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Guiding Light Era Concludes official press release on cancellation!

GL-Logo.jpgGuiding Light and TeleNext Media have just released this press release on the news of the cancellation of the soap announced earlier today.  Here is the main portion of the official release:

NEW YORK , NY , April 1, 2009 – Guiding Light, the longest running show in broadcast history, will complete its final season on the CBS Television Network in September. The daytime drama was not renewed by CBS for the 2009/2010 broadcast season, marking the end of its 57 year run on the Network.

Over the years, GL has been on the forefront of innovation in both use of technology and groundbreaking storytelling. GL launched the careers of several Hollywood personalities, dramatized relevant social issues and has been awarded numerous accolades, including an unprecedented 69 Daytime Emmy awards.

“Being on the air for more than seven decades is truly remarkable, and it will be difficult for all of us at the show to say goodbye,” said Executive Producer Ellen Wheeler. “I’m proud of everything we’ve been able to do, including outstanding storytelling, our community service around the country with Find Your Light and the launch of our new production model. This show has such a rich history, wonderful fans, and I’m honored to have been a part of the GL legacy.”

Guiding Light has led daytime and prime-time drama programming in covering a range of topical and timeless issues. The show dramatized important social issues such as discrimination against women in the 1940s and teen alcoholism and drug abuse in the 1980s. The show has also raised awareness about the effects of real-life medical conditions such as uterine cancer, postpartum depression, AIDS, Down syndrome, leukemia and breast cancer.

“We are honored to have been welcomed into the homes of multiple generations of Guiding Light viewers,” said Brian T. Cahill, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, TeleNext Media, Inc. “We are working hard to find the show a new home, and we are exploring all our options to continue to bring loyal fans the characters and stories they love.”

Guiding Light debuted as a 15-minute radio show in 1937 and made the move to television in 1952. The show began broadcasting in color in the spring of 1967, expanded to 30 minutes the following year and to a full hour in 1977. Guiding Light was the first show to introduce leading African-American characters into a soap opera in 1966. GL was the first daytime drama to podcast audio only shows in 2005. In 2008, the show revolutionized its entire production model, representing an end-to-end transformation in the way the show is created, from direction to editing to scenic design. This new innovation enabled the show to be completely portable, changing the face of daytime.

The fictional town of Springfield has been home to some of today’s biggest names in daytime, including six-time Emmy award winner Justin Deas and four-time Emmy award winner Kim Zimmer. On Guiding Light, audiences also got their first look at many now-famous faces, such as Kevin Bacon, Calista Flockhart, Allison Janney, James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, Taye Diggs, Hayden Panettiere and Brittany Snow, to name a few.

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Crystal Chappell & Hillary B. Smith To Talk Soap Careers, Venice the Series, and More In Upcoming Virtual Chat

Look for former Guiding Light, Days of our Lives and One Life to Live star, Crystal Chappell (Ex-Olivia, Carly, Maggie)  along with former As the World Turns and One Life to Live mainstay, Hillary B. Smith (Ex-Margo, Nora), who are both good friends and business partners on several projects, to make an appearance next week on The Locher Room with host and former soap publicist, Alan Locher.

As daytime and digital drama fans know, both women have won Daytime Emmys, and both are in Venice the Series, Beacon Hill and more.

Chappell was at the forefront of the web series and digital drama boom, while later both Smith and Chappell produced and directed these series and more.

Circle next week on Wednesday, September 23rd for the virtual conversation.  You can watch the livestream here. 

It all begins at 3 p,m. EST/Noon PST.  So have your questions ready for these gals!

Now, let us know below, which of Chappell’s and Smith’s daytime soap  or digital roles rate among your favorites? Comment below.

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WATCH: Matt Bomer & Tuc Watkins in Official Trailer for Netflix’s Film Adaptation of ‘Boys in the Band’

Former soap alumni are featured in the highly-anticipated film version of the Broadway revival of the classic play Boys in the Band.   In the stellar cast are former Guiding Light star, Matt Bomer (Ex-Ben) and former One Life to Live star, Tuc Watkins (Ex-David).

Matt and Tuc join Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Robin de Jesús.  The actors reprise their roles for the film from the 2018 stage version.

Boys in the Band streams on Netflix; starting at the end of the month on September 30th

Joe Mantello directed the movie adaptation, based on the play by Mart Crowley, who passed away earlier this year.

The film centers around a group of gay men who gather together for a birthday party in 1968 New York. The night starts to unravel when a guest from the host’s past appears.

The film from Ryan Murphy released the official trailer today.  Check it out below.

Are you intrigued to see Matt and Tuc in Boys in the Band coming soon? Let us know via the comment section.

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Former AW, GL and SFT Star, Marcus Smythe Dead At 70

Sad news to report.  Marcus Smythe, who portrayed Dane Taylor on Search For Tomorrow, Peter Love on Another World, and Gordon Middleton on Guiding Light died at the age of 70 over three-year-long battle with brain cancer last week on August 20th, according to the Crescenta Valley Weekly.

Daytime fans remember Smythe in his heartthrob roles on the soaps in the 70’s and 80’s.  He also appeared on Port Charles in a short stint in the role of Dean Eldridge. Marcus died at his home with his family by his side in La Crescenta, California.

In addition throughout his career in film, TV and the theatre he worked with the likes of: Henry Fonda, Myrna Loy and Jessica Tandy.  Smythe was the recipient of Drama Logue and LA Weekly Drama Awards during his stage career in Los Angeles.

Marcus is survived by his wife, Suzanne Goddard, two sons, Harrison and Duncan, and brother Casey.

A memorial remembrance will be deferred to either electronic access or post-pandemic in-person service.  In lieu of flower tributes, the family respectfully encourages contributions to a favorite charity or Democrat in the upcoming election.  Snythe’s loved ones share they wish to reinforce to everyone that the pandemic is real and asks everyone to please wear a mask.    

Share your remembrances and condolences for Marcus via the comment section below.

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