Wednesday, July 30, 2008 5:00 PM | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Life changing decisions.

THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

Frankie asks Randi out on a real date. Tad confronts Krystal on choosing to lie for Adam over trusting him. Colby attends an AA meeting with JR’s prodding but continues to deny that she has a problem. Babe and Amanda are fed up with Kendall and Greenlee’s work ethic. Kendall manages to smooth the waters with the ladies and convinces them to not abandon Fusion. Adam accuses Erica of just being concerned with getting Samuel into bed when she implores him to help out Dre. Carmen pays the price of defending her former cellmate’s honor on Wednesday, August 6. Fletcher tells Frankie he’ll leave Randi in peace, and alive, if Frankie buys her from him. Amanda mentions the prospect of a job at Fusion to Randi upon a chance encounter. Frankie is aloof with a confused Randi when he arrives for their date. Jake is intrigued by a woman he encounters while jogging.

The Inside Story: What Truths May Come

Tad, Krystal, Adam and Samuel converge at the police station where Jesse puts the pressure on the kids. Dre is moved by his father’s affectionate declaration. Dre convinces the girls that they need to tell the truth and confesses to being the one who was driving Colby’s car on Monday, August 4. Tad, Krystal, Adam and Samuel are affected after realizing why the kids tried to cover up their crime. Jesse arrests Dre and then also arrests Adam for interfering with the investigation. Jack, Samuel and Jesse speculate that Richie was already dead before the kids hit him with Colby’s car but Adam’s destruction of the aforementioned car makes proving that a very difficult task. Cassandra gives Jesse the cold shoulder as the Hubbard and Martin families gather for a barbeque. Tad and Jesse discuss Richie’s death. Jesse later follows his pal who goes to check out Annie’s car.

A Closer Look: Love and Marriage

Ryan gives Aidan the key that he and Kendall found, asking him to find out what it belongs to. Annie calls Zach when she’s unable to reach Ryan and plays out being the victim of a car accident. Ryan arrives at the hospital just in time to see a sonogram of his and Annie’s unborn child. A guilt-stricken Ryan tells Aidan to cease investigating his wife. An unstable Annie continues to play on Ryan’s guilt. Zach tells Kendall that they should take a brief “vacation” with the Lavery’s in order to find out what’s really going on with Annie. Ryan, Annie, Zach and Kendall board their flight to Las Vegas. As part of her and Zach’s mission to unearth some answers, Kendall tells Annie that she wants them to be friends again. Zach admits to Kendall that he thinks Annie knows more about Richie’s death than she’s saying.

Aidan and Greenlee enjoy the company of a sweet elderly couple they meet in Las Vegas. Ryan, meanwhile, can’t stop thinking about his ex-wife during the ride to Vegas. Greenlee decides to take Babs and Foster’s advice and example to heart and proposes to Aidan. Ryan, meanwhile, proposes that he and Annie renew their vows. Annie, Ryan, Zach and Kendall are on a collision course with Aidan and Greenlee on Friday, August 8, as the unsuspecting group heads to the same chapel where Greenlee and Aidan are becoming husband and wife.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 11, 2008

  • Monday: Ryan’s heart breaks as he watches Greenlee marry Aidan. Tad and Jesse have their doubts about Annie’s innocence. Cassandra and Dre find comfort with each other.
  • Tuesday: Annie is haunted by the ghost of Richie. Carmen and Randi clearly share a past connection. Krystal tells Adam that she doesn’t love him anymore.
  • Wednesday: JR sets his sights on taking over Fusion. Amanda reaches out to Randi as a friend. Jack comes to a conclusion about his and Erica’s relationship.
  • Thursday: Zach thinks he and Kendall should focus on themselves and not everyone else. Samuel can’t resist planting a kiss on Erica. Jake has his work cut out for him when he encounters his mystery woman.

  • Friday: Kendall questions Annie about the hidden key she found. Annie is taunted by visions of Richie. Kathy acts out against Krystal.


OLTL PreVUE: Week of August 4 Edition

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 5:00 PM | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Talia makes a deal with the devil in order to save her friends and loved ones.

THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

While they are out shopping, Blair and Jack encounter Todd. Falling into their old familiar routine, Todd and Blair argue with one another. Afterward, Blair discovers a nightgown in one of her bags, and realizes that Todd must have bought it for his new ‘girlfriend.’ Starr and Cole are both heartbroken following their breakup. Dorian receives the cold shoulder when she crashes Viki’s goodbye party in search of Todd. Todd is filled with rage when he returns home to find Blair and Keys together. Todd immediately fires Keys, who doesn’t take the termination of his employment lying down. Blair and Todd have a major confrontation over the woman he is hiding upstairs. Meanwhile, Llanview Mayor Stan Lowell temporarily promotes John to the office of Police Commissioner, and plans to reinstate Bo to the position one he returns to town.

