Friday, July 31, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — The path less taken.


Still on his game, a busted up Dominic is thrown off when Lulu takes him to a less than romantic “room” to recover on Monday, August 3. Edward’s forbiddance sends a disappointed Nikolas to Jake’s on Tuesday, August 4, where he ends up sharing shots with his brother’s girl. Ethan pours out his heart to Rebecca. Alexis is arrested. Robin is determined to prove Alexis’ innocence and is one step closer to her goal when she deduces Brianna’s killer was right handed and Alexis is not on Wednesday, August 5. Jax enlists Morgan and Max into his mission on Thursday, August 6. Olivia’s craving for Johnny creates a mortifying situation for her and Dominic. An upset Dominic reveals his real occupation to Olivia. On Friday, August 7, Spinelli arrives at the Scorpio family dinner intent on asking Mac the big question. Molly faces Keifer’s wrath.

The Inside Story: Twists & Turns
Jason and Sam grow closer as they follow Michael and Kristina’s trail. Kristina’s guilt becomes more palpable. Intent on using the young man as bait to get to his real target – Jason, Jerry informs Claudia that he has no intention of calling off the search for Michael. Sam is closer to Michael and Kristina than she realizes but Jerry is even closer as the kids near the Mexican border. Jerry continues to keep one step ahead of Sam. Michael and Kristina’s dance with danger proves fruitful for Mr. Jacks on Friday, August 7. Jerry works on gaining Michael and Kristina’s trust after saving their lives. Sam gets more than she bargained for after finally spotting the kids.

A Closer Look: Big Decisions
Parting from Sonny proves to be full of sweet sorrow for Olivia, who later clears the air with Johnny. Claudia is sure she’ll be able to make things work with Sonny, who figures that he can’t continue pushing and pulling his wife away. On Tuesday, August 4, a conflicted Sonny explains to Claudia that whatever he’s feeling for is clouded by his belief that she may have played a part in Michael’s shooting. Claudia insists she had nothing to do with Michael’s shooting and wonders if they may be able to grow closer over the loss of their own child. Moved by the sentiment, Sonny tells Claudia he wants her to return home with him after she’s released from the hospital. Sonny decides to take things one step at a time with Claudia. Johnny, on the other hand, cuts Claudia off after catching her on the phone with Jerry.

General Hospital News and Headlines:


  • Michael and Kristina realize Jerry’s not just having them over for milk and cookies. (Soap Opera Digest)
  • Jerry uses Sam to get Jason right where he wants him and a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. (Soap Opera Digest)
  • Maxie gives Spinelli the answer he wants, but is it just an act of defiance? (TV Guide Listings)
  • Lucky and Elizabeth debate whether or not to tell Nikolas the truth. (Soap Opera Weekly)

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

OLTL PreVUE: Week of August 3 Edition

Friday, July 31, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — I do?


Todd finds that women can be rather difficult to deal with on Tuesday, August 4. Téa is ticked off at Blair. Todd makes a declaration of his love for one of the women in life. Blair continues to be jealous. Todd arranges a special surprise for his lady love on Wednesday, August 5. Cole works to convince Asher’s boss Serge that he wants to be a dealer, however, the drug king remains suspicious. John levels the playing field with the pill pushers. Cole’s mistake nearly blows his cover on Friday, August 7, however John manages to stop in at the last minute. John has words for Starr. Todd ponders what his almost son-in-law is up to. Greg is confident he has someone all figured out. Layla defends Fish to Cristian. Later however, Cristian gets an eyeful while watching frat buddies Kyle and Fish together at the diner on Thursday, August 6. Cristian gives Fish an ultimatum.

The Inside Story: Or Forever Hold Your Peace
Bo is faced with obstacles when he attempts to tell Clint the truth. The air is thick with tension as the ceremony begins. After imaging a rather bleak future for herself and Dorian, and becoming very intoxicated, the pair decide to crash Viki & Charlie and Clint & Nora’s double wedding on Monday, August 3. The ceremony comes to a close after the two Cramer girls publicly embarrass themselves. In the ensuing reception, two unlikely women catch the bridal bouquets. Bo and Nora dance around their feelings, literally and figuratively. Later, Nora has eyes for another while dancing with Clint on Wednesday, August 5. Viki and Charlie couldn’t be happier. On Friday, August 7, the Buchanans head to court with their hotshot new lawyer. Matthew provides Téa with some rather damaging information on his parents. Bo and Rex share another ‘father/son’ moment. Viki isn’t sure what to make of Charlie’s suggestion regarding their new family.

