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Tainted Dreams Star Grant Aleksander Says The Late Paul Rauch Was Working On Reviving Guiding Light!

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Now this comes as a welcome shocker!  In Carolyn Hinsey’s latest blog piece for New York City Brand Productions website, the home for now of Tainted Dreams, the upcoming series about the the inner-workings of a soap opera with a twist, Hinsey talks with beloved former Guiding Light star and now part of the “Dreams “cast, Grant Aleksander!

When speaking about the loss of Guiding Light (where Grant played “Phillip Spaulding”) going off the airwaves, Aleksander related that the shows late great one time producer, Paul Rauch was actually working on resurrecting it!

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Grant acknowleged:”Oddly enough, Paul was working on getting the show back on the air before he died. He had gotten pretty far with that, he was talking to big network executives. P&G was interested. When you look at what’s going on in Stamford right now (where AMC and OLTL have been filming), I don’t think P&G will just sit on a creative property if there’s a profit to be made.”

Can you imagine if P&G finally would work its way to bring back GL into the internet space or through cable deal?  What do you think of the fact that Rauch was working on this before he passed away?  Share your thoughts below!

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Georgia
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Georgia

Paul Rauch was one of the best. I remember when he was at OLTL, it was one of the best shows at that time. Hopefully someone will carry his dream on

Jp
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Jp

I agree. I started watching One Life To Live back when he was the ex producer in the late 1980s and fell in love with Buchanan clan. I was also a fan of GL for a couple of years in the early 90s and then in the late 90s. With oltl n amc back and full force, it be great to have this iconic soap back.

Jules
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Jules

As wonderful as this sounds, realistically I don’t believe he would have gotten very far. I don’t believe P&G have any faith that soaps can turn a profit anymore and for that reason alone would never get back in the business. I do appreciate Rauch’s passionate attempts and wish this champion of the genre was still around to fight for it but I have a hard time buying P&G would reconsider.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well P&G wouldn’t have to produce it, just be willing to lease the rights for the show and the characters to a third party– like ABC did with PP. Right now the shows aren’t making any money for them at all– leasing the property would at least give them some money for something sitting on the shelf. P&G owns the rights to a number of former soaps– if proved successful with one dead soap, P&G might open the vault and let a lot of other former soaps shine. Well at least a girl could dream.

dmrjmd
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dmrjmd

I didn’t watch Guiding Light everyday; but, I did off and on while in High School. I liked it back then, in the mid-90’s. I was sad when it went off of the air. Maybe it will be back someday. I’d like to see it on television, though, not the web. They had a talented cast!

Sandy
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Sandy

I would love to see Guiding Light being reconstructed again with Reba, Josh, and Phillip being part of the cast. AMC and OLTL are living proof that any dream can be made possible if you want something bad enough. Hope some company has the vision and means.

David
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David

if they need a headwriter and want new talent i’m available! Watched the show since 1992 and read the 60 year anniversary Complete Family Album from cover to cover.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I remember when Paul Rauch prodiced Another World with Harding Lemay as H.W. back in the 1970s…1968 to 1979 was when AW was at its best, especially the Steve, Alice, and Rachel love triangle when the evil Sven worked as the Corys groundskeeper who murdered Rocky and the children Jaime and Dennis found his dismembered body under the floorboards i think was the Corey boathouse…Days and The Doctors were also at their best at this time as well as several others but not as good as the 3 NBC soaps i mentioned…soaps today have some good storylines but they were… Read more »

Ghlover
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Ghlover

Amen Soap soul bro

Rob
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Rob

Wasnt it P&G who wanted out of the soap opera business?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I think it would’ve been great to re-enter the world of Springfield and see how everyone has been! I think P&G would’ve been a bad choice since they didn’t help the series in the first place. And with GL resurrected, ATWT could’ve been next!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

P&G owns the property rights to the show– He had to go to them to get the ball rolling. They didn’t have to produce them just be willing to sell or lease the rights to the show in order to bring them back. But the point is moot because Mr. Rauch passed away and don’t know if anyone else is interested in trying to revive P&G former shows.

Jazor
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Jazor

I am ready for this to happen. Guiding Light is the only soap I watched faithfully through the years. Those families and stories meant a lot to generations of viewers and losing it was like losing a family friend that had been part of the fabric of our lives. Kudos to anyone who can make this happen. I am not giving up hope…after all…OLTL is back ! Yeah!!

B.J.
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B.J.

Guiding Light was at the top of my favorite soaps too, and I have so missed it.

Unlike others, I don’t have warm feelings for Paul Rauch’s period on CBS shows though; however, I would be happy with anyone who would attempt to revive GL. Hope the idea didn’t die with Rauch. 🙁

Harlee
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Harlee

Yes, I feel the same about PR’s era on GL…I’m a lighter through & through, I love the GL. His & the Brown’s time was a mixed bag at best, I enjoyed many of stories, Abby’s restored hearing, Annie Dutton, the madness of hurricane Dinah, Olivia’s schemes, Danny & Michelle romance, return of Lizzie & Beth, introduction of Cassie, Holly as the nursery rhyme kidnapper, Bloss & Ben triangle but when the cloning, time transporting, letting go Marj Dussay, recast of Annie to just name a few was horribly off target for GL…but I would welcome GL back anyway I… Read more »

Brett
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Brett

Still miss GL and ATWT. It would be great to have them back. I can’t see Propect Park getting involved, they have enough on their plate.

