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OLTL's Kim Zimmer on what's behind Echo's return to Llanview!

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Kim Zimmer returns to daytime on October 1st when Echo DiSavoy return to Llanview, and Zimmer to One Life to Live, and the role she got fired from in 1983.  And, after that little blip , the rest was soap opera history as Zimmer captured four Daytime Emmy Awards as Lead Actress for her portrayal of Reva Shayne Lewis on Guiding Light for the last several decades up till the shows demise last year.   Now ready to take the OLTL stage with greats, Erika Slezak (Viki) and Robin Strasser (Dorian), soap fans hope it will be storyline deluxe!   TV Guide spoke with Zimmer about what prompts Echo’s return to the canvas.  Here are a few excerpts below!

Zimmer on Echo’s return: “She comes to town with a juicy little secret I can’t talk about but it should shock a few people. She’s also flat broke and hasn’t been able to find another sugar daddy so she comes seeking employment. She used to be a fashion photographer, so she wants to shoot for The Banner and Viki says, “Are you out of your mind? Why would I ever hire you? You tried to convict my husband on murder charges!” Echo also claims she’s back to visit her old boyfriend, who happens to be Charlie Banks [Brian Kerwin], but she’s really doing it to make Viki bristle. And then she tries to get Dorian to side with her because, after all, Dorian hates Viki too — but Dorian tells Echo she has a newfound respect for Viki, which of course makes Echo laugh. Robin and I had so much fun giggling our way through our scenes. She calls me a slut, so that’s fun. Listen, if I’m only here to be a vehicle for these great actors to get some more good story, I’m fine with that. I got a job!”

Zimmer on her new look for OLTL: Zimmer: “Well it’s not the look I had at the end of GL, thank God! I’m wearing some very nice upscale clothing. It’s great to be on a show once again that actually has a wardrobe budget. I was laughing the other day because they wanted to stop and re-do a scene because the lighting wasn’t quite right. I’m like, “You’ve got to f—ing be kidding me! Are you serious?” You know the awful lighting we had on GL! I love that OLTL is still shooting with three big old-time cameras, and you don’t have to worry about staying out of the way of people holding their little goddamn lights and weaving in and out of the scene with their minicams. And we’re shooting indoors so I don’t have to wear special lipstick that takes away the purple when you’re outside freezing your f–ing b—s off. I don’t have to change my clothes in public bathrooms anymore. [Laughs] Logan, I’m tellin’ ya! This is luxury! I’m in heaven!”

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Charles
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Never watched Zimmer on any soap, but have heard raves about her. Looking forward to her coming to One Life and seeing what all the fuss is about. I am hopeful she will bring many GL fans with her. Judging from the interview, she sounds like a pistol! Nice of her to acknoweldge some of the sentiment fans of vets have expressed about their favs not getting airtime. Of course, we know that is not Kim’s fault. That fault lies squarely with the upper brass. Now, if only Ilene Kristen could get some airtime and storyline worthy of her acting… Read more »

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I am sooooo happy to see Kim coming to OLTL. Reva was my all time fave.

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Guiding Light Alum, Michelle Forbes, Lands Key Role in Upcoming Season of ‘New Amsterdam’

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According to TV Line, Forbes will join the cast for the fourth season in the recurring role of Dr. Veronica Fuentes. The character is said to be ‘a calm, poised and fearless fixer who is brought in to reconstruct the failing hospital.”

However, the outlet reports that Forbes’ Dr. Fuentes’ first order of business on her way to reversing New Amsterdam’s declining numbers will be to “wipe clean the inept board.”

Forbes was most recently seen on ABC’s Big Sky and had notable roles in True Blood and The Killings.

The new season of New Amsterdam premieres on Tuesday, September 21st  at 10 pm. EST.

So, looking forward to seeing Michelle in her new role on primtime? Comment below.

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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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