The end is near for Guiding Light
by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 28th 2009 2:30PM
There will be no reprieve from the governor, no last minute miracle save. No, the end is approaching and Guiding Light will stop filming the week of August 3. The CBS soap opera will air its last show on September 18, 2009, and the 72-year-long run of America's most enduring daytime drama will officially wrap.
Fans have been hoping that somehow, someway Guiding Light would find a new home, but neither CBS nor Procter and Gamble have been able to save the show. Soapcentral.com has reported that efforts have been made to no avail. "We have not been able to secure an outlet to carry the show moving forward. We are extremely disappointed with this outcome, but we are confident we have exhausted every possible option," said TeleNext Media SVP Brian T. Cahill.
This is hardly a surprise, although I hoped DirecTV might give the show a whirl the way it had with NBC's Passions. No doubt Passions' failure on DirecTV didn't help Guiding Light's chances, although I believe the loyal following for GL exceeds that of Passions. Judging by the emails we've received here at TVSquad, the Guiding Light faithful is as strong and vocal as that for any other soap currently on the air.
Still, Guiding Light is being switched off and that's just the way it is. One of the biggest stars from the show, Crystal Chappell, has already been snatched up by Days of Our Lives, and others are rumored to be getting new jobs, as well. The GL company has made a donation of $10,000 to the borough council of Someret County where it has been filming for two years, and it will donate its entire wardrobe to a New York-based charity that helps economically disadvantaged women find employment.