Wednesday, April 1, 2009

CBS: GL To Broadcast Final Episode on Sept 18


CBS's daytime drama GUIDING LIGHT will broadcast its final episode on Friday, Sept. 18, 2009. At the time of its final broadcast, the series will have spanned 72 years and more than 15,700 episodes on television and radio.

Created by Irna Phillips, the show debuted on NBC radio on January 25, 1937 as the 15-minute radio serial "The Guiding Light." It made the switch to 15-minute episodes on CBS Television on June 30, 1952, although it continued to air concurrently on radio with the actors playing parts on both shows until 1956, when the radio show ended. In 1967, the series first started being broadcast in color, and a year later, the show expanded from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. In November 1977, the show expanded to a full hour. The series is credited by The Guinness Book of World Records as "The Longest-Running Television Drama."

"GUIDING LIGHT has achieved a piece of television history that will never be matched; it has crossed mediums, adapted its stories to decades of social change and woven its way through generations of audiences like no other," said Nancy Tellem, President, CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group. "This daytime icon will always be an indelible part of CBS's history, with a legacy of innovation and reputation for quality and excellence at every step of the way. While its presence will be missed, its contributions will always be celebrated and never be forgotten."

"No show in daytime or prime time, or anytime, has touched so many millions of
viewers across so many years as GUIDING LIGHT," said Barbara Bloom, Senior Vice President, Daytime Programs, CBS. "We thank the cast, crew and producers - past and present - who delivered this entertainment institution, the beloved characters and the time-honored stories to our audience every day for seven decades. It's been a privilege to work with such an extraordinarily talented group of people."

The radio show's original storyline centered on a minister named Rev. John Ruthledge, and all the people of a fictional suburb in Chicago called Five Points. Today's show takes place in the fictional town of Springfield, and revolves around the Spaulding, Lewis and Cooper families. Throughout its historic tenure on the Network, GUIDING LIGHT has been the recipient of 69 Daytime Emmy Awards, including three for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series.

The show has broken ground with stories such as cancer, teen pregnancy, sexual harassment, alcoholism, abuse, AIDS and post-partum depression and, in 2008, premiered a brand-new daytime production model, featuring permanent sets inside its New York City studio and approximately 20% of the production shot in exterior scenes in the town of Peapack, N.J. In addition, directing and editing were changed to be done digitally and almost simultaneously, giving the sets a more realistic feeling and eliminating the need for production suites.

GUIDING LIGHT is broadcast weekdays (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network. Ellen Wheeler is the Executive Producer and the Head Writers are David Kreizman, Christopher Dunn, Lloyd "Lucky" Gold and Jill Lorie Hurst.

The show stars Grant Aleksander, Murray Bartlett, Jeff Branson, Robert Bogue, E.J. Bonilla, Mandy Bruno, Orlagh Cassidy, Beth Chamberlin, Crystal Chappell, Jordan Clarke, Bradley Cole, Zack Conroy, Daniel Cosgrove, Justin Deas, Bonnie Dennison, Frank Dicopoulos, Marj Dusay, Elizabeth Keifer, Maeve Kinkead, Jessica Leccia, Kane Manera, Kurt McKinney, Karla Mosley, Robert Newman, Michael O'Leary, Ron Raines, Marcy Rylan, Tina Sloan, Lawrence Saint-Victor, Gina Tognoni, Caitlin VanZandt, Yvonna Kopacz-Wright and Kim Zimmer.


  1. So very sad. An icon is gone. Hoping that's the last of the soaps to be cancelled but I fear it's not.

  2. As someone who just found the show after not watching soaps for 20 years, this is extremely disappointing.

  3. Don't cry. Keep fighting. Send emails. Write letters. Call. Let P&G know you support the show and want it to continue. They are looking for a new home for the show, and the more support they can show the new network, the better the chances for a pick-up.

    The Procter & Gamble Company
    1 or 2, Procter & Gamble Plaza
    Cincinnati, OH 45201
    Phone: 1-513-983-1100

    Alan Lafley
    CEO, Proctor and Gamble
    1 P&G Plaza
    Cincinnati, OH 45201

    Brian T. Cahill, Sr. V.P., Managing Director for TeleVest Daytime Programs
    Procter & Gamble Productions c/o Televest
    World Wide Plaza
    825 Eighth Avenue
    New York, NY 10019
    [email protected]

    Meredith Eden Ring, Publicity Coordinator
    Guiding Light
    Televest Daytime
    World Wide Plaza
    825 Eighth Avenue
    New York, NY 10019

    Greg Ross
    Vice President, Media and Programming
    Procter & Gamble
    One Procter & Gamble Plaza
    PO Box 599
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45201-0599

    PGP e-mail: [email protected]

    Telenext : 212-474-5888

  4. the guilding light is the best
    soap opera on cbs daytime it would
    hurt my heart to see it cancel so
    please save it

  5. Who is this Barbara Bloom person? Obviously not anyone who has ever sat down and got "into" SOAPS as people have been doing for 72 years for this show. It's a damn shame that BIG Corporations think they don't make enough money off these shows. I know for a fact that they do and we (the viewers) get less and less time to watch our favorite show. This is an outrage and I for one am going to do my part to fill their email box full of nasty comments for doing this. This show started out 15 minutes long and it isn't far from that again. Also everytime there is a presidential speech on they always take GL off for it. This is so ridiculous I have no words to describe it. I just know that I have been a faithful viewer for the last 30 years and this just purely SUCKS that our TV is going this way.

  6. I am so terribly saddened to see Guiding Light leave the air. It is the only soap I make time for. I feel Reva, Joshua, Billy, Beth, Phillip, Rick, and even Alan are part of my family. P & G are dogs!! I can only hope someone will pick up this outstanding drama. I am sure I will cry on the 18th, the last show. I want to thank the cast, crew, producers and all involved with the show. I will look for the actors on some other show or venue. I and many others will MISS you all !!
    Katherine W Pitts
    Vicksburg, MS