(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It’s official! Another fan favorite is on her way back to “One Life to Live.” In a message on her Facebook page, Tonja Walker not only confirms that she will be reprising her role of Alex Olanov, but also reveals a few of the characters she will be mingling with when she returns later this fall.
After first breaking the news of her return on the social networking site earlier this month, Walker posted on Tuesday of this week that she was “Getting ready for workout! Power 90…Love it AND then off to ‘One Life to Live.’ What a great day. This is my last day, I think on the show. I am enjoying it very much! Josh Kelly [Cutter] is so terrific, and Farah Fath [Gigi] is as well. Great Times.”
She soon followed up that message, adding “Hey wait! I hand a card to Cutter and say, call me if you need me! Maybe it’s not my last day here? Hey, you never know! BTW it is going to be a snap to watch this on the web. DON’T SWEAT IT! I’m going to suggest today that they start letting viewers know how, so they won’t miss a beat! LOVE YOU ALL!”
Alex was last seen in March when Bo (Robert S. Woods) and Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier) tracked her down on Asa’s tropical island paradise, St. Blaze’s, in their quest to locate David (Tuc Watkins). A first airdate has not been announced.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children’s” television run comes to an end, “The Chew” debuts in its place, and “One Life to Live” asks fans to sample Ford’s wiener.
Despite not having regularly watched “AMC” since childhood, I made it a point to watch the show’s final episode on ABC last Friday. And, while I was out of touch with most of the recent storyline (like how or why Dr. David Hayward kept many of Pine Valley’s supposedly deceased people alive for several years), overall I enjoyed watching that episode. And it made me hope and wish that when “OLTL” airs its final episode on the network in January that it would get similar treatment.
However, that optimism came to a screeching halt when I watched the first episode of “One Life” the following Monday on a post-”All My Children” ABC Network. What a major disappointment to see episode begin with Ford in a hot dog food asking bystanders in Angel Square to “sample his wiener.” At first it made me wonder if the writers were trying to be clever by throwing the scene in right after the first episode of “The Chew,” an infamous new show all about food, had just aired. But I seriously don’t believe they are smart enough to do something like that, especially considering that its not the first (or probably the last) time Ford has been seen in that very same hotdog costume.
I suppose those scenes involving a meat packing Ford (ha!) and troubled Buchanan twit Jessica were more likely to appease the pair’s dozen or so fans. Yes, nothing says love like an heiress flirting with the guy who raped her when she was suffering from a mental illness, while he is dressed up as a giant wiener. And what a nice follow-up by showing a carefree Jessica then jumping rope with three middle school-aged girls. Just warms your heart doesn’t it? I know it does mine. When I watched those scenes all I could think of saying was “well bless her heart.”
But I suppose it can’t compete with the classics like Todd leaving Téa naked out in the cold, and her hitting him in the back of the head with a shovel. Or Victor Jr. (back when he still thought he was Todd) falling in love and sleeping with an amnesiac Marty Saybrooke, the same woman Todd raped years back. Love is many splendored thing, I suppose.
I find refreshing to see just how far “One Life to Live” has come over the years. In 1968, the show was filled with controversial stories such as interracial couples and drug abuse, prominently featured poor and middle class families, and characters representing different ethnic groups and religious backgrounds. Now, forty-three later, we have a man prancing around town in a hotdog outfit, a guy helping his brother’s ex-girlfriend find her long-lost mother by making a porn flick with her, three shirtless brothers frequently hanging out in a sauna, a paranoid idiot receiving notes and “visits” from his dead girlfriend, and a little boy holding a grown woman hostage against a motel room door armed with only a Spiderman costume and a can of silly string. You’ve certainly come a long way Llanview! Stay classy!
However not everything is negative on the show right now. There is still some good on “One Life to Live.” Cord and Tina are a site for sore eyes and so is doggie David Vickers. I think he is much cuter and smarter than his namesake. Todd (yes the same one I mentioned above) cracks me up. Roger Howarth does rather well with comedic material in my opinion, and the majority of his scenes always put a smile on my face and leave me chuckling a little. And I always enjoy it when Natalie knocks Princess Jessica down a few pegs. I mean it’s not as if she doesn’t deserve it every now and again.
Moving on, no one guessed (either correctly or incorrectly) the answers to the trivia questions from last time. So I’m going to give you a second chance to place your answers. In case you missed the clues, here there are again: 1. Kassie DePaiva (Blair) appeared on what game show before joining “OLTL” and who was the daytime celebrity (and future co-star) was she paired up with? 2. What two wars did the late Phil Carey (Asa) serve in? 3. What is John-Paul Lavoisier‘s (Rex) real last name? I’ll have the answers in the October 15 edition of My View of Llanview.
Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. Someone is threatened. One family member extends an olive branch to another. An unlikely couple grows closer. And one man comes up with a new scheme to get what he wants.
Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a great week everyone! Stay safe and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.
Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…
NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings. Thank you.
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
1. Y&R 4,348,000 (+99,000/-705,000)
2. AMC 2,990,000 (+499,000/+720,000)
3. B&B 2,843,000 (+201,000/-208,000)
4. OLTL 2,778,000 (+110,000/+558,000)
5. GH 2,542,000 (+103,000/+164,000)
6. DAYS 2,311,000 (-11,000/-65,000)
1. Y&R 3.3/11 (+.1/-.2)
2. AMC 2.3/7 (+.4/+.6)
3. B&B 2.2/7 (+.1/same)
4. OLTL 2.0/7 (same/+.3)
5. GH 1.9/6 (+.1/+.1)
6. DAYS 1.7/6 (same/same)
Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 870,000 (+35,000/-273,000)
2. AMC 689,000 (+157,000/+113,000)
3. GH 669,000 (+9,000/-123,000)
4. OLTL 661,000 (+24,000/-5,000)
5. DAYS 590,000 (+8,000/-82,000)
6. B&B 549,000 (+39,000/-127,000)
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4/9 (+.1/-.3)
2. AMC 1.1/7 (+.3/+.2)
3. OLTL 1.0/7 (same/same)
3. GH 1.0/6 (same/-.2)
5. DAYS 0.9/6 (same/-.1) <—– ties low (3rd straight week)
5. B&B 0.9/5 (+.1/-.1)
Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. OLTL 65,000 (+12,000/+30,000)
2. Y&R 32,000 (-5,000/+2,000)
3. GH 29,000 (-4,000/+2,000)
4. AMC 18,000 (-9,000/+5,000)
5. DAYS 12,000 (-10,000/-13,000)
5. B&B 12,000 (-4,000/-10,000)
Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.7/4 (same/-.2)
2. AMC 0.6/4 (+.1/+.1)
2. GH 0.6/4 (same/-.1)
2. DAYS 0.6/4 (-.1/-.1)
2. OLTL 0.6/3 (same/+.1)
6. B&B 0.4/2 (+.1/-.2)
Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,068,000 (+112,000/-51,000)
2. B&B 672,000 (+92,000/+58,000)
3. AMC 596,000 (+132,000/+159,000)
4. OLTL 554,000 (+29,000/+172,000)
5. DAYS 534,000 (+18,000/+20,000)
6. GH 488,000 (+42,000/+73,000)
Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers
For the SEASON September 19, 2011 through September 25, 2011
1. Y&R 3.3
2. AMC 2.3
3. B&B 2.2
4. OLTL 2.0
5. GH 1.9
6. DAYS 1.7
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4
2. AMC 1.1
3. GH 1.0
3. OLTL 1.0
5. DAYS 0.9
6. B&B 0.9
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, September 29, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Blair, Téa, Viki and Jack react to Todd’s escape and the fact that he was abetted by Starr. Todd explains about Irene’s threat. Blair is mad at him for involving Starr. Meanwhile we see the bomb ticking away. Jack is furious about Todd’s escape and surreptitiously calls the cops.
Tina reacts to seeing Todd, then tries to enlist him to fight Victor’s will. She reveals Victor Lord Sr’s ring and Todd recognizes it. Todd fights over the ring with Tina.
Téa tries to get Todd to turn himself in but he runs off to give the ring to Irene, at the docks. Bo arrives with cops, but Todd is already gone. Meanwhile, the dog sniffs out the bomb.
Cord has surprised Clint, and their talk turns to Rex. Cord is upset that Rex is running BE in name only and causing problems. Bo, after discovering the Todd escape and Starr’s involvement, interrupts a heated moment, looking for Todd, and then gets called away. Enter Tina, with Viki.
Shane recalls the night of the murder. Rex finds him in Angel Square and Rex admits to Shane that he’s been seeing Gigi. And in fact, this time she left him a note.
On the Next One Life to Live…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” DVR Alerts for the Week of October 3, 2011.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE: DVR ALERTS
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Even though viewers have yet to learn the identity of Kim’s (Amanda Setton) comatose friend, look for her doctor to make his first appearance at the Kentucky hospital next month as her conditions takes a sudden change. And it is a face that some soap fans may remember.
Kurt McKinney, best known for his roles as Matt on “Guiding Light,” Ellis on “As the World Turns,” and Ned on “General Hospital,” will make his “One Life to Live” debut in what is believed to be the recurring role of Dr. Fascinella on Friday, October 14. While the show is keeping mum on the details surrounding his debut, we can tell you that the show released an audition script for the role recently. That script, however, was a recycled version of the one released earlier this year for the role of Dr. Pryor, who told Bo (Robert S. Woods) and Nora (Hillary B. Smith) that Matthew (Eddie Alderson) had suffered severe brain trauma, as the show worked to keep the true identity of Kim’s friend a secret.
