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Editor’s Notebook: Interviews Coming Soon

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 layout design and a new outlook, our traffic has been climbing to some of the sites best numbers in years. This is a testament to the hard work that our staff writers have put into the shows they cover day in and day out on our website and you, our...

My View of Llanview: February 28 Edition

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 a lemon meringue pie and a card is ridiculous even for "One Life to Live." It doesn't matter if it is one of Noelle's (where the heck is she anyway?) award-winning pies; it's a slap in the face to the person you are trying to apologize to. Although...

My View of Llanview: February 15 Edition

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 somethin' special for ya." Granted those small gestures can only go so far, but they are a sign that perhaps at least someone behind-the-scenes is still listening to "One Life's" ever vocal fanbase.  And in this day and age, when the soap genre is on life support, a little is better...

My View of Llanview: January 30 Edition

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 current storyline to fans. It doesn't matter who he shares scenes with because verDorn has chemistry with practically every other member of the cast.  And, while this particular storyline has been at times a bit over the top, verDorn is able to make it work.  I think that the Daytime Emmy...

My View of Llanview: January 15 Edition

Saturday, January 15, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: 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 drive a truck through.  To make matters worse, while the "Messenger" seemed to know all the dirty laundry about everyone else in town, he was clueless about what was happening with his own family which, as it turns out, weren't even related to him in the first place.  Take a...

My View of Llanview: December 30 Edition

Thursday, December 30, 2010 12:01 AM EDT
Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: 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 these past 365 days of their misery. After the devastating twelve months that was not-so-affectionately known by many "One Life to Live" fans as everything from the "Year of the Ford" to the "Summer of the Teens," 2010 will go out with little fanfare, as it should in my opinion. The Ford family...

My View of Llanview: December 15 Edition

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 12:01 AM EDT
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: 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 the situation, and of Nora's fear and anger over what Eddie almost did to her, were powerful and truly soapy in nature. On the other hand, the boxing match between Eddie and Ford was idiotic to say the least. It was horrible editing to go from Matthew's rage and anger to...

My View of Llanview: November 30 Edition

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 12:01 AM EDT
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: 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 entertaining to watch, Viki and Dorian working together clicks because they are able to compliment one another very well, Bo and Nora finally getting some decent airtime is a blessing, and Tom Degnan is a good fit for the role of Joey and his chemistry with his onscreen mom Erika...

My View of Llanview: November 15 Edition

Monday, November 15, 2010 12:01 AM EDT
Monday, November 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: 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 now. She has really stepped up and is knocking it out of the park with her scenes with other veteran soap stars like Erika Slezak, Jerry verDorn, Brian Kerwin, and Robin Strasser. Imagine that. People who can actually act. Who would have thought that it would have taken something like...

My View of Llanview: October 30 Edition

Friday, October 29, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: Errol Lewis/SON(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Halloween disappointments. How depressing is it that Erika Slezak's role on this show continues to decline. I mean it was bad enough when Viki did nothing more than dispense advice to her nitwitted children. But now, her only function seems to be propping Rex and handing out Halloween candy to unseen children. I suppose I should be glad that "One Life to Live" is even acknowledging Halloween this year, but I'm not to excited about it. Other than the parlor at Llanfair being decked out for All Hallow's Eve, you wouldn't think anyone else in Llanview was even celebrating the holiday this year. Aside from the conspicuous plastic pumpkin that kept my attention during those boring Natalie and Marty scenes and Hope's little pumpkin costume (don't even get me started on Starr, James, and Hannah), Halloween this...