OLTL PreVUE: Week of January 18 Edition

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Friday, January 15, 2010 at 8:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A father’s Love.


Natalie and Jessica are disappointed to learn that Kim has moved into Asa’s mansion. Langston confesses to Blair that she fantasized about Ford while making love to Markko on Tuesday, January 19. Placed on the spot by Cristian and Layla, Markko has no choice but to invite Ford to Starr and Langston’s party at Capricorn. Meanwhile, Langston can hardly conceal her emotions after learning that Ford is coming to her party. By Friday, January 22, Langston doesn’t try to stop Ford from kissing her. Elsewhere in Llanview, Jessica receives a letter from her father, who asks her meet him on the docks, alone. Leaving another cop to secretly guard Jessica, Brody confronts the Devil himself on Thursday, January 21. Meanwhile, Nurse Charles targets Jessica. Mitch has Brody right where he wants him when the cop attacks him on the docks. John arrives in time to prevent Brody from killing Mitch. Afterward, Brody’s attempt to get to Jessica is blocked by Lowell, who orders that he be detained. When John prevents the cops from going after Brody when he flees the scene, Lowell promptly has John arrested. It proves too late, however, as Jessica has already fallen prey to Nurse Charles.

The Inside Story: Haunted by the Past

Téa and Danielle show up on Rachel’s doorstep after returning to Llanview on Tuesday, January 18. Téa informs Rachel that Danielle knows the truth about Todd, but conveniently fails to mention that Ross is still alive. Meanwhile, Blair takes a brooding Todd to see Starr on her birthday. Afterward, Todd is pleasantly surprised by a visit from Téa, who revels that Danielle now knows that he is her father. At the same time, Rachel dodges Danielle’s questions about Todd. However, she later researches her father’s background via the Internet. On Wednesday, January 20, Todd is shocked to learn that, not only is Ross alive, but that he is responsible for getting Danielle to return to Llanview. As Todd dreads confessing his checkered past to his daughter, Danielle learns all the sordid details. Matthew is surprised to see Danielle when he visits his sister’s apartment. Danielle’s joy over being reunited with Matthew is short-lived when she voices her dismay over Todd being her biological father. Later, Téa returns to find Danielle missing. Despite his best attempt to persuade her otherwise, Marty refuses to help make Todd look good to Danielle on Thursday, January 21. Thing get even worse for Todd when Téa tips him off that Danielle has already researched his past. Across town, Matthew tries to ease Danielle’s fears by introducing her to Starr, who tries to provide her with new insight into their father’s personality. As they are anxious to find their daughter on Friday, January 22, Todd wonders if it would make more sense for Téa and Danielle to simply return to Tahiti, however Téa reassures him that everything will work out eventually. And Matthew tries to clear the air with Destiny.

A Closer Look: Lies, Blackmail, and a Baby

Following a random encounter with Charlie at a bar, Dorian makes the suggestion that murdering Mitch would solve everyone’s problems on Monday, January 18. Viki is grateful when Charlie returns to Llanfair without falling off the wagon during his latest outing. Meanwhile, Bo reminds Rex that he will always be there for him, when Rex tells him about how Mitch tried to kidnap Stacy and their baby. Gigi can sense that something is bothering Schuyler, but has no clue as to what it could be. Kyle despises keeping Schuyler and Stacy’s secret. Stacy, meanwhile, confides in Kim that she is worried the truth will come out when she fails to give birth on Valentine’s Day. After doing some research on the Internet, Kim discovers a labor-inducing drug called oxytocin, and shares her findings with Stacy. They soon agree to coerce Schuyler into getting them some of the drug. Kyle puts on his thinking cap on Tuesday, January 19, after learning that Fish slept with Stacy, and considers the fact that her baby may really be his. Across town, Rex and Stacy meet with Eli to determine who should get custody of the baby in the event that something happens to both of them. On Wednesday, January 20, Fish is floored when Kyle suggests that he could be the father of Stacy’s baby, and they soon confront Stacy and Kim with with their suspicions. Even though they threaten to go to Rex and Schuyler, Stacy and Kim warn them to keep their mouths shut or risk the destruction of Kyle’s medical career. Choosing a better course of action, Fish and Kyle decide to wait until after the baby is born to get a DNA test. Wanting to protect Viki from what he is really up to, Charlie leads her to believe that he is drinking again when she tracks him down at a bar. Charlie and Dorian forge a pact when he tells her that he’s decided to murder Mitch in cold blood.

