John-Paul Lavoisier

Game On!

Jennifer, Colin, & Lindsay
Every once in a while a soap produces a story arc that renews one's faith in the genre.

One Life to Live's "Who Wants to Be Shane Morasco's Father?" may have been a stunt but they were also episodes that managed to do right just about everything the 40th anniversary episodes got wrong.

In the bargain, they did everything the anniversary episodes did right just a few notches better. I know this kind of thing is not everyone's cup of tea, but I'll take this little detour the way Star Trek's Captain Picard likes his Earl Grey: Hot!

Borrowing the Who Wants to be a Millionaire? set, OLTL took what was rapidly becoming a hoary cliche — the near death out of body experience — and instantly breathed new life into it. While Viki's latest visit to "heaven" here and the shared Chris/Allison/Aaron Fellini-esque versions on As the World Turns were done very well, the staging and production of Rex's game show experience lent the entire sequence an air of immediacy that a cheesy in-house set would have been unable to accomplish. READ MORE

OLTL's Scenery Diet

Grumblings about post-40th anniversary writing on One Life to Live have been growing recently. Even Ron Carlivati's biggest fans and cheerleaders are scratching their heads about a perceived drop in quality, including some like our friend Nelson Branco and TV Guide's Michael Logan. Personally, I'm not 100% on board with that specific criticism. I think the day to day writing is pretty much OK and very entertaining, with some glaring missteps in plotting. Unfortunately, Carlivati has developed a tendency to Guza-fy it up a bit with endless repetition of some themes ("Who's your daddy?" indeed) and his Paul Rauch-era 80's fetish does get a bit tiring. But that's not my biggest gripe.

Why in Sam Hill are so many actors chewing scenery as if it were part of an all you can eat Red Lobster buffet? Seriously, ever since the 40th anniversary and the end of the Writers' Strike, every episode seems to have at least two or three actors who floated in on a lifeboat from the good ship SS Passions and docked in Llanview Harbor. But here is the thing: I don't really fault the actors. Bear with me and I'll tell you why. READ MORE

ABC Promo: Jaw, Meet Floor

Jaw, meet floor. ABC actually did a TV promo that included soap stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital that wasn't daytime specific. In the spot, promoting the entire ABC lineup, All My Children's Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, and Rebecca Budig, One Life to Live's Farah Fath and John-Paul Lavoisier and General Hospital's Maurice Bernard and Steve Burton all appear among other ABC stars including the ladies of Desperate Housewives, America Ferrera, Boston Legal's William Shatner and James Spader, and the cast of Grey's Anatomy, among others.

Five to Watch

New York Magazine has a new article called Five to Watch, Rinse and Repeat which features five, under 30, daytime stars to watch. Which five stars made the list you ask? The lucky five are Guiding Light's Marcy Rylan and Caitlin Van Zandt, As the World Turns' Van Hansis and One Life to Live's Kristin Alderson and John-Paul Lavoisier.

Thanks to MarkDutchViewer for the tip!

Which of these five do you tune in for every day to watch?