Thursday, June 18, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, June 18, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

David desperately wants to get to the hospital when he learns Krystal collapsed after their car accident. Krystal knows that David cares about her but resists the urge to get drawn back in by him.

JR proves to be a good friend to Marissa when she tells him she blames herself for the deaths of her adopted parents.

Kendall puts a stop to Zach and Ryan’s arguing after she and Zach bring Ian home from the hospital. Kendall tells Zach and Ryan she needs both of them to help keep her out of jail. Zach believes going after Henry North is the best way to protect Kendall.

Ryan has no intention of helping Liza build a case for Annie’s defense.

Taylor and Brot address the fact that their relationship isn’t what it used to be. Brot walks away unnoticed when he later sees Taylor sharing a laugh with Tad.

Taylor urges Randi to stay and fight for Frankie. Randi lets Frankie know she’s with him for the long haul. Frankie takes a major step when he allows Randi to feed him.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Adam goes to great lengths for Annie’s benefit.
  • Things aren’t as they appear where Aidan is concerned.
  • Zach and Kendall come up with a plan.

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



Thursday, June 18, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, June 18, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Claudia takes steps to have Jason eliminated when he and Johnny attend a business meeting together. Olivia turns to Carly for help over Sonny’s growing anger about her involvement with Johnny.

Michael ditches his physical therapy and goes to Jake’s, where he gets into a fight with Kristina’s friend Kiefer. Kristina is alarmed when Kiefer punches Michael, sending him to the floor in a heap.

Nikolas decides he can no longer see Rebecca but has a change of heart after a talk with Monica.

Andrea Floyd, the Mayor’s wife, asks Patrick to settle the malpractice suit out of court in order to avoid any scandal. Actress Martha Byrne debuts as Andrea Floyd.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Michael takes his anger out on Carly.
  • Olivia worries that Sonny is purposely putting Johnny in danger.
  • Sonny and Claudia’s anger leads to passion.

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



OLTL Alerts: Week of June 22 Edition

Thursday, June 18, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” VCR Alerts for the Week of June 22, 2009.

ONE LIFE TO LIVE: VCR ALERTS

  • Monday: Todd is clearly up to no good.  Blair and Téa exchange heated words over the man they both love.  Roxy is cornered by Gigi, who demands the name of real bone marrow donor. 
  • Tuesday: Natalie tells Gigi to can the dramatics.  Dorian’s actions have consequences.  Layla isn’t moved by Crisitian’s comments about her relationship with Fish. 
  • Wednesday: Even more people are privy to the scheme when Gigi confesses all to Natalie and Jared.  Rex is ready to ‘get it on’ with Stacy.  Dorian is determined to fix things for Langston’s sake.  Clint proves that he is just full of surprises, although his latest appears to backfire.
  • Thursday: Stacy finally gets what she’s been dreaming of for so long.  Natalie and Jared are on to Roxy.  Todd is forced to watch his back as Téa prepares to enact her revenge. 
  • Friday: Gigi tells Rex what a manipulative little slut her sister really is.  Blair evens the playing field with Todd.  Marty needs John’s help for the millionth time. 

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



Thursday, June 18, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” VCR Alerts for the Week of June 22, 2009.

ALL MY CHILDREN: VCR ALERTS

  • Monday: Annie tosses Aidan aside in favor of Adam. Randi shares a past with Henry North. Erica and Ryan are determined to stop Annie in her tracks.
  • Tuesday: Zach and Kendall put their plan in motion. Erica and Ryan conspire against Adam and Annie. Amanda is overwhelmed by recent events.
  • Wednesday: Zach thinks he might have uncovered North’s weak spot. Frankie pushes his family away. Annie holds her own against Erica.
  • Thursday: Jake’s day goes from bad to worse. JR and Marissa end up sharing a kiss. Amanda reaches her breaking point.
  • Friday: Liza springs into action to keep her plan alive. Aidan is in cahoots with Ryan. Brot and Taylor call it quits.

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



Thursday, June 18, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” VCR Alerts for the Week of June 22, 2009.

GENERAL HOSPITAL: VCR ALERTS

  • Monday: Carly and Jax reach a decision about Michael. Jason and Johnny fight for their lives. Morgan’s life is in danger.
  • Tuesday: Carly and Michael search for Morgan. Patrick and Robin set out to solve a murder mystery. Ric is up to no good.
  • Wednesday: Michael wants to follow in Sonny’s footsteps. Claudia scrambles to cover her tracks. Kristina comes face to face with a killer.
  • Thursday: Sonny clashes with Michael. Carly decides Michael isn’t safe with Sonny. Ric believes everything’s working out just the way he wants.
  • Friday: Jason faces a tough decision. Spinelli puts the brakes on romance with Maxie. Sonny goes overboard to gain Michael’s forgiveness.

