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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’

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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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She was truly an Icon. She was the First Black Actress on a Soap who wasn’t in a subservient Role. She also started at Tradition where Guiding Light Alumnae would later work with some of America’s Top Black Directors. Spike Lee, John Singleton & Tyler Perry. She, Ruby Dee and Angela Bassett all played Nurses and got Oscar Nominations. Then She and Ruby Dee were in Two Different Productions of Roots. Cicely played Binta Alex Haley’s Great Great Great Great Great Grandmother who cried out when she found out her Son Kunta was gone from them “forever”, and Ruby Dee played The “Elder” Queen who was the only person representing Simon Haley her Son at his Wedding to Miss Bertha Palmer. She was Alex Haley’s Paternal Grandmother and Halle Berry future Oscar Winner played “Young” Queen. She is also a descendant of The West Indies like Shirley Chisolm as well.

Alright Tamla. Like the song says “And if you don’t know, now you know”. Well done.

R.I.P. Such an icon and powerful African American actress. Cicely Tyson definitely did her career her way.

The word “Legend” just doesn’t seem to do her justice. An amazing talent. Rest well.

What a lovely person. Sorry I missed Cicely’s interview with Kelly and Ryan. I did see another one this week with her and Gail King on CBS. Would love to see Cicely play opposite Billy Dee or James Earl. Are there still any copies of these episodes?

I don’t think so. CBS taped over most of their soaps, including the legendary Guiding Light, up until the late 70s. There is a scene of Billy Dee on Guiding Light but I do not think there is one of Cicely, Ruby or James Earl.

Stasia…It’s a real shame about those soaps that got lost or taped over during the years. No way for us latecomers to the soaps to catch up. One of the reasons I appreciate TCM for finding and saving older films of all kinds.

One of the Best Actress that ever graced the Big screen, small screen and stage. Iconic and legendary…..RIP.

Each time Cicely Tyson appeared on stage, in a film or on television she gave a Masters Class in acting

The 96 year old actress tapes an interview the day before she dies. Not only do I respect her talent and longevity, I also respect her work ethic. She kept working and promoting literally until the day she died.

I’m sorry that she is passed but have a LOT of admiration for her.

Ms. Tyson was such a legendary actress. I remember her great performance in Jane Pittman and even Fried Green Tomatoes that she filmed in Juliette GA. Nice to know that she and her mom appreciated her daytime stint on Guiding Light. Miss her already.

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‘Daytime Stars and Strikes for Autism’ Announces Fundraiser Dates; Proceeds to Jerry verDorn Scholarship Fund and Autism Society of America

Daytime Stars and Strikes has announced its 19th annual fundraiser on October 7th and 8th, with four events in New York City at Port Authority’s Frames Bowling Center. All proceeds will be going to the Autism Society of America and the Jerry verDorn Scholarship Fund.

As daytime fans know, Jerry hosted the event for 18 years which started with his time on Guiding Light (ex-Ross) and then on to One Life to Live (ex-Clint). Sadly, Jerry passed away in May of 2022.  The scholarship honors Jerry’s legacy of his love for the theatre and Daytime Stars and Strikes and sends children with autism to theatre camps, tuition-free.

The mission of Daytime Stars and Strikes for Autism is to raise funds and awareness on behalf of individuals on the Autism Spectrum.  To ensure all receive opportunities to learn, socialize, establish friendships, receive educational and employment opportunities and live their best life without barriers and in a safe environment.

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Below is the line-up of events:

  • Saturday, October 7th 2:00 – 4:00 pm:  Trent Dawson and Friends Play Reading.  As The World Turns alumni Trent Dawson, Michael Park and Roger Howarth (Trent/Henry Coleman/ATWT, Michael (Jack Snyder/ATWT, and Roger (Todd Manning/OLTL & Paul Ryan/ATWT) will perform a play reading with an intimate meet and greet, question and answer session to follow.
  • Saturday, October 7th 8:00 – 10:00 pm:  Bradley Cole & Friends Concert – Some of your favorite actors will perform with Bradley Cole (Prince Richard/Guiding Light) and his band.  All proceeds will go directly to the Jerry verDorn Scholarship Fund – sending children with Autism to theatre camps.
  • Sunday, October 8th 12:00 – 2:00 pm: Daytime Stars and Strikes Bowling for Autism.  Liz Keifer (Blake/GL) and Ron Raines (Alan/GL) co-host this fan fav bowling event with an 80’s dress up theme and contests for best dressed, strikes, spares, etc.  Food and soft drinks included in the ticket price.
  • Sunday, October 8th 3:00 – 5:00 pm – The Fifth Annual “Bauer” Barbeque hosted by everyone’s favorite “Bauer” – Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer/GL).  Grab a Bauer burger, brush up on your Guiding Light trivia and get ready for some handbag bingo where you have an opportunity to win name brand handbags!  Food and soft drinks included in the ticket price.

