OLTL Recap: Friday, July 15, 2011

OLTL Recap: Friday, July 15, 2011

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, July 15, 2011.


Dressed as a superhero, the man with Todd’s original face infiltrates Sam’s birthday party, covertly interacting with Todd, Blair, Téa and their children as well as Tomas and Baz. Sam’s family plans to surprise him with a cake, but they discover Sam gone.

Meanwhile, the man with Todd’s original face ushers Sam into a motel room, where Sam discovers the super hero is the line-faced man everyone else presumes to be his imaginary friend. Natalie delivers to John the results of the fingerprint analysis done on the dead body found by Dorian’s pool. The results yield an encrypted file, similar to the one the CIA had on Tomas as well as the one found in Todd’s possession. John puts together that all three men have some connection to pre-reconstructed Todd Manning.

Destiny is forced to tell Dani that Nate lied about having to work a double shift and instead went off to a motel room with Deanna. At the motel, Rick starts to direct Nate and Deanna in their first porn scene, just as Dani shows up at the door.

David forces Viki to make good on her promise to find out who’s been trying to destroy his relationship with Dorian. Viki realizes the perpetrator may be after Dorian, not David, and quickly comes up with Echo’s name.

Meanwhile, unable to resist the temptation to gloat about Dorian’s failing relationship with David, tipsy Echo visits Dorian and overplays her hand, leading Dorian to come to the same conclusion that Echo has been setting up David. Viki agrees to join David while he tells Dorian about the Echo theory, but when they show up at the pool, they find evidence that Dorian was there, but no Dorian.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • The two Todd meet face-to-face in a tense standoff.
  • Rick promises to keep Nate’s porn debut a secret.
  • Nora tells Destiny she found a clue regarding Matthew’s accident.
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    GH Recap: Friday, July 15, 2011

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, July 15, 2011.


    In a surprise attack, Javier’s men compromise Dante as Javier attempts to harm Lulu.

    Jax is arrested for assault and drugs, to his shock and anger and Brenda is horrified that Sonny framed Jax. Meanwhile, the children hideout at the vacant pizza shack and Carly receives a ransom note from Anthony Zacchara (written by Molly and Morgan, who hope this action will cause Carly and Jax to reconcile).

    Ethan’s plan backfires when Kristina makes big plans to join him in Vegas!

    On the Next General Hospital…

    • Carly, Kristina and Ethan set out to find Morgan, Molly and Josslyn.
    • Will Dante rescue her? Kristina remains set to accompany Ethan to Vegas.
    • Lulu struggles against Javier.


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      'One Life to Live' Celebrates 43 Years

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” celebrates 43 years of delivering drama, passion, and romance to millions of viewers.

      Editors Note: I first wrote the following article in celebration of “One Life to Live’s” 39th anniversary in 2007. I am re-posting it again this year, in honor of the show’s 43rd anniversary. Only slight revisions to the article have been made since it was first posted four years ago.

      Forty-three years ago today, a new soap named “One Life to Live” debuted on ABC. On July 15, 1968, the mythical town of Llanview, Pennsylvania was born as ABC Daytime brought millions of viewers a drama centered around the culturally diverse suburb of Philadelphia. Romance, adventure, racial relations, interracial marriage, AIDS, gang violence, child abuse, split personalities, mental disorders, homosexuality, rape, heart disease, breast cancer, and more have been featured as the soap gained many loyal viewers and fans. Over the decades, “One Life to Live” has become one of Daytime television’s highest rated drama series, and many of its characters household names.

      During its nearly four decades on the air, “One Life to Live” has been nominated as Outstanding Daytime Serial four times (1983, 2000, 2002, and 2007), and won once (in 2002). The soap has also gone on to win numerous technical and acting Daytime Emmys and Soap Opera Digest Awards over the years. In 2005, “One Life to Live” veteran Erika Slezak won her record breaking sixth Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress. Slezak is also the recipient of a Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Daytime Couple, which she shares with her former co-star Mark Derwin.

