One Life To Live Weekly Blog
Over before they even began. (Soaps.com)
Welcome to Amy’s “One Life in a Week” for January 9 -13:
It’s Friday the 13th, and I sit here writing my final “One Life To Live” blog with a very heavy heart, one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do as a writer. As the weeks ticked by it wasn’t until Monday January 2 that reality truly set in, and I realized that a show many love, and have loved for almost forty-four years, is coming to an end – and is not migrating online. I can’t bear to discuss this past week’s episodes, as it’s too hard knowing they won’t resume next Monday. There will be no more wishing a repetitious storyline would wrap up, no more laughing at the outrageous words that come out of Roxy and David’s mouth, no more falling in and out of love with various couples, and amongst many other things, no more Johnny McBain – not in Llanview anyway… sigh… I’ll have to tune in to see Michael Easton on General Hospital to get my fix.
Since working at Soaps.com, from the summer of 2006, I have covered four soap operas – “One Life To Live” from the very beginning. I grew up watching this soap, which has remained my favorite and has always been an escape for me. I would tape the show when I was at school and later when in college. In 1994 I had my first child, my second in 1997, and became a stay-at-home mom. Cleaning, cooking and even the kids’ naptime revolved around that one hour in Llanview… now it’s gone. Fans, I feel your pain.
I want to thank all of the actors who have given us so much throughout the years. Even those characters we loved to hate became a part of our everyday lives. Soaps.com readers… Thank you from the bottom of my heart for tuning in each Friday to hear me rant about my likes and dislikes of the week, and sharing your thoughts on the show, for visiting the site to chat with other fans about your favorite characters and storylines and for trying your hardest to save a show we will never forget. We can continue to place blame in many different areas but what’s the point. ABC can take away our show, but they can never dissolve our memories or our plans to keep the show alive…
Just know, I'm grieving right along with you for the characters we'll never see on television again, but through Soaps.com's new fan fiction stories, I hope to bring them back to life. Together we can take a journey on what could've been… Though it's not like watching the show, through fan fiction we can answer all of those 'what ifs', we can keep up with various characters who will take this new journey with us. Bottom line, we will be able to keep them alive through words, which is better than not hearing from them at all. I hope you'll come along with me for the ride in the coming months.
So many friends have been made on our Soaps.com message boards throughout the years, and we encourage fans to continue to connect as another way to keep Llanview alive. I'll still be working on Soaps.com in my assistant editor capacity, as well as following the Llanview actors and posting news on their new projects. Yes, as we have done with the other cancelled soaps, our "One Life To Live" section will remain open, where I'll continue to post exciting news, memorable articles, polls and flashback videos from years gone by.
Whether you want to chat about the show's finale or simply discuss what "One Life To Live" has meant to you over the years, please utilize the comments section below to share your thoughts. I leave you all with my last blog, as a lone tear streams down my cheek… Together we felt the love, the loss and the end to an iconic show that will forever go down as one of my most cherished pastimes. This is not goodbye, fans, rather the beginning of a journey we'll take together each week in order to keep "One Life To Live" front and center in the eyes of those we've loved in the fictional town of Llanview.
Let me know where you watched the One Life To Live Finale today.
If you haven't voted in the many celebratory polls this past week check out favorite One Life To Live Recast, One Life To Live Villain/Villainess, One Life To Live Supercouple, and Wives of Asa Buchanan. Be sure to keep an eye on the One Life To Live News Room next week, as I'll be reflecting on the show's past decades.
Please Note: Our "One Life To Live" section will remain open. We'll still be here delivering news on the actors, Llanview fan fiction and various articles about the show.
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- Amy Mistretta