My View of Llanview: January 15 Edition

What happens in Texas doesn’t stay in Texas.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008 8:45 PM| By Scotty Gore

( — A look at the Bon Jour Cafe hostage crisis.

Happy 2008 everyone, and welcome to my first column of the New Year. I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday season. I don’t know about you, but I am glad the holidays are finally over. It was nice while it lasted, but it such a relief when things got back to normal once more. After a couple of busy evening of burning the 9 pm oil (haha), I have finally gotten caught up on my “One Life
to Live” viewing for the month. I have been so busy lately since starting student teaching on January 3rd. Until the end of the school year, I have working with about 112 sixth grade social studies students. So far it has been a mostly rewarding experience, however I am still a little nervous about taking over the teacher’s classes and doing my own thing for a couple of months. So we’ll see how it goes. Well, enough about my ‘new’ life. Now let’s talk about another life…”One Life to Live.”

I know that certain people occasionally like to think that since I am a “OLTL” fan that I’m just going to gush and praise the soap whether it deserves it or not. It’s true that I am somewhat biased about the soap I have grown up watching, however, that doesn’t mean that I cannot or will not complain about it when I see something I don’t like. After all, this is column reflects only my opinion of “OLTL.” I recognize that not everyone has the same views on the show as I do, although it would be awesome if they did. Just kidding. We all like different things, and that’s okay. Just imagine how boring and dull the world would be if we were all liked exactly the same things. Six billion people with identical personalities walking around unsupervised is scary to even think about. So it’s good to be different, it helps make the world a better place. Much like “OLTL” these days. It is different from the other ABC soaps right now, in my opinion, because it is good. And just because the ratings are low doesn’t necessarily mean the quality of the show has deteriorated.

One thing that makes “OLTL” good right now is the variety. There is something for virtually everyone. It’s hard to praise the show here without sounding like a Public Service Announcement, but I will give it the old college try. Older and/or longtime viewers can enjoy seeing the veteran characters and actors they recognize and have followed for years. Young adults can follow the exploits of Llanview’s under thirty crowd. And teen viewers can find entertainment by watching the high school crowd. These are only a few examples of the entertaining things to see right now on “OLTL.” Hmmm…..maybe I only gave this the old middle school try. Upon reading what I just wrote, it sounds more like an infomercial where I am trying to sell a product to the five people watching at three o’clock in the morning. Yikes! Anyway, here’s the gist of what I am trying to say. “OLTL”
is pretty damn good right now period.

What makes it so good? I think the number one and two reasons the sudser has been at the top of its game the last few weeks has been in large part due to the powerful
performances of Erika Slezak and Kathy Brier. One could just feel the emotion in the Cafe hostage scenes. Although I have to admit that the storyline has drug on for much, much too long, it left me speechless nonetheless as Marcie finally realized that she had reached the end of the line. Say what you will about Marcie Walsh McBain, but above all else she loves baby Tommy. And what mother in her right mind would not fight for her child. I know what you’re thinking. Technically, he’s not her son…he’s Todd and Margaret’s son. However, she and Michael have raised him since he was only a few months old. They adopted him, thinking he was an orphan. He was the center of their world. And it was even harder for Marice, knowing that she couldn’t have kids of her own. She only wanted what she thought was best for ‘her’ baby. And with all the deadbeat parents out there today, you have to at least admire her for that. My heart goes out to her and Michael. I only pray that they will have a miracle, and somehow Marcie will end up pregnant. Again, I realize that some of you have grown tired of seeing Marcie on you television screens, but have a heart and try putting yourself in her shoes. Wouldn’t you have done the same thing, or at least something similar? I’m not trying to excuse what she did, but I have trying to explain it. Sometimes letting go is the hardest thing you can do to someone or something you love.

Speaking of the McBain family, has Chris Stack not made an impressive debut as Michael? Wow. At first I was skeptical, however I am quickly warmed up to his portrayal of Michael, and am left thinking “Nathaniel who?” Stack has the made the role is own, and has great chemistry with Kathy Brier and most others he comes into contact with, except for Michael Easton, but then again, who does? While I miss Nathaniel Marston and his roles of Al and then Michael, I am really digging Chris Stack’s version of the better McBain brother.

