My View of Llanview: June 30 Edition

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 12:46 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life’s” gay stoyline claims its first victim.

“One Life to Live” never ceases to amaze me. For the past week, I have spent countless hours wrestling with what to write about in this edition of the column. I was to the point of just compiling another list of what makes me nauseous about the soap right now, when ‘it’ happened. The ‘it’ in this instance is, of course, the termination of Patricia Mauceri (Carlotta Vega) from “OLTL” because of her alleged refusal to play even a small role in the upcoming gay storyline between Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish.

When I first saw the headline of another website over the weekend claiming that a “OLTL Actress Fired!,” I automatically assumed that the show had made the biggest mistake in its nearly 41-year history by firing the legendary Erika Slezak. Much to my amazement however, as I began reading the article, my sadness immediately turned to confusion. I realize that there are always two sides to every story, but something about this tale struck me as ‘fishy’ (no pun intended, by the way).

Why get rid of Patricia Mauceri, of all people on the cast, because of her apparent refusal for her character to be a ‘gay friendly Latina mom?’ After all, it’s not like Carlotta has carried, or even played an important role for that matter, in a storyline in years. Instead, quite the opposite is true. Carlotta has become the type of character that is only let out of the attack for special events such as birthdays, weddings, and funerals; it’s not usual for her not to even be seen on camera for several months at a time (guess she’s busy in the cooking flan). Carlotta is not Viki or Dorian, after all. It’s not like the show wouldn’t survive if the character went the way of Miles Laurence and simply just vanished and was never spoken of again.

But still, the news leaves more than a seed of doubt in my mind (and probably many of yours as well). After all, it’s not as if Mauceri has had a long history of refusing to go along with anything gay related. First, she was played a minor role in the gay-themed movie I Think I Do, works alongside gay co-stars (i.e., Tuc Watkins), and is even employed by a homosexual head writer and executive producer. Also, it’s not like she hasn’t been involved with controversial storylines on “One Life” in the past. Nearly a decade ago, Carlotta dated Llanview’s African-American DA Hank “The Cannon” Gannon, and took in a Eli, a young HIV positive boy whose mother had recently died of AIDS, and vowed to raise him on her own (although the character would eventually be dropped). So it’s not like Carlotta Vega hasn’t tackled diversity and social issues before.

While working on my own news article concerning the story, and re-reading quotes and statements again and again, I seem to get the impression that Maurceri’s apparent rejection of the upcoming plot was more so related to her character, and not to herself personally as an actress. I suppose it would seem somewhat out of character in a sense, for Carlotta to suddenly embrace a gay couple and agree with their lifestyle. Perhaps that is what she was trying to tell her superiors at “OLTL” and ABC. Somehow, it is just difficult for me to fathom that she was so outraged by the plot idea that flat out refused to have any part of it. Maybe that is exactly what happened…no one really knows for sure. But something just does not feel right about the side of the story that is currently being told.

For arguments sake, let’s suppose for a moment that the actress honestly felt that the proposed storyline conflicted with her personal and religious beliefs, and that she told the powers that be as much. Although she hasn’t been on contract with “OLTL” for years, she is an ABC employee in every episode she appears in, since she garners a paycheck for those shows. Furthermore, she is employed by a soap opera for pete’s sake. Can any soap star honestly say that they had no clue that being involved in controversial storylines was a possibility when they signed up for the job? That’s what daytime dramas try to do sometimes–push the envelope. It’s the name of the game. Mauceri should have been aware of that when she first signed on to the role on “OLTL” back in 1995.

Delving deeper, how many jobs let their employees choose not to do things, because they claim not to like them. Not very many that I can think of. Most bosses and administrators are all too eager to dismiss an employee if they complain about their job to them. It reminds me of when I used to work at my local Wal-Mart back in the day (before I considered the corporation to be evil). Even though I was (at the time) and Electronics associate, there were times I had to help out and do other tasks outside of my job description as an electronics department associate. For instance, if we were short-handed or a ‘stockman’ called in sick, I sometimes had to mop up vomit, clean the restrooms, or round up shopping carts from the parking lot. Those were not things that I enjoyed doing, especially being outside on the hot asphalt on sunny summer days, but I did them because it was my job. I was told to help out and do those tasks by my boss, the very person who signed my paycheck. If I complained, I knew the result. And it wasn’t pretty. How would I make my car payment, pay my insurance, or buy food? For me it was easier just to ‘grin and bare it’ and keep my job, then to be unemployed and unsure where my next paycheck would come from.

