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"GL's" Kim Zimmer interview with TV Guide Canada very direct, honest and revealing!

zimmer-greyblack55.jpgIn a fascinating and revealing finale to Guiding Light,  TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco interviews Guiding Light’s Emmy award winning Kim Zimmer (Reva). During the interview, Branco and Zimmer touch upon a myriad of questions and topics that fans of the show and long-time followers of the amazing actress want to know.  Always open and honest with her feelings, the interview is a must read.  Here a few excerpts!

TVG: Soaps are still living on but on prime time. I think soaps shot themselves in the foot when they didn’t modernize their soaps in terms of casting and storytelling after shows like Six Feet Under and Sex and the City provided a much more realistic and entertaining canvas. O.J. Simpson didn’t kill soaps.
KZ: I completely agree with you. Except for the No. 1 show on daytime, Y&R. They replay the same story over and over again with the same cast, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. Those veteran actors stay because they are a smaller cast and whether or not they are repeating the same age-old stories, the fans keep watching because they know what to expect on Y&R which is a very valuable thing — consistency. No one over at Y&R is trying to re-invent the wheel. I hate that cliché, but that’s what I reference when I speak about what GL was forced to do under the guise to keep us on the air. Which I refuse to believe was really the case to this day. I still believe we were used as a guinea pig. And we paid the price.

TVG: Over the past two years, it has been unimaginably horrific and extremely painful to see this iconic show dissolve into a joke. You’re a smart cookie — would you ever consider working behind the scenes as a producer?
KZ: All I know is that I wanted to scream from the top of my lungs when I saw how our show was being run over the past two years. Could I have done it any better? Well, I think I would have put up a better fight — that’s for sure! Or if I was in Ellen Wheeler’s position, I would have said, “You are raping the show. No, I won’t produce GL this way.” I give Ellen credit for trying to be the second coming. [Laughs] I had a really hard time with the new production model because it affected how the writers wrote our show — and that killed us in the end. In turn, the viewers didn’t relate to the story or our characters. Originally, Ellen’s initial concept was for the viewers to feel very close to the actors so that you could literally smell the flowers they were planting in their garden. Ellen wanted to know what kind of flowers each character planted in their garden.

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All My Children and Guiding Light Vet, Gil Rogers Passes Away

Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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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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