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.



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

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Making adjustments.

      THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL

      Alexis faces Kristina’s wrath in the wake of the Mayor’s reveal. Diane proves to be a good friend to Alexis on Wednesday, July 1. Kristina accuses Alexis of being a hypocrite for having slept with a married man. Dominic turns to Kristina for an assist after Johnny refuses to help him get a foot into Sonny’s organization. Robin admits to Alexis that she doesn’t believe the Mayor is guilty of murder but comes to a different conclusion about the Mayor’s wife on Thursday, July 2. Spinelli fights off Maxie’s advances convinced that their love-making can lead to nothing good. Maxie is not a fan of Spinelli’s idea of a slow and chaste courtship on Tuesday, June 30. Coleman turns to Spinelli and Maxie for ideas on how to turn the financial tide at Jake’s. After a rehearsal in the shower, Spinelli realizes his singing voice could prove to be a major hindrance to his plans to serenade his love at Jake’s first Karaoke night. “General Hospital” airs an encore presentation on Friday, July 3.

      The Inside Story: Relocation Program
      A seething Carly is forced to see Jason’s point on why she can’t take Sonny’s gift away from Michael. Jason explains to Edward why he can’t accept his offer to join Michael in relocating to the mansion. Carly and Jason face-off with Sonny about Michael’s living arrangements on Tuesday, June 30. Jax tries to blackmail Claudia into convincing Sonny to abide by Carly’s wishes for Michael. Carly walks in as Claudia spells out to Jax why she doesn’t have to do his bidding. Sonny finally listens to reason, which doesn’t go over well with a pissed off Michael. Michael accuses Sonny and Jason of being under Carly’s thumb. The situation remains tense when Jason drops Michael off at the Q’s on Wednesday, July 1. Edward is putty in Michael’s hands. Carly is horrified to learn that Edward let Michael take Morgan for a spin in his new car.

      A Closer Look: Love, Deception & Jealousy
      On Monday, June 29, Rebecca treats Nikolas to her idea of a fun evening: a night of watching horror flicks! A nervous Rebecca spots Ethan watching her and Nikolas. Ethan presses Rebecca to remember that Nikolas is their mark. Rebecca pulls Ethan into a kiss in an effort to prove that her loyalty is to him. Ethan seethes when Rebecca chooses staying with Nikolas over leaving with him. On Tuesday, June 30, a drunken Ethan becomes a little too talkative around Elizabeth. Nikolas convinces Rebecca to move into Wyndemere. Rebecca makes a hasty retreat when Ethan calls demanding a meeting or else! Ethan accuses Rebecca of wanting Nikolas. Rebecca is clearly conflicted despite her insistence to Ethan that the con is still on. Lulu and Nikolas are convinced Rebecca and Ethan are both just misunderstood.

      General Hospital News and Headlines:

      GH ALERTS: WEEK OF JULY 6, 2009

      • Andrea overhears Robin’s theory that she killed the Mayor’s mistress. (TV Guide Listings)

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



      OLTL PreVUE: Week of June 29 Edition

      Friday, June 26, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — If you can’t be with the one you love, then love the one you’re with.

      THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

      Clint suprises Bo by asking his brother to be his best man on Tuesday, June 30. Greg’s web of lies to little sister Destiny continue when he cancels their dinner plans. Pretending to be examining Matthew’s case file, he is actually out on a date with his new associate, Dr. Wright. Later, Shaun blasts Greg for disappointing Destiny. Meanwhile, Matthew and Destiny enjoy the evening together. After finding comfort in Brody’s arms, he and Jessica spend the night together on Wednesday, July 1. Fish encounters Kyle when he arrives early for his date with Layla at Capricorn. Blair supects Cristian has the hots for Layla. Natalie and Jared find time for a little lovin’, and Jessica encourges Brody to apply to the police academy.