The Inside Story: Goodbye Mendorra, Hello Llanview

While still in Mendorra, Jonas shrewdly informs Talia that he has murdered Antonio. Afterward, Talia manages to ward off Jonas’ advances when he suggests they consummate their new marriage. Meanwhile, across the royal palace, Antonio devises a plan to disable the guards. A shocked Jonas and Talia are taken by surprise as Antonio barges into the room and runs off with Talia over his shoulder. At the same time, Cristian saves Tina and Cain just as they are about to lose their heads. Shortly thereafter, Antonio, Cristian, Talia, Tina, and Cain run toward an airstrip only to be confronted by Carlo and his goons. But just when all hope seems lost, Talia makes a bargain with Carlo by agreeing to remain in Mendorra if he allows the others to leave. When Antonio’s protests to Talia fall on deaf ears, he vows to return for her. Meanwhile, Cristian and Tina are left speechless when Sarah miraculously ‘returns from the dead.’ Back in Llanview, David Vickers makes a donation to the nuns at St. Ann’s in the form of his canine namesake. Back in Mendorra, Cain takes his leave by parachuting out of the plane with the crown jewels after confessing to Tina that he stole them back. However, Tina remembers that she hid the real jewels in doggie David Vickers’ jacket. After their plane finally arrives back in Llanview, Tina and Viki are reunited briefly before Viki leaves town to promote organ donation. Tess is none to pleased to discover that Auntie Tina will be staying at Llanfair. However, Tina and Natalie form a close bond. Also, Sarah and Cristian are very much in love. And Antonio faces an uphill battle in his attempts to bring Talia back to Llanview. Tina is delighted to have her hands once more on the Mendorran Crown Jewels.

A Closer Look: “There’s No Place Like Home”

Stuck in 1968, Bo (as Asa) ensures that history repeats itself by hiding from Clint the fact that Maria is pregnant with his baby. After encountering a man named Jeremiah at the Bon Jour Cafe, Bo and Rex are intrigued when he mentions a book about time travel and portals to other dimensions and universes. Their hope of returning to 2008 becomes stronger when Bo, Rex, and Jeremiah discover that Rex’s cell phone could lead them to a time portal. Rex makes a discovery and is disgusted at the idea that Bo will have sleep with Gigi’s double Emma in order for history not to be rewritten. Meanwhile, back in 2008, David is puzzled when he can’t see his reflection in a mirror. Back in the past, Rex contacts Professor Delbert Fina, author of the time travel book, and takes notice that she looks amazingly like a male version of Madame Delphina. Fortunately, Prof. Fina believes he can be of assistance to Bo and Rex. Meanwhile, in 2008, thinking she may be able to help, Madame Delphina is able to convince Gigi has Rex has gone back in time, resulting in Gigi asking Madame Delphina for her help. Brody intercepts Rex’s phone call to Gigi and thinks they are involved. Bo manages to force himself to act like his father and sends Maria away so history will repeat itself. Prof. Fina warns Bo and Rex that time is running out for them to return to the future. Meanwhile, Gigi and Madame Delphina set off on their journey to reach Rex.

What to Watch

  • Clint and Nora realize David is trying to con them.
  • Gigi gives into to Brody’s suggestion that they both work at Rodi’s.
  • Brody wants to be more than friends with Gigi.
  • Tess, still posing as Jessica, throws Viki a surprise going away party, and cannot wait for her to leave town.
  • Tess’ interest is quipped when Dorian mentions Victor Lord’s secret room beneath Llanfair.
  • Layla calls it quits with Vincent after discovering that he has been cheating on her.
  • Tess is forced to cover her tracks when a mechanic is certain the brakes on Natalie’s car were tampered with.
  • Tess contemplates her next move after Cristian drops the name of a shady contractor.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF August 11, 2008

  • Monday: Todd continues to make Marty feel sorry for him; Blair and John guess at the identity of the new woman in Todd’s life; Tess sets her new plan in motion.
  • Tuesday: Rex and Gigi desperately work toward one another; Marty is able to get Todd to open up about Blair; Tina and Cord’s reunion comes to an abrupt stop.
  • Wednesday: Time is nearly up for Bo and Rex; Gigi justifies her actions to Madame Delphina; Brody plans his next move.
  • Thursday: The love Gigi has for Rex allows her to overcome her fear of time travel; Tess vows that history will repeat itself; Natalie and Jared try to come to terms with their grief.

  • Friday: Gigi heads for the Buchanan Ranch in 1968; Todd attempts to persuade Starr to keep the baby; Blair throws caution out the window and has John on the brain.


Wednesday, July 30, 2008 1:00 AM EST | By Errol Lewis



(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “Guiding Light’s” Robert Newman (Joshua Lewis) is returning to the Michigan stage courtesy of a new musical production from the Barn Theatre.

Newman has signed on to star in the musical production of “Shenandoah,” a story about Virginian farmer Charlie Anderson (Newman) and how his family struggles to stay together throughout the civil war. The production is based on the original 1965 screenplay by James Lee Barrett, which debuted in 1974 at the Goodspeed Opera House. Music by Gary Geld, lyrics by Peter Udell and a book by Udell, Philip Rose and James Lee Barrett.

Also starring in the musical are Joe Dely, J.P. Makowski, Isaac Bush, Alex Kip, Emily May Smith, Kevin White, Vaughn Schmidt, and Alyssa Schlageter.

“Shenandoah” opens at the Barn Theatre on Tuesday, August 5 at 8:30 PM and will play through August 17.

The Barn Theatre is located on M-96, west of Augusta . Tickets are $29.00 for all performances and Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Group prices available. The box office is open daily 10:00 am-10:00 pm . For tickets or more information call (269) 731-4121. On the web: www.barntheatre.com.

“Guiding Light” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS. Check local listings.



Wednesday, July 30, 2008 12:28 AM EST | By Errol Lewis



(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Just six months after joining “As The World Turns” in the contract role of Mike Kasnoff, Soap Opera Network has learned that Jon Prescott has been let go from the CBS soap.

According to a posting on his website, Prescott confirms his ouster citing budget constraints as the reason for his termination.

“I’d like to express my gratitude to the entire cast, crew, and production team who have made this an irreplaceable experience,” said Prescott. “I have been privileged to be a part of ‘As The World Turns’ and this concludes an invaluable education. Most importantly, thank you to the fans who have been energetic supporters of both Mike Kasnoff and the show as a whole. Stay tuned as I share my next creative challenge with you shortly.”

