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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — What started out as a typical week that began on July 25 ended up being one of the worst in Soap Opera Network history, but you wouldn’t have known it from a behind the scenes perspective.

On Wednesday, July 27, I had posted that our server was being transferred to a new provider that would allow our readers to load us up faster than ever before and if you blinked, you would have missed the change in systems. Unfortunately, you kept on blinking and for three consecutive days Soap Opera Network was offline, no where to be found and no way to say TOLDJA! (gotta love our Nikki Finke at Deadline.com). On Saturday, July 30 and heading into Sunday, July 31, Soap Opera Network‘s Community Message Boards returned to the web with a new look courtesy of a software upgrade. Although it takes getting used to, I have to admit it is one of the better looking changes our boards have seen to date. We will be tinkering with minor details per recommendations from posters. Additionally, today, Soap Opera Network has debuted its new website using a new platform. While the old platform was nice and did us wonders for more than five years, times have changed and so have we. We hope you like the redesign and we will definitely be correcting any bugs you or we may come across in the hours, days and weeks to come, specifically in relation to links, etc. We hope you like the new design as much as we did in building it for you.

The Scoops You Came For

While we were offline and left to cleaning up the mess that we were forced into, we had learned that “General Hospital,” despite Prospect Park’s desire to have it did not sign a deal with Disney/ABC Television Group to bring the series to the World Wide Web when it debuts “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” in January 2012 (yes, ladies and gentleman this is now the confirmed debut month for the web launch for both soaps). We also learned that Tamara Braun is indeed returning to “GH” in the coming weeks despite the shows explicit denial to the contrary, although it remains unclear as to whom she will be portraying. But that wasn’t the biggest scoop of them all. Soap Opera Network has learned that when “One Life to Live” wraps filming at the ABC Television Center in New York City this November, it will indeed be moving its studio space when Prospect Park takes over production. But, despite reports that it will be moving to one studio somewhere in the Big Apple, we have learned that it isn’t just moving to one specific studio, but to three! According to sources, “One Life” will call one studio in Brooklyn and another in Queens home once production begins on v2.0. The third studio location wasn’t made clear at press time, nor were the names of the studios in the aforementioned boroughs, however we’ve been told that with the excess studio digs “One Life” crew members will not be forced to take down as many sets as they have been doing for much of the shows 43-year history on ABC.

Not one to leave another exclusive out, Soap Opera Network was in Burbank on Thursday, July 28 and visited the set of NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” where we spoke with newly appointed head writers Darrell Ray Thomas and Marlene McPherson, who have promised many things for fans who have felt the show has turned into something they no longer recognize. From the return of Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as John and Marlena, to the debut of the Horton Square and even a sneak peek at what’s been going on with the characters before their material debuts on Monday, September 26, tune Soap Opera Network as we prepare you for new “DAYS” to come.

Until next Notebook

 

Errol Lewis


ABC

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “All My Children” during the week of August 8, 2011.

THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

Angie confronts David about his work and his other patients on Tuesday, August 9. Jesse & Angie continue to disagree about David. Krystal & David face-off. Jake is wary of Janet’s presence. Amanda seeks out Janet’s comfort before she heads into surgery on Wednesday, August 10. Mother and daughter share a poignant moment. Jake pours out his heart to Griffin. On Thursday, August 11, Jack finally tracks down Jane. What will she reveal? Colby encourages Maya to dump the trash out.

