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My View of Llanview: October 15th Edition

Thursday, October 14, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
Friday, October 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: Errol Lewis/SON(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Déjà vu in Llanview. While watching "One Life to Live" this week, it has become even more apparent to me that this show must really be concerned about the environment. Why else would they be basically recycling scripts and storylines every few months? Once again, for what seems like the tenth time, Starr and Hope have been kidnapped. It is fast becoming as predictable a plot device as a seemingly normal, intelligent character going bat crap crazy before leaving town. The writers at "OLTL" apparently don't know how to write a proper exit for someone, so they just automatically change their personality into that of a psycho. What's worse, at least in this case, is how that, even though they keep repeating their storylines, they seem to pay even less attention to detail the second time around. This...

My View of Llanview: September 30 Edition

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: Errol Lewis/SON(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" has once again proven that they don't have a clue about what their fans really want. The two breaking news stories today involving the show showcasing exactly what is wrong with "OLTL" at the moment. Both are nothing more than examples of undeserving people being rewarded for producing crap. As per ABC policy, the worse things get, the more praise and promotions those in charge receive. Just take ABC Daytime President Brain Frons for example. He has pretty much single-handed destroyed the entire weekday line-up for the network over the past several years...yet he is still employed by ABC has been promoted several times in as many years. Ignorance is bliss I suppose. But back to today's news. The first story proclaimed the firings of Jason Tam (Markko) and Terrell Tilford (Greg). This...

My View of Llanview: September 15 Edition

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: Errol Lewis/SON(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Whatever the hell happened to the expression "Leave them wanting more?" So I was wracking my brain, trying to think of a topic to write about for this edition of the column, when lo and behold I came across the tacky, cheesy, God-awful, and downright embarrassing new "OLTL" promo entitled "People are Talking About the Ford brothers." After watching it, all I can say is "Really?" While it does appear that most "One Life" fans are indeed talking about the Ford brothers, the words typically used are not as kind as those mentioned in the promo. In fact, it seems as if the vast majority of the "OLTL" audience, myself included, cannot stand the cardboard siblings and see no purpose what so ever that they serve by being on the show right now. So then why does the...

My View of Llanview: August 30 Edition

Sunday, August 29, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
Monday, August 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: Errol Lewis/SON(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" is giving viewers something to talk about. Seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I was commenting that "OLTL" needed to go the route of its two ABC sister soaps and do "something -- anything -- to drum up some publicity" (oh wait it was).  Little did I realize, however, that only days after writing that apparently prophetic statement (at least I'd like to think so anyway, ha ha), the show would drop two huge casting bombshells on fans as well hold "the meeting" with the contract cast members. Whatever your opinion of the news that both Kim Zimmer and Roger Howarth are returning to Llanview in the coming months, you must admit that it has certainly generated some much needed buzz for "One Life to Live," at a time when...

My View of Llanview: August 15 Edition

Saturday, August 14, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty GorePhoto: Errol Lewis/SON(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" needs to shake things up a bit. Brenda returns to Port Charles. Kendall returns to Pine Valley. These two heavily promoted events have so overshadowed "OLTL" in recent weeks, it's almost as if the show no longer existed. "OLTL" was so much of an afterthought for ABC that it couldn't even put together any sort of a promo for the same week as those two returns. But, then again, that is more or less a moot point now because, after watching what "One Life to Live" had to offer this past week, they really didn't have anything worth promoting anyway. This show continues on its collision course with cancellation and yet it seems in no rush to try to postpone the inevitable. The Ford brothers continue to be coma-inducing, Starr remains a spoiled little brat, Jessica is...

My View of Llanview: July 30 Edition

Thursday, July 29, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
Photo: Errol Lewis/SONFriday, July 30, 2010 12:01 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" continues to wither on the vine by maintaining the status quo. Last week, Natalie and Jessica found out their were each pregnant (both women apparently conceived at the same time no less), foreshadowing two more "Who's the Daddy?" storylines on a soap that recycles more storylines than most people change undergarments. Even worse, the canvas has been flooded with paternity storylines in the past year. Stacy's baby's daddy is Rex...no it's Schuyler...no wait, it's Oliver Fish. Schuyler is Roxy's son. Rex is Mitch's son...no wait, his father is some guy no one's ever heard of, while is mom is an Native American woman who died of a broken heart...again, someone who was unconnected with everyone else. Inez is Ford and James' mother....and Nate's mom as well. Dani is really Todd's daughter, not Ross'. And...

My View of Llanview: July 15 Edition

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
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 would have for killing Melinda, pushing Marty down the stairs and killing her unborn baby, and severely beating Ford? It would make about as much scene as having Addie, Jack, or Sam do it. And the constant scenes with Eli trying to explain his actions to Hannah and Ford are...

My View of Llanview: June 30 Edition

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
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 currently on the canvas. First it was the Starr X'd Lovers musical back in May which, by the way, was hideous in its own right, but what's happening now makes that look like Emmy Award winning material. It's times like this that I find myself longing for the days when Dena...

My View of Llanview: June 15 Edition

Monday, June 14, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
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 a look back at a few excerpts from my column exactly one year ago, just to see how much (or little) the show has changed since that time. So here goes... "My first pet peeve with "OLTL" right now is the unnecessary canning of two-thirds of Llanview's McBain family. Now don't...

My View of Llanview: May 30 Edition

Saturday, May 29, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
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 set down and compose a rather drawn out column. And second, even if I did, there is very, very little on the show right now that is even worth mentioning. And I would rather not get on my soapbox and rant and rave about how much "One Life to Live" stinks...