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

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

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 12:28 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live’s” new Carlotta Vega breaks her silence and speaks publicly for the first time since replacing Patricia Mauceri in the suddenly controversial supporting role, sitting down with TV Guide‘s Michael Logan for an exclusive interview concerning the daytime drama’s upcoming gay storyline.

Less than one month after Patricia Mauceri was unceremoniously fired from “One Life” after portraying Carlotta Vega since 1995, new details have emerged involving the actress’s apparent refusal to play out her scenes as scripted. According to Logan, Mauceri “refused to perform a story twist in which her character mistakenly thinks her son Cristian (David Fumero) is gay and reacts in a positive and supportive manner.”

Deciding it would be ‘out-of-character’ for Carlotta, a rather devout Catholic mother, to act in such a manner, Mauceri rewrote her character’s scenes as she thought they should play out, and submitted them to “OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini. Demanding that the actress stick to the original script, however, both sides refused to budge, and the EP showed the veteran soap star the door.

Finding himself in a bind, Valentini placed an emergency call to Saundra Santiago, who previously appeared in Llanview during the summer of 2004 as Isabella Santi. The call came almost too late. Santiago tells TVGuide,”My problem was that, when I got the call from ‘OLTL,’ I was out for the evening with friends and had just finished a vodka gimlet and was about to have another. That was at 9pm. At 10pm the show sent me 20 pages to memorize and I had to be on the set the next morning at 6am. But somehow I pulled it off. Either I’m a real pro or just nuts.” Unlike her predecessor, Santiago explains that she”had absolutely no problem with the content of the scenes.”

When asked why she took so long to speak publicily on the emergency recast, the actress explains that “I’ve been avoiding talking about it because I thought anything I say will offend somebody. It’s such a touchy subject. But I was very excited to go back to ‘OLTL’—I’ve loved that show since way, way back when Tommy Lee Jones was on it!”

Reading between the lines, it appears that “OLTL” may be considering phasing out the character of Carlotta in the near future, given that thus far Santiago was only hired for two episodes. The actress reveals to Logan that her scenes are scheduled to air on September 3rd and 4th, and that “I hope they write more for Carlotta because I’d love to take over the role and do something new with it. Do my thing with it.”

“I think it’s a really good storyline,” Santiago concludes. “The show is just trying to make viewers aware of [gay people]. I love Patricia and have known her for years. She’s a wonderful actress. I’m sure she had her reasons. Whatever. I don’t get involved in that aspect. I’m just so glad it worked out. And it’s a good thing I hadn’t moved on to that next vodka gimlet—that’s all I can say!”

Click here to read Michael Logan’s full interview with “OLTL’s” new Carlotta, Saundra Santiago.

On a related note, look for the much anticipated kiss between former gay lovers Oliver Fish (Scott Evans) and Kyle Lewis (Brett Claywell) to finally happen on Thursday, August 6th, as someone watches from a distance.

In addition to her previous stint in Llanview in 2004, Santiago has also appeared on “Guiding Light” as Carmen Santos (1999-2002) and as Jean Cusamano on the hit HBO series “The Sopranos” (1999-2007).

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

Discussion: Saundra Santiago Discusses Her New ‘Life’ as Carlotta Vega

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  • Patricia Mauceri
  • Saundra Santiago
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    Monday, July 20, 2009 6:39 PM PT | By Errol Lewis

    Alicia Minshew ( — Alicia Minshew, who portrays Kendall Hart Slater on ABC’s “All My Children” is expecting her first child with husband& Richie Herschenfeld. Their daughter is due in November.

    “Richie and I are so thrilled,” said Minshew in a statement to Soap Opera Digest magazine. “I can’t wait to be a mom!” Minshew’s pregnancy is not expected to be written into the show as Kendall is currently involved in a murder mystery storyline and the show has no plans to change course at this time.

    Alicia joined the cast of “All My Children” in 2002 as Kendall Hart, Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) daughter after a childhood rape. In 2009, the actress received her first Daytime Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in Drama Series in May for her work on the soap.

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


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      Monday, July 20, 2009 9:55 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

      ( —
      Frank McCourt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the best-selling memoir Angela’s Ashes, passes away at age 78, following complications associated with melanoma.

      Editor’s note: While we here at SON don’t normally report on news outside of the soap world, in this case we decided to make an exception, given Frank McCourt’s ties to the daytime drama “One Life to Live.”