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All ticket pricing, actors scheduled to appear, location of the venue and a special hotel block of Rooms at the Sheraton near Port Authority can be found on the website at

So, looks like a fun weekend ahead featuring, Roger Howarth, Michael Park, Bradley Cole, Liz Keifer, Ron Raines, Michael O’Leary and many more for a good cause.  Will you attend Daytime Stars and Strikes for Autism 2023? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Kim Zimmer and Jada Rowland Chat Live and Reminisce on ‘The Doctors’ 1980 Episodes

Last week, Michael Fairman TV exclusively revealed that Retro TV has found 181 episodes of the beloved NBC soap opera from 1980, and they are now streaming on the It’s Real Good TV app, and soon will be airing on the cable outlet beginning on July 29th.  These episodes mark the last remaining of the series, as the final two years are believed to have been erased by NBC after an exhaustive search by Retro TV’s executive and production team.

To help launch the last available season to longtime fans, You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel will welcome two of The Doctors most memorable and iconic stars; four-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Kim Zimmer (ex-Nola Dancy Aldrich, The Doctors, ex-Reva, Guiding Light, ex-Echo, One Life to Live) and Jada Rowland (ex-Carolee Aldrich, The Doctors).  Make sure to join us on Monday night, July 17th at 8 PMET/5PM PT for this very special conversation.

Kim and Jada will be on hand, virtually, to reminisce about their time on the former NBC soap opera, the storylines fans can see for the first time in years, and offer more insight into the making of the series, and talk on their soap starts and enduring careers.

On The Doctors, Kim Zimmer played Nola from 1979-1982 and took over the role from Kathleen Turner, while Jada Rowland took over the role of Carolee from Carolee Campbell in 1976 and stayed with the series till its conclusion in 1982.

The 1980 season of The Doctors also features some of the greatest names in its history including: Alec Baldwin as Billy Aldrich, David Canary as cult leader ‘Far Wind’, David O’Brien as Dr. Steve Aldrich, Jennifer Houlton as Greta Powers, and of course, James Pritchett as Dr. Matt Powers.

If you have a question you would like posed to Kim or Jada during the livestream, make sure to leave it in the comment section below, and let us know if you are excited to watch the 1980 episodes of The Doctors.

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75th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations Announced: Judith Light and Murray Bartlett Score Nods

Nominations were announced this morning for the 75th annual Primetime Emmy Awards scheduled, as of now, (pending Writer’s Guild strike resolution) to air on Fox on Monday night, September 18th.

Prior to that, the 2023 Creative Arts Emmy Awards are currently slated to be held over two consecutive nights, on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th. Again, pending resolution of the writer’s strike.

The Daytime Emmys, which were scheduled to held at the end of June, were postponed due to the strike and no new date has been slated, as of now.

Yvette Nicole Brown (GH guest star, A Black Lady Sketch Show, Community) hosted the nominations reveal alongside Frank Scherma, Chairman of the Television Academy via a livestream.

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Leading the pack were HBO’s Succession with 27 total nominations, followed by HBO’s The Last Of Us with 24, The White Lotus with 23 total nods, and Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso with 21.

Some very familiar names to daytime drama fans also came away with nominations and will be vying for the gold statuette this fall.  First, Judith Light (ex-Karen, One Life to Live) landed a nomination in the Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category for her performance in Poker Face.

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Meanwhile, Murray Bartlett (ex-Cyrus, Guiding Light) landed not one, but two nominations. Bartlett is nominated in the Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his performance in Welcome to Chippendales. He also received a nod for Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his work in The Last of Us.  Another alumni, the late Ray Liotta (ex-Joey, Another World) will be in competing in the same category as Bartlett for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his performance in Black Bird.


In addition, Chrishell Stause (ex-All My Children, Y&R and DAYS) reality series, Selling Sunset was nominated in the Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program category.  With certain categories leaving the Daytime Emmys and heading to the Primetime awards, Outstanding Game Show and Game Show Host nominees are:

Family Feud
The Price Is Right
That’s My Jam
Wheel of Fortune

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Mayim Bialik, Jeopardy!
Steve Harvey, Family Feud
Ken Jennings, Jeopardy!
Keke Palmer, Password
Pat Sajak, Wheel of Fortune

Now, for some of the major Primetime Emmy Award nominations below:

Better Call Saul
The Crown
House of the Dragon
The Last of Us

The White Lotus

Sharon Horgan, Bad Sisters
Melanie Lynskey, Yellowjackets
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Bella Ramsey, The Last of Us
Keri Russell, The Diplomat
Sarah Snook, Succession

Jeff Bridges, The Old Man
Brian Cox, Succession
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Pedro Pascal, The Last of Us
Jeremy Strong, Succession

Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus
Elizabeth Debicki, The Crown
Meghann Fahy, The White Lotus
Sabrina Impacciatore, The White Lotus
Aubrey Plaza, The White Lotus
Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul
J. Smith-Cameron, Succession
Simona Tabasco, The White Lotus

F. Murray Abraham, The White Lotus
Nicholas Braun, Succession
Michael Imperioli, The White Lotus
Theo James, The White Lotus
Matthew Macfadyen, Succession
Alan Ruck, Succession
Will Sharpe, The White Lotus
Alexander Skarsgard, Succession

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