Soap actors do the same thing. I am reminded of two separate instances from “OLTL” where actors have hated particular storylines, but participated in them anyway because it was their job. Clint Richie, “One Life’s” original Clint Buchanan, absolutely despised the fact that the show’s brass had suddenly turned his character into a homophobe during the whole Billy Douglas gay teen storyline back in the 1990s. He later noted that, because of that one plot, he began receiving hate mail for the first time in his long career as an actor. Even Erika Slezak, the matriarch of “One Life to Live,” reportedly hated the storyline where Viki’s son Kevin was hypnotized and instructed to kill his own mother. But, here again, she played it anyway. My point is that we all sometimes have to do things we don’t like — regarding our jobs, families, friends, etc… — but we have to do them anyway. I hate to use the expression countless parents have told their children, but it I think it is appropriate in this sense — sometimes life just isn’t fair.

Don’t think that I am dissing for Patricia Mauceri for apparently having a difference of opinion with her soap bosses, because I’m not. We are all entitled in our opinions on this and all issues and, while we may not always see eye-to-eye, we must learn to respect our own thoughts and feelings. “I may not agree with a thing you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” as the saying goes. In a way I admire her for standing up for her beliefs, if indeed that is truly what happened. Either way, I suspect it was mostly just a business decision. Call me crazy, but I just cannot picture Patricia Mauceri arguing herself out a job. Maybe she has a healthy bank account and can survive without the occasional call from “OLTL,” but given the current state of the economy and the sky-high unemployment rates across the U.S., I suspect that times must still be hard for Mauceri and her fellow soap stars.

While hesitant to get swept up in the messy debate on just how much input soap actors should have in the motivation and direction of the characters they portray, I will say this much. I am no ‘insider’ by any stretch of the imagination, however, I will agree that it is a two-way street. First and foremost, characters are created by a show’s writers, based upon their own conception of what they envision them to be like. But, as we all know, sometimes soap change writers like people change underwear, and that can create some serious issue. Since new scribes are often not aware of the original outline or personality of a character, they sometimes write things for them to say and do that our totally ‘out of character’ for that particular role. In those cases the actors, particually those who originated the character, would be the best source of information on how exactly the person they are portraying would react in a given situation, and sometimes make it known to the writers that their character isn’t acting like themselves. As you can probably tell, I’m not exactly picking sides on this issue, mostly because I can see both sides. I am relating it to the real world, however, in that when an employee complains too much, they are told to seek employment elsewhere.

All that being said, I am actually looking forward to “OLTL’s” latest gay storyline attempt. While I am not gay myself, I still hope the soap can get it right, and do the storyline justice for all the show’s gay fans. I pray that they will, but I feel that they won’t. I urge the Ron Carlivati and his team remember that “OLTL” built on diversity. Agnes Nixon’s original concept for “One Life to Live” was that it would be a true reflection of society. And it is nice to see that there are gay people in Llanview, and middle class blue collar workers, Latinos, African-Americans, fat, skinny, young, old, and characters from other parts of the country who speak and act differently. Not everyone in the world is rich, snooty, and white…and it is important to remember that. Hopefully the writers will as well. At least, the show is starting to return to at least as some of their diverse roots with minority characters in recent months.

In conclusion, I have to admit that “One Life to Live” has started peaking my interest again. I think that the show is gradually improving, although it still has a very long way to go until being able to return to its once former glory. And looking ahead at the next few weeks, I belive there is some good stuff coming up. Fans will just have to be patient however. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. And “OLTL” will not turn from a pile of steaming dog crap to a 10-karat diamond overnight. Change takes time, but it is always constant. And one day soon “One Life to Live” will be a great soap once more.

