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My View of Llanview: July 15 Edition

Friday, July 15, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
(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...

My View of Llanview: June 30 Edition

Thursday, June 30, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
(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...

My View of Llanview: June 15 Edition

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
(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...

My View of Llanivew: May 30 Edition

Monday, May 30, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
(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...

My View of Llanview: May 15 Edition

Sunday, May 15, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The less we see of the mess called Wes, the better. Leave it up to Ron Carlivati to kill a good story. Okay, so the story wasn't all that great to begin with. Even so, with one swoop of his pen, Carlivati effective ruined the Jessica/Tess/Bess/Wes/Hess/Dess/whoever storyline last week. As if Jessica and her rhyming alternate personalities weren't already ridiculous enough (and yes, I realize that Viki has a rhyming alter as well, but that's beside the point), this latest action was the icing on the cake. In theory, giving Jessica a male alter sounds plausible, since many actual DID patients do just that, however, in this instance it is too outlandish and idiotic, even for a soap opera. And that should tell you something. For starters, Jessica's reasoning for creating Wes appears to be largely non-existent. What possible reason could he have for being "born" and just what...

My View of Llanview: April 30 Edition

Saturday, April 30, 2011 1:01 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Who might be returning for "One Life to Live's" grand finale, and could the show find a new home on another network? Just two weeks after ABC dropped a bombshell on fans of "One Life to Live" and "All My Children," rumors have begun to swirl regarding the network's decision, along with speculation that one or both soaps may be picked up by another broadcast or cable network. In all likelihood, however, both "AMC" and "OLTL" will be still gone as of their Alphabet Network mandated end dates of September and January, respectively. As harsh as it may be to accept, it is something that we must prepare for as soap fans. As the old saying goes, "prepare for the worst, and hope for the best." You have no doubt heard in recent days the many unconfirmed reports that NBC and/or SONY (which produces "Days of Our Lives" for...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Thursday, April 14, 2011 is a day that will live in infamy for ABC soap fans as, in the blink of any eye, the network canceled long running serials "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." By the time they air their final episodes in September and January, respectively, a combined 84 years of drama will become nothing more than a piece of television history. The news certainly gave viewers of both soaps a lot of "Chew" on, prompting many of them to start a "Revolution" and shun the very network that helped give them more than four decades of memories from Pine Valley and Llanview. In this special edition of My View of Llanview, I will take a sentimental look at "One Life to Live" as it nears its abrupt, but nonetheless bittersweet, ending. As I set here writing this column, the weather outside my window...

My View of Llanview: April 15 Edition

Friday, April 15, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" learns to take the good with the bad....even when the bad outweighs the good. (NOTE: This column was written on the evening of April 14th, less than 24 hours before the news of "One Life to Live's" cancellation broke. I will talk more about that in a special edition of the column this weekend). While watching "One Life to Live" the past few weeks, two things in particular have really stood out in my mind.  The first has to do with the uncharacteristic way the character of Charlie is being written off the show, while the other deals with bad acting sabotaging good storylines. For those of us who watched Viki and Charlie's romance blossom a few years back in Paris, Texas, the character assassination of Charlie at the hands of the "One Life" writers is difficult to fathom. Having him fall in love with his...

My View of Llanview: March 30 Edition

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With "One Life to Live's" bullying storyline now kicking into high gear, just how effective has it been so far? Anyone who has seen the latest "One Life" promo, with a desperate Shane seeking to escape the torment of being bullied by a classmate, knows that this storyline is certainly taking on rather realistic tone (I have included a different version of the promo at the end of this column). It's often said that soaps imitate life, and while, in reality, that isn't always the case, what with mind-controlling brain chips, mad scientists, space aliens, secret underground cities, and time travel, the statement is quite accurate in this particular case. With a child becoming the victim of a bully every seven minutes, "One Life to Live" could not have chosen a better time to launch this much-needed storyline. According to statistics, 30% of teenagers in grades 6-10 are involved...

My View of Llanview: March 15 Edition

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" keeps it all in the family with plot twists so convoluted and mind-boggling that you need a score card to keep up with just who is related to who. First it was Walter Balsom, then it was Mitch Laurence, then it was Charlie Banks, and then (finally) it was Clint Buchanan.  Is there a middle-aged man in Llanview that has not, at one time or another, been named as Rex's biological father?  Not really....other than maybe Nigel (which would be awesome by the way).  But what is the point in all of that?  The plot has been long and drawn out that it no longer even has any shock value.  "What?  Clint is really Rex's father?"  Yawn...so what?  It's no different than if the former cult leader Mitch Laurence were his flesh and blood.  Not only has this storyline lost it element of suspense,...