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Michael Zaslow Tribute On Tap Featuring ‘Guiding Light’ Stars

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He was one of the all time greats to ever grace the soap opera genre, and now he will be remembered and celebrated  by many of his former Guiding Light cast mates and real-life daughter.

Circle next Friday, March 19th at 4 p.m/EST and 1 p.m./PST for a special tribute episode to Michael Zaslow (Ex-Roger) of The Locher Room with former GL publicist and host, Alan Locher.

The virtual remembrance will feature Guiding Light’s Maureen Garrett (Holly Thorpe), Fiona Hutchison (Jenna Bradshaw), Liz Keifer (Blake Thorpe), Kimberley Simms (Mindy Lewis) and Sherry Stringfield (Blake Thorpe) as well as the aforementioned, Marika Zaslow.

Michael passed away from ALS in 1998.

To view the upcoming tribute episode click here.

What was your favorite performance of Michael as bad boy Roger Thorpe on Guiding Light? Comment below.

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Oh, how my mom and I both adored Michael Zaslow. The first really sexy (though not traditionally ‘soap’ handsome) bad boy. I’ll never forget the episode when he assaulted Rita Stapleton with that ominous, “You owe me. And I’m collecting.” We figured that was the end for Roger; you don’t come back from rape. But…they softened Rita’s response later on, as I recall, and Roger got the second of many chances. A memorable character from a gifted, unique actor. We even went to his theatrical movie, the dreadful “YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE”. Now that’s dedication!

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Not only is it awesome that Alan Locher is having a Michael Zaslow tribute, but getting Sherry Stringfield in on it is blowing my mind! She has always been a favorite of mine as Blake Thorpe. She played the female version of her daddy, Roger! And adding Kimberley Simms to the mix? I’m going to faint! Her Mindy with Roger had crazy, sexy chemistry. They were HOT as the older businessman and young blonde bombshell!

Fiona Hutchinson and Maureen Garrett on it also? Perfection!!!!

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Remembering Michael Zaslow as Roger Thorpe brings back so many of my favorite memories of The Guiding Light which was its title when I watched it as a child. I can’t list a favorite episode because I loved everything about his acting. He was one of the actors who I loved to hate because he was excellent at his role playing. The Guiding Light made many mistakes with some decisions that it made regarding the show : one is killing off Maureen Bauer’s character and the second is the disrespect it showed Michael when he was diagnosed with ALS. That… Read more »

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It was a wonderful tribute. He was my all time fav villain

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‘Soap Opera Know-It-All’ Virtual Game Show Debuts

This week, the Michael Fairman Channel dropped the premiere episode of the first-ever virtual soap opera game show, Soap Opera Know-It-All.  

The game features four soap fans from around the country who test their knowledge against each other for prizes and the bragging rights to be the “Ultimate Know-It-All” come seasons end.

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With the coronavirus pandemic still among us and life not fully back to normal, the game show is produced and hosted by Michael Fairman that brought fans from different parts of the country together for the kick-off.  They are: Marni Ockene, Floyd Elwell, Nicholas Hess and Gina Patterson.

 

The game is played in two rounds, and the players receive points for each correct answer as they choose questions from 2 game board categories which are all soap operas; either primetime or daytime in a ‘Jeopardy’-like format.

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However, come the knock-out round we are left with two players who try to answer the final question from this week’s guest performer, The Young and the Restless‘, Sharon Case (Sharon).  If no one is eliminated, the game goes into “Sudden Death”.

On each new episode, different soap operas will be featured on the game board and/or in different amalgamations, plus you never know just which of your favorite soap stars might pop up!

Check out the premiere of “Soap Opera Know-It-All” below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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All My Children and Guiding Light Vet, Gil Rogers Passes Away

Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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Cicely Tyson Recalls Her Time On ‘Guiding Light’ & Her Mother’s Obsession With Soaps In Final Interview on ‘Live with Kelly & Ryan’

The world is mourning the loss of legendary actress Cicely Tyson who died on Thursday at the age of 96.   On Wednesday, Tyson had taped what would be the final interview of her life with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest for the morning show, Live with Kelly and Ryan.

Today on Friday, the show aired Tyson’s interview which was filled with so many moments made all the more poignant by her passing yesterday.

As soap fans know, Cicely was the first black actress to appear on the soaps, and on Guiding Light, back in 1966 in the role of Martha Frazier.  The character was married to Dr. Jim Frazier played first by Billy Dee Williams and then James Earl Jones.  Tyson’s role was eventually taken over by Ruby Dee.

 

During her interview with Kelly and Ryan, the hosts asked the Oscar-nominated actress and icon, best known for her roles in Sounder, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Roots, and A Trip to Bountiful about her time on Guiding Light.  Cicely revealed that her mother was a huge fan of Guiding Light and the daytime soaps, and was obsessed with the characters and what was going to happen next.  As it turns out, according to the interview, Tyson’s mother’s favorite role of her daughter was Martha on Guiding Light.

Watch the clip from the interview below.

Then, share your remembrances on the extraordinary work of Cicely Tyson via the comment section below.

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