The Inside Story: At Last
Kendall fills Bianca in on Project Orpheus as Ryan and David discuss the same matter. Ryan puts a tracking device in David’s phone hoping he’ll lead him straight to Greenlee. Greenlee, meanwhile, realizes she isn’t dreaming that Zach is alive and tries to grasp why David is bringing these people back to life only to keep them locked up. Ryan catches Kendall up on what’s going down. Kendall shuts Ryan down when he suggests that Griffin could be right about Zach. Zach comes out of the deep sleep and believes he’s with his mother, Amelia. He remembers her funeral. David & Ryan try to stay one step ahead of the other. Still hallucinating, Zach insists Greenlee is Kendall and promises her that he is going to protect her with his life. Greenlee has little choice but to play along when Zach begins to lose it when “Kendall” won’t respond to his affections. Griffin confronts Kendall about Zach. Zach falls unconscious in his haste to get out of the locked room. Greenlee calls for David after realizing Zach has no pulse. Ryan hears Greenlee’s cries for help. Kendall arrives at the hospital to take care of some important matters before leaving town … just as David arrives on the scene with a critical Zach on Friday, August 12.

A Closer Look: You Are My Sunshine
At Kendall’s house, the women contemplate what awaits Tad & Dixie. Krystal and Opal learn that Tad’s marriage has taken a genuine turn. At the park, Tad continues to say goodbye to Dixie unaware that she is feet away listening to his every word. Dixie’s memories come flooding back on Monday, August 8, and she calls out to Tad . Tad & Dixie get reacquainted. He takes Dixie home to introduce her to their daughter. Dixie sees a picture of Tad & Cara. Griffin tells a reeling Cara that she may still stand a chance, but Cara can see the writing on the wall. Cara introduces herself to Dixie as David watches the scene from a distance. Once alone, Tad tells Cara he is not going to let her be deported. David & Dixie come face to face. Cara shows up at Kendall’s door looking for a place to stay. JR is shocked to see Dixie when he arrives at the Martin house. Disbelieving, JR pushes Dixie away, and accuses Tad of setting this all up.

AMC ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 15, 2011

  • Zach fights for his life.
  • Dixie reaches out to JR.
  • Tad & Dixie discuss their future after Tad comes clean about his present.
  • While Krystal & Greenlee are left unnerved by their latest encounters with David, Cara is left intrigued by her encounter with Dr. Hayward.
  • Greenlee confides in Kendall about Leo.

OLTL PreVUE: Week of August 8 Edition

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “One Life to Live” during the week of August 8, 2011.

THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

Starr confesses to James that Baz kissed her. On Wednesday, August 10, Starr shows James just how much she loves him. Rex searches in vain to prove his visions of Gigi were real. Echo voices her concerns to Natalie, who summons Madame Delphina on Thursday, August 11. After making contact with an unknown spirit, Delphina provides a cryptic clue, which puzzles Rex and Natalie. Rex fears he will never find closure. Elsewhere in Llanview, Rama informs Cristian that she and Vimal are back together and tells him she’s sorry for leading him on. At the same time, Vimal tells Brody that Todd also knows his secret. Clint sentencing gets underway, and the judge considers his request. And Viki steps up for Clint on Friday, August 12.

The Inside Story: It’s All in the Genes
Todd’s loved ones react to the results of the DNA test on Monday, August 8. However, the Manning’s are soon delivered even more shocking news. With everyone still reeling, Dani comes face-to-face with the man with her father’s old face. One of the Todd’s requests a second DNA test. Todd is shocked when Viki suggests a new living arrangement for the man with the scar on Tuesday, August 9. Jack stands by Todd, while Blair and Starr have their doubts. Todd and Téa recall old times as do Viki and the man with her brother’s old face. Todd and Téa share a warm moment. Blair is hesitant about being with Tomas, who promises to get to the bottom of things. By Thursday, August 10, the two Todds await the new test results. Jessica has a heart-to-heart with the old Todd. Trying to prove who he really is, Todd works hard to convince Blair to believe him. Todd kisses Blair. The Todd’s have an encounter at Llanfair. Tomas seeks John’s help. Later, he joins John and Brody as they set out to unravel the mystery. The trio make a surprising discovery on Friday, August 12. David offers both Todd’s some food for thought. And Téa consoles Dani.

