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Scotty Gore

( — October 8, 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of Soap Opera Network, an online magazine celebrating the world of soaps past, present and future.

Soap Opera Network began as an online message board on the then popular ezBoard (now called Yuki) platform by two individuals that wanted to start a more industry based discussion forum for fans of the soap opera genre with the idea that not only could one discuss the comings, the goings or the general news of the day, but have the opportunity to learn more about the names, the faces and the minds of the people that help make daily dramatic serials happen year in and year out. At launch, soap operas “All My Children, “As The World Turns,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live,” “Passions,” “Port Charles,” and “The Young and the Restless” were on the schedules of television networks ABC, CBS and NBC.

In November 2002, Soap Opera Network left ezBoard and became its own .com service.

Thanks to elaborate databases such as a ratings archive (how soaps rated over the years), episode count archive (who appeared in episodes of a soap opera each and every month and year), its end credit archive (who wrote, directed or produced each episode), including a listing of episode writers and directors along with profile pieces on more than 80% of the writers, producers and directors, Soap Opera Network has cornered the market on information surrounding the inner workings of the soap opera format.

Over the course of its ten years, Soap Opera Network has interviewed a number of daytime’s biggest stars and behind the scenes personnel including Susan Lucci, Erika Slezak, Melody Thomas Scott, Maurice Benard, Steve Burton, Sarah Brown, Hillary B. Smith, Robert S. Woods, Ilene Kristen, Ken Corday, Cameron Mathison, Cady McClain, Eden Riegel, Judith Light, Bradley P. Bell, Brian Frons, Maria Arena Bell, Sherri Shepherd, Daniel Goddard, Greg Meng, Marlene McPherson, Darrell Ray Thomas, Nancy CurleeMelissa Archer, Kristen Alderson, Julie Pinson, Ron Carlivati, Frank Valentini, Linda Dano and many more.

Current Soap Opera Network staff is as follows:

Xavier Toups, Co-Founder
Errol Lewis, Editor in Chief; General Hospital Editor; Days of our Lives Editor
Angela Rosa, Managing Editor; All My Children Editor
Scotty Gore, Managing Editor; One Life to Live Editor
Venus Stone-Cutter, The Young and the Restless Editor
Gehrig Burnett Jr., The Bold and the Beautiful Editor

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( — On September 11, 2001, the world witnessed the worst terrorist act in American history.  It is a day none of us will ever forget.  For the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, I asked those who were working within the soap opera industry if they would like to share their thoughts and memories about that horrific day.  Here are the stories from former soap writers Tom Casiello, Tom King, and former soap writer/producer Lisa Connor.

Tom Casiello: “I remember being alone in my apartment that morning, standing in my bedroom getting dressed when the first plane hit.”

Tom King: “9/11 fell on a Tuesday, the day when normally we “One Life to Live” writers met to start planning the new week of outlines.”

Lisa Connor:  “I was producing at “AMC” at the time. The morning was perfect. I remember walking down West End Avenue and thinking ‘this is the most perfect day’.”

Lastly, here is my 9/11 story along with Soap Opera Network’s Editor-in-Chief Errol Lewis, and Co-Administrator/Reporter Scotty Gore:  SON Staff Remembers 9/11

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Soap Opera Network was launched on October 8, 2001, nearly one month to the day after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. The staff of Soap Opera Network have compiled their personal stories and reflections 10 years after that horrific day.

Xavier Toups

It was my first year at University and I was in class that Tuesday morning.  By the time my class ended, the planes had already hit the two towers, but I still had no idea what had happened.  It was now after noon and I was making my way to a local television station where I was volunteering. On the bus ride there, I remember someone saying, “All of Silicon Valley is down too.”  I thought there was some big power outage or something.  As I entered the waiting room at the station, I looked up at the TV monitors and that’s when I saw all the devastation, a city covered in ash.  I asked a guy, another volunteer, what in the world happened and that’s when he told me, “Two airplanes, commercial airplanes…jumbo jets, crashed into the World Trade Center.”  I stood there in disbelief.  I could not process what was happening, what I was seeing……until I the saw footage of the two towers coming down.  Chills everywhere.

