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Kim Zimmer and Robert Newman in new post-GL interview!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studio

The incomproable Kim Zimmer and Robert Newman, soaps beloved Reva and Josh from Guiding Light, sailed the high seas recently on the Soap Cruise with TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco and the threesome had a heart to heart about all things past, present, and future with their legendary soap careers, mourning GL and moving on, and what’s the next arc in their professional lives. The interview is a must-read for long time GL fans. Here are a few excerpts!

Kim and Robert on if they have been able to mourn the death of GL and move on…

Zimmer: “These So Long Springfield events have been a blessing because we’ve been allowed to personally say goodbye to our fans. In a way, [soap event producer] Mike Gold has kept Reva and Josh alive. But to answer your question, I am ready to put GL to bed. At this point, we’ve said all our goodbyes. Now I’m waiting for the phone to ring. I’m ready to embark on the next chapter of my life and career. The only problem with these reunion events is all our old feelings return, which can stunt and delay our mourning process a bit. However, it’s been great for me because I’m writing my autobiography. Fans will come up to me and remind me of certain moments I had forgotten about, so it’s been beneficial for my memoirs.

Newman: “I think I’ve already completed the mourning process. Sure, I miss the actors, crew, and fans, but luckily, through these fan events, I’m still able to stay in direct contact with all of them. As for mourning Josh and the show, I have come to terms with the loss. As GL was fading, I was in a different place than my co-stars because I was starring in a musical, Sessions. After we taped GL’s last show, I still had a job to go to the next day.”

Kim and Robert if they would have preferred a different ending to the GL finale for Reva and Josh.

Zimmer: “Our fast-forward wasn’t as bad as the rest of the storylines. But you’re right — the journey is the destination and the fast-forward was kind of lazy. The viewers deserved to see Josh and Reva work through their issues before their reconciliation happened.”

Newman: “We always said to each other that there would never be a wedding No. 4!”

Zimmer: “I think they would have reunited but they wouldn’t marry again. Reva and Josh would have spent the rest of their lives together — maybe more as friends and companions.”

Guiding Light R.I.P.

Former Y&R, Santa Barbara, Capitol, and Guiding Light Executive Producer John Conboy Dead

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Reports surfaced on Friday that legendary soap opera executive producer, John Conboy had passed away.

Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R) posted the news of Conboy’s death on her facebook page along with these sentiments: “It is with a heavy heart and a grateful smile that I called him my friend,, “BIG” JOHN CONBOY, the ORIGINAL Producer on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, left us today The Big Guy, with the BIG LAUGH, Man about Town, and One HELLUVA PRODUCER… Whether you loved him, or not ..YOU have to agree He was ONE OF A KIND! God Bless you, John. Give Jeanne a Hug from all of us.”

CBS Daytime also tweeted: “We join Judith and the CBS Daytime community in mourning the loss of John Conboy. John was a longtime Executive Producer on #YR, created Capitol and later was EP of Guiding Light. He will remain in our hearts forever.”

Conboy was the original executive producer of The Young and the Restless and remained with the show from its inception in 1973 through to 1982.  Prior to that, he served as the EP on CBS’ Love is a Many Splendored Thing from 1970-1973.  After Y&R, John next launched CBS’ new soap Capitol and stayed as the EP up through its cancellation in 1987.

John made a comeback in 1991 with the one and only Santa Barbara, where he served as the top executive of the series for a time, with the last soap he helmed being Guiding Light from 2002-2004.

Throughout his daytime career, Conboy picked up four Daytime Emmys – three for the soaps, and one for an afternoon special. (more…)

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Crystal Hunt, Donna Mills, Antonio Sabato Jr & Michael Swan Star In New Faith-Based Soap Opera, HILTON HEAD ISLAND!

Some longtime soap opera notables are featured in a new 22 episode faith-based soap entitle, Hilton Head Island.

The series debuts this Friday, November 10th with the first eight installments, and is from the Christian entertainment company, PureFlix.com.

The soap opera is available by subscription, but the service offers a one-month free trial.  In story, Hilton Head Island, revolves around the lives of the fictional Trisk family, who own the a television network.

Hilton Head Island features: Antonio Sabato Jr. (ex-Jagger, General Hospital), Donna Mills (ex-Abby, Knots Landing), Michael Swan (ex-Duncan, As the World Turns), and Crystal Hunt (ex-Lizzie, GL). PureFlix.com specializes in “family-oriented” content and shows. The plan is for Hilton Head Island to be rolled out in two subsequent seven-episode blocks in the coming weeks.

Watch the first official trailer for the soap after the jump.  Then let us know your thoughts in the comment section below! (more…)

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OLTL Alum Tuc Watkins Joins GL Alum Matt Bomer And An All-Star Cast In Broadway Revival Of Boys In The Band!

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In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking play, Boys in the Band, a limited engagement of the theatrical production is scheduled next year from April 30–August 12, 2018 a the Booth Theatre on Broadway.

The cast will feature none other than former One Life to Live star, Tuc Watkins (Ex-David) and former Guiding Light star, Matt Bomer (Ex-Ben) along with Andrew Rannells, Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, and more.  The play will be directed this time out by two-time Tony winner, Joe Mantello.

The Boys in the Band centers around a group of gay men who gather in a New York City apartment for a friend’s birthday party. As the evening continues, the cracks beneath their friendships begin to show, exposing the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity. (more…)

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