After nearly thirty-seven years and six Emmy’s, Erika Slezak can still deliver when the occasion warrants. I was on the edge of my seat as she tried to talk Marcie out of doing something she would regret. You could tell that her words were really beginning to have an impact on Marcie. And when she started having heart problems from all the stress and not having her medicine, I felt like calling 911 myself. Watching her expressions and movements in those scenes, it looked as if she were truly having a heart attack. I was spellbound by her flawless performance.

Call me crazy, but I am starting to like the thought of Clint and Nora dating. I’m glad they’re taking things slow with them, and not having them jump into bed after the first kiss. I think it’s sweet how they’re worried how others will react to their budding relationship. Who says romance is dead? I think if Clint can’t be paired with Viki, then Nora is the next best thing. And I’m also glad to see that hell has thawed back out after it froze over when Clint was dating Dorian. I still can’t believe he even had the gall to ask her out considering all the pain and suffering she has put him, his family, and Viki through over the years. As for Nora, keep her away from Bo. They were a fun couple back in the day. To quote a popular rock and roll song whose name escapes me at the moment, “But that was yesterday, and yesterday’s gone.” Meaning they [i]were[/i] great ten or twelve years ago when they were married, but times have changed. They have both moved on; so it really makes no sense to go back and try and recreate something that hasn’t been there for more than a decade.

And now for some thought from the peanut gallery. First, although Jared is not actually a Buchanan, it is still creepy to see the unhealthy relationship between him and Natalie. In many ways, it reminds me of the creepy vibes I got from watching Cole and Marty share scenes together. Second, it is great to see Dorian involved in so many different storylines. And it’s also a pleasure to see Addie. Third, since we have been seeing more of the veterans lately, where has Bo been? His only function these days seems to be in police station scenes and as Lindsay’s babysitter. Fourth, I pray that they don’t pair Langston with Cole. That boy sucks the life out of anyone and everyone he shares scenes with. Just look what he has done to Starr. However, while I don’t like the potential Langston/Cole match-up, the thought of a Starr/Markko relationship intrigues me. I like Markko; he’s a good kid. In fact I like all the teens except Cole, and sometime Starr (depending on what type of mood I’m in). Fifth, Gigi is my favorite newbie, followed by Charlie and Shane. Young Austin Williams is a cute little boy and a good actor for someone his age. I hope we see more of Shane and Gigi soon. And sixth, Jessica needs the stupid ness slapped out of her. She should have been ashamed of how selfishly she acted as her mother was being held hostage.

Well, that’s all for this edition of the column. It’s not a masterpiece, but I don’t think it’s half bad for something I wrote in about twenty minutes. haha. But there’s just so much to do for school. I have lesson plans to write, names to learn, and homework of my own to do. I’ll try to write a more in-depth column for January 30th. In the meantime, keep enjoying “OLTL” and take care of one another. Have a great week and stay warm.

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

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

The Revolving Door – Out!
Friday, January 18, 2008 4:55 AM | By Angela Rosa

( — Three more actors due to exit as “All My Children” cleans house.

Brent Weber who plays Jackson Montgomery’s (Walt Willey) handsome and horny nephew, Sean, has been let go from the cast of “All My Children.” Weber began portraying Sean Montgomery on August 15, 2006. Before joining “AMC,” Weber was best known for his role on the short-lived supernatural show “Point Pleasant” which aired on FOX. Webber played “Terry” the best friend to former “AMC” actor Sam Page’s character “Jesse.”

Alec Musser who joined the cast of “AMC” after winning the 2005 season of “I Wanna Be a Soap Star” has been demoted to recurring status. The muscular actor debuted on “AMC” on August 19, 2005 and parlayed a 13-week contract into almost two years of portraying the quirky Del Henry. Musser last aired on September 27. Sources close to the actor report that Musser has most likely made his last appearance on the ABC drama despite the recurring status label.

