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My View of Llanview: June 15 Edition

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 something I threw together from one of those free websites that allows you to create simple logos for the technically challenged (such as myself). I decided to come up with my own after my 'search' for a new look for my column on the Soap Opera Network message boards fell...

My View of Llanview: May 30 Edition

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 little voice in the back of your head says otherwise.  Much the same way that someone telling you not to do something, makes you want to do the forbidden thing even more.  Curiosity is a dangerous thing.  Then again, so using the words common sense and Llanview in the same...

My View of Llanview: May 15 Edition

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 have witnessed many wonderfully played out storylines over the years (i.e., Viki's DID), and equally as many horrific storylines (i.e., the One Pure People and who shot John's father plots). But through it all I soldiered on and remained a Rock of Gibraltar when it came to my soap, "One...

My View of Llanview: April 30 Edition

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 good as the person (or people) writing it, which explains a lot given the current state of "OLTL." I realize that soaps come with the caveat that we suspend belief and check reality at the door until the hour has passed. Soaps are designed to entertain us and, like many...

My View of Llanivew: April 15 Edition

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 actor or actress back to their old Llanview home is one thing, but penning a sensible storyline for their character is another issue entirely. Long-time "One Life" fans were amazed and delighted a year ago when news broke that the show had forged a deal with Andrea Evans, to...

My View of Llanview: March 30 Edition

Friday, April 3, 2009 11:22 PM EDT
Saturday, April 4, 2009 1:37 AM EDT | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- The cancellation of "Guiding Light" has sent shockwaves throughout the soap world, and Llanview is no exception.It has been said that time flies when you're having fun. However, it also seems to fly (albeit not as fast) when you are busy as well. Every time I have set down to write my column this week, something has come up. Whether it was waiting out tornado warnings, working around power outages, babysitting my aunt's dog (whom I love like a baby), taking grandma to the grocery store, mowing the lawn while dodging raindrops, writing casting reports for "OLTL" and somehow becoming a pseudo reporter for a soap I have never each watched, it was a very hectic week. It's amazing. Some weeks, I have to dig like a dog with a bone to...

My View of Llanview: March 15 Edition

Monday, March 16, 2009 11:00 PM EDT
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 12:29 AM EDT | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- The top five reasons Llanview is struggling in 2009.After becoming revitalized and on top last year, "One Life to Live" appears to be running out of gas only one year later. There are several reasons why this viewer believes "OLTL" is trying hard to stay afloat right now; the top five of will be discussed in the following paragraphs.5. Too many characters, not enough airtime...not to mention overexposure of newbies. While the "One Life" cast has always been rather large, in the past year it has nearly doubled in size. The canvas is crowded with too many useless and seldom used actors and characters. Cristian, Layla, Marcie, Michael, Moe, Noelle, Charlie, tJared.... the list goes on and on. When was the last time viewers saw any of them taking...

My View of Llanview: February 28 Edition

Monday, March 2, 2009 12:00 AM EDT
Monday, March 2, 2009 11:48 PM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Could Llanview survive without Viki, and "One Life to Live" without Erika Slezak? Viki Davidon=Erika Slezak. Erika Slezak="One Life to Live." The words seem interchangeable. When one is thought of, the other often immediately comes to mind. Those words have become so associated with one another that it would be difficult to think of them as separate entities. For almost 38 years, "OLTL" fans have not had to concern themselves with such a terrible thought. But what if they were suddenly forced to admit the unthinkable? What if Viki suddenly faded out of existence or left Llanview in search of a new hometown? And what if Erika Slezak suddenly left "One Life to Live" and her signature role after nearly four decades? ...

My View of Llanview: February 15 Edition

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 1:50 AM EDT
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 2:12 AM EST | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Life outside Llanview.Sometimes if it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. That statement perfectly fits my life so far in 2009. When the clock struck midnight on January 1st, I was eagerly looking forward to resuming this column. The holidays were over and things seemed to be finally getting back to normal in my household. I published the January 1st edition of 'My View of Llanview" on time and was already tossing around topics in my head for the next installment of the column. Yep, everything appeared to be going according to plan.Then it happened. The cycle of life-altering events began. According to the old saying, a little rain falls in everyone's life at some point or another. But the rain doesn't always...

My View of Llanview: January 1 Edition

Thursday, January 1, 2009 11:02 PM EDT
Thursday, January 1, 2009 11:08 PM EST | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- A soap legend responds to previous column.With the holidays over and 2009 beginning, I have made a New Year's resolution to be more faithful to this column, my readers, the fans of "One Life to Live," and the show itself. I intend to devote more time and attention to this column, which truly lost its focus throughout much of 2008. So let's celebrate by proposing a toast. Here's to "My View of Llanview." I hope you will enjoy the revamped column and my thoughts and comments on "OLTL."During my hiatus from this column, I periodically received comments from "One Life to Live" fans that voiced their opinions on the latest Llanview happenings. Among the individuals leaving comments in my SON mailbox was former soap star Mariann Aalda. Now upon first glance, I'm...