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Friday, January 15, 2010 2:31 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It appears that “All My Children” star Rebecca Budig and her husband of almost five years could be heading to divorce court.

People Magazine is reporting that reputable sources have indicated that “All My Children” star Rebecca Budig and her husband Bob Guiney have decided to call it splits.

Bob Guiney climbed to fame on the first season of the reality-series “The Bachelorette,” where he was rejected by the series star Trista Rehn (Stutter). Following the rejection, the popular contestant was offered the bachelor position on season four of “The Bachelor.” Instead of marrying the woman he proposed to at the end of the series in 2003, Estella Gardinier, he ended up finding romance with established soap star Budig. Budig and Guiney met in early 2003 while Budig began hosting “The Bachelor XYZ” (repeats of the original series) on the ABC Family network. Guiney and Budig married on July 13, 2004. The marriage marked Budig’s second. Budig married Daniel Geller on June 1, 2001, the marriage ended in divorce four months later.

In a joint-statement given to People Magazine, the pair simply states: “We love each other very much. We are best friends and don’t know what the future holds.”

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    My View of Llanview: January 15 Edition

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    Friday, January 15, 2010 12:01 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Are changes afoot behind the scenes at “One Life to Live?”

    Contradicting information, bizarre omissions and lazy writing have some left “One Life” wondering what the hell is going on in Llanview in recent weeks and months.

    God may be all knowing and powerful, however, Mitch Laurence is a close second. The former cult leader and self-proclaimed man of the cloth seemingly has his pulse on anything and everything related to anyone who is anyone in Llanview. He knew about the souring of Rex and Gigi’s relationship, and even that Danielle was really Todd Manning’s biological daughter. But yet, he has no clue that Stacy’s baby’s father isn’t even Rex. Which makes his claim that the baby will be his “blank slate” all the more ludicrous. Granted, Mitch does have minions strategically placed all over town to feed him much of the confidential information, but that doesn’t change the fact that he is clueless when it comes to his own “grandchild.” How realistic is that? About as much as Danielle suddenly being older that her half-brother Jack, who was born before she was, I suppose.

    Furthermore, why did Mitch have no reaction to seeing Todd face-to-face for the first time is returning to Llanview? After all, Todd did have plastic surgery back in 2003 to make him look exactly like Mitch’s brother Walker. And along those same lines, why is Roxy so afraid of Mitch now when she was more than ready to jump the bones of his other brother Miles, just a few short years ago? I mean, it’s not like Roxy didn’t know that Miles and Mitch were brothers or that Mitch was a psychopath. She seemed to have no problem whatsoever with it. Now all of a sudden she is extremely frightened to even hear his name. Apparently, the fact that Miles and Walker even existed has either been forgotten by the writer’s or disregarded by them. Either way, it leaves a rather large plot hole in this particular storyline.

    First it was reported that he had signed a new contract with “OLTL.” Then we were told that he was only returning for five episodes. But just how long is Dan Gauthier really back for as Kevin Buchanan? Are the writers even sure at this point? Who knows? But one thing that I am sure of is the fact that they will more than likely screw it up, just as they have all the other recent returns of(minor and major) past characters to Llanview in the past three years. I dare anyone to name even one return that was even a little successful….go ahead. I dare you.