A Closer Look: Got Baby?
Nate confides in Dani on Monday, August 8. Nora is upset Bo didn’t arrest Nate, and later confronts him herself. Nora makes a tough call. Meanwhile, Destiny makes the difficult decision regarding her unborn baby. After receiving some advice from Vivian, she goes to talk things over with her (grand)mother. Reconciling, Phylicia agrees to honor Destiny’s decision. David visits his little brother. Later, Nora overhears Destiny telling Matthew what she decided to do about the baby. On Wednesday, August 10, Nora begs Destiny to reconsider and offers her an alternative. David is surprised to learn that Nate is still walking around free and runs off after Destiny. Bo learns he’s going to be a grandfather. Bo reassures David. By Friday, August 12, Phylicia thanks Vivian for her support. Destiny changes her mind about the baby. And Phylicia and Nora have it out.

OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 8, 2011

  • Someone from the past returns to Llanfair.
  • Aubrey sets her sights on Rex.
  • The real Todd is finally revealed.
  • Dorian and Kelly decide their futures.
  • Nora tries to make peace with Phylicia.

JPI

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “General Hospital” during the week of August 8, 2011.

THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL

On Monday, August 8, how will Maxie react when she realizes Jackal, P.I. has the hots for Lulu? Elizabeth evaluates the crash scene. Monica calls Sam with bad news. Sam goes off on Carly on Tuesday, August 9. Monica & Sam bond. Abby grows uncomfortable when she realizes that Michael is emulating his father. On Wednesday, August 10, a stranded Alexis & Diane decide to have some fun with the help of lots of alcohol. Sonny finds Kristina & Ethan together. Patrick & Robin attempt to find a balance between their professional and personal lives. Matt levels an accusation at Robin on Thursday, August 11. Robin & Mac have a heart to heart. Lucky continues to have drug-induced flashbacks of his life with Elizabeth. Elizabeth helps Lucky come down off the drugs on Friday, August 12. Anthony orders a hit on somebody close to Lucky. Johnny receives something special from Anthony.

The Inside Story: Runaway Train
Frozen solid from the sudden onset of a PTSD attack, Shawn just stands still as Jax leaves with Josslyn. Carly fears Sonny will kill Jax if she doesn’t get to him and Josslyn first. Jax hits a roadblock in his escape. Sonny bursts in on Edward and Skye. The rage-filled mobster later points a loaded gun at a man he sees boarding a plane believing it’s Jax. Carly makes a plea to Jax. Dante takes action to prevent the situation from further deteriorating after realizing what’s going down. Shawn interrupts Sonny’s plans to sabotage Jax’s plane. Dante stands in Sonny’s way and pays the price. Carly & Shawn share a moment. Jax shows up with Josslyn at Robin’s door. Sonny overhears Robin & Matt’s phone conversation. Shawn tries to talk some sense into Jax. On Friday, August 12, a murderous Sonny arrives at the Drake home.

GH ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 15, 2011

  • Maxie’s jealousy grows.
  • Sonny’s rage towards Jax takes a shocking turn.
  • Carly cuts ties with Sonny.
  • Elizabeth watches as Lucky pours out his heart to Siobhan.

JPI

(SoapOperaNetwork.com ) — Esta TerBlanche and Shannon Kane will both return to “All My Children” later this summer. Kane, a rising film star, will reprise the role of Jesse Hubbard’s (Darnell Williams) daughter, Det. Natalia Fowler, beginning on Friday, August 26. 38-year old South African beauty, TerBlanche reprises the role of the love of Ryan Lavery’s (Cameron Mathison) life Princess Gillian Andrassy beginning on a date yet to be announced by the ABC soap.