His last airdate is unknown at this time, but the actor is said to be appearing well into the fall.

Prior to joining “As The World Turns,” Prescott had a starring role in the MyNetwork TV series “Watch Over Me.” His other credits include guest-stints in “Las Vegas,” “CSI: NY,” and “Hot Properties.” He also hosted “Outdoor Investigations” in 2006 for the Outdoor Life Network. His film credits includes the 2006 film, “The Holiday,” starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jude Law and the 2007 film, “Careless,” co-starring Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”).

“As The World Turns” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.



Monday, July 28, 2008 6:30 AM EST | By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — When you do what you think is right…how do you end up doing oh so wrong?

THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL

Ric and Claudia form an alliance after Ric promises to figure out a way to get Johnny acquitted of the murder charges, while Claudia agrees to sleep with Ric in exchange for Johnny’s freedom. While at the apartment, Johnny is unaware that Lourdes knows the truth about Johnny and Lulu. Sal and Lourdes tell the story of how the Zacchara family destroyed theirs. Carly’s attempts to seduce Jax backfire, but she refuses to give up. Jerry is up to his old tricks when he tends to a meeting with Karpov. Despite warnings from Lucky, Sam accepts Karpov’s offer to captain one of his ships. Nadine plots to gain Matt’s trust.

A Closer Look: I Want to Believe

While this isn’t an “X-Files” movie, Jason wants to believe that Sonny hasn’t turned on him after he learns of Sonny’s dealings with Karpov from Ric. In need of digging up information, Jason enlists the help of Spinelli. However, after a conversation with Claudia, Jason is furious with Sonny and is out for blood. Claudia points out some hard truths to Jason. Diane warns Sonny against his dealings with Karpov, but Sonny refuses to believe that Jason would retaliate against him. Claudia finds Sonny and Ric together and questions Ric about his history with Sonny. Claudia has some words for Sonny. Sonny denies Claudia’s accusations, while Monica and Spinelli help Jason re-think his relationship with Sonny and how it has cost him. Jason interrupts a romantic evening between Sonny and Kate. Afterward, Jason runs into Elizabeth, Jake and Cameron in the park. Despite his desire to stay and be a family with Elizabeth, Jason allows himself to walk away.

The Inside Story: Eli Love Performs


Eli Love is having a concert in Port Charles and Robin sees this as an opportunity to help out her mother, who is down in the dumps over the end of her relationship with Eli. Robin forms a plan to get Anna to the Eli Love concert. At the concert, Anna finds herself snubbed by Eli, who has found himself a much younger woman. Wanting to prove that her mother is just as able as anyone younger than her, Robin has Max and Milo “kidnap” Eli in order to show him the real Anna Devane in action. Anna chastises Robin for setting up Eli’s phony kidnapping attempt. Eli is faced with the realities of life when an old girlfriend shows up with a young son in tow – his son. Matt overhears Eli’s statements of not wanting to be involved in the child’s life, while Patrick steps in and comforts the boy. Patrick warns Eli about what he is willing to throw away for his own selfish reasons. Anna finally wises up and dumps Eli, just before finding Noah a little more appealing.

What To Watch

  • Spinelli informs Maxie that they can no longer be friends.

General Hospital News and Headlines

  • Rolando Molina and Kristin Herrera joined the cast in the recurring roles of Sal and Lourdes on Wednesday, July 23.
  • Missed our casting updates on Friday, July 25? Check them out here.
  • “General Hospital” is working on a new opening sequence (see story).
  • On Tuesday, July 29, Eli Love performs the single “What’s Victoria’s Secret” from the Rick Springfield album Venus in Overdrive due out the same day. Also that day, look for Rick to perform the song on the syndicated talk-show “Live with Regis & Kelly.” Check local listings.
  • Speaking of “Live with Regis & Kelly,” actress Amber Tamblyn (ex-Emily) will appear on the show on Monday, July 28 to promote her new movie “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” due out for release on August 6. The film also stars Blake Lively (Serena, “Gossip Girl”), America Ferrera (Betty, “Ugly Betty”), and Alexis Bledel (“Gilmore Girls”).
  • Graham Shiels returns as Cody Paul on the August 6, 11 and 19 episodes of “GH.”

  • Genie Francis is returning as Laura Spencer beginning Tuesday, August 26 (see story). In the mean time, “Laura” can be seen via a body double beginning Tuesday, August 5.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 4, 2008

  • Monday, August 4: Jason confronts Sonny about his association with Karpov; Carly issues Kate a warning; Johnny can’t locate Lulu.
  • Tuesday, August 5: Carly fears the impending war between Sonny and Jason; Lulu visits Laura; Spinelli can’t keep up with Maxie.
  • Wednesday, August 6: Carly gets involved in dirty games; Johnny and Lulu are on the verge of discovery; Jerry has questions for Sam.
  • Thursday, August 7: Jason issues Karpov a warning; Lulu’s hallucinations continue; Sam and Jerry stand their ground with each other.

  • Friday, August 8: Jason and Carly’s lives are in danger; Sonny becomes Karpov’s enemy; Spinelli gets himself into hot water.


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Tragedy changes everything…
Sunday, July 27, 2008 11:10 PM | By Venus Stone

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Lives are forever changed and hard choices are made…

THIS WEEK ON:THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

Chloe is determined to claim her man at all costs when she doctors up a sonogram. Daniel and Amber have a heart-to-heart where he tells the blonde they should stick to being friends. Their moment is ruined when Adrian arrives. Neil and Tyra realize they have more in common than they thought. Cane is given the proof from Chloe while Lily has to make a decision that could change her life for good. Michael decides to go forth in looking for his father.

