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Monday, May 18, 2009 12:38 AM ET | By Venus Stone


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Will she reveal the truth….

THIS WEEK ON: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

Jill learns of the movie deal of Katherine’s life, Monday, May 18. That same day, Devon begins to wonder what Aunt Virginia could be keeping from him. Raul comes back to Genoa City to reconnect with old friends, Friday, May 22.

The Inside Story: Unable to Let Go
In an effort to put her life back in order, Sharon continues to plan her life and that of her baby’s with Jack and seek therapy When she meets with the therapist she informs her about her being with Nick, Billy and Jack, along with stealing items, the therapist begins to lay out the reasons why she’s doing the things she’s doing, Sharon gets upsets and ends the session. She soon finds herself in the bar face-to-face with Nick, who sees that she’s upset. When he begins to embrace her she tells him that he needs to leave her alone and she leaves, headed back to the Abbott mansion. Once there she starts going through a box of things and finds a picture that Cassie drew as a little girl of her family. Emotions overcome Sharon and she soon tells Jack that maybe it would be best for them to leave Genoa City but Jack talks her out of the idea. Later that day Sharon bumps into Billy and blurts out that he may not be the only person who could be the father. She points out that despite it all Jack realizes and understands that he may not be the baby’s father. When Jack returns she tells him that she just can’t keep Nick out of her life; while back at the office, Phyllis and Nick are discussing his ex. After agreeing to move on and start their lives together, the two make love. Meanwhile, Sharon tells Jack that she is going to let Nick know that she’s pregnant and that he could be the father. Jack tells her that if she does that she’d be ruining Nick’s marriage. Taking his advice Sharon bypasses a telephone call from Nick and heads to Cassie’s grave only to find Nick there as well.

A Closer Look: In Deep

Daniel decides to continue to help the Justice Department in shutting down the black market of stolen paintings. Jana, upon seeing one of Daniel’s paintings becomes suspicious of what he could be up to and begins trying to discover what he could be hiding.

What To Watch

  • Paul begins to investigate a litlte bit more into Mary Jane
  • Jill tries to keep Billy quiet about her money woes
  • Billy learns a bit more about Mac

The Young and the Restless News and Headlines

  • Della Reese comes to the show as Aunt Virginia on Monday, May 18th with some shocking information
  • David Largo returns to the show as Raul Guittierez on Friday, May 22
  • Jerry Douglas reprises his role as the ‘Ghost of John Abbott’ on Wednesday, May 27
  • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “Y&R” during the week of May 11 -15, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF MAY 25, 2009

  • Jack learns the truth about Sharon and Billy
  • Chloe makes a decision that has a big impact on her family
  • Ashley is hospital bound once again

    “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings .


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    Discussion: Y&R PreVUE: Week of May 18 Edition



 

Saturday, May 16, 2009 10:06 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It’s not every day that Soap Opera Network reports on news from outside the soap world, but this is one story that would make even the writers and executives at the Big Three Networks scratch their heads. 

Soaps are no stranger to drama, especially if it involves the kidnapping and switching of newborn babies.  For decades, the various daytime dramas have frequently employed the plot device to spice up otherwise mundane storylines.  On “One Life to Live” for example, only one (Joey) of the five children of town heroine Victoria Lord Davidson had a normal childhood.  Two others were kidnapped, and the other two were forgotten by their own mother until after adulthood.  “All My Children” launched an ambitious cross over storyline with “One Life to Live” back in 2004, in which a baby went missing in Pinve Valley, and was passed off as the son of someone else in Llanview.  Even today, soaps such as “Days of Our Lives” and “One Life to Live” are embroiled in baby stealing plots. 

All of which makes the real life story of Kay Rene Reed Qualls and DeeAnn Angell Shafer all the more intriguing.  In a plot twist that could only come from the twisted mind of a soap writer, the two women were switched at birth at an eastern Oregon hospital back in 1953.  Both ladies have gone on to live normal lifestyles, but grew up with the nagging feeling that, for some odd reason, they bore little resembalance to their siblings and other family members.   

