Screen Door

Screen Door

Sex sells, but how much sex can bring “MVP” back to SOAPnet?

You’ve asked, and boy have you asked, and now we have an answer as to what’s happening with “MVP: The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives,” the Canadian soap opera that delves into the lives of hockey’s hottest men and their better half’s. Nothing.

“Nothing has been decided yet,” says a SOAPnet spokeswoman. “We will let you know if and when.”

You know the old fashioned saying, “no news is better than bad news?” Pick your poison.


Llanview’s Revolving Door

Thursday, February 19, 2009 11:18 PM EST | By Scotty Gore

( — Here today, gone tomorrow.

Llanview’s newest Buchanan prepares to leave town just as he learns of his true identity. Are Tuc Watkins and “One Life to Live” attempting to set a record for most departures of a single actor on a soap? It appears as such, given that ABC Soaps in Depth is reporting that Watkins recently taped his final scenes with the show, less than a week after his character learned of his new family. This will be Watkins’ eighth departure from the show since originating the role of lovable conman David Vickers in 1994, and the fourth since May 2007. While his latest stint in Llanview was always reported to be short-term, it still comes as a shock to fans to were just beginning to warm up to the fact their favorite con artist has Buchanan blood pulsing through his veins. Look for David to exit Llanview in the coming weeks, but not before he learns that Asa is really his grandfather, and not his father. Given “One Life’s” unusual taping schedule, Watkins’ final airdate will likely be sometime in late March or early April.

Hank Gannon may be returning to Llanview, but that doesn’t mean he’ll stay there. Nathan Purdee returns as the former District Attorney and Nora Hanen’s ex-husband on Wednesday, April 1. However, don’t look Hank to put down roots again
in his old stomping ground. Instead, the actor’s return to “One Life,” is for a ‘limited engagement’ to help reintroduce his daughter Rachel to Llanview. Daphnée Duplaix Samuel first airs as Hank and Nora’s bi-racial daughter on Tuesday, April 7th.

Is Renee Elise Goldsberry reuniting with the cast of “One Life to Live?” No, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that her character Evangeline Williamson won’t be returning to Llanview. The suder is looking for someone who play her body double when the comatose attorney is visited by a familiar face. Rumor has it that “One Life” may be looking to recast the role later this spring, according to ABC Soaps in Depth. Goldsberry is six months pregnant with her first child.

It’s all about me, isn’t it? Kamar de los Reyes, who late last year complained that “OLTL” wasn’t treating his character with any respect, is nearing the end of his run with the show. The actor, who has portrayed gang leader turned cop Antonio Vega on and off since 1995, taped his final scenes on January 27th. As for a final airdate, don’t expect to hear one anytime soon given that a “OLTL” spokesperson claims that the show “doesn’t want to ruin the actor’s upcoming exciting storyline.” Speculation persists that de los Reyes’ co-star and onscreen girlfriend BethAnn Bonner (Talia Sahid Hesser) may not be far behind.

Looks like Llanview won’t get ‘Born’ again after all. SON was first to tell you last week that, despite reports to the contrary, Roscoe Born will not be reprising the role of presumed dead cult leader Mitch Laurence this spring. The same goes for Andrea Evans, who has made no indication thus far that she is bringing Tina Lord Roberts back to Llanview in 2009. Instead, viewers can expect at least one familiar face from Marty Saybrooke’s past to return to Llanview in the coming months./p>

Is a Llanview leading lady being shown the door? Rumors persist that one of “OLTL’s” longtime female veteran cast members may soon be on her way out due to a budget crunch at the long running daytime drama; a spokesperson for the show had no comment.

Former “One Tree Hill” star Brett Claywell finally makes his “One Life” debut on Monday, February 23. Fans may recall that Claywell was originally tapped to play the role of Schuyler Joplin, only to have the show to do an about face and cast “General Hospital” alum Scott Clifton in the role instead. Claywell will now portray Kyle, a lab technician with the Llanview Police Department. The role is recurring.

Florencia Lozano will soon be wrapping up her latest stint as Téa Delgado. Lozano, who signed a short-term contract with “OLTL” last September, is expected to last air sometime in April.

Look for more dayplayer roles in upcoming episodes on March 12th, 24th, and 27th.

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

No More ‘Life’ for Hendy

Thursday, February 19, 2009 11:22 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” releases Jacqueline Hendy from her contract after only five months with the show.

The storyline started out promising with news that a new Latin American family would soon be calling Llanview home, leaving many fans thrilled about the “OLTL” cast becoming more diverse. Unfortunately, the premise usually sounds more appealing then what ends up on the television screen. Not long after Hendy made her “OLTL” premiere last September as Vanessa Montez, the protective ex-wife of Ray Montez, both the actress and the character failed to make a connection with many fans of the soap. This despite Vanessa being romantically paired with Cristian Vega (David Fumero), one of “One Life’s” biggest heart throbs.

