How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of ‘GH,’ ‘The View’ and ‘The Chew’; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

 
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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children’s” replacement show “The Chew” debuts today, just three days after “AMC” aired its final episode on ABC, and I can’t help myself in wishing it would just go away. No, it isn’t the show or what it is all about. In a perfect world I’d care to watch it from time to time, after all we all have to cook good and healthy meals don’t we? But it is the way the network went about handling “The Chew” which included non-stop advertising during “AMC’s” final weeks on television along with non-stop advertising on soap opera centered websites including Soap Opera Network that I find myself saying “what a way to spit on your audience.”

Of course daytime has changed according to ABC’s own research and their viewers were really tired of watching soap operas so it makes sense to promote your new shows to your audience, but the only audience you had were watching soaps, so who is going to watch “The Chew” if not soap fans? “The Chew” is being promoted everywhere you look. On TV, on billboards, in magazines and if I recall correctly (or IIRC) and not mistaken, it’s also being promoted in movie theaters with pre-show clippings. Where was this type of advertising for daytime soap operas?

Do I wish the show failure? If I were being honest with myself I’d say yes just so ABC can be proven wrong in their presumptions, but I don’t think it will bomb. No matter if it lands itself below “All My Children” in every ratings category from here on out, it will still be a success for ABC because the network is spending 30-40% less than they did on “AMC.” Ratings no longer matter, it’s all about the bottom dollar and just like Jeff Zucker, who has joined the network as it gets ready to launch a Katie Couric hosted daytime talk show next year, said when he ran NBC  “we’re managing for margin, not for ratings. So it’s the expense of our shows, the consistency of our shows being on the schedule. It’s not determined by the size of the ratings, because the size of the ratings of a show we cannot afford is not going to do us any good anymore.” Right or wrong, that’s just the new reality.



My View of Llanview: September 15 Edition

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With the Prospect Park era about to begin for “One Life to Live,” the show appears to be in better shape than its sister soap “All My Children.”

“OLTL” fans have reason to be optimistic about the show’s future after it leaves the ABC Daytime line-up in January. Ratings for the show continue to be solid and holding steady above “AMC” and “General Hospital.” Casting wise, the soap is an upswing. Hot on the heels of Roger Howarth‘s return to Llanview, comes word that several others, including Andrea Evans (Tina), John Loprieno (Cord), Kathy Brier (Marcie), Chris Stack (Michael), and possibly Tonja Walker (Alex) are on their way back as well. Rumors are flying that Prospect Park may be focusing more on “OLTL” than “AMC,” something which “One Life” never really experienced under ABC. And four of the show’s leading stars, including grand dame Erika Slezak (Viki), have already agreed to remain with the show when it transitions to the online distribution company in a few months (the others being Kassie DePaiva [Blair], Ted King [Tomas], and Michael Easton [John]).

Meanwhile, “All My Children’s” future seems less certain. Aside from strained negotiations between Prospect Park and “AMC” leading lady Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), there have thus far been no confirmed reports of any members of the show’s cast either being in serious talks with the company or signing on the dotted line to continue with the show. Furthermore, it appears increasingly more apparent that “AMC” may get the same treatment from Prospect Park that “OLTL” has gotten for years now from ABC.

Speculation on the matter was fueled last week by two separate incidents. First, Deadline Hollywood‘s Nellie Andreeva reported that “I hear that Prospect Park may reevaluate its short-term strategy for the two soaps and put its muscle behind the higher-rated ‘OLTL,’ while moving ‘AMC’ to the back burner.” That was followed up by a Soaps.com interview with “All My Children’s” Vincent Irizarry (David) who commented that “As far as I know, no, there hasn’t been. I’ve spoken to numerous actors from the show over the last few days and nobody from our show has been in contact with them. Except for Susan [Lucci, Erica], which we all assumed that awhile ago. So, that’s basically it. They’re moving [forward] with ‘One Life to Live’ right now and that’s certainly their right. That’s what they’re doing and for whatever reason that’s how it happened.”

Furthermore, unlike “One Life to Live,” “All My Children” will have a nearly four month gap between the airing of its last episode on ABC and its first episode of Prospect Park. “One Life” on the other hand, is said to be debuting on Prospect Park the Monday after its airs its final ABC episode on Friday, January 13, therefore maintaining the status quo for “OLTL,” while leaving “All My Children” fans in suspense and impatiently waiting for weeks for their show to return.

Personally, I find all of this extremely interesting, especially since there seems to have been a complete role reversal between the two shows. “One Life to Live” has always reminded me of “The Little Engine That Could,” endlessly trying to make its way up the hill to the top of the mountain (i.e. ratings), while all the more powerful engines (or in this case, the better known soap operas) just keep passing them by until one day when the little engine finally made it to the top after years of chanting “I think I can.” In a sense, it is uncharted waters for many “One Life” fans who aren’t used to their show doing so well. It makes me proud of the soap I have grown up watching for more than two decades now.

However, its one thing to get to the top, but it is quite another thing to stay there. And with the show’s writing, production, and directing crews under Prospect Park still up in the air, it leaves me feeling somewhat concerned, especially given the fact that current head writer Ron Carlivati still seems on track to join the writing staff of “General Hospital” once “OLTL” up production of its TV run in November. Granted, Carlivati isn’t exactly daytime’s best scribe considering “OLTL’s” overabundance of useless characters in idiotic storylines (e.g. the Nate/Deanna/Rick porn plot), and treatment of women characters, but he must be doing something right for the show to be climbing in the ratings as it has been. But like him or not, he does bring stability to the show and often draws upon the soap’s rather rich history (even if he usually twists it to fit his own agenda) when penning tales. Throwing in someone new, especially if they are not very familiar with the show could cause problems. The same can be said for Executive Producer Frank Valentini. For several years now, he has managed to keep “OLTL” under budget while running a tight ship. Finding a suitable replacement may prove difficult.

