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Kim Zimmer chats about Ellen Wheeler, Oprah & Drinking in new Book!

And that headline is just for starters folks! In a new interview out today with TV Guide, Kim Zimmer gives us a further preview into her upcoming memoir which is going to be a non stop page turner!  I mean, Guiding Light, Peapack, Wheeler, Oprah, drinking, One Life to Live, Clones and god knows what else! But it sounds like a soap fans dream to hear the gospel from four-time Daytime Emmy winner, Kim Zimmer!

I’m Just Sayin’!: Three Deaths, Seven Husbands and a Clone! My Life as a Daytime Diva is set to hit the book shelves on August 2nd, but for now here is what Kim said to TV Guide about who she trashes in the book.  Well, one name came to mind to her.. ,Ellen Wheeler the final executive producer of Guiding Light!

Zimmer on stating in her book that Ellen Wheeler was crying all the time on set: “When they vetted the book, the only thing the lawyer called my publisher about was my reference to Ellen crying all the time on the set. Of everything I say, that’s what worried them! The lawyer wanted to make sure someone else could verify that fact. [Laughs] I said, “Oh, my God, at least 150 people can verify that Ellen Wheeler was a crier.” My publishers are very anxious for me to write another book, although I don’t know where I can go from here. A.C. read three chapters of this one and hated it! He wanted it to be more of a teaching book, something that helps actors learn about survival in this business, a book about self-preservation in a business that’s basically dying.”

Zimmer on if she felt the outlandish stories of time travel and the Reva clone story were a precursor to the demise of GL: “As much fun as it was, as an actor, to be a clone or to time travel, those storylines did not benefit the show at all. Back in the great years of GL we had no idea we were living in the golden age. It was so wonderful and comfortable and meaningful — the fans really cared about us and the stories that we told. Then soaps got ridiculous. They stopped being what they were created to be — human drama! That’s why people are leaving us and seeking out replacements. That’s why people get such a kick out of the Stupid Housewives of Wherever. Those shows are today’s soap operas!”

Kim makes a valid point here!  I mean television viewers are finding Real Housewives of (well, you can fill in which ever city you want) more intriguing then daytime soap opera storytelling  in 2011.  Enough said.

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Adam
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Adam

I didn’t watch GL for many years, then once AW went off, I began my journey watching GL till the end. Not sure why Zimmer has to be so ugly towards Wheeler, she was great! I was never a fan of Zimmer anyway…now reading this about her novel, I wouldn’t spend my $ reading trash she has to say. If you going to knock down the show that paid you money to live and eat then its obvious she was not that grateful to have a job in daytime. She was not all that there over actors on this show… Read more »

Mark Schreier
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Mark Schreier

GL should have brought back Nola and Quint and Ed & MIke Bauer a long time ago .. they kept bringing in new families and characters that viewers were not invested in. Nola is one of daytime’s most memorable characters and Lisa Brown is one of the best daytime actresses of all time. Her fantasies were incredible…. great TV…… instead of going for great TV and human drama, real people, they went for gimmicks to try to get viewers that were totally unreal — cloning Reva, etc. P&G or whoever was in charge of those shows … Mary Ellis Bunnum… Read more »

Maureen
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Maureen

I would be interested to know what the actual ratings are for the Real Housewife series of shows. It is easy to make generalizations about how viewers more interested in those reality shows than soaps…but I am not and I know quite a few people who don’t watch most of the reality shows on television. Yes, network soaps do not have the ratings they once did…but the same can be said of prime time shows…cable news channels…you name it. But soaps still pull in great and consistent ratings…that just about any network or cable prime time show would love to… Read more »

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kay killgore

Years ago a friend of mine was at the Soap Opera Digest Awards, back when they had those Ms. Zimmer was there, my friend sit on her scarf because they were moving you around every commercial break so the place would look full she said Ms. Zimmer was nasty as all get out you would have thought someone would have sit on her head. You know why soaps are going down the tubes? Becasue it is an ensemble piece that makes it work not just one actor. It became the Reva show and that’s why I tuned out…

Lew
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Lew

Hey, Ms. Zimmer is just telling it like it is. The soaps have lost their way and it is reflected in the ratings. Soaps are supposed to be about family, friends and drama. That has been replaced by corporate wars and the mob on the waterfront. On some soaps, you don’t even have core families anymore. If the genre is to last, they have to go back to what worked. Days and GH seem to be on the right track.