    Moving on, what has happened to the episode titles that have set “One Life to Live” apart from all other daytime dramas? For more than a year now, we have been treated to the unique, creative, and amusing titles following the soap’s opening credits. However, as of this week, they have mysteriously disappeared. Even so, they continue to be used for various functions at abc.com, including day-to-day sneak peeks, episode recaps, and when each day’s full episode of “OLTL” is uploaded to the site. They seem to be appearing everywhere but in the actual episodes themselves. While I’m not sure exactly what is going on with regards to the missing titles, I (along with many “OLTL” fans) have grown somewhat fond of their quirkiness and hope that they will soon return.

    As if the sudden termination of the episode titles wasn’t strange enough, here are a few other things to consider. Despite the fact that the “More Life to Live” episode bumper can still be seen at the mid-point of each episode, no new deleted scenes or behind-the-scenes footage have been uploaded to abc.com in more than two months, aside from the partial reposting of how Cristian Vega’s artwork is created and Hillary B. Smith seeking advice from the show’s costume department on what to wear to a Christmas party. “One Life to Live” and ABC had been fairly consistent with posting a brand new batch of bonus scenes on a bi-weekly basis, with style reports and other special features filling in the gaps on the off-weeks. However, all of that has changed as of late, even though the special feature is still being promoted both on the website and during each episode of “One Life to Live.” Huh?

    Furthermore, when was the last time ABC updated any of the information on the “OLTL” homepage at their MediaNet website? Although the network has always been slower than molasses with regards to adding the biographies of new cast members to the page, they got even lazier during 2009. So, just how far behind are they? Well, here’s a good example. Jason Tam joined “One Life” as Markko Rivera in May of 2007, and he is still not listed on the website. In all, about half of the current cast isn’t even listed on the page. Along the same lines, there have been no new photo shoot images of the cast posted (with the exception of the couples shots of Brett Claywell and Scott Evans), since October of 2008. And spoiler images of upcoming scenes have not been been uploaded in months. Instead, ABC/”OLTL” appear to have gotten into the habit of posting images of scenes that have already aired instead. To make matters worse, “All My Children” and “General Hospital” continue to upload images of upcoming scenes on their MediaNet pages on a regular basis. What is up with that?

    But perhaps the biggest question mark recently regards ABC’s decision NOT to broadcast “OLTL” in HD at this time, and their delay in moving the soap into “AMC’s” vacated New York City studios. Many fans have considered these two decisions as proof that the network is letting “One Life to Live” die a slow and painful death by not investing in the show’s future. Although ABC claims that they have to wait until their contract with the “AMC” crew expires before they can move “One Life,” the delay is nonetheless aggravating. Although it is a plausible explanation, is in an accurate one? Or is the network simply trying to use it as a smoke screen to distract fans from what is really going on? With ABC one can never be certain. And, as far as I’m concerned, their decision to upload full episodes of “AMC” and “OLTL” to abc.com, while a nice gesture, doesn’t amount to a hill of beans considering everything else that has transpired in the past six months.

    Lastly, will “One Life to Live’s” record low ratings prove to be the final nail in their coffin? The last several weeks, the soap has been dead last in both Households and Total Viewers (even lower than the recently cancelled “As the World Turns”). As bad as that is however (and believe me, it is reason for concern), there is some light at the end of the tunnel. “OLTL” still manages to to hold its ground in several key demo groups, which television executives tend to focus more than the total number of people watching their shows. Even so, “OLTL” needs a huge ratings boost and quick. But at least fans can take some solace in the fact that “General Hospital,” ABC Daytime’s crown jewel, isn’t doing much better than “OLTL” lately either. I know that makes me feel better anyway. And don’t even get me started on what is going on with “All My Children’s” ratings recently.

    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.

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    Thanks to some renovations with the SON website, no one was able to guess the identity of last time’s mystery character from “Llanview Who Am I?” (or read my last column for that matter). For that reason, I am giving you guys and gals a second chance at it. Here goes…

    In 2000, this grandson of a former long-time, well respected police captian, 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.