      ABC approached “Another World” writer Agnes Nixon in the mid-1960s about creating a new daytime drama for the network. A short time later “One Life to Live” premiered on ABC as a half hour soap opera on Monday, July 15, 1968 at 3:30 pm ET. Unlike other soaps of its day, “One Life to Live” featured a diverse cast of characters representing a number of ethnic, social and religious backgrounds. Groundbreaking storylines such as a black woman trying to pass herself off as being white proved quite relevant during the turbulence of late 1960s America. The early days of Llanview featured daytime’s first Jewish family in the Siegels, as well as the middle class Rileys and Woleks and wealthy Lords. Other families introduced over the years have included the Buchanans, Cramers, Vegas, Walshs, McBain, Vegas, and Rappaports. Since the show’s inception, the character of Victoria Lord has been the focal point of Llanview and “One Life to Live.” Originally portrayed by Gillian Spencer, Viki has been played by the legendary Erika Slezak since March 17, 1971.

      “One Life to Live” served as a replacement for the short-lived game show “The Baby Game,” and was part of a scheduling shuffle with “Dark Shadows” and “The Dating Game.” The new soap overcame stiff competition early on from “The Edge of Night” on CBS and the successful game show “You Don’t Say” on NBC. “One Life to Live” expanded to forty-five minutes and moved to 2:30 pm et on July 26, 1976. On January 16, 1978 it would expand to one hour and moved into its present time slot. “One Life to Live” has often been referred to as “the most peculiarly American of soap operas: the first serial to present a vast array of ethnic types, broad comic situations, a constant emphasis on social issues, and strong male characters.”

      Nixon’s original title for “One Life to Live” was “Between Heaven and Hell,” but the name was scrapped at the last minute due to fears by sponsors that the name was too controversial. Nonetheless, the first opening sequence for “One Life to Live” featured a close up image of flames in a fireplace with the words “One Life to Live” hovering above it. In fact, the fireplace was shown in the first scene of the first episode, followed by the death of Dr. Ted Hale, who fell down a flight of stairs following an altercation with Dr. Larry Wolek. The Colgate-Palmolive Company was the original sponsor of the new ABC Daytime Drama. Nixon maintained ownership of the show until it was purchased by the network in 1974.

      Over the years, “One Life to Live” has tackled many controversial storylines. For its efforts in bringing relevant social issues to the forefront, “One Life to Live” has been rewarded with several awards and honors. In 1992, it became the first soap to show the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, as part of a critically acclaimed homophobia storyline. In 2000, “One Life to Live” received the CDC Sentinel for Health Award for Viki’s breast cancer storyline. That same storyline also featured First Lady Laura Bush appearing on “One Life to Live” in Public Service Announcements concerning the disease.

      “One Life to Live” has also been responsible for many “first” in Daytime television over the years. In 1970, it became the first regularly scheduled television program to adhere to a White House request to use commercial airtime to alert the American public about the dangers of drugs. The soap broadcast actual group therapy sessions of teenage drug addicts at Odyssey House in New York City. The storyline featured Dr. Jim Craig taking his daughter Cathy to Odyssey House after she stole her father’s prescription pads, and forged his signature to buy drugs to support her growing addiction. The idea behind the storyline belonged to none other than Agnes Nixon, who called it “a natural outgrowth of our program.”

      “One Life to Live” also traveled to exotic destinations in South America and Europe over the years. The show transported viewers to the Old West, sent them to Heaven, and gave them a glimpse of life down below in the underground city of Eterna. “One Life to Live” has brought us the many marriages of Asa Buchanan and Viki Davidson, as well as numerous unforgettable characters and storylines. “One Life to Live” has also fantasized about the middle ages, amused us with special Trading Places and Babes Behind Bars episodes, and entertained us with a week long high school prom musical. In 2005, the sudser tackled cross promotion, when Marcie Walsh (Kathy Brier) “wrote” a book called “The Killing Club.” The book, which cracked the New York Times Bestseller list, was actually written by former “One Life to Live” Head Writer Michael Malone. The soap treated viewers to another Daytime first in 2002 with a week of live episodes, each of which featured a cameo appearance by a former cast member.

