GH Recap: Monday, February 1, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, February 1, 2010.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Sonny’s horrified to realize he’s shot his own son. Olivia and Sonny work valiantly to keep Dante alive until the paramedics arrive to whisk him to the hospital. Lulu fears the worst when neither Sonny nor Dante show up at Josslyn’s christening. Lulu makes a grisly discovery when she goes to Sonny’s looking for Dante. Sonny tells a barely conscious Dante that they’re father and son, which Olivia overhears.

Carly finds a DVD sent by Franco among Josslyn’s christening presents.

Robin’s taken aback to learn that Patrick has known Dante is Sonny’s son for quite awhile and never told her.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Jason urges Sonny to flee the country.
  • Johnny stands by Olivia in her time of need.
  • Dante’s life is on the line.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



Photo: ABC

Monday, February 1, 2010 12:30 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” prepares to move into “All My Children’s” vacated New York City studios.

The ABC soap will begin moving the week of February 8th, and will start taping in their new home on Monday, February 16th. However, given the show’s production schedule, episodes shot at the new studios are not expected to air around early April.

After “All My Children” left the Big Apple for Los Angeles on December 11th, there had been some speculation as to the fate of “OLTL” when it was announced that the show would not immediately move into to their sister soap’s old digs. However, the reason for the delay was reported to be due to a contractual issue between “AMC” union crew members and ABC. The network is said to be considering turning “OLTL’s” current studios into offices.

Word of the impending move was leaked recently when Erika Slezak (Viki) announced she was taking a month off from the show to have back surgery in late January and that when she returned the show would have already moved into the new studios. Also, Scott Clifton (Schuyler) tweeted on January 29th that “Today was my last day of work before ‘OLTL’ makes it’s move. It’s been a pleasure, Studio 17! Wish I knew you longer.”

With the move, “One Life” will become the only regularly scheduled ABC Daytime program not to be broadcast in high-definition. That announcement came late last year, and was blamed on a sagging economy. “All My Children’s” new studios in L.A. have already been outfitted with HD cameras and other equipment. “General Hospital” began broadcasting in HD last April, and “The View” made the transition in 2006. ABC says it hopes to convert “OLTL” to HD sometime in 2011.

The old “AMC” studios will give “OLTL” roughly 30% additional studio space and individual dressing rooms for the cast. They will also get several facility upgrades, including fresh paint jobs and better cameras.

Fans can write to “One Life to Live’s” at the show’s new address is 320 West 66th Street - New York City, New York 10023.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.


My View of Llanview: January 30 Edition

Photo: Errol Lewis/SON

Saturday, January 30, 2010 12:01 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — One year later and still in the dark.

Two former cast members are still missed, and an anniversary of an event most would rather forget.

I cannot believe it has already been a year since the devastating ice storm that hit much of central Kentucky. I can still vividly remember going nearly a week without electricity or watching “One Life to Live.” I also recall all the news/previews/columns I had to catch up on when I was able to finally return to SON afterwards. There were several news stories that came and went while I was literally and figuratively in the dark. Most were minor, however two continue to leave ripples throughout the canvas one year later. Of course I am referring to the untimely deaths of long-time “One Life” veteran cast members Phil Carey and Clint Ritchie as Asa and Clint Buchanan, respectively.

Llanview is a much different place without Asa. For nearly three decades he was the patriarch of the Buchanan family, and a character that viewers often loved to hate. But like him or not, he was rather respected by viewers. I thought it was very appropriate that the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) paid tribute to him during their recent awards show, especially considering his long television and film history. And I also enjoy how “One Life to Live” is making Asa’s eldest son Clint into his father. As for Clint Ritchie, his presence is still sorely missed as well. Although I do think that Jerry verDorn is doing an excellent job as Clint.

