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(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...

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...

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,...

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...

Sunday, March 6, 2011 4:45 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- The last time I wrote an edition of the Editor's Notebook was August 12, 2008. A lot has changed in the nearly three years since including the cancellations of both "Guiding Light" and "As The World Turns" by CBS, the near blackout of the Daytime Emmys on broadcast television and news of the end being near for what was considered our soap opera haven, SOAPnet. One thing that hasn't changed, however, is that Soap Opera Network is still around and thriving more than ever before. Since our relaunch in late January of this year, which included a new...

Monday, February 28, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" recently took to the scriptures with regards to the the new rivalry between Kelly and Natalie -- the "scriptures of pie" this is, evoking the sacred Pie Commandment that "Thou shalt send a pie to your enemies as a peace offering." What's that? Pie scriptures and commandments you say? Yes, and I agree that it does sound silly, which is exactly the point I am trying to make. To think that having drunken sex with the ex-fiancé of the sister of one of your best friends can be easily forgiven with...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Does, at the end of the day, "One Life to Live" show that it cares for its viewers? The answer may surprise you. Given the show's often stagnant ratings and high volume of viewer complaints, it may seem hard to imagine that "OLTL" might actually care what their fans think and want.  However, I really do think that they do care -- at least to an extent; however not so much in terms of characters and writing, then in terms of the small things that provide a little wink to the audience to say, "hey here's a little...

Sunday, January 30, 2011 12:50 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" is having success with turning Clint Buchanan into the J.R. Ewing of daytime,  but an ever increasing cast size and endless display of pretty faces continues to cause problems. Jerry verDorn has quickly become "One Life to Live's" saving grace who, in many ways, is carrying the show right now.  Speaking as someone who never watched his work on "Guiding Light," I am amazed by the quality of his acting.  His presence brings much needed depth "OLTL," and he has the ability to turn garbage into gold so to speak, and totally "sell" his...

Saturday, January 15, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore Photo: Errol Lewis/SON (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — 2011 begins with baby steps for "One Life to Live." What a difference a year makes.  I thought I would begin my first column of 2011 with a look back at some of what I had to say about the state of the show in my first column of 2010.  First, twelve months ago Mitch Laurence was menacing the citizens of Llanview with his latest reign of terror.  However, the storyline quickly began to take a turn for the worse when it took on plot holes large enough to...

Thursday, December 30, 2010 12:01 AM EDT
Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore Photo: Errol Lewis/SON (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — 2010 finally comes to an end in Llanview. Well here we are again, at that time when we say farewell to the old year and hello to the new year that lies ahead. The trials and tribulations of 2010 are behind us and the hope and optimism that 2011 will be a better time for one and all is still ringing in our ears. But perhaps nowhere more so than in Llanview, Pennsylvania should the end of 2010 be such a blessing. It's past time to put...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 12:01 AM EDT
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore Photo: Errol Lewis/SON (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" takes a turn for the worse. What a train wreck "One Life to Live" seems to be right now. On the one hand, you have solid drama, while on the other hand you have something that, at best, is reminiscent of a middle school drama production. For example, the scenes involving Clint tricking Matthew into believing that his parents were cheating on one another, Matthew's reaction to seeing Inez and a drunken Bo kissing on the couch, his being incapable of dealing with...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 12:01 AM EDT
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore Photo: Errol Lewis/SON (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" remains a work in progress. Much like the building of the ancient city of Rome, "OLTL" can't be re-built over night. While the show does have some bright spots, it is also still filled with reminders of what is wrong with the show. Hopefully, however, as the weeks and months continue to go by the good will begin to outweigh the bad. The good comes in different shapes and sizes...literally. Kim Zimmer continues to shine as Echo, evil Clint in intriguing and...

Monday, November 15, 2010 12:01 AM EDT
Monday, November 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore Photo: Errol Lewis/SON (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Is "One Life to Live" starting to get its groove back? I have to say that, after watching the show the past few weeks, it seems as if "OLTL" has turned the corner...finally. And the reason for the sudden is, oddly enough, Kim Zimmer. Yes that would be the same Kim Zimmer that was the butt of weight jokes, scenery chewing claims, and sub-par acting abilities. As strange as it may seem, Kim Zimmer is one of the biggest things "One Life" has going for it right...