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78 October 28th, 2011 Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati reveals some of OLTL’s Finale plans!

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One Life to Live’s Daytime Emmy winning, head writer, Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on sale now that since he is staying with OLTL when the show moves to The Online Network next year he now has a clear vision of how he plans to end the series in its finale on ABC and then set-up its continuation online.

Carlivati stated, “I had to rethink a lot of things. Even though, yes, it should end like a big normal Friday cliffhanger, you also want to reward people who have watched it on ABC for all these years. They want to have an emotional payoff for a lot of characters they love, so our goal is to do both things: some payoff, some happy endings, and also some big cliffhangers that will keep you guessing so you want to know what happens next.”

Ron also went on to say that knowing several key cast members have signed on to OLTL’s online version that it helped him in the transition of story. “Now that we have a clearer idea, I was able to hone in and focus on how its going to wrap up. We still have a ways to go before that! But it has all been thought through and figured out and I’m really happy with it.”

It sounds to us like Ron is set to give  a mixture of everything longtime fans of the show would want in a finale! So what would you like to see happen on  OLTL on its network television last episode?  Let us know!

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  1. Monica says:

    Three words: Matthew and Destiny.

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    Patrick replied

    ICAM. They better get a happy ending especially since these characters won’t be joining PP in all likelihood. And by happy ending I mean Matthew recovering and Destiny/the baby living.

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    Susuan replied

    I’m not really fan of these two but I think they both deserve a happy ending. So I hope Destiny and the baby will be okay. One thing though, Matthew should be cleared of murder. RC was an idiot for dropping that story.

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  2. Dr. Donald G. Boudreau says:

    The brilliant Carlivatiesque somehow return to Llanview of the great ROBIN STRASSER, as her Madame Mayor Dorian Cramer Lord, replacing the now over-the-top loser incumbent…

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  3. Jill says:

    Michael thank you for sharing this news with us the loyal fans of one life to live my hope is that john and natalie and liem get there happy ending and even a wedding i hope victor will be alive for tea and dani i glad louie is returning to clear up the victor , todd and brody story my hope is that oltl and amc are back on tv soon as well as online

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  4. Donald G. Boudreau says:

    The brilliant Carlivatiesque return to Llanview of the inimitable ROBIN STRASSER as Madame Mayor Dorian Cramer Lord replacing the over-the-top idiotic loser incumbent mayor.

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  5. Guest123 says:

    I don’t see how he can write OLTL without RH signing.

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  6. Lew says:

    The departure of he Ford brothers and Cutter!!

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    Brian replied

    Never!!! Why do so many people dislike the Ford brothers…?? I like how Jessica and Robert are getting closer, and I like Nate. And will gladly see Cutter in his underwear any day!!

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    Torrey replied

    I agree with you Lew. I am so sick of the Ford Brothers….kill them all off. I hate the idea of Robert and Jessica, could care less about Nate being with Danielle and I’d much rather see Cole come back and be with Starr, because James and Starr are totally snoresville….

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    Alan replied

    I think the problem with the Ford brothers is that they were introduced too quickly and given front burner stories when popular vets were languishing in the background. They’re okay actors, but not particularly charismatic and (in my opinion) don’t add much to the canvas. I say write them off and focus on the characters that made the show a success.

    Ideally, the show would wrap up neat and tidy and every character would get the ending they deserved (save a cliffhanger or two). When the show picks up online, maybe they could flash forward a year or two, allowing for flexibility in explaining missing characters that perhaps moved away from Llanview.

    But that’s just me. I’m probably thinking about it too much :)

    Bteragram replied

    I thoroughly agree with you Lew …
    I pvr OLTL and I find myself fast-forwarding all the parts with the Fords and Cutter (and Aubrey). I do not like who Jessica has become – I know she’s the “integrated” Jess but the last time she was integrated she still maintained the essence of the Jessica that we have known and loved for years – this Jessica is just plain skanky and cranky. (I used to admire how she did such a great job with portraying 2 different characters – now it’s hard to remember which one we’re watching) and much of this is the dynamic (or lack thereof) with Ford. And furthermore – it seems that even the writers are aware that the Ford boys have no character or they wouldn’t feel the need to show them bare-chested every single time. Enough already. I think we’ve seen more man-boob from the Fords than all the men who have every wandered through Llanview combined. I’m sure that they are hoping that it’ll distract us from their profound inability to act.
    And Cutter – you know, with any villian, we should love to hate or hate to love or whatever … not with Cutter. He’s just plain irritating and needs to get sucked into a vortex already. I agree with Alan “I say write them off and focus on the characters that made the show a success”. Like the Tina/Cord story – today’s story where Tina gave Todd all the $ was fabulous!