Moving on, here is a small excerpt from my first “My View of Llanview” column following that fateful ice storm: “The VCR and Youtubehave become my best friends in the weeks since the lights came back on following the devastating ice storm. Only this week did I finally get caught up on all the episodes of “OLTL” that I missed due to the ice storm, meetings, and clean-up. Finally having time last week to sit down at the computer and search the Internet, I was shocked by just how much “OLTL” news occurred during my unexpected hiatus from SON. Everything from the deaths of Clint Ritchie and Phil Carey, to Hank and Rachel Gannon returning to Llanview, to rumors of Roscoe Born possibly making a “OLTL” comeback this spring, to everything in between. Ten articles in all, many of which I completed and posted in only a few days time. What are the odds that all hell would break lose in my life during the busiest news week in years for “OLTL?” I’d be willing to take bets on that one, ha ha. “

Furthermore, I think it is an amazing feat that that edition of the column garnered nearly 2,050 hits. Simply amazing. I wish all my columns could get that many hits. Maybe I should start writing twice a month about other topics than “One Life to Live.” Perhaps….just as long as no one makes me write an advice column. LOL

Anyway, back to “OLTL” for a moment (since this is a “One Life” blog after all). Not much has been peaking my interest in Llanview lately, and I have strong reservations about several upcoming storylines for February sweeps, including Mitch giving Jessica electro-shock therapy and another Llanview High music spotlighting Starr and Cole, which is scheduled for May. I mean, seriously, is this show trying to drive viewers away? What’s next, SORASing Hope and making Starr a grandmother? Bringing Victor Lord back from the dead…again? Making Dorian and Danielle sisters? Or how about making Todd a long-lost Gannon brother? I better stop now just in case Ron Carlivati or Frank Valentini are reading this…I don’t want to give them anymore bad ideas.

Switching gears, I wonder what it would take to get “One Life to Live” a brand new opening? Hell to freeze over? Perhaps….or maybe they could have a contest in which viewers can send in their own versions and the show picks the best to use as their next theme. Just about anything beats what we have now.

What bugs you about “One Life to Live” these days? Be sure and drop me a line…I would love to hear from you, and I just might use your comments in an upcoming comment.

A little off-topic, but when asked if the song “Who Am I?” by Jared Lee (which can be heard during the final episode of the January 26th episode of “OLTL”) is available on iTunes, Music Director Paul Glass tweets that “I’m working on it and will let you know when it gets up there…thanks for your interest!”

Check out this new alternate SON logo Errol just created!

I would like to pass along my deepest sympathies to the loved ones of Steve Frame, one of the most intellegent and nicest members at the Soap Opera Network message boards.  He and shared many conversations over the years, and were on staff together for a short time.  Even though it has been a few months since his untimely passing, I (and all of us at SON) continue to be in mourning for our good friend and former colleague.  Rest in piece my friend.

Congrats to “manchu” and “OLTLfan” for correctly guessing the identity of last time’s mystery character. The answer was Jared Hall and he was the grandson of Ed and Carla (Gray) Hall. That is important because Carla was part of one of Llanview’s original families when the show premiered in 1968 (Ed Hall was introduced in 1972).

In case you missed the clues, here they are: In 2000, this grandson of a former long-time, well respected police captain, returned to Llanview to follow in his grandmother’s footsteps as Assistant District Attorney. However, his checkered past with the Pennsylvania Bar Association quickly caught up with him. Facing review, his old law school friend Sam Rappaport came to his defense, even calling his friend’s grandfather to take the stand. With his grandson exonerated of all charges, the grandfather promptly disappeared again. The young man would remain in Llanview awhile longer, even flirting for a time with Rachel Gannon, before leaving town as well.

Now it’s time to play another round of “Llanview, Who Am I?,” a new feature where you have to use the clues to figure out the identity of a mystery character from “OLTL’s” past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

This cousin of a holy man first arrived in Llanview in 1995. A bit of a rebel in her early days, she found religion after reaching adulthood, and decided to become a nun. However, she quickly fell in love, and was torn between her heart and God. It was soon revealed that part of the reason behind her decision to become a nun came from her father, who was a strict, conservative Protestant bishop. But it eventually came to light he was having an affair with a woman other than his wife. Feeling betrayed by her father and her religion, she soon left the church and struck up a relationship with the man she loved. However, he soon betrayed her when he helped sabotage a carnival arts school she was opening to open, and she left town broken-hearted in 1997.