While the daytime drama is keeping mum concerning the details of Hendy’s impending departure, it is speculated that her character Vanessa may leave Llanview with blood on her hands. However, a spokesperson for “OLTL” declined comment. No final airdate has been yet been set. Despite Hendy’s exit from “One Life,” it appears that at least one member of her onscreen family may continue to call Llanview home. Camila Banus, who portrays Vanessa’s stepdaughter Lola Montez, is reportedly staying with the show. No word on how Hendy’s departure will effect Vanessa’s ex-husband Ray, portrayed by A. Martinez, who joined the sudser last fall on a recurring basis.

Prior to joining “OLTL,” Hendy made appearances in such shows as “Fringe,” “Law & Order,” “The Black Donnelly’s,” and “Chappelle’s Show.” She will also appear as Veronica in the upcoming Irving Schwartz directed film “Normal.”

Soap Opera Network will continue to follow this story as it develops. Remember to check back for more details on Hendy’s departure from “One Life” as they become available.

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

Discussion: No More ‘Life’ for Hendy


  • One Life to Live
  • Jacqueline Hendy
  • David Fumero

    Thursday, February 19, 2009 7:30 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — Fantasies become realities?


    Maxie and Johnny are “dating,” at least that’s what appearances are for when the two attend the Campbell’s Go Red Gala in Manhattan. Spinelli and Lulu know better, but it isn’t easy. Lady Jane is back in Port Charles and boy does she have a shock for Jax and Carly. She’s getting married! His name is Percy though. Lady Jane and Percy met while traveling abroad, but Jax is suspicious of their union and enlists Carly’s assistance in proving it. Rebecca likes to play with brothers it seems as she enjoys spending time around one Lucky Spencer. As if Nikolas’ obsession over her wasn’t enough. Luke and Ethan go to jail, but Tracy only bails one of them out. Gee, wonder who? 

    The Inside Story: On Our Way to Florida
    Sonny and Jason: Friends Again? On Monday, February 23, look for Jason to inform Sonny that he can have his business back once Spinelli is free and clear. In return? Jason is back to being an enforcer and that means its time to vacation in Florida. Well in the mob world a vacation is code for “It’s time for a killing.” Sam and Jason head to Florida after Sonny gets a lead on Anthony’s whereabouts. The cover? The duo pretend to be newlyweds at a tropical resort. The kicker? Anthony is still in Port Charles.  The target? Claudia.

    A Closer Look: A World Without Maxie Jones
    Can you imagine a world where Carly and Patrick are married? Robin’s living the life of a lonely spinster still mourning Stone? Or how about Mac being a downright drunk and Johnny being the big mob boss of Port Charles? Me either, but that is exactly what happens in Maxie’s dream in which she never received a not-so-dead BJ’s heart. In the special episode airing Tuesday, February 24, Maxie falls asleep in Spinelli’s bed and wonders what life would be like if she hadn’t lived. Would things be for the better or for the worse?

    What To Watch

    • Robin is frustrated with Patrick over their dinner plans without the baby on Monday, February 23.
    • Maxie is in an alternative universe on Tuesday, February 24.
    • Anthony holds Claudia’s life in his hands when he holds her at gunpoint on Wednesday, February 25.
    • Sonny admits to Jason that he’s worried about Claudia on Thursday, February 26.
    • Lulu and Spinelli are stunned when Johnny agrees to continue “seeing” Maxie on Friday, February 27.

    General Hospital News and Headlines


    • Monday: Jason faces a difficult dilemma. Sonny won’t rest until he finds his wife safe and sound. Nikolas tries to get closer to Emily look-alike.
    • Tuesday: Johnny tries to persuade Claudia to stay away from Sonny, again. Jason confides in Sam. Emily look-alike sees Nikolas in a new light.
    • Wednesday: Nadine can’t take it anymore and dumps Nikolas. Spinelli takes control of the situation. Lulu senses something is off with Ethan.
    • Thursday: Tracy is suspicious of Emily look-alike. Patrick is frustrated with Robin’s latest behavior. Claudia has something up her sleeve. 
    • Friday: Claudia slips up in front of Sonny. Spinelli and Winifred…go on the run together (?). Luke warns Emily look-alike to stay away from Nikolas.

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

    Discussion: GH PreVUE: Week of February 23 Edition

    Thursday, February 19, 2009 2:49 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — NASCAR driver Jeff Burton (aka: JB) is set to appear on next months “General Hospital” during a cross-over promotional opportunity between the soap and NASCAR racing.

    Burton, driver of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet Impala SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and a 21-time winner in NASCAR’s premier division, will trade in his driving experience for acting experience today while filming scenes with Jason Thompson, who portrays Dr. Patrick Drake on the ABC Daytime drama series. He will be playing himself, while Thompson’s character is said to be an avid fan of NASCAR racing.