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



My View of Llanview: June 15 Edition

Thursday, June 18, 2009 5:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Miracles can happen when you believe.

I knew there was a reason I was writing this edition of my column a few days later than usual. Well, not really, but the time was perfect nonetheless. It gives me a chance to discuss two of my biggest pet peeves with “One Life to Live” at the moment.

But before moving on to what grinds my gears about the show recently, I would like to take a moment to point out my new logo. Granted it’s nothing fancy, just something I threw together from one of those free websites that allows you to create simple logos for the technically challenged (such as myself). I decided to come up with my own after my ‘search’ for a new look for my column on the Soap Opera Network message boards fell flat. Not a single person offered up their own take on a new logo for my column (bummer). So I decided to go the DIY route. Let me know what you think of it. Again, it’s nothing fancy, and I may change it yet again by the next column, depending on my mood at the time.

Anyway, back to show itself. My first pet peeve with “OLTL” right now is the unnecessary canning of two-thirds of Llanview’s McBain family. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a member of the ‘I heart the McBains’ fan club, however, I did think it was a mistake to get rid of two decent characters when Llanview is overflowing with characters that need to be taken out by a serial killer. But Marcie and Michael were different. They actually had substance, and ties to the canvas. They were characters that fans recognized, and understood. Furthermore, neither ate up a tremendous amount of airtime, having been placed mostly on the back burner for the past year.

Even so, Chris Stack and Kathy Brier are two very talented actors that “One Life to Live” will soon regret sending off into the sunset. Mostly because their presence on the canvas will be missed. But also because of the endless stream of newbies and cardboard actors taking their place on the television screens of “One Life” fans. I guess this means even more screen time for characters like Stacy Morasco, John McBain, Starr Manning (Kristen, honey, I love ya — but you need to try just a little harder to really sell it to the viewer), and Cole Thornhart. Yea…just what we need. Where the hell are Viki, Clint, Nora, Bo, Dorian, and the rest of the vets when you need them? I guess ABC believes that they have trained us fans to prefer Stacy over Viki. Wrong. If Stacy were to go missing from Llanview tomorrow I would order a cake to celebrate. Maybe Gigi can just throw some holy water on her and get it over with.

At least fans can take some satisfaction in the fact that at least Marcie and Michael got there happy ending. I suppose that, much like the song immortalized by the Disney movie “The Prince of Epypt,” miracles really do happen ‘when you believe.’ I was so thrilled when I saw the pregnancy test setting on the table. Finally, they are getting the child they have longed for. What a fitting ending to their story. Hopefully, “OLTL” will wise up one day and bring Marcie and Michael back, along with their child. I wish both Chris Stack and Kathy Brier only the best.

My second pet peeve right now is the seemingly endless stream of musical guests. Okay, I admit, it was kinda fun when the show would have a big name musician perform once a year, but now they are booking musical acts every few months. Are they that desperate for more revenue and an increase in viewers? Maybe they could have Starr feeding Hope more Cheerios, or perhaps Carnation Instant Formula or Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup instead. Plugging real-life products on the show (and no, I’m not referring to Have-a-Seat Hemorrhoid Cream of the Toaster Tarts Todd fixed for Téa) would seem like a more logical way to boost show profits. It is also a great way to add some reality to a show, although it can easily be overdone. A little of this goes a long way.

But just take a look at the facts. Since New Year’s Eve alone, there have been five separate musicial artists/groups to appear on “OLTL,” including Lionel Richie’s upcoming performance. The others included “Puddle of Mudd,” “The Plain White T’s,” “Rachel Yamataga,” and “The Pussycat Dolls.” The list grows even more when you factor in those who performed last year, such as “Snoop Dogg.” Each of these guest appearances has done relatively little to boost the show’s already sagging ratings. Instead, it may actually to have the opposite affect if “OLTL” continues to overload its yearly music quota. Fans may simply start viewing it as a bad attempt at stunt casting and begin tuning out in droves. As ABC learned a few years ago the game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?,” there is truth in the term claiming that ‘you can have too much of a good thing.’ When the expanded to show to about three or four nights a week, interest soon waned. And when that occurs, it can be difficult to lure those viewers back.

