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Kim Zimmer on the state of soaps & GL's budget cuts!

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Kim Zimmer, (Reva) Guiding Light and now winning raves as Rhonda on the web soap spoof, Steamboat has a new feature out today TheDay.com. Kim will be in Connecticut this weekend when the So Long Springfield Tour rolls into The Mohegan Sun on Sunday. 

Kim spoke with The Day’s. Kristina Dorsey on the future of soaps, and had this to say, “I think if someone can figure out how to do these soaps on a wing and a prayer. The people who pay the bills, they don’t want to spend the money on them any more because the advertising dollar isn’t there like it used to be. Because of the DVRs and the VCRs taping the shows, they know people aren’t watching the commercials anymore. Until somebody can figure out an aesthetically pretty way to do it and still make it good, I think we’ll continue to lose soaps. I know that CBS is very invested in its other two soaps (“The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful”), but I also know they’re being told to cut their budgets as well. The same thing at ABC. I don’t know how much longer that one soap in New York is going to last, “One Life to Live.” There’s all kinds of rumblings that that will be the next one to go because New York is too expensive to produce in.”

Kim also spoke to Guiding Light’s costs cuts with their hand-held cameras when on location in Peapack, “I’m an outdoor girl. I love being outside. I don’t think we did it as well as we could have. I think that we were put in such a terrible position to try to do this show as cheaply as possible, and I think that’s exactly what we did. (She laughs.) I had problems with the lighting and the sound and the costumes we were forced to wear because we had to deal with the elements outside. I think it was interesting to the fans. I don’t believe if you took a cross section of votes that they liked it. But I think it was innovative. It was a good attempt at trying something new. … Maybe with time we might have succeeded, but we weren’t given time to make it right.”

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TODAY: Guiding Light Reunion with Paulo Benedeti, Tammy Blanchard, Paul Wesley and More

Some former Guiding Light stars who went on to star in other daytime soaps, primetime television shows, and films will be joining former GL publicist, and host Alan Locher on his The Locher Room You Tube series of soap reunions.

It all happens today on Wednesday, July 29th beginning at 3 p. m. EST/12 noon PST as” Paulo Benedeti (Jesse Blue), Tammy Blanchard (Drew Jacobs), Bethany Joy Lenz (Michelle Bauer), Brittany Snow (Susan “Daisy” Lemay) and Paul Wesley (Max Nickerson) reminisce about their time in Springfield.

To check out the livestream virtual reunion make sure to click here.

So what do you remember most about Paolo, Tammy, Bethany, Brittany and Paul Wesley’s time on GL?  Have you followed their careers post-GL? Share your comments below.

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Guiding Light’s Lewis Family Virtual Reunion with Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, Laura Bell Bundy and More

Get ready for Josh and Reva along with their on-screen offspring to be a part of an upcoming Guiding Light virtual reunion.

It all happens on Wednesday July 22nd at 3 p.m. EST/Noon PST via Alan Locher’s The Locher Room You Tube Channel.  You can tune-in here.

Look for: Robert Newman (Josh Lewis) and Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne) along with actresses who played the role of Marah:  Ashley Peldon, Kimberly J. Brown, Laura Bell Bundy, and Lindsey McKeon to participate.

In addition, one of the actors who played the role of Shayne: Marty West will also share remembrances of being part of GL, and join the group.

So what are your favorite memories and storylines with these formidable  former cast members who brought the drama, angst and tears to Springfield as the beloved Lewis Family?  Let us know via the comment section below.

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Rick Hearst, Sonia Satra, and Frank Beaty Scheduled For Virtual ‘Guiding Light’ Reunion

Here is a very exciting upcoming reunion for Guiding Light fans coming your way on The Locher Room You Tube channel.

Circle this Friday July 17th beginning at 3 p.m. EST/12 noon PST when former GL show publicist and host Alan Locher welcomes: Frank Beaty (Ex-Brent Lawrence / Marian Crane), Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael Spaulding) and Sonia Satra (Lucy Cooper Spaulding).

Viewers of the beloved CBS soap, know the “crazy” that Beaty brought in his role of Brent/Marian, how Hearst first won an Emmy for his work in Springfield, and how Sonia became a fan favorite as Lucy.

You can watch it here.

So excited about this GL reunion? Comment below.

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