Thursday, July 16, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “All My Children” VCR Alerts for the Week of July 20, 2009.


  • Monday: Annie forms a new plan. Kendall finds comfort in Zach’s arms. David tells Marissa his marriage is over.
  • Tuesday: Zach and Kendall reaffirm their love for one another. Annie remembers more about the night of the murder. Jake and Amanda form a new plan.
  • Wednesday: Kendall fails to get Emma to change her story. Zach and Jesse are determined to prove Annie’s guilt. Tad and Taylor grow closer.
  • Thursday: Kendall sees all hope slipping away. Ryan tries to convince Annie that they share a common goal. Madison pushes Randi to her breaking point.
  • Friday: Zach and Liza push Ryan too far. Kendall makes a confession. Jesse confronts Madison for harassing Randi.

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

OLTL Alerts: Week of July 20 Edition

Thursday, July 16, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” VCR Alerts for the Week of July 20, 2009.


  • Monday: Rex and Gigi are finally free of Stacy’s web. John and Blair end their marriage on a bittersweet note.  Word of Matthew’s actions interrupt Bo and Nora’s close encounter.
  • Tuesday: Stacy vows to Rex that she’s not giving up without a fight.  Rex backs Roxy into a corner.  Cristian gets his hands on Kyle’s letter to Fish. 
  • Wednesday: Stacy receieves the shock of her life.  Rex probes Roxy for the truth about his father.  Starr and Cole emjoy a night of romance. 
  • Thursday: Blair and Téa have a catfight.  Matthew is confronted by his parents.  Shaun has the wrong idea about Greg and Rachel.   
  • Friday: Stacy dreams of having Rex all to herself.  Téa thinks Todd’s newest scheme is insane.  Rex plans to take his secret about sleeping with the enemy to his grave. 

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

Thursday, July 16, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “General Hospital” VCR Alerts for the Week of July 20, 2009.


  • Monday: Claudia gets the news she’s been praying for. Sonny makes another play for Olivia. A potential tragedy is in the making.
  • Tuesday: Claudia and her unborn baby are in jeopardy. Sam becomes suspicious of Kristina. Maxie can’t give Spinelli an answer to his proposal.
  • Wednesday: Sonny and Claudia get news at the hospital. Jason wonders if Michael’s responsible for Claudia’s accident. Carly suddely collapses.
  • Thursday: Claudia would rather wisk her own life than that of her baby’s. Kelly has alarming news for Carly and Jax. Things don’t look good for Alexis.
  • Friday: Jason is determined to help Michael. Sam realizes Kristina could be guilty of causing the car accident. Claudia’s dreams are shattered.

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

OLTL Recap: Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 9:31 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, July 15, 2009.


“Heating Up Fast”

Rex, Gigi, Shane and a visiting Michael put on a good show for Stacy. When Michael announces that Shane has suffered a relapse, Rex lures Stacy into the trap by imploring her to save Shane’s life again.

Troubling memories of her time with Todd prevent Marty from making love with John. John pulls Marty into a comforting hug, assuring her he can wait until she’s ready to be intimate with him.

Todd and Blair each accuse the other of being jealous. Todd and Blair make love impetuously, which Téa walks in on. 

Téa advises Cristian to tell Layla what Kyle said about Fish after he voices his concerns. Meanwhile, Fish helps Layla get settled at the police station on her first day as John’s assistant. Fish and Layla agree to keep their relationship under wraps in the workplace. Cristian walks away without saying to Layla after seeing her kissing Fish.

Jessica apologizes to an understanding Starr and Cole for all the anguish she caused them. Jessica can’t bring herself to hold Hope when Starr offers to let her do so.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Stacy goes into panic mode when backed into a corner.
  • Téa unleashes her fury on Todd.
  • Bo and Clint have it out.

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

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, July 15, 2009.


Zach pulls away from his kiss with Kendall, saying they can’t fall back into their old patterns. Kendall tells Zach that she loves him but he won’t allow himself to say the same in return. Ryan rejects Kendall when she turns to him for comfort.

Zach and Liza review North’s notes on Stuart’s murder and discover that a child was the ace he had up his sleeve. Emma eavesdrops on Ryan and Liza talking about Annie’s possible guilt. Emma tells Ryan she knows who shot Stuart.

