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Michael O'Leary talks about creation and challenge with "Steamboat"!

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Michael O’Leary (Ex-Rick, Guiding Light) the brainchild of the hilarious online soap spoof, Steamboat, chatted with We Love Soaps’ Damon L. Jacobs in a two part interview about the creation and the difficulties of getting a show onto the web.  Below are a few great tidbits about his choice of former cast mate, Kim Zimmer to play the role of Rhonda, the Steamboat executive producer, and how much of his real life experience with budget cuts, green screens etc helped him shape the online series.

O’Leary on the choice of Kim Zimmer as the executive producer of the soap spoof: “Originally I wanted the Exec to be a man.  But Kim lives three blocks from me, and I thought, “Okay, I’ll make him a her.” Kim does not at all resemble Ellen Wheeler in any shape or form.  There was Gail Kobe, who was my first Exec.  There was Jill Farren-Phelps, Paul Rauch, and Michael Laibson.  I can’t say of all these Execs that she resembles anyone in particular.  All I wanted was a real top female who, as she says, has bigger balls than anyone else on the show.  The men are a bit afraid of her.   And this is another underpinning of the show, where are men in this new model? You’ve got women who are the breadwinners, and I think many men are lost.  So I wanted a female in a position of power, who is smart, who is trying to protect her own interest but at the same time keep the show on the air.  You have these men underneath her thinking, “What do I have to do? Where do I go?” If you really look at soaps today, who are the stars? You can arguably say that Eric Braeden is the largest star on soaps, but really it’s the women who are the divas, it’s the women who women want to watch.  The men are facilitators for the women’s story.  The biggest stars in daytime I’d say are Kim Zimmer, Susan Lucci, Erika Slezak.  So on Steamboat you have men trying to keep their jobs, working under women who are smarter than they are, and their employment and their life depends on it.
O’ Leary on if how much of the end of Guiding Lights perils were interjected into Steamboat, i.e. budget cuts: “The budget cut thing was definitely part of my Guiding Light experience.  But budget cuts are applicable to everyone.  I don’t know if there is anyone who hasn’t gone through budget cuts.  I don’t care who you are, where you are.  Unless you are an undertaker or an accountant, you have to deal with budget cuts.  And the real part of it was that fear of asking, “What’s next?” My experience with Guiding Light and the entertainment industry is that everything is changing.  We don’t know what’s going to happen with network television.”

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Guiding Light Virtual Reunion Slated with Ellen Parker, Rachel Miner, Maeve Kinkead & Tina Sloan

Springfield fans will be excited for this one!  Coming up on The Locher Room, Alan Locher has reunited none other than Ellen Parker (Maureen Bauer), Maeve Kinkead (Vanessa Lewis), Rachel Miner (Michelle Bauer), and Tina Sloan (Lillian Raines).

The women will all be part of a special Guiding Light reunion on Wednesday, August 12th beginning at 3:00PM EST/12 PM PST

This fab foursome will reminisce about their time in Springfield and discuss the death of the beloved character, Maureen, that still resonates today as one of the most shocking and saddest on-screen departures in the genre.

To watch this virtual GL event click here

So, what would you want to ask Ellen Parker about her exit from the show as Maureen? What do you recall about the storyline? Comment below.

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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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