    “I’m excited about going to the set of General Hospital and taking on a role with Jason,” Burton said in a statement. “I’ve been in commercials and was a guest star on a sitcom a couple of years ago so I’m hoping those appearances prepped me for my soap opera debut. Luckily, I get to play myself and talk racing, which will help take some of the pressure off.”

    On Sunday, February 22, Thompson will join Burton at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California for the Auto Club 500 airing on FOX. The actor will enjoy a pace car ride before heading to a hospitality tent where both stars will participate in Q&A and autograph sessions with fans. Thompson will also participate in pre-race festivities by attending the driver’s meeting and driver introductions.

    Burton’s “GH” appearance is scheduled to air in mid-March on ABC and SOAPnet.

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

    Discussion: NASCAR Driver Jeff Burton Hits ‘GH’

    • General Hospital
    • Jason Thompson
    • Jeff Burton
    • Nascar

      AMC PreVUE: Week of February 23 Edition

      Wednesday, February 18, 2009 5:00 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

      ( — Go Red for…Green?


      On Monday, February 23, Adam tells Erica that he wants his investment in Fusion back…now! A bitter Ryan refuses to allow Annie see their daughter. Ryan is intent on getting revenge on everyone who had a part in Greenlee’s death. Erica reaches out to Jack. Aidan admits to Angie that he’s fallen for Annie. Brot opens up to Taylor on Thursday, February 26. Ryan sets his sights on the casino. Pete gives Colby bad news about her family’s finances. Angie reaches out to a grief-stricken Ryan.

      A Closer Look: The Choices We Make
      David brushes off Amanda’s claim that she saw him at the inn the night Greenlee died. David warns Amanda to speed up her efforts in making JR look like an unfit father so he can claim Little Adam for himself. Amanda confides in Jake who later probes Krystal for dirt on David. David, meanwhile, continues to pressure Amanda to give him what he wants. David gives Krystal some pills to calm her nerves as the Go Red for Women gala begins. JR and Krystal find David and Amanda together, again. Krystal overhears Frankie and Jake discussing David being the father of Amanda’s child on Wednesday, February 25. Jake gives Krystal good reason to keep David in the dark about her discovery. Krystal does confide in Angie who is shocked to learn of Frankie and Jake’s role in Amanda’s duplicity. Amanda can’t bring herself to destroy JR. Jake tries to bolster Amanda’s spirit. JR is not pleased to find Amanda in Jake’s arms. David is confident everything is going according to plan when Krystal says that she wants to marry him.

      The Inside Story: Love and War
      Reese is desperate for an ally in the battle for Gabrielle, but both Zach and Ryan are unwilling. Kendall begrudgingly agrees to help Bianca. Bianca and Reese both become uncomfortable with the idea of taking their battle to court. Reese tells Bianca that she’ll sign away her parental rights and hopes that Bianca can forgive her one day and let her be a part of Gaby’s life. Adam reaches out to a suspicious Reese. Back at the Slater home, Kendall informs Zach that they’ll be sleeping is seperate bedrooms. On Tuesday, February 24, the freeze out gets to Zach who wishes his wife would talk to him or even just yell and scream. Kendall is not receptive when Bianca arrives to say goodbye. Bianca tells Kendall that she won’t give up the hope that they’ll be able to repair their relationship one day. At the casino, Bianca allows Reese to say goodbye to Gabrielle. Zach arrives and shares a heartfelt goodbye with his daughter as Kendall watches on. Kendall stops Bianca before she leaves for the airport and pulls her sister into an embrace.

      Reese accepts Adam’s invitation to the Go Red gala. A melancholy Zach tells Kendall that she better get used to the fact that he’s never going to forget Gabrielle. At the gala, Reese stands her ground as she informs Erica, Kendall and Zach that she’s staying in town. The shocked architect later overhears Kendall and Zach discussing the accident and suffering the side effects of drinking Krystal’s spiked drink lets the information leak to Adam, who promises to keep her confidence. Reese swears to Zach and a dubious Kendall that she won’t use what she overheard against them. Adam has other ideas and, on Friday, February 27, confronts the Slater’s with the news he’s learned.

      All My Children News and Headlines:

      SON ALERTS: MARCH 2, 2009

      • Monday: Adam has Zach right where he wants him. Kendall accuses Reese of plotting to steal Zach away from her. David exposes Amanda’s misdeeds to JR.
      • Tuesday: Krystal and David seal their deal. David’s suspicions about Amanda grow stronger. Taylor and Brot wake up in each other’s arms.
      • Wednesday: JR promises Amanda that he’ll protect her. Reese warns Kendall she’s through being a pushover. Ryan learns the truth about Greenlee’s accident.
      • Thursday: Ryan and Kendall pay tribute to Greenlee. Annie may not be as well as she claims. Amanda is left rattled by David’s threats.
      • Friday: Krystal confronts David with her suspicions. Reese blames Zach for her condition. Kendall and Ryan help each other in their grief over Greenlee.