Jake swears to Amanda that he didn’t give her baby to Liza. Marissa convinces David he’s acting irrationally. David vows to give up his obsession over Amanda’s baby after getting the results of Stuart’s DNA test. Liza doesn’t know how Jake was able to pull everything off after David tells her about the DNA test.

Madison tortures Randi, saying she knows she killed North and questions the paternity of Randi’s baby. Frankie receives a peculiar text message. Jesse confronts Madison, warning her not to try and hurt his family. Madison angrily threatens to destroy all the Hubbards.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Zach and Ryan begin to doubt Kendall’s innocence.
  • Jake tells Amanda the truth about her baby.
  • Erica stirs up trouble for Annie.

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

GH Recap: Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, July 15, 2009.


Dominic tries to make inroads with Jason, who still doesn’t know what to make of him.

Claudia’s a jumble of emotions as the time for her amnio approaches. Johnny wonders what Sonny will do if he’s not the father of Claudia’s baby.

Maxie’s blindsided by Spinelli’s impromptu marriage proposal. Jason advises Spinelli to take things slowly with Maxie.

Michael has a bad feeling about Kristina’s boyfriend Kiefer.

Ethan pressures Rebecca to come up with his money and later pays Edward a visit. Edward agrees to give Rebecca the loan she asks for in exchange for her moving in with the Quartermaines.

Robin still thinks the Mayor’s wife could be responsible for Brianna’s murder.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Sonny and Johnny clash over Olivia.
  • Ethan goes behind Rebecca’ back to confront Nikolas.
  • Maxie has to make a decision.

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

‘One Life to Live’ Celebrates 41 Years

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 2:47 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” celebrates 41 years of delivering drama, passion, and romance to millions of viewers.

Editors Note: I first wrote the following article in celebration of “One Life to Live’s” 39th anniversary in 2007. I am re-posting it again this year, in honor of the show’s 41st anniversary. Only slight revisions to the original article have been made, mainly in the last paragraph, to reflect events during which occurred during the past two years, including “OLTL’s” 40th anniversary last July, at which time SON posted several special articles commerating the event.

Forty-one years ago today, a new soap named “One Life to Live” debuted on ABC. On July 15, 1968, the mythical town of Llanview, Pennsylvania was born as ABC Daytime brought millions of viewers a drama centered around the culturally diverse suburb of Philadelphia. Romance, adventure, racial relations, interracial marriage, AIDS, gang violence, child abuse, split personalities, mental disorders, homosexuality, rape, heart disease, breast cancer, and more have been featured as the soap gained many loyal viewers and fans. Over the decades, “One Life to Live” has become one of Daytime television’s highest rated drama series, and many of its characters household names.

During its nearly four decades on the air, “One Life to Live” has been nominated as Outstanding Daytime Serial four times (1983, 2000, 2002, and 2007), and won once (in 2002). The soap has also gone on to win numerous technical and acting Daytime Emmys and Soap Opera Digest Awards over the years. In 2005, “One Life to Live” veteran Erika Slezak won her record breaking sixth Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress. Slezak is also the recipient of a Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Daytime Couple, which she shares with her former co-star Mark Derwin.

ABC approached “Another World” writer Agnes Nixon in the mid-1960s about creating a new daytime drama for the network. A short time later “One Life to Live” premiered on ABC as a half hour soap opera on Monday, July 15, 1968 at 3:30 pm et. Unlike other soaps of its day, “One Life to Live” featured a diverse cast of characters representing a number of ethnic, social and religious backgrounds. Groundbreaking storylines such as a black woman trying to pass herself off as being white proved quite relevant during the turbulence of late 1960s America. The early days of Llanview featured daytime’s first Jewish family in the Siegels, as well as the middle class Rileys and Woleks and wealthy Lords. Other families introduced over the years have included the Buchanans, Cramers, Vegas, Walshs, McBain, Vegas, and Rappaports. Since the show’s inception, the character of Victoria Lord has been the focal point of Llanview and “One Life to Live.” Originally portrayed by Gillian Spencer, Viki has been played by the legendary Erika Slezak since March 17, 1971.

