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Tainted Dreams Star Grant Aleksander Says The Late Paul Rauch Was Working On Reviving Guiding Light!

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Now this comes as a welcome shocker!  In Carolyn Hinsey’s latest blog piece for New York City Brand Productions website, the home for now of Tainted Dreams, the upcoming series about the the inner-workings of a soap opera with a twist, Hinsey talks with beloved former Guiding Light star and now part of the “Dreams “cast, Grant Aleksander!

When speaking about the loss of Guiding Light (where Grant played “Phillip Spaulding”) going off the airwaves, Aleksander related that the shows late great one time producer, Paul Rauch was actually working on resurrecting it!

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Grant acknowleged:”Oddly enough, Paul was working on getting the show back on the air before he died. He had gotten pretty far with that, he was talking to big network executives. P&G was interested. When you look at what’s going on in Stamford right now (where AMC and OLTL have been filming), I don’t think P&G will just sit on a creative property if there’s a profit to be made.”

Can you imagine if P&G finally would work its way to bring back GL into the internet space or through cable deal?  What do you think of the fact that Rauch was working on this before he passed away?  Share your thoughts below!

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Georgia
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Georgia

Paul Rauch was one of the best. I remember when he was at OLTL, it was one of the best shows at that time. Hopefully someone will carry his dream on

Jp
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Jp

I agree. I started watching One Life To Live back when he was the ex producer in the late 1980s and fell in love with Buchanan clan. I was also a fan of GL for a couple of years in the early 90s and then in the late 90s. With oltl n amc back and full force, it be great to have this iconic soap back.

Jules
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Jules

As wonderful as this sounds, realistically I don’t believe he would have gotten very far. I don’t believe P&G have any faith that soaps can turn a profit anymore and for that reason alone would never get back in the business. I do appreciate Rauch’s passionate attempts and wish this champion of the genre was still around to fight for it but I have a hard time buying P&G would reconsider.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well P&G wouldn’t have to produce it, just be willing to lease the rights for the show and the characters to a third party– like ABC did with PP. Right now the shows aren’t making any money for them at all– leasing the property would at least give them some money for something sitting on the shelf. P&G owns the rights to a number of former soaps– if proved successful with one dead soap, P&G might open the vault and let a lot of other former soaps shine. Well at least a girl could dream.

dmrjmd
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dmrjmd

I didn’t watch Guiding Light everyday; but, I did off and on while in High School. I liked it back then, in the mid-90’s. I was sad when it went off of the air. Maybe it will be back someday. I’d like to see it on television, though, not the web. They had a talented cast!

Sandy
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Sandy

I would love to see Guiding Light being reconstructed again with Reba, Josh, and Phillip being part of the cast. AMC and OLTL are living proof that any dream can be made possible if you want something bad enough. Hope some company has the vision and means.

David
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David

if they need a headwriter and want new talent i’m available! Watched the show since 1992 and read the 60 year anniversary Complete Family Album from cover to cover.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I remember when Paul Rauch prodiced Another World with Harding Lemay as H.W. back in the 1970s…1968 to 1979 was when AW was at its best, especially the Steve, Alice, and Rachel love triangle when the evil Sven worked as the Corys groundskeeper who murdered Rocky and the children Jaime and Dennis found his dismembered body under the floorboards i think was the Corey boathouse…Days and The Doctors were also at their best at this time as well as several others but not as good as the 3 NBC soaps i mentioned…soaps today have some good storylines but they were… Read more »

Ghlover
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Ghlover

Amen Soap soul bro

Rob
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Rob

Wasnt it P&G who wanted out of the soap opera business?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I think it would’ve been great to re-enter the world of Springfield and see how everyone has been! I think P&G would’ve been a bad choice since they didn’t help the series in the first place. And with GL resurrected, ATWT could’ve been next!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

P&G owns the property rights to the show– He had to go to them to get the ball rolling. They didn’t have to produce them just be willing to sell or lease the rights to the show in order to bring them back. But the point is moot because Mr. Rauch passed away and don’t know if anyone else is interested in trying to revive P&G former shows.