That being said, I think the show is in good hands with Prospect Park, and believe that it will continue to do rather well. Even so, I am well aware of the potential risks involved in moving an established 43-year-old soap opera from a television slot it has held for more than 30 years to the uncharted waters of online-only distribution. If it works, then wonderful, soaps will have found a new way to live on. If it fails, then at least soap fans can say they tried, and “OLTL” and “AMC” will be remembered for going where no other soaps have gone. Either way, it gives new hope for the daytime serial genre, proving that there may still be some life in the old “stories” yet.

Moving on, congratulations to “CBRVA83,” who correctly guessed the answers to my trivia questions from last time. In case you missed the clues, here they are, along with the answers:  1. What current “OLTL” cast member was the youngest soap star ever placed on contract with a daytime drama back in 2001? Answer: Kristen Alderson. 2. In college, what subject did Ted King get his undergraduate degree in and from what school? Answer: Business from UC-Santa Barbara. 3. What foreign language did Erika Slezak grow up speaking before learning English at five-years-old? Answer: German.

Now it’s time to shake things up a bit and do some more trivia. See if you know the answers to these questions about some of the current and former cast members of “One Life to Live.” 1. Kassie DePaiva (Blair) appeared on what game show before joining “OLTL” and who was the daytime celebrity (and future co-star) was she paired up with? 2. What two wars did the late Phil Carey (Asa) serve in? 3. What is John-Paul Lavoisier‘s (Rex) real last name? I’ll have the answers in the September 30 edition of My View of Llanview.

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. Someone turns up dead. One man risks his life to save others. An unlikely person is put in jail. And one sister makes a shocking discovery about her sibling.

Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a great week everyone! Stay safe!

Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…



My View of Llanview: August 30 Edition

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Just another abnormal week for “One Life to Live.”

Last week was an example of just how quickly things can go wrong in Llanview, both intentionally and unintentionally. Two weeks ago the show was riding high on the fallout over the revelation of the real Todd Manning. However, just days later it was as if “One Life to Live” was cursed when a series of unforeseen mishaps and errors disrupted the continuity of the storylines and left viewers scratching their heads and screaming at their TV screens.

First there were the “breaking news” pre-emptions by both the network and local ABC stations covering topics such as the civil unrest in Libya, the East Coast earthquake, and the looming threat of Hurricane Irene. For the most part, each of those interruptions were relatively brief and understandable, although still nonetheless frustrating to “OLTL” fans who believe (rightly so) that news only seems to happen during the 2:00 pm ET hour on weekday afternoons.

Next was the so-called technical glitch that plagued last Thursday’s episode, which just so happened to be Robin Strasser‘s last airdate as the legendary Dorian Lord. As confusing and disprectful to Strasser and the character of Dorian as it drew attention away from what should have been a tearful farewell for her, I have to admit that the situation a little comical. At one commercial break, Viki and Dorian had just realized they were locked in her office together. But a few minutes later when the show returned after a commercial Dorian was setting at a table in the same office enjoying some cake with her Cramer girls (from the previous day’s episode). Then another commercial break, and suddenly Dorian and Viki were back to being locked in her office together.

Which brings me to my next issue. Whether you are a “spoiler whore” like me and have a rough idea of what is going to take place in each day’s episode, or you wish to remain spoiler free, you could not deny that there has just been something really off regarding the past four or five episodes of “One Life to Live.” The editing has been atrocious and choppy in the past few episodes, leading many viewers to wonder what exactly is going on. Rewrites of some of the storylines would be a good assumption, however, most of the things that were already spoiled to happen are still taking place on screen, but just in different episodes than originally planned. And to further compound matters, some scenes seem out of place and out of sync with how things ended in the previous episode. For example, last Thursday’s episode ended with Natalie talking with Clint in the library at Llanfair about his ex-wife Kim returning to town. On Friday, however, Natalie was shown in the cemetery with Rex, who was showing her how the death date on Gigi’s tombstone had been scratched out. But then the next episode (on Monday) picked up where Thursday’s show left off with Natalie and Clint back at Llanfair talking about Kim again.

To add to the confusion, random unrelated scenes have been popping up in places they shouldn’t be in some of the same episodes as well. Like a quick shot of Kim at the cemetery watching Gigi’s grave being exhumed sandwiched in between scenes of Victor and Todd arguing at his office at The Sun, or a short scene of Rex and Shane arguing in the middle of Monday’s episode even though neither of them were seen elsewhere in the episode (outside of last second shot of Rex holding a gun at the end of the show). These are just a few examples of the rushed, sloppy editing that is making this show disjointed, choppy, and rather hard to follow.

And it doesn’t help matters that the writers have begun dropping major storylines for days a time to focus on unpopular plots, characters, and pairings. What ends a cliffhanger one day may not be resulted or shown again for maybe two or three more episodes, adding to viewer frustration. This, combined with unnecessary and poorly defined “newbies” helps make this show its own worst enemy.  The cast remains bloated and we forget about half of the characters on the canvas the majority of the time because they are rarely seen or drawn into a storyline. Take Cristian for example, outside of his occasional scenes recently with Shaun and Rama, what purpose does he really serve? The same for James, Nate, Deanna, Baz, and several others. There are too many characters right now (contract, recurring, and dayplayers), and the scenes are often too short for fans to really become invested in any particular characters or storylines, not to mention the fact that the tales are becoming increasingly stupid and idiotic, and long-time legacy characters are turned into nothing more than props and plot points. But yet, I suppose it is still more believable and entertaining than “All My Children,” which has a crazy doctor who has somehow kept most of town’s deceased residents alive and well.

After watching “One Life to Live” all last week with all its interruptions and editing issues, it made me realize that this show never fails to surprise me, whether it be for better or for worse. There is never a dull moment when it comes to Llanview, and finding something to do an article about for SON. Take this column for example. A week ago I had no idea what aspect of the show I was going to write about this go around, and then the show gave me plenty of inspiration and material to work with as I sat down late this evening (as usual) to hammer out a (hopefully) somewhat decent column only hours before my “deadline.” As noted earlier, there is never a dull moment while reporting on “OLTL,” whether it means I am writing about HD cameras and equipment, MMA fights (i.e. Mark Lawson), prom dresses, or High School Musical themed episodes.  There always seems to be something to talk about, whether I like what is happening or not. Remember that, just because I write an article about something or someone pertaining to the show, it does not mean that I agree with the decision. I am simply the messenger, so don’t shoot…haha.

