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IT'S OFFICIAL: Guiding Light has been cancelled!

GL-Logo.jpgIt’s a very sad day in the soap world, and for long time fans of the oldest show in broadcast history at 72 years old. It was announced this morning what we all had feared and heard, that Guiding Light has officially been cancelled.   News broke this morning via Roger Newcomb at WeLoveSoaps.net. The cast and crew were informed this morning.

“No show in daytime or primetime, or anytime, has touched so many millions of viewers across so many years,” said CBS daytime exec Barbara Bloom. “We thank the cast, crew and producers–past and present–who delivered this entertainment institution…”

Guiding Light began in 1937 as a 15-minute radio serial, before switching to a 15-minute soap on CBS in 1952 (while continuing to air on radio until 1956). The series moved to a 30-minute format in 1968 and expanded to an hour in 1977.  The show will last air on CBS on September 18.

However, we have also learned that reportedly As the World Turns got a one year pickup from CBS.

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.  We will have more on this story as it develops.

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‘Soap Opera Know-It-All’ Virtual Game Show Debuts

This week, the Michael Fairman Channel dropped the premiere episode of the first-ever virtual soap opera game show, Soap Opera Know-It-All.  

The game features four soap fans from around the country who test their knowledge against each other for prizes and the bragging rights to be the “Ultimate Know-It-All” come seasons end.

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With the coronavirus pandemic still among us and life not fully back to normal, the game show is produced and hosted by Michael Fairman that brought fans from different parts of the country together for the kick-off.  They are: Marni Ockene, Floyd Elwell, Nicholas Hess and Gina Patterson.

 

The game is played in two rounds, and the players receive points for each correct answer as they choose questions from 2 game board categories which are all soap operas; either primetime or daytime in a ‘Jeopardy’-like format.

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However, come the knock-out round we are left with two players who try to answer the final question from this week’s guest performer, The Young and the Restless‘, Sharon Case (Sharon).  If no one is eliminated, the game goes into “Sudden Death”.

On each new episode, different soap operas will be featured on the game board and/or in different amalgamations, plus you never know just which of your favorite soap stars might pop up!

Check out the premiere of “Soap Opera Know-It-All” below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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Michael Zaslow Tribute On Tap Featuring ‘Guiding Light’ Stars

He was one of the all time greats to ever grace the soap opera genre, and now he will be remembered and celebrated  by many of his former Guiding Light cast mates and real-life daughter.

Circle next Friday, March 19th at 4 p.m/EST and 1 p.m./PST for a special tribute episode to Michael Zaslow (Ex-Roger) of The Locher Room with former GL publicist and host, Alan Locher.

The virtual remembrance will feature Guiding Light’s Maureen Garrett (Holly Thorpe), Fiona Hutchison (Jenna Bradshaw), Liz Keifer (Blake Thorpe), Kimberley Simms (Mindy Lewis) and Sherry Stringfield (Blake Thorpe) as well as the aforementioned, Marika Zaslow.

Michael passed away from ALS in 1998.

To view the upcoming tribute episode click here.

What was your favorite performance of Michael as bad boy Roger Thorpe on Guiding Light? Comment below.

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All My Children and Guiding Light Vet, Gil Rogers Passes Away

Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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