One Life to Live: Recommending to Friends?



Anyone who has listened to the Daytime Confidential podcast or read this blog knows, we're big fans of Ron Carlivati and Frank Valentini's amazing transformation of One Life to Live.

We've enjoyed One Life to Live so much we recommended that Karen over at Wubs.net begin watching and after some convincing she finally did. Two days ago I received this as part of an email from Karen. "I tell you what, I've gotten a TON OF people to watch OLTL!"

Then much to Tina and my surprise our own spoiler guru Regan admitted to us on IM that she had finally started watching One Life to Live after hearing us talk about how much we are enjoying it.

Marone Macaroni, a long time Daytime Confidential listener recently commented on the Nelson Branco Weighs In On BE Boardroom Reveal that  "I've just started watching OLTL, based on the consistently good comments it keeps getting on Daytime Confidential. So, I'm a new viewer, but IMO this show kicks butt."

UPDATE: ABC Daytime Confidential listener Jennie just posted this about One Life to Live in the TV Fan Online Forums.

"I want to thank the gang from the ABC podcast, you have all been talking about how great One Life to Live has been since Ron C. took over. And so after a 10 year break, I checked it out, right in time for Rex and Adriana's Wedding it was one of the best weddings in years. I added it to my PVR as a permanent recording. The last week has reminded me of the good old day's on General Hospital wasn't all about the mob. Dorian and the BE Takeover was some of the best writing and acting I have seen in years. General Hospital could take a lesson from OLTL corporate business can be even more exciting than the mob, bring back the Quartermaine's make them have to fight for their company and money! Thank-you all without your glowing praise I would have never seen this great show."

So here is my question. Have you been telling your soap watching or lapsed friends that they need to watch One Life to Live? If so, what has been there reaction after tuning in. Have the loved it, just enjoyed it, or hated it? Do you have a story you can share? We'd love to hear it.  


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I haven't been watching OLTL. Hell I stopped I think last year or so but with Tina coming back and the spumors of Carlo Hesser I might give it a try this weekend via SoapNet.

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i used to watch oltl back in the day and i've just recently started watching again (been catching up on youtube) and i must say that oltl is the best soap on right now and definitly worth tuning in to. Me and most of my friends would usually gather in one of our dorm rooms and watch general hospital, cuz even though it sucks we still have tune in for some reason lol(mainly to see spixie and whatever we get of liason nowadays). But to the point, i've gotten most of my friends to start watching oltl...the starr/cole s/l is what initially drew us in and then gigi came to the show and we were hooked, because we loved mimi on dool. But every single s/l on oltl is great right now and surprisingly i don't see myself FF through anything; well i still FF the christian/sarah scenes, but everything else is golden, unlike gh where i can usually get through an episode in 10 minutes or less. I'd give anyyyything to have oltl writers on gh for a day.

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22 August 2007
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Yes, I have drank the kool-aid. I used to watch OLTL ages ago.... well really not that long ago but long enough to need a little assistance from Tina, Luke and Danielle!

Watching it right now actually as Tina's return has me all giddy, yes, I said giddy. Tina is one of my all time favorite characters!

OLTL is really good... it's what a soap is supposed to be.

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Ah I told Melodie ( your Soap GL Blogger) To Watch it and She LOVES IT !!! I get facebook msg asking whos whos and what the deal and who she loves ! I feel like I am giving food to the needy with the response. I am so glad that I finally watched OLTL thanks to Jarlie because I adore it !

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ABC DAYTIME ROCKS!!!

I've told all my girls over at my American Idol 30 and over thread (A lot of them watched OLTL back in the day!)and they started watching it again a couple weeks ago! I've also plugged a banner on my myspace page (myspace.com/idoljunky32) to watch OLTL! OLTL IS THE BEST!

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I was exposed to OLTL from a very young age, and never ever in the 10 years i have been watching has it been so good, I loved watching Dorian in her big hat being her vindictive self. Their is no doubt about it OLTL is the best show on TV right now Primetime or Daytime, Now ABC should advertise it in Primetime and bring soap ratings back!