In an interview with the Associated Press, Quall’s brother Bobby Reed, stated that an eighty-six year old neighbor to both mothers, recently shared her suspicion with him that the two girls may have gotten switched while in the hospital shortly after birth.  The woman who asked that her name not be released, claims that Marjorie Angell confonted nurses at Pioneer Memorial Hospital back in 1953, believing that she was given the wrong baby.  However, her concerns were quickly brushed off by hospital staff. 

After years of rumors and suspicion, both women agreed to take DNA tests back in March.  Shocked, but not unexpected, the results confirmed what had long been suspected. Shafer’s results showed that she had a  99.9% chance of being related to Bobby and Dorothy Reed.  Qualls results, on the other hand, revealed that she had a zero percent chance of being geneticall related to her brother and sister. “After seeing Kay Rene, I went home and told my husband, I don’t know why she’s doing the DNA testing,” she said. “I was shocked — she looked just like my sister’s twin,” Shafer told the AP

Both women, who share a May 3rd birthday, have declined the hospital’s offer to pay for counseling. “I’m trying to move forward at look at the positive,” Shafer said. “You can’t look back. It just drives you crazy.”  

To read the entire Associated Press article, click here.

In the recent past soap writers have often stated that they take their plot twists and turns from real life events, so it should be interesting to see which of the daytime dramas will put their own personal spin on this particular stranger than ficition story in the months and years to come.  In the meantime, viewers will have to contend with watching current baby swtiching storylines play out with their daily dose of drama.   


Discussion: Life Imitates Art: Real Life Stranger than Soap Fiction

  • The Bold and the Beautiful
  • All My Children
  • One Life to Live
  • The Young and the Restless
  • Days of our Lives
  • General Hospital
  • As The World Turns
  • Guiding Light
  • Kay Rene reed Qualls
  • DeeAnn Angell Shafer

     

    Friday, May 15, 2009 8:03 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, May 15, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Tea volunteers to be the one to kill Todd but Powell remains one step ahead of her. Todd fears the worst when Powell leads Tea and Blair off.

    Marty is shaken by memories of the night she was raped.

    Kyle is surprised to find his sister Rebecca at Todd’s. Rebecca’s wheels start to spin when Kyle tells her Jessica is raising Starr’s baby as her own.

    Jessica is left troubled by another memory of the night she gave birth.

    Dorian jumps into action after Lola confesses she tampered with the condoms Dorian gave Langston. Still high on drugs, Lola shocks Dorian and Ray with the most startling confession of all.

    Langston and Markko tenderly make love for the first time.

    On the Next One Life to Live…

    • Marty’s memories come flooding back to her.
    • Blair and Tea’s lives are in jeopardy.
    • Jessica senses Natalie and Jared are keeping a secret.

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



     

    Friday, May 15, 2009 7:56 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, May 15, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Carly finally comes to accept the fact that Michael won’t be waking up but later collapses in Jax’s arms after a fit of rage over the situation. Meanwhile, Lulu gets quite a surprise when she stops by Michael’s hospital room.

    Jason tells Claudia he knows the truth about what she did. Sonny finds Jason and Claudia together.

    Alexis remains convinced that Rebecca is up to no good. Tracy denies to Luke that she tampered with his and Ethan’s DNA test.

    Holly pays Luke an unexpected visit.

    On the Next General Hospital…

    • Carly gets the news she’s been praying for.
    • Ethan drops a bomb on Lulu.
    • Rebecca makes a deal with Alexis.

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



     

    Friday, May 15, 2009 7:46 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, May 15, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Adam’s a marked man as several Pine Valley residents want to see him pay for his sins.

    JR spirals out of control but Tad manages to stop him from making a terrible mistake.