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  7. Lita Eastman says:

    I would like to see Kale Browne return as Sam Rappaport. Saved and kept by Irene Manning to help her with kidnapping and controlling Todd. He was found during the raid by John during raid on compound but too sick to return to Llanview right then.

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    lisa replied

    That would be interesting.
    I always loved Kale Browne’s Sam far more than Laurence Lau’s.

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  8. Linda Aguiar says:

    Please bring John, Natalie and Liam together (and please don’t let her be pregnant by Brody)!!
    Please let Gigi be GIGI NOT STACY!!!!! Rex & Gigi are great together.
    Can you bring Vicki and Clint together, and Cord and Tina too?
    I know that Dorian (Robin Strasser) hasn’t signed yet with PP, but her and David (Tuc Watkins) are AWESOME TOGETHER (with Vicki too) so if you can work any miracles, I’d love to see them back as well!
    Best of Luck Ron…I have been a faithful, daily viewer of OLTL (& AMC) FOR 38 1/2 YEARS (I COULD BE A WRITER BECAUSE I KNOW THE HISTORY OF THEM ALL)!!! REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO JAN. 2012..THANKS FOR THE AWESOME JOB YOU’VE BEEN DOING, AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO!

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    Renee replied

    These are great ideas and things I too would love to see happen… hope the powers that be are looking and listening! Especially since we know Desperate Housewives is cancelled. The ideal time to sign Tuc Watkins and Robin Strasser to Prospect Park and keep them on OLTL. Reapproach Farrah Fath and JP Lavossier and keep them as well. Hey let’s just keep them all and continue with the show as is… sounds like an idea to me. Especially since I’ve been watching this show since the day it first aired. I miss the days of Larry Waleck, Karen, Joe Riley, the Banner and Dorian was burning up the sheets with Joey Buchanan. It was love “hot” in the afternoon!!!

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    maryjolocke replied

    i want john and natalie liam tgether do not want to see her get pregnant by brody either

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  9. todd says:

    If they can’t get RH or TSJ to sign on….then a MAJOR story for Viki has to be set up soon with a cliffhanger. I would eagerly anticipate tuning in on TOLN to see what happens to Viki. Viki is the heart and soul of the show and Erika Slezak can turn anything written for her into screen magic.

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    LB replied

    Yes, I would love to see a big story for Viki. Erika is the best.

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    Neal replied

    Erika Slezak is OLTL. I love that woman. Like Todd said , she can act out any part given to her with suckh grace. I love her, and bless her soul for staying on with PP. Erika , thank you so much for 40 years of your acting ability on OLTL. I am one of your top fans.

  10. AlistairCrane says:

    They need to bring back Susan Haskell and FIX Marty. I hate what Ron did to her, turning this beloved heroine into a psycho. Ugh!

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    Brian replied

    Agreed!

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    SC replied

    Also agreed!

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    lisa replied

    I agree totally !!
    I’ve said it many times….Marty is an integral part of the show, and to not have her here,especially when RH returned.
    TSK,TSK !!!!
    Does she still have that disk of Victor’s ?
    Dr. Buhari could have been working for Irene’s rogue agency and spiking Marty’s meds to make her crazy and go after Nat and Kelly.
    Maybe she didn’t kill the Dr. but Irene had her killed because she wanted more money.
    Why was Irene holding Patrick all these years ?
    I hate dropped threads – there are so many possibilities.
    C’mon Ron.

  11. cheryl says:

    Sorry, I don’t believe anything RC says when it comes to rewarding viewers for their loyalty when OLTL fails FANS by not inviting Robin Strasser back as Dorian. It’s frankly BS.

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    Jennifer replied

    I wish they had a like button for your comment. I think the producer and headwriter are being very much like Chris Goutman in failing to bring back Robin Strasser even for the ABC finale. She is someone who is so important to fans, to almost every character on the show, and IS one of the reasons for the show’s popularity and success.

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    Sha_Bu replied

    Couldn’t agree more…OLTL would not be the wonderful show it is if RS had not been a part of it, and a major part at that! A finale without her is unthinkable. Please make her and RH a part of it’s future too.