Moving on, no one guessed (either correctly or incorrectly) the answers to my trivia questions from last time….although I gave everyone a second chance, so here are the answers:

So here are your questions again: 1. What connection did Lee Patterson (ex-Joe Riley and Tom Dennison) have to legendary comedian Jack Benny? Answer: He was his golf caddy at one time. 2. Tonja Walker is cousins with what famous country music star? Answer: Billy Ray Cyrus. 3. James DePaiva (ex-Max) is a descendant of what former U.S. President? Answer: Andrew Johnson.

So now, let’s try some new trivia questions. 1. What current “OLTL” cast member was the youngest soap star ever placed on contract with a daytime drama back in 2001? 2. In college, what subject did Ted King get his undergraduate degree in and from what school? 3. What foreign language did Erika Slezak grow up speaking before learning English at five-years-old? I’ll have the answers in the September 15 edition of My View of Llanview.

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. Someone is forced to part with something very dear to them. An unexpected person becomes the voice of reason for a troubled individual. Two old flames revisit their past. And one person in particular demands justice be served.

Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a great week everyone!

Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…



My View of Llanview: August 15 Edition

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — What happens when real life interferes with reel life?

The month of August has not been kind to me to say the least. It started off calmly enough, only to leave me bogged down with articles to write and personal issues to deal with. They say that when it rains, it pours, and I have have learned first-hand that the quote is 100% correct. But there is light at the end of the tunnel and brighter days are ahead.

In the last several weeks, I have had the misfortune of dealing with three separate, yet related personal matters involving the family, some for the best, others for the worst. I’ll spare my readers the details, however, be advised that it is for the best. Also, issues with life outside the family have been hectic lately as well, which has added to my frustration and stress levels. And, of course who could forget Errol’s “blink and missed it” (that was one long blink) website and message board update to SON that left me feeling like a fish out of water while writing articles in Word and Notepad to be posted when the site finally came up, and then being forced to relearn a different system when it was finally safe to be posting again.

Needless to say that all of these things have left me derelict in my “One Life to Live” duties here at Soap Opera Network, and for that I apologize. And I ask you to bear with me in the next couple of weeks as I try to regain a foothold on my reporting duties. My goal is to have the July and Year-to-Date “OLTL” episode counts posted this week, resume posting episode recaps again, and for for several news reports to be uploaded in the coming days as well. I thank you for your patience and understanding and appreciate the the concern everyone has shown for me these past few weeks.

Switching gears, I suppose I should actually talk a little bit about “One Life to Live” now, since that is what this column is supposed to be about. So here goes… From what I seen of the show in recent weeks (and again I’ve been in and out do outside issues), it is evident that the “Tale of Two Todds” storyline is really the driving force behind the show right now. That is one of the only storylines I am actually enjoying at the moment. And I felt that revealing a much very alive Irene Manning as the figurehead behind all of this was a nice touch. Sure, I can see the point of those who feel like bringing her back to life as destroying the show’s history, but I don’t necessarily agree with that argument. I think it is a nice plot twist, and actually a good way to use the show’s history to educate newer viewers. If nothing else, it is a way of honoring that history, instead of rewriting it. Granted the writer’s are changing certain details to better fit the current storyline, but overall, I think the major details will or should remain the same.

Outside of the Todd storyline, about the only other thing that is really grabbing my attention at the moment is Destiny’s baby saga. While I am not that emotionally invested in this storyline, I can still sympathize with what she’s going through and feel for her. And I can Nora’s point-of-view, as well as Destiny’s mother, er grandmother. Nora  wants to hold on to a part of her son, while Phylicia just wants what is best for Destiny and for the troubled teen to be able to make up her own mind. I can see both sides of the fence on this one, and agree that it would be a tough decision either way.

Moving on, due to the website issues, I don’t think anyone was able to try and answer the three trivia questions from my July 15 column, so I’ll give you a second chance to make your best guesses…

So here are your questions again: 1. What connection did Lee Patterson (ex-Joe Riley and Tom Dennison) have to legendary comedian Jack Benny? 2. Tonja Walker is cousins with what famous country music star? 3. James DePaiva (ex-Max) is a descendant of what former U.S. President? I’ll have the answers in the August 30 edition of My View of Llanview.

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 August 29th. A shocking discovery is made. Someone gets a visit from the past. One Llanview resident is guilty…but who and of what? And two families remain at odds.

Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a great week and stay safe.

Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…



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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — What started out as a typical week that began on July 25 ended up being one of the worst in Soap Opera Network history, but you wouldn’t have known it from a behind the scenes perspective.

On Wednesday, July 27, I had posted that our server was being transferred to a new provider that would allow our readers to load us up faster than ever before and if you blinked, you would have missed the change in systems. Unfortunately, you kept on blinking and for three consecutive days Soap Opera Network was offline, no where to be found and no way to say TOLDJA! (gotta love our Nikki Finke at Deadline.com). On Saturday, July 30 and heading into Sunday, July 31, Soap Opera Network‘s Community Message Boards returned to the web with a new look courtesy of a software upgrade. Although it takes getting used to, I have to admit it is one of the better looking changes our boards have seen to date. We will be tinkering with minor details per recommendations from posters. Additionally, today, Soap Opera Network has debuted its new website using a new platform. While the old platform was nice and did us wonders for more than five years, times have changed and so have we. We hope you like the redesign and we will definitely be correcting any bugs you or we may come across in the hours, days and weeks to come, specifically in relation to links, etc. We hope you like the new design as much as we did in building it for you.