      Over the years Llanview has been home to many cast members and guest stars that have gone on to become celebrities. Among them are Judith Light, Laurence Fishburne, Phylicia Rahsad, Roma Downey, Tommy Lee Jones, Marcia Cross, Ivana Trump, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Yasmine Bleeth, Dixie Carter, Faith Ford, Ryan Phillippe, and Brandon Routh, just to name a few. “One Life to Live” has also entertained a long list of musicians over the years covering a variety of genres from country, to rap, to hip-hop, to rock and roll. The list includes Bill Anderson, Sammy Davis Jr., The Beach Boys, Peabo Bryson, Darlene Love, Little Richard, Erykah Badu, Reba McEntire, Mary J. Blige, Lifehouse, Nelly Furtado, and Snoop Dogg, among others. Other celebrity guests appearing on “One Life to Live” in recent years have been “Good Morning America Weekend” anchor Marysol Castro, talk show hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, author Peter Straub, Entertainment Weekly contributor Abby West, WCVB-TV Boston reporter Shayna Seymour, former “World News Now” co-anchor Vinita Nair, radio personality Carolina Bermudez, talk show host Wendy Williams, and heiress and socialite Kourtney Kardashian. And in 1994, three of the soap’s leading men, John Loprieno, Robert S. Woods, and the late Clint Ritchie appeared as their “One Life to Live” characters Cord, Bo, and Clint on an episode of the primetime ABC sitcom “Roseanne,” whose star is a longtime fan of the soap.

      On August 17, 2007, “One Life to Live” celebrated the airing of their 10,000th episode. The milestone made “One Life to Live” only the fifth of the six present daytime dramas to reach the coveted achievement. Furthermore, “OLTL” marked their 40th anniversary on July 15, 2008, by revisiting several classic storylines from the show’s four deacde run, including Viki’s trip to heaven, Tina’s horrific fall over the terrifying Iguazu Falls, and Bo and Rex going forty years back to time to the Buchanan ranch of 1968. The show also paid homage to creator Agnes Nixon, by inviting her to appear as herself in the special two-part anniversary episodes, in addition to bringing back several past cast members and characters for the event. In 2010, the show moved into the vacated studios of sister soap “All My Children” when that show relocated production to near Los Angeles. Also in 2010, “One Life to Live” aired a second prom night musical event entitled “Starr X’d Lovers: The Musical” with much fanfare.

      ABC began broadcasting episodes of “One Life to Live” in 16:9 digital widescreen picture format on December 6, 2010.

      On April 14, 2011 “One Life to Live,” along with “All My Children,” were canceled by ABC, who stated that its final episode would air on the network on Friday, January 20, 2012. However, on July 7, 2011, ABC announced that they had leased the rights to both shows to upstart production company Prospect Park, who will continue to produce them and begin airing new episodes of both “OLTL” and “AMC” online following their respective final episodes on ABC.

      Over the past 43 years, “One Life to Live” has brought drama, passion, and romance to millions of loyal viewers five days a week, and they will continue to be rewarded for their hard work, dedication, and loyalty to the daytime genre.

      ”One Life to Live”, an Agnes Nixon creation, can be seen weekdays at 2:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network. Taped in New York City, Ron Carlivati is the Head Writer and Frank Valentini the Executive Producer. For more information on “One Live to Live,” click here.


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        AMC PreVUE: Week of July 18 Edition

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “All My Children” during the week of July 18, 2011.


        Krystal puts the pieces together when Marissa reveals that she has found love on Monday, July 18. Jesse & Liza reach a new understanding. Maya confides in Frankie after spending some time with Lucy. Jesse overhears the pair but shakes off his suspicions … until he catches sight of Maya’s boyfriend on Tuesday, July 19. Angie & Maya have a heart to heart. Jake & Amanda attempt to disguise their potent fear as they await her biopsy results. Frankie calls Asher out on his pill addiction on Wednesday, July 20. Caleb overhears.

