The Past, the Present and the Future Collide
Saturday, February 16, 2008 4:35 AM | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Shades of the past.

THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES

Jack’s misgivings about Samuel prove to be foretelling as the U.S.D.A. ends Erica’s night at the “Go Red for Women” fashion show by fitting her with a new accessory – handcuffs! Jack follows Erica to the police station where Ms. Kane fails to take Montgomery’s advice and manages to get herself into even more legal trouble courtesy of a smug Samuel. Erica is no more open to suggestion at her bail hearing where she unleashes a tirade against Samuel.

LOST IN THE PAST

Annie can’t ignore Ryan’s longing for Kendall and neither can Zach. Convinced that Ryan poses a threat, Zach hires a reluctant Aidan to be Kendall’s bodyguard on her book tour. Kendall is aghast to learn of Zach’s arrangement. The Slater’s and Lavery’s are overjoyed when Spike’s cochlear implant is successfully turned on and he can hear again. A tortured Ryan witnesses the close family unit Zach, Kendall and Spike have become. Things remain strained between Annie and Ryan.

WASH, RINSE AND REPEAT

Babe lays down the night’s agenda to JR: a poker game – if she wins he donates his bone marrow to Richie, if he wins he gets whatever he wants. JR up the stakes and turns their match into a game of strip poker. After having some fun, JR finally admits to Babe that he was planning to donate his bone marrow to Richie all along. Things turn passionate between Babe and JR. Meanwhile, Richie learns JR is his donor match and sets an ominous – and unnecessary – plan into motion.

DESTINY BECOMES REALITY

Jesse is unable to walk away from Angie and the two embrace for the first time since his “death.” Angie counters Jesse’s claim that he can’t stay with her by explaining that her life means nothing without him in it. Jesse and Angie make love. Angie insists she, Jesse and Frankie can go into hiding together after Jesse tells her his sordid tale. Frankie follows Tad and Krystal and comes face to face with his father. Tad, Frankie, Krystal and Angie convince Jesse that together, they can defeat any enemy. An enemy lurks nearby.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF FEBRUARY 25, 2008

Monday: Richie is certain he’s going to get everything he wants. Annie insists Ryan move out as planned.

Tuesday: Erica swears to make Samuel pay for what he’s doing to her. Zach urges Annie to fight for Ryan.

Wednesday: Zach not so subtly pushes Ryan away from Kendall. Someone is keeping a close eye on Frankie.

Thursday: Greenlee tries to get Ryan to remember their love with a kiss. Only Krystal believes JR may be the victim he claims he is.

Friday: Angie’s anger and frustration finally comes rushing to the surface. Erica sets out to prove she isn’t down for the count.

Pictured: Billy Miller courtesy Donna Svennevik/ABC | Debbie Morgan/Darnell Williams courtesy Steve Fenn/ABC

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My View of Llanview: February 15 Edition

Looking back
Friday, February 15, 2008 11:28 PM| By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Another look back at “One Life to Live” over the years.

Hello all. I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Valentine’s Day, and that it was everything you dreamed of and more. How is everyone? Hope life has been treating you kindly. As for me, I am in the process of putting together my student teaching portfolio at the moment, something which has become a rather cumbersome task. But really, I am enjoying student teaching so far. The kids are great (well most of them anyway), and I like their enthusam. However, as you can imagine, planning lesson plans and making out tests is a time consuming task. And so, because of that, I’m afraid I haven’t a great deal of time to devote to this column at the moment. For that reason, I felt that it would be appropriate if we took one last look back at some memorable moments from “One Life to Live’s” nearly fourty year history.. And now it’s time for “A Blast From the Past!”

This go around we are powering up “One Life to Live” time machine and transporting ourselves back to a time when hippies ruled and groovy was cool to say. That’s right, we’re heading back to 1969.

It was on October 1969, when this article, entitled “The What’s Happening Now Serial” appeared in After Noon TV. I have chosen to include this article because it reflects back on “OLTL’s” first year on the air back in 1968.

On July 15, “One Life to Live” celebrated its first anniversary. This show, in the course of one year, has become one of the most popular soaps on afternoon television.