      July 3rd Encore Episode: ‘No One Ever Said it Would be This Hard’ (original airdate 03/18/09)
      Nora confronts Marty, who takes responsibilty for neglecting her son when he needed her the most. Seeing the error of her ways, Nora also accepts blame for the tragic turn of events. As both mothers grieve for their sons, they find solace in a hug. Meanwhile, Cole’s guilt grows when Matthew confesses that he doesn’t blame his friend for the accident that paraylzed him. When Cole questions his motives, Matthew responds that he too could have made better choices than what he did. As Cole is led away in handcuffs, Jack forces Todd to stand up and be a real father to him, Starr, and Sam. Téa confesses to John that she didn’t stab Lee Halpern and is confident that Todd is innocent of the crime as well. John accusses Téa of still being in love with Todd, to which she neither confirms nor denies the allegation. At the same time, Todd hires a new attorney as he prepares to fight for his kids. Gigi thanks Brody for his continued support. And Bo and Rex comfort each other as they discuss Shane and Matthew’s health issues.

      The Inside Story: I Want Your Blood
      Stacy interrupts the conversation just as Gigi asks Rex if he understands just how evil Stacy really is on Monday, June 29. Not sure what to expect, she is speechless when Rex proclaims his love for Stacy. As Gigi runs away to Rodi’s in tears, Stacy is surprised to learn that Rex failed to mention their tryst to her. Later, however, Rex shows up on Gigi’s doorstep, where he plants a kiss on her. Meanwhile, Natalie and Jared are intent on making sure Kyle follows through with his end of the bargin. Even though he swears he has no idea who the donor is, Kyle assures them that the person can be found in Room 302 at the Boutet Clinic. At the same time, Roxy’s day just keeps getting worse when she is confronted by Nurse Gayle Collins at the clinic. In the heat of battle, Gayle swipes the bag of blood Roxy was saving in case of an emergency on Monday, June 29. Tempers flare futher when nurse nasty accuses Roxy of turning off the patient’s life support system. As Natalie, Jared, and Kyle arrive on the scene, Gayle hightails it out of the clinic with the bag of blood in tow. Shortly thereafter, Natalie and Jared approach Roxy after Kyle informs them that she was in possession of the extra supply of blood on Tuesday, June 30. Back at the cottage house, Rex explains his actions to a confused Gigi. As he is about to reveal that he slept with Stacy, Natalie and Jared arrive with disappointing news. Rex and Gigi are devastated to learn that, should Shane suffer a relapse, they would need to search for yet another donor. Moe minces no words when he informs Stacy that Rex’s heart will always belong to Gigi. Later, Stacy is puzzled when Gayle hands her the extra bag of blood, and claims that her new boss is on her side on Wednesday, July 1. Despite her protests, Rex makes it clear to Gigi that he must fake it with Stacy until he can figure out who the real donor is. After unsuccessfully searching his apartment for the missing evidence, Rex keeps Stacy at arm’s length when she starts feeling frisky.

      A Closer Look: Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve
      John states to Bo that he will return to the police force on the condition that he allows Cole to go undercover to help bust up a drug ring, instead of serving jail time. When Todd shows his true colors by refusing to sign the consent form, Starr reminds her father of the emotional plea he made at Hope’s ‘grave’ on Monday, June 29. Seeing little harm in giving his daugther what she wants (since the groom is going to jail anyway), Todd gives in. By Wednesday, July 1, Todd confesses to Téa that his feelings for her are real, but that he is unable to put them into words. Despite their recent bickering, Todd and Téa soon end up in bed together. Langston assists Starr in her wedding preparations, while Marty gives Cole her wedding ring. Addie listens as Blair explains why Todd spending the night with Téa troubles her on Thursday, July 2. In an action that will surely make Blair’s blood boil, Todd asks Téa to escort him to Starr and Cole’s wedding. John faces the difficult task of convincing a judge to see his point-of-view regarding Cole. Dorian and Markko have their work cut out for them as they each desperately try to persuade unwilling participants to attend a dinner party at La Boulaie.

      One Life to Live News and Headlines

      OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF JULY 6, 2009

      • Blair nearly blows her top when Téa arrives at Starr and Cole’s wedding. (Cable Guide)
      • Cole eases Starr’s concerns. (Cable Guide)
      • John interrupts the ceremony with big news. (Cable Guide)
      • Starr and Cole’s walk down the aisle doesn’t go quite as expected. (Soap Opera Weekly)

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


      Discussion: OLTL PreVUE: Week of June 29 Edition