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A couple of years ago, fans of the Agnes Dixon-created soaps All My Children and One Life to Live were hit a serious blow when they were cancelled by the president of ABC Daytime. For decades, these closely-related series went through good and bad storylines, the trials and tribulations of the Martins, the Buchanans, the Chandlers, the Lords, and all the characters who made their entrances and exits either memorable or not-so-much.
I was a fan of both of these shows – sometimes die-hard, sometimes casual – and I must admit I was a bit miffed for my fellow soap fans when the shows were canceled.
For quite a while, there has been talk of reviving these as web series, but it seemed it never would happened. Well, guess what – it HAS! And you can watch these series TODAY courtesy of The Online Network. They’ve labeled these shows as “back and better than ever!” – I’m guessing perhaps because they are now off-network and have more adult-related content that might not be suitable for younger viewers. So maybe watch before the kids do. (But to me, I say, YAY!)
I must give you some updates (or possible warnings, depending on how you look at it): Both of the series take place many years in advance, and you will see many characters aged dramatically. There looks to be a lot of teens now on All My Children, and they’re all the same age regardless of what year they were born. It’s typical and known as SORAS (Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome) among soap fans.
For instance, Dixie Cooney, who gave birth to JR Chandler in like 1990, is now the GRANDMOTHER of JR’s teenage son. Before you get in a twist, remember that the major hook to all soap operas is to have a teen storyline that will hopefully draw in younger viewers and make them lifetime fans. I was hooked on AMC at age 13 and OLTL at 14. It’s the summer, so you just have to accept that it’s the way it is. I know I’ve had to.
On All My Children, you will see the return of many favorite cast members and characters. Eden Riegel reprises her role as Bianca, Jill Larson as Opal, Vincent Irizarry as the evil Dr. David Hayward, and the return of Jesse and Angie Hubbard. I’m still not even sure how Jesse came back to life after he died many decades ago and returned as an angel like 10 years ago, but it’s soapworld, where no one ever dies. Even Dr. Joe Martin and Adam Chandler are back!
But one central character missing from the above cast shot – THE central character who carried the show for ages – is missing. Where’s Erica Kane? Now, I’ve heard that Susan Lucci has been contracted to do one episode. Not sure if she’ll do more, but apparently her character will not be so prominent as to appear in the cast photo.
Onto One Life to Live. You’ll see the main cast is MUCH smaller here.
Let’s see, there are some recognizable characters: There’s Jerry VerDorn (Clint Buchanan), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan), Tuc Watkins (David Vickers! YES!) and Erica Slezak as the lovely main character, Vicki Lord Buchanan.
Not pictured but also in the returning cast: Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord, and Hillary B. Smith as Nora Buchanan. there are several other returning characters (Tea Delgado, Jack Manning, etc.) I’ve also read that Roger Howarth will make a return as Todd Manning for the first four weeks of the series. Didn’t he have plastic surgery and have another actor play hi- oh, why am I asking?! Soap land, Bellesouth. Soap land.
Daily episodes will be 30 minutes long, with a recap on Friday. Each daily episode will be available at midnight EST.
I haven’t seen these yet, but just the mention of them has my curiosity piqued. You give ‘em a watch, I’ll watch ‘em, maybe we can share our opinions in the comments section. Okay?
So when I found a UPS box at my front door, opened it up and found boxes of Cherri and Bubb inside, I squealed with excitement! And then I wrote some really awful poetry in my diary.
Cherri and Bubb join Lem and Mel are back on the shelves through the end of April 2013. Lem and Mel is a combination of Lemon and Watermelon flavors, but to me, Cherri and Bubb will always hold a place in my heart.
The flavors are available in 5-oz. boxes and are between $1 and $1.39.
I got some info on the return of these duly-missed flavors. “We are very excited to bring back CHERRI AND BUBB and LEM AND MEL,” said Donald Houston, Senior Marketing Manager for Mike and Ike. “We hope this will inspire good memories from our loyal fans and produce a new group of Mike and Ike lovers to these favorites from the past. Perhaps this might even inspire Mike and Ike to rekindle their friendship and business relationship.”
Whoah-OH! Yes! Mike and Ike split up last spring to “follow their true passions,” according to a press release from Mike and Ike representatives. “Mike is a musician at heart and produced a music video; Ike is an urban artist and a lover of art,” according to the press release.
The split also garnered celebrity reactions. Check out this news report:
Other flavors from Mike and Ike, including Original Fruits, Tropical Typhoon, Berry Blast and RedRageous!, will continue to be available. Meanwhile, representatives from Mike and Ike are hoping for a reunion. “People of all ages love Mike and Ike and we are reassuring fans and our retail partners that our famous fruit-chewy candies will continue to be produced and sold as we get this resolved,” Houston said.
