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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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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??????????

Id watch her read the phone book!

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 surprised if a leading actor or actress from ATWT is cast on OLTL to air in early October!

I think there is a strategy here is to draw as many CBS viewers to OLTL around the start of Julie Chen & Sara Gilbert’s VIEW-like talk show that will fill ATWT’s hour. I beleive I heard that this talk show is suppose to start on or around October 1st from 2 to 3:00 pm

I mean if Kim Z & Michael Park (as an example) join the OLTL around the same time Juli’e Talk Show Airs– many of those CBS true fans could tuen into OLTL to see KZ & MP raher then start building a liking to the new talk show on CBS

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

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

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

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

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.

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?

CONGRATS KIM!
AN X-CAST MATE,

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!!!!!!!!

3 more days until Reva returns to Tv

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Matt Bomer Reveals After Exiting ‘Guiding Light’ He Lost the Role of ‘Superman’ Due to His Sexuality

During the June 10th edition of the Hollywood Reporter Awards Chatter Podcast, former Guiding Light star, Matt Bomer (ex-Ben Reade) revealed the role that got away, and how his exit from the CBS soap opera was precipitated to accommodate his burgeoning movie career, only to have his sexuality wind up costing him the part.

Bomer was seemingly set to play the Man of Steel, Superman, in a motion picture version in the early 2000’s, and as he tells it to Scott Feinberg during the podcast, things went awry.

“I went in on a cattle call for Superman, and then it turned into a month-long audition experience where I was auditioning again and again and again, and flying out to New York and doing chemistry reads, an flying out to LA doing chemistry reads, flying back to New York, flying back to LA to do a screen-test,” recalled Bomer. “And it looked like I was the director’s choice for the role. This is a very early iteration of Superman, written by JJ Abrams called Superman Flyby and it never came to light.”

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While Matt was going through the Superman audition process he was still under contract at Guiding Light. Bomer described how he was let go from the soap: “Concurrently on Guiding Light, there was a killer in town, and so I think they needed somebody to pin it all on someone. So, I think the executive producer very kindly wanted to free me up just in case this job came through and said, ‘Hey, you’re gonna be the killer. We’re writing you off the show. Go with my blessing.’ I guess, I basically got fired, but in a generous way.”

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Bomer had good reason to believe he was on his way, and the role of Superman was his after he had signed a three picture deal with Warner Brothers. As to why the part of Superman never came to pass, Bomer believes it was due to his sexuality (Later, Matt would come out publicly in 2012).

During the podcast, Matt explained, “Yeah, that’s my understanding That was a time in the industry when something like that could still really be weaponized against you. How and why and who I don’t know. But yeah, that’s my understanding.”

While Matt has not yet played Superman, he has done stellar work in major projects including: Fellow Travelers, Magic Mike, White CollarIn Time, The Normal Heart to name but a few.

What do you think of Guiding Light making Ben that killer in order to free up Bomer to leave the CBS soap to go and become a star in Hollywood and potentially play Superman, only for his sexuality to take the role away from him by the powers-that-be? Comment below.

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Kim Zimmer Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Last night the stars of daytime came together for a one-of-a-kind three hour-plus virtual event Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit For Stand Up To Cancer – We All Have a Story.

Towards the top of the show Daytime Stands Up co-hosts Michael Fairman and Alan Locher welcomed former Guiding Light stars, Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva) and Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian).

During their segment both actresses initially discussed playing breast cancer storylines for their character on the beloved soap opera and the impact it made on them and the viewers at the time. However, later in the conversation, Kim made a heartfelt admission that she is currently battling breast cancer in real life.

 

Kim expressed, “I was diagnosed with breast cancer on November 6th. And if it wasn’t for a wonderful circle of friends that I have, and not to mention my husband AC Weary, and my family Rachel Max and Jake, who call me every day, I would’ve fallen apart. But because of my circle that I had, including fabulous doctors, early detection (was possible).

“I did have a mastectomy and I have my last infusion on Tuesday,” Zimmer added. “I would say to anyone that may get a diagnosis like I got. It’s so important that you find a support system.”

On how she is coping with her battle, Kim shared, “I’m a tough broad. But again, if I didn’t have the friends that I have, the support system that I have, the fabulous doctors, a fantastic plastic surgeon, I would’ve fallen apart. And I’m here to say early detection. Early detection. Early detection. Get your mammograms, get them soon.”

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Earlier in the segment, when Kim talked about Reva’s breast cancer battle and how her character would not tell the love her life, Josh Lewis (Robert Newman), which maddened fans of the GL. Kim related, “The fans were like, ‘Why are you not telling Josh?” It made for great drama, though, It bonded Billy and Reva again in life.  We brought in the wonderful character of Colin, who was Reva’s by the book, cancer Doctor.”

“There were a lot of wonderful things that came out of the storyline,” recalled the four-time Daytime Emmy-winner. “I actually went back and watched the (standalone show) that they did on Reva finding out she had breast cancer. And I was like, ‘Wow. I can’t imagine not fighting that story today. But it ended up being written beautifully.”

Share your well-wishes to Kim on her recent medical battle with breast cancer below and check out the livestream below of Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up to Cancer.

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GL Alum Nia Long Set to Play Michael Jackson’s Mother, Katherine Jackson, in Upcoming Biopic

Since her early days on Guiding Light, actress Nia Long (ex-Kat Speakes from 1991-1994), has made quite a name for herself with a list of credits that are very impressive. Now, Long can yet another when she has signed on to portray Katherine Jackson, the matriarch of the Jackson clan and mother to superstar Michael Jackson.

Michael, the title of the upcoming biopic from Lionsgate and Universal Pictures is said to be working towards an April 18, 2025 release date. Director Antoine Fuqua is set behind the camera.

In a statement on the casting of Long, Michael producer Graham King expressed: “Beyond Nia’s incredible talent, I was deeply moved by her connection to the material and her commitment to honoring Katherine and the love she had for her son. Nia has delivered iconic performances throughout her career. I’ve been a fan for a long time because her characters stay with you. I’m excited to now work alongside her as she pours all of that into Katherine Jackson: a woman who was the glue, the rock, and the heart of the Jackson family during its best and its most turbulent times.”

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Long echoed the sentiments of King, sharing: “Katherine Jackson is an incredible pillar of strength and grace for the entire Jackson family. As a mother, she was selfless and endured forces beyond her control yet still managed to help build a legacy beyond measure. I am honored to bring her voice to the screen and share Michael Jackson’s story with audiences everywhere.”

Nia will be in great acting company for the film that includes Best Actor Oscar nominee Coleman Domingo who will play Katherine’s husband and Michael’s father, Joe Jackson.

Looking forward to seeing Nia taking on the role of Katherine Jackson in the Michael biopic? Remember her early days on Guiding Light? Comment below.

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