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

      OLTL PreVUE: Week of February 23 Edition

      Wednesday, February 18, 2009 5:00 PM EST | By Scotty Gore

      ( — The Prodigal Son.


      Natalie and Jared continue to investigate why Tess was at Llanview Hosital the night of Chloe’s birth. Lansgston discovers Markko’s UCLA acceptance letter on Monday, February 23. Michael and Marcie continue to find their way back toward one another. Gigi observes her nearly naked sister comforting Rex following a nightmare on Tuesday, February 24. Stacy breaks the heart of Oliver Fish, who is comforted by Noelle. Natalie becomes more determined than ever uncover the truth. Cole and Markko wish life wasn’t so complicated. On Wednesday, February 25, Langston is torn by Markko’s decision to remain in Llanview and not attend UCLA. Moe helps push Starr and Cole back together. However, by week’s end, Cole confronts Starr, believing she tipped off about Schuyler about his drug use after the young teacher has a chat with him. Jared keeps Natalie from confessing all of what they uncovered. Natalie and Jessica begin to mend fences. And Gigi is unnerved by Stacy’s behavior, and forces her sister to pay her own way.

      The Inside Story: Family Ties
      Viki provides shelter for Nigel, Clint, and Nora on Monday, February 23. Meanwhile, David and Dorian enjoy their new home. Addie scolds the newlyweds for their actions. Bo is floored by the results of the latest DNA test. On Tuesday, February 23, Dorian and David attempt to thwart the Buchanan’s attempt to retake the mansion. Bo confides a shocking secret to Rex. Roxy feds Rex another lie about the identity of his father on Wednesday, February 25.  The fib is quickly exposed, however, when Bo assures Rex that David could not be his biological father. The news prompts Rex to once again confront his mother. Meanwhile, the Buchanans receive the shock of a lifetime concerning David’s true paternity on Wednesday, February 24. As Bo is forced to accept the unthinkable, Roxy begs Rex to drop the subject by claiming that she killed his real father. Rex offers Bo advice on Matthew. By Friday, February 27, Viki leaves David with some serious food for thought. And Matthew finds a ally in a new girl named Destiny.

      A Closer Look: All’s Far in Love and War
      Armed with a knife, Ray seeks revenge on Vanessa. Cristian comes to following the blow to his head and tackles Ray. On Monday, February 23, Tea and Lola arrive on the scene just as Ray overtakes Cristian. The ensuing confrontation forces Vanessa to confess to framing Ray. Claiming her love for him is real, Vanessa tells an indifferent Cristian that she truly cares for him. Antonio arrests both Ray and Vanessa, who retains that her ex-husband murdered Lola’s mother. On Thursday, February 26, John and Blair have a heart-to-heart about their feelings. Dorian gives an emotional Blair a shoulder to cry on. Marty receives good advice from Ray while in their jail cells, and later reaches out to John. Antonio blasts Tea for her treatment of Cristian, who refuses to accept Vanessa’s apology. On Friday, February 27, Blair creates trouble for Marty. John ponders a possible connection between the murders of Lee and Wes. Marty asks John for help. Tea promises Ray that he will soon be free. Lola has a secret. And Starr ends her relationship with her father, claiming that his recent suicide attempt led her to the revelation that he is capable of anything.

      One Life to Live News and Headlines:

      • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “OLTL” during the week of January 16 – 20, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.


      • Monday: Roxy goes to great lengths to protect her secret. Starr wants Cole to seek help. David makes a surprising decision about his future.
      • Tuesday: Natalie asks Rex for his help. Gigi catches Stacy’s lie. Cole falls futher into the pit of despair.
      • Wednesday: John and Blair have a stormy relationship. Marty confronts Cole about drugs. Rex and Natalie make a shocking discovery.
      • Thursday: Blair’s anger bubbles. Cole sees Starr with Schuyler. Matthew gets up his nerve around Becca.
      • Friday: Blair fights for her life. Cole’s actions may prove fatal. Stacy is determined to get what she wants.

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

      My View of Llanview: February 15 Edition

      Wednesday, February 18, 2009 2:12 AM EST | By Scotty Gore

      ( — Life outside Llanview.

      Sometimes if it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all. That statement perfectly fits my life so far in 2009. When the clock struck midnight on January 1st, I was eagerly looking forward to resuming this column. The holidays were over and things seemed to be finally getting back to normal in my household. I published the January 1st edition of ‘My View of Llanview” on time and was already tossing around topics in my head for the next installment of the column. Yep, everything appeared to be going according to plan.