    JR comes across a gun wielding Annie inside the mansion. Aidan frees himself from Annie’s restraints and heads to Adam’s.

    Krystal encounters Tad after almost taking things with Adam into her hands.

    David is out for revenge.

    Tad sees Zach inside the mansion. 

    Jake and Angie work valiantly to get Ian’s heart beating again. Unaware that Ian is still alive, Kendall wants vengeance for the child she thinks she’s lost.

    On the Next All My Children…

    • Aidan is desperate to find Annie.
    • Ryan spirits Kendall away.
    • Zach goes to bat for Kendall.

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



     

    Friday, May 15, 2009 6:23 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Daniel Goddard and Christel Khalil from CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” welcome you to SoapOperaNetwork.com.

    While their characters got married on today’s episode of daytime’s number one soap opera, Goddard (Cane Ashby) and Khalil (Lily Winters Ashby) took time out of their busy day to personally thank you for visiting Soap Opera Network, which has been “Bringing. Drama. Closer.” since October 2001.

    The promotional spot is in conjunction with the drama’s “Wedding of a Lifetime” Sweepstakes, which recently announced its four finalists.

    Soap Opera Network would like to thank everyone at CBS, Sony Pictures Television and “The Young and the Restless”, particularly Daniel Goddard and Christel Khalil, for working with us during this campaign and allowing us to get the message out about the importance of love and how without it, one will always be missing something in life.

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    “The Young and the Resltess” airs Weekdays on CBS. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


    Discussion: ‘Y&R’ Welcomes You to SoapOperaNetwork.com

    • The Young and the Restless
    • Soap Opera Network
    • Daniel Goddard
    • Christel Khalil
    • SoapOperaNetwork.com

       

      Friday, May 15, 2009 8:00 AM EST | By Angela Rosa

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Building a mystery.

      THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

      A shot rings out at the Chandler mansion. Ryan finds Kendall outside the mansion. Kendall is thrilled and shocked to learn that her son is alive. Ryan leads Kendall away from the mansion. Jesse finds the victim of the gunshot wound. JR and Krystal are both convinced they know who the killer is. Jesse ends up putting a bullet in Tad’s brain believing he’s firing at the fleeing murderer on Monday, May 18. The cops corner somebody fleeing the scene of the crime. A skeptical Jesse has no choice but to arrest Zach who maintains he shot the victim. Jesse suspects Ryan is keeping something from him. The surgeons give Tad’s loved ones a warning. Kendall suspects Erica is hiding something. JR makes a shocking discovery at the morgue and on Wednesday, May 20 delivers heartbreaking news. Tad shows some strange behavior on Thursday, May 21. Zach makes a full confession to the new D.A. to protect Kendall. Kendall refuses to turn her back on Zach.

      The Inside Story: Redemption
      JR informs an alarmed Aidan that Annie was running around the mansion with a gun. Aidan heads to Ryan’s penthouse in hopes of finding Annie after realizing she’s taken Emma. On Tuesday, May 19, we find Annie hiding out in the Chandler attic with Emma and a prominent and unconscious Pine Valley resident. Annie manages to sneak back to the penthouse cellar with Emma, where Aidan later finds her. Ryan finds evidence that Annie and Emma were in the Chandler attic. Annie saves someone’s life. Emma’s mom continues on the road to redemption when she brings Emma back home to Ryan. Ryan allows Annie to spend time with Emma. Annie turns herself in to the police.

      A Closer Look: Deception
      Liza shows up at the police station to offer Zach her legal services – and is shockingly six months pregnant…or is she? Liza reveals her identity to Zach while explaining to him that although she isn’t actually carrying a baby, she is expecting one. Zach promises to keep Liza’s secret. Colby wants nothing to do with Liza. Liza explains her convoluted plan to help both herself and Amanda to Jake. Jake refuses to go along with Liza’s plan to pass Amanda’s baby off as her own but Liza remains undeterred. Liza confronts Colby. Jesse has questions for Liza on Friday, May 22. Liza asks Colby to back up her alibi for the night of the murder.