    So who is this mystery man from the past? I’ll have the answer in the January 30th edition of “My View of Llanview.” Extra credit will be given if you tell me the identity of the mystery character’s grandparents and how they are tied into one of “OLTL’s” very first storylines. 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 1st. Schuyler decides to set the record straight. Stacy is desperate. Mitch decides that a certain person is expendable. Jessica fights back. Dorian and Charlie’s plan hits a roadblock. And trouble brews high atop Llantano Mountain.

    Well that’s concludes yet another edition of the column. Thanks for putting up with my insentient ramblings and rants once more. I hope that everyone is having a great start to the year and that the best is yet to come. Take care and God bless.

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

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    OLTL Recap: Thursday, January 14, 2010

    Thursday, January 14, 2010 6:38 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, January 14, 2010.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY “Movin’ On Up”…

    Rex tells Gigi he’s moved in with Stacy because of Mitch’s threats. Schuyler confronts Stacy after learning Mitch went after her and the baby. Kyle walks in on Stacy and Schuyler’s argument just in time to hear that Schuyler, not Rex, is the father of Stacy’s baby.

    Blair gives Dorian the cold shoulder when she drops by but does tell her that Langston moved in with Markko. Langston and Markko realize they can’t share an apartment with Starr, Cole and Hope. Langston has a chance encounter with Ford while searching for an apartment. Markko catches Ford and Langston in close proximity.

    Blair can’t seem to get enough of Eli.

    David wants to sue Ford for a cut of the royalties he’s getting from an internet version of their failed reality show.

    Kyle and Ford have an awkward introduction.

    On the Next One Life to Live…

    • John figures out what Dorian is hiding.
    • Viki is concerned about Charlie.
    • David’s hopes are dashed.

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    AMC Recap: Thursday, January 14, 2010

    Thursday, January 14, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, January 14, 2010.


    Liza, Colby and Scott race into the parlor to find a barely dressed Annie standing over Adam, who’s suffered a heart episode due to Annie’s sexy dance. At the hospital, Adam’s doctor diagnoses him with congestive heart failure which could be fatal in some cases. Adam, however, tells Annie that he’s going to be perfectly fine. Scott fantasizes about Annie. Liza’s worried about Colby.

    Madison promises Erica she won’t say a word about seeing her and Ryan kissing. Opal reads Ryan’s tarot cards and predicts someone from his past will be returning to his life. Greenlee calls Ryan but doesn’t leave a message.

    On the Next All My Children…

    • Greenlee wants to know what David’s really been up to.
    • Amanda begins to question Trevor’s paternity.
    • Colby wonders if Annie tried to kill Adam.

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

    GH Recap: Thursday, January 14, 2010

    Thursday, January 14, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, January 14, 2010.


    Dominic confronts Olivia for not telling him that Johnny knew he’s an undercover cop out to nail Sonny. Olivia and Johnny grow closer.

    Sonny plans on setting the stage to frame Franco for Claudia’s murder. While at the ski cabin, Michael’s disturbed by memories of the night of the murder. Sly, a forensics technician tells Mac all they need is a DNA match to the hair sample they found at the cabin to ID Claudia’s killer.

    Lulu confronts Elizabeth, implying she must have led Nikolas on in some way. Steve tries to offer advice to a distraught Elizabeth.

    Lisa ends up in Patrick’s arms after taking a tumble while arranging furniture in her apartment.

    On the Next General Hospital…

    • Jason is adamantly opposed to Sonny’s plan.
    • Lucky finds Nikolas and Elizabeth together.
    • Dominic thinks Michael knows more than he’s saying.

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

    Thursday, January 14, 2010 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” VCR Alerts for the Week of January 18, 2010.


    • Monday: Greenlee faces a difficult decision. JR does the right thing. Erica tells Ryan what she loves about him.
    • Tuesday: Adam hides how serious his condition really is. Jake and Amanda get the news they were praying for. David tries to make amends for his misdeeds.
    • Wednesday: Jake wants to take revenge against David. Marissa’s dumbfounded by David’s actions. Natalia and Brot stumble upon a mystery.
    • Thursday: Tad kisses Liza to prove his point that he’s over Krystal. David tells Greenlee he can never return to Pine Valley. Amanda urges Jake to put the ordeal with David behind him.
    • Friday: Adam throws his family for a loop. David thinks Greenlee would be better off if he just walked away. It seems like old times for Tad and Liza.