For those of you unable to figure out the answers to the trivia questions from my last column, here they are (correct answers in bold): Question #1: In 2008, a drunken Rex Balsom performed a striptease just before what musical guest was set to perform at Ultra Violet? a) Snoop Dogg, b) Timbaland, c) The Plain White T’s, or d) Willie Nelson. Question #2: In 1991, for what purpose did Carlo Hesser drug Viki to bring out Niki Smith? a) to kill Asa Buchanan, b) to kill Viki’s daughter Megan, c) to convince Renee to marry him, or d) to burn down The Banner. Question #3: When did Tina discover the entrance to Victor Lord’s secret room back in 1985? a) in the library at Llanfair, b) in the carriage house, c) in the basement of The Banner, or d) in his mausoleum. And Question #4: Back in 1977, how were Larry Wolek and Karen Wolek related before they got married? a) they were cousins, b) Karen was Larry’s stepmother, c) Karen had been Larry’s sister-in-law, or d) No relation. The last names were mere coincidence.

Hope you enjoyed those questions, and that they didn’t prove too difficult for you. Now time for this week’s trivia challenge: Question #1: Back in 1988, Ursula Blackwell rigged something to blow up on Tina Lord when she remarried Cord Roberts. But what was it? a) the church, b) the bouquet, c) the wedding cake, or d) the horse-drawn carriage. Question #2: What were the names of the two warring gangs in Angel Square in 1996? a) The Arrows and the Prides, b) The Bullets and the Hawks, c) The Cutters and the Wolves, or d) The Diehards and the Falcons. Question #3: How did Margaret Cochran blackmail Todd into sleeping with her back in 2005? a) She threatened to kill Blair, b) She had kidnapped his children, c) She threatened to set fire to the bed in which he was tied, and d) She threatened to turn evidence against him over to the police. And Question #4: In 1976, what sport was Brad Vernon a professional in? a) baseball, b) football, c) tennis, or d) golf. I’ll have the answers in the July 15th edition of the column. But if you are stumped and can’t wait, you may want to consult a copy of The One Life to Live 40th Anniversary Trivia Book by Gerry Waggett. Just a suggestion…. but one you might find useful (except when trying to figure out first question, which I came up with myself. However the answer to it can be found elsewhere in this column).

That concludes yet another installment of “My View of Llanview.” Hope you enjoyed reading my “OLTL” thoughts and ramblings, and that you will join me again in two weeks for more of the same. Keep the feedback coming; I love hearing from fellow fans. Enjoy your summer and have a safe and happy Independence Day! Celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks, cookouts, displaying the American flag, and remembering the freedom that we all so often take for granted in this country.

And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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


Discussion: My View of Llanview: June 30 Edition


OLTL Recap: Monday, June 29, 2009

Monday, June 29, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, June 29, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

“Killing Me Softly”

Gigi’s questioning whether or not Rex believes her story just as Stacy walks in. Rex devastates Gigi when he tells her to leave, saying he’s with Stacy now and doesn’t want to hear anything she has to say. Gigi goes to Rodi’s in tears, thinking she’s lost Rex for good. Stacy’s insecurities come to the surface when Rex admits he didn’t tell Gigi that they slept together. Rex shows up at a heartbroken Gigi’s door and surprises her with a passionate kiss.

Natalie and Jared pressure Kyle to make good on their deal and reveal the name of Shane’s donor. Kyle tells Jared and Natalie he doesn’t know the person’s name but says they can find him in Room 302 at the Boutet Clinic. Gayle Collins, the nurse from the clinic, confronts Roxy and snatches the bag of blood she’d been saving in case Shane has a relapse. Gayle accuses Roxy of pulling the plug on the patient in Room 302 and they end up in a dangerous standoff.

John tells Bo he’ll return to the police force under the condition that Bo arranges for Cole to go undercover to bust the drug ring in Llanview instead of going to prison. Starr reminds Todd of the emotional appeal for a second chance he pleaded for at the cemetery when he refuses to sign the consent form allowing her to marry Cole. Todd finally gives in, thinking that he’ll be able to manipulate Starr away from Cole once Cole’s in prison.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Moe confronts Stacy. 
  • Roxy informs Natalie and Jared of the blood theft.
  • Greg lies to Destiny.