A Closer Look: Baby Blues
Stacy milks her pregnancy for all it’s worth. Schuyler must play the friend card while listening to Gigi’s never-ending problems with Rex. Gigi pays Stacy an unexpected visit after learning of her living arrangement on Monday, August 3. Rex tells Schuyler to stay away from the woman he claims to love. Gigi thinks she a permanent solution to the baby dilemma, but Stacy has other ideas on Tuesday, August 4. After Gigi tosses hurtful accusations toward her sluttly sister, Stacy is overwrought with pain. Rex is angry when Gigi confesses she asked Stacy to ‘get rid’ of the baby on Wednesday, August 5. Realizing they have a bumpy road to travel, Rex and Gigi make a pledge. After receiving horrible news, Stacy vows to keep it to herself. Rex makes things clear to Stacy regarding the baby and Gigi. Schuyler gives in to his feelings for Gigi on Thursday, August 6, only to apologize shortly thereafter.

One Life to Live News and Headlines


  • Todd confides in Viki. (Canadian Cable Guide)
  • Rachel and Matthew don’t see eye-to-eye. (Canadian Cable Guide)
  • Téa removes a mysterious briefcase from her closet. (Canadian Cable Guide)
  • Blair denies Dorian’s accusations. (Canadian Cable Guide)
  • Rex believes Blair has ulterior motives for investigating Téa’s past. (Canadian Cable Guide)
  • Greg comes to Matthew’s defense. (Canadian Cable Guide)

Discussion: OLTL PreVUE: Week of August 3 Edition

Thursday, July 30, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 30, 2009.


A The judge refuses Liza’s request to drop the charges against Kendall but does agree to postpone the start of the trial. Erica demands that Kendall drop the idea of confessing to Stuart’s murder. Adam can’t help but be affected when Annie voices how much she’s come to love him. Annie finds an unlikely ally in Jack when he agrees to take on her case. Jack accuses Zach of setting Annie up and warns he won’t get away with it. Adam lets Ryan know he’s come to believe Annie is being persecuted unfairly. Ryan feels guilty for making Annie pay for Stuart’s murder when she didn’t do it. Erica insists to Ryan they’re doing the right thing protecting Kendall at all costs and points out the other crimes Annie should be punished for. Annie asks Aidan for help in proving Zach framed her. Kendall goes to see Annie.

Brot shows up at Taylor’s to tell her about Randi’s miscarriage and finds Tad there. Taylor and Tad’s talk about finding the right person to be with leads to a kiss.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Zach wonders what Aidan’s up to.
  • Jesse has bad news for Kendall, Zach and Ryan.
  • Tad and Taylor take another step closer.

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

Thursday, July 30, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 30, 2009.


Sam and Jason are stalled in their search for Michael and Kristina due to Spinelli having tinkered with Jason’s car. Kristina’s nagged by the fact she might have caused the accident but doesn’t mention anything to Michael. Sonny and Carly agree they’re both to blame for what’s happened to Michael. Claudia goes behind Sonny’s back and contacts an old acquaintance with ominous plans for Michael in mind.

In an effort to appease Carly, Jax arranges for Mac to inspect Alexis’ cars for signs of damage. Alexis makes a surprising confession.

Lulu helps Maxie derail Spinelli as he’s about to ask Mac for Maxie’s hand in marriage.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Alexis will do anything to protect Kristina.
  • Carly notices the spark between Sonny and Olivia.
  • Lucky and Ethan become unlikely allies.

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

OLTL Recap: Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 30, 2009.


“Elephant in the Room”

Bo challenges Matthew to make good on his threat to tell Clint he saw Bo and Nora kissing. Rachel is astounded when Nora confides to her about kissing Bo. Rachel wonders if Nora’s hoping Clint calls off the wedding and asks her mother point blank if she still loves Bo. Bo’s uncomfortable watching Clint prepare for his wedding to Nora and later seeks advice from an unlikely source.

Jessica overreacts when Bree claims her new toy was given to her by her Daddy. Brody helps Jessica calm down; convincing her there must be a logical explanation to Bree’s story. Jessica spots someone on the grounds at Llanfair.

Cole convinces Asher that he wants to start dealing drugs.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Bo pays Lindsay a visit at Stateville.
  • Brody becomes concerned for Jessica’s state of mind.
  • Dorian and Blair hit the sauce.

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

Thursday, July 30, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “All My Children” VCR Alerts for the Week of August 3, 2009.


