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Robert Newman Shares Why There Has Not Been a Return to Springfield & ‘Guiding Light’ On-Screen Reunion

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Robert Newman, best known to daytime soap fans as Josh Lewis on Guiding Light, sat down earlier this week for a wide-ranging interview on his career with Lauren Van Hemert via her You Tube Channel.

The timing of the posting of the interview as in-line with the date GL was officially canceled back on April 1, 2009.  The series began its historic run on TV from radio back on June 30, 1952, and ultimately aired its final episode on September 18, 2009.

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From 1980 to 2009, Robert was one of the mainstays and key leading men of Springfield, and of course, the Josh and Reva (Kim Zimmer) love story is one of the most popular ever in the annals of daytime drama.

Right off at the top of the interview; Hemert noted that what she was asked most by fans of Newman’s and GL’s, when and if there will ever be a Guiding Light on-screen reunion.

Newman responded to the question: “I get that a lot.  That question is unfortunately in the hands of Procter and Gamble more than anything else … and they made it very clear over the years that they’re just not going to release the characters and copyrights to the show.”

Robert also added, “In terms of what you are talking about where there might be some sort of production, where there’s an actual reunion, and we see where Josh and Reva are today and that kind of thing (on their probably 15th marriage) … unless Procter and Gamble is somehow willing to shake loose the rights to the show, I don’t see it happening.”

Watch the full interview with the talented Mr. Newman below.

Then let us know, since P&G has made it very clear for the last several years they are out of the soap business completely, do you think its time they just sell the rights so viewers can see some sort of reboot down the line, especially for a show as beloved as Guiding Light? Comment below.


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i dont understand P&Gs thinking…why hold on to something they could make some money at…it would be nice if they could do at least a daytime mini series or something online or a two part movie!!!

Yes please to Proctor & Gamble… more people would buy your products!!!!

I have missed these actors tremendously. It is ridiculous that p&g wont release the copy rights. Selfish. Very selfish!

Proctor& Gamble Should Make Guiding Light A Complete Comeback On The Air. Return To Springfield.

Thanks for sharing this. Would love to see more of these. And watching Josh turn into Edna on You Tube is a lot of fun, too:) I miss GL and ATWT!!!

Why bother, most of the characters would have been written out by now, production values would have gone down as has Y & R.

Can you imagine what the onscreen version would look like now? I shutter to think what a disaster it would be.

yes there should be a reunions of guiding light. people love that show

P&G really are bastards about their shows. They’re kind of like the kid who gets miffed, picks up all his marbles and goes home. It is unfathomable to me how they can one day just decide to pull all their soap content and keep it for themselves all these years. Remember when they had the web site for their shows that went off the air? One day it was there, the next it was gone. WTH? Why? And why won’t they allow the loyal fans of their many, many shows to see them again in some format? Remember when they allows an “official” role-play and on line continuation of ANOTHER WORLD? That was unceremoniously dumped, too. The logic may be somewhere in the dark recesses of someone’s mind at PP&G, but they are doing a great disservice to the fans of their shows by not explaining themselves or restoring the access we were once allowed. If there are P&G soap actors that are willing to get together in some format for the fans’ sake, than they should work it out.

I’d say to boycott P&G products until they give us what we’re demanding, but I don’t think there are enough of us to make that work, to hit them hard in their pocketbooks. But it sure would be nice to reward or say Thank You to the millions who stated using their products because they were advertised on their soaps. JMHO.

The streaming revolution is upon us and content is king. Disney is reconsidering booting All My Children and One Life to Live. Days is around desite is lackluster ratings because of Peacock. If Disney truly reboots AMC and One Life to Live, I suspect Proctor and Gamble might change its tune.

The trouble is that reboots with out the original writers or producers don’t seem the same. They always feel like something is missing.