        The Inside Story: Puzzle Pieces
        Jane tries to make nice after accepting David’s marriage proposal. Kendall & Bianca privately agree that something has to be done. Jane’s arrival puts the brakes on Ben’s decision to free Erica. Later, Jane is affected as she listens to Erica’s memoir. Griffin is irked that David isn’t returning his calls about Erica. He tries to explain his trust of David but is affected as Kendall recounts how David has toyed with the very same lives he’s saved for his own agenda, detailing the story of Maria Santos. Jane is moved by Jack’s resolve as he faces off with David over Erica. Griffin asks David if he has “treated” other patients like Dr. Santos. David brings up what he did for Griffin and his sister when Griffin refuses to drop the topic – and tells Griffin it’s time to make a choice. On Thursday, July 21, Cara tells Ryan about David & Griffin reconnecting during her recurrence with cancer. Griffin flips out when Cara tells him about her chat. Greenlee is sure David is the key to what her subconscious is repressing and to that end begins to play her ex. A hurt Jane finally sees the truth about David. Greenlee tells Kendall her plan. Erica deduces Jane is not really calling the shots. Jane arrives and confirms Erica’s suspicion. The women have a heart to heart. Erica is surprised when she sees a picture of Jane’s original face. Jane takes Erica’s advice to heart. Ben & Jane decide to free Erica but assert that they cannot reveal her location.

        A Closer Look: All By Myself
        JR becomes defensive when Tad questions him about his drinking. Tad receives a package from Dixie’s father after JR leaves. Marissa fills Scott in on the developments with JR & Bianca. She can’t help but feel responsible when she realizes JR’s drinking again. JR lashes out at Marissa & Scott who try to explain her decision had nothing to do with him. Alone, a self-loathing JR looks at a picture of Dixie and apologizes. Dixie gathers the strength to stand up. Tad goes through Dixie’s childhood diary with Cara by his side. He becomes emotional after reading a passage regarding Dixie’s dreams for her future. Tad tells Cara about how finding and loving Dixie changed him. Cara & Tad agree to help each other discover who they are without Jake & Dixie. Amanda tells JR she doesn’t want his help but does express her regret about his condition. Caleb tells an upset JR that Asher is leaving the mansion with him after seeing the state JR is in. JR acts out. Marissa tries to explain everything to AJ. JR becomes agitated after talking to Bianca and ends up making another scene in front of a scared AJ. Bianca consoles Marissa. Unable to locate Dixie, David frantically tries to reach his henchman, Ben! Cara finds Tad looking through Dixie’s things and tells him about Kathy’s sighting in the park. With Dixie’s help, Tad finds a unique way to say a final goodbye on Friday, July 22. JR listens from afar as Tad talks from his heart about his life with Dixie.

        All My Children News and Headlines:

        AMC ALERTS: WEEK OF JULY 25, 2011

        • Jesse gets the results of the secret DNA test he conducted for Maya and Lucy.
        • Erica ends up in a whole new cell after attacking a manipulative David.
        • Janet, Marian and Annie return.
        • Amanda & Jake receive the results of her biopsy.
        • JR & Erica both have encounters from the (not so) great beyond.
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          OLTL PreVUE: Week of July 18 Edition

          OLTL PreVUE: Week of July 18 Edition

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “One Life to Live” during the week of July 18, 2011.


          Nate and Deanna are forced to give in to Rick’s demands on Monday, July 18. Rick agrees to hold up his end of the bargain and manages to get rid of an unsuspecting Dani. Later, she and Nate mend fences. Nora tells Destiny about the clue she and Bo found, which results in Destiny nearly making a confession to Nora about the baby. Elsewhere in Llanview, Rama congratulates Vimal on his new job at the Sun. Joey makes up an excuse to spend time with Kelly on Wednesday, July 20. Vimal writes John a letter. Jessica asks Natalie to move out of Llanfair, and leaves Brody with some food for thought. Ford tries to keep the peace between Jessica and Natalie. Brody discovers Vimal’s letter. John notices someone has been at his desk. Jessica takes Ford up on his offer. Vimal asks Rama for a huge favor when his parents arrive in Llanview. Brody pleads with Vimal to keep quiet. And Dorian learns Joey and Kelly have gotten back together on Thursday, July 21.