“One Life to Live” served as a replacement for the short-lived game show “The Baby Game,” and was part of a scheduling shuffle with “Dark Shadows” and “The Dating Game.” The new soap overcame stiff competition early on from “The Edge of Night” on CBS and the successful game show “You Don’t Say” on NBC. “One Life to Live” expanded to forty-five minutes and moved to 2:30 pm et on July 26, 1976. On January 16, 1978 it would expand to one hour and moved into its present time slot. “One Life to Live” has often been referred to 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.”

Nixon’s original title for “One Life to Live” was “Between Heaven and Hell,” but the name was scrapped at the last minute due to fears by sponsors that the name was too controversial. Nonetheless, the first opening sequence for “One Life to Live” featured a close up image of flames in a fireplace with the words “One Life to Live” hovering above it. The Colgate-Palmolive Company was the original sponsor of the new ABC Daytime Drama. Nixon maintained ownership of the show until it was purchased by the network in 1974.

Over the years, “One Life to Live” has tackled many controversial storylines. For its efforts in bringing relevant social issues to the forefront, “One Life to Live” has been rewarded with several awards and honors. In 1992, it became the first soap to show the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, as part of a critically acclaimed homophobia storyline. In 2000, “One Life to Live” received the CDC Sentinel for Health Award for Viki’s breast cancer storyline. That same storyline also featured First Lady Laura Bush appearing on “One Life to Live” in Public Service Announcements concerning the disease.

“One Life to Live” has also been responsible for many “first” in Daytime television over the years. In 1970, it became the first regularly scheduled television program to adhere to a White House request to use commercial airtime to alert the American public about the dangers of drugs. The soap broadcast actual group therapy sessions of teenage drug addicts at Odyssey House in New York City. The storyline featured Dr. Jim Craig taking his daughter Cathy to Odyssey House after she stole her father’s prescription pads, and forged his signature to buy drugs to support her addiction. The idea behind the storyline belonged to none other than Agnes Nixon, who called it “a natural outgrowth of our program.”

“One Life to Live” also traveled to exotic destinations in South America and Europe over the years. The show transported viewers to the Old West, sent them to Heaven, and gave them a glimpse of life down below in the underground city of Eterna. “One Life to Live” has brought us the many marriages of Asa Buchanan and Viki Davidson, as well as numerous unforgettable characters and storylines. “One Life to Live” has also fantasized about the middle ages, amused us with special Trading Places and Babes Behind Bars episodes, and entertained us with a weeklong high school prom musical. In 2005, the sudser tackled cross promotion, when Marcie Walsh (Kathy Brier) “wrote” a book called “The Killing Club.” The book, which cracked the New York Times Bestseller list, was actually written by former “One Life to Live” Head Writer Michael Malone. The soap treated viewers to another Daytime first in 2002 with a week of live episodes, each of which featured a cameo appearance by a former cast member.

Over the years Llanview has been home to many cast members and guest stars that have gone on to become celebrities. Among them are Judith Light, Laurence Fishburne, Phylicia Rahsad, Roma Downey, Tommy Lee Jones, Marcia Cross, Ivana Trump, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Yasmine Bleeth, Dixie Carter, Faith Ford, Ryan Phillippe, and Brandon Routh, just to name a few. “One Life to Live” has also entertained a long list of musicians over the years covering a variety of genres from country, to rap, to hip-hop, to rock and roll. The list includes Bill Anderson, Sammy Davis Jr., The Beach Boys, Peabo Bryson, Darlene Love, Little Richard, Erykah Badu, Reba McEntire, Mary J. Blige, Lifehouse, and Nelly Furtado, among others. Other celebrity guests appearing on “One Life to Live” in recent years have been “Good Morning America Weekend” anchor Marysol Castro, talk show hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, and author Peter Straub. And in 1994, three of the soap’s leading men, John Loprieno, Robert S. Woods, and Clint Ritchie appeared as their “One Life to Live” characters Cord, Bo, and Clint on an episode of the primetime ABC sitcom “Roseanne,” whose star is a longtime fan of the soap.

On August 17, 2007, “One Life to Live” celebrated the airing of their 10,000th episode. The milestone made “One Life to Live” only the fifth of the nine present daytime dramas to reach the coveted achievement. Furthermore, “OLTL” marked their 40th anniversary on July 15, 2008, by revisiting several classic storylines from the show’s four deacde run, including Viki’s trip to heaven, Tina’s horrific fall over the terrifying Iguazu Falls, and Bo and Rex going forty years back to time to the Buchanan ranch of 1968. The show also paid homage to creator Agnes Nixon, by inviting her to appear as herself in the special two-part anniversary episodes, in addition to bringing back several past castmembers and characters for the event.