      All My Children News and Headlines:

      AMC ALERTS: WEEK OF MAY 25, 2009

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



       

      Friday, May 15, 2009 8:00 AM EST | By Angela Rosa

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Rude awakenings.

      THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL

      Rebecca gives Alexis two weeks to dig up all the dirt on her that she can affording the attorney that she’ll keep her hands off Nikolas during that time. On Monday, May 18, Rayner agrees to do dig up dirt for Alexis at a price: a date. Hot off another disagreement with Claudia, Johnny heads to Jake to drown his sorrows and ends up running into Olivia. Sonny gets an eyeful when he arrives at Olivia’s after Johnny and Olivia really hit it off on Wednesday, May 20. After learning the information, Rebecca purposely wears a dress in Emily’s favorite color to her date with Nikolas. On Thursday, May 21, Spinelli gets an earful while on his mission to find out why Kate is sabotaging Crimson. A bristling Claudia confronts both Olivia and Johnny. Sonny orders Olivia to stop seeing Johnny. Maxie reacts badly to the update on Johnny’s love life.

      The Inside Story: Bittersweet Moments
      Lulu calls both Sonny and Carly to tell them the good news about Michael but can’t reach Carly due to the fact that she has turned of all her phones. After sharing an emotional reunion with his son, Sonny sends Jason to find Carly to give her the news about Michael. Michael has a brief memory of seeing Carly leave his room with Jax moments before opening his eyes. Claudia privately worries that Michael may remember her bedside confessions. Overjoyed by the sight of her son awake, Carly is slow to pick up on her Michael’s coldness. Jax warns an angry Michael not to upset his mother and ends up revealing that Carly is pregnant on Tuesday, May 19. Michael asks Carly if the new baby is his replacement. Olivia fiercely defends Sonny’s place in Michael’s life to Edward and Monica. Sonny tells Michael about the shooting and asks for his forgiveness. Jason shares his fears about Michael with a supportive Sam. Carly pours her heart out to her “sleeping” son. Carly blames Jax for the rift between her and Michael noting that he was the one who convinced her to leave Michael’s bedside. A crushed Carly later overhears Michael berating her to Lulu. Lulu watches as Michael plays Edward, who is eager to take his grandson in. The results aren’t pretty when Carly insists Michael move in with her instead of taking Jason’s advice to give Michael some time and space.

      A Closer Look: Truth & Dare
      Ethan tells a stunned Lulu that he may be her brother. Holly avoids answering Luke’s questions. Tracy bristles at the sight of Holly with Luke. Tracy later confesses to Lulu that she did tamper with Luke and Ethan’s DNA test but honestly explains that she never learned the true results. A flirtatious Holly arrives at Patrick’s place ready to settle in. Tracy and Holly draw battle lines over their hearts desire, Luke. Lulu and Lucky clash over Ethan. Elizabeth tries to make Luke see how his eager acceptance of Ethan as his son is hurting Lucky. Holly gives Luke and Ethan some answers on Friday, May 22.

      General Hospital News and Headlines:

      GH ALERTS: WEEK OF MAY 25, 2009

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



       

      OLTL PreVUE: Week of May 18 Edition

      Friday, May 15, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — I want my baby back.

      THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

      Rex is comforted to learn that all is well with Shane after rushing the boy to the hospital for being under the weather on Wednesday, May 20.  Stacy proves what an immature little brat she is when she becomes jealous that a bond still exists between Rex and Gigi.  After Gigi drops by Rex’s loft and orders Shane to pack his belongings, Stacy manages to convince Rex to allow Gigi to take Shane back home with her.  By Friday, May 22, Stacy is successful in getting Rex to agree to let her live with him as long as she needs to.  And Kyle informs Stacy that, if he goes down for what he’s done, he’s taking her with him. 

