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My View of Llanview: March 15 Edition

Sunday, March 14, 2010 11:07 PM EDT
Photo: Errol Lewis/SONMonday, March 15 2010 12:07 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Cast firings, on-set injuries, actress meltdowns, and legal issues have made for a busy start to the month of March in Llanview. It may seem difficult to believe now, but exactly one week ago I stared at my computer screen trying to come up with a topic for this edition of my "One Life to Live" column. I debated doing yet another rant on how much the show sucks right now, or about the continued lack of continuity, or even how the soap is making a mockery of its own history (yet again). Needless to say, I choice to wait a few days to see if I could come up with a better idea. Then it happened. The proverbial poo has hit the fan. Not once, not twice, but several times over. This left we with a similar, yet...

My View of Llanview: February 28 Edition

Sunday, February 28, 2010 12:01 AM EDT
Photo: Errol Lewis/SONSunday, February 28, 2010 12:01 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Time travel and memory loss storylines lead soaps down a slippery slope due to a little thing called SORAS. During the February sweeps, "One Life to Live" featured Mitch Laurence giving his daughter Jessica Brennan electroshock therapy, effectively wiping out her memories of the past thirteen years of her life. Now thinking it is 1997 and that she is a senior in high school, Jessica is flabbergasted to discover just how much everything has changed since she was roaming the halls of Llanview High. Sounds intriguing doesn't it? Not, not really....especially when you consider the fact that Llavniew has been infested with a plague in recent years and shows no signs of recovery. The name of the disease is Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome, and hardly anyone in town seems to have built up an immunity to...

My View of Llanview: August 15 Edition

Saturday, August 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT
Saturday, August 15, 2009 1:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Moving on up to the west side... "One Life to Live" inherits the soon-to-be vacated studios of "All My Children" early next year when that soap moves to Los Angeles. But is the move good news for "OLTL," or the kiss of death? Unless you've been living underground the past few weeks, you have likely heard the news that ABC Daytime is shifting production of "All My Children" from New York City to Los Angeles beginning in December, and that "One Life to Live" will move into its sister soap's much larger current studio in Manhattan, in an attempt to make both soaps more cost efficient. Since the announcement, critics have argued that moving "AMC" cross country to be closer to the network's longest running soap "General Hospital," seals the fate of "One Life to Live," since it will be...

My View of Llanview: July 30 Edition

Thursday, July 30, 2009 12:01 AM EDT
Thursday, July 30, 2009 1:01 AM ET | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "One Life to Live" in black and white. The recent arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Gates and the ensuing debate on racial relations in 21st century America, warrant a look at the present state of diversity in the make believe land of Llanview, Pennsylvania. Looking back through the "My View of Llanview" archives from 2008, I came across my column from exactly one year ago today. It was in that edition that I first examined the color, or lack there of, on "One Life to Live." I thought it appropriate to examine the progress (if any) the long-running daytime drama made in the year that followed. As you may recall, at this point 52 weeks ago, "OLTL" could claim only one African American actress on its contract roster, and only a handful more on recurring status. Tika Sumpter (Layla Williamson) remained...

My View of Llanview: July 15 Edition

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 9:48 PM EDT
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 back in 2007), I would like to take a moment to recall the rich and endearing legacy that is Llanview and "One Life to Live." What began in the mid-1960s as an alternative plan for creator Agnes Nixon following the original rejection of the concept that would later become "All My Children,"...

My View of Llanview: June 30 Edition

Monday, June 29, 2009 10:01 PM EDT
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 small role in the upcoming gay storyline between Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish. When I first saw the headline of another website over the weekend claiming that a "OLTL Actress Fired!," I automatically assumed that the show had made the biggest mistake in its nearly 41-year history by firing the...

My View of Llanview: June 15 Edition

Thursday, June 18, 2009 12:10 AM EDT
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 something I threw together from one of those free websites that allows you to create simple logos for the technically challenged (such as myself). I decided to come up with my own after my 'search' for a new look for my column on the Soap Opera Network message boards fell...

My View of Llanview: May 30 Edition

Monday, June 1, 2009 8:40 PM EDT
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 little voice in the back of your head says otherwise.  Much the same way that someone telling you not to do something, makes you want to do the forbidden thing even more.  Curiosity is a dangerous thing.  Then again, so using the words common sense and Llanview in the same...

My View of Llanview: May 15 Edition

Thursday, May 14, 2009 8:30 PM EDT
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 have witnessed many wonderfully played out storylines over the years (i.e., Viki's DID), and equally as many horrific storylines (i.e., the One Pure People and who shot John's father plots). But through it all I soldiered on and remained a Rock of Gibraltar when it came to my soap, "One...

My View of Llanview: April 30 Edition

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 6:46 PM EDT
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 good as the person (or people) writing it, which explains a lot given the current state of "OLTL." I realize that soaps come with the caveat that we suspend belief and check reality at the door until the hour has passed. Soaps are designed to entertain us and, like many...