That’s ridiculous, GL had several “golden years” written by many different writers. I don’t think this theory applies to soaps!

they should do a reboot. a 30 min soap like bold and the beautiful that could be aired on a cable, streamed online, netflix. they should bring back the original cast with the grown children. and fix some storylines by doing what dallas did by bring bobby ewing alive.

I completely agree! To: Proctor and Gamble, I have been a LOYAL customer of yours all of these years! Ever since I was a small girl aged 4 and my family purchased your products and now as an adult 42. I continue to buy Dawn, Cascade etc… LOYALLY! Mainly because I grew up watching Guiding Light (my favorite) and, As The World Turns. I loved the shows (some of my first crushes were on soap opera characters like Dusty and Philip!) I remember seeing your products on the commercials that played in between. Bring it back, or sell it! Covid has proven that if the content is there and it is good, people will watch!

Absolutely!!! They could reboot the show. They could test the waters by having reva and josh visiting y&r on business. or have a spaulding to visit b&b. Hell even use just main characters to move to town and join y&r or b&b… lord knows b&b needs more depth. It takes them a week to have a character says 5 sentences. They all just repeat the same lines over and over for weeks!!! And there are sooo many old cliff hangers to revisit come on P&G really‍♀️

I started watching GL and the world turn with my mother during the summer one year in the 60’s and watched everyday I could. When I started working in the 80’s I started recording every episode. I even got my husband watching, he was as disappointed as I was when the show was cancelled. I was disappointed when the show had Reva cloned and I think that was when things went down hill. I would love for the Guiding light to return and I know I’m not the only one. I have always wanted it to return. Please. I’m not the only one. I had also watched As The World Turns. I miss it too. I never cared for the game shows. I always looked forward every weekday to my soap. I think if Proctor & Gamble doesn’t have any interest they should sell the rights. I felt like I lost part of my life and I still want it to return. I’m not the only one.

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Matt Bomer Reveals After Exiting ‘Guiding Light’ He Lost the Role of ‘Superman’ Due to His Sexuality

During the June 10th edition of the Hollywood Reporter Awards Chatter Podcast, former Guiding Light star, Matt Bomer (ex-Ben Reade) revealed the role that got away, and how his exit from the CBS soap opera was precipitated to accommodate his burgeoning movie career, only to have his sexuality wind up costing him the part.

Bomer was seemingly set to play the Man of Steel, Superman, in a motion picture version in the early 2000’s, and as he tells it to Scott Feinberg during the podcast, things went awry.

“I went in on a cattle call for Superman, and then it turned into a month-long audition experience where I was auditioning again and again and again, and flying out to New York and doing chemistry reads, an flying out to LA doing chemistry reads, flying back to New York, flying back to LA to do a screen-test,” recalled Bomer. “And it looked like I was the director’s choice for the role. This is a very early iteration of Superman, written by JJ Abrams called Superman Flyby and it never came to light.”

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While Matt was going through the Superman audition process he was still under contract at Guiding Light. Bomer described how he was let go from the soap: “Concurrently on Guiding Light, there was a killer in town, and so I think they needed somebody to pin it all on someone. So, I think the executive producer very kindly wanted to free me up just in case this job came through and said, ‘Hey, you’re gonna be the killer. We’re writing you off the show. Go with my blessing.’ I guess, I basically got fired, but in a generous way.”

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Bomer had good reason to believe he was on his way, and the role of Superman was his after he had signed a three picture deal with Warner Brothers. As to why the part of Superman never came to pass, Bomer believes it was due to his sexuality (Later, Matt would come out publicly in 2012).

During the podcast, Matt explained, “Yeah, that’s my understanding That was a time in the industry when something like that could still really be weaponized against you. How and why and who I don’t know. But yeah, that’s my understanding.”

While Matt has not yet played Superman, he has done stellar work in major projects including: Fellow Travelers, Magic Mike, White CollarIn Time, The Normal Heart to name but a few.

