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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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GL Alums Tom Pelphrey & Murray Bartlett Receive 74th Annual Primetime Emmy Award Nominations; ‘This Is Us’ Snubbed

Tuesday morning, former One Life to Live star, Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) along with JB Smooth (Curb Your Enthusiasm) kicked-off the announcements of the 74th Annual Primetime Emmy Award Nominations via livestream, sharing the reveal in some of the major show and acting categories.

When the dust settled, two former daytime stars from Guiding Light scored nominations. Tom Pelphrey (Ex-Mick, ATWT and Jonathan, GL) landed in the Guest Performer in a Drama Series for his work in Ozark.  Meanwhile, Murray Bartlett (Ex-Cyrus, GL) received a nod for Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for The White Lotus.

In addition, Amanda Seyfried (Ex-Lucy, AMC and Joni, AMC) was nominated for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her performance in The Dropout, as well as Alexandra Daddario (Ex-Laurie, AMC) for her work in The White Lotus in the Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie category.

HBO’s drama, Succession led all show nominations with 25, followed by Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso and HBO’s The White Lotus which scored 20 each.

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In a shocking snub, in its sixth and final, and most-acclaimed season, NBC’s This Is Us failed to land any nominations for its acting ensemble or for Drama Series.  So many of us, in particular, were rooting for Mandy Moore to appear on the list in the Lead Actress Drama Series category.

However, also scoring a nomination was Netflix, Selling Sunset which features former soap star, Chrishell Stause (Ex-AMC, DAYS, Y&R).  The show landed in the Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program category.

The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on NBC on Monday, September 12th (8 pm ET/5 pm PT) as well as streaming live on Peacock.

Meanwhile, the 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be held over two consecutive nights, September 3rd and 4th, with an edited-down version of the presentation to air Saturday, September 10th on FXX.

To view the entire list of nominations click here.

So, what do you think about Tom and Murray being recognized for their performances? The snub of This Is Us? Comment below.

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Soap Alums Frank Grillo and Dee Wallace to Star in New Peacock Streaming Series

From director and executive producer Jason Woliner, best know for his work on Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, comes a new untitled streaming series for Peacock which is said to be groundbreaking, in that, it mixes fact and fiction to tell a bizarre and incredible tale.

Casting announcements have begun and two faces very familiar to soap fans are in the ensemble.  First, former Guiding Light star, Frank Grillo (Ex-Hart Jessup) who most recently appeared in Kingdom, and Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, and second, former General Hospital star, Dee Wallace (Ex-Patricia Spencer), best known for her role in the film, E.T.

In addition to Grillo and Wallace, look for Rosanna Arquette and Dennis Haysbert to also appear in the series.

The “Untitled Jason Woliner Project” will be executive producerd by: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Loreli Alanis  Megan Ellison. Michael Sagol, and Bert Hamelinck.

Looking forward to seeing Frank and Dee in this one-of-a-kind project on Peacock? Did you love them as GL’s Hart and GH’s Patricia? Comment below.

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Guiding Light’s Lee Lawson Dead At 83

UPDATED: More loss for the Guiding Light family.  Now comes word on Monday that Lee Lawson, who played Bea Reardon on the CBS daytime drama series from 1981-1990, passed away Sunday night in Los Angeles at 83-years-old. Lawson passed away at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles after a decades-long fight with cancer with her children by her side.

What makes this all the more heartbreaking is that Guiding Light and soap fans just recently mourned the loss of one of Lee’s on-screen daughter’s Lisa Brown (Ex-Nola Reardon) who died back in November of last year.

According to Lee’s dear friend, Marian-Hailey Moss via Facebook, she shared: “My down-to-earth, sassy smart and beautiful friend LEE LAWSON is telling it like it is in a better place. A fine actress and a super generous friend. I’ll meetcha there LEE!!”

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke to Marian-Hailey Moss and confirmed Lee’s passing.

In addition to her time in Springfield, Lawson also appeared in for a time in 1979 on One Life to Live in the role of Wanda Wolek and started her soap acting career on Love of Life in 1965 in the part of Barbara Sterling.

Lawson also appeared on numerous primetime television shows from Kojak to Maude and many others.  After a long career in entertainment, Lee achieved a lifelong ambition by gaining a doctorate in clinical psychology, and enjoyed a fulfilling successful second career in Los Angeles as psychologist and crisis counselor.  She was especially proud of the work she did for many years at the Los Angeles Times before moving into private practice.

Lee’s daughter, Leslie Bova, took to Facebook on May 24th and shared: “My Mother died. May 22, 2022. Thank you for having Chris, Me & Gaby so that we could have Gianna, Wilder & Sterling. We love you. You fought Cancer & COVID-19 like a champ. Rest, you brilliant, woman ❤️. Thank you, mom. R.I.P.”

She is survived by her children: playwright Christopher Stetson Boal, Gabriella, and Leslie; her sister, artist Susan Gray Arlow; and her grandchildren Wilder, Sterling and Gianna.

Below check out some scenes between Bea and Nola from Guiding Light.

Share your remembrances of Lee Lawson as Bea Reardon and your condolences in the comment section below.

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