TerBlanche appeared as Gillian on “AMC” from 1997 to 2001. In June 2001, after being shot dead, Ryan agreed to donate Gillian’s heart to Brooke English’s (Julia Barr) adopted daughter, Laura. Fans may remember Dr. David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) was the physician that took care of that medical emergency. Hayward is currently in the middle of resurrecting many of Pine Valley’s deceased characters through what we assume is the most incredible medical science breakthrough ever; is Ryan’s princess next? Stay Tuned. Kane debuted on “AMC” in October 2008 as the beautiful daughter Jesse conceived while on the run for close to twenty years, Natalia. Kane, who has appeared in Richard Gere’s “Brooklyn’s Finest” and Tyler Perry’s “Diary of a Tired Black Man” and “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” parted ways with “AMC” in February 2011. Natalia has visited her family and her long-distance boyfriend Brot Monroe (J.R. Martinez) just once since leaving the Pine Valley Police Department for the Philidelphia Police Department. Stay Tuned to find out where Natalia’s relationships will pick up from when she returns later this summer.

According to a show spokesperson, TerBlanche will be back for a handful of episodes. It’s expected that Kane will appear in as many episodes. TerBlanche and Kane’s upcoming appearances bring the total of returning actors to “AMC” since word of cancellation in April to a whopping seventeen. The pair join Cady McClain (Dixie), Thorsten Kaye (Zach), Eva LaRue (Maria), Josh Duhamel (Leo), Leven Rambin (Lily), Carol Burnett (Verla), Kate Collins (Janet), Melissa Claire Egan (Annie), Jennifer Bassey (Marian), David Canary (Adam), Julia Barr(Brooke), Ray MacDonnell (Joe), Lee Meriwether (Ruth), Alexa Havins (Babe) and Justin Burening (Jamie). As previously reported, McClain and Kaye’s returns are extended. Collins, Canary and Barr will each air in anywhere up to ten episodes each. Everybody else will air in up to handful of episodes each before “AMC” last airs on ABC on Friday, September 23.


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Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,778,000 (-31,000/-192,000)
2. B&B 2,988,000 (-38,000/-178,000)
3. OLTL 2,812,000 (+33,000/+481,000)
4. AMC 2,580,000 (+10,000/+28,000)
5. GH 2,509,000 (-113,000/-111,000)
6. DAYS 2,450,000 (+109,000/-114,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.4/10 (same/same)
2. B&B 2.2/7 (+.1/-.1)
3. AMC 1.9/6 (same/same)
3. OLTL 1.9/6 (same/+.1)
5. GH 1.8/5 (-.1/-.2)
6. DAYS 1.7/5 (same/-.1)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 961,000 (-40,000/-169,000)
2. GH 697,000 (-36,000/-129,000)
3. OLTL 674,000 (+14,000/+46,000)
4. DAYS 673,000 (+47,000/-62,000)
5. B&B 588,000 (-78,000/-125,000)
6. AMC 527,000 (-4,000/-92,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.5/10 (same/-.2)
2. GH 1.1/6 (same/-.1)
3. DAYS 1.0/7 (+.1/-.1)
3. OLTL 1.0/6 (same/same)
5. B&B 0.9/6 (-.1/-.2)
6. AMC 0.8/5 (same/-.1)

Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. Y&R 57,000 (-17,000/-13,000)
2. OLTL 44,000 (+1,000/-9,000)
3. GH 38,000 (+1,000/-25,000)
4. B&B 33,000 (-31,000/-20,000)
5. DAYS 32,000 (-18,000/+3,000)
6. AMC 19,000 (-3,000/-20,000)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.7/5 (same/-.4)
2. GH 0.6/4 (same/-.3)
2. OLTL 0.6/4 (same/same)
2. DAYS 0.6/4 (same/-.3)
5. AMC 0.5/3 (+.1/-.1)
6. B&B 0.4/3 (-.1/-.4)

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,032,000 (-24,000/+21,000)
2. B&B 593,000 (-12,000/-1,000)
3. OLTL 552,000 (+21,000/+166,000)
4. DAYS 536,000 (+64,000/+5,000)
5. AMC 521,000 (+27,000/+46,000)
6. GH 446,000 (-21,000/-15,000)

