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Guiding Light final goodbye article now in New York Times!

GL-Logo22.jpgGuiding Light’s final farewell and the impact on its actors and the audience is featured in a wonderful article out today in The New York Times, titled : After 72 Years Springfield Gets a Stop Sign

Here are some excerpts below… one about Robert Newman and excerpts following that from executive producer, Ellen Wheeler.

Newman

EMOTIONS are an actor’s currency, but on this day in early August, Robert Newman was coming up empty. He sat slumped in a chair in his nearly vacant dressing room at the CBS Broadcast Center on West 57th Street in Manhattan. Cartons with his name scrawled on them were stacked in the corridor. His colleagues, some of whom he had worked with for decades, were all packing up as well. “I shot my last scene in the studio an hour ago,” he said, then paused and studied his hands, clasped in his lap. “I don’t know how I feel.”

For most of the last 28 years Mr. Newman has been known to millions of “Guiding Light” viewers as Josh Lewis, half of one of the soap opera’s most popular couples. But on Sept. 18 he will be out of his longtime gig, along with more than 150 other cast and crew members. Their jobs may be more glamorous than most, but ultimately they are not much different from millions of other workers who have recently watched their employers go bust. “What it really comes down to is the people I’ve worked with. We’ve shared so much for so long,” Mr. Newman said, “and we’re all going in different directions.”

Wheeler

In recent years the executive producer, Ellen Wheeler, tried to resuscitate “Guiding Light” by experimenting with freehand cameras to break with the conventional soap-opera look. Ratings continued to decline, but Ms. Wheeler, an Emmy-winning former soap actress herself who came to “Guiding Light” in 2004, said she believes that without those changes the show might have died even sooner.

“We didn’t change the stories that we told or the relationships between the characters, all the good parts of what is soap opera that we brought with us,” she said. “We just tried to look at how we could make those stories even closer for the audience.” Reaction was mixed, but Ms. Wheeler said fans communicated to her that they liked the changes.

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The Writers of ‘Guiding Light’ Come Together For A Virtual Conversation

Several of the writers who helped mold and shape the town of Springfield, and in particular the characters you loved to love, or loved to hate on Guiding Light, are banding together for a special livestream chat on Wednesday July 1st.

Look for former writers and head writers: Jim Brown, Dave Kreizman, Jill Lorie Hurst, Courtney Simon and Millee Taggart to share remembrances about stories they crafted through the years on the beloved CBS soap opera and more.

It all takes place on The Locher Room with former Guiding Light and As the World Turns publicist, Alan Locher as your host.

Click here to watch what will be an interesting hour of discussion and insight for any longtime fan of GL.

So, looking forward to checking out this “Writers Room” Guiding Light reunion? Comment below.

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TODAY: Guiding Light & ‘Loving’ Reunion with Laura Wright, Paul Anthony Stewart & Nancy St. Alban

Here’a another fun livestream conversation coming your way and it happens today on Wednesday, July 17th; when General Hospital’s Laura Wright (Carly) takes a stroll down memory lane with her former co-star and on-screen love interest from Loving, Paul Anthony Stewart.

On Loving, Wright played Ally and Stewart played Casey.  Later in their carerrs, both stars wound up on Guiding Light where she played Cassie, and he played Danny.

Add to the mix, Nancy St. Alban who played Michelle on Guiding Light; who was also romantically linked on-screen with Stewart and this looks to be an intriguing chat.

You can catch it on The Locher Room via You Tube here, as former ATWT and GL publicist, Alan Locher welcomes the trio.

It all starts at 3 p. m. EST/Noon PST.

So, what do you recall about Laura and Paul on-screen on Loving and Paul and Nancy on Guiding Light? Share your remembrances via the comment section below.

 

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TODAY: ‘Melange’ Cast Livestream With Morgan Fairchild, Kristen Alderson, Ilene Kristen and More

Look for some of your favorites from daytime to participate in a virtual conversation today on Thursday, June 11th, when the stars of the new LOGO-TV soap pilot, Melange drop by The Locher Room to dish with former soap publicist and host, Alan Locher.

Participating will be some longtime favorites from One Life to Live, Guiding Light, and Search for Tomorrow including: Kristen Alderson (Abigail Collins), Diana DeGarmo (Melissa Bennett), Morgan Fairchild (Vivian), Ilene Kristen (Dolly Faye) and Robert Newman (Dorian Sydney Winchester – “Syd”).

The fun begins at 3 p.m. EST/12 p. m. PST and you can watch it live right here.

Created and executive-produced by theatrical producer Tom D’Angora, the half hour-long series centers on the fight over the ownership of an historic NYC gay bar, Mélange, after its proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.   The show explores themes of sexuality, immigration, addiction, power, and inclusion.

Additional cast members known to soap fans include: Darnell Williams (Ex-AMC), David A Gregory (Ex-Ford- OLTL) and Scott Evans (Ex-Fish -OLTL)

So will you be checking out the Melange chat today? Comment below.

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