I suppose the big question is, have Prospect Park profited from OLTL and AMC yet? If the answer is yes, the possibilities are endless.

mike
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mike

You would need someone with a vision and a track record to bring GL back to life, there are not too many like Paul Rauch out there.

utah
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utah

OMG!! To somehow bring back Guiding Light would be the BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!!! Paul Rauch was very good at what he did. His work on Santa Barbara, Y&R, and Guiding Light was some of the best drama, daytime had to offer. Please P&G keep soap history alive!!!

denisefan
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denisefan

I would strongly prefer P&G reinvest in Another World……

Maddy
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Maddy

Bringing GL back would be the greatest thing for me.. I miss it so!
I miss all the wonderful actors on GL especially the loving story of Otalia
It touched my life in such a special way and brought wonderful friends into my life
Bring back Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia .. Please… and all the fine actors of GL ..Their love story was amazing.. a first and best touching love story ever on a Soap for me..

Blake
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Blake

Guiding Light has always been my favorite soap of all time. It is too bad he passed before it could happen and that he could see that happen! With the success of AMC and OLTL it might not be too late for GL, especially if they do it soon since it’s already been 4 years next month!

Patrick
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Patrick

Hooray! Although this news came as a big surprise, I had an inkling that someone, somewhere was trying to resurrect GL. Paul Rauch is the perfect person to start it all. I am a big fan of his. When Paul Rauch was the executive producer of GL (1996-2002), the show was the best and most compelling it had been since the 1980s with Gail Kobe and Pamela K. Long. It is too bad Mr. Rauch is no longer with us to continue the project, but with the huge successes of the new All My Children and One Life to Live,… Read more »

Sue Davis
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Sue Davis

I sincerely hope that GL and ATWT will be resurrected.
Some things should never die. Please bring them back to life on
daytime TV or even night time will work.. Those soaps
gave life to television! Reality and game shows
are not very uplifting. I record B&B and Y&R everyday and
can’t wait to get home to see them.

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Cicely Tyson Recalls Her Time On ‘Guiding Light’ & Her Mother’s Obsession With Soaps In Final Interview on ‘Live with Kelly & Ryan’

The world is mourning the loss of legendary actress Cicely Tyson who died on Thursday at the age of 96.   On Wednesday, Tyson had taped what would be the final interview of her life with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest for the morning show, Live with Kelly and Ryan.

Today on Friday, the show aired Tyson’s interview which was filled with so many moments made all the more poignant by her passing yesterday.

As soap fans know, Cicely was the first black actress to appear on the soaps, and on Guiding Light, back in 1966 in the role of Martha Frazier.  The character was married to Dr. Jim Frazier played first by Billy Dee Williams and then James Earl Jones.  Tyson’s role was eventually taken over by Ruby Dee.

 

During her interview with Kelly and Ryan, the hosts asked the Oscar-nominated actress and icon, best known for her roles in Sounder, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Roots, and A Trip to Bountiful about her time on Guiding Light.  Cicely revealed that her mother was a huge fan of Guiding Light and the daytime soaps, and was obsessed with the characters and what was going to happen next.  As it turns out, according to the interview, Tyson’s mother’s favorite role of her daughter was Martha on Guiding Light.

Watch the clip from the interview below.

Then, share your remembrances on the extraordinary work of Cicely Tyson via the comment section below.

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Guiding Light Alum, Michelle Forbes, Lands Role In ABC Hit Drama, ‘Big Sky’

David E, Kelley’s new drama, Big Sky has been a captivating hit series for ABC in its freshmen offering.  Former One Life to Live star, Ryan Phillippe (Ex-Billy Douglas), who was one of the leads of the series, was seemingly killed-off early on and the show has had more shocking twists and turns in the crime thriller.

For those who don’t know, Big Sky, follows private detective Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) and ex-cop Jenny Hoyt (Katheryn Winnick) who join forces to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken. After a winter break, Big Sky returned with new episodes this week.

Now, another soap alum has been added to the cast in the back-half of the first season.  Enter Michelle Forbes (Ex-Sonia/Solita, Guiding Light).  Michelle will take on the role of a mother named Margaret.

According to Deadline on Forbes’ Margaret: “She seems to be the picture-perfect ranch wife who knows her place, likes to bake and loves all of her children equally, but scratch the surface and there’s real steel beneath.”

So excited to see Michelle on Big Sky? Did you love her as Sonia/Solita on Guiding Light? Comment below.

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This Week Mark Guiding Light’s 84th Anniversary with Grant Aleksander & Beth Chamberlin in Virtual Chat

On Monday, Guiding Light turned 84!  The historic soap opera started on radio before moving to broadcast television which count for the astounding total.

Guiding Light began its journey back on January 25, 1937 on NBC Radio, then moved to CBS Radio, and then eventually to CBS Television on June 30, 1952 (although it also continued on radio for a few years also till 1956).

So many fans mourned the cancellation of the series, and had to say goodbye to their beloved characters of Springfield when it went off the air on September 18th, 2009.

To mark this week’s 84th anniversary of the soap opera, The Locher Room is set to welcome two fan favorite stars, Grant Aleksander (Phillip  Spaulding) and Beth Chamberlin (Beth Raines), as they share their memories of working together and portraying one of Springfield’s favorite couples with former GL show publicist and now host, Alan Locher.

Circle this Thursday, January 28th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST to watch the livestream of the chat with Grant and Beth.

So, do you have a favorite Phillip and Beth moment?  Are you missing Sprinfield on GL’s anniversary week? Let us know via the comment section below.

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