Gina Tognoni

Requiem for a Daytime Drama, Part One

The first in a highly personal, non-objective series highlighting various aspects of the last episodes of Guiding Light, which will end its 72 year run on September 18th.

These final weeks of Guiding Light have been pure torture to watch. I don't mean "the new production model" (a phrase I never hope to hear again in my lifetime) or Bonnie Dennison's (Daisy) futile attempts to remember her lines. No, what has been extraordinarily difficult for me as a viewer — who vividly remembers when Roger (Michael Zaslow) kidnapped Holly (Maureen Garrett) in the Caribbean and Ed (then Mart Hulswit) threw him off a cliff — is watching the series' stories come to their inevitable conclusions. READ MORE

Guiding Light on 60 Minutes: A Review

On Sunday evening, 60 Minutes paid magnificent tribute to Guiding Light.

Viewers were treated to a retrospective segment featuring brief interviews with Tina Sloan, Frank Dicopolous, Ron Raines, Grant Aleksander, Michael O'Leary, Peter Simon, Beth Chamberlin, and of course, Robert NewmanKim Zimmer. There was also a sure-to-be lambasted short sit down with Ellen Wheeler and GL's last de facto headwriter Jill Lorie Hurst, which will probably send ex-headwriter David Kriezman (now at As the World Turns) into a soap-style catatonic state. READ MORE

Who is Gina Tognoni in Talks With This Week?


Figuring out exactly which soap opera will snap up Guiding Light's Gina Tognoni is definitely keeping soap journos busy! This week's Soap Opera Digest has scoop about Tognoni being in preliminary talks with The Young and the Restless. I told y'all the day GL was cancelled Babs Bloom wasn't trying to see Ms. Gina T. head back the Land O' Frons!

Unfortunately, it isn't the role of Victoria Newman (last played by Heather Tom. No that isn't a typo.) Tognoni could be assuming. An insider tells Digest the soap is thinking about bringing a character back to Genoa City that Tognoni would be "perfect" for. Work that mojo G!

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36th Annual Daytime Emmy Ladies, Autumn Hues

The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy red carpet was awash in different hughes of red, orange, tan and brown. All My Children's Susan Lucci chose a orange gown. See which gowns Guiding Light's Gina Tognoni and Marcy Rylan, As the World Turns' Colleen Zenk Pinter, Meredith Hagner, Marie Wilson and Ewa Da Cruz, General Hospital's Lexie Ainsworth, One Life to Live's Melissa Archer and The Young and the Restless' Adrienne Frantz, Tonya Lee Williams and Victoria Rowell chose after the jump. Which did you like best and which did you like the least? See the dresses HERE. READ MORE

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Gina Tognoni on Crystal Chappell's Venice: “I’d Love to be a Part of it”


Guiding Light's Gina Tognoni reveals to TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco in this week's Soapgiest that she's been sent a script by Crystal Chappell for a possible role in Venice.

Emmy winner Gina Tognoni (Dinah, GL) informs Soapgeist that she was sent a Venice script by her former co-star Emmy winner Crystal Chappell (Olivia, GL) for a possible role on the much-buzzed online venture. “I’d love to be a part of it,” she tells Soapgeist. “We’ll see!” As for rumours that Tognoni is in talks to join a soap, all she will say is, “things are in the works.” The loyal New Yorker adds, “I AM willing to move to L.A. FOR THE RIGHT SHOW.” Hmmm … Look for a more in-depth interview with one of daytime TV’s greatest talents very soon

For more soap scoop read TV Guide Canada's Soapgiest . READ MORE

Can You Find Dinah's Hat?

On Monday's Guiding Light, Dinah (Gina Tognoni) married Shayne (Jeff Branson) in a lovely — if terribly brief and shamefully cheap — ceremony by Doris (Orlagh Cassidy), Springfield's closeted lesbian mayor who has joined more people in matrimony over the last two months than the number of Republicans who have been caught having extramarital affairs. Unfortunately, I was distracted by Dinah's hat.  READ MORE