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Reunited And It Feels So Good: The Stars Of One Life to Live Have Get-Together!

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When Kristen Alderson posted photos via her Instagram account from this past weekend’s March 12th gathering in California with some of her former One Life to Live co-stars, beloved fans of the series were thrilled and also somewhat misty.

Included in the photo from the gathering were: Trevor St. John (Victor), Kassie DePaiva (Blair), James DePaiva (Max), Michael Easton (John), David Fumero (Cristian), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio), Brett Claywell (Kyle), Gina Tognoni (Kelly), Brittany Underwood (Langston), Eddie Alderson (Matthew), Kelley Missal (Danielle), Bree Williamson (Jessica), Andrew Trischitta (Jack), John Brotherton (Jared), Josh Kelly (Cutter), and Tika Sumpter (Layla).

Drinks, karaoke, and sharing memories and hugs were the order of the day.

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One photo that also touched are heart was that of Kristen Alderson with Trevor St. John, who for several years played her on-screen dad, Todd Manning, before being revealed to be Victor Lord Jr.

Does this photo with the group of Llanview’s finest make you want to see One Life resurrected once again? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Max
Max

It gives one hope of a OLTL revival, doesn’t it? Still one of all time favorite TV shows.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

From your lips to God’s ear.

christy
christy

and hopefully they’d skip over that dreadful storyline from the online version!

seeing trevor’s face there just reminded me of the beginning when he got loose from crazy allison and ran for his life, ended up in the hospital waiting room with the rest of the family and there was no reaction from any of them. guy was shot “dead” and suddenly reappears and absolutely no reaction? worst writing ever on that web version.

glad i get a bit of my oltl fix watching john easton and roger howarth on gh. oh, and james paveva and the gal who plays olivia used to be on one life too.

rebecca1
rebecca1

ugh; the online version was the absolute worst!!! there wasn’t one thing about it that I liked.

With that said, I always find it annoying that characters never seem to have a reaction when someone pops up after being presumed dead. After a few facial expressions and conversations, it’s done.

Remember the two Todds on ABC? Even then, when Roger came back, there was barely a reaction. And poor “Todd 2” LOL, Trevor St. John. Vicky, Blair; they all just tossed him out as if they hadn’t loved him for the last few years. Worse treatment (or at least comparable) to Drew when Jason came back. I think the only person that stayed loyal to Todd 2 ie “Victor” was Tea.

As for James DePaiva, his acting was so much more enjoyable to watch on OLTL as Max Holden. I don’t like the way he’s playing this Dr. on GH. His voice, his manner; annoys me.

Celia
Celia

Yeeeesss!!

Lisa
Lisa

My most favorite Day time Drama – EVER !
It would be grand if it could be revived,sadly I don’t think that will happen.
I’d be very happy with a one-off or stand alone (those seem to be popular),episode.
Or perhaps a 3-part arc of “where are they now” ?
Miss these people !

Marsha Hubel
Marsha Hubel

YES!!!!!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I was sad when the show was cancelled. Still holding out hope for General Hospital to bring the 2 actors they have employed (Roger Howarth and Michael Easton) back to their former OLTL characters now that ABC won back the rights to the show and it’s characters. The characters these actors play on the show now are ok but not as exciting as they were when they played Todd and John.

Jimh
Jimh

Yes…rather have John and Todd-bored with their current characters…we never found out who was watching Starr after her accident??????

Jacob
Jacob

I always assumed it was Cole … I’m sure Ron would have gone in that direction had the characters remained on the show.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t think playing those characters would be the same on a different show. For example: I loved “Nora Buchanan” but on GH she does nothing for me. The character seems different, she’s out of her element without Bo and friends, etc. I love Roger as Franco. I can’t see where Todd would fit in on GH without Blair, Vicki, Starr, etc. Same for McBain. No Natalie? No Bo? Would rather remember them as they were… 🙂

Reed
Reed

Hey Rebecca, replying here because I couldn’t above re: James DePaiva’s creepy turn as Dr. Bensch…although he may be hitting the mark if they’re trying to “Weinstein him,” as he takes just a little too much interest in mentoring young Kiki. And if I may be permitted a creepy moment of my own, what was the bigger disaster, the earthquake itself or that dress they had Kiki in for the wedding? No great loss to the wardrobe department or actress if that got ruined during the shooting of those scenes! Yikes, that was hideous, and only Haley’s incomparable beauty could salvage that wardrobe blunder.

Nancy Hirsch
Nancy Hirsch

It is amazing that so many people still actively miss OLTL, as I do. No soap can compare with the excellent family storytelling that OLTL delivered. It would be wonderful to see it again but truthfully it would never be the same.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I loved OLTL too, moreso in its earlty and midlife, before storytelling got too wacky and contrived. Any revival would not be the same, that is true.

jimbo
jimbo

I watched OLTL back when it was a half-an-hour, black-and-white and came on right before “Dark Shadows.” When it ended, I tossed my set. If they’d bring it back — even for a few episodes now and then — I’d go out and buy a TV.