When I got home a couple hours later, I immediately turned on my computer and checked the soap opera message board where I was a moderator, because another moderator, Alyssa Davis (who later co-founded Soap Opera Network with me), lived in New York City.  For the rest of day, I was glued to the TV.  When I did turn the TV off to go to bed, I still wanted to listen to people’s reactions, so I turned on my radio.  As I was laying in bed listening to the radio, they had an update that there was now footage of one of the planes hitting one of the towers.  I jumped off my bed and ran to the TV – I had to see this!  Chills everywhere once again.

Errol Lewis
Editor in Chief

It was a dark and gloomy looking early evening on Monday, September 10, 2001, which is where my story begins. I had recently begun my junior year of high school just days before at a transfer high school that catered to night and day students. The day population was mostly for foreign born individuals whereas the night was for native English speakers or transfer students from other high schools in New York City or out of state. I attended the night school.

I was sitting in my math class on the fourth floor, which hadn’t started yet, when I found myself looking out the window. The first thing I noticed was it was still wet outside as a result of the light rain throughout the day. The second thing I noticed was the tall twin towers staring at me, like they were calling to me. I couldn’t take my eyes off of them. Looking up in the sky with the clouds covering the top half of them both while still leaving a shadowy view of what you couldn’t see clearly if you looked close enough, the two tallest buildings in New York City just stood there.

It was nearly 11:00 PM when my night at school came to an end. Normally, I would walk to the Union Square station and take the 4 or 5 train to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall in order to transfer to the Brooklyn bound J train to head home, but that particular night I decided to walk with some of my fellow classmates through Alphabet city, which is what everyone calls Avenue’s A-D in the East Village area. After the last Manhattenite got home safely, I headed on my own towards the Delancy/Essex Street station to catch my aforementioned J train. Before I walked down the stairs to catch my train, something caught my eye. I looked up before walking down and staring at me once more were the two towers. By this time it was 12 midnight – it was September 11, 2001. Once again those two buildings called to me and I watched them for just a few minutes. But in that short time it felt like hours. If I only knew then that what I felt in those moments just standing there that it would be the last moments I’d ever see the two buildings standing strong or I had known what would in fact happen nearly 9 hours later, maybe I could have done something, said something. I tore my eyes away, went down the stairs, got on my train and arrived home safely. I went to bed and had no dreams. Nothing.

I was awoken by mother who informed me that a plane had hit one of the towers. Instantly, she concluded it was terrorist act. I couldn’t believe it. Just a few minutes later a second plane hit. If I had doubted her when she said it, I sure didn’t when the next plane tore through the next tower. Tears had already fallen when I saw the first building burning, but they just dropped and dropped when the next building caught fire. That’s when I realized our world would never be same and any normality we had was thrown out with the broken glass and the instant loss millions bared witness to as it happened.

Scotty Gore
Editor, One Life to Live

I had the day off from work and was sleeping in that morning when I received a call from my mom just before 8 am (Central Time) telling that a plane had hit the World Trade Center and that I should turn on the TV to see what was happening. At first, I thought that I was either dreaming or that it was just an accident of some sort, but then I turned on the television and after seeing the second plane hit, I knew it had to be something more. I was glued to the TV for the rest of the day in shock and horror, not knowing what was coming next. Even though I live in Kentucky, I was concerned because I live only about 40 miles from Fort Knox, and just a couple of hours away from a rather large Air Force base at Fort Campbell, KY. It was just horrifying. No American will ever forget where they were and what they were doing that day. I know I won’t.

