Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Winner and Cool Stuff!

Thanks for posting your comments the other day! Congratulations to Sarabelle! Just in case you forgot - send an email to with your address and I'll get some goodies out to you!

I have also been playing with ideas on new ways to get more information to the blog. Sometimes the excerpts can become a bit repetitive and I want to start giving you, the reader, a chance to be more involved with your thoughts and ideas.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The world's longest-running TV soap opera, "Guiding Light," will broadcast its final episode on CBS in September due to slumping ratings, ending a 72-year run that began on radio, CBS Corp said on Wednesday.

The daytime show transferred from NBC radio to CBS television in 1952. It has won 69 Daytime Emmy Awards throughout its history.

Guinness World Records has dubbed it the world's longest-running TV drama. More than 15,700 episodes will have been broadcast by the time its final episode airs on September 18.

"'Guiding Light' has achieved a piece of television history that will never be matched; it has crossed mediums, adapted its stories to decades of social change and woven its way through generations of audiences like no other," said Nancy Tellem, CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group president.

"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," said Brian T. Cahill, senior vice president and managing director, TeleNext Media, Inc., which produces the show.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Xavier Briand)

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Amy said...

Congrats Sarabelle!

Guiding Light is one soap I have never watched. However I do love Day's of our lives and General Hospital. I know that Day's had to let some of their actors go because of budget cuts.

Even though I don't watch GL it will be sad for all it's fans if the show does not find a new home.

I think a lot of soap's are losing viewers because more and more women are having to work outside the home, they are rasing families and just don't have the time to watch soaps.

limecello said...

Congratulations, Sarabelle! You're lucky at this blog :)

As for Guiding Light... it is the only soap opera I've ever watched. (For a few months in high school.) Sad to see it go - and incredibly impressive it's been on so long!

I have no idea why soaps are losing viewers... maybe the plot lines/recurring characters/outrageous happenings? Of course Amy's comment is much more insightful and makes a lot more sense :P

Eshani said...

Congratulations Sarabelle =)
I have never been a big fan of soaps, even though I know many who are. For me, the over-the-top twists in the plot lines made it difficult to follow and a little too dramatic.
However, I do think it's amazing that GL has survived for so long, and adapted it's storyline to appeal to the different times. It's very difficult to stay true to the essense of the story while adapting to the times, and it's great that GL has been able to do that =)
Hopefully, it'll find a new home..

robynl said...

at the time I was into watching soaps Guiding Light was not available to me so I have never watched this one.
A very impressive history to say the least.

Susan said...

I am so disappointed that CBS has canceled Guiding Light! My maternal grandmother listened to this wonderful soap opera on the radio and my mom has watched it on TV for as long as I can remember. I have been lucky enough to have had the love of this show passed on to me. Guiding Light is the strongest it has been in years.

Jane said...

I don't watch soaps regularly, but when I do I only watch the ones on ABC. I'm not familiar with the CBS soaps. I do think it's sad that such a long running soap can't sustain in today's market.

CrystalGB said...

I love Guiding Light. I don't get to watch it much but if I have a day off and time I do tune in.

Maureen said...

I haven't watched soap operas in years but when I was in high school and college my friends and I watched them regularly. I don't know it it's still true but soap opereas seemed to deal with many issues long before you saw them addressed on prime time shows. I think the problem for soap operas today is that they are not getting new viewers. My daughter is in college and her and her friends don't watch them. There are so many other choices out there.

Michele L. said...

Hi Lucy,

I don't watch soap's. That is an awesome feat to have been on that long in today's world of tv shows lasting only one season or less. Soap opera stars are very talented and most of them have diverse careers.

A big congrats to Sarabelle!