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One Life Celebrates No. 40 with Blasts from the Past

Erika Slezak by Donna Svennevik/ABC
Long before Passions came along, One Life to Live was daytime's wildest soap — especially back in the Reagan era, when Viki (Erika Slezak) had an out-of-body experience during brain surgery and wound up on a space ship to heaven. To celebrate the ABC soap's 40th anniversary next month, OLTL head writer Ron Carlivati will revisit that celestial 1987 plot by having Viki die — just momentarily, of course! — in a car crash.

"This time, heaven will be a very modern high-rise — Viki will go up the elevator floor by floor, encountering all sorts of dead characters along the way," said Carlivati. Among the former stars making angelic returns are Phil Carey (Asa), Mark Derwin (Ben), Stephen Markle (Mel) and Jessica Tuck (Megan). OLTL's legendary creator, Agnes Nixon, will also appear in heaven.

That's not all. Carlivati will redo the famous '80s plot where Tina (Andrea Evans) survived a plunge over the Iguazú Falls in Argentina, only this time, creepy Carlo (Thom Christopher) will force Tina to watch in horror as he sends her daughter Sarah (Justis Bolding) over a waterfall in Mendorra. Fan favorite John Loprieno will return as Tina's ex-hubby, Cord.

And remember the time Clint (Clint Ritchie) was knocked unconscious and time-traveled to the Wild West? Carlivati will riff on that plot, too. "Bo (Robert S. Woods) and Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier) are hit by lightning and wake up in 1968 — the same year OLTL hit the air," Carlivati says. The kicker: Bo has become his pop, Asa, and Rex has become the young Bo.

All three homages air July 21–22, but the Bo-Rex twist will play out for several weeks, maybe with dire consequences. Says Carlivati: "If they can't find their way back to the future, Rex will be drafted and sent to Vietnam." — Michael Logan

Posted by TV Guide News
Jun 11, 2008 1:22 PM
One Life To Live is one of the (few) good soaps on right now. I sometimes watch an episode twice because it's so good. Days in my opinion is the other good one right now.

There is no joy on GH - just darkness. Y&R is still trying to Un-Latham itself and get good again.
B&B is filling itself up w/ strangers and focusing too much on the Logans.
AMC is on its way to greatness but just switched its head-writing team again so who knows what that means.
ATWT is quickly becoming unwatchable (Holden and Carly? Are you kidding me?!) which really concerns me.
GL is trying things no one likes and the stories suck.
Passions is on its way out so we'll leave that one alone.
Did I miss anyone?

How fabulous with what OLTL has planned.
It's always a double bonus when a show is running on full throttle and they celebrate an anniversary. Happy 40th!
Posted by SharonTateFan4ever
Jun 11, 2008 2:09 PM
I watched OLTL for awhile in the 90s, so I might have to check the anniversary episodes out. However, I swore off soaps years ago, because they were all annoying me, and my life has been much better since. No more rushing to get home in time to see my show, no more annoyance at stupid plots or the umpteenth marriage for characters (Victor Newman is marrying someone who's young enough to have her mother [almost] played by Finola Hughes? Really?) I tried to return to Days for Steve and Kayla, but I just couldn't.
Posted by monkey65
Jun 11, 2008 2:22 PM
Sabrina isn't young enough to have Finola Hughes as a mom. She's older than Victoria, who's older than Nick, which should put her in her late-thirties (at the least). The thing with soaps is that once an actor is over 40, she/he has to accept that they'll be parents to kids 10 years younger than themselves because they're "old."
Posted by jaebianca
Jun 11, 2008 2:36 PM
I loved all of these stories when they originated. I can't wait to see them redone this way. Especially if it means seeing old faces again. I am a true blue Tina/Cord fan. They were the best together but only w/ Andrea. There is no other Tina in my opinion.
Posted by alk
Jun 11, 2008 2:52 PM
This story gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes. I started watching OLTL in the mid-80s, right when most of these stories took place. I am SO excited to see the ol' timers and relive the best stories ever. I will never forget Vicki in heaven. As a person of strong Christian faith, but who has always had a problem with the fire and brimstone version of hell that some believe in, I thought that OLTL actually captured afterlife perfectly, with everyone together, but the "bad" people in black and wearing chains and the "good" people in white. It made a huge impression on me.