The Scoops You Came For

While we were offline and left to cleaning up the mess that we were forced into, we had learned that “General Hospital,” despite Prospect Park’s desire to have it did not sign a deal with Disney/ABC Television Group to bring the series to the World Wide Web when it debuts “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” in January 2012 (yes, ladies and gentleman this is now the confirmed debut month for the web launch for both soaps). We also learned that Tamara Braun is indeed returning to “GH” in the coming weeks despite the shows explicit denial to the contrary, although it remains unclear as to whom she will be portraying. But that wasn’t the biggest scoop of them all. Soap Opera Network has learned that when “One Life to Live” wraps filming at the ABC Television Center in New York City this November, it will indeed be moving its studio space when Prospect Park takes over production. But, despite reports that it will be moving to one studio somewhere in the Big Apple, we have learned that it isn’t just moving to one specific studio, but to three! According to sources, “One Life” will call one studio in Brooklyn and another in Queens home once production begins on v2.0. The third studio location wasn’t made clear at press time, nor were the names of the studios in the aforementioned boroughs, however we’ve been told that with the excess studio digs “One Life” crew members will not be forced to take down as many sets as they have been doing for much of the shows 43-year history on ABC.

Not one to leave another exclusive out, Soap Opera Network was in Burbank on Thursday, July 28 and visited the set of NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” where we spoke with newly appointed head writers Darrell Ray Thomas and Marlene McPherson, who have promised many things for fans who have felt the show has turned into something they no longer recognize. From the return of Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as John and Marlena, to the debut of the Horton Square and even a sneak peek at what’s been going on with the characters before their material debuts on Monday, September 26, tune Soap Opera Network as we prepare you for new “DAYS” to come.

Until next Notebook

 

Errol Lewis



My View of Llanview: July 30 Edition

My View of Llanview: July 30 Edition

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” does what it does best – comedy. And even if the storyline is absurd and vulgar, the show still manages to give fans a chuckle and poke fun at itself, all without skipping a beat.

I’ll be the first to admit that this whole Nate and Deanna do porn storyline idiotic, nasty, and just downright stupid. I have routinely shaken my head and sighed each and every time it has been mentioned on screen these past few months, and taking notes on the inconsistencies in the story and holes in the plot. For instance, why does a porno movie producer live and tape movies out of the same motel room, or why was we so desperate to convince those two in particular to star in one of his movies, going as far as to show up at Nate’s high school graduation to try and get him to sign off on the project. And just how stupid are Nate and Deanna exactly? I realize that Rick was blackmailing them, but come on….there are/were other directions this storyline could have gone…so why did the writers take this route in particular?

I like to laugh as much as the next person and have always enjoyed “One Life to Live’s” brand of humor. The show has never been one to take itself too seriously. From inside jokes, to nods to the audience, to humorous observations, over the years “OLTL” has often been at its best when it has tried to be funny – even if the storylines were rather campy and over the top. However, I don’t ever recall (please feel free to correct me if I am wrong) so much of the humor being so forced and consisting of such sexual overtones. In addition, many of the jokes recently have come at the expense of gay people. Furthermore, this bawdy and risqué dialogue has turned away some fans and left others wondering if the writers aren’t trying to convey some sort of deeper meaning with these types of jokes and one-liners about wieners, sexual innuendos, and men joking around about “flirting” with one another. I know it has left me somewhat concerned. And, while I’m not gay myself, I can sympathy with those who are that have found those sorts of comments to be offensive.

That being said, I rather enjoyed the “Vicker Man” movie premiere scenes on Thursday and Friday. Both episodes were hilarious, albeit a little cheesy and over done. The many references to the show’s past made me appreciate the scenes that much more. There was the mention of “Fraternity Row,” “OLTL’s” former soap-within-a-soap, as well as the screen credit at the start of the film, revealing it was produced by Melador Studios (a nod to the cosmetics company formed back in the early 90s by Blair Cramer, and named in honor of her aunts Dorian and Melinda, and mother Addie), and that it was a “Vickeroshi” Production, a reminder of David’s time of enlightenment a few years ago when he was a Buddhist monk.

But the most hilarious nod to the past involved Blair and her portrayer Kassie DePaiva. First there was brief scene on the red carpet where she was being interviewed by reporter Blanca Morales (Carolina Bermudez), when she asked Blair something to the extent of how she felt about an Asian-American actress playing her in “Vicker Man,” to which she replied that it was the “magic of Hollywood.” Later, as the movie was beginning, the opening credits listed “Mia Korf as Blair Cramer,” followed by a strange look from Blair herself. To me that was the most exciting of the nods to long-time fans of the show. And it also reminded me of the last time “OLTL” made an inside joke of Blair’s transformation from a black-haired Asian-American to a blonde American woman with a southern accent (DePaiva is from Kentucky – as is yours truly). It was in 2001, when Asa Buchanan faked his death and all his living ex-wives showed up to pay their respects. Scenes from each ex-wife’s time with Asa were shown, including scenes of Blair and Asa not long after the character first came to Llanview and was played by Mia Korf. After the flashback, Blair looked at herself in the mirror of her compact, and let out a sigh of relief. These types of scenes are prime examples of why I think “OLTL” could make it as a comedy, or at least as a comedy-drama. As long as they lay off the sex jokes for awhile, I think they concept could really work.

Also worth mentioning from the movie premiere episodes is how “OLTL” honors and pokes fun at its own and manages to throw in lines relating to current events and issues. For example, Dorian and Starr announced on the red carpet that their dresses were designed by Gammie and Lesser, who are “One Life’s” Emmy Award winning Head and Associate Costume Designers. And, while not part of the “Vicker Man” episodes themselves, as recently as a couple of weeks ago David, who is played by Tuc Watkins, told some of his loved ones that he wanted to get Tuc Watkins to play him in the movie but he was asking for too much money. On a separate note, the show has also been homage to Shenaz Treasury’s (Rama) new Bollywood film “Delhi Belly,” by coming up with a drink with the same name. And last year, Rama kept reminding everyone that Cristian (David Fumero) had been voted Llanview’s “Best Arms,” referencing Fumero winning the title at the 2010 Soaphunks.net Awards. Check out some pictures of some of the fashion’s from the premiere on the official “OLTL” Facebook page.