Jazor
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Jazor

I am ready for this to happen. Guiding Light is the only soap I watched faithfully through the years. Those families and stories meant a lot to generations of viewers and losing it was like losing a family friend that had been part of the fabric of our lives. Kudos to anyone who can make this happen. I am not giving up hope…after all…OLTL is back ! Yeah!!

B.J.
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B.J.

Guiding Light was at the top of my favorite soaps too, and I have so missed it.

Unlike others, I don’t have warm feelings for Paul Rauch’s period on CBS shows though; however, I would be happy with anyone who would attempt to revive GL. Hope the idea didn’t die with Rauch. 🙁

Harlee
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Harlee

Yes, I feel the same about PR’s era on GL…I’m a lighter through & through, I love the GL. His & the Brown’s time was a mixed bag at best, I enjoyed many of stories, Abby’s restored hearing, Annie Dutton, the madness of hurricane Dinah, Olivia’s schemes, Danny & Michelle romance, return of Lizzie & Beth, introduction of Cassie, Holly as the nursery rhyme kidnapper, Bloss & Ben triangle but when the cloning, time transporting, letting go Marj Dussay, recast of Annie to just name a few was horribly off target for GL…but I would welcome GL back anyway I… Read more »

Brett
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Brett

Still miss GL and ATWT. It would be great to have them back. I can’t see Propect Park getting involved, they have enough on their plate.

I suppose the big question is, have Prospect Park profited from OLTL and AMC yet? If the answer is yes, the possibilities are endless.

mike
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mike

You would need someone with a vision and a track record to bring GL back to life, there are not too many like Paul Rauch out there.

utah
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utah

OMG!! To somehow bring back Guiding Light would be the BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!!! Paul Rauch was very good at what he did. His work on Santa Barbara, Y&R, and Guiding Light was some of the best drama, daytime had to offer. Please P&G keep soap history alive!!!

denisefan
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denisefan

I would strongly prefer P&G reinvest in Another World……

Maddy
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Maddy

Bringing GL back would be the greatest thing for me.. I miss it so!
I miss all the wonderful actors on GL especially the loving story of Otalia
It touched my life in such a special way and brought wonderful friends into my life
Bring back Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia .. Please… and all the fine actors of GL ..Their love story was amazing.. a first and best touching love story ever on a Soap for me..

Blake
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Blake

Guiding Light has always been my favorite soap of all time. It is too bad he passed before it could happen and that he could see that happen! With the success of AMC and OLTL it might not be too late for GL, especially if they do it soon since it’s already been 4 years next month!

Patrick
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Patrick

Hooray! Although this news came as a big surprise, I had an inkling that someone, somewhere was trying to resurrect GL. Paul Rauch is the perfect person to start it all. I am a big fan of his. When Paul Rauch was the executive producer of GL (1996-2002), the show was the best and most compelling it had been since the 1980s with Gail Kobe and Pamela K. Long. It is too bad Mr. Rauch is no longer with us to continue the project, but with the huge successes of the new All My Children and One Life to Live,… Read more »

Sue Davis
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Sue Davis

I sincerely hope that GL and ATWT will be resurrected.
Some things should never die. Please bring them back to life on
daytime TV or even night time will work.. Those soaps
gave life to television! Reality and game shows
are not very uplifting. I record B&B and Y&R everyday and
can’t wait to get home to see them.

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Soap Alums Frank Grillo and Dee Wallace to Star in New Peacock Streaming Series

From director and executive producer Jason Woliner, best know for his work on Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, comes a new untitled streaming series for Peacock which is said to be groundbreaking, in that, it mixes fact and fiction to tell a bizarre and incredible tale.

Casting announcements have begun and two faces very familiar to soap fans are in the ensemble.  First, former Guiding Light star, Frank Grillo (Ex-Hart Jessup) who most recently appeared in Kingdom, and Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, and second, former General Hospital star, Dee Wallace (Ex-Patricia Spencer), best known for her role in the film, E.T.

In addition to Grillo and Wallace, look for Rosanna Arquette and Dennis Haysbert to also appear in the series.