Mark Schreier
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Mark Schreier

GL should have brought back Nola and Quint and Ed & MIke Bauer a long time ago .. they kept bringing in new families and characters that viewers were not invested in. Nola is one of daytime’s most memorable characters and Lisa Brown is one of the best daytime actresses of all time. Her fantasies were incredible…. great TV…… instead of going for great TV and human drama, real people, they went for gimmicks to try to get viewers that were totally unreal — cloning Reva, etc. P&G or whoever was in charge of those shows … Mary Ellis Bunnum… Read more »

Jeff Moree
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Jeff Moree

Well i am definately going to Read this book.. I read an article or interview many years ago where Ellen wheeler said that acting saved her from bieng schizophrenic in real life. I can harldy wait til the book is on shelves.

Ceridwyn2
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Ceridwyn2

I’m a long time ABC soap fan (AMC, OLTL, GH) on and off for over 25 years. After hearing some interesting things happening over at GL in Dec 08, I decided to switch over to the Otalia storyline, and watched to the end of the show. I came in for Otalia but stayed for the entirety of the show. Yeah, looking back on some of the show clips, it was rough when they changed production models. Some thrived in the new environment, while others did not. It took a little while but it did improve. And from the standpoint of… Read more »

Bob Andelman
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Bob Andelman

Kim Zimmer fans will also enjoy the Mr. Media VIDEO interview in which she talks about working with her friend Alec Baldwin on “The Doctors,” replacing Kathleen Turner on “The Doctors” and playing her double onscreen in “Body Heat,” her 26 years on “The Guiding Light,” and her struggles with alcohol in the show’s final years. Check it out: http://www.mrmedia.com/?p=2172

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One Life to Live and Guiding Light Stars Share Reactions and Remembrances of Jerry verDorn

Over the last 24 hours, tributes have poured in on social media for beloved soap opera veteran, Jerry verDorn (Ex-Ross, GL and Ex-Clint, OLTL) who passed away on May 1st.

The two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star, was one of the most genuine people you could ever meet and work with as noted by so many of his former colleagues from Llanview to Springfield.

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this post as more remembrances for Jerry continue to be shared and posted.  Here is just a sampling of verDorn’s impact on the lives of those who worked with him in front of the camera and behind the scenes:

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Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki, OLTL) statement to her Fan Club: “For anyone who knew Jerry verDorn, Sunday, May 1st, was a heartbreakingly sad day.He was a man of such warmth and kindness, talent, intelligence and most importantly humor, that every day spent working with him could hardly be called work.  It was joy.  He so loved what he did and was so very good at it. I was the very lucky recipient of his last 8 years in daytime and I thank God for that. “He made every day one to look forward to. I will always think of him with that lovely, rather impish, smile on his face, and that will stay in my heart forever. I know that he has gone to a peaceful place, with no pain.  I send my love and deepest sympathies to Beth and their sons and their families, of whom he was so very proud. They have lost a great man.”

Melissa Archer (Ex-Natalie, OLTL) expressed: “I’m heartbroken to hear of Jerry VerDorn’s passing. I have so many wonderful things to say about this man, but I’ll try to keep it brief. I had the honor of playing his daughter on oltl. He was genuine from start to finish. A giving actor, a caring coworker, funny, talented, and full of smiles. When he took over the role of Clint, it was seamless. It felt as though he’d always been there and he formed family bonds with all of us quickly. His family are in my thoughts and prayers.”

Bree Williamson (Ex-Jessica, OLTL) shared: “I am devastated to hear about the death of Jerry. He was a wonderful man and I am so grateful for the time that I spent with him as my TV father. He was a talented and generous actor and a kind and gentle man. He made it effortless for me to feel close to him and to love him like a dad. I enjoyed everyday I was lucky enough to spend with him and I will hold those memories of him in my heart and mind forever. 💔💔”

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Amanda Setton (Ex-Kimberly, OLTL, now Brook Lynnm GH) said: “I am so very sorry to hear this news. I was so fortunate to have worked with Jerry early in my career. I learned so much from him. I remember we would often run lines in his dressing room, classical music playing and all. His preparation and commitment to his craft was inspiring. He was an incredible actor, the consummate professional; prepared, present, supportive, and kind. He treated everyone with such respect and admiration. We have lost someone special. I am holding his family in my thoughts and prayers. “

Ron Carlivati (Ex-head writer, OLTL, now head writer, DAYS) shared: “Sad to hear the news that Jerry Ver Dorn has passed away. Jerry stepped into the role of Clint Buchanan in 2005 and quickly made it his own, playing a loving husband and father and eventually a very convincing villain, although the man himself was all heart. Rest in peace. #OLTL”

Robin Strasser (Ex-Dorian, OLTL) said:#JerryVerDorn a fine actor and true gentleman. It always felt good to see him, not just because he was so darn good looking (he was:) but because he was so affable & easygoing; while being thoroughly hardworking and dedicated to the work. All honor to one of the best of the best!”