      Then it happened. The cycle of life-altering events began. According to the old saying, a little rain falls in everyone’s life at some point or another. But the rain doesn’t always fall as a drizzle or even a light shower…no sometimes it pours. I spent the first few days of 2009 following the New Year’s holiday at the local funeral home. My father’s only surviving sister passed away between Christmas and New Year’s, following a prolonged illness. While the family had long anticipated her death, it still came as a surprise nonetheless.

      Only days had passed since my aunt’s passing, when death would again visit my family. This go around, the victim would be my great uncle, the brother of mother’s father. His death was even more shocking. I always saw him as the picture of health. Unlike my late grandfather who had numerous aliments in last years of his life, my great uncle seemed to be rather spry for someone in the seventies. He had a wonderful sense of humor, was very loving and kind, and was a hard-worker. Then he suffered a stroke. It was just before Christmas, and soon he was admitted to the hospital. For the first several days, his prognosis appeared to be stable, if not improving. However, his condition gradually began to take a turn for the worse. At this point, I feel I must warn you. I am not, or have I ever claimed to have a medical professional. What I am about to say may be incorrect, and if so I apologize. It is only my interpretation of what the doctors told my great aunt and the rest of the family. Apparently, most people have two carotid arteries in the back of their neck. Doctors had hoped to go in and remove on those arteries in my great uncle’s neck to help alleviate the effects of the stroke. But after taking x-rays and running several tests, it was determined that my great uncle had only one carotid artery in his neck. Therefore, surgery would be out of the question. As the days progressed, his condition gradually worsened. After hearing from my parents and other family members and friends that he ‘didn’t look like himself,’ I was determined to visit him in the hospital in the neighboring county.

      My plan was to catch my mom and dad or my aunt at the hospital that evening; I didn’t want to go alone. However, when I arrived at the hospital, I made several phone calls and quickly discovered that they had already left the hospital. Not wanting to disturb his rest and see the shell of the man I once knew, I returned home without visiting him. A couple of days later, my great uncle passed away. I soon realized that my not visiting him in the hospital was a blessing in disguise. By not seeing what the stroke had done to him, I was able to remember him as he was before the incident. My mind flashed back to the last time I had saw him. It was only days before the stroke when he and my great aunt paid a visit to my aunt and uncle, who live just down the road from my home. I spent nearly a half hour that day talking to him and laughing with him. He was in his usual jolly mood and looked so full of life. And that’s how I’ll always remember him. I often think of how God works in our lives. I almost didn’t go to my aunt and uncle’s house that day. I had been helping my mom straighten the house before the big Christmas holiday and came across a tool that dad had borrowed a few weeks earlier when we repaired a water leak at my grandma’s house. The tool was cluttering up our sunroom, so I decided to make the quarter of a mile drive to return it to my uncle. If I had decided to sit the tool aside and go about my cleaning, I would not have gotten to see my great uncle one last time.
      God really does work miracles.

      After two visits to the funeral home and a reunion with all my extended family, in which we celebrated my great uncle’s life, things finally seemed to be getting back to normal. The following weekend, we even had a party. Well it was actually two parties in one. The first was a baby shower for my second cousin; the second was a 60th birthday party for one of my aunt’s. After the cake had been cut and we had all sung ‘Happy Birthday,’ I noticed my dad seemed to be a bit under the weather. Soon thereafter he left the party and returned home. Three days later, I was driving my mom and dad to the emergency room of the local hospital. Suffering from a severe stomach ache, my dad was in tremendous pain. After nearly five hours in the ER (most of which was spent waiting), the three of us returned home with more questions then answers. One doctor believed he saw some sort of blockage, while another believed it to be a virus. Fortunately, the latter diagnosis proved to be correct and a few days, my dad was starting to make a speedy recovery. Once again, I thought things were finally returning to normal.

      Periodically throughout the weekend of the January 24th and 25th, I checked the local weather forecast, cautiously optimistic of the coming week’s predicted winter storm. At first it appeared that my hometown of Clarkson, Kentucky would be receiving several inches of snow. “Not so bad,” I thought to myself. I have always loved snow and was looking forward to seeing more of the white stuff in a winter season where the previous biggest snow measured in at only two inches. I was looking forward to taking a few pictures of the snow with my new digital camera, throwing a few snowballs, and shoveling off the driveway once more. However, by Monday the news became more ominous. Snow was no longer being forecast for my area….it had been replaced with ice. Late that evening the freezing rain and sleet began to fall. I awoke on Tuesday, January 27th to the sounds of tree limbs crashing down around my home. Luckily, our property suffered only minor damage and our home was not touched. But it was a close one, with at least one large limb only inches away from our glass back door and sunroom windows.