So who is this mystery man from the past? I’ll have the answer in the February 15th edition of “My View of Llanview.” Extra credit will be given if you tell me the identity of the mystery character’s boyfriend. Until then make your best guesses and give me your feedback on the column. Also don’t forget to tell me what bugs you about the show these days. I love hearing from fellow “OLTL” fans. And don’t forget to check out my Twitter page for all the latest OLTL news and information at SON.

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 February 15th. Gigi finds herself in danger. Langston’s mind continues to be otherwise occupied. Marty makes a shocking diagnosis of another Llanview resident. Charlie has something to tell Viki. Mitch is more dangerous than ever. And Dorian must deal with the fallout from her recent actions.

Well that’s concludes yet another edition of the column. I hope everyone is staying warm and dry and that everyone is healthy. Have a great day and God bless. Take care.

And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.


Friday, January 29, 2010 9:30 PM ET | By Errol Lewis


Photo: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Sunday, March 21, ABC Daytime and SOAPnet present the “6th Annual ABC Daytime & SOAPnet Saulte Broadway Cares” charity event from Broadway’s historic Town Hall in New York City.

The event will once again be hosted by “All My Children’s” Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery) with appearances by today’s biggest and brightest stars from across the ABC Daytime lineup singing, dancing and providing pure entertainment for attendees.

Scheduled to appear are:

ALL MY CHILDREN*
Rebecca Budig (Greenlee Smythe), Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Lavery), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Martin), Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake Martin), Adam Mayfield (Scott Chandler), Cornelius Smith Jr. (Frankie Hubbard) and Susan Lucci (Erica Kane).

GENERAL HOSPITAL*
Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli), Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara), Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), Jonathan Jackson (Lucky Spencer) and Nathan Parsons (Ethan Lovett).

ONE LIFE TO LIVE*
Scott Evans (Oliver Fish), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), Mark Lawson (Brody Lovett), Nicholas Rodriguez (Nick Chavez), Tika Sumpter (Layla Williamson), Jason Tam (Markko Rivera) and Brittany Underwood (Langston Wilde).

THE VIEW*
Sherri Shepherd (Co-Host)

*Talent participation is subject to change.

Tickets are currently on sale though selling out fast! Prices range from as little as $50 to as much as $500. Click Here to purchase online and get more information.


  • All My Children
  • One Life to Live
  • General Hospital
  • The View
  • Rebecca Budig (Greenlee Smythe)
  • Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Lavery)
  • Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Martin)
  • Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake Martin)
  • Adam Mayfield (Scott Chandler)
  • Cornelius Smith Jr. (Frankie Hubbard) and Susan Lucci (Erica Kane)
  • Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli)
  • Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara)
  • Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer)
  • Jonathan Jackson (Lucky Spencer) and Nathan Parsons (Ethan Lovett)
  • Scott Evans (Oliver Fish)
  • Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer)
  • Mark Lawson (Brody Lovett)
  • Nicholas Rodriguez (Nick Chavez)
  • Tika Sumpter (Layla Williamson)
  • Jason Tam (Markko Rivera) and Brittany Underwood (Langston Wilde)
  • Sherri Shepherd (Co-Host)
  • Broadway Cares

    Sean Smith/JPI

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC’s first successful crime procedural in years enjoyed its highest rated episode ever with an appearance by daytime star Sarah Brown (Sandy Sommers, “The Bold and the Beautiful”).

    The Monday, January 25 episode of the series entitled “The Third Man,” garnered a 7.4/12 in Households and a series high performance iin Adults 18-49 with a 3.1/8. According to ABC the series also achieved series highs in Adults 18-34, Men 18-34 and Men 18-49. In total, the episode was seen by 10.5 million viewers. Ratings information is based on Live+SD (Soure: Nielsen Media Research).