Soap Opera Digest reports that “AMC” sources are buzzing that Jeff Branson’s exit is basically “a done deal.” The Emmy-nominated Branson has played Jonathan Lavery since June 15, 2004. Prevailing wisdom tells us that Jonathan will most likely leave town with his current love-interest, Ava – played by the Emmy-nominated Leven Rambin. Last fall, Rambin made it clear that her intention was to leave the show once her contract came to a close. The Ford Model who will turn 18 in May joined the cast of “AMC” in June 2004 as Lily Montgomery and began playing Lily’s identical half-sister, Ava Benton, on March 30, 2007.

Pictured: Brent Weber courtesy ABC

The root of the problem
Thursday, January 17, 2008 6:50 AM | By Angela Rosa

( — Dr. Hubbard finds herself in the middle of a monumental crisis moments after stepping foot back into Pine Valley.


Colby and Dre both admit they enjoyed the kiss they shared. Ryan easily explains away calling Annie “Kendall” and the Lavery’s resume a night of lovemaking. Zach and Greenlee’s easy rapport grows as she’s able to talk sense into him upon finding him outside the bomb shelter. Her own guilt resonating within her, Kendall wonders to Aidan if Zach and Greenlee’s newfound closeness is because they slept together during their ordeal in the bomb shelter. After agreeing to Annie’s terms in exchange for her getting tested as a possible donor for him, Richie gives his sister a glimpse into his very dark mind. On a mission to collect information on Kate for Krystal, a traitorous JR pulls at Adam’s heartstrings and tells him he wants to come back home. Ryan’s dramatic mood swing alarms Annie. Jack and Erica connection is as powerful as ever.


Tad and Angie’s happy reunion is cut short when Joe calls Angie and asks her to come to the hospital immediately as Quentin’s condition is deteriorating quickly. Once at the hospital, Angie is stunned when she sees that Quentin is actually her son Frankie. Meanwhile, Zach wants to take Greenlee to the hospital after she’s hit by a sharp pain. Greenlee takes Zach’s advice and confides in Aidan that she’s scared that something is seriously wrong with her. Angie and Julia manage to stabilize Frankie. Julia alerts Angie to the fact that another patient, namely Greenlee, has the same symptoms as Frankie. Angie confronts Greenlee and Aidan and insists that Greenlee be admitted to the hospital immediately. Aidan’s discovery leads Angie to the realization that Greenlee and Frankie’s illness may be linked to Aidan’s property. Julia finds Greenlee, who has sneaked out of the hospital, with Kendall at ConFusion and demands that Greenlee return to the hospital. Greenlee begins to have trouble breathing. Zach joins Angie and Aidan as they search Aidan’s property for a clue as to what is causing the mysterious illness. Angie is upset when she sees firsthand how Frankie chose to live in the woods. Aidan finds out that Sylvester, the guy he bought the cabin from, died of the same symptoms Greenlee and Frankie have. Zach has an epiphany which might just end up saving Greenlee and Frankie. Kendall calls Jackson after Greenlee is rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Meanwhile, Frankie receives a very surprising visit from his “deceased” father – Jesse.

D2D PreVUE’s for the week of January 28

Monday: Adam grows suspicious of JR.

Tuesday: Angie fears she’s risking Frankie’s life with her experimental treatment.

Wednesday: Greenlee is faced with a life or death decision.

Thursday: Jesse barely avoids being spotted by Angie.

Friday: Ryan has no memory of the last four years of his life.

Pictured: Ambyr Childers courtesy ABC

By Errol Lewis

( — Two new characters hit Port Charles this month as the canvas receives a shakeup.

Seamus Dever

Soap Opera Network has learned that actors Seamus Dever and America Olivo are joining the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital” in the recurring roles of Dr. Ian Devlin and Marianna. Both actors debut during the week of January 21.

Dr. Devlin is said to be an old medical school buddy of Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson). Upon his arrival to General Hospital on Friday, January 25, Devlin becomes the talk of GH’s nursing staff.

Marianna, who has no last name at this time, encounters Ric Lansing (Rick Hearst) during his visit to Martha’s Vineyard on Tuesday, January 22. Ric is shocked to find Marianna working at the local diner as a waitress as Trevor makes his presence known.

Dever’s credits include stints in the Jerry Bruckheimer dramas “CSI,” “CSI: Miami,” CSI: NY,” and “Close to Home.” His more recent credits includes playing Cyrus in the film “Affairs in Order,” which is due for release later this year.

