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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 Melina Kanakaredes ‘Greek Candy’ Series to Debut on Amazon Streamer ‘IMDb TV’

We all knew her when she played Eleni Andros on the beloved Guiding Light, and two Daytime Emmy nominations later, actress Melina Kanakaredes left the soap for Hollywood, where she has appeared in numerous TV series and motion pictures ever since.

Now, Melina who currently stars on Fox’s hit medical drama, The Resident is set to launch her very own project in which she not only stars, but co-wrote and is one of the executive producers.

According to Deadline, look for Kanakaredes new series ‘Greek Candy’ to hit the new Amazon streaming service, IMDb TV as part of its inaugural launch.

In story, Melina Kanakaredes and her family’s 100-year-old chocolate factory in Akron, Ohio is the inspiration for Greek Candy. The single-camera comedy, from Sony Pictures Television, tells the story of mom, dad, their three teenage daughters, four very Greek immigrant grandparents, and one very non-Greek “adopted” son and what it means to live the American dream in 2021.

So, looking forward to checking out Melina’s new comedy series? Have you loved her work ever since Guiding Light? Comment below.

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Guiding Light’s Michael O’Leary Will Recur on ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime”

Good news today from former Guiding Light star, Michael O’Leary (Ex-Rick Bauer).  He informed his fans via social media that he is continuing on in his role of Father Hogan on the NBC crime series, Law & Order: Organized Crime.

The series airs Thursday’s at 10pm EST/9 pm CST and stars Christopher Meloni reprising his ‘Law & Order’ role of Det. Eliot Stabler, and Dylan McDermott.

O’Leary tweeted: “Law & Order Organized Crime-exciting news! My character ‘Father Hogan’-now recurring! Thrilled to work with Chris Meloni again!”

So, will you be looking forward to seeing Michael more on the NBC crime drama series? Comment below.

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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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