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

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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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‘Inside the Actors Studio’ and Daytime Soap Scribe, James Lipton Dead at 93

Best known as the host of Inside the Actors Studio, James Lipton, passed away on March 2nd from bladder cancer.  Lipton was 93.

But in addition for making his mark from 1994 to 2018 interviewing so many famous actors and celebrities, Lipton has quite the daytime soap background in his illustrious career.

He started acting on Guiding Light, playing Dr .Dick Grant, but then soon worked his way up to becoming the head writer of the series in 1952.

Throughout the next two decades, Lipton served as head writer for Another WorldThe Best of Everything (which he helped create) and Return to Peyton Place. He also wrote for The Edge of Night.  Later from 1972 and 1974, Lipton not only worked as the head writer forThe Doctors but also on Return to Peyton Place.  His last soap writing gig was on Capitol in the mid-80’s

In 2016, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmys and a Critics’ Choice Award for best reality show host.

Lipton passed away early Monday at his home in Manhattan as his wife, Kedakai Mercedes Lipton related to The Hollywood Reporter.

Share your condolences on the passing of James Lipton via the comment section below.

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Ex-Nashville and GL’s Hayden Panettiere’s Boyfriend Arrested After Allegedly Punching Her

More upsetting news involving former ABC and CMT’s Nashville star (Ex-Juliette Barnes), Hayden Panettiere.  According to various reports, the actress was punched by her boyfriend Brian Hickerson with a closed fist in an incident that occurred in Wyoming, over the Valentine’s Day weekend.  He was arrested around 2:30am on February 14th.

According to TMZ: the police report said that Hayden revealed that she and Brian were in their bedroom when he started throwing her around and punched her.  The Teton County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a disturbance at a private residence. That caller said an intoxicated male was locked out of the home because he punched his girlfriend in the face.

Pantierre’s face was red and swollen, and she also had a scrape and swelling on her left hand; which she believed came from Hickerson’s watch during the altercation.  Deputies then decided to book Hickerson for domestic battery. He was also hit with a second charge of interfering with a police officer for allegedly refusing to identify himself.

Things looked like they had taken a turn for the better before the incident, noting that the couple moved past another altercation previously from 2019.  That case was dismissed, although he has left red marks on Pantierre’s body, because they could not find a “material witness”.

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Hayden and Brian have been dating since 2018.  Daytime fans remember first seeing Hayden as a young Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light.  She played Juliette on Nashville from 2012-2018.

So what do you think about the latest incident involving Hayden? Comment below.

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Guiding Light and All My Children Favorite, Marj Dusay Dies At 83

She was a force to be reckoned with on the daytime soaps, and because of it ,fans and critics alike loved her performances as Guiding Light’s Alexandra Spaulding (1993-97 and 1998-99, and 2002-09) and All My Children’s evil Vanessa Bennett (1999-2002).  But now Marj Dusay, who played these roles and so many others in her illustrious career has passed away at the age of 83.

The news came via her step-daughter, Elizabeth Perine on facebook who revealed that Marj past away on Tuesday stating: “I’m so very sad to have to tell you that my stepmother Marj passed away peacefully yesterday morning in her sleep. She was quite a woman and had quite a grand life. She was deeply loved and will be deeply missed.:

But not only did Marj portray Alexandra and Vanessa on daytime, she also had stints as Myrna Clegg on Capitol, Vivian Alamain on DAYS and Pamela Conrad Capwell on Santa Barbara.

Dusay also appeared on TV in Facts of Life, The Odd Couple, Star Trek, Hogan’s HeroesMod SquadGet SmartMannixPhyllisBarnaby JonesHart to Hart and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and many other series.

Share your remembrances and condolences of and for Marj Dusay in the comment section below.  But first check out these scene from her work on Guiding Light!

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