For more information on the Mike and Ike split, visit them at:
I was given free product from Mike and Ike for this review. All opinions are my own unless otherwise indicated.
Two days ago my mom told me she couldn’t move. I tried to help her get up to go to the bathroom. As she gripped her walker (which she uses rarely), I held her from behind to try to guide her throughout our home. She started to fall. I decided there was no way we could make it, and as I guided back to her chair, I watched her feet buckle under her.
My mother has a number of health problems, but I’ve never seen her do this before. Her body was like heavy Jell-O.
Upon recommendation from my mother’s dialysis nurse, I had my mother sent by ambulance to the Emergency Room, where they tried to administer medicine and food to her and she was unable to keep anything in her system. I couldn’t join her because I was sick myself with a cold – and in retrospect, I’m glad I opted to stay home.
My mother was diagnosed with Norovirus, which has been rapidly spreading across various parts of the country. It was brought to the U.S. on cruise ships in December 2012. It is highly contagious, and since it was brought to the states, it’s put many areas at a standstill. A school in nearby Lincoln, Arkansas was shut down a few weeks ago because of a Norovirus outbreak.
Since my mother was diagnosed, I have learned there are several ways you can protect yourself from contracting this illness. Wash your hands (soap and water, not liquid hand sanitizer), do not take care of anyone who is sick if you are sick, do not drink after people and meticulously clean with cleaners that include bleach.
Should you come down with this illness (I’m still unsure if I’ll get it or not), you need to drink plenty of fluids. Keep some Pedialyte on hand; apple juice is also good. Here is a handy widget from the Centers for Disease Control that you can embed into your own site:
There is no treatment for Norovirus; you just have to sit it out and get plenty of fluids in your system. But do not hesitate to go to the emergency room for treatment if you feel you need to. Because my mother is diabetic and a dialysis patient, we and her medical professionals thought it best for her to be hospitalized.
Here’s a great interview with Kristen Gibson, an assistant professor of molecular food safety and microbiology at the University of Arkansas. Having studied Norovirus for a decade, Prof. Gibson explains the symptoms and causes of Norovirus, why it is spreading across schools, how you can prevent yourself from contracting it, and what to do if you do contract the virus.
This has been a really scary weekend, and normally I would not share such personal information with my readers, but since there are serious outbreaks happening across the country, I wanted you to be aware of how serious this is.
Here are some more resources:
Remember the Enzyte commercials with good ol’ Smiling Bob? After taking Enzyte, Bob was the symbol of happiness. As was his wife! Here’s a refresher, just in case:
A lot of things have changed since the Smiling Bob days. The commercials were funny, but led to some issues with fraudulent claims. After a federal investigation, Berkley Premium Nutraceuticals, the previous manufacturers of Enzyte, filed bankruptcy.
Vianda purchased Berkeley’s assets in 2009, and has since committed to reshaping the brand and being forthright with consumers. According to Vianda, they also “gutted the Berkeley business model, instituting new sales, customer service, and compliance policies, designed to deliver exemplary service and satisfaction.”
Let’s compare Smiling Bob with the new commercial for Enzyte 24/7:
See the difference?
Enzyte is an all-natural alternative to prescription male enhancement drugs. Vianda, the maker of Enzyte, claims that its “carefully crafted formulas have been developed in collaboration with industry experts and contain premium natural ingredients chosen for their superior results and synergistic properties.”
So what’s in Enzyte 24/7? Well, first, let’s tell you what isn’t in it:
• NO artificial flavors • NO added sugars • NO yeast • NO preservatives • NO gluten • NO ephedra • NO caffeine • NO yohimbe
Here are the ingredients. Please note that these claims are not backed by the Food and Drug Administration:
Korean Red Ginseng: • Supports blood flow to the erectile tissue • Stimulates NO (nitric oxide) production • Used in Asian cultures as an aphrodisiac • Works synergistically with the other ingredients in Enzyte 24/7
Ginkgo Biloba: • Supports blood flow to the erectile tissue. • Works synergistically with other ingredients Grape Seed Extract • Supports blood flow to the erectile tissue • Stimulates NO (nitric oxide) production • Provides active anti-oxidants for overall health • Works synergistically with other ingredients
Horny Goat Weed: • Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to promote sexual function
Muira Puama: • Used in South American cultures as a nerve stimulant and aphrodisiac
Niacin: • Provides overall blood flow and cardiovascular support
Zinc: • Short-term dietary depletion of zinc results in reduced serum testosterone levels and seminal volume
So, what are your thoughts on the new face of Enzyte?
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Enzyte products should be taken as part of a healthy lifestyle and individual results may vary.