How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

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Monday, June 29, 2009 1:45 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

Steve Richard Harris (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After two short-term gigs on ABC and NBC soaps, will CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” give Steve Richard Harris the chance to break into daytime once and for all?

Steve Richard Harris made his debut on the soap earlier this year as a bartender at the Genoa City Athletic Club when his then unknown character bed Cougar Jill Abbott (Jess Walton). Now the actor speaks out on how life’s changed since his days on “Another World” and “One Life to Live.”

In a recent interview with Soaps.com, Harris reveals that his character now has a name – Aidan – and will pop back into Genoa City in scenes with Judith Chapmen (Gloria) and Ted Shackelford (Jeffrey).

Prior to landing a gig on “Y&R,” Harris had a contract role on NBC’s “Another World” (1998-1999) as Zak Wilder and ABC’s “One Life to Live” (2002-2003) as Seth Anderson. He has also appeared in such shows as HBO’s “Sex and the City” and CBS’ “Criminal Minds.” He also wrote, directed and acted in the 18-minute short film “Signal Lost.” The film was recently entered into the L.A. Short Film Festival.

Look for Harris on “The Young and the Restless” on Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15. With any luck, the actor will make more appearances on the soap. Stay tuned!

“The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


DISCUSS THE ARTICLE


  • One Life to Live
  • The Young and the Restless
  • OLTL
  • Y&R
  • Another World
  • Jess Walton
  • Steve Richard Harris
  • Judith Chapmen
  • Ted Shackelford
  • AW


    Monday, June 29, 2009 12:39 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

    Sebastian Roche (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Sebastian Roche is bringing Jerry Jacks back to Port Charles for another go around of violence and mayhem on ABC’s “General Hospital.”

    Roche, who took over the role of Jerry in 2007 after originator Julian Stone was not asked back, is said to be returning for a “short-term” gig according to Soap Opera Digest‘s website. According to sources, Roche’s first airdate is tentatively set for Friday, July 17.

    Also according to Soap Opera Digest, daytime newcomer Lexi Ainsworth, who portrays Kristina Corinthos has been bumped to contract status with the soap. The actress is currently the youngest contract actor on the soap. Don’t look for her to appear in the opening credits, however, as the show hasn’t updated it’s opening in well over two years. Of course, things can change.

    Rick Hearst last aired as Ric Lansing on Friday, June 26. Good thing Hearst is heading to “The Bold and the Beautiful” next month or else daytime would have lost one of it’s finest talents to movies and primetime television.

    “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


    DISCUSS THE ARTICLE


    • The Bold and the Beautiful
    • General Hospital
    • B&B
    • Rick Hearst
    • GH
    • Sebastian Roche
    • Lexi Ainsworth


      Saturday, June 27, 2009 11:29 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Patricia Mauceri, who has portrayed Carlotta Vega on “One Life to Live” since 1995, has been fired from the show for what is said to be her refusal to participate in the soap’s upcoming gay storyline.

      Daytime Confidential broke the news of Mauceri’s firing earlier this afternoon, claiming they were informed by a ‘setside source’ that the actress reportly flat-out refused to play a small role in the in gay-themed plot involving Oliver Fish (Scott Evans) and Kyle Lewis (Brett Claywell), which resulted in her dismissal by her “OLTL” employers. The show has subsequently hired another actress to take over the role.

      Mauceri, who is also known to soap fans as Angie Perrini Frame on “Another World” (1977) and Andrea Andropolous on “As the World Turns” (1980), joined the cast of “One Life to Live” in 1995 as the widowed, overprotective Catholic mother of sons Cristian and Antonio Vega. In the beginning, Carlotta was employed by Dorian Cramer Lord as a maid, but managed to save up enough money over time to quit her job and reopen the family diner she had started years earlier with her late husband. She was bumped from contract to recurring status with the show in 1999, and has only been seen sporadically as Carlotta has been downgraded to a background character for much past decade. She was last seen in late March, during a farewell party for her son Antonio (Kamar de los Reyes), who left Llanview in search of the elusive mobster Carlo Hesser.

      According to the source, “Carlotta was supposed to have a small role in the upcoming ‘Kish’ storyline. She objected to Carlotta’s positive attitude about homosexuality, saying it conflicted with her personal beliefs.”