Angela Rosa
Editor, All My Children/General Hospital

On 9/11/2001, I was walking to an early college class in Queens. The path I walked and the place I live in Queens is just minutes away from mid-town Manhattan, great view of the Empire State Building, and a very good view of the World Trade Towers if you turned your head a little to the left. I saw that the top of one of the buildings looked completely charred black. I had no idea why, I thought maybe there was a fire and my initial thought was that’s going to take a long time to fix. So, I went to class and noticed there was a bit of a frenzy in the building. The professor hadn’t shown up as well. Somebody mentioned a plane flying into one of the Towers. I put on my AM/FM radio and heard it was a passenger plane and we all discussed the possibility of that being as accident. Then I heard that a second passenger plane flew into the second tower and related it to everybody. We were shocked and all discussed that it really could not be an accident at this point and all decided to go home. As I was walking home, I stared at the buildings in shock. There was a growing nervous silence in the air. Public transportation and the bridges had shut down immediately and it added to the silence from the shock and fear on all our faces. On my way home, I heard the Pentagon had been hit and a forth plane was missing and I thought some country was ending civilization as we knew it in the United States. I was scared. Then the buildings fell and it was shocking and heart-breaking. Later in the day, I did a grocery stop for myself and my mother incase this was the end. All you could hear now was fighter jets patrolling and it was a little nerve-wrecking at first because it was a speeding aircraft. It eventually became comforting. A day or two later a smell started and lasted for a few days, and this was all the way in Queens. It smelled like burning metal mixed with something else. That was just heart-breaking and I cried more than a few times. It was hard watching people searching for their loved ones desperately. I had never seen the City I lived in all my life so sad, shocked and silent as it was in those first two weeks.

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My View of Llanview: July 15 Edition

My View of Llanview: July 15 Edition

( — “One Life to Live” gets a last minute reprieve and will continue to air new episodes online. But will it mean that the show’s second life will be as good as its first?

First of all, it was 43 years ago today that “One Life to Live” made its television debut so Happy Anniversary!

Nearly three months of protesting, boycotting, and keeping “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” in the forefront of everyone’s minds came to an abrupt end just over a week ago when fans received the shocking news that ABC had agreed to license both show to upstart production company Prospect Park. The deal means that both shows will continue to live on past their final airdates on the network, and relocate exclusively to the Internet.

In what has been largely been the only piece of official information released by either party thus far, a joint press release from ABC and Prospect Park assured fans that both shows would pick up right where they left off on television, and will continue to be produced in the same quality, format, and length in which they currently air. However, despite the promise, most soap fans have remained skeptical of the promise, believing that their is no way that production company only a few years old would have the money and capability to continue the status quo.

And with good reason, since producing a soap opera is a multi-million dollar investment, including cast and crew member salaries, technical equipment, sets, and more. Not to mention the fact that Prospect Park will be producing not one, but two soap operas (and, according to some rumors three, if and when ABC cancels “General Hospital” as well). So where will that money come from? According to Soap Opera Network‘s Editor in Chief Errol Lewis, the necessary funding will come from newly implemented government grants for Internet Broadcasting. Even so, would such monies still be enough to cover the cost of producing to hour long drama series five days a week for a much smaller audience?

Unlike the established television broadcast and cable/satellite networks, the Internet largely remains uncharted territory when it comes to broadcasting. A handful of web soaps such as “Venice” have found moderate success online, however, they receive only a fraction the audience that television shows receive. And that is not even taking into account the huge drop in ratings the soaps have experienced in the past several years.

For most Americans, the Internet remains simply a place to search for information, connect with friends via e-mail and social networking sites, and watch/look at adult oriented material. And when they do watch television shows online, it is usually episodes missed when they aired on television, behind-the-scenes bonus clips and special features, and Youtube videos of old sitcoms and drama series. For most people, setting down in front of a computer on a regular basis to watch first run episodes of soaps (or any shows for that matter) is just not something we feel very comfortable with doing. I know I don’t. And yes, I realize that there are web-enabled televisions to watch them on, however, that doesn’t make it even more normal to me.

Furthermore, what about those individuals who either don’t own computers, or aren’t very computer-savvy? What will they do? How will they continue to watch “AMC” and “OLTL?” And do they even realize that both shows have been “uncanceled?” The situation reminds me of my great aunt, who was 94 at the time, and completely unaware last year that her beloved ‘story’ “As the World Turns” was going off the air only a few months later until I broke the news to her. I wonder how many “AMC” and “OLTL” soap fans fit into the same category, either not knowing that ABC canceled both shows or that they will now continue to air online? Those of us who read the soap opera magazines and frequent Internet message boards and chat rooms may be privy to all off screen drama involving these two shows in recent months, but there are many others who do not know or understand what is happening. And I am anxious to see just how Prospect Park tries to attract these “old school” soap fans to tune in and watch.