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



Monday, June 29, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Monday, June 29, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

After a run in with a cop, Tad manages to make it back to the house with the baby before Jake and Liza’s plan goes up in smoke. Jake and Liza fool everyone into thinking she gave birth in the basement. Liza fears Amanda will recognize the baby as her own when she sees him but is greatly relieved when she doesn’t. Tad fakes chest pains to draw attention away from Liza in order to stop the paramedics from taking her to the hospital. Liza tells Colby she’s decided to name the baby Stuart.

Marissa defends JR to David. JR confesses to Marissa that he was thinking about Babe when he kissed her and apologizes.

Ryan and Erica rush in when they witness Annie holding a gun on Adam. Adam refuses to allow anyone to call the police, choosing to believe Annie when she claims it was all a misunderstanding. Aidan and Ryan are working together to prove Annie killed Stuart. Adam dismisses Erica’s warnings about Annie as he accuses her of just being jealous. Adam kisses Annie when he notices Erica spying on them.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Ryan ends up making things worse for Kendall.
  • Zach puts the screws to Madison.
  • Amanda wants answers from Jake.

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



Monday, June 29, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, June 29, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Carly’s furious with Sonny for buying Michael the sports car but Jason points out why she has to let Michael keep it. Carly tells Sonny she wants Michael to live with the Quartermaines. Jason explains to Edward why he can’t move back into the mansion with Michael.

Rebecca shows Nikolas her idea of a fun evening by bringing a horror flick to Wyndemere for them to watch. Rebecca panics when she spots Ethan spying on them and privately confronts him. Ethan reminds Rebecca that he is her partner and Nikolas is their mark. To prove her loyalty, Rebecca pulls Ethan into a kiss.

Alexis faces the press after Mayor Floyd announces they had an affair. Kristina is completely embarrassed over Alexis’ affair being made public and stands up to her mother when Alexis becomes angry after finding her alone with Michael.

Spinelli tries to keep a seductive Maxie at arms length, reminding her that their previous lovemaking only led to heartache and remorse.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Sonny and Jason clash over Michael.
  • Jax attempts to blackmail Claudia.
  • Kristina refuses to forgive Alexis.

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



‘More Life to Live': June 29 Edition

Monday, June 29, 2009 3:31 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what you didn’t see the past few weeks on “One Life to Live.”

BONUS SCENES: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

At Markko’s graduation party, Dorian makes a toast to the Llanview High’s class of 2009 valedictorian. Meanwhile, Moe and Noelle discuss Dorian’s weakness for the bottle since her breakup with Ray. Shaun explains the situation to Rachel, who is suprised to learn that Mr. and Mrs. Stubbs are now the proud owners of La Boulaie. After Noelle explains that Dorian transfered ownership because of David Vickers, Rachel reminds them that he is now a Buchanan. Moe and Noelle respond that it is nearly impossible to keep up with everyone’s names in Llanview. Noelle reminds Moe of how he is always gloating that they own Dorian’s mansion, to which Moe recalls how Dorian went on the rampage following Ray’s return to Columbia.

Starr is curious as to what Hope is thinking, and if she will remember her ordeal. Langston assures Starr that Hope knows who her real mother is. Starr confesses how much she missed her baby all those months, and how scared she is that she will not be a good mother to Hope and be able to provide her with all things she needs, because she herself is so young and inexperienced at motherhood. Langston tells Starr that Hope knows how very much she loves her and that everything will be fine.

To view the scenes, click here.

This Week on One Life to Live…

  • Rex must stay chummy with the enemy for the sake of his son.
  • John gets Cole a ‘get out of jail free card.’
  • Dorian must make friends of her enemies to make amends to Langston.

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


DISCUSS THE ARTICLE



  • One Life to Live
  • Markko Rivera
  • Shaun Evans
  • Dorian Cramer Lord
  • Langston Wilde Cramer
  • Starr Manning
  • Moe Stubbs
  • Noelle Stubbs
  • Rachel Gannon
  • Hope Manning

    Monday, June 29, 2009 9:09 AM ET | By Venus Stone


    alt (SoapOperaNetwork.com) –A son’s return…

    THIS WEEK ON: AS THE WORLD TURNS

    Col. Mayer can’t get revenge out of his minid on Monday, June 29 when he sets his sights on Noah. Things get heated between Casey and Hunter over Alison. On Thursday, July 2 Rosanna begins to question Carly’s behavior.

