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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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Guiding Light Alum, Michelle Forbes, Lands Key Role in Upcoming Season of ‘New Amsterdam’

She made her mark as Sonia/Solita on Guiding Light and has turned her career into a major primetime and film success.  Now comes word that the talented Michelle Forbes is set to appear on the new season of NBC’s drama, New Amsterdam.

According to TV Line, Forbes will join the cast for the fourth season in the recurring role of Dr. Veronica Fuentes. The character is said to be ‘a calm, poised and fearless fixer who is brought in to reconstruct the failing hospital.”

However, the outlet reports that Forbes’ Dr. Fuentes’ first order of business on her way to reversing New Amsterdam’s declining numbers will be to “wipe clean the inept board.”

Forbes was most recently seen on ABC’s Big Sky and had notable roles in True Blood and The Killings.

The new season of New Amsterdam premieres on Tuesday, September 21st  at 10 pm. EST.

So, looking forward to seeing Michelle in her new role on primtime? Comment below.

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Soap Alums: Helgenberger, Bonilla, and Ilonzeh Cast in New Drama Pilot ‘Getaway’

Three very familiar faces to daytime fans have their new potentially new nighttime gig!  E.J. Bonilla (Ex-Rafe, Guiding Light) has been added as as series regulars opposite Annie Ilonzeh (Ex-Maya, GH) along with former Ryan’s Hope favorite Marg Helgenberger (Ex-Siohan) to the NBC drama pilot, Getaway.

In Getaway, the loglines for the series read that the proposed seriescenters on a destination wedding at an isolated luxury resort that quickly descends into chaos after a group of dangerous criminals takes the island hostage. The small group of guests, led by a fearless female Army vet (Ilonzeh), will do everything they can to stay alive.

According to Deadline: Helgenberger will play Sen. Charlotte Pierce. As a senior Democratic senator from New York, Charlotte is used to calling the shots. She’s happy to see her son, Jack (played by Matt Long), settle down with his bride, Grace (Jasmine Mathew), but there are darker forces at play she has yet to fully understand. Charlotte will soon have to choose between her family and the political career for which she’s worked so hard.  Bonilla will play Rafi Salinas. Rafi claims to be a fisherman on the run with his friends from a gang of cartel members, but he’s hiding a dark secret that will put everyone at the resort in danger.

So, what do you think of the concept for this new drama pilot for NBC and the cast? Comment below.

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Murray Bartlett Virtual Interview on Tap

Daytime fans remember Murray Barlett as Cyrus Foley on the beloved Guiding Light. 

Since then, the actor has appeared in numerous TV series and specials and film roles including HBO’s groundbreaking series, Looking and Tales of the City. 

However, now Bartlett can now be seen on The White Lotus, a new series from HBO, where he plays, the resort manager, Armond which bow this weekend on July 11th.

Murray will be chatting with Alan Locher live on The Locher Room You Tube channel on Friday July 16th at 3 p.m. EST/Noon PST. Make sure to have your questions ready for Murray!

You can watch the livestream here.

So, will you be checking out Murray on The White Lotus? What are your remembrances of Cyrus on Guiding Light? Comment below.

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