There are more questions than answers involving this deal at the moment. Will the online-only episodes feature commercials? Will people have to pay to watch them? Exactly how many cast members from “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” make the move with the shows? Will both “AMC” and “OLTL” continue to tape episodes at their current studios? How will the storylines be impacted? Will the writers, producers, and directors continue with their respective shows, or will they move on to other projects? Will Prospect Park be able to successfully negotiate with the crew members and other behind-the-scenes personnel? When will new episodes of both shows begin to air online? What time of day or night will they air? And how will they be promoted? These are only a few of the many questions that have been running through my mind since the official announcement was made last week.

Despite all of my reservations about “OLTL” continuing online, however, I remain surprisingly optimistic. Like many of my fellow “One Life” fans I was devastated by ABC’s decision back in April to cancel the show that I had watched for more than twenty years. After going through the various stages of grief, I was finally starting to come to terms with the decision even, strangely enough, getting the point where I was looking forward to getting that hour of my life back each weekday to do other things and no longer having to set at the computer for hours at a time typing up various articles for Soap Opera Network. But don’t misunderstand…that doesn’t mean that I was ready to turn my back on the show or that my loyalties has changed, I just meant that I was ready to move on with my life. What’s done is done, after all…or so I thought anyway.

That being said, I was still holding out a glimmer of hope that the show may somehow still be able to continue in some shape or form. To that extent, I was truly shocked and surprised by last week’s announcement. The news also gave me renewed energy and sense of excitement, along with curiosity for what this new incarnation of “OLTL” might look like. After all, what have we got to loose if this “grand experiment” fails? It’s not like ABC was going to change their minds about canceling the show, or let any of their competitors buy it from them or anything. And I don’t buy into the argument by some that if the online episodes are a disaster that it will ruin the legacy and identity of the show. Anyone how has watched “One Life to Live” any at all for the past years can attest that the damage has already been done thanks to endless waves of unnecessary teen characters, very embarrassing plot lines (such as the current porn storyline involving Rick, Nate, and Deanna), and unpopular newbies (eg., the Ford brothers) constantly being shoved down our throats. So no, in my opinion the move won’t seriously harm the show’s legacy and identity, even it turns out to be a disaster, because you can’t break something that has already been broken. As noted above, the damage has already occurred, so what is there left to lose? At the very least, we would back exactly where we were before ABC reached a deal with Prospect Park,  “OLTL’s” final episode was scheduled to air on January 20, 2012, and the show was about to become a piece of television history. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

However, as bad as I feel for “All My Children” fans, I must admit that I am relieved that they will be the “guinea pigs” in all of this, and begin airing online-only episodes before “One Life to Live.” Hopefully, all the bugs will worked out and any issues worked out by the time “One Life” makes the move early next year.

Moving on, congratulations to “Kelly Towry,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” celebrity guest star, which was socialite Ivana Trump, ex-wife of media mogul Donald Trump. In 1991, she appeared as the owner of an Atlantic City casino, where she encountered, among others, Luna Moody and Max Holden, who was suffering from a serious gambling addiction at the time.

In case you missed the clues, here they are:

This famous millionaire’s ex-wife played an Atlantic City casino owner in 1991, where she shared scenes with a handful of Llanview residents, including one with a gambling problem.

Now it’s time to shake things up a bit and do a little trivia. See if you know the answers to these questions about some of the current and former cast members of “One Life to Live.”

1. What is Robin Strasser‘s (Dorian) middle name? 2. For what Disney show did Brittany Underwood (ex-Langston) audition for before joining “OLTL?” 3. What was Sean Ringgold‘s (Shaun) occupation before becoming an actor? I’ll have the answers in the July 30th 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. These are for the week of August 1st. Someone holds the final piece to a puzzle. One grieving young man receives a very special visitor. A challenge is issued by a loved one. And a sister gets the shock of her life.

Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a safe and wonderful weekend. Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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