      Thinking the worst was over, I went about business as usual on that Tuesday, cleaning and e-mailing ice pictures to local television stations (being the dedicated weather watcher that I am). Afterward, I sat down at the computer and contemplated the “One Life to Live” articles and previews I would need to work on that evening for SON. I was looking forward to writing, typing, and posting several articles that evening dealing with the latest Llanview happenings–including another installment of the “My View of Llanview” column. But Mother Nature had other plans. Just after 5:00 pm, as I was on my front porch turning on the accent lighting for the night, I heard several popping sounds. Immediately, I looked down the road to discover that an electrical transformer had exploded. After the lights flickered a couple of times, everything went dark. With sunset only minutes away, I knew it was going to be a long night in Clarkson.

      Needless to say, I was unable to perform my SON duties that night. It was an eerie sight…everything was so dark, and tree limbs were crashing to the ground throughout the night, never knowing where the next one would fall. Without hours of losing electricity at my home, the rest of town, and nearly the entire county was without power as well. Huddled around a battery operated radio, we ate ham sandwiches under the light of a small kerosene lantern. Candles flickered throughout the remainder of the house, and flashlights lit the way down dark hallways and corridors. Fully expecting the power to come back on the following day, I turned in early for the night after throwing a few extra blankets on the bed. I prayed that things would be better come morning, only to discover that they had gotten worse. And adding to the gloom was the falling temperatures inside the house. I awoke that Wednesday morning with a chill. By this time, the temperature had fallen into the low 40s on the digital thermostat on the central heating unit in my home. The nip in the air resulted in my parading around the house wearing a coat and gloves. Still believing that we had already seen the worst of this situation, I remained somewhat calm as the winds howled and the ice turned to snow outside my doorstep. However, by the afternoon I could see my breath inside, and when the temperature dropped to 35, the severity of the situation finally hit me.

      After packing a few essential items, my family and I, along with the cat, packed up and made the trek next door, across the driveway, to grandma’s gas stove heated home. After settling in at grandma’s house, we had already made comfortable sleeping arrangements. Then it happened yet again. One of my aunt’s had no heat in her home, so she and her dog arrived to bunk with us at grandma’s. Not long thereafter, her son (my cousin) and daughter-in-law also arrived with their six dogs (four of them puppies!), resulting in rather cramped quarters. How we all survived that ice storm I’ll never know. We spent the rest of the week there, and somehow didn’t kill one another. It is amazing how creative a person can get when they have no electricity. We cooked our breakfast (eggs, bacon, and sausage) on the outdoor propane grill; we heated up cans of food atop the gas cook stove inside, and stored canned drinks, milk, and lunchmeat on the back porch in the cold January air.

      By Sunday morning, February 1st–nearly five days without power, electricity finally returned to Clarkson and we packed up, headed back across the driveway, and returned home. I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it was to finally have electricity again. After spending the afternoon washing dishes and sorting laundry, I took my first hot shower in nearly a week. Even though I had been able to wash up a couple days during the previous week thanks to water heated on the stove in a pan, it felt great to be able to stand in the shower again. That night I was able to sleep in my own bed again as well after a week alternating between a couch and a blow-up mattress. Things were slowly, but surely beginning to return to normal. I was looking forward to trying to catch-up with “OLTL,” which I had been unable to watch for almost a week, and work on typing up articles covering all the “OLTL” news I had missed during that time. But duty called, and I was forced to answer to a higher authority….the Mayor of Clarkson. Being Mayor Pro-Tem, as well as a City Commissioner, I am the second in command of my hometown with a population of around 900. So when the Mayor called and asked me I could relieve her and be my town’s representative at the county’s Emergency Management Center for awhile, I obliged. The center is manned 24-hours a day during emergency situations, such as the ice storm, and requires that representatives from all county and city agencies be there. I would spend much of the next couple of days at the center, and attending Clarkson City Commission meetings with the Mayor and the three other city commissioners. I also visited an area shelter which had been set up for people who had no heat or power, and met Kentucky’s Lt. Governor. The next day, back at the center, I talked with our U.S. Representative, State Senator, and several other local and state dignitaries. Once things finally began to calm down, the clean-up began. With four yards to be concerned with, I have spend several days cutting up and dragging tree limbs out of the yard. Once finished, it was on to the lawns of my both grandmas, and my great aunt on my father’s side of the family. Fortunately, the clean-up, as far as I am concerned anyway, is nearly complete.

      The VCR and Youtubehave become my best friends in the weeks since the lights came back on following the devastating ice storm. Only this week did I finally get caught up on all the episodes of “OLTL” that I missed due to the ice storm, meetings, and clean-up. Finally having time last week to sit down at the computer and search the Internet, I was shocked by just how much “OLTL” news occurred during my unexpected hiatus from SON. Everything from the deaths of Clint Ritchie and Phil Carey, to Hank and Rachel Gannon retuning to Llanview, to rumors of Roscoe Born possibly making a “OLTL” comeback this spring, to everything in between. Ten articles in all, many of which I completed and posted in only a few days time. What are the odds that all hell would break lose in my life during the busiest news week in years for “OLTL?” I’d be willing to take bets on that one, ha ha.