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Jammy is right, I LOVE OLTL! I started watching the week before Dorian took over BE. I sure picked a good time to watch. Where I live OLTL comes on right before GL and let me tell you the difference between the shows is not even funny. OLTL is what a soap should be. It's a soap done right and I love every minute of it.

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I have watched on and off since March and stated to get into it. I was not happy with the wedding and the shareholders meeting, I thought it was way to overdone and could not connect with the wedding at all. I thought it was highly unrealistic and cliche. I was pretty low on the show to be honest and thought it was campy and melodramatic. Nash's death scene was something out of GL, a huge let down and a joke. I don't believe for a minute that he was pushed up in the air and propelled over a sheet rock edge. But I must say, after watching this weeks episodes I am happy again. I enjoyed the scenes between Rex and Adrianna deciding to separate a lot. I must say, I don't like how they compose overly dramatic scenes. The direction of actors is more like a play than a television show, but the writing is pretty consistent. Not that anyone cares or is reading this but B&B is my number one show and this is slowly making my lists of must watch.

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i know everyone is singing oltl praises but i just don't see it and the few friends that i have gotten to sit and watch with me aren't jumping on the band wagon either. they thought the whole thing with nash the fight and his death was corny and too over the top.

i keep waiting for RJ to have a story since it seems every vet has something but him and poor layla she just isn't worth the trouble anymore i guess.

the show's lack of diversity and continuing shout out to the 80's is given me a newer viewer a headache. i know nothing of these past storylines or characters that they keep bringing on and i am tired of seeing reruns of dynasty on me screen but i have to admit it is better then it was before.

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I help moderate a GH board for what is now a former couple, and needless to say our viewership with GH has waned, but I've been singing the praises of OLTL and have gotten a few people to check it out. I'ts so nice to watch a show that actually makes me smile these days.

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Personally, I've focused my soap swaying firepower toward non-soap viewers, particularly those with preexisting criticisms of soaps. They fact that they happen to write for or be involved with mainstream media outlets (one of the big two weekly news magazines, a major record company label, a rather powerful acting agent) happens to be my underlying purpose. LOL

My goal: get them to give the soaps more positive press and book some big name guest stars, which will in turn get them more positive press and/or attract more big name guest stars and so on.

Let's just say my efforts have yielded some small results as I continue to wear down their resistance.

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This isn't meant as anything personal towards anyone but I find it interesting that the people who love B&B which is campy, cheesy, and excels at over the top dramatics and think its one of the best soaps on TV are the same people who seem to hate these same elements when they manifest themselves on One Life to Live.

I'm loving OLTL and greatly appreciate that they are mixing things up and adding touches of dimension to the show that hadn't existed in a long time. Using history and making nods towards daytime and primetime soap history. OLTL will never be B&B but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be able to try out elements and see if it can be incorporated into the show in some way or expiriment with other B&B type options. It's not like OLTL is trying to do comic book tie ins, changing on screen production models, being taken over by the mob, and relying on giant explosions.

Is it possible that we've pigeonholed certain soaps for certain things and if the show doesn't follow those expectations we don't like it when they try different things.

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12 February 2008
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I haven't really sung OLTL's praises, but that doesn't mean that I don't love the show. It's awesome! I was always a part time viewer, but after the last few months, it has become appointment TV for me. OLTL & Days get me excited every day because I know that there is going to be good soap to come. It is my mission to try and get people to take a visit to Llanview.

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BRONCOBETTY
I used to watch OLTL when it first started - way back when. But have always watched GH. Now I'm watching OLTL regularly and fast forward through most of GH. The writers on OLTL are doing exactly what soap fans like - lots of family drama, interesting characters, well organized stories and interaction. Too bad GH writers don't get it.

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I was an on and off viewer of OLTL for years but it just never held my attention. But after soo many recomendations by you guys to watch again, I must admit I'm impressed. It holds my attention now. I've been consistantly watching GH for over 10 years and nothing on the air recently has been getting me excited to watch like oltl has in just the last few weeks of watching. I wish GH writers would watch OLTL and learn a few things about how to write good storylines. It has by far some of the best writing on tv Daytime or Primetime. ABC should start promoting it during primetime and start putting it on their website. That goes for all its soaps. Thanks for turning me back on to OLTL!