      The Inside Story: Reliving the Past
      Marty’s memories come rushing back to her as she is trapped with Todd on Monday, May 18.  First she recounts the nightmare of the night she was raped, but then she remembers falling in love with Patrick and giving birth to Cole.  Meanwhile, Powell locks Blair and Téa in the boiler room.  After kidnapping baby Chloe from Llanfair, Rebecca meets up with Powell.  At the same time, a suspicious Starr and Cole find Kyle at Todd’s house.  John is desperate to get to Marty and beats up Kyle when he refuses to provide any information, and asks Fish to take him back to the station.  John has better luck than Starr in coaxing a frightened Jack into revealing what happened.  Powell floors Todd and Marty with the news that Chloe is really their granddaughter, and that she is his ticket to getting revenge on Tuesday, May 19.  Marty puts her psychiatrist skills to the test by claiming Powell is the reason she got her memory back.  Calming down, Powell places Chloe in Marty’s lap, only to see a look of relief on Todd’s face, prompting his anger to return.  As Powell lunges for Todd’s throat with a knife, Rebecca and John do battle with a syringe.  Managing to overcome Rebecca, John saves Todd and Marty and searches for Blair and Téa.  Todd and Marty head for the hospital to have Chloe checked out.  Across town, Blair and Téa pass out before Téacan reveal her big secret, but not before both proclaim Todd as the love of their lives.  Arriving in the nick of time, John comes to rescue the two women.  After removing Blair from the scene, Rebecca returns just as John is about to save Téa.  Shortly thereafter, the fraternity house explodes, leaving Téa trapped under the debris.  Hovering between life and death, Téa is rushed to the hospital.  On Friday, May 22, Michael shocks Todd with news that Téa’s injuries could prove fatal.

      A Closer Look: Baby Blues
      Natalie and Jared contemplate the best way to break the news about Chloe to Jessica. Before they get the chance however, Jessica is forced to confess the truth about her and  Brody after Jared and Natalie catch them together at Llanfair on Monday, May 18.  Jessica has the feeling that Natalie is keeping something from her, but has bigger problems to deal with when Chloe turns up missing on Tuesday, May 19.  As Jared and Natalie bowl over Viki, Clint, and Charlie with the news that Chloe is really Starr’s baby, Jessica’s memory flashes back to Bess and the night Chloe was born.  Starr and Cole, meanwhile, work to ease Jack’s fears.  Viki and Clint’s hearts break as they realize that Jessica must be told that her baby died on Wednesday, May 20.  Tradegy is narrowly averted when Jessica’s memories come flooding back and she passes out while in the car with Brody, who rushes her to the hospital.  After coming back to, Jessica tries to take baby Chloe from Marty’s arms after hearing a infant crying.  On Thursday, May 21, Starr and Cole learn from Marcie and Michael that it is a different baby that’s buried in Hope’s grave.  Back at the hospital, Viki reaffirms Powell’s claim to Marty and Todd, who agree that it is in everyone’s best interests to give Jessica some time to digest the news on Thursday, May 21.  Overwhelmed with memories of Bess, Jessica hightails it out of the hospital with Chloe in tow.  Todd and Marty reunite wiht Starr and Cole, and inform the teens that they have something to tell them.  Viki, Clint, and Brody are horrified to discover both Jessica and Chloe missing.  After an emontional reunion with her children, Blair is informed by Marty that Chloe is really Hope.  Viki, putting two and two together, quickly realizes that Bess has retaken control in order to protect Jessica.  And, as she drives further away from Llanview with the baby, Bess temporarily loses control to Jessica while on the phone wth Brody on Friday, May 22, however, she quickly manages to regain control of the situation. 