Encouraged by Bill Kimbrough, the D.A. (Justin McDonough) to do volunteer work, Meredith Lord (Lynn Benish) took a job in an orphanage and met Wendy (Jan Chasmar), an orphan girl who has had a serious operation.

Jan is one child who will never have the problem of shyness. She’s already adjusted well to TV work.

Hospital aide and everybody?s friend is Sadie Gray (Lillian Hayman). She has come to see Larry Wolek, (Mike Storm), who is in the hospital after an accident. Sadie tells Larry about the day that Vince and Viki ran away.

One lovely day in the park for Sadie Gray, Wendy and Meredith Lord. When Meredith was very ill, she broke up with Larry Wolek because she did not want to be a burden to him. Now she is well, but Larry has been forced into marrying Karen Martin (Niki Flacks) because she is pregnant.

Vince Wolek (Antony Ponzini) is in love with Niki – the split personality of Victoria Lord (Gillian Spencer). The other part of Victoria’s personality, Viki, is in love with Joe Riley (Lee Patterson).

Viki had agreed to marry Joe Riley, but in the middle of the wedding ceremony the personality of Niki came out. Vince wants to marry Niki. Though she likes having fun, Niki is not crazy about the idea of getting married.

Now, while the time machine is still powered up, let’s jump ahead to 1985 when the “OLTL” theme song was the highly popular ‘Tour of Llanview’ version and Peabo Bryson was gearing up to add lyrics to the theme in only a few short months the following the year. It was alos a time when Andrea Evans was at the height of her popularity on “OLTL” as the rebellious Tina Clayton Roberts.

It was on August 10, 1985, when this article, entitled “It’ll take more than a bubble bath to clean up Andrea Evans’ act as daytime’s diva of dirt” appeared in People Weekly. The article was written by Alan Carter and takes a closer look at both Andrea and Tina.

As daytime’s answer to Alexis Carrington, Evans doesn’t wear dresses as fancy as Joan Collins’, but she certainly wears fewer clothes than any other actress in the afternoon soaps. For one recent shower scene, even the ABC censor visited the set. “I thought the scene was very sexy,” insists Evans. “People were coming up to me for weeks after that scene and saying, ‘Were you naked in there?’ and I’d say, ‘Well, do you wear clothes in the shower?’” Despite her sass, in Evans’ case the answer is affirmative: She wore a body stocking for the scene. With Evans, ABC’s One Life To Live has undressed for success, now ranking a strong third in the competitive daytime soap ratings. “She makes a tremendous difference to our show,” says producer Paul Rauch. “Her ability makes her go beyond the ordinary viper. In large part, she’s responsible for the show’s recent success.”

Evans sees herself as “a tigress,” which is in marked contrast to the “scared doe” one reporter called her four years ago. At that time the University of Illinois theatre graduate was making news by marrying her older (30ish) “One Life” co-star, Wayne Massey. They Valentine’s day ceremony took place in Evans’ hometown, Downers Grove, Ill., and was attended by her mother, Audrey, a piano teacher at Chicago’s American Conservatory of Music, and her father, Robert, a semi-retired apartment building manager. “I was very young then,” says the strawberry blonde. “I depended upon Wayne quite a bit. He took more control of things and I was like a scared doe. Now I’m on my own. The scared doe doesn’t exist anymore.”

Having played Tina Clayton since 1978, Evans left “One Life” in December 1981 with Massey, and the couple moved to Nashville. While Massey pursued a career as a singer (he now duets with his new wife, country crooner Charly McClain), Evans took it easy for a year. Then she landed the role of Patty on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” which is filmed in Los Angeles. “I don’t think it’s possible to run a marriage across the country,” says Evans, and hers didn’t travel well. The couple divorced last year.

Evans returned to One Life last January. “I’m more confident,” she explains. “I’m able to have fun with the character and have fun with myself.”