      Exactly how Carlotta will fit into the gay storyline remains to be seen, however, the show is alleged to be considering taking the plot in a different direction and going against the norm by making the Vega family matriarch a ‘gay friendly Latina mom,’ which apparently didn’t well with the “One Life” vet.

      Taking Mauceri’s place as Carlotta will be Saundra Santiago, best known to “OLTL” fans for the role of Isabella Santi during the infamous summer of 2004. Outside of her previous stint in Llanview, Santiago has also appeared on “Guiding Light” as Carmen Santos, from 1999-2002. In addition, the former “Miami Vice” star took her character of Det. Gina Navarro Calabrese to Salem for an episode of “Days of Our Lives” in the mid-1980s. More recently, the actress appeared Jean Cusamano on HBO’s “The Sopranos.”

      Santiago’s first tape date was last Friday. Look for her to appear on-screen as Carlotta sometime in late July or early August.  The role is expected to remain recurring. 

      Mauceri becomes the second soap star in recent weeks to have a falling out with the powers that be over planned controversial homosexual storylines. Just last month, Chris Engen quit the CBS daytime drama “The Young and the Restless” after learning that his character would become a possible love interest for another male character on the show, and that the two would soon be sharing an on camera kiss.

      Soap Opera Network will continue to follow this story and have more details as they develop.

      “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


      Discussion: ‘OLTL’ Star Fired for Not Being ‘Gay Friendly’



      Saturday, June 27, 2009 10:18 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — TV Guide Canada‘s Nelson Branco is reporting that Gina Tognoni’s last tape date as Dinah Marler on CBS’ “Guiding Light” was Friday, June 26.

      It is understood that despite the cancellation of “Light” in April, the actresses contract was set to expire in June 2009 and the two sides failed to meet an agreement where the actress would remain on the soap until the shows final airdate in September. A last airdate has not been set, however, the soap is currently filming a month ahead of airdate.

      It was rumored that Gina was headed back to ABC’s “One Life to Live” as Kelly Cramer, a role she protrayed from 1995-2001 and again for a brief stint in 2002. However, it has been reported that the two also failed to reach an agreement.

      Tognoni won two Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Daytime Emmy Awards (2006, 2008) for her portrayal of Dinah Marler on the soap. She joined the cast of “Guiding Light” in 2004.

      Guiding Light” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.


      DISCUSS THE ARTICLE


      • One Life to Live
      • Guiding Light
      • Gina Tognoni


        Friday, June 26, 2009 5:57 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Just one day after pondering when John Driscoll would make his long-awaited “Young and Restless” debut as Phillip Chancellor IV, Soap Opera Network has learned that a date has been set.

        According to sources, Driscoll’s first airdate is set for Thursday, July 16, when Phillip IV returns to Genoa City after taking a leave from the U.S. Army. Yes, Phillip is “Army Strong.” His first scenes are with the Chancellor clan, including on-screen mother Tricia Cast (who portrays Nina Webster) who gets a warm welcome from her grown-up son.

        Driscoll made his acting debut in the 2001 WB drama series “Young Americans,” where he played Brandon during the series’ eight episode run on the network. Outside of the acting world, he was a model for popular Italian fashion labels Versace and Armani, among others. Driscoll first appeared on “Guiding Light” as Henry Cooper ‘Coop’ Bradshaw on September 2, 2004 and was last seen on February 17, 2009.

        The actor’s path to “The Young and the Restless” started in April 2009 when Daytime Confidential reported the actor had signed on to portray the role.

        The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


        DISCUSS THE ARTICLE


        • The Young and the Restless
        • John Driscoll
        • Tricia Cast
        • Daytime Confidential


          Wednesday, June 24, 2009 11:59 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The invasion of new characters into Llanview continues as “One Life to Live” cast two recurring roles.

          Best known for his 1997-2000 stint in Pine Valley as “All My Chidren’s” Dr. Jake Martin, Michael Lowry has been cast by sister soap “OLTL” as a ‘character from the past.’ However, a spokesperson for the show refused to devulge any further information. Hmmm….wonder if this could possibly be the Ross recast, for which the soap recently released a casting call?

          Lowry has also spent time on “As the World Turns” as Les Sweeny (2004-05) and on “The Bold and the Beautiful” as Dr. Hillman (2006). No first airdate has been released by “OLTL.”