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” also airs online at ABC.com and can be accessed 24/7.

    GH Alerts: Week of January 18 Edition

    Thursday, January 14, 2010 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” VCR Alerts for the Week of January 18, 2010.


    • Monday: Dominic grows more convinced that Sonny killed Claudia. Spinelli makes a troubling discovery. Lucky doesn’t tell Nikolas and Elizabeth that he’s on to them.
    • Tuesday: Sonny and Jason don’t see eye to eye. Lucky’s out for revenge. Dominic forces himself to push Lulu away.
    • Wednesday: Dominic struggles with his guilt over taking Sonny down. Lulu admits to Maxie that she’s in love with Dominic. Patrick gets a sobering reminder of his younger days.
    • Thursday: Jason learns that Maxie saw Sonny on the night of Claudia’s murder. Lucky admits to Lulu that he’s fallen off the wagon. Michael vows to destroy Dominic.
    • Friday: Michael discovers Dominic’s secret. Maxie agrees to lie to protect Michael. Luke fears Lucky is turning out like him.

    “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “GH” also airs online at ABC.com and can be accessed 24/7.

    OLTL Alerts: Week of January 18 Edition

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    Thursday, January 14, 2010 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” DVR Alerts for the Week of January 18, 2010.


    • Monday: Dorian attempts to convince Charlie to do her dirty work.  Kyle has a guilty conscience regarding Schuyler’s secret.  Stacy grows concerned that her lies will be exposed.
    • Tuesday: Téa and Danielle return home to Llanview.  Kyle wonders if Fish is really the father of Stacy’s baby.  Kim seeks Schuyler’s help.
    • Wednesday: Danielle researches Todd’s checkered past.  Fish and Kyle put the screws to Stacy.  Todd reconsiders his decision to reach out to Danielle.
    • Thursday: Todd is heartbroken to discover that Danielle knows all about his misdeeds.  Marty refuses to help Todd win over his long-lost daughter.  Charlie agrees to help Dorian in her quest to silence Mitch permanently.
    • Friday: Starr extends an olive branch to her new sister.  Mitch targets Jessica.  John steps up and takes the fall for Brody.

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    Wednesday, January 13, 2010 9:36 PM ET | By Xavier Toups

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” names their new head-writing team.

    Soap Opera Network has learned that David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski are the new Co-Head Writers at “All My Children.”

    “AMC” has been without an official Head Writer ever since the firing of Charles Pratt Jr. in November 2009.

    There is no word yet on what will happen to Lorraine Broderick, who was brought in as an “Associate Head Writer” to help with the transition. Broderick served as a member of “AMC’s” writing staff from 1979 thru 1991 and was the head scribe at the ABC soap from October 1995 to December 1997.

    This will be Kreizman’s third tenure as a Head Writer or Co-Head Writer. He was HW/Co-HW at CBS’s “Guiding Light” from 2004 until the show’s final episode on September 18, 2009. Kreizman had served on the “GL” writing team for about seven years prior to the promotion.  When “GL” ended, Kreizman joined “As The World Turns” as Co-Head Writer. In December of 2009, it was announced that “ATWT” will end in September 2010.

    Swajeski will be reunited with Kreizman, whom she worked with at “GL” as his Co-Head Writer from 2003 to 2008. Swajeski’s other Head Writing tenure was at “Another World” from 1988 to 1992. She’s been writing scripts for “The Bold and The Beautiful” before joining “AMC.”

    Both won a Daytime Emmy (Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team) in 2007 and a Writers Guild Award (Daytime Serials) in 2004.

    Stay tuned to SON as more information becomes available.

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” now also airs online at ABC.com which can be accessed 24/7.

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