Like Tina, she’s also shrewder than she was in an earlier incarnation. In the tradition of her trade, Evans likes to shave four years off her past and give her age as 24. She insists that there is a typo in her college records. While in college she entered and lost the miss illinois pageant back home. “I’m not against beauty pageants,” she says now, “but I’m torn because I tend to be feministic in a lot of ways. Is feministic a word?” Savvy about cross-promotion as well as self-promotion, Evans recently signed with the Elite agency as a model. On the subject of romance, she is circumspect. Her current man is a publicity-shy L.A. producer. Though her marriage couldn’t withstand long distance, this relationship “gets a lot of help from GTE Sprint, People express and MCI,” says Evans.

The steadiest males in her life are still Grompit (a nonsense word used by her father) and Uff da (a Norwegian expletive). The dogs even accompany Evans to work. “They sit in the makeup room under a sign that says, ‘Permanently reserved for the Evans boys.’ Bob Woods [a "One Life" co-star] said that if he’s ever reincarnated, he wants to come back as one of my dogs. Of course he said that after he found out they sleep with me.” Arf, arf.

And lastly, we’re moving full steam ahead to 1991 and look at an article honoring Erika Slezak on her twenith anniverary with “One Life to Live.” The article, which was written by Michael Logan, appeared in a March edition of TV Guide, and was entitled “Brain surgery, blackmail and amnesia … Erika’s a true soap survivor.” I felt this article would be appropriate since Ms. Slezak celebrates her 37th anniversary on “OLTL” next month.


This week, Erika Slezak celebrates her 20th anniversary as the Queen of Unsolved Miseries – a title no other daytime diva comes even close to owning. As Viki Lord Buchanan on ABC’s “One Life To Live,” Slezak has endured the requisite suds tragedies (murder charges, kidnapped kids, custody battles). But she has also suffered through some humdingers, including pornographic blackmail, an 8-year memory lapse and a slutty split personality named Niki. During brain surgery, Viki had an out-of-body experience that put her in Heaven. She has also regressed to the Wild West. And visited the lost underground civilization of Eterna, where she discovered a daughter she didn’t know she had.

Lest we feel too sorry for Slezak, it should be noted that she’s won two Best Actress Emmys for her troubles – and is currently being touted for a third. And, at age 44, she is having the time of her life. “I’m lucky – there are only a few parts that have ever lasted this long!” remarks Slezak, who thought she had died and gone to Heaven when she landed OLTL in 1971 – at a whopping $190 a week. “Some days I wonder why nobody’s caught on to me. I still feel like that nervous little girl who walked in here with no TV experience.”

Though Slezak (the granddaughter of Metropolitan Opera legend Leo Slezak and daughter of actor Walter Slezak) seemed chromosomally destined to shine, she has never ventured into primetime or feature films. And while she’s a graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, her most notable extracurricular activity since joining OLTL was a series of Sunsweet prune commercials. “I cling to the soap because it affords me the best of both worlds,” says Slezak, referring to life on Long Island with her spouse, Broadway veteran Brian Davies and their children Michael, 11, and Amanda, 9. “The show lets me off for school plays, field trips and Parents’ Night. I don’t think there’s another job that would give me that freedom.”

Or such outlandish theatrics. Still Slezak claims she’s prepared for another decade on “OLTL”. And she doesn’t think her storylines are that screwy. “The show has done others that were more far-fetched – like the time several characters had mind-control devices implanted in the backs of their heads. I wasn’t involved in that one.” That’s comforting … but is she bragging or complaining?

Moving back to the present, I have a few quick comments. I like how “OLTL” has brought back Allison Perkins. She’s one my favorite Llanview psychos. It’s also a pleasure to see Viki’s long time maid Lois grace our screens again. Although, she is often talked about on the soap, we hardly ever get to see her. She is truly a sight for sore eyes. Call me crazy, but I’ve always thought it would be interesting if they hooked her up as a love interest for Nigel. Just imagine the secrets and gossip those two would have to talk about. But, is it just me, or was Olivia Sklar’s hair always brown? But when we saw her this week, it looked red. Hmmm…she looked better as a brunette. Now they need to put a face with Dorian’s “Cook” that we always her talking about as part of her domestic staff. Moving along, why does Nash suddenly have a ponytail? Honestly, why? I think it looks stupid and tacky. Why not just give him a haircut? Afterall, this is 2008, not the 1990s when ponytails were at the height of their popularity. Just give him a haircut and be done with it. And I have to give “OLTL” praise once more for continuing to utiliize their veteran castmembers and characters. Give up the good work people! Also, I’m still not sure what to make about the possiblility of Snoop Dog recording a new “OLTL” theme. A part of me can’t help but wonder if he is a Dorian fan or a Viki fan. Makes you think, doesn’t it?

