Monday, February 22, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Monday, February 22, 2010.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Adam comes upon a zombie-like Annie holding the tire iron and instinctively backs away, uncertain what to think. Scott’s arrival snaps Annie out of her trance. Scott later confronts Colby, who finally admits she’s responsible for the stunt but remains unremorseful. Adam reads Scott, Colby and Annie the riot act after hearing Colby admit her guilt while accusing Scott of still having a thing for Annie.

Liza’s disheartened when Damon tells her that Bailey is staying at her parent’s house with Stuart permanently. Natalia arrests Damon in connection to the recent string of burglaries.

Jesse convinces Angie they need some time alone and whisks her away to a room at the Yacht Club where they reconnect and make love. Not wanting to ruin his parent’s time together, Frankie fails to give Angie an urgent message which results in the death of a patient.

Ryan eavesdrops as Greenlee pours her heart out to Jake and is deeply affected by what he hears. After telling her he’s going to back off, Ryan and Greenlee begin to enjoy being together without feeling any pressure. Greenlee’s touched when Ryan remembers her birthday and presents her with a cupcake.

Adam tells Tad to speed up the search for Sonia Reyes.

On the Next All My Children…

  • JR asks Tad to always look out for his son.
  • Frankie’s mistake has grave consequences.
  • Erica lays out her demands to David.

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



GH Recap: Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, February 22, 2010.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Dante wonders if his luck has run out when Jason confronts him on the roof at the hospital. Jason explains to Dante and a protective Lulu that Sonny has issued the order that Dante is not to be touched. Jason warns Sonny that Dante is more dangerous to them now than ever. Sonny refuses to stop trying to form some kind of relationship with Dante, who rejects him once again. Olivia hotly defends the decision she made when she opted to lie to Sonny and not tell him about Dante when she first learned she was pregnant.

Johnny slips away before Max and Milo discover he’s the person who hijacked Sonny’s shipment, thanks to Ethan’s interference. Luke becomes concerned when Ethan ends up on Johnny’s grateful side. Johnny shows up at Olivia’s and they make love.

Maxie tries to give Lucky advice about Elizabeth. Nikolas asks Elizabeth if she’d be willing to take a paternity test sooner rather than later.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Johnny stands up to Jason.
  • Diane has an intriguing proposition for Alexis.
  • Tracy cautions Lulu about getting involved with Dante.

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



More Life to Live: February 19 Edition

Photo: ABC

Saturday, February 22, 2010 5:00 PM ET by Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what you didn’t see the past few weeks on “One Life to Live.”

BONUS SCENES: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

David Gregory (Robert Ford) previews the latest edition of “More Life to Live” deleted scenes which features Todd and Téa discussing how Danielle needs to have an adult presence in her life, prompting Todd to suggest that she and Téa move in with him so that they can all be one big happy family; Shane asking Bo if anyone will come to his Aunt Stacy’s funeral since her and his mother’s parents are dead, and about he never had any grandparents growing up, to which Bo tells him that he can always talk to him; Téa trying to convince Todd that they need time away from one another and that she is going to spend the night at the Palace; and Nora trying to ease Shane’s concerns about not being good big brother to Stacy’s baby. 

You can view the scenes here, courtesy of SOAPnet.com:

This Week on One Life to Live…

  • Gigi wants answers form Schuyler.
  • Dorian receives bad news.
  • Mitch has an unexpected visitor.
  • Kelly and Adriana return to Llanview.
  • Roxy urges Rex to get back together with Gigi.
  • Jessica can’t remember her own daughter.
  • Snoop Dogg performs.

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


OLTL Teasers: Week of February 22 Edition

Photo: Robert Milazzo/ABC

Monday, February 22, 2010 at 3:00 PM ET by Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Teasers and Episode Titles for the Week of February 22, 2010.