With regards to current issues, Dorian threatened Ionia to go ahead and call SAG and AFTRA (actors unions) when she had her thrown out of the premiere, noting that it wouldn’t do any good. This was in reference to both groups’ appeals to ABC back in April when the network cancelled the show, which fell on deaf ears. Robin Strasser tweeted that the line was actually not part of the script and that “I made up the SAG line-glad it aired, thought they’d cut it.”

I also thought that the movie premiere served as the perfect backdrop for all the other stories revolving around it. As much as I hate to admit it, it tied in rather well with the revelation of Nate’s porn debut. It also provided for some lighter moments involving Rama, Vimal, and her parents (although the Cristian and Shaun scenes were unnecessary), including the scene where the toothpicks popped Rama’s baby balloon. And having all the Mannings together helped build suspense for Rex to put his revenge plot in motion and for the ultimate of Friday cliffhangers to take place – with the man with Todd’s old face revealing himself to Todd’s family as he looked on in disbelief.

Moving on, congratulations to “CBRVA83,” who correctly answered all three trivia questions from my July 15 column. In case you missed the clues, here they are, along with the answers: 1. What is Robin Strasser‘s (Dorian) middle name? Answer: Victory in Europe. 2. For what Disney show did Brittany Underwood (ex-Langston) audition for before joining “OLTL?” Answer: Underwood tried out for the starring role on “Hannah Montana,” which ultimately went to Miley Cyrus. 3. What was Sean Ringgold‘s (Shaun) occupation before becoming an actor? Answer: Bodyguard.

Now it’s time to shake things up a bit and do some more trivia. See if you know the answers to these questions about some of the current and former cast members of “One Life to Live.” 1. What connection did Lee Patterson (ex-Joe Riley and Tom Dennison) have to legendary comedian Jack Benny? 2. Tonja Walker is cousins with what famous country music star? 3. James DePaiva (ex-Max) is a descendant of what former U.S. President? I’ll have the answers in the August 15 edition of My View of Llanview.

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 August 15th. A schemer sets their sites on a new target. One woman tries to make peace with another. Several people are confronted over their actions. And someone requests to see a key piece of evidence.

Well that’s concludes yet another column. I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and staying cool. Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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    My View of Llanview: July 15 Edition

    My View of Llanview: July 15 Edition

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” gets a last minute reprieve and will continue to air new episodes online. But will it mean that the show’s second life will be as good as its first?

    First of all, it was 43 years ago today that “One Life to Live” made its television debut so Happy Anniversary!

    Nearly three months of protesting, boycotting, and keeping “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” in the forefront of everyone’s minds came to an abrupt end just over a week ago when fans received the shocking news that ABC had agreed to license both show to upstart production company Prospect Park. The deal means that both shows will continue to live on past their final airdates on the network, and relocate exclusively to the Internet.

    In what has been largely been the only piece of official information released by either party thus far, a joint press release from ABC and Prospect Park assured fans that both shows would pick up right where they left off on television, and will continue to be produced in the same quality, format, and length in which they currently air. However, despite the promise, most soap fans have remained skeptical of the promise, believing that their is no way that production company only a few years old would have the money and capability to continue the status quo.

    And with good reason, since producing a soap opera is a multi-million dollar investment, including cast and crew member salaries, technical equipment, sets, and more. Not to mention the fact that Prospect Park will be producing not one, but two soap operas (and, according to some rumors three, if and when ABC cancels “General Hospital” as well). So where will that money come from? According to Soap Opera Network‘s Editor in Chief Errol Lewis, the necessary funding will come from newly implemented government grants for Internet Broadcasting. Even so, would such monies still be enough to cover the cost of producing to hour long drama series five days a week for a much smaller audience?

    Unlike the established television broadcast and cable/satellite networks, the Internet largely remains uncharted territory when it comes to broadcasting. A handful of web soaps such as “Venice” have found moderate success online, however, they receive only a fraction the audience that television shows receive. And that is not even taking into account the huge drop in ratings the soaps have experienced in the past several years.

    For most Americans, the Internet remains simply a place to search for information, connect with friends via e-mail and social networking sites, and watch/look at adult oriented material. And when they do watch television shows online, it is usually episodes missed when they aired on television, behind-the-scenes bonus clips and special features, and Youtube videos of old sitcoms and drama series. For most people, setting down in front of a computer on a regular basis to watch first run episodes of soaps (or any shows for that matter) is just not something we feel very comfortable with doing. I know I don’t. And yes, I realize that there are web-enabled televisions to watch them on, however, that doesn’t make it even more normal to me.

    Furthermore, what about those individuals who either don’t own computers, or aren’t very computer-savvy? What will they do? How will they continue to watch “AMC” and “OLTL?” And do they even realize that both shows have been “uncanceled?” The situation reminds me of my great aunt, who was 94 at the time, and completely unaware last year that her beloved ‘story’ “As the World Turns” was going off the air only a few months later until I broke the news to her. I wonder how many “AMC” and “OLTL” soap fans fit into the same category, either not knowing that ABC canceled both shows or that they will now continue to air online? Those of us who read the soap opera magazines and frequent Internet message boards and chat rooms may be privy to all off screen drama involving these two shows in recent months, but there are many others who do not know or understand what is happening. And I am anxious to see just how Prospect Park tries to attract these “old school” soap fans to tune in and watch.

    There are more questions than answers involving this deal at the moment. Will the online-only episodes feature commercials? Will people have to pay to watch them? Exactly how many cast members from “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” make the move with the shows? Will both “AMC” and “OLTL” continue to tape episodes at their current studios? How will the storylines be impacted? Will the writers, producers, and directors continue with their respective shows, or will they move on to other projects? Will Prospect Park be able to successfully negotiate with the crew members and other behind-the-scenes personnel? When will new episodes of both shows begin to air online? What time of day or night will they air? And how will they be promoted? These are only a few of the many questions that have been running through my mind since the official announcement was made last week.