WHEN THE DUST SETTLES

Nick and Victoria get word about their mother being rushed to the hospital, Victor, learning of the car accident, rushes to the scene where he sees a criticallly injured David. Victor is told that the woman in the car with David has been rushed to the hospital, and Victor quickly thinks it is Nikki. Before he can head to the hospital, Victor realizes that it was Sabrina that was in the car with David. At the hospital, JT and Paul give Nikki and her family the news that David didn’t survive the car accident and that Sabrina was also in the car. Victor gets word from the doctor that Sabrina lost not only the baby but her life is fading fast due to a damaged liver. A defiant Victor refuses to believe the worst and promises his wife she will be fine.

Nikki, feeling fine after her ordeal, finds herself going to the ICU to peek in on Sabrina and sees Victor exchanging an emotional plee to his wife to fight. She leaves and Nick soon appears to see how his father is holding up. Angry at his son, Victor tells him he needs no support from him. Soon after, Katherine’s news about Sabrina’s pregnancy hits hard for Nikki and Victoria. Victoria, wanting to see her estranged friend arrives at the hospital. Victor immediately tells Victoria she is not welcomed there but Sabrina, who has come to, begs Victor to let her friend stay.

What to Watch

  • Adam decides to take on his true name.
  • Nick and Phyllis move to the ranch.
  • Jill sets herself as CEO of Jabot.
  • Jack pays top dollar for the crash site photographs.

Pictured: Melody Thomas Scott courtesy CBS

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‘Romeo and Juliet’ get grounded….
Sunday, July 27, 2008 10:48 PM | By Venus Stone

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Reckless teens spur parents into taking action…

THIS WEEK ON:AS THE WORLDS TURNS

Meg can’t shake the ghost of Sophie. A new scent sends Emily into a rage, causing her to snap at Casey and calling Alison a slut. Chris has his own problems when he suddenly gets the case of the itches and starts to undress right in the middle of the on call room. Vienna, under the impression that Henry sold Metro back, decides they use the money to spruce up the diner. Things turn sour when Henry’s called away to Metro and Vienna catches him. When Henry tries to reason with her she tearfully tells him that it’s over between them.

Holden and Lily head pick up the girls from summer camp. Carly, not wanting run into the estranged pair, tries her best to hurry Sage along but wind up running into them anway. Camp counselor Winkie doesn’t make things any better when she jokes about Holden having two ‘wives’ and explains that the two shared quarters together. Before Holden or Carly can explain, Lily takes the girls and leaves the camp. Riding back with Carly and Sage, Holden finally arrives to confront Lily. Lily rails him for being reckless enough for Faith to walk in on him with the other woman. Holden, unable to reason with her, is told to get out and stay out.

NOT YOUR AVERAGE CASE OF PUPPY LOVE

Janet is floored when Liberty tells her that she and Parker had sex together, while Parker keeps mum with Jack. Unable to keep her mouth shut, Janet tells Jack everything about the two teens. When Jack becomes upset at their actions, Janet waves it off saying that they don’t plan on doing it again. Brad not pleased with how his daughter has been behaving resorts to tapping into her computer for information. Liberty and Parker soon meet up and discuss their parents. The teens head over to Liberty’s where they soon are making out. Brad arrives and immediately flips out when he sees Parker opening a condom. Before Liberty or Parker can do anything, Brad whisks the frisky teen down to the police station. Jack higtails his son back to the house while Janet attempts to talk to Liberty again. Jack and Janet meet up and he tells her her approach was a flop and Brad is right in saying the teens need not be together. Janet instantly thinks that he’s faulting her and they argue. Meanwhile, determined to keep Parker and Liberty away from one another, Brad hires on a bodyguard to keep his daughter under watchful eye.

Pictured: Austin Peck courtesy NBC

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My View of Llanview: July 15 Edition

Saturday, July 26, 2008 1:25 AM | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A review of “One Life to Live’s” 40th anniversary tribute.

Aloha everyone. It seems I just keep getting later and later with these columns, doesn’t it? I just get so wrapped up with everything going on around me, that I forget things, like this column. And I find it so difficult just to set down and write very much when there is so much to do outside this time of year. Also, I wanted to wait until after the two special 40th anniversary episodes of “OLTL” aired earlier this week before I wrote my column. But my apologizes for this being so late. There are just never enough hours in the day to do anything. Anyway, here are my thoughts on “One Life to Live’s” 40th anniversary celebration…

The Top Five reasons why I liked the two “OLTL” 40th anniversary episodes:

5. In theory at least, I appreciate the fact that “OLTL” decided to retell three past storylines to celebrate their 40th anniversary. I like the idea because it involves past characters and cast members. It is also a nice nod to the show’s history. That being said, I do have some issues with the storylines they chose, but I’ll get into that a little later. In an era when most other soaps celebrate major anniversaries and milestones with a montage of old clips and sound bites, you have to give “OLTL” credit for celebrating their past.

4. Say what you well about Agnes Nixon playing favorites with “OLTL” over “AMC,” but having her play God during VIki’s latest visit to heaven was brilliant. She was the perfect choice to place the omniscience Creator. And it was only fitting that Erika Slezak, “OLTL’s” longest running cast member, interact with her. And the nod to Erika’s tenure as Viki’s with Nixon’s comment that she had watching her 38 years was touching. And icing on the cake came at the end of the second of the two anniversary episodes when both Agnes and Erika looked into the camera, said that without the fans there would be no Llanview, and then wish “OLTL” a happy 40th anniversary. With Nixon’s two or three appearances on “All My Children” over the years, it was about time that she finally appeared on the only other remaining soap currently on the air that she created. It may have taken 40 years, but Agnes finally made a cameo ABC’s so-called redheaded stepsister.

