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My View of Llanview: February 28 Edition

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" recently took to the scriptures with regards to the the new rivalry between Kelly and Natalie -- the "scriptures of pie" this is, evoking the sacred Pie Commandment that "Thou shalt send a pie to your enemies as a peace offering." What's that? Pie scriptures and commandments you say? Yes, and I agree that it does sound silly, which is exactly the point I am trying to make. To think that having drunken sex with the ex-fiancé of the sister of one of your best friends can be easily…

My View of Llanview: February 15 Edition

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Does, at the end of the day, "One Life to Live" show that it cares for its viewers? The answer may surprise you. Given the show's often stagnant ratings and high volume of viewer complaints, it may seem hard to imagine that "OLTL" might actually care what their fans think and want.  However, I really do think that they do care -- at least to an extent; however not so much in terms of characters and writing, then in terms of the small things that provide a little wink to the audience to say, "hey…

My View of Llanview: January 30 Edition

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" is having success with turning Clint Buchanan into the J.R. Ewing of daytime, but an ever increasing cast size and endless display of pretty faces continues to cause problems. Jerry verDorn has quickly become "One Life to Live's" saving grace who, in many ways, is carrying the show right now. Speaking as someone who never watched his work on "Guiding Light," I am amazed by the quality of his acting. His presence brings…

My View of Llanview: January 15 Edition

Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore Photo: Errol Lewis/SON (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — 2011 begins with baby steps for "One Life to Live." What a difference a year makes.  I thought I would begin my first column of 2011 with a look back at some of what I had to say about the state of the show in my first column of 2010.  First, twelve months ago Mitch Laurence was menacing the citizens of Llanview with his latest reign of terror.  However, the storyline quickly began to take a turn for the worse when it…

My View of Llanview: December 30 Edition

Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore Photo: Errol Lewis/SON (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — 2010 finally comes to an end in Llanview. Well here we are again, at that time when we say farewell to the old year and hello to the new year that lies ahead. The trials and tribulations of 2010 are behind us and the hope and optimism that 2011 will be a better time for one and all is still ringing in our ears. But perhaps nowhere more so than in Llanview, Pennsylvania should the end of 2010 be such a blessing. It's…

My View of Llanview: December 15 Edition

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore Photo: Errol Lewis/SON (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" takes a turn for the worse. What a train wreck "One Life to Live" seems to be right now. On the one hand, you have solid drama, while on the other hand you have something that, at best, is reminiscent of a middle school drama production. For example, the scenes involving Clint tricking Matthew into believing that his parents were cheating on one another, Matthew's reaction to seeing Inez and a…

My View of Llanview: November 30 Edition

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore Photo: Errol Lewis/SON (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" remains a work in progress. Much like the building of the ancient city of Rome, "OLTL" can't be re-built over night. While the show does have some bright spots, it is also still filled with reminders of what is wrong with the show. Hopefully, however, as the weeks and months continue to go by the good will begin to outweigh the bad. The good comes in different shapes and sizes...literally. Kim Zimmer…

My View of Llanview: November 15 Edition

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore Photo: Errol Lewis/SON (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Is "One Life to Live" starting to get its groove back? I have to say that, after watching the show the past few weeks, it seems as if "OLTL" has turned the corner...finally. And the reason for the sudden is, oddly enough, Kim Zimmer. Yes that would be the same Kim Zimmer that was the butt of weight jokes, scenery chewing claims, and sub-par acting abilities. As strange as it may seem, Kim Zimmer is one of the biggest…

My View of Llanview: October 30 Edition

Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore Photo: Errol Lewis/SON (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Halloween disappointments. How depressing is it that Erika Slezak's role on this show continues to decline. I mean it was bad enough when Viki did nothing more than dispense advice to her nitwitted children. But now, her only function seems to be propping Rex and handing out Halloween candy to unseen children. I suppose I should be glad that "One Life to Live" is even acknowledging Halloween this year, but I'm not to…

My View of Llanview: October 15th Edition

Friday, October 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore Photo: Errol Lewis/SON (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Déjà vu in Llanview. While watching "One Life to Live" this week, it has become even more apparent to me that this show must really be concerned about the environment. Why else would they be basically recycling scripts and storylines every few months? Once again, for what seems like the tenth time, Starr and Hope have been kidnapped. It is fast becoming as predictable a plot device as a seemingly normal, intelligent…

My View of Llanview: September 30 Edition

Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore Photo: Errol Lewis/SON (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" has once again proven that they don't have a clue about what their fans really want. The two breaking news stories today involving the show showcasing exactly what is wrong with "OLTL" at the moment. Both are nothing more than examples of undeserving people being rewarded for producing crap. As per ABC policy, the worse things get, the more praise and promotions those in charge receive. Just take ABC…

My View of Llanview: September 15 Edition

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM ET by Scotty Gore Photo: Errol Lewis/SON (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Whatever the hell happened to the expression "Leave them wanting more?" So I was wracking my brain, trying to think of a topic to write about for this edition of the column, when lo and behold I came across the tacky, cheesy, God-awful, and downright embarrassing new "OLTL" promo entitled "People are Talking About the Ford brothers." After watching it, all I can say is "Really?" While it does appear that most "One…