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



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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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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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 far better during the era i mentioned.

Amen Soap soul bro

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

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!

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.

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!!

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. 🙁

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 could have it back.

He probably didn’t want his legacy tarnished working with MAB as it were….hmmm?

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.

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.

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!!!

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

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..

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!

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, it is only right that GL be resurrected and brought to the internet and/or television. The last years of GL were unwatchable (similar to how All My Children was in it’s last years, too), but those terrible years can finally be forgotten with a new, compelling version of the show today.

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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‘Daytime Stars and Strikes for Autism’ Announces Fundraiser Dates; Proceeds to Jerry verDorn Scholarship Fund and Autism Society of America

Daytime Stars and Strikes has announced its 19th annual fundraiser on October 7th and 8th, with four events in New York City at Port Authority’s Frames Bowling Center. All proceeds will be going to the Autism Society of America and the Jerry verDorn Scholarship Fund.

As daytime fans know, Jerry hosted the event for 18 years which started with his time on Guiding Light (ex-Ross) and then on to One Life to Live (ex-Clint). Sadly, Jerry passed away in May of 2022.  The scholarship honors Jerry’s legacy of his love for the theatre and Daytime Stars and Strikes and sends children with autism to theatre camps, tuition-free.

The mission of Daytime Stars and Strikes for Autism is to raise funds and awareness on behalf of individuals on the Autism Spectrum.  To ensure all receive opportunities to learn, socialize, establish friendships, receive educational and employment opportunities and live their best life without barriers and in a safe environment.

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Below is the line-up of events:

  • Saturday, October 7th 2:00 – 4:00 pm:  Trent Dawson and Friends Play Reading.  As The World Turns alumni Trent Dawson, Michael Park and Roger Howarth (Trent/Henry Coleman/ATWT, Michael (Jack Snyder/ATWT, and Roger (Todd Manning/OLTL & Paul Ryan/ATWT) will perform a play reading with an intimate meet and greet, question and answer session to follow.
  • Saturday, October 7th 8:00 – 10:00 pm:  Bradley Cole & Friends Concert – Some of your favorite actors will perform with Bradley Cole (Prince Richard/Guiding Light) and his band.  All proceeds will go directly to the Jerry verDorn Scholarship Fund – sending children with Autism to theatre camps.
  • Sunday, October 8th 12:00 – 2:00 pm: Daytime Stars and Strikes Bowling for Autism.  Liz Keifer (Blake/GL) and Ron Raines (Alan/GL) co-host this fan fav bowling event with an 80’s dress up theme and contests for best dressed, strikes, spares, etc.  Food and soft drinks included in the ticket price.
  • Sunday, October 8th 3:00 – 5:00 pm – The Fifth Annual “Bauer” Barbeque hosted by everyone’s favorite “Bauer” – Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer/GL).  Grab a Bauer burger, brush up on your Guiding Light trivia and get ready for some handbag bingo where you have an opportunity to win name brand handbags!  Food and soft drinks included in the ticket price.

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All ticket pricing, actors scheduled to appear, location of the venue and a special hotel block of Rooms at the Sheraton near Port Authority can be found on the website at

So, looks like a fun weekend ahead featuring, Roger Howarth, Michael Park, Bradley Cole, Liz Keifer, Ron Raines, Michael O’Leary and many more for a good cause.  Will you attend Daytime Stars and Strikes for Autism 2023? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Kim Zimmer and Jada Rowland Chat Live and Reminisce on ‘The Doctors’ 1980 Episodes

Last week, Michael Fairman TV exclusively revealed that Retro TV has found 181 episodes of the beloved NBC soap opera from 1980, and they are now streaming on the It’s Real Good TV app, and soon will be airing on the cable outlet beginning on July 29th.  These episodes mark the last remaining of the series, as the final two years are believed to have been erased by NBC after an exhaustive search by Retro TV’s executive and production team.

To help launch the last available season to longtime fans, You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel will welcome two of The Doctors most memorable and iconic stars; four-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Kim Zimmer (ex-Nola Dancy Aldrich, The Doctors, ex-Reva, Guiding Light, ex-Echo, One Life to Live) and Jada Rowland (ex-Carolee Aldrich, The Doctors).  Make sure to join us on Monday night, July 17th at 8 PMET/5PM PT for this very special conversation.