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Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

AMC
Monday: 2.0/2,681,000
Tuesday: 1.8/2,438,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,521,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,651,000
Friday: 1.8/2,608,000

B&B
Monday: 2.2/3,043,000
Tuesday: 2.2/3,053,000
Wednesday: 2.2/2,870,000
Thursday: 2.1/2,986,000
Friday: 2.2/2,986,000

DAYS
Monday: 1.8/2,562,000
Tuesday: 1.9/2,582,000
Wednesday: 1.7/2,405,000
Thursday: 1.7/2,377,000
Friday: 1.7/2,324,000

GH
Monday: 1.9/2,572,000
Tuesday: 1.8/2,532,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,363,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,450,000
Friday: 1.9/2,627,000

OLTL
Monday: 2.1/3,020,000
Tuesday: 1.8/2,543,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,647,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,853,000
Friday: 2.0/3,000,000

Y&R
Monday: 3.5/4,796,000
Tuesday: 3.5/5,002,000
Wednesday: 3.3/4,638,000
Thursday: 3.4/4,804,000
Friday: 3.4/4,651,000

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For the SEASON September 20, 2010 through July 31, 2011

Households
1. Y&R 3.6
2. B&B 2.2
3. GH 2.1
4. DAYS 2.0
5. OLTL 1.9
5. AMC 1.9

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.6
2. GH 1.4
3. DAYS 1.2
4. OLTL 1.1
5. B&B 0.9
5. AMC 0.9

 

Ratings Archive


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – Soap Opera Network first reported that Sarah Michelle Gellar was interested in returning to her roots for a guest appearance in May. Today, the same day that film-star Josh Duhamel first aired on “All My Children” in his return stint as Leo du Pres, it was announced that Gellar’s interest had come to fruition. Early this afternoon, Soap Opera Digest broke the news that he 34-year-old actress will appear on “AMC” for one episode before the September 23 finale on ABC.

Gellar, who has been a fan of the 41-year-old ABC soap almost her entire life, is also a fan of the actress that with much success took over the role of Erica Kane’s first born in 2002, Alicia Minshew. On that note, the actress will not be returning to reprise the role of Kendall Hart. Gellar originated the role in 1993. Of her successor, Minshew, Gellar says, “[it's her] role now. She has made that beyond her own. She’s amazing.” Who will Gellar be playing? She has no idea, yet. The actress tells Digest she is open to playing any role, from a bar patron to the long-missing Bobby Martin’s new ski-bunny wife, as long as she gets to bid the soap that started her career a respectful adieu.

The Daytime Emmy Award winner, who became a mainstream star for her seven season run (1997 to 2003) on the cult-classic and critically acclaimed “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” is set to star on the CW drama-thriller “Ringer” which debuts in the 2011-2012 prime-time season. Speaking of “AMC” and “Ringer,” Justin Bruening (who is also returning to “AMC” as Tad Martin’s (Michael E. Knight) son for a short stint this summer) will be joining the cast of “Ringer” as a potential love interest for Gellar’s character. The role is recurring. (Bruening had originally been set to star on an NBC reboot of “Wonder Woman” for the 2011-2012 prime-time season; the production was dropped due to expense.) Gellar adds that she believes she is coincidentally set to tape at “AMC” on the same day her new co-star, Bruening, returns to tape his episodes. Update (8/6): Gellar will air on Wednesday, September 21.

Check out the August 23 issue of Digest for more from Gellar pertaining to her return to “AMC.”


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Beginning on Monday, September 12 look for John O’Hurley to debut in the role of film producer Kit Sterling on “All My Children.” Mr. Sterling will approach Pine Valley’s leading lady Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) in an effort to convince her to turn her new book, “Erica Kane: Uncensored,” into a big-screen production. O’Hurley is best known for the recurring role of Elaine’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) boss John Peterman on the former NBC mega-hit series “Seinfeld” and his stint on the first season of ABC’s hit reality series “Dancing with the Stars.” He also hosted the popular syndicated game show “Family Fued.”