Over the past 41 years, “One Life to Live” has brought drama, passion, and romance to millions of loyal viewers five days a week, and they will continue to be rewarded for their hard work, dedication, and loyalty to the daytime genre.

”One Life to Live”, an Agnes Nixon creation, can be seen weekdays at 2:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network. Taped in New York City, Ron Carlivati is the Head Writer and Frank Valentini the Executive Producer. For more information on “One Live to Live,” visit

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

Discussion: ‘One Life to Live’ Celebrates 41 Years

My View of Llanview: July 15 Edition

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 12:35 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — A look to both the past and the future.

One of the best things about posting this bi-monthly column on the 15th and 30th of each month, is that it presents me with a unique opportunity every July 15th to pay homage to the soap I grew up with on its anniversary.

Without getting into the whole history of the show as I have done in past columns (and will soon delve into again with the re-posting of an article I wrote for SON in honor of the show’s 39th anniversary back in 2007), I would like to take a moment to recall the rich and endearing legacy that is Llanview and “One Life to Live.”

What began in the mid-1960s as an alternative plan for creator Agnes Nixon following the original rejection of the concept that would later become “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” was born and premiered on ABC on July 15, 1968. Considering the ‘Life’ the show has led in the 41 years that have followed, I can only image what the show would have been like had Nixon been allowed to keep her original title of “Between Heaven and Hell.”

It is difficult to comprehend just how many characters and actors (contract, recurring, dayplayers, extras, and special guests) have graced the “One Life to Live” studios during the past four decades. Some were more memorable than others, but all hold a special place in the hearts and minds of the more ardent “OLTL” fans. So, congratulations “One Life to Live” on 41 spectacular years, and here’s to many more years to come. Happy anniversary “OLTL!”

Speaking of the countless characters who have called Llanview home over the years, one of the best known is Dorian Cramer Lord, perhaps the second most recognizable character on the show (after, of course, Erika Slezak’s Victoria “Viki” Lord Davidson). Although she is one of five actresses who have tackled the role of the dastardly town villainess since the character first arrived in Llanview in 1973, Robin Strasser has become the most identifiable to many current and long-time “One Life” fans.

The evolution of the character known as Dorian began nearly five years after “OLTL’s” premiere, in April of 1973. First portrayed by Nancy Pinkerton, Dorian took a job as a doctor at Llanview Hospital, and almost immediately began having an affair with one of her married colleagues, Dr. Mark Toland. But it would be a few years before the character really took off when, in an attempt to get back at Viki (whom she blamed for helping to get her relieved of her duties at the hospital following the accidental death of one of her patients and the ensuing cover-up), Dorian married and became the personal nurse of Viki’s powerful father, Victor Lord. Following his death in 1976, Viki accused her new step-mother of murdering her father, and would continue to do so for nearly twenty years until the truth (or was it?) was finally revealed that Tori, one of Viki’s six alternate personalities, actually did the deed.

This and many other plot twists and turn over the years has given Dorian countless numbers of storyline opportunities, which added layers upon layers of depth to the character, who has developed into the exact opposite of the ultra sweet Viki (in a sense, the anti-Viki). The relationship has led much of the drama on “One Life” for decades. In 1974, Dixie Carter (best known as Julia Sugarbaker on the 1990s sitcom “Designing Women”), stepped into the role of Dorian for several months while Nancy Pinkerton was on maternity leave. After leaving the show in 1977, Pinkerton was replaced by actress Claire Milas. Strasser then took over the role 1979 and remained until 1987, when she was replaced by her erie look-alive Elaine Princi two years later. Strasser later returned to “One Life” in 1993, and left again in 2000, before returning the latest time in 2003.

Despite Strasser’s long tenure with the show, which has spanned roughly half of “OLTL’s” 41-year run, she apparently isn’t immune to getting the shaft by soap and network executives. In recent weeks, the actress has been imbattled in a no-win situation with her employers. In an era where ‘younger is better’ has become the industry norm, the 64-year Strasser, who has always had a flare for the dramatic, feels that she is being squeezed out. ABC has reportedly offered her a new ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ contract complete with a huge paycut. As a result, the soap vet has been taking a time out to mull over the offer, before announcing her decision to her legion of fans and supporters on her hotline.