      One Life to Live News and Headlines

      OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF MAY 18, 2009

      • Markko and Langston learn of Lola’s deception and reveal a deadly secret. (Canadian Cable Guide)
      • Téa makes it through surgery. (Canadian Cable Guide)
      • Blair, Marty, and Todd share some earth-shattering news with Starr and Cole.  (ABC Soaps in Depth)
      • Bess goes on the run with baby Chloe. (Canadian Cable Guide)
      • Nora informs Bo of her engagment to Clint. (New York Daily News)

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


      Discussion: OLTL PreVUE: Week of May 18 Edition


       

      My View of Llanview: May 15 Edition

      Friday, May 15, 2009 12:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Is “One Life to Live” even trying anymore?

      For those of you out there who have not abandoned ship already and change the channel whenever the “OLTL” theme music starts to play, this question is directed at you. For many years I have been loyal to this soap, and have been with it through its many ups and downs. But like anything in life, you ultimately look in the mirror one day and ask yourself if it is time to move on.

      As noted above, I have witnessed many wonderfully played out storylines over the years (i.e., Viki’s DID), and equally as many horrific storylines (i.e., the One Pure People and who shot John’s father plots). But through it all I soldiered on and remained a Rock of Gibraltar when it came to my soap, “One Life to Live.” However, recently I have began questioning myself as it if may now be the time to leave my Llanview home. While the soap is not as bad these days as I have seen it in the past, there is much that not right on my favorite soap.

      It is starting to appear as if no one on the show (writers, actors, directors) is even trying anymore. Nothing makes sense anymore. Baby Chloe being exhumed at night? Starr and Cole kicking back at the prom while waiting for their dead baby to be dug up. Powell driving from Rochester, New York to Llanview, Pennsylvania and changing clothes in less than ten minutes. Dorian’s hairstyle changing from one room to another. Tea suddenly dressed after being kidnapped by Powell, when she was wearing only her bra, panties, and overcoat just before his arrival. Starr believing Jack when he told her that Blair, who had just gotten out of the hospital and could barely stand, running off to watch a movie with Todd. Cole still having a drivers license after causing a horrific accident while higher than a kite and having to go to rehab. PI Rex turning becoming dumber than a box of rocks with regards to Stacy. Starr finding a prom dress and doing her hair and make-up all during one commercial break. John managing to escape from a straight jacket in a locked room at a mental institute. Rebecca being able to impersonate Marty…..apparently, the Sitwell Institute doesn’t run background checks. Justin being so cruel to Matthew, a member of one of the richest families in town, just because he is in a wheelchair. The list goes on and on and on and on.

      I understand that it is a soap and it is their job to entertain us. I also realize that soap logic is completely different from real world logic, but still…. Watching “OLTL” lately is about like driving by a car accident. You don’t want to look, but something in your brain says that you just have to, no matter how horrific it may be. That’s how I feel about “One Life to Live” these days. It’s just that bad. However there are a few bright spots such as Markko/Langston, Jessica/Brody, and Matthew/Destiny. But for the most part, this show is starting to take on more water than the Titanic.

      It is difficult to fathom that this the same soap, with the same head writer, that was critically acclaimed only one year ago. Llanview had so much promise heading into the summer of 2008. The fallout from Nash’s death, Dorian’s takeover of Buchanan Enterprises, the return on Tina Lord Roberts and the real Marty Saybrooke, and the 40th anniversary episodes, just to name a few. One year later, Llanview has been invaded by Rex, Gigi, Stacy, Starr, Cole, John, Todd, and Marty. The rest of the cast is mere supporting players in this horrible drawn-out nightmare. Pardon my French, but what the hell happened? Aside from likely network interference from Brian Frons, I’m not really sure. As evident from many of the storylines from the first half of last year, we know that Ron Carlivati can be and is in fact a much, much better writer, capable of high quality storylines than the crap we, as fans, have been subjected to during the past few months. It’s just like night and day….or turning a light switch off and on. It’s nonsense. I’ve seen better writing in high school drama productions than on “OLTL” lately.

