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BREAKING NEWS: Kim Zimmer back to OLTL as Echo!

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Huge soap news this morning!  ABC Soaps in Depth is reporting, and it has been confirmed by reps at One Life to Live that four-time Daytime Emmy winner, Kim Zimmer is on her way back to Llanview to reprise her role as Echo DiSavoy on Friday, October 1.

Zimmer, who left the role in 1983 to join Guiding Light as Reva Shayne, will reportedly share screen time with Erika Slezak (Viki), Robin Strasser (Dorian) and former GL co-star Jerry verDorn (Clint).   This looks to be a dream come true for soap fans who love the battling Viki and Dorian, and now adding Echo to the mix, one can only hope will be electric.  And, who wouldn’t want to watch these soap legends share some screen time!

More on this developing story as it becomes available.

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Mitch
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Mitch

I was watching OLTL back when Echo was a character and am watching the show now. Echo was not popular and she was paired with Clint Ritchie, no sparks and off she went. Now they are bringing back a character that i am sure 90% of the audience does not rememebr nor care about. Looks like OLTL will be the next soap cancelled, Santa Barbara tried to make it the Kim Zimmer show and Guiding Light Was the Kim Zimmer Show……….will OLTL become the Kim Zimmer Show??????????

Rob
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Rob

Id watch her read the phone book!

John
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John

At first I was NOT happy with this news. I mean OLTL has sooooooooo many mega talented women- Erika S, Robin S, Hillary B Smith, Susan H, Florenzia, Bree, Melissa A, Kassie D etc etc- and to hear another woman was joining was disappointing – as I feel all the current talents are barley used. I think they need to hire one or two more men in their late 30’s to late 40’s at this point. But then a light bulb went off in my head & NOW I can say casting Kim Zimmer was brillant & I wouldnt be… Read more »

jake
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jake

Echo coming back ties in with yesterday’s episode. David found out that Kim was the daughter of Echo and Clint.

Charles
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Charles

How did we learn thsi information? I do not recall that scene at all.

Jake
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Jake

I’m inferring that it is on the flash drive that David gave Clint.

melinda
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melinda

so clint married his daughter or was in love with his kid

Tom
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Tom

I remember the character. She was so boring that I actually stopped watching the show. No need to bring this character back, probably with an unknown kid in tow.

OLTLFAN
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OLTLFAN

I’m not happy about this – but I’ll deal as I love my show. It just better not turn into the Echo-show like GL became the Reva-show. Why not bring back Kevin and/or Joey instead! What is she going to do but take away more screentime from the other characters?

marj
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marj

CONGRATS KIM!
AN X-CAST MATE,

patrick
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patrick

I love KZ, miss Reva & GL beyond words and hope OLTL wides up and cuts it’s dead weight and chooses to write for it’s Emmy winners, all stars and VETS first and foremost. Ill definitey be watching and BOO to CBS!!!!!!!!

O
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O

3 more days until Reva returns to Tv

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Crystal Chappell & Hillary B. Smith To Talk Soap Careers, Venice the Series, and More In Upcoming Virtual Chat

Look for former Guiding Light, Days of our Lives and One Life to Live star, Crystal Chappell (Ex-Olivia, Carly, Maggie)  along with former As the World Turns and One Life to Live mainstay, Hillary B. Smith (Ex-Margo, Nora), who are both good friends and business partners on several projects, to make an appearance next week on The Locher Room with host and former soap publicist, Alan Locher.

As daytime and digital drama fans know, both women have won Daytime Emmys, and both are in Venice the Series, Beacon Hill and more.

Chappell was at the forefront of the web series and digital drama boom, while later both Smith and Chappell produced and directed these series and more.

Circle next week on Wednesday, September 23rd for the virtual conversation.  You can watch the livestream here. 

It all begins at 3 p,m. EST/Noon PST.  So have your questions ready for these gals!

Now, let us know below, which of Chappell’s and Smith’s daytime soap  or digital roles rate among your favorites? Comment below.

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WATCH: Matt Bomer & Tuc Watkins in Official Trailer for Netflix’s Film Adaptation of ‘Boys in the Band’

Former soap alumni are featured in the highly-anticipated film version of the Broadway revival of the classic play Boys in the Band.   In the stellar cast are former Guiding Light star, Matt Bomer (Ex-Ben) and former One Life to Live star, Tuc Watkins (Ex-David).

Matt and Tuc join Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Robin de Jesús.  The actors reprise their roles for the film from the 2018 stage version.

Boys in the Band streams on Netflix; starting at the end of the month on September 30th

Joe Mantello directed the movie adaptation, based on the play by Mart Crowley, who passed away earlier this year.

The film centers around a group of gay men who gather together for a birthday party in 1968 New York. The night starts to unravel when a guest from the host’s past appears.

The film from Ryan Murphy released the official trailer today.  Check it out below.

Are you intrigued to see Matt and Tuc in Boys in the Band coming soon? Let us know via the comment section.

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Former AW, GL and SFT Star, Marcus Smythe Dead At 70

Sad news to report.  Marcus Smythe, who portrayed Dane Taylor on Search For Tomorrow, Peter Love on Another World, and Gordon Middleton on Guiding Light died at the age of 70 over three-year-long battle with brain cancer last week on August 20th, according to the Crescenta Valley Weekly.

Daytime fans remember Smythe in his heartthrob roles on the soaps in the 70’s and 80’s.  He also appeared on Port Charles in a short stint in the role of Dean Eldridge. Marcus died at his home with his family by his side in La Crescenta, California.

In addition throughout his career in film, TV and the theatre he worked with the likes of: Henry Fonda, Myrna Loy and Jessica Tandy.  Smythe was the recipient of Drama Logue and LA Weekly Drama Awards during his stage career in Los Angeles.

Marcus is survived by his wife, Suzanne Goddard, two sons, Harrison and Duncan, and brother Casey.

A memorial remembrance will be deferred to either electronic access or post-pandemic in-person service.  In lieu of flower tributes, the family respectfully encourages contributions to a favorite charity or Democrat in the upcoming election.  Snythe’s loved ones share they wish to reinforce to everyone that the pandemic is real and asks everyone to please wear a mask.    

Share your remembrances and condolences for Marcus via the comment section below.

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