Sassy Duck
Sassy Duck

jimbo. I remember that time, as well. I was teaching school and got home just in time for OLTL and then Dark Shadows. What fun times they were. Dark Shadows was so campy, but I loved it. From time to time, you would actually see the shadow of the mic boom on the screen. But, I loved the characters. That was back in 1970, for me. Was sorry to see it go off the air.

OLTL became one of my favorites. The characters and storylines always kept me riveted to the screen. Unlike you, I didn’t get rid of my TV, but my watching habits diminished. considerably. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

Robin from East TN
Robin from East TN

I sure do miss OLTL, and all the characters. I almost did not recognize Trevor St. John with those glasses in the first photo I looked at, I really did love that show, and was so sad when it ended. Hope all is doing well.
xoxoxoxoxo Everyone looks great!
Robin

Emtk
Emtk

I have never stopped missing this show. Please bring back OLTL!

jaybird369
jaybird369

I look at it like this: IF and WHEN a OLTL revival does happen, don’t let that DIRTBAG Brian Frons get anywhere near it.

Just saying……….

Margo
Margo

Brian Frons was fired not long after he executed OLTL and AMC.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Margo…true. B-u-t…as far as I’m concerned, that man is capable of anything negative or self-destructive. Yikes.

Take care.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

So wonderful to see these talented people again. I miss One Life to Live everyday. The finest daytime drama with the finest cast ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Terri Skarzynski
Terri Skarzynski

I completely agree it was the most consistently fun, heartfelt, and wonderfully acted soap I miss it !!!!!!

Celia
Celia

Yes, Terri….It was also the only soap which gave great storylines to teens–Starr, Danielle, Langston, Jack etc…..and the much younger crowd…..

Trish
Trish

OLTL was a truly great show, but don’t most of those people have other jobs now? How much of the cast is left to repopulate Llanview?

rebecca1
rebecca1

I doubt it’ll ever come back. I think they just had a “reunion.”

terry wexler
terry wexler

I truly hope that oltl could come back ! Ending the story of Victor and Todd so abruptly when it would have been fabulous back and
Forth between the two “Todd’s” getting along with the family and finally giving Vicki some brotherly love. I miss the whole. Crew. Great cast good acting!

terry wexler
terry wexler

I miss the show a lot. WAtched from beginning. And juswhen you had the two “Todd’s”
Victor and Todd together the story ended just giving us a taste of brillance and deprived us of Vicki signing in desperation over the Todd’s behaviors! Miss Blair and her love hate with Todd. And start and her love for her dad’s

Jacob
Jacob

OLTL was always that show that was on between AMC and GH but I grew to love it over the years as its own thing. I watched in the Marco Dane/Karen Wolek years. So good. The trip to Heaven was just about the best thing I’ve ever seen soaps do. I loved all the Max and Luna and Marty and Todd and Nora and Bo stuff in the 90s and loved when they had theme songs for everyone. The AIDS Quilt stories is one of the best the show has ever done. The show lost me for awhile in the 2000s when they kept killing characters in endless serial killer stories by Dena Higley.Gabrielle in a toilet? Just no. But I returned when Ron started writing because I had to see for myself that Todd had returned with a new face and was falling in love with an amnesiac Marty. Those last few years were magic even if Ron occasionally went overboard (sigh, poor Marty). And the ending was perfect. Some amazing writing. I followed the characters to GH and although killing off Cole and Starrs daughter (although I don’t think either of them were meant to be really gone forever) and LOVED when they started tying both shows together via Alcazar/Tea’s brother…. sad when they suddenly all had to leave.

I was luke warm to the online version although I watched it all to the end and laughed/cheered at the Clint in the hospital scene with the cliffhanger….

I guess I’m a fan through and through and would love to see more….. Ron’s writing just became too awful on GH for me to continue but I rejoined the soap when Nora showed up a year ago. I’ve stayed with it and enjoyed Olivia telling Nora to ‘say hello’ to her cowboy thus suggesting that Olivia and Alex were one and the same (and giving Ron’s earlier idea a bit more legs).

I don’t see OLTL returning but it would be great to have some former OLTL characters come through Port Charles on occasion so that we could see what they’re up to and interact with GH characters. There are some natural connections and I think would pull lapsed fans back to the daytime habit. Plus, maybe it could act as a sort of back door pilot to see just how viable the characters and storylines still are. I suppose that’s all a pipe dream but no harm in dreaming. 🙂

Reed
Reed

Jacob, well said. And GH was so lucky to have Gerald Anthony’s Marco for as long as we did. He left us way too soon, but what a talent! He and Jane Elliot were such a comedic force. And as for OLTL (or AMC) returning, you make a good point about a “back door pilot” to test the waters. While I wouldn’t want to dilute GH in an attempt to relaunch one or both shows, organically weaving characters into the GH canvas makes sense. Giving us someone we already know and identify with is a much easier sell with greater upside (bringing viewers back) than foisting new characters on us. Looking at total viewers for the four remaining shows through YTD 2/23, you have better than 13.3m tuning in each week, down only 61.6k or .0046% vs. prior year levels, so you have a very stable audience—something we already know, daytime viewers are a fiercely loyal bunch—so, the support for a reboot is there but the clock is ticking on this, you can’t wait 21 years to resurrect a show `a la Roseanne. You would think that the dearth of creativity in Hollywood that is behind so many reboots (can’t come up with any new ideas) would be positive for a franchise such as a soap. Just plug it back into the television schedule and watch it go! Instant audience.