3. Erin Torpey. To me she will always be Jessica. I wish there was a way the show could bring her back. I grew up watching her grow up on “OLTL.” Erin is so cute and has a certain child like innocence about her. Ron Carlivati is a genius for his quick thinking of getting her to play Viki’s guardian angel when Jessica Tuck had to pull out because of a scheduling conflict. And what makes it even more amazing is that all of this happened only a few days before they began filming the episodes. The sudden change literally occurred overnight. Now I have to admit that when heard, however, that Erin was going be playing her former character’s stillborn baby, I was rather skeptic as to how “OLTL” was going to pull it off. I mean think about it, how is a 27-year-old woman supposed to play the spirit of a baby who would only be about ten or eleven years old had she still been alive. But then I saw Viki asking the very same questions, and was satisfied by Megan Victoria’s line that “time moves differently for some of us here.” That makes sense. It’s heaven, and God is in heaven, and with him all things are possible. Plus it is important to keep in mind that the primary job of a soap opera is to entertain. It is not real life, but is instead an escape from reality. And it is important to remember that when you turn on the television. It’s not some reality show, or even Jerry Springer…. it’s a fictional scripted drama, similar to professional wrestling. But you didn’t hear that from me, ha ha.

2. Phil Carey and Stephen Markle. Asa has always been one of my favorite characters and I always considered Mel to be one of Dorian’s two true loves–with Herb Callison being the other. Although I find it a little strange that Asa ended up in heaven rather than in a hotter climate, it is always a treat seeing Phil Carey on my TV screen. While I’m not usually a fan of soaps using dead characters returning as ghosts to haunt the living (such as Paul Cramer, Margaret Cochran, Spencer Truman, and arrogantly smug Nash Brennan), I would gladly make an exception as far as Asa and Mel are concerned. Better yet, why not just reveal that Asa faked his death once more and that Bo and Viki’s visions of him were mere hallucinations brought on by grief from missing the old coot. And I could be mistaken, but as I recall when Mel’s plane went down several years ago they never found his body. So they could easily bring them both back. But until they do, I will set happily by and enjoy each and every time with are treated with their presence. And two thumbs up to the touching Dorian/Mel and Asa/Viki scenes we were treated to. Who could ask for anything more?

1. When I first heard that “OLTL” was planning two special episodes to honor their 40th anniversary, one of the first questions that popped in my mind was concerning the opening for the special shows. I thought to myself how neat it would be if they used the original fireplace opening (which ran from 1968-1975) to open the 40th anniversary episodes with. But the more I thought about it, the more I began to suspect that they would probably just continue to use the same old crappy opening which has not been updated since January. But imagine my surprise on Monday when, after Bo and Rex realized that had been transported back in time to 1968, the original theme music began to play and then we saw the burning flames from a fireplace with the words “One Life to Live” floating across the screen. It was the original opening, and I could not believe it. My joy was short-lived, however, as the old opening returned the following day. But still, I thought it was a nice touch.

The Top Five reasons why I did not like the two “OLTL” 40th anniversary episodes:

5. Ben Davidson. Although I thought it was nice that they were able to get Mark Derwin back along with all the other recent returns, I never have and never will like the character. I never did buy into the tripe that Ben was supposedly the great love of Viki’s life. Give me a break. Were the writers on crack when they came up with that one back in the final decade of the 20th century? Did these people ever watch the show before this character was created? Great love of Viki’s life, my fannie. What about Joe Riley, Steve Burke, Clint Buchanan, and even Sloan Carpenter? Ben Davidson does not even begin to compare with these greater, more developed characters. Ben has never been one of my favorite characters and I’m glad they killed him off. Good riddance. And the writer who first coined Viki’s nickname Blondie should be shot. I don’t mean to offend Ben and Viki fans here, but he does not even belong on the same stage with several of Viki’s other husbands, in my opinion. And to compound matters, I’ve always thought of Joe Riley as Viki’s one true love anyway. Too bad Lee Patterson is no longer with us, or they could have brought him back once more. I’d take that any day over Ben Davidson.

4. Tina, Sarah, and the waterfall. First, I have to admit that I have always loved Tina Roberts and Andrea Evans, revisiting the storyline where Tina was tied to a boat and sent sailing to her doom over the Iguazú Falls was not the best of ideas. Although I was only about eight years old when the original storyline involving Tina first aired, it was in the midst of one of the campest periods in “OLTL” history. It was during the same time period as the Old West storyline, the underground city of Eterna, Viki’s original trip to heaven, and the exploding wedding cake. While this time period did produce many memorable characters such as Tina, Cord, Max, and Gabrielle, it was also very different from the original concept of “OLTL,” which included socially relevant storylines featuring class and race relations, drug use, and mental illness. And even the supreme acting talents of Andrea Evans and Thom Christopher are not enough to save this storyline the second time around. David Fumero couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag, and would probably even be unable to emit emotion if his pants were on fire. This was one of the big let downs for me during the 40th anniversary episodes.

3. Dorian Lord. I’ll be the first to admit that Dorian has done some evil, slimy, vile, lowdown things in her life, but I have a difficult time believing that she would just leave Viki to die. Sure the pair have been feuding for over thirty years, but I’ve always felt that deep down, despite their hatred for one another, that neither would ever wish the other one dead. That doesn’t mean they would not want one another to suffer, however. But as for wishing death on each other seems a little far-fetched. In my opinion, deep down each of them actually respects the other, which shines through in the event of a crisis. Granted it is suppressed deep down, below levels and levels of hatred, jealousy, and envy. But it’s there. That’s why making David have to beg and plead with Dorian to save Viki’s life is low, even for Dorian. It makes her look even more despicable than she really is, which is saying a lot. Oh sure, she is having a guilty conscience about it afterward, but it doesn’t change the fact that she almost didn’t save Viki’s life. And to make things even worse, it appears, at least for the time being anyway, that Dorian is going to get away scott free with drugging Charlie. It seems like Dorian escapes punishment more and more as the years go by. Talk about justice being blind.