Olivo has appeared in such primetime series as FOX’s “House” and CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother.” She will appear in the films “Circle” and “The Last Resort,” which are both in post-production and due out this year.


– Word has it that Kristina Wagner (Felicia Jones) has agreed to continue working at “GH” in a recurring capacity.

– ABC has confirmed that Robin Christopher’s last airdate as Skye Chandler on “GH” was Friday, January 11.

– Sarah Brown, who joins the cast of “GH” later this month, will be playing Claudia Zacchara, who is Johnny Zacchara’s (Brandon Barash) sister. No first airdate has been announced.

  • General Hospital
  • CSI
  • Seamus Dever
  • America Olivo
  • Kristina Wagner
  • Robin Christopher

    OLTL PreVUE: Week of January 14 Edition

    Every action has a consequence
    Sunday, January 13, 2008 10:34 PM | By Scotty Gore

    ( — A new mother is haunted by the past.


    Rex tries to reassure Adriana. Natalie freaks out when she witnesses a kiss between Jessica and Jared. Nash explodes in anger upon learning that Jessica is continuing her charade. Clint and Nora are worried how Bo, Matthew, and Viki will react to their budding relationship. Bo informs Talia that she must report for duty in Cherryvale, much to Antonio’s dismay. Later, after sharing a bittersweet good-bye, Antonio is assigned a geeky new partner. Addie slips into bed with an unsuspecting Charlie. Bo becomes Lindsay’s guardian. Cristian hires Markko at the Diner. Langston and Cole end up in group counseling together. Markko becomes a little jealous when he sees Langston with Cole. Cristian and Sarah have an impromptu date. Starr confesses to Markko that her family forgot her 16th birthday. While Cole and Langston bond over their losses, a thoughtful Markko cheers up Starr. Antonio and Talia realize that romance is harder than they thought. Charlie misses his lunch date with Jared, thanks to Dorian. Jared reflects on all the other times his father stood him up. Rex realizes he doesn’t have much of a family. Clint and Nora drop a bombshell on Bo. Nora tells Lindsay that she knows she’s faking her mental illness. Jared feels uneasy when Bo brings someone from the past to the Buchanan Enterprises board meeting. Jessica keeps Natalie in the dark.


    Following Michael’s heartfelt plea, Marcie realizes she has run out of options and silently hands over Tommy to Todd. Michael says good-bye to his son. Dorian has a plan to keep Charlie in the dark. Marcie and Gigi share a jail cell. Gigi remains in Marcie’s corner. Michael has an emotional visit with Marcie. John asks Gigi for help. Shane asks Viki to help his mother. As Viki visits Marcie, Jessica and Natalie arrive at the Bon Jour Cafe. Starr and Cole throw a surprise party for Blair, Todd, and Sam. Blair is distraught upon remembering she forgot Starr’s birthday, but let’s her daugther know just how much she loves her. Todd and Blair draw closer. Alone with Sam, Blair is overcome with stress. Viki stands up for Marcie and posts Gigi’s bail. John works to persuade Gigi to turn the tables on Ramsey. Viki shares an emotional farewell with her friends at the cafe. Dorian makes sure Charlie knows just exactly who the real Viki is. Jessica and Natalie want to know all about Charlie. Meanwhile, Dorian advises Charlie to keep his distance from Viki. Jessica and Natalie are upset to learn Viki let Charlie walk out of her life, and encourage her to track him down. Blair appears on the verge of a breakdown as she has a haunting visit from beyond the grave.

    D2D PreVUE’s for the week of January 21

    Monday: Todd is furious to learn Viki has dropped the charges against Marcie.

    Tuesday: Nora believes Bo isn’t in favor of her relationship with Clint.

    Wednesday: Jared has Jessica committed to St. Ann’s.

    Thursday: Ramsey warns Gigi to keep quiet.

    Friday: Blair confesses to Todd that she doesn’t think she can be a mother to Sam.

    Pictured: Robin Strasser courtesy Donna Svennevik/ABC

    The Verge
    Monday, January 14, 2007 3:30 AM | By Angela Rosa

    ( — Adam has an offer that Krystal can refuse – for now.