          Joining Lowry in Llanview later this summer will be Broadway vet Nicholas Rodriguez as Nick, who will first air on Friday, August 14th. Look for the character, which was originally named Griffin in the audition script for the role, to come between former lovers Oliver Fish (Scott Evans) and Kyle Lewis (Brett Claywell), when he and Kyle go out on a date. Even though Officer Fish appears to have moved on by hooking up with Layla Williamson, this development is sure to ruffle his feathers. Rodriguez is best known for his performance as the man of the jungle himself in the musical “Tarzan.”

          And in other news…

          There is no big spoiler here, but we just thought we would share Kassie DePaiva‘s (Blair Cramer) latest message on her Twitter page: “Just got finished working and doing a soap scoop… Sipping a beer and checking emails before I start studying for tomorrow’s ‘OLTL.’” Guess it’s true what they say — you can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.

          “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


          Discussion: ‘One Life to Live’ Welcomes Two New Cast Members

          • The Bold and the Beautiful
          • All My Children
          • One Life to Live
          • AMC
          • OLTL
          • As The World Turns
          • ATWT
          • B&B
          • Kassie DePaiva
          • Michael Lowry
          • Nicholas Rodriguez
          • Scott Evans
          • Brett Claywell
          • Tarzan
          • Broadway


            Wednesday, June 24, 2009 8:57 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Bruce Weitz returns to ABC’s “General Hospital” as Anthony Zacchara.

            Nearly five months since he was sent to prison for his crimes, Anthony Zacchara is ready for a visit from one of his enemies on the Friday, July 10 episode of “GH” when actor Bruce Weitz reprises his role as the snarky villain.

            Weitz’s appearance is expected to be for just this one episode, but don’t be surprised if he pops back in from time to time as his children’s lives continue to fall apart.

            Weitz joined the cast of “GH” in the role of Anthony Zacchara in October 2007 only to leave in November 2007 after Anthony was carted off to the insane asylum. He later returned in January 2008, when Sarah Joy Brown made her grand re-entance to the drama series as Claudia Zacchara – Anthony’s daughter – thus cementing the Zacchara’s as Port Charles’ new premiere family.

            Prior to joining “General Hospital,” Weitz appeared in such shows as “ER,” “Judging Amy” and “Sisters.” In 2008, he appeared in an episode of CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” He can currently be seen as Larry in the straight-to-DVD comedy “imps*,” along-side 35 other Award winning Hollywood stars.

            “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


            Discussion: Bruce Weitz Brings Anthony Back to Port Charles


            • General Hospital
            • Sarah Brown
            • Bruce Weitz


              Wednesday, June 24, 2009 3:51 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Sean Kanan is heading to CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” as Deacon Sharpe is resurrected on daytime’s number one drama series.

              Soap Opera Network has learned that Kanan, last seen as Adam McNeil in the independent movie “Jack Rio” in 2008, is returning to daytime television beginning Friday, July 10 when he brings his character Deacon Sharpe from CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” to Genoa City and “Y&R.” The actor last appeared as Deacon in 2005 on “B&B.”

              According to sources, Kanan’s first scenes are with Amelia Heinle, who portrays Victoria Newman on the drama series.

              At this time it is unclear if the actor has signed a contract with the soap or if the character is returning as part of the Art Heist storyline that is about to heat up during the summer months.

              With Deacon in town, what does this all mean for Amber Moore (Adrienne Frantz)? Deacon and Amber have a history dating back to 2000 on “B&B” while Amber was married to Rick Forrester (then played by Justin Torkildsen). Tune in to find out!

              “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


              Discussion: Sean Kanan Lands in Genoa City


              • The Bold and the Beautiful
              • The Young and the Restless
              • Sean Kanan
              • Adrienne Frantz
              • Amelia Heinle


                Tuesday, June 23, 2009 10:57 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — When he’s not rubbing elbows with “Desperate Housewives” or enjoying his “One Life to Live,” Tuc Watkins turns to the popular website “Funny or Die” for help releasing his comedic talents.

                Founded in 2007 by Adam McKay and “Saturday Night Live” alum Will Ferrell, “Funny or Die” has become a highly successful comedy video website, with material from a wide-range of Hollywood celebrities.

                “One Life to Live” vet Tuc Watkins (David Vickers) can now be added to the long list of stars, such as Judd Apatow and James Franco, who have posted videos to the website.

