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Guiding Light R.I.P.

Guiding Light cancellation remembered: Chappell says "Sad Day"

Today is a day that the soap opera world will never forget, and the legions of fans who followed the lives of the citizens of Springfield and it’s enormously popular cast.  Guiding Light’s cast and crew were told on April 1st of last year that the 72-year-old soap was canceled.  Thought of as first as an April’s Fools joke, it turned out not to be, but a cruel irony delivering a knockout punch to its fans and its stars.

On-Air On-Soaps spoke with Crystal Chappell today whose role as Olivia Spencer was front and center until the bitter end.  Crystal with heavy heart shared her thoughts on the one year anniversary of the show’s announced demise.  “It is a sad and heavy day for me.  I am very aware of it, and how ridiculous is it that it was on April Fool’s Day.  And, people didn’t believe it and we had cast members calling other cast members that the show is being canceled and they said, “Oh yeah, right, ha ha.” But it’s heavy.  I miss all the people, and I had the opportunity to tell a great story, and I think they told it beautifully, and at the end of the run I got to work with Jessica Leccia (Natalia), and it’s really magical when two women in a loving respectful way can tell a story that is important to so many people.  I will light a candle for Guiding Light today.”

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Maureen

I miss Guiding Light…every Peapak-ing bit of it. I got to meet not only most of the cast at the Guiding Light luncheon in October of last year…but also so many other fans. It was such a great experience and just reflected what a wonderful show that came from the heart that it is and was. The fact that so many of the cast were and are soap fans…like Crystal…was obvious in their work…their love for the show until the very end…and their true, genuine affection for the fans. The great thing is…while we all might be moving on…you can bet that soap fans never forget.

Rita

I only started watching it when the Otalia storyline came to light, and I miss it terribly. The storyline was so beautifully crafted and the acting by Crystal and Jessica was just superb. I so wish that they could have continued the amazing story that they were telling. In the fast paced lives that we lead, it’s a testament to how good the show was, that there are still so many talking about it a year after it gets cancelled.

semaj

i miss guiding light

a_c

Like many others, I was brought to GL by Otalia. While I resisted for awhile, seeing CC in the Graveyard scene just blew me away. Slowly over the last months of the show, my interest started to expand to more than just Otalia. I liked watching Buzz & Alan, Shane & Dinah & the baby Henry story. I soon found myself rushing home from work to watch Guiding Light. That was no easy feat since I live in Australia. But thanks to the many, many fans of GL out there, I can go back & re-watch Alan & Olivia’s wedding, or Reva time travelling through the painting, or Cassie’s heartbreak over Richard’s death. The residents of Springfield were & continue to be like members of the family. I know in this house at least, the Light will always live on.

Guiding Light R.I.P.

Former Y&R, Santa Barbara, Capitol, and Guiding Light Executive Producer John Conboy Dead

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Reports surfaced on Friday that legendary soap opera executive producer, John Conboy had passed away.

Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R) posted the news of Conboy’s death on her facebook page along with these sentiments: “It is with a heavy heart and a grateful smile that I called him my friend,, “BIG” JOHN CONBOY, the ORIGINAL Producer on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, left us today The Big Guy, with the BIG LAUGH, Man about Town, and One HELLUVA PRODUCER… Whether you loved him, or not ..YOU have to agree He was ONE OF A KIND! God Bless you, John. Give Jeanne a Hug from all of us.”

CBS Daytime also tweeted: “We join Judith and the CBS Daytime community in mourning the loss of John Conboy. John was a longtime Executive Producer on #YR, created Capitol and later was EP of Guiding Light. He will remain in our hearts forever.”

Conboy was the original executive producer of The Young and the Restless and remained with the show from its inception in 1973 through to 1982.  Prior to that, he served as the EP on CBS’ Love is a Many Splendored Thing from 1970-1973.  After Y&R, John next launched CBS’ new soap Capitol and stayed as the EP up through its cancellation in 1987.

John made a comeback in 1991 with the one and only Santa Barbara, where he served as the top executive of the series for a time, with the last soap he helmed being Guiding Light from 2002-2004.

Throughout his daytime career, Conboy picked up four Daytime Emmys – three for the soaps, and one for an afternoon special. (more…)

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Crystal Hunt, Donna Mills, Antonio Sabato Jr & Michael Swan Star In New Faith-Based Soap Opera, HILTON HEAD ISLAND!

Some longtime soap opera notables are featured in a new 22 episode faith-based soap entitle, Hilton Head Island.

The series debuts this Friday, November 10th with the first eight installments, and is from the Christian entertainment company, PureFlix.com.

The soap opera is available by subscription, but the service offers a one-month free trial.  In story, Hilton Head Island, revolves around the lives of the fictional Trisk family, who own the a television network.

Hilton Head Island features: Antonio Sabato Jr. (ex-Jagger, General Hospital), Donna Mills (ex-Abby, Knots Landing), Michael Swan (ex-Duncan, As the World Turns), and Crystal Hunt (ex-Lizzie, GL). PureFlix.com specializes in “family-oriented” content and shows. The plan is for Hilton Head Island to be rolled out in two subsequent seven-episode blocks in the coming weeks.

Watch the first official trailer for the soap after the jump.  Then let us know your thoughts in the comment section below! (more…)

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OLTL Alum Tuc Watkins Joins GL Alum Matt Bomer And An All-Star Cast In Broadway Revival Of Boys In The Band!

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In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking play, Boys in the Band, a limited engagement of the theatrical production is scheduled next year from April 30–August 12, 2018 a the Booth Theatre on Broadway.

The cast will feature none other than former One Life to Live star, Tuc Watkins (Ex-David) and former Guiding Light star, Matt Bomer (Ex-Ben) along with Andrew Rannells, Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, and more.  The play will be directed this time out by two-time Tony winner, Joe Mantello.

The Boys in the Band centers around a group of gay men who gather in a New York City apartment for a friend’s birthday party. As the evening continues, the cracks beneath their friendships begin to show, exposing the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity. (more…)

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