On a more personal level, the constant barrage of musical talents invading Llanview is beginning to take its toll on my nerves as well. As a reporter for SON, I find composing articles for musical guests to be the most tedious. Call me old-fashioned, but my favorite type of music is the old time rock ‘n roll of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. They don’t make music like anymore unfortunately. That’s not to say that I dislike all music of today’s generation, because I don’t. There is a select group of songs from this era that I can tolerate and, dare I say it, actually like. However, as a general rule, whenever I listen to music (which isn’t extremely often), I prefer the old stuff. That’s great, but it causes me problems when writing articles about a particular musician’s accomplishments, when I have never even heard of them before. Perhaps I’m just too old for my young age of 29, or maybe everyone else in soapland is a bigger music lover than me. Either way, it takes a great deal of patience and willpower as I work on those articles.

Moving on, do you ever find yourself scratching your head as you watch a particular scene or character? I tend to do that quite a bit while watching “OLTL” actually. Like, for instance, why couldn’t the show have gotten a decent skull cap for Shane when he lost all his hair from chemo? It was painful, but yet hilarious, watching it move and occasionally curl up on the edges during many of his scenes. Furthermore, why does Cole Thornhart always seem to be wearing black socks (and dark colored shirts and pants for that matter)? Whether it is suit, dress shirt, t-shirt, or tank top, his shirts nearly always seems to be a dark color. And anytime his feet venture into a scene (such as when he was going through detox in Starr’s bedroom), he has on black socks. Sorry, but I notice that sort of thing…I’m a sock man. ha ha Also, why does one of Erika Slezak’s eyes always seem to be twitching? Why is Michael Easton almost always chewing gum whenever he appears on camera? Why does Jessica give all her dead babies the middle name ‘Victoria.’  Sure, it’s a tribute to her mother, but why do it twice?  We already had baby Megan Victoria, and now Chloe Victoria.  And least Bree’s middle name isn’t Victoria as well, ha ha.  And why does Trevor St. John sometimes use different accents while delivering his lines, and then smirk at the camera? Too many questions for my little brain to figure out.

As I have mentioned numerous times in this column, I have watched “One Life to Live” since childhood. I have seen a ton of storylines, actors, and characters come and go during that time, including each of the previous two gay-themed storylines. I find it amazing that this type of thing is considered major news considering the society that we live in. I hope to see the day that is a non-event, and just a normal part of life. Perhaps the day will come soon when a gay couple of a daytime soap is perfectly normal, and doesn’t make front page headlines around the country. While I myself am not gay, I see the move as part of the broader controversial, diversified concept that Agnes Nixon had in mind when she created “One Life to Live” more than 40 years ago. Isn’t the goal of many television programs and sitcoms to mirror reality. Viewers want to see people they can relate to. Therefore, it seems hard to fathom that Llanview is seemingly devoid of gays, minorities, and lower class working people (at least there are still a few token African-Americans still in town). Unlike the fictional Pennsylvania suburb, not everyone in life is a rich, white, snooty person.

I suppose one could argue that television’s primary objective is instead to entertain. Perhaps, but that doesn’t mean that diversity should be non-existent. Especially not with “OLTL,” a soap that was once described by Christopher Schemering in his book, The Soap Opera Encyclopedia, as “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.”

For that reason, I am anxious to see how the soap will handle their third attempt at a gay romance and story line. Maybe the third time will be a charm and “OLTL” will do a good job with it. However, I have seen many a promising plot on this show go flat, so the seeds of doubt continue to grow in the back of my mind; and I’m sure in many of yours as well.

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: Dorian Cramer had her sister Melinda institutionalized in 1974 for what reason? a) Melinda had tried to kill herself, b) Melinda tried to kill Dorian and her boyfriend Mark, c) Dorian was jealous of Mark’s interest in Melinda, or d) Melinda had become a heroin addict. Question #2: One year earlier, in 1973, Meredith Lord died of a cerebral hemorrhage. But what caused the injury that led to her death? Was it a) She was thrown from a horse, b) Niki Smith hit her over the head with a statue, c) She fell down a flight of stairs while arguing with her father, or d) She fell while escaping from criminals who had taken her hostage. Question #3: In 1984, the O’Neil sisters invaded Llanview. But which of the following was not one of the sisters? a) Alice, b) Joy, c) Connie, or d) Didi. And Question #4: What natural disaster hit Llanview just as Micheal McBain and Marcie Walsh were tying the knot in 2006? a) avalanche, b) tornado, c) earthquake, or d) flood.

