One Live To Live: More 40th Anniversary News!


I’ve been thrilled with what I’m reading about One Life to Live’s HUGE 40th Anniversary celebration (Blast From The Past) so you can imagine how excited I was when my co-host (ABC Edition, Daytime Confidential Podcast), fellow DC staffer Tina sent me the latest tasty treat. 

Granted I will be devastated not to be able to see Jessica Tuck reprise her role as Viki Lord-Riley-Buchanon-Carpenter-Davidson’s deceased daughter Megan. ( I loved the time when they were showing her as the star of a soap opera that Bo was producing! Hopefully I’m recalling it correctly) This quote from TV Guide (you will want to read the whole thing, trust me) says; "This is not just a big disappointment for us Tuck-anistas, it’s a big headache for the show because her appearance was no mere cameo. OLTL head writer Ron Carlivati had wanted Megan to serve as a celestial guide for her mama Viki (Erika Slezak), who will visit the Great Beyond after dying in a car crash — a major two-day plot twist (airing July 21-22) that riffs on one of the soap’s most famous stories from the 1980s. (pictured with Joe Lando courtesy of abc.go.com)

The scenes shoot this coming Monday. The clock is ticking. What to do? Carlivati, who is quite the brain-stormer, quickly picked a different dead Megan to be Viki’s guide — that would be Megan’s namesake (and Viki’s granddaughter), baby Megan, who died by miscarriage in 1999 when her mom, Jessica, was the victim of a hit-and-run."

but… I love the innovative thinking which brings us the decision to cast ex-Jessica actress/singer Erin Torpey as baby Megan, Jessica’s miscarried daughter (fathered by Will Rappaport, Lindsay’s son) with a serious case of the SORAS.  The actress "Erin Torpey joined One Life to Live at the age of eight, playing Jessica Buchanan, who has grown into a smart young woman dealing with both love and loss. Miss Torpey’s portrayal of Jessica earned her Soap Opera Awards — for Outstanding Teen Performer in 1997 and Favorite Teen Star in 2000. She also received a 2000 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress." (bio & pic courtesy of ABC.COM)

Could this anniversary party be "the" celebration that fans felt robbed of this past April 1 when General Hospital’s momentous occasion was sluffed off with a poor montage that didn’t cover the half of it? It certainly looks like it is stacking up that way to me!
 
One starts to wonder if we might be able to expect that the courtesy and respect of history being employed by Carlivati and associates on One Life To Live might bode well for TPTB with All My Children and General Hopsital to follow suit? All My Children ceratinly appears to be making some positive changes behind the scenes that are coming across well to the fans. (Check out Katrina’s Eye On Soaps spot on "As Easy as ABC") I hope so. I so fervantly hope so!

Meanwhile its old home week as One Life pays it forward, giving the fans what we want in truckloads and reaping the benefits of droves of new viewers as evidenced by last weeks performance in The Neilson Ratings, anyway. Enjoy! I know I am!

8 Responses

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    elbugten

    Thanks for mentioning this and thanks for using a better pic of Erin Torpey than TVGuide.com did. Theirs was a bit scary.

    Yes, and I wondered about the SORASing of Baby Megan, too. IRL she’d be about 9 now. But I guess if we can accept that Viki went to Heaven, then we can accept that Baby Megan is now an adult, right? Or maybe miscarried babies end up in Heavan as their adult selves? Either way, belief will have to be suspended, but I’m game!

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    Belinda

    ROTFL. Well, this one is not as great as the pics at Erin’s official website but I didn’t get permission to use one of those yet, so this one will have to do. I think they must have cropped that pic of Erin a little too closely. I like the ironic twist of ex Jessica as this character. how unique and insipred!

    The Daytime Diva, Daytime Confidential~ ABC Edition, View from the Recliners Edge

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    SusieQ

    Yeah, I was bummed to hear Jessica Tuck couldn’t do it – but having Erin step in is a neat way of still repaying longtime viewers – so I’m in! I’m so excited about OLTL right now and can’t wait for all this awesome goodness in July!! I hope the ratings keep going up and up!!

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    gush900

    I miss erin torpey so much.But i love what bree williamson has done with the characther.It will be fun to see erin and erika back together for a moment

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    ABCJunky73

    ABC DAYTIME ROCKS!!!

    That stinks about Jessica Tuck :(! When ever she makes an apperance, it’s soo touching. It will be cool to see Erin again ;) ! It took me a while to get use to Bree, because I was an Erin Torpey fan, but Bree made Jessica her own. ;)

    TPTB is going to do another “Vicki Goes To Heaven” thing again :) ! Cool :P ! Let’s just hope Erika Slezak isn’t leaving the show! She is OLTL in my book. Besides, it’s always fun when Nikki comes out to play! LOL :P ;) !

    My only question is…. Is the actor who played Virgil still alive? :? He helped guide Vicki to heavan the first time ;) ! Or they could get that priest/angel from AMC to guide her too ;) !

    ABCJunky73 8)

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    Rockets GL

    I’m surprised Jessica Tuck can’t do the OLTL show since High School Musical 3 and OLTL are both Disney production. You would think that if they can cater Tuc Watkins (David) between OLTL & Desperate Housewives, they can do the same for OLTL. As far as Erin Torpey being casted as Baby Meg (SORAS version) is pretty weak and does not make any sense IMHO because people don’t grow older in “heaven.”

    I do believe Erin Torpey is the real Jessica and will always be. Bree Williamson is not a good actress to be playing Jessica because she bites more than she can chew. Her acting scenes with the aftermath of Nash’s death was horrible and cheesey, perhaps she should’ve followed Erika’s Viki lead in mourning/crying cues which would salvage Bree’s poor acting.

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