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How good was today's episode of One Life to Live? Awesome!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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Today’s episode of One Life to Live was in our opinion, one of the best written and most beautifully acted episodes in recent memory of all of soapdom.  For anyone who does not watch this series, or may have watched in the past, you need to tune back in and you need to tune back in now!  With cancellation rumors consistently swirling, if the show was to get axed, it is just such a wrong move and a terrible shame.   Just look at today’s myriad of stories and performances.  Each had stand-out gems that we will remember for some time to come.  It was so good; we have got to break down each of the major sections of the show!

Matthew/Nora/Bo – When Eddie Alderson’s Matthew, finally reveals and relives the shooting of Eddie Ford and confesses to his parents, (the Llanview D.A. and the Commissioner of Police), that he pulled the trigger after a harrowing experience at the Minute Man Motel with the evil Eddie, it was soap opera at its best.  And, how about the quiet, understated reaction of Robert S. Woods (Bo) preparing himself to hear Matthew’s story of the ill-fated night?  How about the end of the show when a heartbroken Nora breaks down in Bo’s arms?  Kudos to a fantastic performance by Eddie Alderson. You brought us to tears.

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Shane/Rex/Gigi – Who in the viewing audience’s heart did not break for poor Shane, and the bullying and emotional abuse he has suffered at the hands of Jack Manning and the gang of kids at Llanview High?  The scenes on the roof where Shane wanted to end his life were so well portrayed. But not only that, it was John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) as a helpless overwrought father (with damn good reason) telling off the High School staff and the students, that made us stand up and cheer.  JP was amazing and kudos as well to Austin Williams (Shane).  Great work!

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Viki/Tea – Is there a better actress on the soap planet then Erika Slezak (Viki)? No, there truly isn’t.  When Viki is betrayed and hurt, we are betrayed and hurt and feel right along with her.  Slezak delivered in spades as Viki tries to cope with the realization that her marriage to Charlie has fallen apart, thanks in part to Echo, but to Charlie too! He wants Echo!  She is reeling from finding them in bed together.  The conversation between sisters-in-laws, Tea and Viki, in Todd’s hospital room, was again well done.   Hankies!

Blair/Starr/Jack – The pivotal moment of these sequences was when Blair admitted to Starr that she hit her son, Jack.  Kassie DePaiva (Blair) did powerful work with the realization that by her lashing out at Jack; she then is a bully, too.   And don’t we all want to just “bitch slap” Jack ourselves?

There were other well-played moments between Natalie and Clint and Sean and Tea that had high emotional stakes.   To watch the full episode go to ABC.com and check for the posting of today’s show.  So what did you think of the episode? Let us know your opinion.  We told you ours!

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Sarah White Sees
Sarah White Sees

Today’s show should be submitted for an Emmy. It was drama at its best. I loved all the performances today–strong, yet understated. There were wonderful scenes with Clint and Natalie where we actually saw Clint’s heart again; and with Viki and Tea. These scenes allowed these actors to show such vulnerability. The bullying storyline and Matthew’s confession to his parents were examples of powerful, yet subtle acting at its finest. Eddie Alderson and Austin Williams delivered excellent performances that broke my heart. Everyone in the cast of today’s episode should be commended for such wonderful performances.

Rich
Rich

Again,i pray that this doesn’t mean that Eddie Alderson is leaving the show. He’s just so good. Austin Williams is doing really awesome,as well. NuJack,whose real name i’ve forgotten,can leave anytime now.

David
David

Can you believe NuJack is on contract? Give him some acting lessons!

Tali
Tali

Just an incredibly emotional show today. So well done. That bit of camera work viewing Bo & Nora through the window as she breaks down in his arms was just superb.

Paul8148
Paul8148

This is great great stuff. So if you were Frank will you summit this episode or the fallout from the double wedding for the emmy’s next year.