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 2008, a drunken Rex Balsom performed a striptease just before what musical guest was set to perform at Ultra Violet? a) Snoop Dogg, b) Timbaland, c) The Plain White T’s, or d) Willie Nelson. Question #2: In 1991, for what purpose did Carlo Hesser drug Viki to bring out Niki Smith? a) to kill Asa Buchanan, b) to kill Viki’s daughter Megan, c) to convince Renee to marry him, or d) to burn down The Banner. Question #3: When did Tina discover the entrance to Victor Lord’s secret room back in 1985?  a) in the library at Llanfair, b) in the carriage house, c) in the basement of The Banner, or d) in his mausoleum. And Question #4: Back in 1977, how were Larry Wolek and Karen Wolek related before they got married? a) they were cousins, b) Karen was Larry’s stepmother, c) Karen had been Larry’s sister-in-law, or d) Nor relation. The last names were mere coincidence. I’ll have the answers in the June 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 (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 you enjoyed reading my “OLTL” thoughts and ramblings, and that you will join me again in two weeks for more of the same. Keep the feedback coming; I love hearing from fellow fans. Enjoy your summer!

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: June 15 Edition


OLTL Recap: Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, June 17, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

“As Close as the Beat of My Heart”

Langston assures Starr that she’ll be a great mother.  After an appeal by Nora, the judge agrees to reduce Cole’s prison sentence but he’s still going to spend time behind bars.  Cole steps forward and bravely accepts his punishment.  Cole finally goes to see Starr and is overwhelmed to find her with Hope.  Cole keeps Starr in the dark about his arrest. 

Bo advises Rex to take things slow with Stacy after noticing their growing closeness.  Stacy asks Schuyler to stop trying to prove she wasn’t a donor match for Shane and just let the matter drop.  Schuyler later tells Gigi he has proof that Stacy didn’t save Shane’s life. 

Destiny convinces Matthew to play the piano at the community center concert.  Bo and Nora proudly watch Matthew play the piano for the first time since his accident. 

Jessica’s surrounded by her family and Brody at the funeral for her daughter that died.   

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Gigi realizes Stacy’s downfall will have to wait — for now.
  • Markko stands up to his conservative father.
  • Layla catches the tension between Fish and Kyle.

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



Wednesday, June 17, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, June 17, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

David pushes Marissa away when she finds him drowning his sorrows at ConFusion and rejects her attempts to comfort him. Krystal proves she understands David better than anyone else ever could. After telling him she’s going to drive a drunken David home, Tad soon gets word that Krystal has been in an accident. David is brought into the police station for driving drunk. Krystal meets up with Tad and appears to be perfectly fine until she collapses in his arms.

Liza agrees to Adam’s request to act as Annie’s attorney in exchange for Adam’s help in repairing her and Colby’s relationship. Ryan clashes with Liza when he discovers she’s representing Annie. Annie overhears Erica vowing to Adam that she’ll make sure Annie spends the rest of her life behind bars.

JR feels badly for Amanda when Marissa tells him her baby died.

Jake assures Amanda her baby will have a great life. Amanda remembers holding her newborn son.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Krystal won’t be drawn back in by David.
  • Zach and Ryan clash over Kendall.
  • Randi refuses to give up on Frankie.

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



GH Recap: Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, June 17, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Diane wonders why Alexis is bowing to the Mayor when she tries to convince her to drop the malpractice suit against Patrick and Matt.

Robin and Patrick hit the showers in an attempt to figure out how Brianna died. Maxie and Spinelli break into the Mayor’s office to do some snooping and quickly hide when Mac and the Mayor arrive. Mac doesn’t give Maxie and Spinelli away when he spots them but later sends Robin to tell Maxie to stop playing detective. Robin’s surprised to learn that the Mayor’s wife hired Sam to investigate her husband. Patrick gets a surprise visit from the Mayor’s wife.

Nikolas remains conflicted about pursuing a relationship with Rebecca. Nikolas and Rebecca end up at Emily’s grave together. Tracy grows suspicious when she finds Ethan and Rebecca with their heads together.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Claudia makes plans to silence Jason once and for all.
  • Sonny seethes when he sees Olivia and Johnny together.
  • Michael winds up in a barroom brawl.

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



The Canadian ‘Sun’ Rises On ‘OLTL’

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 12:32 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Only two weeks removed from CTV’s decision to drop the long-running ABC soap “One Life to Live” from their fall schedule, another Canadian broadcaster steps up to the plate.

As we first reported to you back on June 2nd, CTV has announced plans to remove Agnes Nixon created suder from their ‘A’ channel’s line-up come September, and replace it with “ER” reruns. 

The move left Canadians only option of watching the daily happenings in the town of Llanview, Pennsylvania, being the direct ABC Network feed.  However, luckily for “OLTL” fans north of the border, another network, Sun TV, revealed plans to pick up the daytime drama.

The Quebecor Media owned network reports that “OLTL” will maintain its 2:00 pm et time slot, in order for Sun TV to simulcast the broadcast from ABC affiliate WKBW in Buffalo, New York. “The network has analog transmitters across Ontario (Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton and London), and is also available on Bell (satellite) and Rogers (digital) throughout the rest of the country,” according to a press release. 

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


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