Kim Zimmer Sounds Off About Guiding Light
In what one hopes will be the first of many, daytime's legendary and most outspoken actress Kim Zimmer granted Nelson Branco of TVGuide.ca an interview guaranteed to drop jaws! While the insightful and often hilarious talk covers everything from Ms. Zimmer's new TV-movie gig to her desire to be on Dancing with the Stars (Maksim, watch out!), it is her views on Guiding Light and its demise that are sure to raise eyebrows. Among La Zimmer's many quotables, this one stands out:
... if I was in Ellen Wheeler’s position, I would have said, “You are raping the show. No, I won’t produce GL this way.” I give Ellen credit for trying to be the second coming. [Laughs] I had a really hard time with the new production model because it affected how the writers wrote our show — and that killed us in the end.
If that wasn't enough, Zimmer's perspective adds an additional extra dimension to what killed GL:
I think the beginning of the end, for us at least, came when P&G dropped the executive that oversaw our soaps. When Mickey Dwyer-Dobbins was systemically removed from her eliminated position, Ellen Wheeler and [World Turns executive producer] Christopher Goutman didn’t have anyone to answer to. I was a fan of Dobbins — and I know this sounds like I’m old school, but I am old school. Your producers and writers must be held accountable to someone other than the fans.
With Guiding Light scheduled to end its final episodes Spetember 14 - 18, this is a must read for not only fans of GL but soap watchers everywhere. Find all the juicy goodness here.