McKinney isn’t the first employee of the unnamed Anchorage, Kentucky hospital to be cast. Adriane Lenox first aired as Nurse Judy, whom Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier) recently pumped for information, on Monday, September 19. The show also just released a casting call for a receptionist who will be tied to the storyline as well. And on Monday, October 17, Paul Hickert will play “Kentucky Cop #2.”
In a interesting twist, McKinney himself is a Kentucky native, as is Farah Fath (Gigi), who is rumored to be tied to the storyline as well.
In other news…
Want to get a sneak peek at which sets and clothing will be used will be used in some upcoming scenes and episodes? If so, then check out these behind-the-scenes pictures of Jerry verDorn (Clint) giving two lucky fans a tour of the studios back in August.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, September 28, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Tina is crushed that there’s no money for her. At EOD, we see that Irene has a plan for Victor’s family: a bomb is planted outside of the house where the family is still gathered. Todd convinces Starr to bust him out of prison.
Natalie and Jessica have it out about Natalie’s engagement to Brody and they come to blows. Brody breaks them up and takes Natalie off, leaving a seething Jessica.
Brody again asks Clint for his blessing in his marriage to Natalie. Clint argues against the wedding, but Brody is resolute. He suggests that Clint’s approval would go a long way toward healing the enmity between Natalie and Jessica. Clint very much wants to do that, so he gives the marriage his blessing.
When Brody goes, Clint gets a visit from someone he’s happy to see.
On the Next One Life to Live…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” remembered the recent passing of the show’s long-time director David Pressman by dedicating the Tuesday, September 27 episode of the soap in his memory.
Pressman, who died on Monday, August 29 at the age of 97, served as director for “One Life” from 1970-1998. Upon retiring, he was soon asked to return for a time to help train the soap’s younger actors. Also in 1998, Pressman returned to his acting roots when he played the Shakespeare-quoting homeless man Bernie Hopper on “OLTL.” He later reprised the role in 2003.
Nominated for several Daytime Emmy Awards, Pressman won for Best Directing in 1976, 1983, and 1984. Prior to joining “One Life to Live,” he also directed several episode of “Another World.”
You can watch the short tribute to him in the clip at the link below:
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, September 27, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Tina Lord and her dog, David Vickers, return to Llanview and make a beeline to see her family. At Todd’s house, the lawyer is about to read the will when Tina arrives to the surprise of all. By EOD the reading is back on track and the lawyer announces to whom Victor left the entirety of his estate.
Todd freaks when he receives Irene’s note, in which she threatens the lives of all he holds dead. Todd shows Starr the note, which suddenly is unreadable. Starr wants to take the note to John and Bo, but Todd thinks it’s too risky to involve the police. At EOD Todd tells Starr there’s only one thing to do: They must break him out of jail.
Natalie tells Rex that she accepted Brody’s marriage proposal. Rex learns that an encounter with John precipitated Natalie’s decision. Rex questions Natalie’s motives.
Later, Rex has another vision of Gigi. Jessica confides in Ford that Natalie accepted Brody’s marriage proposal.
Ford helps Jessica exorcise her anger. But at EOD she may have some left over when she runs into Natalie.
On the Next One Life to Live…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Nearly three months after licensing the rights to “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” from ABC, Prospect announces the launching of a new web channel, The Online Network, which will air both soaps along with the upstart company’s other current and future programming.
According to a press release, the new site will launch in January “with the goal of eventually providing viewers with a full programming selection of first-run, long form content on an anytime, anywhere basis.”
“We are creating TOLN to conveniently deliver fans of quality television long-form programming anytime and anywhere. With broadband availability in 70% of US households and the proliferation of internet enabled televisions, DVRs and wireless devices, ultimately we believe that online distribution provides the best platform to access 30 and 60 minute entertainment content. The viewer response to the shows we have licensed has been tremendous, and we have much more in development to appeal to a broad audience base,” adds Prospect Park co-founders Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz.
Furthermore, it appears that Canadian fans of the soaps will be in luck, as ABC Soaps in Depth tweets that our friends north of the border will be able to watch “AMC” and “OLTL” on The Online Network as well.
In related news, TVLine is reporting that “at launch time TOLN will be strictly ad-supported, like most online video hubs,” however that has yet to be confirmed by Prospect Park.
Fans wanting to receive updates regarding The Online Network, as well as its show (including “AMC” and “OLTL”), can register with your e-mail address or cell phone number at www.TOLN.com or www.theonlinenetwork.com.
“All My Children” aired its final episode on ABC last Friday, while “One Life to Live” will last end its network run on January 13, 2012. Both shows are expected to resume with Prospect Park early next year.