O’Hurley is very familiar to the world of daytime television. He was married to “AMC” star Eva LaRue, who is among the many returning actors to “AMC” this summer, from 1992 to 1994. The actor appeared on ABC’s “Loving” and “General Hospital,” CBS’s “As the World Turns” and “The Young and The Restless” and NBC’s “Santa Barbara.” The dancing champion has also guest-starred on numerous series and with a distinctive tone has found success doing voice-over work, as well.

Look for O’Hurley to appear in several episodes of the 41-year-old daytime drama this September. “AMC” last airs on ABC on Friday, September 23. Production company Prospect Park has licensed “AMC” and “One Life to Live” from ABC. Following their extinction on ABC, new episodes of both soaps are expected to be available to fans again in some form at some point in 2012.


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “One Life to Live” during the week of August 1, 2011.

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My View of Llanview: July 30 Edition

My View of Llanview: July 30 Edition

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” does what it does best – comedy. And even if the storyline is absurd and vulgar, the show still manages to give fans a chuckle and poke fun at itself, all without skipping a beat.

I’ll be the first to admit that this whole Nate and Deanna do porn storyline idiotic, nasty, and just downright stupid. I have routinely shaken my head and sighed each and every time it has been mentioned on screen these past few months, and taking notes on the inconsistencies in the story and holes in the plot. For instance, why does a porno movie producer live and tape movies out of the same motel room, or why was we so desperate to convince those two in particular to star in one of his movies, going as far as to show up at Nate’s high school graduation to try and get him to sign off on the project. And just how stupid are Nate and Deanna exactly? I realize that Rick was blackmailing them, but come on….there are/were other directions this storyline could have gone…so why did the writers take this route in particular?

I like to laugh as much as the next person and have always enjoyed “One Life to Live’s” brand of humor. The show has never been one to take itself too seriously. From inside jokes, to nods to the audience, to humorous observations, over the years “OLTL” has often been at its best when it has tried to be funny – even if the storylines were rather campy and over the top. However, I don’t ever recall (please feel free to correct me if I am wrong) so much of the humor being so forced and consisting of such sexual overtones. In addition, many of the jokes recently have come at the expense of gay people. Furthermore, this bawdy and risqué dialogue has turned away some fans and left others wondering if the writers aren’t trying to convey some sort of deeper meaning with these types of jokes and one-liners about wieners, sexual innuendos, and men joking around about “flirting” with one another. I know it has left me somewhat concerned. And, while I’m not gay myself, I can sympathy with those who are that have found those sorts of comments to be offensive.

That being said, I rather enjoyed the “Vicker Man” movie premiere scenes on Thursday and Friday. Both episodes were hilarious, albeit a little cheesy and over done. The many references to the show’s past made me appreciate the scenes that much more. There was the mention of “Fraternity Row,” “OLTL’s” former soap-within-a-soap, as well as the screen credit at the start of the film, revealing it was produced by Melador Studios (a nod to the cosmetics company formed back in the early 90s by Blair Cramer, and named in honor of her aunts Dorian and Melinda, and mother Addie), and that it was a “Vickeroshi” Production, a reminder of David’s time of enlightenment a few years ago when he was a Buddhist monk.