    Despite all of my reservations about “OLTL” continuing online, however, I remain surprisingly optimistic. Like many of my fellow “One Life” fans I was devastated by ABC’s decision back in April to cancel the show that I had watched for more than twenty years. After going through the various stages of grief, I was finally starting to come to terms with the decision even, strangely enough, getting the point where I was looking forward to getting that hour of my life back each weekday to do other things and no longer having to set at the computer for hours at a time typing up various articles for Soap Opera Network. But don’t misunderstand…that doesn’t mean that I was ready to turn my back on the show or that my loyalties has changed, I just meant that I was ready to move on with my life. What’s done is done, after all…or so I thought anyway.

    That being said, I was still holding out a glimmer of hope that the show may somehow still be able to continue in some shape or form. To that extent, I was truly shocked and surprised by last week’s announcement. The news also gave me renewed energy and sense of excitement, along with curiosity for what this new incarnation of “OLTL” might look like. After all, what have we got to loose if this “grand experiment” fails? It’s not like ABC was going to change their minds about canceling the show, or let any of their competitors buy it from them or anything. And I don’t buy into the argument by some that if the online episodes are a disaster that it will ruin the legacy and identity of the show. Anyone how has watched “One Life to Live” any at all for the past years can attest that the damage has already been done thanks to endless waves of unnecessary teen characters, very embarrassing plot lines (such as the current porn storyline involving Rick, Nate, and Deanna), and unpopular newbies (eg., the Ford brothers) constantly being shoved down our throats. So no, in my opinion the move won’t seriously harm the show’s legacy and identity, even it turns out to be a disaster, because you can’t break something that has already been broken. As noted above, the damage has already occurred, so what is there left to lose? At the very least, we would back exactly where we were before ABC reached a deal with Prospect Park,  “OLTL’s” final episode was scheduled to air on January 20, 2012, and the show was about to become a piece of television history. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

    However, as bad as I feel for “All My Children” fans, I must admit that I am relieved that they will be the “guinea pigs” in all of this, and begin airing online-only episodes before “One Life to Live.” Hopefully, all the bugs will worked out and any issues worked out by the time “One Life” makes the move early next year.

    Moving on, congratulations to “Kelly Towry,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” celebrity guest star, which was socialite Ivana Trump, ex-wife of media mogul Donald Trump. In 1991, she appeared as the owner of an Atlantic City casino, where she encountered, among others, Luna Moody and Max Holden, who was suffering from a serious gambling addiction at the time.

    In case you missed the clues, here they are:

    This famous millionaire’s ex-wife played an Atlantic City casino owner in 1991, where she shared scenes with a handful of Llanview residents, including one with a gambling problem.

    Now it’s time to shake things up a bit and do a little trivia. See if you know the answers to these questions about some of the current and former cast members of “One Life to Live.”

    1. What is Robin Strasser‘s (Dorian) middle name? 2. For what Disney show did Brittany Underwood (ex-Langston) audition for before joining “OLTL?” 3. What was Sean Ringgold‘s (Shaun) occupation before becoming an actor? I’ll have the answers in the July 30th edition of My View of Llanview.

    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 August 1st. Someone holds the final piece to a puzzle. One grieving young man receives a very special visitor. A challenge is issued by a loved one. And a sister gets the shock of her life.

    Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a safe and wonderful weekend. Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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      My View of Llanview: June 30 Edition

      My View of Llanview: June 30 Edition

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Rex Balsom proves in one day that he is more of a Buchanan than he will likely ever admit.

      The more Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier) keep trying to prove he is nothing like his father, the more they seem to have in common. Rex, like Clint, and Asa for that matter, has proven that he can be ruthless, selfish, and take drastic action in order to get whatever he wants. And he has shown that he that will go out of his way to protect his family and seek his own brand of justice if any one of them is placed in harm’s way. Based simply on those facts alone, Rex has more than proven that he belongs in the Buchanan fold.

      However, don’t think that just because he is a “chip off the old block,” that he has suddenly become one of my favorite residents of Llanview. The boy has always been a scheming, convening little punk that was constantly up to no good in my book. He is no better now than he was when he first arrived in Llanview and tried to steal his sister Jessica’s inheritance.  And no, I don’t buy this sudden interest in his own family (Gigi and Shane). Judging by what is coming up in the next few weeks, it is clear he is much more intent on hurting those who hurt him than being there for his son Shane and properly mourning Gigi’s passing. And don’t even get me started on his taking his late grandmother Olympia’s wedding ring.

      Although I suppose the scenes of him saying good-bye to Gigi on Wednesday’s episode where somewhat touching. I know I found myself shedding a tear or two alongside Rex — only my tears were because he continue to be on the show until it ends in January. Now that nearly had me all chocked up, even more so after watching the scenes with Baz, Nate, Deanna, Dani, Starr, and James.

      Speaking of the teen scene, how odd it was to watch Lenny Platt, who is nearly as old as I am (I’m 31 by the way), playing an 18-year-old just graduating high school in scenes with his girlfriend Dani, whose portrayer Kelley Missal is only 17. I find that more than a little creepy. And exactly why is it that “One Life to Live” seems so persistent with this “Deanna and Nate do porn” storyline? It’s disgusting, idiotic, and nothing more than a stupid plot point. This show is obsessed with porno movies, shirtless men, strippers, and suggestive dialogue that leaves absolutely nothing up to the imagination (aside from, of course, how exactly the writers dreamed up these plots in the first place).

      While on the subject of the teens, what purpose exactly does Baz serve? I say that as rhetorical question, of course, because I know he was brought on to prop Starr and James. However, he is nothing more than a plot point, and a bad one at that. And why are the writers already trying to drive a wedge between those two, when they just recently come together? Why not just give the kids a break and let them be happy and in love for a while and make the fans happy and place both of them on the back burner for a few months. That would be the best thing for everybody involved.