      With things finally working their way back toward normalcy last week, the other shoe dropped. An aunt, one of my mom’s sisters, suffered a heart attack and was transported to a hospital in Louisville. She had three blocked arteries, one at 90% and two others at 30% each. Rather than perform triple bypass surgery, the doctors instead inserted a balloon to open up worst blockage, and are treating the other two with medication. Thankfully, she will be fine and is resting comfortably at home. And in a final hurdle, I had to take more time away from my SON duties last Friday night to assist in the tech booth during the annual Valentine Banquet at my church and help with microphones and playing a DVD of old wedding photos. But on the plus on the plus side, there is a new addition to my family….my second cousin and her fiancé are the proud parents of a healthy baby girl. At least some good came out of all of this.

      So, as you can see, 2009 has gotten off to a very busy start for me. Also, I just wanted to let everyone know the real reason why the “OLTL” previews, news articles, and columns have been late for the past few weeks. I didn’t want everyone thinking I was getting lazy or bored with the soap or with my duties here. And I wanted everyone to realize that the delays were due to forces beyond my control. That being said, hopefully things calm down for awhile. I despise being so very far behind on everything, and hate trying to work overtime just to get things back to normal. I much prefer to be ahead, if at all possible. Perhaps I will be able to do just that now, since things are beginning to quiet down; however you never know exactly when the next storm will be brewing just below the horizon. But with any luck it won’t be anytime soon.

      Well, that’s all for this edition of the column. My apologies for devoting the entire column to a discussion of my personal life, but I felt that it was necessary to clear the air on the reasons behind my spotty coverage of “OLTL” in the last three weeks. We can complain about the weather from here to eternity, but we can’t do anything about it. I learned that the hard way. So again my apologizes for my recent sub par “OLTL” reporting, and thank you for your patience as I work to get my life back to normal following weeks of chaos. I hope you will join me again on February 28th for another installment of this column when, barring a meteor blowing up my computer, I will return to discussing the latest Llanview happenings.

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

      Y&R PreVUE: Week of February 16 Edition

      Sunday, February 15, 2009 11:58 AM ET | By Venus Stone

      ( — History repeats itself…


      Karen gets an eyeful,Wednesday, February 18 when she sees Neil and Tyra getting down with some serious lip-locking. Jill and Amber get into it over the DNA results. Victor gives Ashley the opportunity to sit on the board at Newman Enterprises but she instantly becomes wary. Victor isn’t the only thing that is troubling Ashley; Brad’s will is read on Thursday, February 19, and who is left in charge of Abby’s trust has Ashley flabbergasted.

      The Inside Story: Whisked Away
      Not wanting to be out-witted by who he believes is Marge, Clint decides to kidnap Katherine to eliminate the competition for Kay’s millions. The minute Kay sees her abductor face-to-face, the memories of Clint come flooding back. Katherine immediately tells Clint she knows who he is and what he did but unfortunately for her, Clint doesn’t believe it, continuing to believe she’s Marge. Meanwhile, Michael gets the results of the DNA test he had done on Katherine and the results are damaging; there is no proof that Jill is biologically connected to Katherine. Jill immediately flaunts that she knew that Marge was running a scam on everyone. Her mouth sets off Amber who instantly gets in Jill’s face, telling her that Katherine is really alive. Roger, hearing the news, instantly contacts Clint, who berates her for ‘lying’ and will take care of her instantly. Things don’t bode well for Clint when Roger comes back with news that Esther is stalling on getting married to him. Clint goes into a tissy which sparks a vital memory from Katherine. When Katherine relays it to Clint, it leaves him shaken to the core.

      A Closer Look: And Baby Makes Five
      After admitting to Lily that he is the father of Chloe’s baby, Chloe shows up at the cabin, where Lily lashes out at her for all her schemes, which pushes Chloe into labor. Unable to leave the cabin because of the storm Lily quickly calls Olivia. Over the phone Olivia instructs Billy on what to do to deliver the baby. Once the baby is delivered, Billy and Lily have to put asside their argument and get Chloe to the hospital. Using a sled they use it to take Chloe to Cane who is waiting with an ambulance. The minute the baby, Chloe and Cane arrive at the hospital, the doctors report back that there were complications and that both she and the baby are in danger. Meanwhile, alone, Lily tells Billy he needs to step up and tell Cane that he’s the father. That however doesn’t go as planned when Billy goes to the bar to drink away his problem. He’s not alone when he finds a new drinking buddy; Sharon, who is also there to drink away her sorrow. The two soon start talking and then later leave…together. Back at the hospital, Chloe, who is feeling pangs of guilt debates on telling Cane the truth.

