The real supstar at One Life To Live has a first return airdate of May 2, only he won't be seen onscreen. Head Writer Ron Carlivati's return to the helm of the soap has been arguably the most sought after return in soaps during the last few months. Pre-Strike OLTL was the most buzzed about-if-not-watched soap soap in the industry, thanks to Carlivati's Herculean efforts to re-focus the show on its core characters and history. Soap Opera Weekly's OLTL Editor Gabrielle Winkel interviewed the scribe for the magazine's current issue. Here are some highlights:
Clint/Nora/Bo/Lindsay/RJ: Carlivati tells Winkel he doesn't want to lose sight of Clint and Nora's relationship and reveals that Lindsay's growing feelings for Bo will be once again complicated by RJ. Good to know Timothy D. Stickney (RJ) is going to finally be put to good use now that Carlivati is back. Now if he can just write in a role for Passions' Tracey Ross (Eve) that pairs her with badboy RJ!
Jared and Natalie: Carlivati loves this pairing, as do I. I think Jared and Natalie have supercouple written all over them. For the first time-ever I am able to stomach Natalie and don't want to see her bansished to Eterna for good and that's all thanks to Melissa Archer's amazing chemistry with John Brotherton who plays Jared.
The return of David Vickers: The writer plays his cards close to the vest with this top secret return, but he does share that Vickers and his portrayer Tuc Watkins are back for awhile and that David will be taking a "big step forward". Hmmm, into the bosom of the Buchanan family perhaps?
Ramsey: Thankfully Carlivati seems to realize how cartoonish this villain is becoming. He even envokes a name that sends shivers down the spines of OLTL fans everyhwere. No, not Santi, the other one-Spencer. As in Spencer Truman, the Stefano-esque mega villain who basically became responsible for every ill-happening in Llanview from Todd's missing baby to a drop in advertising revenue for Craze. Okay, I'm exaggerating, but you get the drift. Carlivati alludes OLTL will begin to better utilize the brilliant Hunt Block by seeing what makes Ramsey tick.
Antonio/Talia/John: Look for Angry Antonio to confront his nasty co-cops for their trifling right-under-his nose affair, according to Carlivati. Rumors had the John/Talia pairing as part of a plot to trap Ramsey, but I'm not so sure how this will turn out. All I can say is I hope John is ejected from this once promising couple's orbit ASAP.
Gigi/Rex/Bitchy Bangs: Sigh, why do boring soap characters have to become entertaining just before they leave the show? It happened the first time Austin Peck left Days and his Austin ripped Sami a new one in Vegas and it happened again in the months before Shawn and Belle left that NBC show. For the first time since the character's debut , I am LOVING Adriana aka Bitchy Bangs (click here to find out how you can listen to the most recent knee slapping Daytime Confidential ABC podcast where this term was coined), and the character is set to leave the show soon! Grrr! Why couldn't someone have thought to bitch up this character and her hair months ago? Carlivati loves Adriana getting in touch with her inner Dorian too and promises her wedding to Rex will be Must See Soap!
Todd and Co.: Controversial teen couple Cole and Starr will make a run for it next week and Blair will get her spunk back, says Carlivati. Also look for more bonding between Dorian and her foster daughter Langston. While I love the dysfunctional melodrama Starr's relationship with Cole causes her family, the couple is a snorefest for me. I really hope Cole proves to be the Frankie Brady to the far-more interesting Starr's Jennifer Horton. Kristen Alderson cannot be saddled with this pairing much longer and Brandon Buddy's Cole actually comes alive in scenes with Langston. Maybe it's time for the teens to play couples swap?
Nash/Jessica/Sarah/Cris: We all know poor Nash and his portrayer Forbes March will be a goner this May, which really bites. I loved Nash and Tess and hate how the character became a eunuch when Jessica was integrated. It would have been so much better if the sexsational Tess persona had remained the primary personality and that wimpy Jessica had been the alternate, but oh well, that ain't how this particular cookie crumbled. Carlivati does reveal that he's putting a stop to all the Nash/Sarah flirting nonsense though, which is a relief.
Miles: Carlivati says he originally planned to tie Miles into Allison's shenanigans at the Go Red Ball, but those wascally scabs re-wrote his stuff! A curse on you scabs! Allison's DVD was all set to rock Llanview to it's core (All the way to Eterna? Okay, that's my second mention of the underground city, sorry.) but TPTB changed things. I bet old Ally Pants was going to reveal that Jessica was really a bio-Buchanan. Here's hoping Carlivati will now make that happen!
The McBains: Look for love to re-blossom for this couple during May Sweeps when they celebrate their anniversary. I have to say I've never been a big Michael and Marcie fan. Probably because I never, ever, ever bought the former Michael as (snort) a brilliant doctor, so I could never really invest in the character or the coupe. But as with Cole and Starr, I LURVE the female half of the pairing. Kathy Brier is AMAZING. I say let old Mikey get hit by a Wells Fargo truck and pair Marcie with the new character Kevin Spirtas is set to play.
Dorian: Dor Dor's takeover attempt of ex-lover Clint's family business will come to a head at a BE shareholder's meeting during the second half of May Sweeps, says Carlivati. Now if there is any storyline in daytime that has my interest peaked it's this one! I know a lot of soap critcs pooh on corporate intrigue, but it is one of my favorite soapy staples. I have loved each and every one of the 50 gazillion takeover attempts of such soap corporations as Another World's Cory Publishing, Santa Barbara's Capwell Enterprises and Y&R's Jabot, so by telling a story set in BE's boardroom, the show has this fan hooked. All in all it looks like OLTL fans are in for a rip-roaring, well-written ride for the first time in months. Welcome home Mr. C, welcome home!