  12. SC says:

    My recommendation: Sign Roger Howarth, ASAP! OLTL needs its Lord siblings!

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    lisa replied

    Agreed – get him signed !!!
    Love Roger !!

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  13. jp says:

    I have been watching OLTL for close to 25 years. I hope Ron and the writers give us loyal viewers what we deserve. I am still hoping they will invite Robin Strasser back for at least the final couple of episodes. She devoted so many years to the show she deserves to end its television run with Sleazak and Woods. I am thrilled to see Tina, Cord, Alex, Gabrielle and Lindsey. Just hoping some others like Max,Kevin,kelly,Wanda, Deliah,Rafe would be invited back to celebrate nearly 44 years of OLTL history. I will still be there once it goes online and hoping a cable network will pick it up as well. We love you OLTL.

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  14. katina says:

    I just hope that they give the Jarr fans a payoff . As of right now they are pissing on the Jarr fans. I don’t care about Cole/Sole. They were a bore to me. I hope they let Todd/Blair get back together its only right. I’m a long time viewer of this show, so I hope PP keep the history going and do right by there fans. Not to keen about the online thing, but I will give it a try only because I’m a OLTL fan.

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  15. david says:

    Viki without Dorian? Tea without Victor? Good luck, Ron. I can’t stand to think how much worse it will get after PP takes over and there is no Bo and Nora, no Roxy (and others who have not be signed), as if terrorists attacked Llanview killing decimating its population.

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  16. My2Cents says:

    I don’t know how this show can survive without a Todd. It can’t. Curious to see what the plans are for him.
    Could care less about Natalie. She is a horrible actress, and does this show no honor with her presence. Unfortunately, with her going to PP with John, it looks like a reconciliation is a definate. Until Nat mess’s up again. And she will.

    I want information on Todd!!!!!

    And geez….marry Clint & Vicki!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE those 2!!!

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  17. Kristen Howe says:

    We want Robin Strasser to come back to Llanview on One Life to Life. We want our Mayor Dorian Lord Vickers to come back and join the Kramer family.

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  18. Renee says:

    Two things I want to see happen are… Bring back Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord Vickers-Buchanan. The show hasn’t been the same without her. Get real people miss the her shenanigans ans wicked sense of livelihood. Secondly I would like to see James DePavia back and the wickedly handsome, no good, Max Holden. These actors should have never been let go from OLTL. Get them back and take them to Prospect Park with OLTL when it goes on line. I’ve read they are both open to the idea. Thanks

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  19. amy wright says:

    please bring ROBIN STRASSER back !!!!!!!! we want DORIAN BACK on ONE LIFE TO LIVE!!!!!!!

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  20. Lila says:

    Bring Back Mayor Dorian Lord~!!!!

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  21. Christopher John says:

    I have no issue with the pre-existing stars/characters, and would love all to continue on the canvas of OLTL. However, I also support those, who choose to move on to other endeavors. It does bother me that some, who want to be included in OLTL Online, are being dismissed. Such is the case with the great Robin Strasser. The minimum that I expect from PP, is that they show Ms. Strasser the respect she is due and reach out to to her with a acceptable offer. The sooner, the better. Thank you.

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    Neal replied

    Robin Strasser is DORIAN, no one else could ever take her place on OLTL.

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  22. Christopher John says:

    And, by the by, I really don’t find it productive for “fans” to be trash talking actors/characters. We should be supporting PP, and ALL OLTL cast/crew, to insure a smooth transition to the online network.

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  23. Kymba says:

    I would like to see the matriarch of The Kramer family come back. LLanview needs Mayor Lord, her family needs her, we need her to…please let him know that we want Robin Strasser!!! Thank you for your time and concederation

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  24. MissQ says:

    Robin Strasser is a vital part of the show and PP would be lucky to have her. She and Erika Slezak and the actors around their stories are what make this show! Lords, Buchanans, Mannings, etc they are what make this show and why they have such a loyal and deep fan base.

