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My View of Llanview: May 15 Edition

Friday, May 14, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
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 don't find the rainbow's end,This time. Here's where you go when it looks like the rain won't end, don't cry. I'll give you tomorrow. Let me be the one you share it with, And each day that follows, 'Cause we only have 'ONE LIFE TO LIVE!'" Granted it wasn't performed by...

My View of Llanview: April 15 Edition

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 in recent months that little else (outside of the product placement for TurboTax) has been capturing my attention. The 2pm (1pm where I live) hour has become more of a time to fix lunch, finish some housework, or do much anything else to kill time while watching "OLTL." I don't even mind...

My View of Llanview: March 30 Edition

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 site takes particular offense to Llanview's resident drunk, Roxy Balsom, who was dressed in green from head to toe in honor of the holiday, and offering free beer to patrons of her hair salon, Foxy Roxy's. Now, in and of itself, that does sound bad. When placed in the proper context,...

My View of Llanview: March 15 Edition

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 its own history (yet again). Needless to say, I choice to wait a few days to see if I could come up with a better idea. Then it happened. The proverbial poo has hit the fan. Not once, not twice, but several times over. This left we with a similar, yet...

My View of Llanview: February 28 Edition

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 it? Not, not really....especially when you consider the fact that Llavniew has been infested with a plague in recent years and shows no signs of recovery. The name of the disease is Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome, and hardly anyone in town seems to have built up an immunity to...

My View of Llanview: August 15 Edition

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 soap's much larger current studio in Manhattan, in an attempt to make both soaps more cost efficient. Since the announcement, critics have argued that moving "AMC" cross country to be closer to the network's longest running soap "General Hospital," seals the fate of "One Life to Live," since it will be...

My View of Llanview: July 30 Edition

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 appropriate to examine the progress (if any) the long-running daytime drama made in the year that followed. As you may recall, at this point 52 weeks ago, "OLTL" could claim only one African American actress on its contract roster, and only a handful more on recurring status. Tika Sumpter (Layla Williamson) remained...

My View of Llanview: July 15 Edition

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 back in 2007), I would like to take a moment to recall the rich and endearing legacy that is Llanview and "One Life to Live." What began in the mid-1960s as an alternative plan for creator Agnes Nixon following the original rejection of the concept that would later become "All My Children,"...

My View of Llanview: June 30 Edition

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 small role in the upcoming gay storyline between Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish. When I first saw the headline of another website over the weekend claiming that a "OLTL Actress Fired!," I automatically assumed that the show had made the biggest mistake in its nearly 41-year history by firing the...