One Life to Live Ain’t Dead Yet!




As the rest of the world starts to catch up to what I have been reporting for months now, I want to take this time to tell people not to stop watching One Life to Live just because you think it’s over. Yes, according to numerous sources, One Life to Live came thisclose to getting cancelled this year, and  yes, those same sources are saying the soap will be in danger again next year, and yes, ABC is reportedly developing talk show projects for their daytime lineup, including the Aisha Tyler project— as first hinted at by The Hollywood Reporter but  Dorian Lord hasn’t pulled her last diva fit just yet!

We all know how the nonsoap press likes to jump on bandwagons, and the LAST thing this industry needs is The Huffington Post, Yahoo News, or AOL accepting One Life‘s fate as something set in stone, just because Perez is talking about it!  All this will do is HELP Brian Frons cancel the soap much easier!  A lot can happen in a year, hell a lot can happen in six months. Gloria Monty and Douglas Marland saved General Hospital in that amount of time, and my money is on Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati doing the same.
 
Whatever you do KEEP WATCHING ONE LIFE TO LIVE!!! If you’ve never watched, but you claim to love this genre and don’t want to see it go the way of the Dodo Bird or Carnie Wilson‘s career, then tune in. Tell your friends and your family members who used to watch with with you, that they need to start watching again. Get them hooked. Talk about it at your jobs around the watercooler. Get out there on message boards, on Twitter and Tooter and all the rest! Start Facebook groups. SPREAD THE WORD! Get over your issues about this couple or that couple not being together, and put your soap opera fandom where your remote is. If a soap that many critics and fans alike feel is the best one we have still on the air can be cancelled, then this industry really is shot to hell. We can’t lose One Life to Live without a fight.

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  1. Profile photo of siomonstuart2003
    siomonstuart2003

    Jamey, I am watching and hoping for a miracle that OLTL can still survive for the next year, but if the do get the boot, hope not, can they look for other avenues to air the show like cable or did what Passions did?

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    BigDede

    I got my mom watching it. She use to watch GL so she knew who Greg was and when I told her Black people were on the show she started watching. The only thing is she hates Stacy. But it’s because she hated her on GL and she thinks her nose looks funny.

    The chick who plays Tea will be in a movie called The Ministers. Maybe this will also bring some buzz to OLTL.

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    KeiraNY

    The only reason I would stop watching OLTL is if it goes off the air. Otherwise I’m tuning in. It’s the BEST show right now on ABC, period! It’s as obvious as the nose on Brian Frons’s face!

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    kitty

    The audience is the customer. Their job is to make US happy. I do not watch a show to make an actor or TIIC happy. If those in power (which includes soap press and TIIC) want to keep their jobs and save the genre, how about giving the fans what we want, how about holding those who make bad decisions accountable. RC said recently that sometimes the audience doesn’t react like they should to a storyline…WRONG…sometime you Ron don’t write good stories. I will not watch a show just to help save a genre. I watch a soap for entertainment and for payoff. Fans have been saying for years what they want, and the arrogant IIC ignore the fans. Just like I won’t buy a product that does nothing for me, I won’t watch a show that doesn’t entertain me.

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    Smitty

    Well stated Jamey!

    As I have stated I am a CBS soaps fan since birth with a couple affairs with DAYS & AMC. LOL!! Jillian and the DC crew convinced me to give OLTL a try and I am HOOKED! It’s only been a month and I love that show. I would advice all those who want to see a good soap to try out OLTL. You won’t regret it!

    Watch OLTL and spread the word on your twitter accounts! We have to keep this show on the air.

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    goyankees

    I’m telling ya….cut the fat from this show, starting with Crystal Hunt. AGAIN – -Two people WITH talent get the axe (Chris Stack/ Marcie Brier) and this “actress” remains….

    With Fronz at the Helm, I do not have one iota of faith….

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    Jamey Giddens

    The audience is the customer. Their job is to make US happy. I do not watch a show to make an actor or TIIC happy. If those in power (which includes soap press and TIIC) want to keep their jobs and save the genre, how about giving the fans what we want, how about holding those who make bad decisions accountable. RC said recently that sometimes the audience doesn’t react like they should to a storyline…WRONG…sometime you Ron don’t write good stories. I will not watch a show just to help save a genre. I watch a soap for entertainment and for payoff. Fans have been saying for years what they want, and the arrogant IIC ignore the fans. Just like I won’t buy a product that does nothing for me, I won’t watch a show that doesn’t entertain me.
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    And I can respect that, but obviously you love soaps, or you wouldn’t take the time ot register on a soap site to comment about how angry they make you. I’m not just talking about OLTL, I am talking about all of them. If you love them, you better get over your issues and watch, so that the ratings will stabilize and the genre can live to see another day. Writers and producers come and go, but we are in the end of days. If people don’t start watching these shows and soon, they will all be off the air in two years…

     
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    THEBEST

    Watch, guys! I’m gonna post a status message about OLTL every day if I can. I’m even slowly getting over my hate for GH just because I don’t want to see it go. AMC…I need a little more time with that. LOL

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    siomonstuart2003

    I was hesitance about the a s/l that Ron was doing with Dorian pretending to be a lesbian to get the G&L vote and I thought that it was going to be a joke about gay marriage, but I glad that Ron is taking risks and doing something different instead of the same old same old and trying to get ratings and buzz for the show.

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    season1217

    Well written stories will attract new fans, not bringing back former fan faves from 10 years ago (JJ, I am looking at you).

    And JJ’s looking right back at you with a check in his hand.:P I agree that in order for a television show to be successful it has to please the viewer to a certain extent but I don’t see soaps being completely just a product. This isn’t laundry detergent. It’s an ART form. I don’t think that any artist (writer, director, actor, etc.) needs to cater solely to the audience. It’s foolish to shut your eyes and plug your ears and not listen to the people that make it possible to keep your show on the air but it’s just as foolish to be a slave to them.