ONE LIFE TO LIVE: Teasers

  • Monday: “Displeasures of Sierra’s Madre” – Schuyler stands up at the hospital and announces that he is the father of Stacy’s baby.  Gigi demands answers from her beau. Fish explains to Kyle why he thinks Sierra Rose is better without him as a father. Jessica fails to recognize Natalie, and only pretends to know Bree.  Shane ponders if his parents will get back together.  Rachel makes a discovery in Schuyler’s backpack. 
  • Tuesday: “Downward Schuyler” – Roxy tries to push Rex and Gigi back together. Schuyler mistakenly believes that all is well in his relationship with Gigi.  Rachel seeks legal advice from Téa.  Blair doesn’t want to fall back on old habits.  After overhearing her belittling Nigel, Clint has a talk with Kim.  Matthew and Danielle’s makeout session gets a little steamy. 
  • Wednesday: “Do the Dogg” – Bo is visited by his old pal Snoop Dogg, who invited him, Nora, and Matthew to his concert.  Blair introduces Snoop to a packed house at Capricorn.  Shaun’s parents continue to give Rachel the cold shoulder, all the while fawning over their son’s date Vivian.  Ford dodges Cristian’s questions.  After initially forbiding her from attending the concert, Todd helps Téa chaperone her and Matthew.  Bo tries to ease Nora’s fears over their son getting involved with Todd’s daughter.   
  • Thursday: “Unfaithfully Yours” — Brody goes to great links to make Jessica remember him.  However, even a kiss fails to job her memory.  Gigi is thankful to have Rex’s support.  Rachel tells Schuyler she believes him.  Markko nearly catches Langston about to sleep with Ford.  Starr is jealous after meeting Cole’s hot classmate Hannah. 
  • Friday: “Coming Around Again”– Mitch has an unexpected visitor.  Jessica puts the moves on Cristian.  Starr thinks Langston is keeping a secret.  Kelly and Adriana return to La Boulaie.  Andrew arrives to deliver some bad news to his former mother-in-law.  Blair doesn’t think it wise for Dorian to let her guard down so soon. 

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



OLTL Quick Peeks: Week of February 22 Edition

Photo: ABC

Monday, February 22, 2010 at 2:20 PM ET by Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Quick Peeks for the Week of February 22, 2010.

ONE LIFE TO LIVE: Quick Peeks

  • Monday: (Episode #10627) — Schuyler takes charge; Gigi demands answers from her new boyfriend. (Rated: TVPG D)
  • Tuesday: (Episode #10628) — Roxy urges Rex to go after Gigi; Schuyler thinks all is well in his relationship with Gigi. (Rated: TV14 D, S, L)
  • Wednesday: (Episode #10629) — Bo is visited by an old friend; Snoop Dogg rocks Capricorn. (Rated: TVPG D)
  • Thursday: (Episode #10630) — Brody tries to make Jessica remember him; Brody’s kiss fails to jog Jessica’s memory. (Rated: TVPG D, S)
  • Friday: (Episode #10631) — Mitch has a mysterious visitor; Andrew has some bad news for Dorian. (Rated: TVPG L)

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



Photo: Errol Lewis/SON

Monday, February 22, 2010 12:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Writer and presidential historian William Joseph Reynolds shares with SON his participation in an upcoming book about the world of the daytime drama.

The Survival of the Soap Opera: Strategies for a New Media Era is set to be released later this year by the University Press of Mississippi. The anthology, which is edited by Sam Ford, Abigail De Kosnik, and C. Lee Harrington, discusses the current and future state of the faltering soap opera genre, and will feature “contributions from scholars, critics, industry practitioners and viewers.” In his interview with one of the book’s editors, Sam Ford, Reynolds discusses his more than two decade long obsession with the since cancelled sudser “The Edge of Night.”

In conjunction with The Survival of the Soap Opera’s impending publication, Reynolds will join the editors and others featured in the book, as speakers at the American Popular Culture Association Conference in St. Louis from March 30th-April 3rd, 2010. As part of his presentation Reynolds, who was one of only two fans to attend the final taping of “Edge” in 1984 (as a special guest of Fan Club President Frances Nonenmacher), will show a video montage of some of the finer moments from “The Edge of Night” and “As the World Turns” from over the years. 