    Julia arrives to free Jack and Erica from their confinement at an inopportune moment for Ms. Kane. As Richie and JR declare war over Babe, Ms. Carey faces-off with Annie and Amanda over the actions they’ve taken against her not-so-secret admirers. Zach refuses to talk to Kendall about the ordeal with Hannah but later begins to open up to his new confidante Greenlee. Kendall is taken aback by Ryan’s exuberant welcome. Aidan knocks a stubborn and very sick Quentin out in order to get him to the hospital. After linking Greenlee and Quentin’s odd symptoms, Joe calls in a specialist – Dr. Angie Hubbard! Richie’s agitation heightens as Annie tell him she hasn’t made up her mind on whether or not she’ll be tested as a possible donor for him.


    A scheming Adam manages to convince Colby that he may just really want to make amends with Tad and Krystal. Colby agrees to help lure the Martin’s to her father’s surprise party. Krystal’s lukewarm response to his offer of a Hawaiian honeymoon brings a disappointed Tad to the realization that his wife is still not entirely comfortable with their marriage being real. Krystal surprises Tad with her romantic gesture. Erica knows Adam is up to something. Tad and Krystal are disturbed when they realize they’re at the Valley Inn to attend a party that Adam is hosting in their honor. Adam tells Krystal that he’ll reveal everything he knows about Kate if she comes back to him. Adam’s scheme to reclaim his former wife goes up in smoke as Krystal responds to his “offer” by renewing her wedding vows with Tad.

    D2D PreVUE’s for the week of January 21

    Monday: Kendall grows suspicious of Greenlee and Zach.

    Tuesday: Krystal enlists JR’s help to see if Adam’s telling the truth about Kate.

    Wednesday: Jack and Erica can’t hide their feelings for one another.

    Thursday: Ryan’s behavior grows more and more bizarre.

    Friday: Greenlee takes a turn for the worse.

    Pictured: Rebecca Budig courtesy ABC

    Y&R PreVUE: Week of January 14 Edition

    Blindsided By Family…
    Thursday, January 10, 2007 9:39 PM | By Venus Stone

    ( — Betrayal of a family leads to Victor’s quench for revenge…


    Gloria devises a plan to set Jeffrey up for her attempted murder. Heather confides in April that she wished she had never learned she was Paul’s daughter. JT races to the hospital to see Reed take his very first breath on his own. Jana is released from prison.


    Victor, feeling betrayed by his family, sets his sights on punishing Nick.
    Brad can’t seem to keep his mind or his lips away from Sharon, as he continues to pursue her. Jack informs Sharon he plan on doing right by Gloria by giving her what John wanted her to have from his will. Sharon lets Brad know that she never was in love with him; she only was with him out of neediness. Meanwhile, Victor drops the bomb on Nick by firing him from Newman.

    Pictured: Joshua Morrow courtesy CBS

    GL PreVUE: Week of January 14 Edition

    Evening the Score…
    Thursday, January 10, 2008 9:09 PM | By Venus Stone

    ( — Revenge is the name of the game for some Springfield residents…


    Jeffrey and Josh inform a stunned Cassie about Will’s role in Alonzo’s death. Natalia confronts Olivia on trying to sabatoge her upcoming wedding to Gus. Lizzie tries to help Bill learn how to do daily things on his own. Dinah makes the assumption that Buzz was the one that caused the explosion but he informs her he wasn’t involved. Gus and Natalia make the announcement that they will elope. Lizzie walks in on a half-dressed Ava and Bill. After learning that Alan plans on having a memorial for Sarah, Reva calls Jonathan, telling him not to return to Springfield.


    Marina, still seeing the obvious closeness between Harley and Cyrus, continues to play the Phillip card. Realizing that Cyrus’s mind is elsewhere, Marina lies to him by saying that immigration called looking for him. The following day, Marina runs into Remy, who suggests that she get Harley out of town. When he sees Harley, he tells her that he heard Phillip was spotted in New York. Cyrus learns that Harley went to New York solo and immediately leaves, dropping a romantic day with Marina. Harley passes out after having another panic attack; awaking to see Cyrus by her side. The two give in to their desires and are about to make love. Putting on the breaks, Harley tells Cyrus he has to leave. After some thinking, Harley unable to deny what she feels for Cyrus, rushes back home, only to learn that Marina and Cyrus are engaged.