But the most hilarious nod to the past involved Blair and her portrayer Kassie DePaiva. First there was brief scene on the red carpet where she was being interviewed by reporter Blanca Morales (Carolina Bermudez), when she asked Blair something to the extent of how she felt about an Asian-American actress playing her in “Vicker Man,” to which she replied that it was the “magic of Hollywood.” Later, as the movie was beginning, the opening credits listed “Mia Korf as Blair Cramer,” followed by a strange look from Blair herself. To me that was the most exciting of the nods to long-time fans of the show. And it also reminded me of the last time “OLTL” made an inside joke of Blair’s transformation from a black-haired Asian-American to a blonde American woman with a southern accent (DePaiva is from Kentucky – as is yours truly). It was in 2001, when Asa Buchanan faked his death and all his living ex-wives showed up to pay their respects. Scenes from each ex-wife’s time with Asa were shown, including scenes of Blair and Asa not long after the character first came to Llanview and was played by Mia Korf. After the flashback, Blair looked at herself in the mirror of her compact, and let out a sigh of relief. These types of scenes are prime examples of why I think “OLTL” could make it as a comedy, or at least as a comedy-drama. As long as they lay off the sex jokes for awhile, I think they concept could really work.

Also worth mentioning from the movie premiere episodes is how “OLTL” honors and pokes fun at its own and manages to throw in lines relating to current events and issues. For example, Dorian and Starr announced on the red carpet that their dresses were designed by Gammie and Lesser, who are “One Life’s” Emmy Award winning Head and Associate Costume Designers. And, while not part of the “Vicker Man” episodes themselves, as recently as a couple of weeks ago David, who is played by Tuc Watkins, told some of his loved ones that he wanted to get Tuc Watkins to play him in the movie but he was asking for too much money. On a separate note, the show has also been homage to Shenaz Treasury’s (Rama) new Bollywood film “Delhi Belly,” by coming up with a drink with the same name. And last year, Rama kept reminding everyone that Cristian (David Fumero) had been voted Llanview’s “Best Arms,” referencing Fumero winning the title at the 2010 Soaphunks.net Awards. Check out some pictures of some of the fashion’s from the premiere on the official “OLTL” Facebook page.

With regards to current issues, Dorian threatened Ionia to go ahead and call SAG and AFTRA (actors unions) when she had her thrown out of the premiere, noting that it wouldn’t do any good. This was in reference to both groups’ appeals to ABC back in April when the network cancelled the show, which fell on deaf ears. Robin Strasser tweeted that the line was actually not part of the script and that “I made up the SAG line-glad it aired, thought they’d cut it.”

I also thought that the movie premiere served as the perfect backdrop for all the other stories revolving around it. As much as I hate to admit it, it tied in rather well with the revelation of Nate’s porn debut. It also provided for some lighter moments involving Rama, Vimal, and her parents (although the Cristian and Shaun scenes were unnecessary), including the scene where the toothpicks popped Rama’s baby balloon. And having all the Mannings together helped build suspense for Rex to put his revenge plot in motion and for the ultimate of Friday cliffhangers to take place – with the man with Todd’s old face revealing himself to Todd’s family as he looked on in disbelief.

Moving on, congratulations to “CBRVA83,” who correctly answered all three trivia questions from my July 15 column. In case you missed the clues, here they are, along with the answers: 1. What is Robin Strasser‘s (Dorian) middle name? Answer: Victory in Europe. 2. For what Disney show did Brittany Underwood (ex-Langston) audition for before joining “OLTL?” Answer: Underwood tried out for the starring role on “Hannah Montana,” which ultimately went to Miley Cyrus. 3. What was Sean Ringgold‘s (Shaun) occupation before becoming an actor? Answer: Bodyguard.

Now it’s time to shake things up a bit and do some more trivia. See if you know the answers to these questions about some of the current and former cast members of “One Life to Live.” 1. What connection did Lee Patterson (ex-Joe Riley and Tom Dennison) have to legendary comedian Jack Benny? 2. Tonja Walker is cousins with what famous country music star? 3. James DePaiva (ex-Max) is a descendant of what former U.S. President? I’ll have the answers in the August 15 edition of My View of Llanview.

Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. These are for the week of August 15th. A schemer sets their sites on a new target. One woman tries to make peace with another. Several people are confronted over their actions. And someone requests to see a key piece of evidence.

Well that’s concludes yet another column. I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and staying cool. Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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