And, saving the best for last, it’s time to take a quick look at some of the plotlines coming up on “OLTL” a couple of weeks down the road. A husband and father decides to move his family far away from Llanview. A vineyard owner meets with his new partner. A psycho slips into a coma. A young couple begins putting their lives back to together again. And a secret stealer is caught red-handed.

Well, that’s all for this edition of the column. I wish I had more time to write an in-depth analysis of the current state of my favorite soap, but I will in a special edition of my column on February 29th, when I look back on “OLTL’s” ‘Go Red’ Ball and determine how big of a splash it made in Llavniew, and with viewers. See you next time. Take care and stay safe.

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

Pictured: My View of Llanview courtesy Matt Smith/Soap Opera Network


Is Logan Really the Text Message Killer?
Friday, February 15, 2008 10:00 PM | By Errol Lewis

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The Buildup is worth the wait.

THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL

After an embarrassing visit with Sonny, Claudia finds a bloody and unconscious Kate on the docks after she was shot by Michael’s gun. Claudia walks away before Kate is found by a devastated Sonny. Remembering his father’s previous warnings, Michael goes on the run. Sonny shares words with Jason about how business effects their family lives. Carly tells Jason that she is pregnant but her mood changes when Jason brings up the night of Sam’s accident. Carly panics when she learns that Michael is missing. Jax tries to calm his wife down.

Ric and Marianna grow closer, but Marianna’s guilt could destroy them. Jerry calls Ric to inform him of Kristina’s breakdown. Ric finds Marianna at the mercy of an abusive Randy. Marianna reveals her citizenship status to Ric. Elizabeth tends to a battered Marianna at the request of Ric, who wishes Elizabeth could see how much he’s changed for the better.

THE INSIDE STORY

Lulu questions a guilty looking Logan about the Text Message murders. Logan proclaims his innocence by admitting that he tried to frame Johnny for the murders in order to prevent Lulu and Johnny from growing closer. Fearing for her life, Lulu knocks Logan out and screams for help just as Johnny kicks down the door looking to save her. Once again, Port Charles citizens, including Scott Baldwin (Logan’s father), believe that the Text Message killings will cease when it is “revealed” that Logan is the killer. Patrick frantically works to save Logan’s life. Maxie has it out with Lulu after learning of Logan’s possible involvement in Georgie’s murder. Maxie makes it clear she wants Logan dead. Lulu tells Johnny that she doesn’t think Logan is the Text Message Killer. Maxie enters Logan’s hospital room with vengeance on her mind. Maxie is able to stop herself from doing the unthinkable thanks to memories of Coop. Johnny and Lulu get intimate.

WHAT TO WATCH

- Ian clashes with Robin and Patrick over Nikolas’ medical case.

- Nadine urges Nikolas to get his vision of Emily to tell him more of the night she died.

- Jim Palmer portrays the role of Randy. READ MORE

- Claire Coffee, who portrays Nurse Nadine Crowell, has been offered a contract. READ MORE

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF FEBRUARY 25, 2008

Monday: Sonny holds Johnny hostage; The Text Message Killer reveals himself to Sam; Ric has a warning for Trevor.

Tuesday: The Text Message Killer holds Sam hostage; Robin’s emotions get the better of her; Claudia pays Kate a visit in the hospital.

Wednesday: Claudia warns Jason of the consequences if Sonny hurts Johnny; Sonny questions Trevor; Emily gets Nikolas to remember the night of her murder.

Thursday: Maxie and Spinelli get closer to the killer; Elizabeth and Sam’s lives are in danger; Sonny and Kate see eye-to-eye.