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  25. Mary says:

    Thanks for the information. Please bring back Robin Strasser/Mayer Dorian Lord Vickers to OLTL when Prospect Park takes over and it goes to the internet. She is a major character on this soap and needs to be back on it.
    Thank you

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  26. Lin says:

    Thank you for sharing this news. There definitely should be happy endings. Todd should not be in jail. He should not have been the one to kill “Victor.” Matthew should be out of a coma and in physical therapy. Why are we not seeing Destiny? The actress that plays her is very talented, she should be on screen. Bring back Dorian Lord, if not on ABC, certainly on TOLN. Natalie and John should be back together. Vickie and Clint are boring together if they are married. Friends, flirting is fine- no marriage. Now onto the future on Prospect Park. David Hayward from All My Children should be found to have been a friend of Victor/Todd (and it’s beyond stupid that since he never remembers going by the name of Victor, and everyone hates the original Victor that everyone should have started calling him Victor so easily) and David saved Victor. Trevor St. John should definitely be on TOLN’s OLTL. Marci and Michael should be on. Since Desperate housewives is ending, is ending, “David” needs to be on full time (unless he wants recurring). His humor helps make OLTL special. Too few of these actors have been hired by PP. You better hurry up, or there will be no online OLTL. And again, Robin Strasser needs to be on OLTL!!!!!

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  27. Tatyrose says:

    Please bring back Robin Strasser/Mayer Dorian Lord Vickers to OLTL, She is a major character on this soap and needs to be back on it.
    Thank you

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  28. emtk says:

    Just don’t let OLTL have a hiatus the way AMC is having now. I really don’t care what they decide to do with the show as long as it continues the following Monday! (Of course, giving us a lot of John and Natalie would keep me glued to the screen!)

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  29. Karen says:

    Bring Back Robin Strasser!!
    Llanview need her!!!
    We Want Our Dorian!!

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  30. Lori says:

    Please bring back Robin Strasser….

    Llanview needs Dorian Lord….. We need Dorian Lord……
    She is and always will be a staple to OLTL!!!

    Prospect Park you don’t want so let Robin go, you really don’t.

    Thank you very much

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  31. Avellina says:

    Oh, please let there be Dorian Lord in Llanview !!!!!!

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  32. liz says:

    I would love to see the Kristina Karr thing go somewhere before the tv finale. I know that the actress that play Aubrey is not staying for OLTL 2.0. Why give us this tidbit with no follow up?

    I would love for Max to return.

    I would love to see Ed Hall again and don’t forget Larry Wolek!

    But I miss Dorian most of all. She really is the scarecrow to Viki’s Dorothy.

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  33. Tom says:

    Llanview is NOT Llanview with Dorian Lord! Robin Strasser needs to be signed by Prospect Park ASAP!!!

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  34. Tom says:

    CORRECTION: Llanview is NOT Llanview without Dorian Lord! Robin Strasser needs to be signed by Prospect Park ASAP!!!

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  35. Diane says:

    I want to see Doeian back in llanview it just isnt the same without her.

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  36. Joanie says:

    We want Dorian in Llanview~!!!! Please bring Robin back to OLTL~!!!!!!

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  37. Kellen says:

    Bring Robin Strasser Back To One Life To Live…..

    Llanview Needs Her…….

    We love our Dorian Lord Vigors/Mayor

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  38. Mary Anne Robertson says:

    Please we need Dorian Lord Vickiers In LLandview, Please don’t let her go !!! Dorian & Vickie are Priceless To LLandview !!!!

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  39. Karen says:

    Please bring Robin Strasser to Prospect Park. Its bad enough that we are losing so many others to this horrific event in soap history but to lose a major Matriarch such as Robin we just can’t afford it. Please bring her back. Us fans rally day after day, phone call after phone call asking for return of characters Robin left only to bring in a replacement. Due to numerous calls we finally got her back. Now We are on the verge of losing her again. This will not be tolerated. Lets not forget those who you bring on will only bring on more ratings. Isn’t that what you want??? Bring Robing Strasser in OLTL!!!!! Pretty Please!

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  40. tcljgr says:

    Susan Lucci may be the queen of daytime tv. Erica Slezak may be the most consistent talent. However, the Great Robin Strasser is the Grand Dame of daytime. Prospect Park only hurts their bottom line by ignoring the talent that IS Robin Strasser. OLTL without Robin will continue, but the show will not have the sparkle it once had.

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  41. Freeman says:

    My understanding is that Ms. Strasser is planning on moving to LA, as there are no “prospects” for her in NY. I, for one, hope to “walk in the Park” with Ms. Strasser come 1/16/12. Come on Prospect Park….you can make it happen.:)

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  42. Kyle Rains says:

    It’s not our beloved OLTL without the delicious diva Dorian!