The “Untitled Jason Woliner Project” will be executive producerd by: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Loreli Alanis  Megan Ellison. Michael Sagol, and Bert Hamelinck.

Looking forward to seeing Frank and Dee in this one-of-a-kind project on Peacock? Did you love them as GL’s Hart and GH’s Patricia? Comment below.

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Guiding Light’s Lee Lawson Dead At 83

UPDATED: More loss for the Guiding Light family.  Now comes word on Monday that Lee Lawson, who played Bea Reardon on the CBS daytime drama series from 1981-1990, passed away Sunday night in Los Angeles at 83-years-old. Lawson passed away at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles after a decades-long fight with cancer with her children by her side.

What makes this all the more heartbreaking is that Guiding Light and soap fans just recently mourned the loss of one of Lee’s on-screen daughter’s Lisa Brown (Ex-Nola Reardon) who died back in November of last year.

According to Lee’s dear friend, Marian-Hailey Moss via Facebook, she shared: “My down-to-earth, sassy smart and beautiful friend LEE LAWSON is telling it like it is in a better place. A fine actress and a super generous friend. I’ll meetcha there LEE!!”

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke to Marian-Hailey Moss and confirmed Lee’s passing.

In addition to her time in Springfield, Lawson also appeared in for a time in 1979 on One Life to Live in the role of Wanda Wolek and started her soap acting career on Love of Life in 1965 in the part of Barbara Sterling.

Lawson also appeared on numerous primetime television shows from Kojak to Maude and many others.  After a long career in entertainment, Lee achieved a lifelong ambition by gaining a doctorate in clinical psychology, and enjoyed a fulfilling successful second career in Los Angeles as psychologist and crisis counselor.  She was especially proud of the work she did for many years at the Los Angeles Times before moving into private practice.

Lee’s daughter, Leslie Bova, took to Facebook on May 24th and shared: “My Mother died. May 22, 2022. Thank you for having Chris, Me & Gaby so that we could have Gianna, Wilder & Sterling. We love you. You fought Cancer & COVID-19 like a champ. Rest, you brilliant, woman ❤️. Thank you, mom. R.I.P.”

She is survived by her children: playwright Christopher Stetson Boal, Gabriella, and Leslie; her sister, artist Susan Gray Arlow; and her grandchildren Wilder, Sterling and Gianna.

Below check out some scenes between Bea and Nola from Guiding Light.

Share your remembrances of Lee Lawson as Bea Reardon and your condolences in the comment section below.

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One Life to Live and Guiding Light Stars Share Reactions and Remembrances of Jerry verDorn

Over the last 24 hours, tributes have poured in on social media for beloved soap opera veteran, Jerry verDorn (Ex-Ross, GL and Ex-Clint, OLTL) who passed away on May 1st.

The two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star, was one of the most genuine people you could ever meet and work with as noted by so many of his former colleagues from Llanview to Springfield.

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this post as more remembrances for Jerry continue to be shared and posted.  Here is just a sampling of verDorn’s impact on the lives of those who worked with him in front of the camera and behind the scenes:

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Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki, OLTL) statement to her Fan Club: “For anyone who knew Jerry verDorn, Sunday, May 1st, was a heartbreakingly sad day.He was a man of such warmth and kindness, talent, intelligence and most importantly humor, that every day spent working with him could hardly be called work.  It was joy.  He so loved what he did and was so very good at it. I was the very lucky recipient of his last 8 years in daytime and I thank God for that. “He made every day one to look forward to. I will always think of him with that lovely, rather impish, smile on his face, and that will stay in my heart forever. I know that he has gone to a peaceful place, with no pain.  I send my love and deepest sympathies to Beth and their sons and their families, of whom he was so very proud. They have lost a great man.”

Melissa Archer (Ex-Natalie, OLTL) expressed: “I’m heartbroken to hear of Jerry VerDorn’s passing. I have so many wonderful things to say about this man, but I’ll try to keep it brief. I had the honor of playing his daughter on oltl. He was genuine from start to finish. A giving actor, a caring coworker, funny, talented, and full of smiles. When he took over the role of Clint, it was seamless. It felt as though he’d always been there and he formed family bonds with all of us quickly. His family are in my thoughts and prayers.”