      The eldest-born of seven children to poor Irish immigrants, Frank McCourt was born in near poverty in Brooklyn, New York on August 19, 1930. With the United States firmly entrenched in the Great Depression, work proved difficult to come by for his parents, Malachy and Angela McCourt.

      Hoping to improve the family’s fortunes, the family packed up and returned to his mother’s hometown of Limerick in her native Ireland when McCourt was only three years old. However, shortly after arriving on the Emerald Isle, the family sunk further into poverty. Often unemployed, Malachy earned very little money, which he would often use to buy booze to support his alcoholism. By the time McCourt reached eleven years of age, his father moved to Liverpool in the United Kingdom to find factory work during World War II.

      As the months went by, the elder McCourt send almost no money back to Ireland to support Frank, his mother, and his three surviving siblings (the other four children died of malnutrition and disease, even Frank himself nearly died of typhoid fever at age ten). In order to survive, McCourt dropped out of school at 13, held several odd jobs, and eventually stole milk and bread from area stores to feed his family.

      At the age of 19, Frank McCourt returned to the United States, and soon found himself drafted and sent to fight on the German front. Following the war, he returned to the U.S. and, thanks to the G.I. Bill, was able to attend and graduate from New York University. Receiving a Master’s degree from Brooklyn College, McCourt embarked on a thirty year teaching career McKee, and later Stuyvesant, High School in NYC, where he taught English.

      McCourt wrote his signature memoir Angela’s Ashes, illustrating his impoverished childhood in Ireland, in 1996. Among other things, McCourt notes in the novel how as a child, entire blocks of houses were forced to share a single outhouse, many of the homes were constantly flooded by torrential downpours, and infested with rodents. The highly successful book earned McCourt a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1996, and a Pulitzer Prize in 1997. It was during that year that he made a special guest appearance as himself on the ABC Daytime soap opera “One Life to Live,” where his brother Malachy was in the midst of the recurring role of ruthless Irish terrorist Thomas Kenneally (part of the group of men who tried to kill poet Patrick Thornhart). Malachy’s other soap credits include “Ryan’s Hope,” “Search for Tomorrow,” and “All My Children,” where he portrays Father Clarence each Christmas.

      Following up on the success of Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt went on to publish two additional books; ‘Tis (1999) picks up where the first book left off and chronicles his new life in America, and Teahcer Man (2005) deals with his the challenges and obstacles he faced as young, inexperienced teacher.

      McCourt was a long-time member of the American Federation of Teachers and National Arts Club. After receiving the Award of Excellence of New York City’s ‘The International Center,’ he was presented with an honorary degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2002, at which time he was also awarded an Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award.

      Living in Connecticut at the time of his death, McCourt is survived by Ellen (his third wife), daughter Maggie (from his first wife), and three grandchild. He is also survived by three brothers (Malachy, Michael, and Alphie) and their families. Revealing in May that he had undergone treatment for melanoma and that he had since gone into remission, McCourt was in the process of taking home chemotherapy. However, after developing meningeal complications, Frank McCourt died at a New York City hospice on the evening of Sunday, July 19th. He was 78-years-old.

      To read more about Frank McCourt’s Pulitzer Prize-winner novel Angela’s Ashes, click here.

      Discussion: ‘Angela’s Ashes’ Author Frank McCourt Passes Away


      Monday, July 20, 2009 3:42 PM PT | By Errol Lewis

      Drew Cheetwood ( — Drew Cheetwood, 26, portrays Milo Giambetti on ABC’s “General Hospital,” but did you know that he is also the personal trainer for Robert Guza, Jr., the soaps head writer, and much of the cast and crew of the soap?

      Cheetwood is the younger brother of Derk Cheetwood (Max Giambetti, “General Hospital”) and is cousins with Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine, “General Hospital”), but he didn’t get the job as Milo because of them. He got it because the show was interested in filling a role as one of Sonny Corinthos’ (Maurice Benard) bodyguards. Since he’s always on set helping the talent and crew get in shape, it was only a natural choice to seek Drew out for the role. But which career does he prefer? “Acting for sure. I moved out to LA to be an actor.”

      While “General Hospital” has provided Drew with his big break, he is still looking for that one role that will make him a star. “I’m getting offered stuff, which is fortunate. That’s what I’m doing now,” he said, though he couldn’t be more specific on what those things were.