  • Monday: Zach and Ryan orchestrate Kendall’s escape. Kendall has second thoughts about taking the boys away from Zach. Jake and Amanda’s plan might be over before it even begins.
  • Tuesday: Kendall shares a tearful goodbye with her sons. Adam makes Annie’s wish come true. Tad and Taylor spin a story to a suspicious Krystal.
  • Wednesday: Natalia accuses Jesse of not being on the up and up. Stuart’s ghost pays Kendall another visit. Marissa comes to a passed out JR’s aid.
  • Thursday: JR challenges Annie to admit that she really doesn’t love Adam. Zach begs the court for leniency for Kendall. Angie shares her suspicions about Jesse with Frankie.
  • Friday: Kendall learns her fate. Marissa is the unintended victim of Marian’s quest for revenge. Annie knows what JR’s really up to.

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

Thursday, July 30, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “General Hospital” VCR Alerts for the Week of August 3, 2009.


  • Monday: Michael and Kristina are headed south of the border. Olivia fights her feelings for Sonny. Jerry plans on using Michael as a pawn to get to Jason.
  • Tuesday: Sonny admits to Claudia he doesn’t know how he feels about her. Things go from bad to worse for Alexis. Dominic flirts with Lulu.
  • Wednesday: Sam’s one step closer to finding Michael and Kristina. Robin’s on a mission to clear Alexis’ name. Dominic is horrified to find Johnny and Olivia together.
  • Thursday: Jerry stays one step ahead of Sam. Michael and Kristina walk into danger. Diane warns Alexis that the cards are stacked against her.
  • Friday: Dominic is hiding a major secret. Sam’s in for a surprise when she finds Michael and Kristina. Spinelli finally has his say with Mac.

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

OLTL Alerts: Week of August 3 Edition

Thursday, July 30, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” VCR Alerts for the Week of August 3, 2009.


  • Monday: Blair has a rather disturbing vision of the future for herself and Dorian.  Nora is tortured by her feelings for Bo.  Gigi nearly blows a gasket upon finding out that Stacy continues to call Rex’s loft home. 
  • Tuesday: Clint and Nora’s future rests in Bo’s uncertain hands.  Todd works to keep his women under control.  Stacy keels over following a confrontation with Gigi. 
  • Wednesday: Stacy’s vision of forming a happy family with Rex and the baby comes to an end when disaster strikes.  Todd continues to work to get back on Téa’s good side.  Nora must face the consequences of her decision regarding the Buchanan brothers.     
  • Thursday: Schuyler acts impulsively while with Gigi.  Cole is caught between a rock and a hard place.  Cristian observes an intimate moment between Kyle and Fish at the diner.   
  • Friday: John manages to prevent Cole from blowing his cover.  With Matthew’s hearing about to get underway, Téa gains leverage over Bo and Nora.  Crisitan informs Fish that he must tell Layla the truth.   

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

My View of Llanview: July 30 Edition

Thursday, July 30, 2009 1:01 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” in black and white.

The recent arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Gates and the ensuing debate on racial relations in 21st century America, warrant a look at the present state of diversity in the make believe land of Llanview, Pennsylvania.

Looking back through the “My View of Llanview” archives from 2008, I came across my column from exactly one year ago today. It was in that edition that I first examined the color, or lack there of, on “One Life to Live.” I thought it appropriate to examine the progress (if any) the long-running daytime drama made in the year that followed.

As you may recall, at this point 52 weeks ago, “OLTL” could claim only one African American actress on its contract roster, and only a handful more on recurring status. Tika Sumpter (Layla Williamson) remained the soap’s token representative for people of color. In terms of other minorities, 2008 saw less than a half dozen actors of varying ethnicities, such as Latino and Middle Eastern, and even fewer appearing on the show on a recurring basis.

But that was then, and this is now. Thus far, 2009 appears to be a banner year for minorities, homosexuals, and mixed couples than its predecessor. With the additions of Daphnée Duplaix (Rachel Gannon) and Terrell Tilford (Greg Evans), “OLTL” now has three African-American actors on contract with the show, and placed in frontburner storylines. In addition, the black supporting cast as grown as well to include characters whose careers are as varied as bodyguards, doctors, lawyers, and drug counselors.