    The Inside Story: Prodigal Son

    As Margo lay lying on the ground from being shot by Col. Mayer, Riley remains by her side whispering for her to hold on; continuing to refer her as ‘mom’. When Margo slips into conciousness Riley quickly calls 911. When Casey arrives he assumes that Riley is responsible for his mother’s being shot and charges at him. Margo quickly stops him by telling him that Riley is his brother, Adam. Casey doesnt’ believe it and exits shortly after the police arrive to get Margo and Riley’s statements and finds Tom to tell him what has happened. Once at the hospital, Casey demands that Margo tell Tom what she told him but she keeps mum, only saying that Riley saved her life. Not able to let it go, Casey corners Riley and demands the truth. Riley admits that after the bombing in Afghanistan, he had surgery to fix his disfigured face and had hopes of starting his life over with a clean slate. Returning back to the hospital to see his mother, Casey is confused that Margo didn’t come forward with the truth to Tom. Margo admits that she doesn’t want to tell Tom yet and for Casey to keep quiet as well.Casey initially refuses and Riley tell him that it wasn’t his plans to keep his identity a secret at first; pointing out that the military misidentified him Margo’s further pleadings for Casey to keep quiet gets to him and he reluctantly agrees. In the meantime, Alison is doing her best to comfort Hunter after his learning that his mother, Aurora, has died. Casey soon shows up and tries to get Alison alone to talk but Alison refuses to leave Hunter’s side. Angry, Casey takes it out on Hunter and Alison steps in to tell Casey that she wants him out of Al’s When Alison heads to the hospital she learns that Margo had been shot and feels bad for blowing Casey off. She tries her best to get in contact with Casey but when she can’t she goes back to Al’s and finds herself locking lips with Hunter.

    A Closer Look: The Instigator
    When Dusty tries to apologize to Meg for his behavior, the two of them wind up sparking another argument that causes another break-up. Hearing of what happened between the two, Paul decides to use it to his advantage by heading over to the docks to destroy one of Damian’s ships. Damian learns about what has happened and off of information about Dusty from the harbor master, charges after Dusty. The two men begin to argue and fight in Meg’s presence and Paul ‘saves’ her from it all by taking her and Eliza back home. Meg complains that Dusty and Damian are both killing her with their competitveness and Paul tells her that it is indeed not something she should be getting involved in. Alone with Bonnie, Dusty tells her that he wished he hadn’t stepped down from his battle with Damian but says that he will deal with the man once and for all. Later that day, Lily and Dusty meet up at Worldwide to talk to a potential client when they learn that the computer that holds their presentation has disappeared. Dusty quickly points Damian as the thief and barges his way into his hotel room only to discover it Damian is furious that Dusty would assume that he stole the computer and the two get into another nasty argument; Meg and Lily both present. Meg snaps that she’s sick of their behavior and storms off and finds herself meeting Paul, who is more than willing to be a ‘shoulder to cry on’.

    What To Watch

    • Sage wants no part of Carly’s wedding
    • Emily learns the truth about Larry
    • Damian comes to Luke’s aid

    As the World Turns News and Headlines

    • Vanessa Ray will come to the show as ‘Teri Ciccone’, Janet’s sister. She will arrive on the show at the end of July
    • Lynn Herring will join the show as ‘Henry Coleman’s’ mom, Audrey. Herring’s first airdate is Friday, July 24
    • Michael Woods will appear on the show as ‘Jay’, the boyfriend of ‘Audrey’. His first airdate on teh show will be Friday, July 31
    • Cady McClain will be showcasing her art work, which will also include paintings and collages, at Marty’s Cafe in Washington Depot, CT for the entire month of June
    • Austin Peck and Julie Pinson will join other daytime stars as they set sail on Soap Cruise, The Third Voyage on Thursday, January 28 through Monday, February 1, 2010. Please visit Soap Cruise

    for more detailed information.

    SON ALERTS: WEEK OF JULY 6, 2009

    • Hunter gives Casey a serious warning
    • Henry does his best to keep his alter-ego under wraps

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



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      Discussion: ATWT PreVUE: Week of June 29 Edition



    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