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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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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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Matt Bomer Revealed as Part of the Cast of Hulu’s ‘American Horror Stories’

Hulu’s American Horror Story spinoff anthology series, American Horror Stories, revealed much of its cast for the upcoming drama of Ryan Murphy’s horror franchise.  The reveal came from Murphy himself via social media (see it below).

The weekly hourlong anthology series will feature a different horror story contained with in each episode.

It premieres on Hulu, next week on Thursday, July 15th.

Former Guiding Light alum, Matt Bomer (Ex-Ben Reade), one of Murphy’s favorites in the ongoing anthology is back, and this time in the role of Michael.  J

Joining Bomer in the series are: Aaron Tveit, Paris Jackson, Gavin Creel, Kevin McHale, Billie Lourd, John Carroll Lynchm Madison Bailey and Virginia Garndner and more.

So will you be checking out Matt in the new horror series? Comment below.

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