for me lately, with my schedule being extremely full and hectic. Anyhow, here is an old newspaper article about "OLTL." Enjoy!The following article is entitled "Michael Storm's Wife is Expecting: Baby is...
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