Kim and Jada will be on hand, virtually, to reminisce about their time on the former NBC soap opera, the storylines fans can see for the first time in years, and offer more insight into the making of the series, and talk on their soap starts and enduring careers.

On The Doctors, Kim Zimmer played Nola from 1979-1982 and took over the role from Kathleen Turner, while Jada Rowland took over the role of Carolee from Carolee Campbell in 1976 and stayed with the series till its conclusion in 1982.

The 1980 season of The Doctors also features some of the greatest names in its history including: Alec Baldwin as Billy Aldrich, David Canary as cult leader ‘Far Wind’, David O’Brien as Dr. Steve Aldrich, Jennifer Houlton as Greta Powers, and of course, James Pritchett as Dr. Matt Powers.

If you have a question you would like posed to Kim or Jada during the livestream, make sure to leave it in the comment section below, and let us know if you are excited to watch the 1980 episodes of The Doctors.

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75th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations Announced: Judith Light and Murray Bartlett Score Nods

Nominations were announced this morning for the 75th annual Primetime Emmy Awards scheduled, as of now, (pending Writer’s Guild strike resolution) to air on Fox on Monday night, September 18th.

Prior to that, the 2023 Creative Arts Emmy Awards are currently slated to be held over two consecutive nights, on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th. Again, pending resolution of the writer’s strike.

The Daytime Emmys, which were scheduled to held at the end of June, were postponed due to the strike and no new date has been slated, as of now.

Yvette Nicole Brown (GH guest star, A Black Lady Sketch Show, Community) hosted the nominations reveal alongside Frank Scherma, Chairman of the Television Academy via a livestream.

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Leading the pack were HBO’s Succession with 27 total nominations, followed by HBO’s The Last Of Us with 24, The White Lotus with 23 total nods, and Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso with 21.

Some very familiar names to daytime drama fans also came away with nominations and will be vying for the gold statuette this fall.  First, Judith Light (ex-Karen, One Life to Live) landed a nomination in the Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category for her performance in Poker Face.

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Meanwhile, Murray Bartlett (ex-Cyrus, Guiding Light) landed not one, but two nominations. Bartlett is nominated in the Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his performance in Welcome to Chippendales. He also received a nod for Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his work in The Last of Us.  Another alumni, the late Ray Liotta (ex-Joey, Another World) will be in competing in the same category as Bartlett for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his performance in Black Bird.


In addition, Chrishell Stause (ex-All My Children, Y&R and DAYS) reality series, Selling Sunset was nominated in the Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program category.  With certain categories leaving the Daytime Emmys and heading to the Primetime awards, Outstanding Game Show and Game Show Host nominees are:

Family Feud
The Price Is Right
That’s My Jam
Wheel of Fortune

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Mayim Bialik, Jeopardy!
Steve Harvey, Family Feud
Ken Jennings, Jeopardy!
Keke Palmer, Password
Pat Sajak, Wheel of Fortune

Now, for some of the major Primetime Emmy Award nominations below:

Better Call Saul
The Crown
House of the Dragon
The Last of Us

The White Lotus

Sharon Horgan, Bad Sisters
Melanie Lynskey, Yellowjackets
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Bella Ramsey, The Last of Us
Keri Russell, The Diplomat
Sarah Snook, Succession

Jeff Bridges, The Old Man
Brian Cox, Succession
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Pedro Pascal, The Last of Us
Jeremy Strong, Succession

Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus
Elizabeth Debicki, The Crown
Meghann Fahy, The White Lotus
Sabrina Impacciatore, The White Lotus
Aubrey Plaza, The White Lotus
Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul
J. Smith-Cameron, Succession
Simona Tabasco, The White Lotus

F. Murray Abraham, The White Lotus
Nicholas Braun, Succession
Michael Imperioli, The White Lotus
Theo James, The White Lotus
Matthew Macfadyen, Succession
Alan Ruck, Succession
Will Sharpe, The White Lotus
Alexander Skarsgard, Succession

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