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Is ABC Daytime Copying Old Proctor & Gamble Soaps?

Watching the ABC daytime lineup lately has been a little déjà vu for this old time soap viewer. Perhaps “copying” is too strong a term. Maybe “homage” would be a better word or, perhaps, “sticky fingers.” On the other hand, the stories in question here are different from either classic soap opera tropes (boy/girl-meets-hates-falls-in-love-with-girl/boy stuff) or classic soap cliches (supervillain-returns-from-the-dead-with-an-evil-twin shenanigans) because of their very specificity.

All three of the ABC’s daytime dramas currently are airing stories or arcs that have been a little too close to the mark of several cancelled Proctor & Gamble shows, begging the question “Does Brian Frons really admire those old, now defunct serials as much as he loves pilfering CBS soap stars?” Let us count the ways: READ MORE

Starr X'd Lovers No More? Who Should Starr be With on OLTL?

One Life to Live’s Starr (Kristen Alderson) and Cole (Brandon Buddy) have gone through so much in their tortured, young lives. More often than not the biggest threat to their teenage love affair hasn't been the seductive allure of an interloper,  it's been Starr’s father, Todd Manning (Trevor St. John).

 Neither Starr’s school-girl crush on Schuyler Joplin (Scott Clifton) or Hannah’s (Meghann Fahy) psychotic infatuation with Cole has been a match for this "Starr X'd Love". That could be about to change.

For the first time in recent memory, OLTL appears to be investing in a viable threat to Starr and Cole's love story, James Ford (Nicholas Robuck).  What do you guys thinK?

Should Starr be with Cole or James?

First Look: Nicholas Robuck as James Ford on OLTL

Here's a peek at James Ford (Nicholas Robuck), the newest hottie to hit Llanview. Apparently it's all in the jeans genes as both Ford men are positively yummy to look at. Will James be as big of a jerk as his older brother Robert Ford (David Gregory)? 

James comes to town as his brother is clinging to life in the ICU, but with a story of his own and it's not one of hearts and flowers. Like I said, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. James isn't in town for long before he needs to get away from a mystery man passing his picture around the hospital and besides his brother, one of his first encounters is with Starr (Kristen Alderson). Look for James to be a thorn in Cole Thornhart's (Brandon Buddy) side and for him to live up to the Ford Family image as James pulls Starr into his sticky situation.

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