However, sticking points do remain. Although the presence of Markko Rivera’s parents Ernesto and Aurelia help maintain Llanview’s Latin flavor, both characters appear two-dimensional and stereotypical, as conservatives and devout Catholics who are not afraid to disinherit their only son should he go against their religious beliefs. While standing up for what you believe in is moral and admirable, and generates necessary conflict for the show, at the end of the day it must be remembered that your children are your children no matter what. Even when they misbehave and adhere to their own set of morals and beliefs as they search for their own identity, they are still our flesh and blood and worthy of forgiveness. However, I’m afraid that “One Life to Live” will continue to represent these two characters, particulary Ernesto, as stubborn and unwilling to change.

I feel that what “OLTL” needs to shake things up is a good race relations type of story. Something edgy that borders on the controversial, much like the Carla Grey storyline in the early years of the soap. But simply having a character pass themselves off as being white, or promoting an interracial relationship and/or marriage, is not as taboo in 2009 as it would have been back in 1968. Also “OLTL” needs to shy away from penning another white supremacy storyline, given the debacle that was the ‘One Pure People’ storyline of 2007, featuring ex-professional baseball player turned underwear model turned arsonist and bigot.

Instead, it needs something more intense and attention grabbing. Perhaps they could take a page from “All My Children,” which recently featured daytime’s first gay marriage. Maybe once Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish finally get back together, they could get married and attempt to raise a child. Homosexual couples in this country have a very difficult time in adopting children, which “One Life to Live” could explore.

In addition, “OLTL” could also delve into homelessness and the hardships the recent recession has placed on middle and lower class blue collar working people. I’m not talking about taking on roommates to help pay the rent or not being able to afford a college dorm roof after your parents have kicked you out of the house. Instead, I’m talking about being so hungry and desperate to feed your family that you would steal food, being forced to live out of your car because the bank repossessed your home, and losing your entire life savings because you lost your job. Those sorts of socially relevant storylines is what “OLTL” needs to tackle. Other avenues they could investigate could include depression, self-mutilation, suicide, transsexuals, firefighters, politicians, and religion. While I realize that may seem like a hedgepodge podge list of sorts, they are all topics that could potentially lead to some rather juicy and intriguing storylines. After all, this is a soap that has already tackled issues such as DID, sexual abuse, rape, heart attacks, and homosexuals throughout their history.

That is the type of diversity that “One Life to Live” needs more of these days. In terms of racial and ethnic diversity the show appears to be building a solid foundation, however, it remains lacking in terms of social diversity. Perhaps the show will recognize that in the years to go, and gradually feature more of those types of storylines that mirror society.

“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,” wrote Christopher Schemering in The Soap Opera Encyclopedia. Creator Agnes Nixon’s original vision for “OLTL” was that it would be “built along the classic soap formula of a rich family and a poor family,” but that it would also feature “ethnic and socioeconomic diversity,” as she Nixon was “tired of the restraints imposed by the WASPy, noncontroversial nature of daytime drama,” according to Schemering.

“‘One Life to Live’ has always been at the cutting edge of daytime drama. From the day of its premiere in 1968, the show straddled social, ethnic, and racial boundaries to both popular and critical acclaim. Its focus on families — the blue-blooded Lords, the working-class Woleks, the Irish Catholic Rileys, and the Jewish Siegels — reflected America’s diversity as never before seen on daytime television. Today, after thirty years of awad-winning storytelling, these multifaceted dynasties continue to tackle real-life problems and to entertain generations of audiences,” wrote Gary Warner in his 1998 book ‘One Life to Live’: Thirty Years of Memories.

And “Agnes Nixon intended to title her new show ‘Between Heaven and Hell.’ Religion would be playing a role in the lives of varied characters, which included an Irish Catholic and a Jewish family. While the title captured the darker, edgier feel of late afternoon soaps like ‘Dark Shadows’ and ‘The Edge of Night,’ sponsors found the title a bit to controversial. Nixon compromised with ‘One Life to Live,’ an ironic title given the fact that its signature storyline, Victoria Lord’s (then Gillian Spencer) multiple personality disorder, revolved around a woman literally leading a double life.

On July 15, 1968, ‘One Life to Live’ debuted on ABC in the 3:30 time slot, nestled between ‘General Hospital’ and ‘Dark Shadows.’ Agnes Nixon prided herself on the show’s ethnic and economic diversity. The four core families would be the blue collar and Polish Woleks, the Irish Catholic Rileys, the very upper-class Lords, and the Jewish Siegels. In an article that appeared in the New York Times shortly before the show debuted, Nixon emphasized the fact that the show would be featuring black actors in prominent storylines, a feat being done almost nowhere else on television. The character of Sadie Gray, an African-American (played by Tony winning Lillian Hayman), held down a prominent job, heading the housekeeping department in the hospital. As with the best of soap opera characters, references were made to some secret involving Sadie’s long absent daughter,” stated Gerry Waggett in The ‘One Life to Live’ 40th Anniversary Trivia Book, published in 2008.

