Thursday, June 20, 2024

One Soap Left to Live in NYC; Getting Creative with Speakers


“One Life to Live” is the last soap left in New York City thanks to the idiots at Procter & Gamble and CBS (and NBC, I guess, for canceling “Another World” in 1999). OLTL has become like an ice floe onto which a bunch of actors from canceled “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns” have all clambered to safety. The show may have to expand to 2 hours soon to accommodate all the talented people who’ve been left high and dry. I turned it on the other day and still there is Robert S. Woods, who’s played Bo Buchanan since Woodrow Wilson was president. Woods is still delivering his daily, understated, great performance. I don’t know he does it, but there he is, along with Erika Slezak, Jerry ver Dorn, and Robin Strasser soldiering on. God bless them all…And give that man a freakin’ Emmy Award, please…

Need speakers for your computer? I did this week when my Altec Lansing’s finally died. So I bought–yes bought--from Creative Labs their Inspire Wireless S2 system for 100 bucks. Two little speakers and a subwoofer come in a small box. They are, like all Creative products, sublime. I immediately played the “Band on the Run” anniversary album I downloaded from HDTracks, founded by Norman Chesky, offers mountains of music in the best possible quality sound. Their tracks must be played on your computer using the free-to-download and totally legal MediaMonkey. (It takes two seconds.) You then own gorgeous digital versions of your favorite music. Creative has bigger speakers for computers, etc on their website ( For big old fashioned stereo systems, I still go for Dick Sequerra’s Met 7.7’s. This is how music is supposed to be listened to!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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