In a new interview with On-Air On-Soaps, One Life to Live’s head writer, Ron Carlivati speaks to the addition of current As the World Turns head writer, and former OLTL scribe, Jean Passanante, who is heading back to the Llanview writing team later this summer. When word was announced of Jean’s new position as Associate Writer at One Life, fans and pundits felt it may have signaled the end for Carlivati. Not so. Ron addressed the decision to bring Jean on board.
Carlivati stated, “We had room in our writing team. I had worked with her before, and so I reached out for Jean to come onto our writing team. I think it blew up into what her role would be. It was she who hired me at One Life to Live. I am thrilled. Jean is a fantastic person and a fantastic writer. She gave me my first job, and it was she who hired me at One Life to Live. I have wanted to work with her ever since she left One Life to Live, and it never quite worked out. And unfortunately, I am working with her because As the World Turns is going off the air, but I am thrilled she is coming on. She is incredibly intelligent, and has a great sense of story that is well balanced. There is comedy and romance, and she can balance all those elements and she has a really good sense of character. She creates wonderful characters, and she sees the strengths and weaknesses of a character. A lot of what you saw going back to the classic Todd/Marty story had to do with Jean!”
Also addressed with Ron was if there was a new style or direction coming to One Life to Live on the horizon. The head writer offered up this statement. “ To me, our show is always changing and evolving. I think that is the nature of a soap opera. At the heart of it, it will always be the same core characters and the same core values. To that extent, we are bringing in some new fun people and our stories are shifting around and changing, but I think that is what we always do.”
Make sure to read the entire interview with Ron, and a seperate feature with Kristen Alderson as part of the three-day musical event, Starr X’d Lovers playing out on One Life to Live through Tuesday, May 18th.