      When Drew’s not acting, he’s in full-on Personal Trainer mode. “When I was little Steve Burton and Derk used to pick on me. They used to give me noogies and put me in headlocks. [But] when they come into my domain, they are mine,” he says. “The tables have turned. When Steve shows up, watch. I will make him go down and do push ups. I’ll just say, ‘Steve it’s time.”‘ In case you were wondering, Drew does have personalized workouts set up for the actors, it just “depends on what they are going for,” says Cheetwood. “Most of the guys want to look in shape.”

      As far as the Social Networking world is concerned, Drew is only familiar with MySpace. “I did MySpace, which I think is so 2007 – it’s now Facebook and Twitter. With my schedule, I can’t really get back to people as I should.”

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

      Discussion: One Time at Fan Camp: Drew Cheetwood

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      • 2009


        Monday, July 20, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

        ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Monday, July 20, 2009.


        Annie leaves Emma’s room before Ryan or Erica discovers her. Emma lies to Ryan, claiming Annie didn’t come to her room. Scott doesn’t rat Annie out when he catches her sneaking back into the mansion. Adam is impressed by Annie’s shrewdness when she tries to cut a deal with Willis. JR wants nothing more than to get Annie away from Adam.

        Despite Zach, Ryan and Erica’s protests, Kendall feels as though she has no choice but to agree to a plea bargain and go to prison for a few years as opposed to risking facing life behind bars or even the death penalty. Zach takes Kendall in his arms to comfort her.

        David joins Liza at her table at ConFusion but makes a quick exit after her comment about children hits him hard.

        On the Next All My Children…

        • Zach and Kendall reaffirm their love for one another.
        • Annie remembers more about the night of the murder.
        • Jake and Amanda form a new plan.

        “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


        OLTL Recap: Monday, July 20, 2009

        Monday, July 20, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

        ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, July 20, 2009.


        “Fur Flies”

        Stacy threatens to destroy the bag of blood unless Rex sleeps with her once more. Rex tells Stacy he’d do anything to save his son but he would hate every second of it. A crushed Stacy gives Rex the blood. Rex and Gigi celebrate having Stacy out of their lives. Stacy privately vows that she may be down, but not out.

        After signing the divorce papers, John and Blair share a bittersweet goodbye. Destiny thinks Téa could be the answer to Matthew’s prayers. Bo and Nora are on the receiving end of a very unpleasant surprise, thanks to Téa.

        Greg jumps into action and saves the life of one of Rachel’s counselees when he realizes the seriousness of the boy’s head injury.

        On the Next One Life to Live…

        • Roxy makes an emotional confession to Rex.
        • Layla confronts Fish.
        • A crazed Stacy becomes Gigi’s worst nightmare.

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


        Monday, July 20, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

        ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, July 20, 2009.


        Flanked by Max and Milo, Sonny goes into full gangster mode when he confronts the president of the country club for insulting Michael.

        Sonny makes another play for Olivia.

        Claudia gets the results of the paternity test and starts out for home in her car to share the news with Sonny.

        Kristina is crushed when Kiefer blows her off to hang out with a senior girl.

        Carly searches the side of the road for Morgan’s missing medallion.

        Michael becomes enraged when another car speeds past him.

        After returning home from having a few glasses of wine at Olivia’s, Alexis heads back out with purpose.

        Michael, Carly, Claudia and Kristina are poised for a potential tragedy.

        On the Next General Hospital…

        • Claudia and her unborn baby are in jeopardy.
        • Sam becomes suspicious of Kristina.
        • Maxie can’t give Spinelli an answer to his proposal.

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


        OLTL Teasers: Week of July 20 Edition

        Monday, July 20, 2009 12:11 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

        ( — “One Life to Live” Teasers and Episode Titles for the Week of July 20, 2009.

        NOTE: For some reason the epsiode names for this week still have yet to be posted anywhere.  For that reason, I have decided to go ahead and post just the episode numbers for this week’s teasers, with hopes that the episode names will be posted at at some point the week. 

        ONE LIFE TO LIVE: Teasers

        • Monday: “Episode 10,479″ — Stacy makes an attempt to blackmail Stacy.  Rex and Gigi celebrate being free of her sister.
        • Tuesday: “Episode 10,480″ – Stacy isn’t down and out yet, forcing Gigi to watch her back.  Rex can’t beleive what he’s hearing from Roxy.
        • Wednesday: “Episode 10,481″ — Layla places Fish on the spot by asking him if he is gay.  Kyle is dismissive to Cristian’s questioning.
        • Thursday: “Episode 10,482″ — Blair and Téa have a smackdown over Todd.  Dorian has some advice for Todd. 
        • Friday: “Episode 10,483″– Rex is ready to press charges against Stacy.  Blair’s anger levels go through the roof.  