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Luke wrote, This isn't meant as anything personal towards anyone but I find it interesting that the people who love B&B which is campy, cheesy, and excels at over the top dramatics and think its one of the best soaps on TV are the same people who seem to hate these same elements when they manifest themselves on One Life to Live.

I think this is fascinating, too, especially given OLTL's history as being one of the campiest soaps on the air back in the mid-80's. Lord Carlivati has returned OLTL to its roots as a multi-layered, character driven and plot intensive powerhouse. But he is clearly a fan of the show's most excessive era.

Mind you, the quote above has a caveat in that there is a persuasive argument that each soap theoretically has its own identity and what one can get away with on one show, one couldn't and shouldn't on another. In other words, it's the Passions versus Young & the Restless argument, which needs no further explanation. So I can see why some people would say that OLTL should not do camp, but that is based on what they perceive OLTL to be now without regard to it's long history.

All the storylines Carlivati is revisiting for the 40th anniversary -- Mendorra, Tina and the Iguza Falls, time travel (in the 80's, it was the Old West and now it will be Bo & Rex in 1968) -- really spring from a time when many long time fans of OLTL from the 70's criticized the show for straying badly and at times disastrously from its foundation as a class-based, multi-ethnic community drama. I would argue most of the fans who came to OLTL in the 80's generally have no clue about foundational families and characters like the working class Woleks, Carla and Ed Hall, or supercouple Tony Lord and Pat Kendall. OLTL was truly a character driven drama back then, and even the celebrated Karen Wolek prostitution story featuring Judith Light might have been lurid in plot, but was really underscored by psychological anguish on the part of all the characters involved.

In the 80's, Paul Rauch radically restructured the entire show. By the time Sarah was skiing down the Mendorran slopes in her wedding dress, Tina went barrelling over the Agrentian waterfalls, Viki was carvoting in hoop skirts in the Old West, and the Star Trek-like underground city of Eterna appeared (complete with Starfleet uniform rip offs), One Life to Live at the time was roundly criticized for having lost its soapy mind.

Having said all of that, the show was still entertaining and as a part of ABC's powerhouse lineup enjoyed healthy ratings attracting new viewers who never witnessed the OLTL of old. What amuses me is that what is regarded as "classic 80's" now (and not just on OLTL) often was roundly panned as excessive bombast back when these stories first aired.

Of course, I can't wait to see what Lord Carlivati has up his sleeve over the next few weeks! LOL
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"Lord Carlivati", what is this Star Wars? Next think I know I'll be hearing the Stars Wars theme music any time I read a post of yours....LMAO!!!

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Wow I thought we could express our opinions on here and not be corrected. I stand by what I said.

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Well said DS9Sisko!

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I flirted with "Vicomte Carvilati," but that would have led to "Baron Valentini" and "Baroness Slezak" and it would have been a little too over the top. By a hair.

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I actually had never watched OLTL in my life, and started watching clips on youtube a few weeks ago, because all of the websites I frequent speak so highly of Ron Carlivati's writing. And following the past few weeks -- Todd destroying the family he worked so hard for, Starr realizing she's not ready to be a mom, Dorian's takeover, Nash's death, and Tina and Marty's returns...I'm hooked!

I came to OLTL because it was so highly recommended to me, and I'm sticking with it at least until Carlivati leaves. It does everything that I wish GH would do -- builds up core families, honors past history (A one minute, Sonny-heavy montage for your 45th anniversary does not count!), revolves around a central character that is actually likeable and doesn't overshadow storylines. Moreover, the police are actually the good guys! And when people do something illegal, they face the consquences of their actions (see: Marcy being resinged to the fact that her actions with Tommy will prevent her from being able to adopt another child).

These are all things that GH fans have been clamoring for for *years*. And frankly, if there's another soap out there that's actually willing to listen to its fans and honor its history...it's only natural that that's the soap I'm going to want to watch.