      And lastly, I wish someone would smack that damn smug smile off of Jack Manning’s face permanently. He really is his father’s son if he can bully Shane, publicly humiliate him, leave him to die from an asthma attack he himself was responsible for, push him to the brink of suicide, and set a trap for him that resulted in Gigi suffering carbon monoxide poisoning, yet barely show even the tiniest bit of remorse for his actions. One would think that, even on a soap opera, Jack should get what’s coming to him, but not on “One Life to Live.” Knowing how this show has been lately, it should only be a matter of time before the redemption of Jack begins (oh wait, that already happened) and all his misdeeds are just swept under the rug and forgotten about, just like nearly every other character on the show. They say justice is blind. But in Llanview it is also deaf, mute, and on vacation.

      Moving on, congratulations to “CBRVA83,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” celebrity guest star, which was singer/musician Hazel Scott, who sang at the wedding of Ed Hall (Al Freeman, Jr.) and her onscreen cousin Carla Hall (Ellen Holly).

      In case you missed the clues, here they are:

      This accomplished jazz singer and pianist stopped by Llanview back in the ’70s, when she sang at someone’s wedding.

      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 from “OLTL’s” past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

      This famous millionaire’s ex-wife played an Atlantic City casino owner in 1991, where she shared scenes with a handful of Llanview residents, including one with a gambling problem.

      So who is this mystery group from the past? I’ll have the answers in the July 15th edition of My View of Llanview. Bonus points if you can tell me the names of the of her famous ex-husband, as well as two main characters she 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 July 18th. Two people go missing. Someone is attacked. A clue is found. And one man goes to great lengths to keep a secret.

      Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a great 4th of July, and stay safe! And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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        My View of Llanview: June 15 Edition

        My View of Llanview: June 15 Edition

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Must see TV? More like must miss TV.

        The more I watch “One Life to Live” these days, the more I am convinced that the show itself is bi-polar. From week to week and even day to day this show goes from entertaining to choppy and idiotic. It seems to have more ups and downs than a roller coaster. And lately, it has been on a serious downturn.

        Take Tuesday’s (June 14) episode for example. As much as the thought of Tess and Ford dressed in nun habits making out in a padded cell at a mental hospital excites me (only it really doesn’t), it is exactly what is wrong with this show right now. The Ford invasion of Llanview continues, even with the show winding down in mere months. Time would be much better spent focusing on the core characters and long-time veterans that have basically carried the show for decades. This mushy, nauseating love story of a man-whore and a bitchy, one-note alternate personality was a disaster even before it began, not to mention the fact that it will likely end the same way Tess’ last relationship with. Remember that one? When Tess fell in love with Nash, only to have Jessica regain control and fall for him as well? It’s sad when writers steal ideas from others shows, but it is even worse when they start repeating themselves with nearly identical storylines over and over again. Yeah, I know that this time there is a baby involved….well last time there was a kid mixed up in it too, when Jessica was going to adopt Antonio’s little girl Jamie. Concept-wise, it’s pretty much the same thing.

        As bad as they are, however, Ford and Tess are not the only reason why this show is stagnant at the moment. This Jack bullying Shane storyline is boring me to tears right now. And no, I’m not upset that Gigi is locked in a basement room where she is slowly succumbing to carbon monoxide poisoning. I just flat out do not care for the character, or for that idiot Rex. John-Paul Lavoisier really needs to work on fighting the urge to make stupid faces while on camera. Just sayin’. Getting back to Jack, I might be more invested in this storyline if Andrew Trischitta would project his character’s emotions and motivations more. He’s playing Jack like a one-note thug, who appears to have no real reason for picking on Shane. Yeah, I know that he makes fun of him because he has asthma, but what made him decide to target Shane in the first place, out of all of his classmates? That’s what they should be focusing on. Andrew’s delivery just comes across to flat in his scenes with Shane, as well as his cohort Brad, to make things even remotely interesting for me…although I do like it that Shane is fighting back now and standing up for himself.

        Speaking of interesting, what the hell was the point of bringing Patrick back to life only to show the back of his head in a couple of scenes as part of Marty’s seemingly hastily written exit from Llanview? And placing him in the same “facility” as the man with Todd’s old face? What was up with that? Even by “One Life” standards, none of that makes any sense…imagine that. As I have mentioned before, Ron Carlivati apparently loves these little plot twists that go nowhere. And yes, I realize that the show was aggressively trying to lure Thorsten Kaye back as Patrick to usher his reel and real-life wife off the show, and had to make alternate arrangements when negotiations fell through, but come on, they could have easily done a much better job than this. It’s just the latest in a seemingly endless series of plotholes.

        But it’s not all bad. There are bright spots in the dark pit that is Llanview. Matthew’s storyline is heartbreaking, especially with regards to Bo and Nora. They are consumed by grief and each handling the situation a little differently. Bo, knowing how it feels to lose a child, is trying to be somewhat realistic, realizing that his son could save someone else’s life. And Nora is in denial that her son’s condition is as bad as the doctors say that it is, refusing to give up and holding on whatever little glimmer of hope she can find. Grief can be a very powerful emotion, especially with regards to the loss of a child. Although I have never experienced that level of trauma first hand, I can only imagine how very, very difficult it must be for parents to let go of a child, especially when that child was perfectly healthy throughout their life before being sudden stricken with a potentially fatal medical issue. Along the same lines, I also like the idea of Destiny being possibly being pregnant with Matthew’s baby. I think it adds a nice twist to the storyline, but it gives Destiny an actual storyline, instead of just dispensing advice. And I also am enjoying Viki’s conversations with Bo and Nora over the pain of losing a child. After all, Viki had one to die (Megan) and another (Jessica) who is, in a way, gone as well, with Tess in control for months now. Although I would love to see the writers just throw in a random Viki/Bo kiss just as a nod to long-time fans who have always wondered why the two were never linked romantically over the years.

        Moving on, congratulations to “oltlfan83,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” celebrity guest star, which was former former “Blue’s Clues” star Donovan Patton, who was one of the thugs that roughed up Nick Chavez, who then used the situation to his advantage, by trying to break up Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish.

        In case you missed the clues, here they are:

        Here’s your clue….this aspiring actor found a more mature audience when he appeared in Llanview in 2009 as a thug.