Friday: Robin and Patrick have a heart-to-heart after a tragic event; Lucky’s life hangs in the balance; Claudia reveals a secret to Kate.

Pictured: Josh Duhon courtesy Marina Chavez/SOAPnet | Duhon/Julia Berman courtesy Ron Tom/ABC

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Y&R PreVUE Week of February 18 Edition

Playing dirty can get you caught…
Friday, February 14, 2008 8:57 PM | By Venus Stone

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Victor’s namesake comes to Genoa City and Jeffrey gets the upper hand yet again…

THIS WEEK ON “THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS”

Jana decides to play cupid for her friends. Heather could lose her job when she makes a costly mistake in the Ji Min murder case. JT begins his first day on the job as head of security for Newman Enterprises. Nick shares news of the building he bought for the new business with Sharon, Jack and Phyllis. Kay gives Amber the job of helping her write her memoirs. Brad hands his soul to the devil. Victor puts the kabosh on the Beauty of Nature account. Victor talks Victor Jr. into coming back to Genoa City with him.

SMILE YOU’RE ON HIDDEN CAMERA…

As Kevin and Gloria continue to plot and scheme against Jeffrey, both are unaware their deeds are being video-taped. Michael comes with news about Jeffrey’s mystery woman who lives in Korea. Jack and Sharon come to the Abbott mansion and are floored to see that Gloria and Jeffrey are nowhere to be found. Michael smells a rat when Kevin comes to him voicing his suspicions of Jeffrey poisoining Gloria. Meanwhile, Jeffrey gets the upper hand on Gloria and Kevin when he watches the footage of their plotting to set him up.

Pictured: Greg Rikaart courtesy CBS


GL PreVUE: Week of February 18 Edition

Payback Time…
Thursday, February 14, 2008 8:31 PM | By Venus Stone

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Alan, Beth, and Marina feel scorned and the only solution is sweet revenge…

THIS WEEK ON “GUIDING LIGHT”

Josh learns that he is suspended from being a pastor and in anger opts to toss his collar. Alan tells Cassie she will pay dearly for her role in the paternity switch. Will plays on Cassie’s weakness by saying he has ‘conversations’ with Tammy. Rick tries to justify keeping the paternity a secret from Beth; Beth in turn tells Rick that if he wants a life with the baby, he needs to let Cassie take the rap for the DNA switch. Natalia gives Olivia what she wants; Gus. Bill gets a vital piece of information on Jon and begins to investigate. Lillian tells Doris to keep her hands off of Buzz. Ava leaks that Bill is working for Alan. Jeffrey tries talking Beth out of pressing charges against Cassie, unfortunately Beth holds her ground.

MARINA SEES RED…

Marina continues to listen in on Cyrus and Harley’s telephone conversation and is furious to learn that they are sneaking around with one another. When Cyrus returns, Marina encourages him to get out of the house for a bit. Once alone, her anger flares as she begins smashing a picture of Cyrus. Dinah walks in and immediately realizes that Marina’s anger is aimed at Harley. Dinah offers to help Marina with Cyrus if she’ll help her get Mallet back. Marina covers when Cyrus asks about the broken picture. Harley becomes flustered when she sees Cyrus and Marina together

Pictured: Beth Chamberlin courtesy Robert Milazzo PGP


Finally! Confirmation
Thursday, February 14, 2008 1:30 AM | By Errol Lewis

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After weeks of speculation, Soap Opera Network can now confirm that actress Arianne Zuker is returning to NBC’s “Days of our Lives” in the role of Nicole Walker.

Zuker, who left “DAYS” in 2006,” was rumored to be returning to the soap after message boards began discussing what further changes the show would be making after it was announced that Martha Madison (Belle) and Brandon Beemer (Shawn D.) were being released from their contracts. Her return in March now gives a clearer picture as to what viewers can expect in Salem’s future.

Zuker can next be seen in the film “The Last Resort,” a film about a Bachelorette party gone awry. The film, set for release later this year, co-stars America Olivo (ex-Marianna, ‘GH’).