    Coop confesses to Buzz that he was the one that caused the trailer explosion. Ashlee and Coop plan on leaving Springfield but Doris prevents it from happening. Coop tells Doris that he’ll confess to the explosion if she let’s Ashlee out. Frank assures Coop he will be there for him as much as he can. When Bill learns that Coop was responsible for the explosion, vengeance sets in, as he makes a call for Coop to pay him a visit.

    Pictured: Daniel Cosgrove courtesy Robert Milazzo PGP

    DAYS PreVUE: Week of January 14 Edition

    A Frantic Search Begins…
    Thursday, January 10, 2007 8:37 PM | By Venus Stone

    ( — The kidnapping of Belle and Claire sparks the continuing rivalry between Phillip and Shawn…


    Nick refrains from revealing anything concerning Ford’s death. Max kisses Stephanie but later apologizes. Sami is impressed by EJ’s courage in standing up to Stefano. Chelsea becomes upset by Nick’s constant pressure of her to confess. Hope issues a warning to Sami about her sudden trust in EJ. Ford’s father discovers that the police found his son’s contact lens at the sorority house. Nick’s refusal to keep quiet about Ford could destroy all those involved in his murder. Lucas gets a surprising new cellmate.


    Determined to see what’s in the abandoned building, Bo and Roman return with a search warrant. Rob and Crystal plot their next move by shooting a guard and whisking both Belle and Claire away. Phillip purposely keeps the information about Belle and Claire’s kidnapping from Shawn, wanting to play hero on his own. When Sami discovers that Shawn wasn’t notified about his wife and daughter’s abduction, she rips into Phillip. As the police stake out the docks, Phillip and Shawn once again squabble with one another. Belle manages to escape Crystal but is knocked off the docks into the water. Shawn rushes to the hospital to be by Belle’s side, promising her he’ll find their daughter. Phillip later visits Belle and tells her he believes Crystal has Claire. Bo realizes that Crystal and Rob are not connected to Stefano. Claire’s prescription is found in the abandoned van. Meanwhile, Shawn remembers Rob’s interesting tattoo.

    Pictured: Martha Madison courtesy NBC

    GL PreVUE: Week of January 7 Edition

    The ‘Good’ Son…
    Friday, January 4, 2008 8:27 PM | By Venus Stone

    ( — Cassie has to face hard truths about what her son is capable of….


    Alan upsets Natalia when he voices that she could be getting married just to hold on to the past. Gus continues to offer his support to Olivia. Lizzie rescues Bill; but all are shocked to learn that Bill is unable to see. Coop tells Ava that he’s responsible for Bill’s injuries in the explosion. Frank gives Marina the news that she’s been re-instated to the police force. Marina tries playing on Harley’s anxiety by having her think Phillip was responsible for the explosion.


    Josh and Cassie don’t see eye to eye when it comes to Will. Josh, still believing that Will was the one responsible for Edmund’s accident, A suggestion to go inspect Edmund’s room is made. Will, using a voice distortion gaget contacts the police and sets Reva up. When Mallet arrives, he discovers Edmund’s buttons in Reva’s purse and names her his number one suspect. Jeffrey shows doubt about Reva’s innocence while Josh shows her his support. A game of rough housing between RJ and Will sets off another fight between Josh and Cassie, who believes that Josh has it out for the young boy. Fed up with Will, Josh contacts Reva to begin their plan to get the truth out of him. Reva pretends to be Cassie in order to get Will accepted into Fairmont Academy but busted by Mallet. Daisy, who is caught up in a conversation with Rafe doesn’t notice that Will has taken her car keys. After another attempt to get at the truth, Josh and Reva manage to get Will to confess pushing Edmund; to which Cassie hears. Jeffrey suggests having Will moved to a facility but for Cassie’s state of mind, Josh goes against the idea. When Cassie walks in on Will holding a pair of scissors, she suddenly realizes that she is scared of him. Jeffrey studies the DVD of Alonzo’s death and is startled at what he sees.

    Pictured: Nicole Forester courtesy Robert Milazzo PGP