As “One Life to Live” viewers anxiously await her decision, it provides a chance to examine if and how Llanview could survive without the character of Dorian Cramer Lord. Despite the fact that Dorian has become what some may call a ‘legacy character,’ one who has a long history with a particular show and has developed countless ties and connections to various other characters within the show, “OLTL” could (and has) survive without the head of the Cramer family on canvas. ‘Life’ would go on, with the other veteran cast members and characters picking up the slack, as was the case in both 1987 and 2000.

However, that certainly does not mean that Dorian’s absence would go unnoticed. Llanview without Dorian Lord would create a huge void that would be difficult to fill. What would become of her family (Blair, Starr, Addie, Langston, etc…)? Who would Viki have to spar with? In short, what would become of the countless others Dorian has interacted with throughout Llanview? Dorian is a historic character and would be a tremendous lose to the show, much like when Asa Buchanan was written off. Even nearly two years after the show killed off the character, his absence is still strongly felt while watching the show. Removing Dorian from “OLTL” would have the same impact. It’s not like disposing of characters who have only called for a couple of years. Instead, a stupid move like this could cause a ripple effect that could result in the dismissal of other veteran castmembers and characters as well.

I’m by no means a television executive or insider, but it’s seems common sense to me that having a nice balance between younger and more mature castmembers on a show makes it more watchable and enjoyable, then if the cast was made up of nothing but pimple-faced teenagers and attractive young adults who couldn’t act themselves out of a paper bag. It’s often the older castmates that become the voice of reason on a show, and create a sense of stability. And, despite what the network brass may tell you, younger people actually enjoy watching older, more established actors on a show as much, if not more so, then people their own age. Take a close look at the weekly soap ratings sometime, and you will notice that on days when veteran castmembers are featured, the ratings tend to go up. I suppose one could say the bump was simply the result of more older viewers tuning in to see characters they actually recognize, but I have my doubts. It is more likely a combination of the two. And the powers that be should rejoice when the ratings go up for their shows, regardless of the reason. But, in reality, they’re not because all they care about is the young 18-34 year old demographic. Even though I myself fall into that particular age range (I’ll be 30 in December), I do not consider myself a part of specific demographic, mainly because I detest most of what advertisers and television programmers think I want to see. Perhaps I’m just different from others my age, or maybe (just maybe) these idoits have the wrong idea about what young people want. Either way, I enjoy seeing characters such as Dorian, Viki, Bo, Nora, Clint, Addie, Nigel, and Renee much more than Stacy, Rex, Gigi, Starr, and Cole. There are a few exceptions however. I adore Langston and Markko, as well as Marcie and Michael (damn “OLTL” for getting rid of them). However, in general, I prefer to watch the older actors and characters, and wish the sudser would bring back more faces from the past, especially those who called Llanview home back before I was born. I would pay good money to see that.

Well, it appears I have drifted off topic, instead finding a soap box and climbing atop it to spout my latest incoherent ramblings about things that grind my gears right now on “One Life to Live.” I tend to do that a lot as I get older, concerning just about anything in life that makes me mad. I suppose it’s just a sign that I’m becoming more set in my ways as I advance in years. I have found that I can be as stubborn and hard-headed as ever as I approach thirtysomething. At any rate, please just look over my madness and ignore me as I’m sure most of you often do anyway. Ha ha

In conclusion, I believe that “One Life to Live” has become somewhat stable in the weeks since my last column. It hasn’t gotten much better, but it also hasn’t gotten much worse. Even so, I take some solace (and a great deal of enjoyment) in the news that “OLTL” has been ABC’s top rated daytime drama for two straight weeks. I bet Brian Frons nearly crapped his pants when he saw that ABCD’s red-headed stepchild passed up the baby (“All My Children”) and the crown jewel (“General Hospital”) on the faltering network’s daytime line-up. Looks like that $3 million investment to broadcast “GH” in HD really paid off. Ha! I just hope “OLTL” can keep it up. Shame that the main reason it is highest of the three is because it sucks less than the other two, and not because the quality is so much better.