Frank Valentini (Ex-EP, OLTL, now EP, GH) tweeted: “I was very sad to learn about the passing of my friend and all around great guy, Jerry verDorn (Clint #OLTL.) On behalf of everyone here at #GH, we send our heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.”

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Mark Lawson (Ex-Brody, OLTL) expressed: What a gentleman. I remember being so intimidated by both he and Bob Woods. Until I finally had scenes with them.  Jerry was the consummate gentleman. So elegant and kind. With a blue collar approach to the work and a respect and generosity for his fellow actors that flew beyond what was necessary. He was a benevolent king on that set. And funny. And ready to laugh.This photo was from the very last moments of filming OLTL at the studios in Manhattan.  I was blessed that day to work with Erika, Jerry, Bree, and Melissa.  I think about that day and these people all the time. Farewell, sir. It was a pleasure to know you.  #jerryverdorn #onelifetolive #oltl”

Liz Keifer (shared: “My heart is broken and filled with bittersweet love for Jerry and his family. Thank you for being my trusted friend onscreen and off. It was an honor to be yours. Rest well, dear Jerry. You are loved beyond measure.”

Patrick Mulcahey (Former head writer, GL) “So sad to hear of Jerry verDorn’s passing. What a fine actor and a good guy. He never stopped thanking me for a special GL episode I wrote for him (Ross’s Election Day dream), but I loved his work way back when Ross was with Vanessa, then Carrie, and then later, with Blake… He and Peter Simon [ex-Ed] played best friends beautifully — abiding male friendships are rare on soaps — and he had crazy deep chemistry with all his leading ladies. Writing Blake and Ross was about as much fun as a writer could have and those scenes always aired so deliciously… Many thanks, sir, for all you offered us, the humor, the depth, the stuffiness and vanity too, which you knew was there in all of us. Sorry you had to leave us in apple blossom time. Sorry you had to leave us at all.”

Robert Newman (Ex-Josh, GL; now Ashland, Y&R): “This one really hits hard. Jerry Ver Dorn was a wonderful actor and a beautiful person. He was one of my first role models. He actually was instrumental in getting me into Union service. He was our Aftra Deputy on Guiding Light, and eventually I took over for him in that role on the show. That planted seed led me to over a decade of serving on both the National and Local boards of Aftra, then Sag-Aftra after the merger. One of the finest human beings I’ve ever known. Rest peacefully, Jerry.”

What do you think about the comments and tributes from Jerry’s former castmates? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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Guiding Light & One Life to Live Favorite, Jerry verDorn, Passes Away at 72

Very sad news to report on Monday.  Two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Jerry verDorn, has died at the age of 72 after a months -long battle with cancer.

Jerry passed away on Sunday, May 1st peacefully at his home.

Daytime fans loved Jerry for his portrayals of Ross Marler on Guiding Light (1979-2005)  and then Clint Buchanan on One Life to Live (2005-2012 on ABC and 2013 on Prospect Park’s online version).  He later retired after 34 years of acting on daytime TV.

For his work on Guiding Light, Jerry took home back-to-back Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category in 1995 and 1996. Throughout his time on the CBS soap, he also earned four additional nominations for his performances.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Beth, his sons Jake and Peter, daughters-in-law Laura and Erin, his sister Bonnie, brothers Jim and Dan, and grandchildren: Benjamin, Nora and Penelope

A private memorial celebration will be held at a later date this summer.

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GL Alum Matt Bomer to Star and Exec Prod ‘Fellow Travelers’ for Showtime

Another Matt Bomer (Ex-Ben, G) project just got the greenlight from Showtime.  The former Guiding Light alum will now star and be one of the executive producers of the series, Fellow Travelers.

According to Deadline, it will be an eight-part limited series created and also executive produced by Ron Nyswaner, the Oscar-nominated writer of Philadelphia who is also the co-producer of Showtime’s hit series, Ray Donovan.

According to the log lines: “Fellow Travelers is a love story and political thriller, chronicling the volatile romance of two very different men who meet in the shadow of McCarthy-era Washington.”

Bomer take on the role of the charismatic Hawkins Fuller, who maintains a financially rewarding, behind-the scenes career in politics. Hawkins avoids emotional entanglements, until he meets Tim Laughlin, a young man brimming with idealism and religious faith. They begin a romance just as Joseph McCarthy and Roy Cohn declare war on “subversives and sexual deviants,” initiating one of the darkest periods in 20th-century American history.

The series takes place over four decades, as Hawk and Tim cross paths through the Vietnam War protests of the 1960s, the drug-fueled disco hedonism of the 1970s and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, while facing obstacles in the world and in themselves.

Fellow Travelers will go into production in Toronto, Canada this July.

So, what do you think about Matt’s upcoming role? Comment below.

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