Pictured: Arianne Zuker courtesy Levine Management

  • Days of our Lives
  • Arianne Zuker

    CBS

    “The Young and the Restless” Swings the Axe!

    Soap Opera Network has just learned that Executive Producer and Head Writer Lynn Marie Latham has been fired from CBS’ “The Young and The Restless,” effective immediately. Latham’s husband, Bernard Lechowick, who served as a Creative Consultant and Writer, has also been let go. Other writers exiting the show are Marina Alburger and Lynsey Dufour. More writers from Latham’s team are expected to follow.

    Josh Griffith, who went on “Financial Core” status and replaced Latham as Executive Producer, is expected to remain in that position. However, there is no word yet if Griffith will remain as Head Writer. The status of Co-Head Writer Maria Arena Bell and Writer Paula Cwikly were unclear at press time.

    “Y&R” is the second Sony Pictures Television owned soap to have mass firings. On February 1, 2008, nine writers from NBC’s “Days Of our Lives” were given the axe.

    Stay tuned to SON as more details become available.


    EXCLUSIVE: Soap Opera Network has learned the names of soap opera writers who declared “Financial Core” status to keep on working during the strike. By going “Fi-Core,” these writers can never be members of the WGA again but they continue to pay reduced union dues and the Guild is obligated to continue providing services such health insurance, pension and residuals. Though they can still work on Guild projects, Guild members will not be keen to hire them.

    Here is the list of “Fi-Core” writers:

    • “All My Children”: James Harmon Brown & Barbara Esensten (returned to work in late December)
    • “The Bold and The Beautiful”: Kay Alden
    • “Days Of Our Lives”: Hogan Sheffer (went “Fi-Core” in early January), Meg Kelly (went “Fi-Core” in late November), Victor Gialanella, Mark Christopher Higley
    • “General Hospital”: Garin Wolf (went “Fi-Core” immediately), Michael Conforti
    • “One Life To Live”: Gary Tomlin, Fran Myers, Jeanne Marie Ford, Michelle Poteet Lisanti (all went “Fi-Core” immediately)
    • “Passions”: James E. Reilly, Shawn Morrison, Pete T. Rich (went “Fi-Core” immediately)
    • “The Young and The Restless”: Josh Griffith, Maria Arena Bell, Paula Cwikly (all went “Fi-Core” immediately)

    There are no “Fi-Core” writers at “As The World Turns” and “Guiding Light.”

    At “DAYS” the show decided not to use the services of Hogan Sheffer and Meg Kelly; instead they were paid to stay at home. This signifies that “DAYS” will name a new Head Writer.

    Still at “DAYS,” it is unclear as to whether or not that the fired writers (Tom Casiello, Frederick Johnson, Gordon Rayfield, Judy Tate, Judith Donato, Renee Godelia, Richard Backus) will be returning to the show. More on this story in the upcoming days or weeks.

    Over at “Y&R” there have been rumors and speculation about the departure of Executive Producer and Head Writer Lynn Marie Latham. However, there has been no word if these rumors are true or not.

    UPDATE: April 18, 2008

    The WGA released a letter today naming more writers that I didn’t originally have.

    The list of writers are:

    • “The Bold and The Beautiful”: John F. Smith
    • “Days Of Our Lives”: Dena Higley (went “Fi-Core” just before the strike ended in February)
    • “Passions”: Marlene Clark Poulter, Clem Egan, Darrell Ray Thomas Jr.

    By Errol Lewis


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” bumps actress to contract status.

    Claire Coffee

    Claire Coffeee, who portrays Nurse Nadine Crowell, has been put under contract with the ABC Daytime drama series effective immediately. Coffee began playing Nurse Crowell in 2007.

    Prior to joining “GH,” the actress got her big break courtesy of NBC’s “The West Wing,” where she played Cassie Tatum for several episodes in 2003. She has also appeared in the Jerry Bruckheimer produced “Cold Case,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” and “CSI: Miami.”

    Coffee can next be seen this summer in the Sandra Bullock romantic-comedy, “All About Steve,” where she’ll play a reporter.

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    • Claire Coffee