2. The return of the “OLTL” opening from hell. Well maybe not…I’ve always hated the satin sheets opening of 1992-1995 more than the present opening, but it comes in at a close second. The theme itself is okay; it’s the grainy pictures and flashing “OLTL” logos that seem poorly done and out of sync with the music. I think a teenager could do a better job on Microsoft Paint. That’s right…it’s that bad. After being treated to the original “OLTL” opening on Monday, I was wishing, hoping, and praying that Tuesday would bring a completely new opening for the soap’s 40th anniversary. But those hopes were quickly shattered when the same old crappy opening began to play. Newsflash to whoever at ABC is in charge of updating the “OLTL” opening…Nash is dead, Lalya and Vincent haven’t been seen in two months, and Miles hasn’t been around since April (unless you count the Memorial Day repeat of one of the “Prom Night: The Musical” episodes). I’d give my left arm (I’m left-handed) for a new “OLTL” opening. Imagine if you will a new opening that would encompass images from past openings such as the roaring fire and sunrise accompanied by a revamping of Peabo Bryson’s famous lyrics with all new actor shots from the various homes and businesses around Llanview. Just about anything though would be preferable to what we have now. Maybe one day soon “OLTL” will finally get a new opening sequence.

1. Perhaps my biggest complaint about “OLTL’s” recent anniversary tribute is that Ron Carlivati treated it as the 20th anniversary instead of the 40th anniversary. Two of the three storylines he chose to revisit (Viki’s trip to heaven and Tina going over the falls) occurred in the late 1980s. The third (Buchanans going back in time) also occurred in the late 1980s, and created a storyline one hundred years in the past. However, the sequel transported Bo and Rex back into 1968, when the show first premiered. However, it is focusing on events that happened more than a decade before the Buchanan family was even introduced to “OLTL” viewers. What I’m getting at is this…why were no storylines from 1968-1987 revisited? Those were some of the greatest years in “OLTL” history. It was during those years that we had the ‘death’ of Victor Lord and the first emergence of Niki Smith, Karen Wolek breaking down on the witness stand and proclaiming herself a hooker, Carla Grey passing herself off as a white woman and kissing a black doctor, Cathy Craig being treated for drug abuse at Odyssey House with real-life drug addicted teenagers, and the romance of Larry Wolek and Meredith Lord, among others. But instead there was not a single mention or even a flashback concerning any of them. It’s almost as if those first twenty years didn’t even exist. I realize that a lot of those early episodes no longer exist thanks to ABC’s policy at the time of erasing the tapes so they could be reused, but that doesn’t mean that homage could not be paid to those storylines. Characters from the first 20 years could have been brought back during the celebration. But instead everything they decided to include focused on the last twenty years. But even with that, a lot was left out. What about Wanda Wolek, the Gannon family, CJ Roberts, Mitch Laurence, Alex Olanov, Bo’s dead wife Sarah, and other former characters from the past dozen years? They too were strangely MIA. I realize that Ron Carlivati fell in love with the “OLTL” of the 1980s, which are also around the same time that my earliest memories of the soap began, but it is only one four decades in which “OLTL” has been on the air. And it’s not fair to celebrate one, and not the other three. “OLTL” was already an established soap with twenty years of history by the late 1980s, and that those years should be remembered as well, and not swept under the rug. Even so, I am at least grateful that the show even recognized any of their history. They could have easily gone the “General Hospital” route (i.e., their recent 45th anniversary), and simply stuck together a sixty-second montage of memorable characters and storylines. At least “OLTL” appears to honor its past, even though their memory is rather selective. And for that, I have to at least give them the benefit of the doubt.

Well, that’s all for this edition of the column. I hope you enjoyed this edition of the column. Enjoy the remainder of the summer. Take care and see you next time on July 30th.

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


My View of Llanview: July 15 Edition

Saturday, July 26, 2008 1:25 AM | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A review of “One Life to Live’s” 40th anniversary tribute.

Aloha everyone. It seems I just keep getting later and later with these columns, doesn’t it? I just get so wrapped up with everything going on around me, that I forget things, like this column. And I find it so difficult just to set down and write very much when there is so much to do outside this time of year. Also, I wanted to wait until after the two special 40th anniversary episodes of “OLTL” aired earlier this week before I wrote my column. But my apologizes for this being so late. There are just never enough hours in the day to do anything. Anyway, here are my thoughts on “One Life to Live’s” 40th anniversary celebration…

The Top Five reasons why I liked the two “OLTL” 40th anniversary episodes:

5. In theory at least, I appreciate the fact that “OLTL” decided to retell three past storylines to celebrate their 40th anniversary. I like the idea because it involves past characters and cast members. It is also a nice nod to the show’s history. That being said, I do have some issues with the storylines they chose, but I’ll get into that a little later. In an era when most other soaps celebrate major anniversaries and milestones with a montage of old clips and sound bites, you have to give “OLTL” credit for celebrating their past.