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


        GL PreVUE: Week of July 20 Edition

        Monday, July 20, 2009 12:49 AM ET | By Venus Stone

        alt ( –Pointing fingers…


        James become fed up when Philip and Alan can’t seem to get along, and leave them stranded in the woods, Monday, July 20. On the same day, Cyrus clues Buzz in on something regarding Coop. Everyone comes together to say their good-byes to Jeffrey, Friday, July 24.

        The Inside Story: Under Suspicion

        Mallet, still fixated on who murdered Edmund, soon finds himself suspecting Marina, due to her strange behavior. Talking to Dinah, he admits that he’s still trying to wrap his head around the thought of his wife murdering someone. Meanwhile Ashlee is helping Dinah put together a program of Jeffrey’s life, while Reva and Marina both bond over watching their children play together. Dinah, seeing that Mallet can’t let go of his suspicions, tells him he has to move on, but he’s unable to do that, especially when Marina throws away a toy Jeffrey got Henry. He questions why she would do that and she tells him that she can’t hold on to reminders of people that aren’t there. Pressing her for a ‘confession’ Mallet tells her she can open up to him about anything. When she doesn’t respond, he blurts out the he knows she killed the man she thought was Edmund. Stunned, Marina tells her husband that she can’t believe he would think she’d be capable of killing someone. Unconvinced, Mallet insist she tell her the truth, which causes her to storm off and into Danny.. When Dinah comes to visit and tell Mallet the news of Shayne’s proposal, Mallet admits that she confronted Marina about killing the ‘John Doe’. Later that day, Remy tries to give Mallet the damaged stroller, which he accepts. From a distance, Remy sees Mallet destroying the stroller in anger and he begins to realize that Marina could have killed to protect her son. Meanwhile, Billy approaches and upset Marina, letting her know that altough Reva may have lost Jeffrey, Marina still has a husband to be there for her. Marina goes to Mallet begging for them to work things out, insisting she didn’t kill anyone.

        A Closer Look: Drowning Her Sorrows
        Depressed about Natalia leaving, Olivia continues to drink to the point where she forgets to pick Emma up. Christina picking up on Olivia’s ‘condition’ decides to help out by getting the young girl. When Olivia spots someone that looks like Natalia, she goes running after her but quickly apologizes when she sees her up close. While with Christina, Emma tells her that Olivia’s sad that her friends are gone. Meanwhile Blake visits Olivia and finds her in sitting on the bathroom floor. Olivia begins to grill Blake for information about Natalia but Blake refuses to help her. Olivia soon talks to Remy and informs him she wants to dig into Natalia’s past work history. After Remy questions why she wants to dig into Natalia’s past, she tells him that Natalia is missing; to which he agrees to help. Meanwhile, Olivia tells Christina to drop Emma off because they are leaving for Chicago. Emma, however doesn’t want to go so Olivia has someone watch her. While in Chicago, Olivia confronts one of Natalia’s old bosses demanding to know where she is. When they refuse, Olivia handcuffs herself to the bar and is later arrested. Calling Josh for help, he comes to bail her out.

        What To Watch

        • Ava comes home
        • Rafe confesses the truth about his mom
        • Someone admits what they’ve done

        Guiding Light News and Headlines

        • Michelle Ray Smith returns to the show as “Ava” Friday, July 24
        • Fiona Hutchinson reprises her role as the ghostly “Jenna”on Wednesday, July 29 and Thursday, August 13
        • Tom Pelphrey returns to the show as ‘Jonathan Randall” on Wednesday, August 5
        • Frank Dicopoulous (“Frank Cooper”) will be the honorary chairperson for FAAN Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward a Cure in Long Beach, NJ on Saturday, September 12. Please visit FAAN for more detailed information.
        • Murray Bartlett (“Cyrus”) and other daytime stars will set sail on Soap Cruise, the Third Voyage on Thursday, January 28 until Monday, February 1, 2010. Please visit Soap Cruise or call 1-888-381-4654 for more detailed information.
        • Robert Newman (“Josh Lewis”) will appear in a production of the musical Sessions beginning on Friday, May 29, 2009 at the Algonquin Theater, located at 123 East 24th Street. Newman will be starring as “Dr. Peterson” Wednesday-Saturday at 8PM. For more information and tickets, please contact Glenna Freedman at Sessions or call 1-212-764-7900 for more detailed information.
        • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “GL” during the week of July 13, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.