Brian
Brian

While I was watching this episode, i was amazed at how good it was! If ABC does decide to cancel this show it will prove just how out of touch they are with what the viewing public wants. I still love this show just as much as when I started watching it 30 years ago. It has become my guilty pleasure! I hope Brian Frons begins to understand how these characters become like an extended “family” to many viewers. You can see just how much all the actors are putting in to make this show as amazing as it is. Perhaps if the 1pm timeslot is so desirable for a talkshow, ABC should move OLTO to primetime since they can’t seem to get a hit show there.

todd
todd

The bullying storyline really got to me. I cried along with Gigi as they were talking Shane down from the roof. Very powerful performances. Farah Fath can be proud of her work too. I was originally against MAtthew being the killer, but it is so well done. The drama that Bo and Nora have to face now is so daunting. I hope they cover it up. I still want Clint to get what is coming to him. He set everything in motion for how awful half the town’s lives are. The only story I am not interested in is James/Starr/Deanna and who shot Todd. Now can we hurry up and get Starr’s Spunkiness back, Roger Howarth on the air, and Niki Smith all over Llanview?

mike
mike

Austin Williams and Eddie Alderson Wow, those kids were great! The veterans Woods,Smith,ver Dorn,Depaiva all exceptional. Great writing. Soap Opera at it’s very best. As for NuJack with some work I think the kid has potential .

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

A total AMEN to OLTL goes here. This was indeed a first-class episode with truly great performances! 🙂

David
David

This episode was AWESOME! My show is back.

Michele (Michael)
Michele (Michael)

Love this show. I’m italian, so I can watch it only on YouTube, because OLTL is not aired here anymore (as it used to be years ago). I’m a tv director in my country, and I think no one does (well written-directed-acted) drama better than american soaps. One Life To Live is the best! 🙂

Barb Coleman
Barb Coleman

OLTL just gets better and better! I have watched it for years and years and years!! So hard to let go of this amazing Soap Opera! I am still praying for a miracle here as it’s like a Soap Opera inside of me with all the emotions I have had since the announcement of the cancellation!!! SAVE OUR SOAPS PLEASE!!!

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Greg Rikaart Gives Coronavirus Health Update; He Is On The Mend

The Young and the Restless, and returning guest star on today’s episode of Days of our Lives, Greg Rikaart (Kevin, Y&R and Leo, DAYS) has posted a new update in his battle with the coronavirus. The good news is Greg is on the mend!

In his message, Rikaart shared: “I’m doing fantastic, easily like 95 percent better than I was the last time I made one of these messages. The only thing is, I still have a little bit of a lingering cough and I guess I have to work on rebuilding my strength and my energy a bit.  But feeling really good, stronger, and better every day, and wanted to let you all know, first and foremost.

And secondly, I wanted to thank you all for the incredibly kind and generous messages of support you sent my way which really lifted my spirits at a time when they needed to be lifted, ‘cause there was a scary couple of days there.”

Michael Fairman TV sends our thoughts and to ‘get well soon’ to Greg and for soap fans make sure to catch him on today’s April Fools episode of DAYS, where there are plenty of “Leo-isms” to go around!

Share your well-wishes to Greg via the comment section below.

 

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EMPIRE’s Final Season Cut Short Due To COVID-19; Series Finale Now Set For April 21

Will we now ever know just how the lives of Empire’s Lucious  (Terrence Howard) and Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) and their dysfunctional family will resolve now that the series has had to scrap two of their planned episodes in their final season?  The sixth and final season was scheduled to run for a total of 20 episodes.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the production shutdown left them with only 18 episodes tht could be completed.

That means, as first announced during last night’s episode of Empire via voice-over: “Get ready for the shocking final three episodes of ‘Empire,’”  that reveal let viewers of Empire know there was change in plans.”  Now, the shortened season and series finale end on FOX on April 21st.

Reports also note that episode 19 was partially shot and that footage of that unfinished episode will be cut into the finale.

As to what happens with the character of Jamal Lyon played by Jussie Smollett, who everyone knows ran into significant trouble with the law; on last reports executives said he would not be back for the final episodes of the series, although there has still have been mentions of the character throughout season 6.

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Come April 21st, there still may be more Empire in our future, if  FOX executives decide to greenlight a potential spinoff headlined Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon; that first came to light earlier this year in January as being in heavy discussions.

So, what do you think of how Empire will wrap-up after 6 seasons? Do you feel short-changed, or glad they are trying to work in everything they shot to deliver some kind of series finale for fans of the primetime soap? Comment below.

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Happy 57th Anniversary Today to General Hospital

ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

Today, Frank Valentini is the series executive producer, and the soap is co-written by the head writing team of Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten.

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As 80%, as of now, in the US are reported to be homebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the latest ratings for the week of March 23, 2020, GH drew 2.57 million viewers,- its strongest week since March 19, 2018.  So, more eyeballs are tuning-in to the drama in Port Charles.

Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

But first, vote in our poll for your favorite storyline or moment of all-time on GH.  If your favorite is not one of the choices listed in the poll, let us know in the comment section which is your favorite, or if you voted for one of the selections, let us know why, too! 

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