      What To Watch

      • Nikki is not pleased to learn that Ashley’s getting a cushy seat at Newman
      • Esther decides to fly the coop with Roger
      • Sharon continues to have strange behavior

      The Young and the Restless News and Headlines

      • Chris Engen, who hasn’t been seen on The Young and the Restless as Adam Wilson, is in fact still with the show and will be shown February 18 when Victor pays his son a visit in jail.
      • Tonya Lee Williams will return as Dr. Olivia Winters when Lily calls her for help in the birth of Chloe’s baby
      • Judith Chapman appears in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest discussing the behind the scenes of her latest storyline of Gloria being a jailbird
      • Tammin Sursok who plays Colleen Carlton also appears in Soap Opera Digest discussing her new Nickolodeon dance movie ‘Spectacular’ which airs Monday, February 16
      • Stacy Haiduk is slated to portray a possible love interest for Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman)
      • Marcia Wallace will appear on the soap as Annie Wilkes, one of Katherine’s kidnappers who’s in cahoots with Cliff. Her first airdate will be the week of February 16
      • Fans can ‘get restless’ by participating in the Get Restless in Jamaica Sweepstakes. A fan could win their chance of a lifetime to have a 4 day/3 night vacation. Those interested can visit Get Restless in Jamaica
      • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “Y&R” during the week of February 9 – 13, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.


      • Trouble continues to swirl around Katherine.

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      ATWT PreVUE: Week of February 16 Edition

      Sunday, February 15, 2009 10:51 AM ET | By Venus Stone

      alt ( — So long, farewell….


      Luke and Noah go on a witch hunt when they begin searching for evidence to nail Elwood for the death of Reg on Thursday, February 19. When Kevin pushes some vital information about Elwood, they begin working harder to trap him. Matt continues to get closer to Alison, to the disappointment of Casey. Liberty and Parker take Johnny on a special Valentine’s Day trip when they read stories to him featuring some of Oakdale’s citizens.

      The Inside Story: Ce la Vie
      A defeated Paul facing kidnapping charges decides to plead guilty for his crime. As he waits for the verdict Dusty approaches Meg and stresses she should speak out against Paul to sway the judge’s decision in giving out a stiffer sentence. Unfortuately for Dusty, Meg feels that she doesn’t need to do that. To everyone’s chagrin Josie goes before the judge and gives him a reason to decide to suspend not only Paul’s sentence but give him supervised visitations to Eliza. Dusty fumes upon the news and shuns Josie when she goes over to the farm to explain why she did what she did. Barbara realizing that Josie could be the person to be there for her troubled son and asks Josie if she’s willing to do that. Josie later pays a visit to Paul and the moment becomes tense when he kisses her, which stuns her. At the farmhouse meantime, papers are delivered to Meg informing her that all of Paul’s assests belong to her. Dusty retrieves and hides the papers rather than inform Meg. He then heads to Fairwinds and spies a close moment between Paul and Josie. He soon jabs at Paul telling him that Meg no longer wants any part if him in her life. The minute Dusty departs Josie tells Paul that she believes it is time for her to leave Oakdale for good. After leaving Fairwinds, Josie goes to find Dusty, who isn’t all that thrilled to see her. She tells him that it is time for her to move on and that she hopes he finds true happiness.

      A Closer Look: Back in Business
      Still sore by Carly’s rejection of him, Craig goes to Lily’s and tells her that Carly never came up with the idea of Midnight Sun, but rather it was his concept. Lily becomes upset that she’s once again falling for Carly’s schemes but quickly remembers that Craig isn’t always on the level either and dismisses what he says. After talking to Carly, Lily meets up with Henry and they devise a plan on how to get the inspector to focus on making a deal with Carly only. Unfortunately their scheme falls apart when Craig catches wind of it. Carly reluctantly agrees to work with Craig but Lily says that if she ever needs her help, she’ll be there for her.

      What To Watch

      • Jack digs into Carly’s business
      • Brad continues to be clouded by Katie’s plan
      • Dusty’s warnings of Paul fall on deaf ears

      As the World Turns News and Headlines

      • Alex Charak, who was the winner of 1st season’s INTURN returned as Elwood to stir up trouble during Casey’s birthday party will have another appearance as Luke and Noah tries to prove his guilt in the death of Reg
      • ‘As the World Turns’ fans will want to take advantage of seeing some of their favorite stars when they host the ATWT Annual Fan Club Luncheon 2009 on April 18 from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM at the Marriot Marquis located at 1535 Broadway, New York, NY. Those interested are required to pay a $25.00 non-refundable deposit per person in order to reserve seating. Those who are current fan club members pay $125 and non-fan club members pay $135 For more information regarding the event, please visit ATWT Fan Club
      • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “ATWT” during the week of February 9 – 13, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.


      • Janet and Carly keep something quiet.
      • Alison comes to Matt’s aid.
      • Vienna blows Katie away with her suggestion.

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