    In the episode, Brown portrayed the role of Amanda Livingston, who found herself in an awkward position while on a date with novelist Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion, ex-Joey Buchanan, “One Life to Live”), who paid more attention to a case he was working on with Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) then he did on Amanda. In the end, Amanda found herself clicking with another man!

    “Castle” is a production of ABC Studios and Beacon Pictures.


    OLTL Recap: Friday, January 29, 2010

    Friday, January 29, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, January 29, 2010.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY “Kill the Messenger”…

    John and Brody embark on their risky mission to break John out of jail but it appears as though their plan may have taken an unexpected turn. Mitch has no reservations about resorting to heinous measures to get what he wants from Jessica. Dorian tells Charlie they’re going to use Stacy to get to Mitch.

    Danielle continues to refuse to have anything to do with Todd. Téa goes to see Danielle and tells her she’s made arrangements to enroll her at Llanview High.

    Stacy fakes going into labor after making some headway with Rex when she wonders if there’s any chance there could ever be anything more between them.

    On the Next One Life to Live…

    • Brody helps John bust out of jail.
    • Schuyler has second thoughts about helping Stacy.
    • Jessica fights a losing battle.

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.



    Friday, January 29, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, January 29, 2010.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Damon swears to Colby that he isn’t responsible for the latest break-in attempt at the mansion and claims he was knocked out from behind when he tried to chase the guy who really did set off the alarm.

    Erica’s uncharacteristically flustered when the reporters bombard her with questions about her and Ryan. Ryan tries to ease Erica’s fears about them going public with their relationship. Greenlee sets out on a mission to track down Ryan after not finding him at his penthouse.

    Jesse and Angie both realize their marriage has hit a rough patch.

    Liza confronts Adam after Colby tells her about the stipulations in his merit trust.

    Liza’s frustrated by Tad’s continued closeness to Krystal.

    On the Next All My Children…

    • Greenlee gets and unexpected surprise when she finally finds Ryan.
    • Erica goes public with her and Ryan’s relationship.
    • Tad assures Liza there’s nothing going on between him and Krystal.

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



    GH Recap: Friday, January 29, 2010

    Friday, January 29, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, January 29, 2010.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Everyone gathers for Josslyn’s christening. Dominic makes a bold move when he realizes Sonny is planning on having him meet an untimely demise and their confrontation takes a tragic turn.

    Lucky admits to Jason he isn’t sure if he’ll be able to be a good father to Jake. Robin advises Nikolas to keep his distance from Elizabeth.

    On the Next General Hospital…

    • Sonny’s horrified by his actions.
    • Jason receives a final message from Franco.
    • Lucky struggles to cope in the wake of his break up with Elizabeth.

    “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



    Slezak on the Mend Following Surgery

    Photo: Donna Svennevik/ABC

    Friday, January 29, 2010 12:33 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The veteran “One Life to Live” actress, and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, is recovering following back surgery. 

    “We are pleased to share with you that Erika’s surgery was successful and she is doing fine. On behalf of Erika, thank you all for your well wishes,” wrote her fan club president on the actress’ official website earlier this morning.

    SON first broke the news a few weeks ago that Slezak, who has portrayed Viki on “OLTL” since 1971, was taking some time off from the show to have the painful operation.  “Erika shared that she will be having back surgery at the end of January, and in Llanview, Viki will take a trip to London to cover Erika’s absence. The surgery will correspond with the ‘OLTL’ studio move, and Erika hopes to return to the new studio within a month. We will keep you posted on her progress and wish her a safe and speedy recovery,” commented the head of her fan club on January 14th.

    SON wishes Ms. Slezak a speedy recovery and hopes she will be able to retun to “One Life to Live” and Llanview very soon. 

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.


    OLTL PreVUE: Week of February 1 Edition

    Photo: Donna Svennevik/ABC

    Friday, January 29, 2010 at 8:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Pure as the driven snow.

    THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

    Happy to see each other again, Matthew and Danielle kiss on Tuesday, February 2. Elsewhere in Llanview, while looking for Markko, Langston bumps into Ford. Langston adamantly denies Ford’s accusation that she was really looking for him. Even so, she accepts his offer of using his office to do her writing. And Kyle breaks the news to Roxy on Friday, February 5, that she is not going to be a grandmother again anytime soon.

    The Inside Story: Traffic Jam

    John and Brody execute their plan to bust the rogue cop out of jail on Monday, February 1. After busting out, John is surprised to find Natalie driving their getaway car. As the trio is fleeing the scene, Marty bumps into Lowell, who arrests her for aiding and abetting a criminal. Meanwhile, Jessica steals Nurse Charles’ cell phone, but is stopped by Mitch before she can speak with Brody. Mitch prepares to erase his daughter’s memories, while Brody remains certain that call came from Jessica. On Tuesday, February 2, the fugitives successfully allude the authorities. John and Brody get a lead on Mitch’s location using computer equipment Fish set up for them, determining he is using the abandoned observatory atop Llantano Mountain as his bunker. As the snow begins to fall, they head off toward the mountain, unaware that they are on a collision course with several other Llanview residents on Wednesday, February 3. Their car is soon inadvertently ran off the road and into a ravine by Dorian and Charlie. John and Brody manage to escape injury, however Natalie isn’t for fortunate. Brody sets out on foot in a raging blizzard to rescue Jessica, while John works to free Natalie from the wreckage.

    A Closer Look: We Can Rebuild Her

    Rex, believing that Stacy is really in labor, escorts her and Kim to the hospital on Monday, February 1. Schuyler is all set to administer the oxytocin to Stacy, but has a change of heart at the last minute. By Tuesday, February 2, Schuyler decides to put his faith in Gigi, and pray that she will be able to forgive him. Meanwhile, Rex and Gigi share a bittersweet moment as she watches him bring Stacy into the hospital. Although he is still heartbroken, Rex puts on a brave face when Gigi tells him she’s in love with Schuyler. Mitch gets news that Stacy is about to give birth, and sends Nurse Charles to kidnap her. After searching for Stacy to use as bait to get to Mitch, Dorian and Charlie find her at the hospital on Wednesday, February 3. But as they are about to take her away, they are confronted by a gun-welding Nurse Charles, who drags Stacy out to her car. As they flee the scene, Dorian and Charlie are in hot pursuit. At the same time, Rex discovers Stacy missing, and he and Kim soon realize that she is grave danger. As the snow begins to pick up, Dorian and Charlie soon find themselves on a crash course with Nurse Charles and Stacy, as well as John, Brody, and Natalie. Following the accident, they proceed on foot, unaware that John, Brody, and Natalie were in the car that they ran off the roadway. At Mitch’s hideout, Stacy encounters a zombie-like Jessica, and begins to panic. Hoping to squirm her way out of a difficult situation, Stacy doesn’t realize that she is sealing her fate when he confesses all to Mitch. Furious that she is not caring his grandchild, Mitch tosses Stacy out into the blizzard on Thursday, February 4. Meanwhile, Schuyler crashes his car when he attempts to drive to Viki’s cabin to hook up with Gigi. Rex and Fish set out in search of Stacy, and soon discover Schuyler and Dorian’s wrecked cars. Dorian and Charlie are surprised to see Gigi when they seek refuge at the cabin on Friday, February 5. Mitch comes up with his most perverted plot yet. Schuyler is on his own as he faces the elements. Charlie searches for Jessica, while Gigi looks for Schuyler. And Rex makes an interesting discovery when he locates Schuyler’s backpack.

    One Life to Live News and Headlines:

    OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF FEBRUARY 8, 2009

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.

    Pictured: Roscoe Born/Bree Williamson/Karen Christie-Ward courtesy Heidi Gutman/ABC