      Speaking of crap……what about this year’s Emmy nominees for Best Daytime Drama? Color me shocked that neither “One Life to Live” (for last summer’s 40th anniversary episodes) nor “Guiding Light” (one last tribute for the 72-year-old canceled soap) were nominated. Well, at least I can take some comfort in the fact that “General Hospital” was shut out as well, meaning no 11th Emmy statue in the category for the soap that always seems to be rewarded no matter how bad it gets (I swear, “GH” could do a storyline about watching paint dry and they would win best drama). I find it very amusing that the recent ratings for “GH” have gone through the cellar. True “OLTL” isn’t faring all that much better, but being in the middle to bottom of the pack has been familiar territory for “OLTL” throughout much of its history, unlike “GH,” who used to set near the top of the ratings.

      Otherwise, “OLTL” received only two acting nominations this year which, unfortunately is also nothing new for the red-headed, freckled stepchild of the ABC Daytime line-up. Congratulations to Susan Haskell and Bree Williamson though, nonetheless. With any luck perhaps at least one of the ladies will bring home a trophy for the show. I’ve always felt that, for the most part, “One Life to Live” has always had the most under appreciated cast in daytime. Of course, there are a few exceptions, however most of the cast is rather talented. Not that anyone would know that by watching the show recently, since most of those actors have been placed on the back burner, however.

      With that said, I now have found myself at a loss for words. I honestly don’t know what else to say about “OLTL” at this point. That’s just how disgusted I am with the show at this point. I pray that it will get better again soon, and I believe that it will, but it may take some time to complete the transformation. In the meantime, I’ll continue to watch out of loyalty and genuine love for the show I grew up and have watched for nearly all of my twenty-nine years. Doesn’t mean that I’ll always like storylines or the characters, however. But it does mean that perhaps I still have a little “Life” left in me yet.

      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 1983 how did Countess Echo DiSavoy earn her unusual nickname? Was it a) because of her ability to imitate voices over the telephone, b) because of her resemblance to her mother, c) because of her unusually deep singing voice, or d) “Echo” was an acronym hor her full name, Eleanor Claire Helena Olivia. Question #2: Back in 1979 who became the first person who figure out that Dr. Mario Correlli was indeed his presumed dead brother Marco Dane? Was it a) Karen Wolek, b) Larry Wolek, c) Dorian Lord, or d) Edwina Lewis. Question #3: Patrick Thornhart was involved with an Irish terrorist group known as the Men of what? a) 8, b) 13, c) 21, or d) 100. And Question #4: Alex Olanov was assigned to locate the missing Sarah Buchanan in 1990 by what government agency? a) FAB (Federal Anticrime Bureau), b) ISB (International Security Bureau), c) WSB (World Security Bureau), or d) The Triple I (International Intelligence & Investigation.

      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 1980, Dr. Ivan Kipling harbored a secret so disgusting that he was willing to kill to keep it buried. Was it a) he was a Nazi war criminal, b) he frequented prostitutes, c) he had never gone to medical school, or d) he performed experimental surgery on homeless men. Question #2: Back in 1969 who or what interrupted Viki Lord and Joe Riley’s first trip down the aisle? Was it a) a fight that broke out, b) the emergence of Niki Smith, c) Victor Lord suffering a heart attack, or d) a confrontation with Dorian Lord, who claimed to be Joe’s first wife. Question #3: Two years later, in 1971, with Joe Riley presumed dead, Viki first met the man that would become her next husband, Steve Burke. But where did the two future lovebirds meet? a) her father hired him to be her bodyguard, b) she accidentally ran him down with her car, c) he became her new editor at The Banner, or d) she had interviewed him for a story about political corruption. And Question #4: Convicted rapist Todd Manning suddenly found himself pardoned for his crimes in 1994. But why? Was it because 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. I’ll have the answers in the May 30th 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.

      Well that’s a wrap on another edition of the column. Until we meet again in two weeks, stay safe and healthy, and enjoy the wonderful late spring weather. Aloha!

      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.


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