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Guiding Light final goodbye article now in New York Times!

GL-Logo22.jpgGuiding Light’s final farewell and the impact on its actors and the audience is featured in a wonderful article out today in The New York Times, titled : After 72 Years Springfield Gets a Stop Sign

Here are some excerpts below… one about Robert Newman and excerpts following that from executive producer, Ellen Wheeler.

Newman

EMOTIONS are an actor’s currency, but on this day in early August, Robert Newman was coming up empty. He sat slumped in a chair in his nearly vacant dressing room at the CBS Broadcast Center on West 57th Street in Manhattan. Cartons with his name scrawled on them were stacked in the corridor. His colleagues, some of whom he had worked with for decades, were all packing up as well. “I shot my last scene in the studio an hour ago,” he said, then paused and studied his hands, clasped in his lap. “I don’t know how I feel.”

For most of the last 28 years Mr. Newman has been known to millions of “Guiding Light” viewers as Josh Lewis, half of one of the soap opera’s most popular couples. But on Sept. 18 he will be out of his longtime gig, along with more than 150 other cast and crew members. Their jobs may be more glamorous than most, but ultimately they are not much different from millions of other workers who have recently watched their employers go bust. “What it really comes down to is the people I’ve worked with. We’ve shared so much for so long,” Mr. Newman said, “and we’re all going in different directions.”

Wheeler

In recent years the executive producer, Ellen Wheeler, tried to resuscitate “Guiding Light” by experimenting with freehand cameras to break with the conventional soap-opera look. Ratings continued to decline, but Ms. Wheeler, an Emmy-winning former soap actress herself who came to “Guiding Light” in 2004, said she believes that without those changes the show might have died even sooner.

“We didn’t change the stories that we told or the relationships between the characters, all the good parts of what is soap opera that we brought with us,” she said. “We just tried to look at how we could make those stories even closer for the audience.” Reaction was mixed, but Ms. Wheeler said fans communicated to her that they liked the changes.

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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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