What do you think of Guiding Light making Ben that killer in order to free up Bomer to leave the CBS soap to go and become a star in Hollywood and potentially play Superman, only for his sexuality to take the role away from him by the powers-that-be? Comment below.

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Kim Zimmer Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Last night the stars of daytime came together for a one-of-a-kind three hour-plus virtual event Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit For Stand Up To Cancer – We All Have a Story.

Towards the top of the show Daytime Stands Up co-hosts Michael Fairman and Alan Locher welcomed former Guiding Light stars, Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva) and Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian).

During their segment both actresses initially discussed playing breast cancer storylines for their character on the beloved soap opera and the impact it made on them and the viewers at the time. However, later in the conversation, Kim made a heartfelt admission that she is currently battling breast cancer in real life.


Kim expressed, “I was diagnosed with breast cancer on November 6th. And if it wasn’t for a wonderful circle of friends that I have, and not to mention my husband AC Weary, and my family Rachel Max and Jake, who call me every day, I would’ve fallen apart. But because of my circle that I had, including fabulous doctors, early detection (was possible).

“I did have a mastectomy and I have my last infusion on Tuesday,” Zimmer added. “I would say to anyone that may get a diagnosis like I got. It’s so important that you find a support system.”

On how she is coping with her battle, Kim shared, “I’m a tough broad. But again, if I didn’t have the friends that I have, the support system that I have, the fabulous doctors, a fantastic plastic surgeon, I would’ve fallen apart. And I’m here to say early detection. Early detection. Early detection. Get your mammograms, get them soon.”

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Earlier in the segment, when Kim talked about Reva’s breast cancer battle and how her character would not tell the love her life, Josh Lewis (Robert Newman), which maddened fans of the GL. Kim related, “The fans were like, ‘Why are you not telling Josh?” It made for great drama, though, It bonded Billy and Reva again in life.  We brought in the wonderful character of Colin, who was Reva’s by the book, cancer Doctor.”

“There were a lot of wonderful things that came out of the storyline,” recalled the four-time Daytime Emmy-winner. “I actually went back and watched the (standalone show) that they did on Reva finding out she had breast cancer. And I was like, ‘Wow. I can’t imagine not fighting that story today. But it ended up being written beautifully.”

Share your well-wishes to Kim on her recent medical battle with breast cancer below and check out the livestream below of Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up to Cancer.

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GL Alum Nia Long Set to Play Michael Jackson’s Mother, Katherine Jackson, in Upcoming Biopic

Since her early days on Guiding Light, actress Nia Long (ex-Kat Speakes from 1991-1994), has made quite a name for herself with a list of credits that are very impressive. Now, Long can yet another when she has signed on to portray Katherine Jackson, the matriarch of the Jackson clan and mother to superstar Michael Jackson.

Michael, the title of the upcoming biopic from Lionsgate and Universal Pictures is said to be working towards an April 18, 2025 release date. Director Antoine Fuqua is set behind the camera.

In a statement on the casting of Long, Michael producer Graham King expressed: “Beyond Nia’s incredible talent, I was deeply moved by her connection to the material and her commitment to honoring Katherine and the love she had for her son. Nia has delivered iconic performances throughout her career. I’ve been a fan for a long time because her characters stay with you. I’m excited to now work alongside her as she pours all of that into Katherine Jackson: a woman who was the glue, the rock, and the heart of the Jackson family during its best and its most turbulent times.”

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Long echoed the sentiments of King, sharing: “Katherine Jackson is an incredible pillar of strength and grace for the entire Jackson family. As a mother, she was selfless and endured forces beyond her control yet still managed to help build a legacy beyond measure. I am honored to bring her voice to the screen and share Michael Jackson’s story with audiences everywhere.”

Nia will be in great acting company for the film that includes Best Actor Oscar nominee Coleman Domingo who will play Katherine’s husband and Michael’s father, Joe Jackson.

Looking forward to seeing Nia taking on the role of Katherine Jackson in the Michael biopic? Remember her early days on Guiding Light? Comment below.

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