As the preceding quotes indicate, “One Life to Live” is a soap rich in history and diversity. After decades of lagging behind their daytime counterparts in terms of racial and ethnic characters and storylines following its rather controversial start, it is certainly refreshing to see that the show is at least attempting to make some inroads in that particular area and trying to return to their roots.

If you missed my original column on “OLTL’s” colorless storytelling of 2008 and would like to read the article, click here.

In conclusion, I believe that “One Life to Live” is heading in the right direction. However, as the old saying goes “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get ran over if you just set there.” In order to remain relevant, “OLTL” will need to continue showcasing Llanview’s rich diversity and expand upon it. And they must stay true to Agnes Nixon’s original concept if they want to survive another 40 years. After all, that’s just good storytelling.

For those of you unable to figure out the answers to the trivia questions from my last column, here they are (correct answers in bold): Question #1: In 1998, which supposedly deceased villain was Dorian Lord’s guide during her trip to hell? a) Mitch Laurence, b) Marco Dane, c) Carlo Hesser, or d) Victor Lord. Question #2: In 2001, Max Holden interrupted Asa’s marriage to Gabrielle Medina, mistakenly believing that he was marrying which one of his many ex-wives? a) Alex, b) Blair, c) Becky Lee, or d) Delila. Question #3: How much money did Todd Manning promise to give his lawyer Téa Delgado is she married him in 1997? a) Half a million dollars, b) $1 million, c) $5 million, or d) $10 million. And Question #4: What political office was Kevin Buchanan elected to back in 2004? a) mayor of Llanview, b) lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, c) state senator, or d) district attorney.

Hope you enjoyed those questions, and that they didn’t prove too difficult for you. Now time for this week’s trivia challenge: Question #1: In 2000, Nora Hanen was presumed dead following what type disaster? a) car crash, b) train explosion, c) plane crash, or d) boating accident. Question #2: For what reason was Todd Manning pardoned for his crimes in 1994? a) Blair Cramer seduced the governor into pardoning him, b) Larry Wolek discovered a brain tumor that made Todd not criminally responsible for his crimes, c) Todd rescued Marty Saybrooke, CJ Roberts, and Jessica Buchanan from a car accident, or d) Todd agreed to testify against mob boss Carlo Hesser. Question #3: What caused Clint Buchanan to go blind in 1987? a) He was shot in the head, b) He developed a brain tumor, c) A bomb exploded in his face, or d) He was trapped in a chemical fire at The Banner. And Question #4: Which South American country did Jenny Wolek flee to, in order to work at a convent? a) San Alicia, b) San Bernardo, c) San Carlos, or d) San Daivo. I’ll have the answers in the August 15th edition of the column. But if you are stumped and can’t wait, you may want to consult a copy of The ‘One Life to Live’ 40th Anniversary Trivia Book by Gerry Waggett. Just a suggestion…. but one you might find useful (except when trying to figure out first question, which I came up with myself. However the answer to it can be found elsewhere in this column).

That concludes yet another installment of “My View of Llanview.” Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer, and that the kiddies are all ready to go back to school very soon. Thanks for reading, and please join me again on August 15th for more thoughts and opinions on Llanview.

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

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

Discussion: My View of Llanview: July 30 Edition

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, July 29, 2009.


A guilt ridden Kendall frustrates Zach by continuing to insist she shot Stuart. Ryan confronts Zach with his newfound suspicions after visiting Annie. Kendall tells Ryan she killed Stuart and confirms that Zach set Annie up to take the fall for her. Annie points the finger at Zach when Marissa questions her. Marissa starts to have her doubts about Annie’s guilt. Liza tells Marissa that their job is to make sure Kendall goes free and not to try and get Annie off the hook regardless of whether or not she’s innocent. JR can’t believe that Scott would defend Annie. Annie accuses Jesse of being in cahoots with Zach to crucify her. Jesse quickly shuts Natalia down when she investigates the shooting and points out many discrepancies in the case against Annie.

Jake warns Amanda she can’t keep running to Taylor’s to see Trevor or else David might get suspicious.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Zach is certain of Kendall’s innocence.
  • Annie finds an unlikely ally in Jack.
  • Erica insists to Ryan they’re doing the right thing.

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