Bree Williamson (Ex-Jessica, OLTL) shared: “I am devastated to hear about the death of Jerry. He was a wonderful man and I am so grateful for the time that I spent with him as my TV father. He was a talented and generous actor and a kind and gentle man. He made it effortless for me to feel close to him and to love him like a dad. I enjoyed everyday I was lucky enough to spend with him and I will hold those memories of him in my heart and mind forever. 💔💔”

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Amanda Setton (Ex-Kimberly, OLTL, now Brook Lynnm GH) said: “I am so very sorry to hear this news. I was so fortunate to have worked with Jerry early in my career. I learned so much from him. I remember we would often run lines in his dressing room, classical music playing and all. His preparation and commitment to his craft was inspiring. He was an incredible actor, the consummate professional; prepared, present, supportive, and kind. He treated everyone with such respect and admiration. We have lost someone special. I am holding his family in my thoughts and prayers. “

Ron Carlivati (Ex-head writer, OLTL, now head writer, DAYS) shared: “Sad to hear the news that Jerry Ver Dorn has passed away. Jerry stepped into the role of Clint Buchanan in 2005 and quickly made it his own, playing a loving husband and father and eventually a very convincing villain, although the man himself was all heart. Rest in peace. #OLTL”

Robin Strasser (Ex-Dorian, OLTL) said:#JerryVerDorn a fine actor and true gentleman. It always felt good to see him, not just because he was so darn good looking (he was:) but because he was so affable & easygoing; while being thoroughly hardworking and dedicated to the work. All honor to one of the best of the best!”

Frank Valentini (Ex-EP, OLTL, now EP, GH) tweeted: “I was very sad to learn about the passing of my friend and all around great guy, Jerry verDorn (Clint #OLTL.) On behalf of everyone here at #GH, we send our heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.”

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Mark Lawson (Ex-Brody, OLTL) expressed: What a gentleman. I remember being so intimidated by both he and Bob Woods. Until I finally had scenes with them.  Jerry was the consummate gentleman. So elegant and kind. With a blue collar approach to the work and a respect and generosity for his fellow actors that flew beyond what was necessary. He was a benevolent king on that set. And funny. And ready to laugh.This photo was from the very last moments of filming OLTL at the studios in Manhattan.  I was blessed that day to work with Erika, Jerry, Bree, and Melissa.  I think about that day and these people all the time. Farewell, sir. It was a pleasure to know you.  #jerryverdorn #onelifetolive #oltl”

Liz Keifer (shared: “My heart is broken and filled with bittersweet love for Jerry and his family. Thank you for being my trusted friend onscreen and off. It was an honor to be yours. Rest well, dear Jerry. You are loved beyond measure.”

Patrick Mulcahey (Former head writer, GL) “So sad to hear of Jerry verDorn’s passing. What a fine actor and a good guy. He never stopped thanking me for a special GL episode I wrote for him (Ross’s Election Day dream), but I loved his work way back when Ross was with Vanessa, then Carrie, and then later, with Blake… He and Peter Simon [ex-Ed] played best friends beautifully — abiding male friendships are rare on soaps — and he had crazy deep chemistry with all his leading ladies. Writing Blake and Ross was about as much fun as a writer could have and those scenes always aired so deliciously… Many thanks, sir, for all you offered us, the humor, the depth, the stuffiness and vanity too, which you knew was there in all of us. Sorry you had to leave us in apple blossom time. Sorry you had to leave us at all.”

Robert Newman (Ex-Josh, GL; now Ashland, Y&R): “This one really hits hard. Jerry Ver Dorn was a wonderful actor and a beautiful person. He was one of my first role models. He actually was instrumental in getting me into Union service. He was our Aftra Deputy on Guiding Light, and eventually I took over for him in that role on the show. That planted seed led me to over a decade of serving on both the National and Local boards of Aftra, then Sag-Aftra after the merger. One of the finest human beings I’ve ever known. Rest peacefully, Jerry.”

What do you think about the comments and tributes from Jerry’s former castmates? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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