4. Say what you well about Agnes Nixon playing favorites with “OLTL” over “AMC,” but having her play God during VIki’s latest visit to heaven was brilliant. She was the perfect choice to place the omniscience Creator. And it was only fitting that Erika Slezak, “OLTL’s” longest running cast member, interact with her. And the nod to Erika’s tenure as Viki’s with Nixon’s comment that she had watching her 38 years was touching. And icing on the cake came at the end of the second of the two anniversary episodes when both Agnes and Erika looked into the camera, said that without the fans there would be no Llanview, and then wish “OLTL” a happy 40th anniversary. With Nixon’s two or three appearances on “All My Children” over the years, it was about time that she finally appeared on the only other remaining soap currently on the air that she created. It may have taken 40 years, but Agnes finally made a cameo ABC’s so-called redheaded stepsister.

3. Erin Torpey. To me she will always be Jessica. I wish there was a way the show could bring her back. I grew up watching her grow up on “OLTL.” Erin is so cute and has a certain child like innocence about her. Ron Carlivati is a genius for his quick thinking of getting her to play Viki’s guardian angel when Jessica Tuck had to pull out because of a scheduling conflict. And what makes it even more amazing is that all of this happened only a few days before they began filming the episodes. The sudden change literally occurred overnight. Now I have to admit that when heard, however, that Erin was going be playing her former character’s stillborn baby, I was rather skeptic as to how “OLTL” was going to pull it off. I mean think about it, how is a 27-year-old woman supposed to play the spirit of a baby who would only be about ten or eleven years old had she still been alive. But then I saw Viki asking the very same questions, and was satisfied by Megan Victoria’s line that “time moves differently for some of us here.” That makes sense. It’s heaven, and God is in heaven, and with him all things are possible. Plus it is important to keep in mind that the primary job of a soap opera is to entertain. It is not real life, but is instead an escape from reality. And it is important to remember that when you turn on the television. It’s not some reality show, or even Jerry Springer…. it’s a fictional scripted drama, similar to professional wrestling. But you didn’t hear that from me, ha ha.

2. Phil Carey and Stephen Markle. Asa has always been one of my favorite characters and I always considered Mel to be one of Dorian’s two true loves–with Herb Callison being the other. Although I find it a little strange that Asa ended up in heaven rather than in a hotter climate, it is always a treat seeing Phil Carey on my TV screen. While I’m not usually a fan of soaps using dead characters returning as ghosts to haunt the living (such as Paul Cramer, Margaret Cochran, Spencer Truman, and arrogantly smug Nash Brennan), I would gladly make an exception as far as Asa and Mel are concerned. Better yet, why not just reveal that Asa faked his death once more and that Bo and Viki’s visions of him were mere hallucinations brought on by grief from missing the old coot. And I could be mistaken, but as I recall when Mel’s plane went down several years ago they never found his body. So they could easily bring them both back. But until they do, I will set happily by and enjoy each and every time with are treated with their presence. And two thumbs up to the touching Dorian/Mel and Asa/Viki scenes we were treated to. Who could ask for anything more?

1. When I first heard that “OLTL” was planning two special episodes to honor their 40th anniversary, one of the first questions that popped in my mind was concerning the opening for the special shows. I thought to myself how neat it would be if they used the original fireplace opening (which ran from 1968-1975) to open the 40th anniversary episodes with. But the more I thought about it, the more I began to suspect that they would probably just continue to use the same old crappy opening which has not been updated since January. But imagine my surprise on Monday when, after Bo and Rex realized that had been transported back in time to 1968, the original theme music began to play and then we saw the burning flames from a fireplace with the words “One Life to Live” floating across the screen. It was the original opening, and I could not believe it. My joy was short-lived, however, as the old opening returned the following day. But still, I thought it was a nice touch.

The Top Five reasons why I did not like the two “OLTL” 40th anniversary episodes:

5. Ben Davidson. Although I thought it was nice that they were able to get Mark Derwin back along with all the other recent returns, I never have and never will like the character. I never did buy into the tripe that Ben was supposedly the great love of Viki’s life. Give me a break. Were the writers on crack when they came up with that one back in the final decade of the 20th century? Did these people ever watch the show before this character was created? Great love of Viki’s life, my fannie. What about Joe Riley, Steve Burke, Clint Buchanan, and even Sloan Carpenter? Ben Davidson does not even begin to compare with these greater, more developed characters. Ben has never been one of my favorite characters and I’m glad they killed him off. Good riddance. And the writer who first coined Viki’s nickname Blondie should be shot. I don’t mean to offend Ben and Viki fans here, but he does not even belong on the same stage with several of Viki’s other husbands, in my opinion. And to compound matters, I’ve always thought of Joe Riley as Viki’s one true love anyway. Too bad Lee Patterson is no longer with us, or they could have brought him back once more. I’d take that any day over Ben Davidson.

4. Tina, Sarah, and the waterfall. First, I have to admit that I have always loved Tina Roberts and Andrea Evans, revisiting the storyline where Tina was tied to a boat and sent sailing to her doom over the Iguazú Falls was not the best of ideas. Although I was only about eight years old when the original storyline involving Tina first aired, it was in the midst of one of the campest periods in “OLTL” history. It was during the same time period as the Old West storyline, the underground city of Eterna, Viki’s original trip to heaven, and the exploding wedding cake. While this time period did produce many memorable characters such as Tina, Cord, Max, and Gabrielle, it was also very different from the original concept of “OLTL,” which included socially relevant storylines featuring class and race relations, drug use, and mental illness. And even the supreme acting talents of Andrea Evans and Thom Christopher are not enough to save this storyline the second time around. David Fumero couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag, and would probably even be unable to emit emotion if his pants were on fire. This was one of the big let downs for me during the 40th anniversary episodes.

