On Sunday evening, 60 Minutes paid magnificent tribute to Guiding Light.
Viewers were treated to a retrospective segment featuring brief interviews with Tina Sloan, Frank Dicopolous, Ron Raines, Grant Aleksander, Michael O'Leary, Peter Simon, Beth Chamberlin, and of course, Robert Newman & Kim Zimmer. There was also a sure-to-be lambasted short sit down with Ellen Wheeler and GL's last de facto headwriter Jill Lorie Hurst, which will probably send ex-headwriter David Kriezman (now at As the World Turns) into a soap-style catatonic state. READ MORE
Figuring out exactly which soap opera will snap up Guiding Light's Gina Tognoni is definitely keeping soap journos busy! This week's Soap Opera Digest has scoop about Tognoni being in preliminary talks with The Young and the Restless. I told y'all the day GL was cancelled Babs Bloom wasn't trying to see Ms. Gina T. head back the Land O' Frons!
Unfortunately, it isn't the role of Victoria Newman (last played by Heather Tom. No that isn't a typo.) Tognoni could be assuming. An insider tells Digest the soap is thinking about bringing a character back to Genoa City that Tognoni would be "perfect" for. Work that mojo G!
The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy red carpet was awash in different hughes of red, orange, tan and brown. All My Children's Susan Lucci chose a orange gown. See which gowns Guiding Light's Gina Tognoni and Marcy Rylan, As the World Turns' Colleen Zenk Pinter, Meredith Hagner, Marie Wilson and Ewa Da Cruz, General Hospital's Lexie Ainsworth, One Life to Live's Melissa Archer and The Young and the Restless' Adrienne Frantz, Tonya Lee Williams and Victoria Rowell chose after the jump. Which did you like best and which did you like the least? See the dresses HERE. READ MORE
Guiding Light's Gina Tognoni reveals to TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco in this week's Soapgiest that she's been sent a script by Crystal Chappell for a possible role in Venice.
Emmy winner Gina Tognoni (Dinah, GL) informs Soapgeist that she was sent a Venice script by her former co-star Emmy winner Crystal Chappell (Olivia, GL) for a possible role on the much-buzzed online venture. “I’d love to be a part of it,” she tells Soapgeist. “We’ll see!” As for rumours that Tognoni is in talks to join a soap, all she will say is, “things are in the works.” The loyal New Yorker adds, “I AM willing to move to L.A. FOR THE RIGHT SHOW.” Hmmm … Look for a more in-depth interview with one of daytime TV’s greatest talents very soon
On Monday's Guiding Light, Dinah (Gina Tognoni) married Shayne (Jeff Branson) in a lovely — if terribly brief and shamefully cheap — ceremony by Doris (Orlagh Cassidy), Springfield's closeted lesbian mayor who has joined more people in matrimony over the last two months than the number of Republicans who have been caught having extramarital affairs. Unfortunately, I was distracted by Dinah's hat. READ MORE
One of the hardest tasks in all of television must be bringing a daytime drama to a close. In other realms of entertainment, plays and musicals can be resurrected through countless revivals. Primetime TV shows can come and go, yet have the potential to be re-imagined or rebooted for the small or big screen. The biggest box office disasters can live on via countless direct-to-DVD sequels. Radio hosts and their dubiously talented sidekicks can be fired for the most hateful commentary, yet live on with the same formats other stations to be spiteful for another day.
With the exception of Dark Shadows, once a soap opera is canceled it is gone forever. During my time I've watched some of my favorites disappear: The City, Port Charles, Generations, Texas, and — in my opinion — two of the genre's titans, Santa Barbara and The Edge of Night. Many of you are still missing your own beloved shows over the last three decades as well. Fans of Capitol, Love of Life, Sunset Beach, Passions, Search for Tomorrow, and the still mourned Another World among others express their loss as if there yet remains a certain kind of grief that has not yet abated after all these years. Soon we will lose another giant among soaps: in less than ten short weeks, Guiding Light will shine for the last time on CBS. READ MORE