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: Back in 1988, Ursula Blackwell rigged something to blow up on Tina Lord when she remarried Cord Roberts. But what was it? a) the church, b) the bouquet, c) the wedding cake, or d) the horse-drawn carriage. Question #2: What were the names of the two warring gangs in Angel Square in 1996? a) The Arrows and the Prides, b) The Bullets and the Hawks, c) The Cutters and the Wolves, or d) The Diehards and the Falcons. Question #3: How did Margaret Cochran blackmail Todd into sleeping with her back in 2005? a) She threatened to kill Blair, b) She had kidnapped his children, c) She threatened to set fire to the bed in which he was tied, and d) She threatened to turn evidence against him over to the police. And Question #4: In 1976, what sport was Brad Vernon a professional in? a) baseball, b) football, c) tennis, or d) golf.

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 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 beleiving 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. I’ll have the answers in the July 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 you enjoyed reading this latest installment of my column. Have a great summer, and I hope you will join me again on July 30 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 15 Edition

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 6:30 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live’s” latest musical guest helps the citizens of Llanview understand what it takes to keep “Holding on to Love.”

On Tuesday, August 4th, 22-year old Grammy nominated Latin musician Frankie Negrón will appear on “One Life to Live,” serenading lovers Todd Manning and Téa Delgado with a rather unique version of his signature love song, performing it in both English and Spanish on a secluded rooftop.

According to Paul Glass, “One Life’s” Supervising Muscial Director,
“I am very excited to welcome a unique artist like Frankie Negrón to ‘One Life to Live.’ The multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Latin artist is the perfect fit for the intimate performance we have planned. His romantic ballad, ‘Holding on to Love,’ is a wonderful complement to the live music we have featured on the show.”

Negrón, whose appearance on “OLTL,” marks his soap debut, tells SOAPnet that “It’s exciting. ‘One Life to Live’ has been around forever, and there have been some great singers and actors who’ve appeared on the show over the years. It’s an honor to be among them, but I think my wife and mother are more excited than I am. They’ve been fans of the show forever, they’re really getting a kick out of it.”

Singing primarily in Spanish, Negrón has experienced widespread success with his brand of salsa music, earning two Golden Album awards, and having nine of his songs rank on the Billboard Top 40 Hot Latin charts. Although a native of New Jersey, his parents hail from Puerto Rico. Negrón has released a total of eight albums during his twelve year career. On stage, he had a supporting role in the 1998 Neil Simon Broadway flop “The Capeman.” In addition, he had a starring role as a struggling artist living in the South Bronx in the independent film “Boricua’s Blood.”

“Holding on to Love” was co-written by Negrón, and is featured on his hit album “Independence Day.”  His latest release is scheduled to land in stores on September 23rd.

To learn more about the talented musician, click here to visit his official website.

Negrón becomes the latest in a long list of musical artists who have paraded through Llanview already this year. Since New Year’s Eve alone, Puddle of Mudd, the Plain White T’s, Rachel Yamagata, and the Pussycat Dolls have all appeared on “One Life,” with Lionel Richie and Jeremih set to perform in late September. Other musicians to perform in Llanview in recent years have included Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Nelly Furtado, Simply Red, Timbaland with Keri Hilson and OneRepublic, Lifehouse, Tito Puente Jr., and Jeannie Ortega.

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

Discussion: Frankie Negrón Salsas His Way into Llanview

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Tuesday, July 14, 2009.


Randi feels the weight of recent events. Zach subtly clues Jesse in to the fact he knows the truth about North’s death, believing Randi killed him. Madison lets Jesse know she watched the hotel surveillance tapes and saw Randi entering North’s room. Madison knows Jesse covered up North’s murder but tells him she destroyed the surveillance tapes, much to his relief. Angie suspects Jesse is keeping something from her. Madison introduces herself to Randi, realizing she was the great love of her husband’s life.

David and Amanda both admit they feel a special connection to Liza’s baby. David gets the results of the DNA test he had conducted on baby Stuart. Amanda asks Jake point blank if he gave her baby to Liza.

Zach and Kendall’s heated argument ends in a kiss.

Taylor has an awkward encounter with Brot when she gives him back some of his things. Tad and Taylor try to be optimistic about the future.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Jesse squares off with Madison.
  • Kendall tells Zach that she loves him.
  • Marissa gives David an ultimatum.

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