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

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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!

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 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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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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 .

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

This episode was AWESOME! My show is back.

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! 🙂

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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Jamie Martin Mann and Ashley Puzemis Join the Cast of Days of our Lives

Some SORASing is going down on Days of our Lives! Announced today, Jamie Martin Mann will now be portraying the teenage version of Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Theresa’s (Jen Lilley) son, Tate Black.

In addition, Ashley Puzemis joins the Peacock streaming soap opera as Holly, the now teenaged daughter of the late Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian) and Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker).

According to Soap Opera Digest, both actors are set to make their debuts on the October 9th episode, as it looks like DAYS is beefing up its teen scene with some fresh faces for some teen angst.

Will Tate or Holly be a troublemaker causing drama for their parents?  Will they fall for each other? Stay tuned.

Puzemis had appeared in television roles including: BF For Hire and Danger Force.  As for Mann, he recently appeared in the Netflix series Country Comfort starring Katherine McPhee and Eddie Cibrian (ex-Sunset Beach and Y&R).

So, what do you think about teenaged Tate and Holly hitting the Salem canvas and Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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‘Ryan’s Hope’ Tribute Book Due Out; Featuring Words From Cast & Crew of Emmy-Winning ABC Soap Opera

Ryan’s Hope aired on ABC from 1975 to 1989, and along the way won multiple Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series and its stars. The story centered on Maeve (Helen Gallagher) and Johnny Ryan (Bernard Barrow) and their children, friends and extended family.

Now comes word that an oral history of the show will be on sale next month on October 24th.  This Ryan’s Hope Tribute book from author Tom Lisanti, will take the reader behind the scenes of the series in the words of the cast, crew and its co-creators and head writers, Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer.

One of Ryan’s Hope most beloved cast members, Ilene Kristen (ex-Delia) contributed the foreward to the new book.

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According to the official press release, “Written in interview format, it features first-hand accounts from the show’s stars including: Helen Gallagher, Malcolm Groome, Ron Hale, Ilene Kristen, Michael Levin, Ana Alicia, Roscoe Born, Catherine Hicks, Geoff Pierson, Andrew Robinson, and Gordon Thomson, along with writers, producers, production crew, and family members. They share their experiences and backstage anecdotes as well as their opinions about their storylines, cast members, producers, and directors—including how they were hired, why they left the show, and why they think Ryan’s Hope is so beloved and missed to this day.”

This tell-all also includes an overview of the soap’s history, storyline synopses, and what went on behind the scenes with ABC, plus never-before-seen photos and plot synopses. The legions of Ryan’s Hope soap opera fans will find this insider account as captivating as the beloved show itself.

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Ryan’s Hope: An Oral History of Daytime’s Groundbreaking Soap is from Kensington Books Publishing.

So, intrigued to read the oral history of Ryan’s Hope? Will you be getting your copy come October 24th? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Ryan Seacrest on the Key to Success for His ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Hosting Gig: “You Just Don’t Mess With It”

Over the weekend, Ryan Seacrest talked about becoming the new host of the legendary game show, Wheel of Fortune.  The current season is Pat Sajak’s last, so following that, Seacrest will step in to the spotlight for season 42.

When speaking to PEOPLE about how he plans on handling the hosting chores and what might he make different, Ryan shared, “You don’t mess with it, just don’t mess with it. Just get out of the way, say ‘Good evening’ and let’s play.”

As to his excitement for when the gig is finally his, Seacrest added, “I think I have so much adrenaline rushing through my body. Excitement is the word because it’s such a phenomenal show I’ve been a fan. I grew up watching the show. and I can’t wait to take over after the legendary Pat Sajak.”

Ryan’s new gig comes after he left Live with Kelly and Ryan back in April of this year.  He was with the syndicated morning talker for almost six years. Seacrest’s departure paved the way for Kelly’s husband and former All My Children co-star, Mark Consuelos to take over Ryan’s spot in the co-host seat.

However, Ryan has no regret on that decision, sharing, “It was a good time to go, and then fortunately a couple of weeks later, this other great opportunity came to fruition. I’m a kid in a candy store.”

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Seacrest also was ecstatic for the welcome news that saw Wheel of Fortune staple, Vanna White, sign a new contract to remain with the show.  Ryan shared: “Vanna has been such a staple on that show and in our living rooms for so many years. I have been very excited to work with her, but now that it’s official, I can say, ‘Congratulations Vanna! I can’t wait.'”

Looking forward to Ryan spinning the wheel on the popular syndicated game show next season? Will you miss Pat Sajak? Glad Vanna is joining Ryan and remaining with ‘Wheel’? Comment below.

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