          The Inside Story: Face Off
          Sam turns up missing on Monday, July 18. Todd and Tomas team up to find the boy. John and Natalie think Sam’s disappearance is related to Agent Kent’s murder. Tomas learns of Sam’s “imaginary” friend. Todd is contacted by the kidnapper. Natalie can’t believe John’s assumption regarding Todd. Meanwhile, the man with the scar reveals himself to Sam, and later comes face-to-face with Todd. On Tuesday, July 19, the man with the scar wants answers. Natalie finds a clue at the crime scene. Tomas rebuffs John’s accusations and reassures Blair. Jack reveals that someone attacked him in Todd’s office. Dani provides John with a lead on Sam’s whereabouts. Echo’s plan goes awry. Viki tries to console David. And a pint-sized hero dressed as Spiderman comes to Dorian’s rescue. On Wednesday, July 20, John finds more clues. At the same time, Todd is held at gunpoint. Agent Baker and one of his cohorts arrive at Todd’s house, and take control of the situation. Baker refuses to answer Todd’s questions. And Téa gets a little too close for comfort.

          A Closer Look: One Todd Too Many
          Baker decides to take care of the situation permanently and makes a cryptic phone call. John continues to examine the mounting evidence, and soon locates Sam, who is hailed as a hero by his family. Natalie tells Viki that Sam’s friend is real. David and Dorian kiss and make up. On Thursday, July 21, Rex demands Echo be released from jail. Bo is caught between a rock and a hard spot.  John wonders how far Rex will go in his quest for revenge. David and Dorian invite their loved ones to the movie premiere, while Cutter and Aubrey plan to crash the party. By Friday, July 22, the man with the scar is rescued. Natalie and John are puzzled by some test results in the kidnapping case. John receives an interesting call for help. Todd and Blair indulge Sam with a special day all his own. Todd asks Sam about his friend. Starr is confused by what her father has to say. Later, Todd heads out in search of the truth. Baz asks Téa about Tomas and Todd. Tomas meets up with Agent Baker. Téa orders her brother to tell her what he’s been hiding. Rex tries to blackmail Dorian, and is enraged to see the Manning’s happy and celebrating Sam’s heroic actions.

          One Life to Live News and Headlines:

          OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF JULY 25, 2011

          • John works to solve the mystery of the two Todds.
          • David’s move “Vicker Man” premieres.
          • Jack thinks John is still out for his blood.
          • Tomas makes a surprising confession to Téa.
          • Rex remains determined to get revenge against Todd and Jack.
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            GH PreVUE: Week of July 18 Edition

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “General Hospital” during the week of July 18, 2011.


            Dante saves Lulu. Lulu takes care of the Bordello in true Spencer fashion on Monday, July 18. Dante & Lulu end up on the Cassadine Island – and they’re not alone. Ethan remains at a lost on how to lose Kristina. Lucky & Elizabeth celebrate Aiden’s birthday on Tuesday, July 19. Elizabeth extends an invitation to Siobhan. Siobhan accuses Elizabeth of putting on a performance for Lucky’s benefit. Elizabeth worries when she learns that Mac has assigned Lucky to a missing prescription drug case. Siobhan rethinks her decision. Patrick, Matt and Steve struggle with the new Chief of Staff. On Friday, July 22, Jackal P.I. hands out some interesting advice about how to handle Robin. Asher continues his efforts to cause problems for Michael.

            The Inside Story: The Dream Is Over
            Brenda tells Sonny their relationship is over. Jax threatens to erase Carly from Josslyn’s life. Kristina & Ethan find Morgan, Molly & Josslyn. Brenda comforts Jax in jail. Carly tells Sonny that while she’s grateful that he went too far. Sonny, Brenda, Carly & Jax face off as they await the judge’s verdict. Carly is awarded sole custody in light of Jax’s recent arrest. An enraged Brenda tells a determined Sonny that she will never go back to him. Sonny insists to Brenda that they can work things out. Jax pulls no punches as he lashes out at Carly. Brenda catches Carly & Sonny in a situation. Sonny is heartbroken as Brenda makes it clear just how over their relationship is on Thursday, July 21. Jax says goodbye to the kids. We see Brenda on board a plane with two surprising passengers.

