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Photo: Errol Lewis/SONThursday, July 15, 2010 12:01 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The Top 5 reasons "One Life to Live's" ratings are in the toilet. Given the crap that "OLTL" has been dishing out lately in terms of poor writing, bad acting, and choppy storytelling, here are a few of the major reasons why I believe the show is getting what it deserves. 5. Constant re-writes and behind-the-scenes antics. To  anyone who is left watching this show on a regular basis, it is evident that certain scenes and plot twists have surely been revised and rewritten. Take Eli for instance...what possible motive...
Photo: Errol Lewis/SONWednesday, June 30, 2010 12:01 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Llanview experiences an infestation of the teenage variety. Summer tends to bring carefree days, refreshing dips in the pool, and golden brown tans. However, it also tends to bring out the worst in daytime dramas, particularly "One Life to Live." It may not even be the 4th of July yet, but Llanivew has been plagued with something far worse than locusts, boll weevils, and mosquitos combined. That's right...a plethora of new one-dimensional cardboard teenage cast members whose characters are unrelated from pretty much any recognizable veteran character...
Photo: Errol Lewis/SONTuesday, June 15, 2010 12:01 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The lazy days of summer are beginning to take their toll. The hot, humid days of summer (or technically late spring, since summer doesn't officially arrive for a few more days) have made Llanview a boring place and me even lazier than usual, if that's possible. So, instead of writing yet another column about how much "One Life to Live" sucks right now, and how it is being overrun with newbies and no-talent hacks, I'm going to step into the time machine 365 days and take...
Photo: Errol Lewis/SONSunday, May 30, 2010 12:01 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Like Momma always says "If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all." I'm sure some of you are expecting this column to lengthy, in depth, and opinion filled. If so, then I'm sorry but you're mistaken. Two things are preventing me from making this particular edition of the column all of the things mentioned above. The first is a result of time constraints. I have a dozen things going on this holiday weekend, and I just simply don't have the time to...
Photo: Errol Lewis/SONSaturday, May 15, 2010 12:01 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The promo says that "'One Life to Live' finds its voice" with this musical. Well, if that's the case, I hope it gets a prolonged case of laryngitis. With the arrival of "Starr X'd Lovers: The Musical" came a sense of dread for me. Although I do like when the show experiments with new things from time to time, the thought of another prom night musical extravaganza left me with more than a few reservations. Then I heard a familiar tune: "Here's what you do when you...
Photo: Errol Lewis/SONWednesday, April 15, 2010 12:01 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "One Life to Live's" closing credits have really been capturing my attention lately. This edition of "My View of Llanview" is brought to you by TurboTax.  Get your biggest tax refund ever, guaranteed!  Choose easy.  Choose TurboTax.  The #1 tax preparation software preferred by rich people in Llanview and all across the United States.  Sorry for the plug, but I just had to throw it in after watching "OLTL" recently and seeing Natalie promote TurboTax during a conversation with Jessica.  Moving on, the show has become so boring...
Photo: Errol Lewis/SONTuesday, March 30, 2010 12:01 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- One controversial life to live. "When trying to please everyone, you ultimately please no one." Truer words were never spoken. After limping on one leg into 2010, things seem to have gone from bad to worse for "One Life to Live." And, while the majority of the criticism has been justified, some of it is simply the result of misinterpretation. Last week, the website IrishCentral.com posted a story in which they villified "OLTL's" recent St. Patrick's Day tribute as "the most disgraceful depiction ever seen." The...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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