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  43. Colleen Obrien says:

    Prospect Park, please get Robin Strasser back to OLTL……She is a huge staple to this show ans the fans ALL LOVE HER!!!

    We want our Dorian Back……

    Thank you for your time and I hope your consideration—Colleen

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  44. Joe says:

    We want Robin Strasser reattached to OLTL!!
    Llanview needs her, her fans want her!!

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  45. Monica T says:

    Llanview is not the same without Dorian~!!
    Prospect Park please work your magic and Get Robin Strasser Back~!!

    Love to you Robin……

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  46. Carmen says:

    We Want Robin Strasser Back On One Life To Live!

    Llanview Needs and Wants Dorian Back In Town!

    She is an iconic staple to our beloved OLTL!

    Please Get Her Back!

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  47. Holly says:

    Can’t quite understand why pp is not making offers to actors who are interested in being on online version of both shows. The more current players you can get the more success you will have. People are looking to see familiar faces and not everyone wants to continue. Snap up the ones who do like robin strasser and Bobby eakes

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  48. Christie says:

    I really wanna c the John and Natalie wedding that i have been waiting yearssssssss for.. I would b really dissapointing if it went off ABC without every happening. PLEZZ LET THIS HAPPEN!!!!

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  49. Rosie says:

    The fans want to see Robin Strasser back as Dorian-the show isn’t the same without her! Hope PP contacts her soon.

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  50. Kim Anderzak says:

    My request would be to have Robin Strasser return as Dorian Lord. We NEED the DELIGHTFUL Dorian to continue to ruffle Vicki’s feathers every once in awhile!! GOSH! I MISS her so much! She has shown a STRONG desire to join Prospect Park and what a WONDERFUL surprise that would be for OLTL fans when we return to Llanview on-line in January! Please! Please!!

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  51. MEG says:

    Please bring Trevor St John back ,Give him whatever he wants and keep FLORENCIA ,They are the best daytime couple ,they are why I WATCH AND WOULD BE WHY I CONTINUE TO WATCH! If they stay TSJ AND FL,.I want Jess/BREE with FORD ! I like Starr and JAMES But if they splite up it is ok AS LONG AS THERE IS NO COLE FOR HER !I LIKE Nate but dani is young ,she needs to have a interesting life of her own without being tied to a guy, I WANT LITTLE PATRICK/SAM ,BUT KEPT AWAY FROM HIS FATHERS SHOOTER.TODD .WHO I ONLY HOPE STAYS IF TSJ DOES.

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  52. MEG says:

    I do hope Robin comes back , I finally like NORA ,the way she stood up to Todd was awesome ,! looking forward to her and Jack being proven right about it being Todd who shot Victor.Who should only get away with it if VICTOR/TREVOR returns.and I HOPE TEA HAS A HEALTHY BABY AND VICTOR IS AT ITS BIRTH.AND I hope it was Stacy who tried to kill Gigi . I WANT ROXY TO STAY .Love Vimal ,looking forward to seeing his sister with Jack ,who I hope always thinks of Victor as his father .

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  53. MEG says:

    btw ,I’D like Carmen to return to do flashbacks of Victor and Todd

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  54. Jennifer says:

    I want my Bo and Nora and Matthew and Destiny on the PP version. And for gods sak egive Shaun his own storyline. These are great characters and actors who should be kept on the show.

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  55. jp says:

    I hope the rumor is true that Judith LIght is coming back as Karen Wolek. It would be great to see her and Michael Storm return for the finale. Give Sleazak some scenes with Light, and let the emmy nominations roll in.

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  56. Crystal de la Torre says:

    Please bring Dorian back rio OLTL. She is one of the main reasons I have been a fan for nearly 15 years. The show is never the same without her. PP is doing such an amazing thing by saving our soaps, I would hate for it to be done incompletely by not having Robin brought home where she belongs.

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  57. Joe says:

    Let Sarah and Megan reunite and Max and Gabrielle! And I LOVE the Fords :p

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  58. Joe says:

    Also SIGN ROBIN STRASSER and ANDREA EVANS to prospect park ASAP!!!!!!! Fiona would be amazing too!

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  59. adriana8900 says:

    i need a viki and clint reunion

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  60. lisa says:

    Dorian has been played by many actresses – but THE definitive Dorian IS Robin Strasser.
    You could not recast her….even if Robin came back periodically it would be better than no Dorian at all.

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