        SON ALERTS: WEEK OF JULY 27, 2009

        • Alan learns the truth about Philip
        • Frank’s evesdropping gives him key information
        • Dinah and Shayne say ‘I do’

        “Guiding Light” airs Weekdays on CBS. Check local listings.

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        Discussion: GL PreVUE: Week of July 20 Edition


        Monday, July 20, 2009 12:26 AM ET | By Venus Stone

        alt ( –A new man….


        Brad learns that Katie knew about Henry, Monday, July 20. Hunter refuses to grow closer to Emily, as he continues to grieve for his mother Wednesday, July 22. On Friday, July 24 Lucinda gets under Emily’s skin in a bad way.

        The Inside Story: A Clean Slate

        Wanting to get in good with Meg, Damian sets a plan in motion to help Paul by locating a sugeoon from New York to work with Paul. Back at home, Barbara is doing her best to get Paul to remember who he is by showing photos of his family. Unfortunately for both of them, he can’t remember anything or even feel any connection. When Meg arrives, Barbara prays that she can get through to Paul, but he doesn’t even respond to her. As the two are talking, he begins to ask Meg about their relationship together. She points out to him that they haven’t had the best relationship due to his constant schemes. Meg becomes upset and confused when Paul tells her that she and Eliza are much better off with him out of their lives. Meanwhile Dusty’s trial approaches and he wants to plead guilty. Bonnie, who has been fired by him refuses to give up. She soon heads to meet Meg to get her to speak on Dusty’s behalf but she is unsurre that will help him. Emily, however, who has found herself running into Paul and is stunned when he doesn’t remember who she is. As they are talking, she tells him what happened to get him to the loss of his memory, even explaining how Dusty is set to be tried for the bomb that landed him in the hospital. As the trial is underway, Paul winds up showing up, telling the judge that he was the cause of everything; the judge then lets Dusty know that he’ll make his decision on sentence in a couple of days. After the trial, Meg finds herself intrigued by Paul’s actions but Damian, wanting Meg for himself isn’t so sure he’s on the up and up.

        A Closer Look: A New Path in Life

        Luke watches on as Noah and Mason are working together but leaves when he remembers that he has to meet his partner. Alone, Noah admits to Luke that he’s very stressed out about his project and Luke thinks the two of them just need to get out for a bit. Heading to Metro, the two see Mason and his boyfriend, George arguing with one another. When George leaves in a huff, Mason soon confides in them and tells how the two of them met. After hearing how their troubles began, Luke and Noah both vow never to let their relationship get to that point. Meanwhile, Lucinda pulls some strings and talks to Dean Severn, inviting him over to discuss re-admitting Luke back into college. When Luke finds out he heads over to discuss it with Damian, explaining he’d rather work for him than go back to college. He soon finds himself telling Holden and Lily, who are not pleased with the news but support him anyway.

        What To Watch

        • Sage finds someone to bond with in her time of need
        • Casey and Alison find their ways back to one another
        • Vienna gives up on Henry

        As the World Turns News and Headlines

        • Matt Edwards appears as “Ed Lazarus” who has business to do with Craig and Rosanna on Thursday, July, 23.
        • Vanessa Ray appears as “Teri Cicocone” Janet’s little sister, who happens to find a bond with Sage on Thursday, July 23
        • Lynn Herring will join the show as ‘Henry Coleman’s’ mom, Audrey. Herring’s first airdate is Friday, July 24
        • John Hillner appears as “Dean Severn”, who is summoned by Lucinda to help Luke, Thursday, July 23.
        • Van Hansis (“Luke Snyder”) and Jake Silbermann (“Noah Mayer”) will attend their first European fan event in France beginning October 17 at Auditorium Jean-de-La-Fontaine 25, Avenue du General Sarrail. For more information please visit MGC Events for more detailed information.
        • Austin Peck and Julie Pinson will join other daytime stars as they set sail on Soap Cruise, The Third Voyage on Thursday, January 28 throughMonday, February 1, 2010. Please visit Soap Cruise or call 1-888-381-4654 for more detailed information.
        • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “ATWT” during the week of July 13, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.

        SON ALERTS: WEEK OF JULY 27, 2009

        • Sage runs away to get to Carly
        • Damian makes his move on Meg
        • Tom thinks Margo is having an affair

        “As the World Turns” airs Weekdays on CBS. Check local listings.

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        Discussion: ATWT PreVUE: Week of July 20 Edition


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