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.


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  • 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.


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      • One Life to Live
      • Guiding Light
      • Gina Tognoni

        OLTL Recap: Friday, June 26, 2009

        Friday, June 26, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, June 26, 2009.

        IT HAPPENED TODAY…

        “Thicker Than Blood”

        Gigi opens Rex’s eyes as to the person Stacy really is. Schuyler slaps Stacy with some cold, hard truths.

        Blair beats Todd at his own game by giving her consent for Starr to marry Cole. Starr is livid when Téa exposes Todd’s true colors and challenges him to prove his love for her.

        Desperate to keep her son out of jail, Marty asks John to help make her and Cole disappear. John tells Bo he’ll accept the Chief of detectives’ job under one condition.

        Natalie and Jared put the screws to Kyle.

        Nora thinks Bo’s jealous over the fact Clint was the one who found the surgeon who might be able to help Matthew.

        On the Next One Life to Live…

        • Gigi isn’t sure Rex believes her. 
        • Natalie and Jared push Kyle’s buttons.
        • John may hold the key to keeping Cole out of jail. 

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



        Friday, June 26, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, June 26, 2009.

        IT HAPPENED TODAY…

        Liza feigns going into labor when Amanda appears ready to expose the truth at her baby’s memorial service. Jake and Tad whisk Liza away to allegedly give birth. Back at home, Liza bonds with Colby, who truly believes her mother’s in labor as Tad leaves to go pick up the baby at the address Jake gave him. Amanda’s arrival could put Jake and Liza’s plan in jeopardy.

        David asks Amanda if he can bury their supposed baby’s ashes with Babe and she agrees. Krystal reaches out to David in his time of grief.

        Brot and Taylor realize they’ve reached the end of the road and amicably part ways.

        On the Next All My Children…

        • Tad and Jake scramble to keep their ruse alive.
        • Liza fears Amanda will recognize her baby.
        • Ryan suspects that Annie killed Stuart.

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



        Friday, June 26, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, June 26, 2009.

        IT HAPPENED TODAY…

        Michael accuses Sonny of not allowing him to join the organization because he’s brain damaged. Sonny overcompensates trying to make up with Michael when he when he buys him a sports car.

        Carly surprises Monica and Edward by announcing she wants Michael to come live with them. Jason apologizes to Michael for the way he behaved after his accident. Edward suggests that Jason could make things easier for Michael if he moved back in as well.

        Patrick, Robin, Spinelli and Maxie take their suspicions that Brianna was murdered to Mac and Alexis. Mac arrests Mayor Floyd, who makes a startling public announcement.

        On the Next General Hospital…

        • Ethan spies on Nikolas and Rebecca.
        • Robin and Patrick fear they’ve made a horrible mistake.
        • Alexis has her dirty laundry aired in public.

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



        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.


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

          OLTL Teasers: Week of June 29 Edition

          Friday, June 26, 2009 4:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Teasers and Episode Titles for the Week of June 29, 2009.

          ONE LIFE TO LIVE: Teasers

          • Monday: “Killing Me Softly” — Kyle doesn’t give Natalie and Jared the information they seek, although he does point them in the right direction. Roxy finds herself in a battle with Nurse Gayle Collins from the Boutet Clinic.
          • Tuesday: “There Might Be Blood” – Rex explains to a heartbroken Gigi why he must pretend to love Stacy for the time being. Natalie and Jared deliver some bad news to Gigi and Rex concerning the identity of Shane’s bone marrow donor.
          • Wednesday: “Téa, Where the Devil Are My Slippers?” — Todd finds himself unable to put his true feelings for Téa into words. Finding old habits hard to break, Téa and Todd soon find themselves in a rather familiar place.
          • Thursday: “Nice Day for a White Wedding” — Langston assists Starr in preparing for her wedding, while Marty gives Cole the wedding ring his father gave her. Todd invites Téa to his daughter’s wedding under the pretense of needing her support.
          • Friday: “No One Ever Said it Would Be This Hard”– (encore of the 03/18/09 episode) Marty and Nora take their grief out on one another. Cole wonders how Matthew is able to forgive him for the pain he’s caused.

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



          Friday, June 26, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Truth or dare.

          THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

          An apologetic JR tells Marissa that he was thinking of Babe when he kissed her. Tad runs into a roadblock or two on his way to deliver the baby to Liza’s birthing session. Jake, Liza and Tad manage to fool everybody but then run into another situation when the paramedics arrive on Monday, June 29. Scott and JR come to an understanding. Colby tells a thrilled Liza that she wants to help her raise her baby brother, Stuart. Jake spins a cheerful tale on Tuesday, June 30, after a forlorn Amanda asks him to tell her who he gave her baby to. Tad urges Jake to be honest with Amanda on Wednesday, July 1. Jake is confident everything is going to work out. “All My Children” airs an encore presentation on Friday, July 3.

          The Inside Story: T-r-o-u-b-l-e!
          Ryan and Erica rush in when they witness Annie holding a gun on Adam. Erica’s indignation flares when Adam takes Annie’s side and accuses her of just being jealous. Aidan and Ryan work together to prove their theory that Annie killed Stuart. Adam plants one on Annie after spotting Erica spying on them on Monday, June 29. Tad tells Ryan he remembers seeing a woman running from the Chandler terrace on the night of Stuart’s murder. Ryan is convinced that woman was Annie and takes Tad to see North on Tuesday, June 30. Tad admits to North that the woman he saw could have been Kendall. Annie, meanwhile, realizes that Kendall really thinks that she shot Stuart. Erica drags Kendall away from the escalating confrontation as Adam declares his complete and total belief in Annie’s innocence. Annie finds Aidan spying on her. Aidan gives Annie his theory on how she killed Stuart. On Thursday, July 2, Annie is clearly not revealing all she knows when she recounts the events of the night Stuart died for Adam. Erica confronts Annie, who snaps and begins to choke the life out of the petite diva.

          Madison refuses to gives Zach any information but does warn him that her husband will succeed in convicting Kendall. Backed into a corner, on Wednesday, July 1, Madison cops to the fact that North cheats on her and is planning a getaway this very weekend. Madison also reveals that her husband once lost the true love of his life. Randi refuses to go away with North despite his persistence and threats. Zach confronts Randi after seeing North leave her apartment. Randi reveals her connection to North. Zach advises Randi to keep her distance from North. Convinced she can help both Jesse and Kendall, Randi arrives at North’s hotel room looking to make a deal.

          Ryan and Erica realize just how dire things are for Kendall. Things become more bleak when Jesse walks in on Kendall asking Tad to lie for her on the stand on Wednesday, July 1. Kendall is wrecked with visions of her loved ones being forced to testify against her. Zach and Ryan fear Kendall will do something to dig herself in deeper.

          All My Children News and Headlines:

          AMC ALERTS: WEEK OF JULY 6, 2009

          • Jesse goes to extreme measures to protect Randi after finding D.A. North dead. (TV Guide Listings)
          • Affected by everybody else’s doubts, Adam puts Annie to the test. (ABC Soaps In Depth)
          • David becomes suspicious upon observing Jake and Liza’s behavior around baby Stuart. (Soap Opera Weekly)

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