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Chamberlin on first project, "La Lumiere", Kiefer & Cassidy to play lovers?

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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Over the past weekend, as many long time viewers of Guiding Light had heard that the last bits of sets and props from Springfield were being auctioned off at the Navy Yard in Brooklyn. Beth Chamberlin (Ex-Beth) blogged about her thoughts on watching the last remnants of the show being sold away, and her decision, along with her former GL co-stars to create their new production company 9After7, whose first project is on DVD, La Lumiere.

Chamberlin posted: “Today, May 1, 2010, at 12:01 am we launched our website http://www.newkindoflight.com/and announced our first project. The fact that we commenced our new venture on the day that the last of  Guiding Light was auctioned off to the highest bidder was not planned, not by us. I believe there is something in the stars. I believe we are all, cast, crew and fans alike being given a second chance.  Our first project is a full-length, direct-to-dvd feature. Its title is La Lumiere, which many of you know is French for light. I created it and coincidentally it is about a place, an inn where magic happens; a place where stars align and love and life are found. . .or lost. It is a place where past and present often mingle as one. That is sort of what 9 After 7 was formed to do. Take the best of the past, those wonderful stories that brought us together and offer them through the new forms of media, technology and marketing that are available.

It will be a new kind of light. It will come in the form of DVD’s that fans can buy and have shipped to their homes. But, the most wonderful thing about this new venture is that it can never be canceled or auctioned off as long as there is interest. In this venture, the fan is the boss, the fans are ‘The Powers That Be”. 9 After 7 is offering a pre-release Limited Edition Director’s Cut of the movie, La Lumiere.”

Over the weekend, On-Air On-Soaps also read through a series of tweets from Chamberlin, and co-star Tina Sloan (Ex-Lillian, GL), that Liz Keifer and Orlagh Cassidy (Ex-Blake, and Ex-Doris, respectively, GL) will be playing lesbians in the project. Could they be the next DVD supercouple?  Stay tuned!

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Liz Keifer and Orlagh Cassidy will definitely be the next DVD supercouple!! Beth also tweeted that Liz would be helping Orlagh discover her ‘true nature’, and Tina tweeted there would be kissing! Plus, the DVD will be available multi-regionally for international fans!

Blake and Doris (Blis) were the second most popular fandom (besides Otalia) on Guiding Light. 🙂 Hotness factor aside, Doris represented those of us who were closeted b/c of our jobs, and she deserved an awesome girlfriend/lover, and well, Blake, the hot seductress, former mayor, and deliciously single woman was just a perfect match. 🙂

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Cicely Tyson Recalls Her Time On ‘Guiding Light’ & Her Mother’s Obsession With Soaps In Final Interview on ‘Live with Kelly & Ryan’

The world is mourning the loss of legendary actress Cicely Tyson who died on Thursday at the age of 96.   On Wednesday, Tyson had taped what would be the final interview of her life with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest for the morning show, Live with Kelly and Ryan.

Today on Friday, the show aired Tyson’s interview which was filled with so many moments made all the more poignant by her passing yesterday.

As soap fans know, Cicely was the first black actress to appear on the soaps, and on Guiding Light, back in 1966 in the role of Martha Frazier.  The character was married to Dr. Jim Frazier played first by Billy Dee Williams and then James Earl Jones.  Tyson’s role was eventually taken over by Ruby Dee.

 

During her interview with Kelly and Ryan, the hosts asked the Oscar-nominated actress and icon, best known for her roles in Sounder, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Roots, and A Trip to Bountiful about her time on Guiding Light.  Cicely revealed that her mother was a huge fan of Guiding Light and the daytime soaps, and was obsessed with the characters and what was going to happen next.  As it turns out, according to the interview, Tyson’s mother’s favorite role of her daughter was Martha on Guiding Light.

Watch the clip from the interview below.

Then, share your remembrances on the extraordinary work of Cicely Tyson via the comment section below.

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Guiding Light Alum, Michelle Forbes, Lands Role In ABC Hit Drama, ‘Big Sky’

David E, Kelley’s new drama, Big Sky has been a captivating hit series for ABC in its freshmen offering.  Former One Life to Live star, Ryan Phillippe (Ex-Billy Douglas), who was one of the leads of the series, was seemingly killed-off early on and the show has had more shocking twists and turns in the crime thriller.

For those who don’t know, Big Sky, follows private detective Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) and ex-cop Jenny Hoyt (Katheryn Winnick) who join forces to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken. After a winter break, Big Sky returned with new episodes this week.

Now, another soap alum has been added to the cast in the back-half of the first season.  Enter Michelle Forbes (Ex-Sonia/Solita, Guiding Light).  Michelle will take on the role of a mother named Margaret.

According to Deadline on Forbes’ Margaret: “She seems to be the picture-perfect ranch wife who knows her place, likes to bake and loves all of her children equally, but scratch the surface and there’s real steel beneath.”

So excited to see Michelle on Big Sky? Did you love her as Sonia/Solita on Guiding Light? Comment below.

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This Week Mark Guiding Light’s 84th Anniversary with Grant Aleksander & Beth Chamberlin in Virtual Chat

On Monday, Guiding Light turned 84!  The historic soap opera started on radio before moving to broadcast television which count for the astounding total.

Guiding Light began its journey back on January 25, 1937 on NBC Radio, then moved to CBS Radio, and then eventually to CBS Television on June 30, 1952 (although it also continued on radio for a few years also till 1956).

So many fans mourned the cancellation of the series, and had to say goodbye to their beloved characters of Springfield when it went off the air on September 18th, 2009.

To mark this week’s 84th anniversary of the soap opera, The Locher Room is set to welcome two fan favorite stars, Grant Aleksander (Phillip  Spaulding) and Beth Chamberlin (Beth Raines), as they share their memories of working together and portraying one of Springfield’s favorite couples with former GL show publicist and now host, Alan Locher.

Circle this Thursday, January 28th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST to watch the livestream of the chat with Grant and Beth.

So, do you have a favorite Phillip and Beth moment?  Are you missing Sprinfield on GL’s anniversary week? Let us know via the comment section below.

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