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My View of Llanivew: April 15 Edition

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 12:34 AM EDT
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 actor or actress back to their old Llanview home is one thing, but penning a sensible storyline for their character is another issue entirely. Long-time "One Life" fans were amazed and delighted a year ago when news broke that the show had forged a deal with Andrea Evans, to...

My View of Llanview: March 30 Edition

Friday, April 3, 2009 11:22 PM EDT
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 grocery store, mowing the lawn while dodging raindrops, writing casting reports for "OLTL" and somehow becoming a pseudo reporter for a soap I have never each watched, it was a very hectic week. It's amazing. Some weeks, I have to dig like a dog with a bone to...

My View of Llanview: March 15 Edition

Monday, March 16, 2009 11:00 PM EDT
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 past year it has nearly doubled in size. The canvas is crowded with too many useless and seldom used actors and characters. Cristian, Layla, Marcie, Michael, Moe, Noelle, Charlie, tJared.... the list goes on and on. When was the last time viewers saw any of them taking...

My View of Llanview: February 28 Edition

Monday, March 2, 2009 12:00 AM EDT
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. But what if they were suddenly forced to admit the unthinkable? What if Viki suddenly faded out of existence or left Llanview in search of a new hometown? And what if Erika Slezak suddenly left "One Life to Live" and her signature role after nearly four decades? ...

My View of Llanview: February 15 Edition

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 1:50 AM EDT
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 next installment of the column. Yep, everything appeared to be going according to plan.Then it happened. The cycle of life-altering events began. According to the old saying, a little rain falls in everyone's life at some point or another. But the rain doesn't always...

My View of Llanview: January 1 Edition

Thursday, January 1, 2009 11:02 PM EDT
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 and comments on "OLTL."During my hiatus from this column, I periodically received comments from "One Life to Live" fans that voiced their opinions on the latest Llanview happenings. Among the individuals leaving comments in my SON mailbox was former soap star Mariann Aalda. Now upon first glance, I'm...

My View of Llanview: October 1 Edition

Tuesday, October 7, 2008 9:56 PM EDT
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 1st week of April...but please, not on April 1st!" It originally appeared in the April 1970 edition of "Daytime TV."“We expect our baby the first week in April,” says Michael Storm’s wife, Sally. “And I it’s not an April 1st baby. I don’t want the poor child...

My View of Llanview: August 15 Edition

Thursday, August 28, 2008 8:44 PM EDT
Thursday, August 28, 2008 9:49 PM | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Erika Slezak talks family love--'70s style.Wow...this may be a new record for me...I'm nearly two weeks late with this column. However, there is a valid reason for that; the past few weeks have been very hectic for me. Being a City Commissioner, I am responsible for helping my small hometown prepare for our annual Honeyfest. It is a big deal here, especially since it became the "Kentucky's Official State Honey Festival" in 2006. Now in its 14th year, the Clarkson Honeyfest has grown by leaps and bounds. More information is available at www.honeyfest.com.In addition, the past two weeks have also taken a somber tone for my loved ones and me. Three recent deaths have hit too close to home for me. First there was the husband of my...

My View of Llanview: July 30 Edition

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Thursday, July 31, 2008 1:59 PM EDT
Thursday, July 31, 2008 3:04 PM | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- In 1968, "One Life to Live" created controversy with a storyline in which viewers outraged when they saw what they perceived to be a white woman kissing a black doctor. Forty years later, African-Americans in Llanview appear to be nonexistent.The year 1968 was a rather turbulent time in American history. The Vietnam was well underway, nearly 200 hundred women protest the Miss America pageant calling it an exploitation of women, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968 into law, Senator Robert Kennedy is assassinated while campaigning for President in Las Angeles, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is shot to death by James Earl Ray in Memphis, and Richard Nixon captured the White House by defeating Democrat Hubert Humphrey and American Independent Party candidate George Wallace. It...

My View of Llanview: July 15 Edition

Saturday, July 26, 2008 12:22 AM EDT
Saturday, July 26, 2008 1:25 AM | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- A review of "One Life to Live's" 40th anniversary tribute. Aloha everyone. It seems I just keep getting later and later with these columns, doesn't it? I just get so wrapped up with everything going on around me, that I forget things, like this column. And I find it so difficult just to set down and write very much when there is so much to do outside this time of year. Also, I wanted to wait until after the two special 40th anniversary episodes of "OLTL" aired earlier this week before I wrote my column. But my apologizes for this being so late. There are just never enough hours in the day to do anything. Anyway, here are my thoughts on "One Life to Live's" 40th anniversary celebration... The Top Five reasons why I liked the two "OLTL" 40th anniversary...