In an e-mail to SON, Reynolds provided the following statement:

“I literally grew up with both ‘The Edge of Night’ (‘EON’) and ‘As the World Turns’ (‘ATWT’), as I was born only three weeks after their CBS debuts in April 1956. When I was in college some twenty-five years ago, I was enrolled in a course entitled ‘The History of American Popular Culture.’ One of my class projects was ‘The History of Radio and Television Soaps.’ It was while I was doing this project that I was fortunate to meet my now dear friend, Dagne Crane, who played Sandy, the second Mrs. Bob Hughes, on ‘ATWT’ from 1965 to 1971.

The way I first met Dagne was most unusual. I guess it is every soap fan’s dream to wake up in a hospital setting and have your favorite soap star hovering over you and caring for you. Well, that’s exactly what happened to me. Dagne was working as a paramedic for our local volunteer ambulance corps. Even though she had been off the show for a dozen years, I recognized her immediately. A short while later, I got up enough nerve to interview Dagne for my ‘History of Soaps’ project. To this day, I never tire of hearing her stories of how it was, back then, to do a live thirty-minute drama, five days a week, fifty-two weeks a year.

One of the things I enjoyed most about ‘EON’ was the fact that, for its entire run on CBS (1956-1975), the show was done live. ['EON' was subsequently picked up by ABC from 1975 to 1984.] To be able to successfully pull off a half-hour of mystery every day, with all the pitfalls of a live show, was masterful. The scholars of today can also look back on a show that was not afraid to take risks. For instance, the monologue of Adam Drake in his closing summation during the Julie Jamison murder trial, which took up an entire episode, was soap opera at its very best, and has – as far as I know – never been duplicated.

Similarly, a decade later, when the two leading characters Mike and Nancy were facing marital separation, the only two actors used on that pivotal day were Mike and Nancy’s portrayers, Forrest Compton and Ann Flood. Nothing like that has ever been remotely duplicated. In particular, ‘EON’s’ format stuck out from the rest of the pack. Its crime-themed melodrama was first and foremost. The standard soap themes of jilted lovers, extramarital affairs, and teen pregnancies took a back seat on a show that was mystery-oriented. One of my all-time favorite EON storylines involved the Whitneys, whom head writer Henry Slesar, who held the position from 1968 to 1983, fashioned after America’s real-life political royalty – the Kennedys. The revelation that the younger son Keith was not dead but actually disguised as hippie Jonah Lockwood was masterfully told. In order to keep his secret, Keith/Jonah sent many a character to an early grave. The storyline was riveting and truly kept you on the edge of your seat every afternoon. And, if I recall, the storyline played out over an eighteen-month period, culminating with Keith’s fatal fall off a tower in one of those early ‘on-location’ shoots.

It does my heart good to see polls that indicate that not only was ‘EON’ one of the top soaps of all time, but it is still warmly regarded by its fan base a quarter-century after its cancellation. In more recent years, Web sites that offer vintage clips and episodes of old TV shows have been offering ‘EON’ and opening the doors for a new generation of fans to enjoy. The soaps of yesterday, in my opinion, which were only thirty minutes in length, told more in-depth story than today’s hour-long shows. Yes, I know that boggles one’s mind and does not make mathematical sense, but it’s true. Further, today’s soap producers feel compelled to outdo themselves and their competition with large-scale special effects and exotic remote location shoots. Soaps feel compelled to give us tornadoes, floods, and explosions to draw the audience in. However, sets do not have to be elaborate, nor do special effects have to be over-the-top. Soaps in their radio days did more to capture the attention of their audiences, only through the use of a script, than any of the shows today. I swear they try to outdo each other with Emmy reels of nominated shows full of car blow-ups, murder, kidnappings, rapes, etc.

The state of the American soap opera is, sad to say, on ‘life support.’ I grew up in America’s golden age of television, both primetime and daytime. I saw the soap opera genre at its best. To see it like it is today is like seeing a dearly loved family member with a long terminal illness. In 2010, with great reluctance, we have to say goodbye to ‘ATWT’ on CBS after more than 54 years on the air. It’s a crying shame, and I am not optimistic.” (Reynolds notes that in light of the recent announcement by CBS concerning the cancellation of  “As the World Turns,” the book’s publisher allowed him to “address with with the last two lines [above], but we worded it in such a way that the show could be picked up by another network.”)

