This just in: Sources have come forward saying ABC Daytime President Brian Frons is gearing up to make offers to several of Guiding Light's top stars. While none of this has been confirmed officially by the network, here's who we hear has Frons salivating:
Daniel Cosgrove as a possible recast for Joey Buchanan on One Life to Live.
Gina Tognoni to reprise the role of Kelly Cramer on OLTL.
Jeff Branson for several roles on General Hospital, complete with an attractive moving bonus should the actor decide to sign with the show.
Check out this shot of Marcy Rylan (Lizzie) and Daniel Cosgrove (Bill) filming scene from Guiding Light on location at Universal Studios. DC's own Melodie snapped the pic. Mel is in Orlando as we type, covering the shoot. When I caught up with our girl earlier she was chatting up the likes of Robert Newman (Josh) and Lawrence Saint-Victor (Remy) after touring the park all day with her new BFF Soapcentral.com's Daniel J. Kroll. I can't wait until Mel calls in to the CBS/DAYS podcast this weekend with all the dish from her soaptastic Spring Break!
Take your best Caption This shot at Bill (Daniel Cosgrove), on Guiding Light, talking to his dog.
Matt Mitovich from TVGuide.com is reporting that Guiding Light's Bill and Lizzie (Daniel Cosgrove and Marcy Rylan) will be departing Springfield. Don't get outraged; they are escaping their families and running off to Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk. After weeks of separation and ever-changing winter weather, the hot duo heads for the warm sunshine and they do it together. The location shots (bet you never thought GL would ever do that again) will air in mid to late April over several days.
Before I get to the main event regarding the much ballyhooed resurrection of the lost Spaulding heir, a little housekeeping is in order.
First, no matter what one may think of the current state of Guiding Light or its prospects for survival, one cannot fault CBS for not marketing the high holy hell out of the return of Grant Aleksander and the character of Phillip Granville Spaulding. GL/Phillip/Aleksander has been everywhere: print ads and a steady barrage of television commercials have been broadcast non-stop, right down to a live interview with Sarah Bibel on Fancast.com. Internet advertising has been almost overwhelming.
Think I'm exaggerating? Consider that the publicity has run so deep and so wide that outlets as disparate as TVGuide.com have featured two video packages to The Wall Street Journal's financial/investment website MarketWatch.com have featured Aleksander/GL related material. Hell, all that was missing was a Super Bowl commercial; given how ubiquitous the marketing has been, no doubt CBS would have run one had it broadcast the game! I don't believe I have seen this much publicity for a soap since the heydey of General Hospital's Luke & Laura or, more recently, Susan Lucci's reported pay cut. READ MORE