Also, I "premiered" in the summer of '68, just three days after OLTL, so I think that has also given it a special place in my heart.
Posted by DblA31
Jun 11, 2008 2:59 PM
Think I may tune in again!
Posted by helenlawson
Jun 11, 2008 3:42 PM
SharonTateFan4ever, ITA with you!

I was always a faithful B&B and GH watcher, but those shows have become unwatchable for me (except when they feature the Jason/Liz storyline on GH). Thank God for OLTL, where the acting and storylines are so entertaining. Special kudos to Bree Williamson, whose portrayal of a newly grieving widow is so real, so powerful, and incredibly moving.
Posted by Noelle
Jun 11, 2008 4:05 PM
I returned to OLTL when Farah Fath joined the soap as Gigi and haven't missed an episode yet! The last time I watched the show regularly was the whole Todd raped Marty story..yeah a long time ago. It has an amazing cast, does a good job using characters of all ages, and Ron is probably the best head writer on soaps right now!
Posted by Salem_Stud
Jun 11, 2008 4:32 PM
Sounds like a lot of fun! The show's been great lately. Looking forward to Andrea Evans!!! I was also a big Tina/Cord fan, so it's great he's returning as well.:-x

Nice that OLTL knows how to do an anniversary!!!!
Posted by peterascal
Jun 11, 2008 4:33 PM
Thanks, jaebianca, for the info. OK, so the marriage isn't quite as creepy as I was imagining. Still, what is Victor...70? (OK, I know he's not, but he always looked much older than Nikki.)
Posted by monkey65
Jun 11, 2008 6:37 PM
Oh! I can't wait for this! Bring back Kale Brown (Sam Rappaport) and it would be perfect!

You think there's a chance we could get GH to bring back Casey the Alien? I had such a crush on that alien!
Posted by Debbie
Jun 11, 2008 10:44 PM
Right now, OLTL is the main soap I watch. The stories are solid, they don't appear to just be rambling along with no plan. The ensemble of actors is top rate. This is just a good, solid show. I am really looking forward to this anniversary celebration.

GH has become one dark mess. Even the sets are so dark that at times, it's hard to find the actors in the scenes! Dark and depressing seems to be what GH is specializing in at the moment.

DAYS hasn't been very good since they trach'd and peg'd Stefano and sent Belle & Sean outta town. And now they are re-writing established history for Max? Thought he was established as the brother of Carly and Frankie and the threee of 'em were Princess and Princes of some damned made up country.

Anyway, congrats to OLTL!!!!!
Posted by StraightMaleViewer
Jun 12, 2008 1:51 AM
They're not revisiting the silliest plot of all (when Viki found the underground civilization)? How can they forget that one?

I've lost touch with One Life to Live lately; I watched it pretty heavily for a few years, but the plots kept ignoring people I like (or doing things I didn't like with them) and concentrating on people I don't like or find boring. I do still like a lot of the cast members, and watch occasionally. The show lacks a cohesiveness, though, and many of the overarching plot threads seem to kind of flounder around. It is in a lot better shape than several others currently are, though.
Posted by Staley
Jun 12, 2008 8:13 AM
What fun news to read on my birthday! :)

Everyone else is right - GH is doom, gloom, and mob world, as it has been for several years now. I actually gave up on it a few years ago, because I was so SO sick of it being The Sonny Show, devoted to a narcissistic misogynist who's completely unsympathetic and useless.

But I love OLTL more than ever, especially since Carlivati came back and whipped the show back into shape post-strike. I don't specifically remember those 80s storylines myself (hey, I was in grade school - it was on too early), but I've been a loyal viewer for most of my life. I absolutely love when a soap is true to its own history. Last week, when Viki heard Jess tell a dying Nash she was pregnant, and Viki cried because her daughter will go through exactly what she did, I nearly applauded. Too often, a show's history is rewritten or completely forgotten, so it's lovely when a 40-year-old show not just acknowledges, but uses its history to write richer storylines.

Can't wait to see these fun ideas play out!
Posted by dbs3p
Jun 12, 2008 8:42 AM
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