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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
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...

Monday, March 29, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
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...

Sunday, March 14, 2010 11:07 PM EDT
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...

Sunday, February 28, 2010 12:01 AM EDT
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 12:00 AM EDT
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 12:01 AM EDT
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...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 9:48 PM EDT
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...

Monday, June 29, 2009 10:01 PM EDT
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 12:46 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "One Life's" gay stoyline claims its first victim. "One Life to Live" never ceases to amaze me. For the past week, I have spent countless hours wrestling with what to write about in this edition of the column. I was to the point of just compiling another list of what makes me nauseous about the soap right now, when 'it' happened. The 'it' in this instance is, of course, the termination of Patricia Mauceri (Carlotta Vega) from "OLTL" because of her alleged refusal to play even a...

Thursday, June 18, 2009 12:10 AM EDT
Thursday, June 18, 2009 5:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Miracles can happen when you believe. I knew there was a reason I was writing this edition of my column a few days later than usual. Well, not really, but the time was perfect nonetheless. It gives me a chance to discuss two of my biggest pet peeves with "One Life to Live" at the moment. But before moving on to what grinds my gears about the show recently, I would like to take a moment to point out my new logo. Granted it's nothing fancy, just...

Monday, June 1, 2009 8:40 PM EDT
Monday, June 1, 2009 11:44 PM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- One step forward, two steps back. In the weeks since my last column, where I accused "One Life to Live" of no longer even attempting to produce a good daytime drama, the soap has begun to show signs of life.  However, it remains a long way away from a full and complete recovery.  "OLTL" has become like a horrible car accident in the past few months.  No matter how bad it gets, you just can't seem to avoid sneaking a peak.  You know you shouldn't look, but the...

Thursday, May 14, 2009 8:30 PM EDT
Friday, May 15, 2009 12:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Is "One Life to Live" even trying anymore? For those of you out there who have not abandoned ship already and change the channel whenever the "OLTL" theme music starts to play, this question is directed at you. For many years I have been loyal to this soap, and have been with it through its many ups and downs. But like anything in life, you ultimately look in the mirror one day and ask yourself if it is time to move on. As noted above, I...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 6:46 PM EDT
Thursday, April 30, 2009 12:05 AM ET | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- The journey through our "One Life to Live" has been filled with plotholes lately. It was Chuck Palahniuk, author of Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories who once said that "a good story should make you laugh, and a moment later break your heart." I can recall storylines on "One Life to Live" that have actually made me feel that exact way over the years. However, none of those storylines include the ones presently playing out on our television screens. A story is said to only be as...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 12:34 AM EDT
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 2:07 AM EDT | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- A critical look back at the successes and failures of recent Llanview returns. Since becoming Head Writer of "One Life to Live" in 2007, Ron Carlivati has brought back for than his share of former cast members and characters. Ranging from Tina Roberts and the original Marty Saybrooke, to Jackie McNaughton and Madam Delphina, Carlivati has interwoven both major and minor past "OLTL" characters into various storylines. However, not all of those returns were met with widespread success. Being able to lure an...