                “The Sentimentalist,” pokes fun at the recent wave of oddball primetime detectives such as “Monk” and “The Mentalist.” Watkins’ character has a rather difficult time separating his emotions from his work. Co-staring in the video is Brooke Dillman, of “Blue Collar TV,” “The Wayne Brady Show,” and “Good Morning, Miami” fame. Directed by Jeff Drake, the dialouge was written by Tuc Watkins and Molyneux.

                The hilarous video can be viewed here, but be advised that it does contain some adult language. For those of you who just can’t get enough of the the actor, click here to revisit the classic “Have a Seat” commerical featuring his David Vickers persona. And don’t miss Watkins’ return to Llanview next month, when David bonds with his newfound family, the Buchanans.


                Discussion: Tuc Watkins Shows His ‘Sentimental’ Side



                ‘OLTL’ July Casting Report

                Tuesday, June 23, 2009 1:35 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With summer upon us, here are a few casting tidbits for “One Life to Live.”

                Chris Stack (Michael McBain) appears to be heading back the hallways and operating rooms of Llanview Hospital later since summer, albeit briefly.  The actor only last Wednesday departed “One Life” with co-star and onscreen wife Kathy Brier (Marcie McBain) at his side. However, the actor reveals a bit of juicy storyline gossip with Soap Opera Digest.

                In a recent interview with the soap magazine, Stack reports that he “taped more episodes recently,” and that it “had to do with Shane’s stem-cell transplant and Gigi, Stacy and Rex’s storyline.”  So, while it appears that the good doctor may be briefly returning to help wrap up the plot later this summer, his better half will remain off-camera. 

                Kim Sullivan returns as Judge Runyon on Monday, July 6th when John asks him for a favor regarding Cole.  Doesn’t anyone in Llanview pay for their crimes anymore? 

                Despite the fact that a nasty rumor continues to circulate in certain circles concerning “OLTL” toying with the idea of not returning Erika Slezak‘s contract later this year, there remains no evidence to indicate the 38-year vet. may soon be on her way out of Llanview. 

                Speaking of rumors, some Internet sites are speculating that Paul Satterfield (ex-Spencer Truman) and/or Roscoe Born (ex-Mitch Laurence) may soon be popping up again on “One Life” with regards to the on and off again storyline involving the true identity of Rex Balsom’s biological father.  But, here again, there is no concrete evidence to support either claim.

                Even though all indications point toward Motown crooner Lionel Richie‘s stop in Llanview being a one episode deal, some media outlets seem to be indicating that “he won’t just sing and go.” However, don’t look for Richie to become a “One Life” regular.  Although he may act in a few scenes in addition to singing his hit single “Just Go,” similar to what other recent musical acts on “OLTL” have done.  Richie’s scenes are set to air sometime in July.

                Finally, a “OLTL” spokesperson assures us that there is also no truth to the claim that Florencia Lozano will soon be vacating the role of legal ace Téa Delgado. In fact, the exact opposite appears to be true.  A big, upcoming storyline for Téa is presently in the works. 

                The the more alert “One Life” viewer will recall that, roughly a month ago, the soap released a casting call for a “Justice of the Peace.”  While “OLTL” has yet to reveal the name of the actor portraying the role, we can tell you that he will be interacting in scenes on Monday and Tuesday, July 6th and 7th, as a certain teen couple prepares to tie the knot.  But will they ultimately go through with it?

                While on the subject of audition scripts, the latest (released late last week), involves the character of “Barbara.”  Great — just what this show needs — even more newbies.  Hopefully this will turn out to only be a bit part, although that remains to be seen.  SON will keep you posted.

                Here’s more good news for our “One Life to Live” fans north of the border.  First western Canada’s Sun TV announced plans to pick up the soap this fall.  Now comes word that Joy TV, which serves the Vancouver/Winnipeg areas, will also be adding “OLTL” to their daytime line-up later this year. 

                And Scott Clifton (Schuyler Joplin) spilled last week on his Twitter page that “One Life” is in the process of conducting another photo shoot.  In posts dated June 16th, Clifton reported that “At a location shoot in Brooklyn. Sun setting behind the Statue of Liberty. Really great view. (You won’t see it on TV though),” and that “Okay, so, update on the location shoot: I just learned that this warehouse is where they shot ‘Real World Brooklyn.’ Any fans of that show?”

                “One Life to Live” airs weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


                Discussion: ‘OLTL’ July Casting Report









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