        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 from “OLTL’s” past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

        This accomplished jazz singer and pianist stopped by Llanview back in the ’70s, when she sang at someone’s wedding.

        So who is this mystery group from the past? I’ll have the answers in the June 30th edition of My View of Llanview. Bonus points if you can tell me the names of the characters getting married, and which half of the happy couple she was related to on onscreen. 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 July 4th. Secrets place one relationship in turmoil. Someone is out for revenge. An unlikely pair reach an understanding. And a life or death choice is made.

        Well that’s concludes yet another column. Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.  Take care and stay safe. And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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          My View of Llanivew: May 30 Edition

          My View of Llanivew: May 30 Edition

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Hate Nate? Welcome to the club.

          My hate of Nate didn’t start on any particular date, but instead I feel it was simply an act of fate. At any rate, whenever I see him on TV, my feelings of ill will toward him cannot be contained by a flood gate. But wait, even though it’s late, there’s more. Much like a smelly fish who was caught with some stinky bait, this is one character who has overstayed his welcome and needs to reeled in and relocated to another town because he’s starting to smell. By the way, did I have a cousin named Kate? That’s right mate, I can rhyme too, just like Ron Carlivati and the other writers on “One Life to Live” when they are choosing names for all of Jessica’s alters.

          Humor aside, however, I really do detest the character of Nate. His actions this past week where he, in a fit of rage, violently punched Matthew in the head (a wound that has proven quiet serious), only served to validate my opinion of him. No offense to the actor (Lenny Platt), but Nate looks like he is at least twice as old as his girlfriend Dani (who has also run of her course on the show), and it is more than just a little creepy. I’m talking about Christina Chambers and Brandon Buddy (ex-Marty and Cole) kind of creepy. Remember when Chambers played Marty how the relationship between mother and son seemed just a bit too chummy — almost like they were flirting with one another, instead of having a proper family relationship?

          I hate nearly everything about Nate, by the way. He really serves no purpose (I mean, we already have two other Ford brothers), and surely wouldn’t even be missed if he were to suddenly disappear. Seriously…name one thing you would miss about the character if he were gone? Thought so. I’m sure very few would even miss his parading around town without a shirt on 90% of the time. I mean, it’s not like there’s a shortage of other guys in Llanview who would be more than willing to do that at a moment’s notice and for even the flimsiest of reasons.

          Speaking of which, how contrived and idiotic can this show get? The entire sequence revolving around Nate and Deanna’s water gun fight was not only a complete waste of airtime, but an insult to even the most casual of “One Life to Live” viewers. Watching the two of them running around the apartment half-naked with dialogue like Nate telling Deanna that he was “going to get her wet” (or something to that extent), is not exactly Emmy material.  I knew viewers were going to be in for a big letdown when Nate came home in his full Llanview Lions baseball uniform (cap, knee socks, stirrups, and all), saying that he was hot, and that he needed to take a shower. And, of course, the air conditioner had to be out as well…sounds like the beginning of a really bad porn movie doesn’t it? Oh wait, “OLTL” already has that covered, with slut peddler Rick Powers and his latest masterpiece “Hold the Pepperoni.” Throw in the strippers that were on the show a couple of years ago, and we’ve got a Cinemax Friday night softcore porn flick in the making, minus the nudity of course. They could call it “Llanview After Dark” or something like that. I should probably stop at this point, before I give them anymore ideas.

          Nate just really needs to go away though. I don’t care if they kill him off, have him go missing, or simply move away, but he just needs to go. It’s bad enough that we still have his brothers Robert and James running amuck. James is annoying, what with spending his every waking moment thinking and dreaming of Starr so that he can inch closer to getting into her pants, and Robert with his hotdog costume and reading to sick kids at the hospital (let the redemption begin). And don’t even get me started about his hamburger costume-claded friend named Patty (talk about clever — if only) trying to “get cooking” with him. Although, if they were to start having sex, I would hope that Ford remembers to wear condiments…..sorry, couldn’t resist.

          Anyway, my point is that, with “One Life” only having about seven months left on the air (barring some last minute reprieve) you would think that the show would find a more productive use of their dwindling airtime by returning the show to its core values and characters, and giving the majority of fans something they actually want to watch, and not be embarrassed about. And yes, I realize it is a soap opera, but still, it should be (and has been) more dignified than this crap.

          I think Robin Strasser (Dorian) sums up the frustration shared by many “OLTL” fans regarding Llanview’s teen overload perfectly when she tweeted this weekend that “How BIG an ALLOWANCE do pre-teen+teens In a Frons-ian household get? They not buying big tkts.-yet. ‘Get ‘em young and grow them.’ Nonsense!”

          And yes, although Nate looks like he is old enough to be eligible for AARP in scenes with other teens who are actually teens, he is a prime example of what is wrong with the show at the moment. Don’t confuse my Nate bashing with an assault on his portrayer, Lenny Platt, however. I’m not blaming him for his horrible character — after all, it’s not his fault. He just has to work with the material he is given (much like the rest of the cast these days). Hopefully, with any luck however, things will get better soon so that “One Life to Live” can have a proper sendoff, fitting of its long history and rich legacy. Fingers crossed.

          Moving on, congratulations to “Michael Tunstall” and “Shariten,” both of whom correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” celebrity guest star, which was former CNBC analyst and reporter Ted David.

          In case you missed the clues, here they are:

          In 2009, this former TV newsman moderated a debate between Llanview’s mayoral candidates.

          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 from “OLTL’s” past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

          Here’s your clue….this aspiring actor found a more mature audience when he appeared in Llanview in 2009 as a thug.

          So who is this mystery group from the past? I’ll have the answers in the June 15th edition of My View of Llanview. Bonus points if you can tell me the name of the show which first made him a star, and what storyline his “One Life” character was involved in. 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 June 20th. Someone has a surprise visitor. A father demands answers. One person is seriously injured. And a patient at Llanview Hospital gets some potentially good news.

          Well that’s concludes yet another column. Hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day holiday. Remember to buckle up! Take care and stay safe. And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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