Wednesday, April 1, 2009

News Round-up: GUIDING LIGHT Reaction

Here's a round-up of reaction to the news of GUIDING LIGHT's cancellation by CBS earlier today.

Jill Farren Phelps (GENERAL HOSPITAL): "GUIDING LIGHT has a very special place in my heart. I began my career in daytime there as a production assistant and later returned as executive producer. It was a privilege — both times — to be a part of such a fabulous group of people who did such outstanding work. Some of the most talented actors, writers and directors have walked through the doors of GUIDING LIGHT. The industry will mourn the loss of this beloved show, but it leaves a rich legacy for all of us in daytime to treasure. I wish all my dear friends a gentle landing."

Sara Bibel (Fancast): The week began with the further collapse of the automobile industry. Now another American institution is dead. No other show has gone from radio to television to the internet, from fifteen minute black and white episodes to handheld digicams. The show transcended eras and trends. It was never the cool soap. It was the soap you watched with your family, arguing about what Reva was wearing and whether Roger Thorpe was worthy of sympathy.

Michael Fairman (On Air On Soaps): This is such a horrible shame as the show had improved dramatically within the past several months, with improvement in their production module, the return of Grant Aleksander, the riveting death of Coop Bradshaw. and the wonderful moving Otalia storyline which has captured the hearts of mainstream america and the LGBT community as well. Today is a tremendous loss for all of our colleagues in New York, friends, actors, and behind-the-scenes personel who worked tirelessly to reinvent the show and get it on solid ground.

Ed Martin ( With all due respect to the fine folks at Nielsen, daytime audience measurement is, at its very best, irrefutably flawed. The very idea that viewership for soap operas would decline in direct proportion to the ever-expanding increase in viewing options is utter bullshit.

Lynn Leahey (Soap Opera Digest): "For many of us, it was the first show we ever watched. Unlike prime-time shows that came and went, it was a constant in people's lives. "It really is heartbreaking to see something like this go away."

Marlena De Lacroix ( Losing GL would not only be the loss of a media institution, it would be the loss of a piece of America that belongs to all of us. The way its very human drama has reflected life in America all these decades, it is us.

Robert Reid ("Robert Reid Live"): Losing GUIDING LIGHT is like losing one of our proud grandparents in our family, but this time it is our daytime family. I really have a special place in my heart for this show, and suddenly knowing that September 18th is when CBS decides to air its last episode, makes us the fans want to show our support by rallying together like a family, and get this thing on some other platform.

Lynn Liccardo (Red Room): It's particularly sad, never mind ironic, that CBS picked this moment to cancel GL; after foundering for so long, Grant Aleksander's return and the buzz around Otalia have breathed new life into GL.

Patrick Erwin (A Thousand Other Worlds): I don’t know what to say. My reaction has vacillated between tears, sadness and rage.


  1. Do NOT give up! Everyone needs to 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

  2. At first, I was devastated by this news and was so angry and disappointed that I had tears rolling down my face and then the fighter came out in me. There is hope if Procter & Gamble can find another venue and maybe even an international audience for this beloved, quality soap with some of the best stories and acting on television right now!!

    All fans on deck!! Write in your support for Guiding Light!! Getting dropped from a major network does not have to mean the end in this day and age of cable networking and the internet!! Keep watching and write!!

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  4. I love Guiding Light and I'm not going to let it fade away without a fight!! ALL soap fans need to rally behind the longest running show on television. Today it's Guiding Light, which show will be next on the chopping block? We need to let the powers that be know that WE LOVE SOAPS!!