Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 12:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Less than a week after news broke that longtime “Guiding Light” star Kim Zimmer was returning to “One Life to Live” to reprise the role of Echo DiSavory (which she last played in 1983), comes word that she has already begun taping scenes for her October 1st return to Llanview.
Zimmer posted the following message on her fan site last week “Hi all! Yes it’s true I will be re-visiting the halls of One Life To Live starting this week on Thurs. [August 19th]. I’m very excited to be working with old friends and new ones. I believe Oct. 1st is my first air date.”
In addition, her new co-star Melissa Archer (Natalie) tweeted on the same day that “I had a great morning working with Erika Slezak, Brian Kerwin, & KIM ZIMMER!!!!” Archer then proceeded to embrace Zimmer, tweeting “Welcome to ‘OLTL!!’ Great working with you today!!”
Terrell Tilford (Greg), who worked with Zimmer on “Guiding Light” from 1998-2001, also welcomed her to the set saying that he was “thrilled Kim Zimmer is joining ‘OLTL’ … one of the absolutely most down-to-earth people in this crazy business. Her whole family is great! Can’t wait to kiss her face! Just had the most incredible moment with Erika Slezak and Kim Zimmer…Icons! And so down to earth…love ‘em! Great to see all the fans outside of ABC/NY studio…wow!!! Heading to set…let’s get ‘em… Yeah? But who?” And Matt Walton (Eli) wrote that “Kim Zimmer in da house!!!!!!”
The 55-year-old Zimmer has won four Daytime Emmys, in addition to several Soap Opera Digest Awards and Soap Opera Update MVP trophies.
In other news…
Andrea Sooch has been cast in the dayplayer role of Dorian’s Secretary and will air on Monday, August 23rd. The actress appeared as Lena in two episodes of “All My Children” in 2007, and as Alice Henry in a 2007 episode of “Guiding Light.” She has also guest starred in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “The Shield.”
Jason Tam (Markko) will be returning to “OLTL” this fall according to SOAPnet.com, despite rumors that the actor, who took the summer off from his day job to participate in a Shakespeare theater program, was leaving the show.
It appears that the stars of “OLTL” aren’t the only ones pimping the show these days. Late last week Laura Wright (Carly) tweeted that “I heard from. Really good source to watch One Life to Live this week!!!!! It’s gonna be GREAT!!!! Watch it and tell me what u think!!! Don’t forget to watch One Life to Live. Crazy great week!!!”
The song “Talk Like the Streets” by Imaginary Friends, which was played during the Todd/Téa New York City ‘bucket list’ scenes, is now available for purchase on iTunes.
From the Twitter file…
Melissa Archer hints that there are some John and Natalie scenes ahead in the coming weeks, tweeting that she “Had so much fun working with Michael Easton today [August 17]!! Maternity clothes are pretty cute these days, maybe I should by a pillow & hang out in the expecting stores…thoughts? Had a great day [August 18th] working with Mr. Easton again!! I love this forensics stuff!” Also look some more scenes featuring Natalie, Jessica, and Brody tweeting to co-star Bree Williamson that “it was so nice working with you & Mark [Lawson] today [August 20th]!! I miss you!” And on August 17th she wrote that “I had fun working with Hillary [B. Smith] and Bobby [S. Woods] yesterday!! Have an awesome week beautiful!!”
Kassie DePaiva (Blair) tweeted on August 18th that she “Worked all day with Trevor [St. John], Billy [Warlock], Matt [Walton], & Michael [Easton]. Home relaxing with glass of wine. Jimmy took JQ to Jonas Brother’s Camp Rock 2 Premiere.”
And Lenny Platt (Nate) commented on August 17th that he had a “Great day. Had my first scenes with Michael Easton. Been looking forward to working with him since I started.”
“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.