3. Dorian Lord. I’ll be the first to admit that Dorian has done some evil, slimy, vile, lowdown things in her life, but I have a difficult time believing that she would just leave Viki to die. Sure the pair have been feuding for over thirty years, but I’ve always felt that deep down, despite their hatred for one another, that neither would ever wish the other one dead. That doesn’t mean they would not want one another to suffer, however. But as for wishing death on each other seems a little far-fetched. In my opinion, deep down each of them actually respects the other, which shines through in the event of a crisis. Granted it is suppressed deep down, below levels and levels of hatred, jealousy, and envy. But it’s there. That’s why making David have to beg and plead with Dorian to save Viki’s life is low, even for Dorian. It makes her look even more despicable than she really is, which is saying a lot. Oh sure, she is having a guilty conscience about it afterward, but it doesn’t change the fact that she almost didn’t save Viki’s life. And to make things even worse, it appears, at least for the time being anyway, that Dorian is going to get away scott free with drugging Charlie. It seems like Dorian escapes punishment more and more as the years go by. Talk about justice being blind.

2. The return of the “OLTL” opening from hell. Well maybe not…I’ve always hated the satin sheets opening of 1992-1995 more than the present opening, but it comes in at a close second. The theme itself is okay; it’s the grainy pictures and flashing “OLTL” logos that seem poorly done and out of sync with the music. I think a teenager could do a better job on Microsoft Paint. That’s right…it’s that bad. After being treated to the original “OLTL” opening on Monday, I was wishing, hoping, and praying that Tuesday would bring a completely new opening for the soap’s 40th anniversary. But those hopes were quickly shattered when the same old crappy opening began to play. Newsflash to whoever at ABC is in charge of updating the “OLTL” opening…Nash is dead, Lalya and Vincent haven’t been seen in two months, and Miles hasn’t been around since April (unless you count the Memorial Day repeat of one of the “Prom Night: The Musical” episodes). I’d give my left arm (I’m left-handed) for a new “OLTL” opening. Imagine if you will a new opening that would encompass images from past openings such as the roaring fire and sunrise accompanied by a revamping of Peabo Bryson’s famous lyrics with all new actor shots from the various homes and businesses around Llanview. Just about anything though would be preferable to what we have now. Maybe one day soon “OLTL” will finally get a new opening sequence.

1. Perhaps my biggest complaint about “OLTL’s” recent anniversary tribute is that Ron Carlivati treated it as the 20th anniversary instead of the 40th anniversary. Two of the three storylines he chose to revisit (Viki’s trip to heaven and Tina going over the falls) occurred in the late 1980s. The third (Buchanans going back in time) also occurred in the late 1980s, and created a storyline one hundred years in the past. However, the sequel transported Bo and Rex back into 1968, when the show first premiered. However, it is focusing on events that happened more than a decade before the Buchanan family was even introduced to “OLTL” viewers. What I’m getting at is this…why were no storylines from 1968-1987 revisited? Those were some of the greatest years in “OLTL” history. It was during those years that we had the ‘death’ of Victor Lord and the first emergence of Niki Smith, Karen Wolek breaking down on the witness stand and proclaiming herself a hooker, Carla Grey passing herself off as a white woman and kissing a black doctor, Cathy Craig being treated for drug abuse at Odyssey House with real-life drug addicted teenagers, and the romance of Larry Wolek and Meredith Lord, among others. But instead there was not a single mention or even a flashback concerning any of them. It’s almost as if those first twenty years didn’t even exist. I realize that a lot of those early episodes no longer exist thanks to ABC’s policy at the time of erasing the tapes so they could be reused, but that doesn’t mean that homage could not be paid to those storylines. Characters from the first 20 years could have been brought back during the celebration. But instead everything they decided to include focused on the last twenty years. But even with that, a lot was left out. What about Wanda Wolek, the Gannon family, CJ Roberts, Mitch Laurence, Alex Olanov, Bo’s dead wife Sarah, and other former characters from the past dozen years? They too were strangely MIA. I realize that Ron Carlivati fell in love with the “OLTL” of the 1980s, which are also around the same time that my earliest memories of the soap began, but it is only one four decades in which “OLTL” has been on the air. And it’s not fair to celebrate one, and not the other three. “OLTL” was already an established soap with twenty years of history by the late 1980s, and that those years should be remembered as well, and not swept under the rug. Even so, I am at least grateful that the show even recognized any of their history. They could have easily gone the “General Hospital” route (i.e., their recent 45th anniversary), and simply stuck together a sixty-second montage of memorable characters and storylines. At least “OLTL” appears to honor its past, even though their memory is rather selective. And for that, I have to at least give them the benefit of the doubt.

Well, that’s all for this edition of the column. I hope you enjoyed this edition of the column. Enjoy the remainder of the summer. Take care and see you next time on July 30th.

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


‘GH’ Casting Updates

Friday, July 25, 2008 11:20 AM EST | By Errol Lewis



(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — When characters return from the great beyond, or prison, people get to wondering what their purpose is in life and how long they can expect to be seen.

Beginning with the Monday, July 21 episode of ABC’s “General Hospital,” viewers were shocked to learn that Cody Paul as played by actor Graham Shiels, had returned to the canvas with a major storyline involving the mob and Jason Morgan. With the consistent violence on the soap, it was only a matter of time that viewers questioned when Cody would be killed off!

According to a show rep, “Graham will be on the canvas for the foreseeable future on a recurring basis.”

IN RELATED NEWS

Rumors around the net that “GH” was looking to recast the role of Lucas Jones (last played by Ben Hogestyn in 2006) have proven to be false. There are “no immediate plans to bring back Lucas,” confirms ABC.

Florian Klein joins the cast of “GH” on August 6 as a mystery character involved with the Russian Mafia and its dealings in Port Charles.

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