William Joseph Reynolds is published historian, whose work focuses primarily on the Presidents of the United States and the Ossining, New York area. He also researches and writes on the history of American soap operas, and participates in both on and offline soap fan community events. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Mercy College, as well as a 1986 inductee of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges,” and has pursued graduate studies at the Westchester campus of Long Island University. To learn more about Mr. Reynolds, click here.

Also featured in the book is Middlebury College professor Jim Mittell, who discusses “how my approach to prime time serial television relates to the traditional daytime soap opera.” You can read his comments here.

SON would like to thank Mr. Reynolds for taking the time and effort to share this information with us and our readers.


Amanda Setton Leaves ‘One Life’

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Sunday, February 21, 2010 2:05 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The “Gossip Girl” actress decides to leave the ABC soap after only six months with the cast. 

Daytime Confidential is reporting that they have learned from various sources that the 24-year-old Setton, who portrays Kimberly Andrews on “OLTL,” “was offered a contract [she had been on recurring status with the show] and a pay increase, however she opted to turn both down and is planning to move to California for pilot season. “

Setton, who joined “One Life to Live” on August 14th, 2009, taped her final episode last Friday (February 19th).  No final airdate has been announced, and a show spokesperson had no comment.  However, considering the sudser’s production schedule, she is expected to air until at least late March or early April.  It is unknown if “OLTL” plans to recast the role.   

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


OLTL Recap: Friday, February 19, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, February 19, 2010.

IT HAPPENED TODAY “These Boots”…

Gigi and Schuyler learn that Sierra Rose has a congenital heart defect and will need surgery. Kyle wonders if Fish wants to find out whether or not he’s the baby’s father. Schuyler announces he’s the baby’s father when parental consent is needed for her surgery. Kim lashes out at Rex for the way he treated Stacy when she was alive. Standing by the lake’s edge, Kim says an emotional goodbye to Stacy. On the way back to Llanview, Bo gently breaks the news about Stacy to Shane.

Marty shares her diagnosis with Viki, Clint and Brody after examining Jessica.

John tries to straighten things out with Marty.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Gigi wants answers from Schuyler.
  • Kyle takes action.
  • Jessica’s loved ones are shocked by the extent of her condition.

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



Friday, February 19, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, February 19, 2010.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Ryan wears Greenlee down with talk of happy memories until she finally admits she does still love him and maybe always will. Greenlee, however, insists to Ryan they can never get back what they had and it really is over between them. The stressful situation takes its toll Greenlee, who faints in Ryan’s arms. Alone with Jake, Greenlee reveals she’s really awake and asks him to help her.

Erica and David engage in a war of words while she holds him captive.

Annie seethes when Adam does as JR demands and sends her home from the hospital. Scott devastates Annie when he walks away from her. Annie’s chilled to find a tire iron on the terrace.

JR tells Marissa he wants her to officially adopt Little Adam. Per Adam’s instructions, Tad begins searching for a mystery person.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Scott confronts Colby over her latest stunt.
  • Ryan’s hit hard by Greenlee’s words.
  • Angie and Jesse try to reconnect.

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



GH Recap: Friday, February 19, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, February 19, 2010.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Lucky warns Helena to stay away from Elizabeth. Lucky tells Elizabeth what he thinks she needs to hear. While an angry Lucky speeds down the highway, he ends up on a collision course with Maxie.

Olivia clashes with Carly when she finds her with Dante. Sonny points out to Olivia that things might have turned out differently had she been honest with him from the very beginning. Dante wonders if Jason is planning on silencing him permanently.

Johnny makes a move against Sonny.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Jason warns Sonny that Dante is a danger to them.
  • Lucky tells Maxie how he really feels about Elizabeth.
  • Luke’s concerned about Ethan.

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