The first in a highly personal, non-objective series highlighting various aspects of the last episodes of Guiding Light, which will end its 72 year run on September 18th.
These final weeks of Guiding Light have been pure torture to watch. I don't mean "the new production model" (a phrase I never hope to hear again in my lifetime) or Bonnie Dennison's (Daisy) futile attempts to remember her lines. No, what has been extraordinarily difficult for me as a viewer — who vividly remembers when Roger (Michael Zaslow) kidnapped Holly (Maureen Garrett) in the Caribbean and Ed (then Mart Hulswit) threw him off a cliff — is watching the series' stories come to their inevitable conclusions. READ MORE
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
On Phillip's reaction to the same-sex relationship between Olivia and Natalia:
Phillip comes into this now, at this stage in his life, in a way that is different than he might have at any other time. He's been through a lot of changes, and he's examined his life. He knows that, if you find the person you love, you need to value what time you have with them, no matter who they are. He sees the relationship that Olivia and Natalia share as something special...something that provides a safe and loving environment for his child. It's good and healthy for Emma, so he supports it. Phillip is a character who has always thrived on and caused conflict. And conflict builds story. If the show had a future, there would have to be some kind of conflict between Phillip and Olivia/Natalia in order for a story to exist between them. I could easily see something upsetting Phillip, and him seeking custody of Emma...but it would be something Olivia did or some other issue he perceived as a problem. I don't think it would be the same-sex nature of her relationship - this just isn't an issue for him. On the other hand, I could also see a totally different type of conflict having nothing to do with Emma - like maybe Phillip and Natalia forging a friendship and Olivia not being very comfortable with that, or misunderstasnding it.
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