As the World Turns’ Terri Colombino and Kelley Menighan Hensley, former Guiding Light star Kim Zimmer and Gotham creator Martha Byrne provided “An Evening of Beauty in Honor of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital” on May 1 at the Panico Salon & Spa. See photos from the event after the jump.
An airdate has been set for Hallmark Channel's Freshman Father, starring Designing Women alum Annie Potts and Guiding Light's Kim Zimmer. The much-talked about— among soapers at least— flick will air June 5. Check out the synopsis below.
John Patton (Seeley), the small town high school prom king, star quarterback and class valedictorian is all set to start Harvard in the fall when his steady girlfriend, Kathy (Britt Irvin, "The Assistants"), tells him she is pregnant. The couple makes the difficult decision to marry, and Kathy agrees to follow John to school. Then, when the compromises and responsibilities of young parenthood wear on her, Kathy leaves her son, Adam, and John behind to return to her small town.
Struggling now with his classes, a new job and taking care of his son by himself, John wonders how he will do it all. His luck improves a bit when he finds an apartment and his new manager, Dorothy (Potts), becomes his surrogate mom. But then John realizes he's failed a calculus exam after an all-nighter taking care of Adam and he decides to throw in the towel and start packing for home. It's only when an unlikely mentor appears – the hard-nosed Dean Frost (Zimmer) – that John gets a second chance and the support he needs to continue his dream.
One Life to Live's Jerry verDorn may not have been able to return for the Guiding Light finale to reunite Ross with Blake (Elizabeth Keifer), but GL fans who attended the "So Long Springfield" event at the Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino on March 7 were treated to just such a reunion. New mommy and soon-to-be The Young and the Restless star Marcy Rylan also participated in the event, along with Beth Chamberlin, Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, Jessica Leccia, Bradley Cole, Grant Aleksander, Justin Deas and Michael O'Leary. See more photos from the "So Long Springfield" event after the jump.
Steamboat's Michael O'Leary visited with We Love Soaps' Damon Jacobs about his new web series in a two-part interview. In the chat, O'Leary discusses fan's speculation about who Kim Zimmer's role as Steamboat's executive producer is based on.
We Love Soaps: Let’s talk about Kim Zimmer’s role as the Executive Producer on STEAMBOAT. Fans can’t help but speculate who this is based on. Is there anything you want to say about that?
Michael O' Leary: Of course I think of all the Executive Producers I’ve worked for. Originally I wanted the Exec to be a man. But Kim lives three blocks from me, and I thought, “Okay, I’ll make him a her.” Kim does not at all resemble Ellen Wheeler in any shape or form. There was Gail Kobe, who was my first Exec. There was Jill Farren-Phelps, Paul Rauch, and Michael Laibson. I can’t say of all these Execs that she resembles anyone in particular. All I wanted was a real top female who, as she says, has bigger balls than anyone else on the show. The men are a bit afraid of her.
Gearing up for the final stop on the "So Long Springfield tour", Kim Zimmer chats with The Day on the decline of daytime dramas.
On the future of soaps: I think if someone can figure out how to do these soaps on a wing and a prayer. The people who pay the bills, they don't want to spend the money on them any more because the advertising dollar isn't there like it used to be. Because of the DVRs and the VCRs taping the shows, they know people aren't watching the commercials anymore. Until somebody can figure out an aesthetically pretty way to do it and still make it good, I think we'll continue to lose soaps. ...
I know that CBS is very invested in its other two soaps (The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful), but I also know they're being told to cut their budgets as well. The same thing at ABC. I don't know how much longer that one soap in New York is going to last, One Life to Live. There's all kinds of rumblings that that will be the next one to go because New York is too expensive to produce in.