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"GL's" former EP, Ellen Wheeler on cancellation, production model and Otalia!

Ellen-wheeler.jpg“GL’s” now former executive producer Ellen Wheeler chatted with TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan in a new interview out today.  Wheeler gives insight into her thoughts on how “GL” ended, what befell the longest running show, Otalia’s storyline, and this banter below between the interviewee and the reporter! In the conversation, Logan talks to Wheeler about the new production model. Wheeler says it was done for budgetary constraints but Logan is quick to point out that this former EP, said something different in 2008 on the matter.   Here is the excerpt below!

The new production model obviously didn’t save GL but do you think other soaps will in any way benefit from what happened here?
I think we achieved a level of nuance and naturalism that is to be admired. But I want to stop you: That’s a little bit of a misnomer there, because [the production model] did save GL for a year and a half.

I’ve seen you quoted elsewhere saying that same thing, and I don’t get it. When this new production model was launched I clearly remember it being promoted as a way to move GL into the future, using information culled from research groups about what today’s viewers want to see on their soaps. It was not stated that the show would be cancelled if you didn’t go with this production model.
I can tell you absolutely that it kept the show on the air. We could not have stayed in the [previous] model with the budget cuts that came down, so something had to change. And the change was going to have to be drastic and enormous. I’m not saying it had to be this exact model, but this was the one we came up with and we had to come up with it pretty quickly. But without taking those budget cuts we were going to be cancelled.

[Logan note: Okay, I’m not that nuts! I went back and looked at my interview with Wheeler in the February 25, 2008 issue of TV Guide Magazine, in which she told me that the switch to the new production model followed a two-year viewer research project conducted by Procter & Gamble. Here’s what she said: “Our audience has been very clear to us. They don’t like the nonreality of soaps—the fake grass, the fact that people in Springfield never seem to go to work or actually do their jobs or take care of their children. They want the stories and characters they love but with the same sense of reality they get from Grey’s Anatomy and other nighttime shows.” Wheeler then ended the interview with: “This is not a desperate survival move. This is a creative, financially efficient way to move soap operas into the future. GL has always led the way.”]

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Guiding Light Virtual Reunion Slated with Ellen Parker, Rachel Miner, Maeve Kinkead & Tina Sloan

Springfield fans will be excited for this one!  Coming up on The Locher Room, Alan Locher has reunited none other than Ellen Parker (Maureen Bauer), Maeve Kinkead (Vanessa Lewis), Rachel Miner (Michelle Bauer), and Tina Sloan (Lillian Raines).

The women will all be part of a special Guiding Light reunion on Wednesday, August 12th beginning at 3:00PM EST/12 PM PST

This fab foursome will reminisce about their time in Springfield and discuss the death of the beloved character, Maureen, that still resonates today as one of the most shocking and saddest on-screen departures in the genre.

To watch this virtual GL event click here

So, what would you want to ask Ellen Parker about her exit from the show as Maureen? What do you recall about the storyline? Comment below.

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TODAY: Guiding Light Reunion with Paulo Benedeti, Tammy Blanchard, Paul Wesley and More

Some former Guiding Light stars who went on to star in other daytime soaps, primetime television shows, and films will be joining former GL publicist, and host Alan Locher on his The Locher Room You Tube series of soap reunions.

It all happens today on Wednesday, July 29th beginning at 3 p. m. EST/12 noon PST as” Paulo Benedeti (Jesse Blue), Tammy Blanchard (Drew Jacobs), Bethany Joy Lenz (Michelle Bauer), Brittany Snow (Susan “Daisy” Lemay) and Paul Wesley (Max Nickerson) reminisce about their time in Springfield.

To check out the livestream virtual reunion make sure to click here.

So what do you remember most about Paolo, Tammy, Bethany, Brittany and Paul Wesley’s time on GL?  Have you followed their careers post-GL? Share your comments below.

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Guiding Light’s Lewis Family Virtual Reunion with Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, Laura Bell Bundy and More

Get ready for Josh and Reva along with their on-screen offspring to be a part of an upcoming Guiding Light virtual reunion.

It all happens on Wednesday July 22nd at 3 p.m. EST/Noon PST via Alan Locher’s The Locher Room You Tube Channel.  You can tune-in here.

Look for: Robert Newman (Josh Lewis) and Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne) along with actresses who played the role of Marah:  Ashley Peldon, Kimberly J. Brown, Laura Bell Bundy, and Lindsey McKeon to participate.

In addition, one of the actors who played the role of Shayne: Marty West will also share remembrances of being part of GL, and join the group.

So what are your favorite memories and storylines with these formidable  former cast members who brought the drama, angst and tears to Springfield as the beloved Lewis Family?  Let us know via the comment section below.

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