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    soapster

    I tried to get two of my friends to watch OLTL monday and after 15 minutes of Todd’s wedding and Blair’s antics they laughed in my face and pop in a dvd. Maybe it is not up to the fans to save the genre the genre should be capable of saving itself.

    As much as the press and die hard fans love OLTL the truth is OLTL can’t compete with the other non-soaps shows out there, they need to not just be better than other soaps but at least be as good as primetime and cable and they aren’t.

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    RCLGuard

    I always post the weekly soap previews from DC to my facebook status. I’ve gotten people in my office to tune into a few soaps for a day or a2 a week.

    What really pisses me off is SOAPNET. What a useless bunch of idiots. They couldn’t do less to try and save the genre. Why couldn’t they pick up Passions or Guiding Light? I know, cost, cost, cost. But come on, they need to stop running reruns of Ryan’s Hope and 90210 and put their money where it counts. They could’ve turned Passions or Guiding Light into a one-hour/once-a-week show. But instead they gave us that stupid ice hockey disaster. Didn’t their ratings go up with GH:Night Shift?

    Who’s running that idiotic channel? Sheesh

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    season1217

    … they have to realize that they have to be aware of what the majority of their fans wants. I am tired of hearing that this actor wanted to work with this person or wanted something different. Want something different, go do an outside project. There are too many options out there to expect fans to tune in every day with little to no payoff.

    I couldn’t agree more.

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    keanna

    It’s too bad that these soaps aren’t on On Demand, have them on for about a week or two, and give people a chance to watch them and catch, we wouldn’t be seeing this.

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    angrierblackerman

    Since we use this horribly inaccurate system of Nielsen ratings, I’m afraid that people just watching won’t be enough.

    the RIGHT people need to be watching, i.e. the people with the Nielsen boxes on their TVs, the local people meters, and the diaries to record what they watch.

    Nielsen is the most flawed system for recording and documenting our viewing habits. It’s a shame it is all we have now. If anything, situations like these call attention to the fact that we MUST develop new way of measuring our habits.

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    Crustee

    I have been watching this soap on DC recommedation. I used to watch it in college and for a few years after that. IA this show is wonderfully written with a very solid cast. Flove the actress who plays Tea and some of the vets (Some were around the last time I watched)

    I would like to ask DC to please start some sort of campaign for ATWT as well. I know the writing is not that great (really lousy)–but what a history and a fabulous cast of actors!

    WE need to get CG and JP out and save this show!

    PS-Also must have the Who Killed Meg Murder Mystery

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    east.west

    I have always been a strong fan/apologist for this show since Ron. C. has taken over as HW and I will be w/this show as long as that team is there till the end, but it is a sad and telling day were a piece of garbage show is chosen to be moved to a different coast in order to be saved where a show that is doing everything by the book, w/a couple of flaws like most soaps have is the one the network will cancel first.

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    Peacebear

    The problem I have with OLTL is they keep adding new younger people when there are so many great vets on the show that should get more airtime. I watched for over 25 years and was so mad when they killed Gabrielle off and wrote Max off the show.

    You watch a show for the characters and story. There is so much history that should be brought back to the show. I still have hope for the show, and wish it many more lives to live.

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    weezny

    Love this show. They use the vets in major storylines more than any other ABC soaps (and look at the list of people coming back!) and they have SO many stories going on that it’s impossible not to like a few of them (just as it’s impossible to like all of them — on this or any show).

    There are some storylines/characters/actors I cannot stand, but in terms of overall quality it’s far and away the best one out there. And you can’t make everyone happy. They’re definitely giving THIS fan what she wants! I’ve been watching it for almost 25 years and this is one of the best years I’ve seen. But even in its lowest years, I’d never say, “They deserve it, let it get canceled,” because I know it’ll cycle back around. And if this one gets canceled before a certain show in the timeslot prior, it’ll be senseless. Of course I don’t want ANY more soaps canceled!

    All the shows need to get some seriously creative marketing people in there. Entertainment has changed, you can’t just advertise soaps the way you used to and expect viewers to turn up for a juicy storyline, it’s not that simple.

    I for one have recruited one new viewer (and on some days I’m pretty sure she loves it more than I do!) and talked one more into returning…. of course neither have Nielsen boxes, so I can’t imagine I’ve done much good.

    What CAN we do?

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    Trudi

    Sorry for those who are so enjoying the show, but it has ceased to entertain me, so I will not continue to support it. Best of luck! I’m certainly not relishing it being canceled, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s horrible and not worth my time anymore.

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    kitty

    I watch the soaps that give me enjoyment. I do love the genre, but will not watch a show that spits in my face just so they can keep making bad decisions.I am not going to watch something that could care less about me. Instead of telling the fans to get over it, how about telling TPTB to get over their own wants and give the fans what they want. When soaps die, it is because of those in charge, not the fans who have been screaming for years for change. Well written stories will attract new fans, not bringing back former fan faves from 10 years ago (JJ, I am looking at you). Instead of kissing up to Frank and Ron, how about holding them accountable for their bad decisions, because saying how wonderful and brilliant they are isn’t going to save anything.

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    kitty

    You are right season 1217, soaps shouldn’t cater solely to the audeince, but they need to be aware of what the audience wants. This isn’t a play, it is a continuing drama, and in order to get the fans to tune in day after day, they have to realize that they have to be aware of what the majority of their fans wants. I am tired of hearing that this actor wanted to work with this person or wanted something different. Want something different, go do an outside project. There are too many options out there to expect fans to tune in every day with little to no payoff.

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