            A Closer Look: Love on a Rooftop
            Sam & Jason’s connection deepens as they counsel a troubled Molly on the topic of love. Jason invites Sam to attend a romantic rooftop dinner that he’s going to put together. Maxie helps Jason choose an engagement ring for Sam on Wednesday, July 20. Sam confides in Alexis. Maxie loses Jason’s engagement ring. Jason refuses to let anything stand in the way of him and his mission. Jason proposes to Sam. Sam gives Jason an answer.

            General Hospital News and Headlines:

            GH ALERTS: WEEK OF JULY 25, 2011

            • Helena physically threatens Lulu.
            • Anthony drops in on Tracy.
            • Carly reacts to the news of Jason & Sam’s engagement.
            • Elizabeth and Monica discuss Jake.
            • Lucky struggles with temptation.
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              My View of Llanview: July 15 Edition

              My View of Llanview: July 15 Edition

              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” gets a last minute reprieve and will continue to air new episodes online. But will it mean that the show’s second life will be as good as its first?

              First of all, it was 43 years ago today that “One Life to Live” made its television debut so Happy Anniversary!

              Nearly three months of protesting, boycotting, and keeping “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” in the forefront of everyone’s minds came to an abrupt end just over a week ago when fans received the shocking news that ABC had agreed to license both show to upstart production company Prospect Park. The deal means that both shows will continue to live on past their final airdates on the network, and relocate exclusively to the Internet.

              In what has been largely been the only piece of official information released by either party thus far, a joint press release from ABC and Prospect Park assured fans that both shows would pick up right where they left off on television, and will continue to be produced in the same quality, format, and length in which they currently air. However, despite the promise, most soap fans have remained skeptical of the promise, believing that their is no way that production company only a few years old would have the money and capability to continue the status quo.

              And with good reason, since producing a soap opera is a multi-million dollar investment, including cast and crew member salaries, technical equipment, sets, and more. Not to mention the fact that Prospect Park will be producing not one, but two soap operas (and, according to some rumors three, if and when ABC cancels “General Hospital” as well). So where will that money come from? According to Soap Opera Network‘s Editor in Chief Errol Lewis, the necessary funding will come from newly implemented government grants for Internet Broadcasting. Even so, would such monies still be enough to cover the cost of producing to hour long drama series five days a week for a much smaller audience?

              Unlike the established television broadcast and cable/satellite networks, the Internet largely remains uncharted territory when it comes to broadcasting. A handful of web soaps such as “Venice” have found moderate success online, however, they receive only a fraction the audience that television shows receive. And that is not even taking into account the huge drop in ratings the soaps have experienced in the past several years.

              For most Americans, the Internet remains simply a place to search for information, connect with friends via e-mail and social networking sites, and watch/look at adult oriented material. And when they do watch television shows online, it is usually episodes missed when they aired on television, behind-the-scenes bonus clips and special features, and Youtube videos of old sitcoms and drama series. For most people, setting down in front of a computer on a regular basis to watch first run episodes of soaps (or any shows for that matter) is just not something we feel very comfortable with doing. I know I don’t. And yes, I realize that there are web-enabled televisions to watch them on, however, that doesn’t make it even more normal to me.

              Furthermore, what about those individuals who either don’t own computers, or aren’t very computer-savvy? What will they do? How will they continue to watch “AMC” and “OLTL?” And do they even realize that both shows have been “uncanceled?” The situation reminds me of my great aunt, who was 94 at the time, and completely unaware last year that her beloved ‘story’ “As the World Turns” was going off the air only a few months later until I broke the news to her. I wonder how many “AMC” and “OLTL” soap fans fit into the same category, either not knowing that ABC canceled both shows or that they will now continue to air online? Those of us who read the soap opera magazines and frequent Internet message boards and chat rooms may be privy to all off screen drama involving these two shows in recent months, but there are many others who do not know or understand what is happening. And I am anxious to see just how Prospect Park tries to attract these “old school” soap fans to tune in and watch.