ABC: you fought hard in court to regain the rights to both shows, so why not use your intellectual property?

Jacob
Jacob

Thanks, Reed. Yes, organically! Nora’s appearance was great – they could have used a day player lawyer, but they made a great choice to cast a known character even if we unfortunately didn’t get any crumbs as to anyone around her (Bo, for example). I always thought Crimson and Enchantment would be natural partners (Kendall comes to Port Charles for a few days to close a business deal). And yes, good point about the clock ticking. And GREAT point about all the reboots these days and how it seems a natural thing to then extend that to a soap. For me, I have no understanding why the networks don’t package ‘best of’ dvds or create a channel where fans can pay a nominal amount to watch entire runs of these shows. The content is there, why not take advantage of it? OK so I’m probably not going to watch 14, 000 episodes of GH, but I would probably want to revisit some of the story arcs again. For example, in the days of VHS, my sister managed to string together all of Laura’s appearances as she lurked around Port Charles. It was FOUR HOURS of that Cristopher Cross song and Laura looking pensive around a corner…. Create the Robin/Stone story, or the whole Ice Princess thing. The possibilities are endless. And while I don’t think this is a million dollar idea, there are, as you say, 13.3 million of us right now. Can you imagine how many others are out there who would love to see a compilation of Erica Kane’s weddings? All of this is to say that the networks sit on this material and never really make use of it in any real way and it has always been a head scratcher for me why they don’t take advantage of it. I guess they don’t respect soap fans for some reason (do they really still believe that soap fans are mostly bored housewives who have the show on while they wash the dishes waiting for hubby to come home???) but when the execs whine that the shows cost a lot, I would like to counter with ‘you’re sitting on a goldmine and you don’t even realize it”. Because, Reed, as we both know, soap fans are incredibly loyal consumers. You’d think the networks would figure that out after 55 years! 🙂

rebecca1
rebecca1

Funny; I didn’t enjoy Nora’s spot on GH at all. I was looking forward to it; one of my favorite characters on OLTL. But as I said in a comment above on this page, the individual characters out of their “element” without any of the other characters just loses something for me. It was the “relationships” I enjoyed. I loved the Buchanan’s. I loved Vicky, Clint, Bo, Natalie, Jessica, Renee, Asa, etc…I loved Bo and Nora. Todd and Blair and/or Tea.

I will admit when I first heard three OLTL characters were coming over to GH after OLTL was canceled I was thrilled! After feeling the blow of losing a fictional world and people I’d come to know for so many years and having them RIPPED from my life LOL…so dumb it’s pathetic to feel that way…but I was elated to know they’d live on.

Now? Don’t know. Not unless they were able to bring a lot of them over; maybe make it a neighboring town where we they get to pop on over to their neighbors in Port Charles.

Reed
Reed

Jacob, I’m with you on all fronts. ABC was such a champion of the genre, even devoting an entire network to it via the former SOAPnet, which may have been ahead of its time, given the present-day reboot/nostalgia craze (i.e. the dearth of creativity we now find ourselves in). A re-launch as a true `a la carte offering or streaming channel would probably be more viable today, given our viewing habits, platforms, and propensity for binging. The thought of those endless hours of entertainment just waiting to be mined and why the networks can’t figure out a way to monetize and leverage it is beyond my comprehension. There’s so much underwhelming content out there with channels lacking any identity or purpose and yet you have an entire genre that generations of people grew up watching (and in some cases listening to) and these media companies can’t find an outlet to allow these shows to be enjoyed again? I remember catching The Edge of Night reruns on the USA Network, run back to back with Search for Tomorrow, during the fledgling days of that network. Heck, stick them on at odd hours of the day, my DVR can handle it! But alas, there doesn’t appear to be any desire by the networks to reinvigorate the format, let alone let it live again in repeats or on-demand episodes, so the virtual treasure trove of content will languish at the networks as non-performing assets. Such a shame! I guess I’ll have to scour the internet like everyone else for my fix of the good old days of when daytime thrived.

Like you, I’ll continue to do my part to support GH and maybe I’ll consider adding Days, but I’d much rather make room in my schedule for another ABC soap! Here’s hoping!

JLH
JLH

Awesome reunion! I’ll never forget OLTL. Still watch old episodes on a weekly basis.

Louise
Louise

Absolutely

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