BREAKING NEWS: Guiding Light Cleans House of Younger Actors to Make Room for Big Returns!



 


If anyone thought all those high profile returns at Guiding Light didn't come with a price, they are sadly mistaken. Setside sources have revealed to Daytime Confidential the show will be cleaning house in the new year. Four actors will allegedly be vacating daytime's longest running drama in the early months of 2009.  John Driscoll, who portrays Henry Cooper "Coop" Bradshaw has already reportedly been let go. Rumor has it  the exit will be permanent for the character.  E.J. Bonilla (Rafe) is said to be next, with Bonnie Dennison (Daisy), Kane Manera (Grady), and Caitlin Van Zandt (Ashlee) also set to be axed.

Sources also reveal Guiding Light's writing team will be going through another shake up in the new year as well. Things are set to be scaled down.

Keep your eyes peeled to Daytime Confidential for all the latest scoop on Guiding Light.


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Well, 3 out of 4 ain't bad. I like Coop. He just never got a break on the show. Now I know I can turn the light back on with the other 3 out.

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My eyes are peeled!! I'll be returning to GL as soon as Grant Alexsander returns! It just makes it so much better, now that Grady will be gone!! Yay!!

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...and Daisy!

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I'm glad they're finally getting rid of some dead weight.

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WHOAH! That is big news. Out of all of them, the only one I really wanted gone was Grady. He has no place in Springfield. But Coop, Ashley, Rafe, Daisy? If they all go, that doesn't leave much of a younger crowd in Springfield, and I think the show needs that for balance. The writing has never been stellar for any of those characters, but I don't fault Driscoll, Bonilla, Dennison, and VanZant for that. And with Coop leaving, I am kinda shocked, he is a Cooper after all. And Driscoll was always easy on the eyes.

As for writer shake ups, I think Jill L Hurst is gonna be made sole head writer.

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Oh, snap! Could Danny & Michelle be part of those returns??? And, could we actually be getting ONE head writer that knows what they're doing? It's about damn time that Ellen Wheeler does her job...

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can they bring back marah now and MANNY???

oh oh i wish.

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Things are set to be scaled down? Where the hell are they going to be shooting now? A miniature golf course?

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I don't know what has happened to Ellen Wheeler, but it seems she is finally making some smart decisions.

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Yes! OK, so I sort of like Coop and Ashlee, but I could def. do without the others in favor of more returns... fan favs to be specific. Wink

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It probably makes sense. GL has almost no opportunity to gain momentum in the 18-49 demographic (especially in the markets where it airs before noon). If they focus on their veterans and more mature cast, they might be able to craft a fine niche for themselves.

It's a shame about John Driscoll, however. He never had the buzz that Pelphrey had, but Coop was the closest thing the genre had to a classic male lead. East Coast soaps would be wise to pick him up. How about a Jamie Martin (AMC) or Joey Buchanan (OLTL) recast?

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WOW!! talk about cutting the fat!!!! I always scratch my head when i think of ALL of the soaps that have people on it that they never uses and its such a waste of payroll. I'm glad GL is the first to really trim the fat and even if its for returns i do hope the returns are of characters that will help the longest running soap return to its glory day.

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I am actually very excited about this! Especially about Grady, Daisy, Rafe and Ashley. They were all pointless characters that never really contributed much to the show. I don't think any of these characters were fan favorites anyway! I do like John Driscoll, but Coop hasn't been in a major storyline for years. It looks like GL is on the right track!

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I am sad to see Bonnie, Catlin, EJ, and John go, but I guess something had to give to at least give the show some good episodes until it goes to TV heaven.

Kane, don't let the door hit you on your way out. I hated how they tried to make him Jonathan lite (o shit, I am sorry Jammy fans).

I can't see where the girls can go as of now, but I can see EJ on AMC as a SORASED Lorenzo Santos and I can see John on either ATWT or OLTL.

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Caitlin Van Zandt is one I'd be really sorry to see go! Sad

John Driscoll as well. Because Coop & Ashlee are one of my more liked couples.

Rafe and Daisy I can take or leave,

And praise the lord up above that Grady is gone! Now I can REALLY be 100% invested in GL again. I've been nack & forth lately, but I'm deff. starting to come back.

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Caitlin Van Zandt is one I'd be really sorry to see go! Sad

John Driscoll as well. Because Coop & Ashlee are one of my more liked couples.

Rafe and Daisy I can take or leave,

And praise the lord up above that Grady is gone! Now I can REALLY be 100% invested in GL again. I've been nack & forth lately, but I'm deff. starting to come back.

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I totally support this move, the talented ones will find work elsewhere in daytime, Driscoll, Bonilla, Van Zandt (though she MUST stop screaming!!); and the others...Manera and Bonnie, well, they will no doubt book breakout roles in primtime and film because that's how effed up this industry is.

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Wait. I haven't watched in a few weeks (so I apologize if it already contradicts something). I know they have Coop sleeping with Beth. I really hope this storyline doesn't end with Alan hiring someone to off him.

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I don't think I'll even realize that Caitlin is gone until six months after she's left. There is still a faint echo from the scenes she did last month. Damn she's loud!

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Yeah what is up w/her yelling her lines now?

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Manera and Bonnie, well, they will no doubt book breakout roles in primtime and film because that's how effed up this industry is.

ROTFL!Laughing out loud

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I am glad to see everyone except for Caitlin go.

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maybe she just didn't care anymore.

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Oh GL, I think I'm falling in love with you all over again...

I'm sorry about Driscoll, but the rest...I won't be crying the day the leave.

Now bring on Phillip and Edmund! All I need are Josh and Reva back together (and a Danny/Michelle return) and I will be a happy GL fan again.

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its kinda like they are getting rid of all these new characters meaning characters that were just put on less than five years ago and putting back together the old cast now i just need jammy and manny. jammy and manny and I will be in LOVE with GL !

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ROFLMAO Season!!! Laughing out loud

She is way to perky as well! She was so excited during the V8 commercial...er, I mean during the crafty and well-executed product placement that was incorporated into the show.

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What ever happened to the actress who played Doris? I always liked her as Ashley's mom?

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JLH is going to be made the "sole hw for GL", that is what I heard from my little birdy...

GL now has a fighting chance!!

GL/AMC/ATWT/GH/B&B/Y&R Fans!!!!!!!!!

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Driscoll's contract expires next month anyway. I was reading it in one of the soap mags. They did an article on Coop and whoever the hell he's with at the moment. And John was like "I hope I have a job in 09!"

Hope springs eternal. Steady paychecks? Not so much.

I'm not big on the GL, but I wouldn't mind another soap poaching him. Preferably one of the ABC soaps, since those are the ones I watch.

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Driscoll will most certainly land on his feet; he'd be a perfect re-cast for C.J.

I think cutting down the younger set on GL in favor of veterans is a smart idea. It's not like these youngsters were helping with the ratings; and trying to turn that rat bastard Grady into a so-called anti-hero was just plain dumb.

We've all posted about the need for vets over newbies and now we got our wish, so let's hope these moves -- be they both smart and obviously desperate -- will help GL tun things around.