              There are more questions than answers involving this deal at the moment. Will the online-only episodes feature commercials? Will people have to pay to watch them? Exactly how many cast members from “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” make the move with the shows? Will both “AMC” and “OLTL” continue to tape episodes at their current studios? How will the storylines be impacted? Will the writers, producers, and directors continue with their respective shows, or will they move on to other projects? Will Prospect Park be able to successfully negotiate with the crew members and other behind-the-scenes personnel? When will new episodes of both shows begin to air online? What time of day or night will they air? And how will they be promoted? These are only a few of the many questions that have been running through my mind since the official announcement was made last week.

              Despite all of my reservations about “OLTL” continuing online, however, I remain surprisingly optimistic. Like many of my fellow “One Life” fans I was devastated by ABC’s decision back in April to cancel the show that I had watched for more than twenty years. After going through the various stages of grief, I was finally starting to come to terms with the decision even, strangely enough, getting the point where I was looking forward to getting that hour of my life back each weekday to do other things and no longer having to set at the computer for hours at a time typing up various articles for Soap Opera Network. But don’t misunderstand…that doesn’t mean that I was ready to turn my back on the show or that my loyalties has changed, I just meant that I was ready to move on with my life. What’s done is done, after all…or so I thought anyway.

              That being said, I was still holding out a glimmer of hope that the show may somehow still be able to continue in some shape or form. To that extent, I was truly shocked and surprised by last week’s announcement. The news also gave me renewed energy and sense of excitement, along with curiosity for what this new incarnation of “OLTL” might look like. After all, what have we got to loose if this “grand experiment” fails? It’s not like ABC was going to change their minds about canceling the show, or let any of their competitors buy it from them or anything. And I don’t buy into the argument by some that if the online episodes are a disaster that it will ruin the legacy and identity of the show. Anyone how has watched “One Life to Live” any at all for the past years can attest that the damage has already been done thanks to endless waves of unnecessary teen characters, very embarrassing plot lines (such as the current porn storyline involving Rick, Nate, and Deanna), and unpopular newbies (eg., the Ford brothers) constantly being shoved down our throats. So no, in my opinion the move won’t seriously harm the show’s legacy and identity, even it turns out to be a disaster, because you can’t break something that has already been broken. As noted above, the damage has already occurred, so what is there left to lose? At the very least, we would back exactly where we were before ABC reached a deal with Prospect Park,  “OLTL’s” final episode was scheduled to air on January 20, 2012, and the show was about to become a piece of television history. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

              However, as bad as I feel for “All My Children” fans, I must admit that I am relieved that they will be the “guinea pigs” in all of this, and begin airing online-only episodes before “One Life to Live.” Hopefully, all the bugs will worked out and any issues worked out by the time “One Life” makes the move early next year.

              Moving on, congratulations to “Kelly Towry,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” celebrity guest star, which was socialite Ivana Trump, ex-wife of media mogul Donald Trump. In 1991, she appeared as the owner of an Atlantic City casino, where she encountered, among others, Luna Moody and Max Holden, who was suffering from a serious gambling addiction at the time.

              In case you missed the clues, here they are:

              This famous millionaire’s ex-wife played an Atlantic City casino owner in 1991, where she shared scenes with a handful of Llanview residents, including one with a gambling problem.

              Now it’s time to shake things up a bit and do a little 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 is Robin Strasser‘s (Dorian) middle name? 2. For what Disney show did Brittany Underwood (ex-Langston) audition for before joining “OLTL?” 3. What was Sean Ringgold‘s (Shaun) occupation before becoming an actor? I’ll have the answers in the July 30th 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 1st. Someone holds the final piece to a puzzle. One grieving young man receives a very special visitor. A challenge is issued by a loved one. And a sister gets the shock of her life.

              Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a safe and wonderful weekend. Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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                AMC Recap: Thursday, July 14, 2011

                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 14, 2011.

                IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                Opal tells Jackson she feels like she’s lost her best friend. Jackson’s tried to get Erica help but it hasn’t worked. Jane starts coming onto David and he pulls away, saying he has a meeting. Her mission is no longer to be the most famous woman, she just wants David, and if he doesn’t stay she will tell everyone she was blackmailed. David shoots back that Kendall could go to jail if the truth comes out but Jane doesn’t care about Erica’s family. In order to get Jane back under his spell David kisses her. As they begin to make love the fire alarm goes off and they go running out of the room only to find Greenlee. She questions how Erica could do this to her father and slaps David. David tells Jane she can blame what’s happened on the stress she’s been under. Griffin tells David they have a problem that Greenlee has started to remember. David thinks Ryan is getting too close. Kendall asks Griffin what his deep, dark secret is and Griffin says he’s boring and has no secrets. She knows he’s holding something back and says he’s acting like Zach. Realizing what she’s said, Kendall fells bad that he came back to PV for her and she brought up Zach. Jane shows up at Kendall’s and finds Bianca, Opal, Jackson and Greenlee and they admit this is an intervention. Jane insists she isn’t drinking or popping pills but Kendall says it’s about something more dangerous, David.

                JR thinks Marissa’s just trying to get back at him when she says she has feelings for Bianca and believes it’s just a front to cover that it’s really Scott she wants. Bianca and Marissa just stare at each other after Marissa’s declaration and JR thinks they’re playing games with him until Marissa says she’s falling in love. JR turns the tables and accuses Bianca of using Marissa to get back at him for what happened with Babe. Marissa tells JR she’s sorry; she wanted a new start and thought it could be with him. JR tells Marissa to get out, and alone, he takes a drink.

                On the Next All My Children…

                • David tells Angie her stem cells are accepting the treatment.
                • David makes an announcement.
                • Erica spills her feelings to Ben.


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                  OLTL Recap: Thursday, July 14, 2011

                  OLTL Recap: Thursday, July 14, 2011

                  (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 14, 2011.

                  IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                  Blair takes Sam to the police station in the hope she’ll be able to put to rest the issue of his imaginary friend. It’s her belief that Sam’s mysterious conversation partner is the unidentified man (Kent) who turned up dead on the grounds of La Boulaie. Sam confirms that he knows the dead man, but not that he is the imaginary friend. The dead man, in fact, tried to kill Sam. But Sam’s friend, the man with the line on his face, saved him.

                  Elsewhere, Tomas forces Todd to apologize to Téa for his behavior. Todd and Tomas agree that they are at a stalemate and must continue with their tense truce. Baz tells Starr about the conversation he overheard between Todd and Tomas. Starr provides Baz with more information about his father, including his CIA connection. Baz is driven to learn more.

                  The Mannings gather at Todd’s house to celebrate Sam’s birthday. However, the entertainment is late. He’s been detained by the man with Todd’s original face, who plans to infiltrate the party in a superhero costume.

                  Rick has obtained information on Deanna’s mother but will only relinquish it in exchange for her performance in a porn. Nate and Deanna feel compelled to do as Rick asks. At Todd’s house, Dani tells Destiny that Nate knows Matthew killed Eddie, and also that he told Deanna. Dani assures Destiny that neither Nate nor Deanna will squeal. Destiny spots Nate and Deanna leaving the Buenos Dias and overhears their plan to rendezvous at the Minuteman.

                  On the Next One Life to Live…

                  • The man with the scar arrives at Sam’s birthday party.
                  • A suspicious John connects Kent to Tomas and Todd.
                  • Dorian realizes Echo is behind her problems with David.
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                    GH Recap: Thursday, July 14, 2011

                    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 14, 2011.

                    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                    Will Jax gain sole custody of Josslyn? Jax and Brenda things discuss as Carly takes unusual comfort from Alexis’s advice. Jax falls trap to Sonny’s devious plans to grossly incriminate him as Sonny and Brenda seemingly reconcile. Molly and Morgan take matters into their own hands and they run away with Josslyn.

                    Lulu refuses to abandon the ruse in hopes her quest to find Luke will succeed. Meanwhile, Javier kills Lupe over her betrayal/protection of Dante and Lulu.

                    Ethan exaggerates again, hoping to scare Kristina away by inviting her to an overly illegal Las Vegas trip.

                    On the Next General Hospital…

                    • Brenda is horrified at what Sonny has done.
                    • Lulu finds herself in grave danger.
                    • Ethan’s plan backfires when Kristina makes big plans to join him in Las Vegas.


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