Top 10 Last Ditch Stunts To Save Guiding Light





5.) Bring back Judi Evans as Beth Raines to complete The Original Four Musketeers – I told you, some of these suggestions would be radical! Let me start off by saying, I absolutely love Beth Chamberlin. She is strikingly-beautiful, talented and deserves much more than the horse poop storylines she's been given under Ellen Wheeler and her Band of Less-Than-Merry Head Writers, however it was Judi Evans' version of Beth that took this soap to the top of the Nielsens opposite Grant Aleksander. Evans won a Daytime Emmy Award for playing Springfield's most tragic heroine and she and Aleksander's phenomeal chemistry has been forever immortialized on You Tube. In the years that I have been watching this soap (Circa 1992), I have never gotten that sort of feeling from Chamberlin's Beth opposite Aleksander. From the time Chamberlin returned in the mid-90's, I saw her Beth as the odd woman out, forever trying to come between my precious Pharley (Aleksander and Beth Ehlers as Harley). If Evans' return could generate some old school 80's buzz factor, it just might buy the soap some time, and much needed good press. Just saying...


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Dammit, Jamey! I hate you. This would be so great if a P&G and/or CBS Exec was reading this. If they could do at least half of this, we could make it. I'm praying for a miracle. We have a black President, so anything is possible...

***///Pine Valley will be whistling Dixie soon...\\\***

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Jamey, the mob on GL was great because they balance out the Santos with other characters unlike GH where it is all mob all the time and they have a strong woman as a mob boss and GH had a strong woman boss but got rid of her. I like your suggestions to saving GL and hope that tiic read it and do whatever they can to save it because if GL goes down, we don't know how the rest of the industry going to survive.

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I have been hearing RUMORS OF JLH IS WORKING ON GETTING THE BUAER FAMILY BACK AS THE CORE FAMILY...

GL/OLTL/ATWT/Y&R Fan!!!!!!!!!

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GL should be cut to a half-hour format and the focus should be on the show's greatest strengths: The Lewis's and the Spauldings. Bringing back Krista Tesreau as Mindy is a great idea and Tom Pelphrey is a must-have. A nasty feud between Jonthan and Shayne with Reva caught in the middle would keep me glued. And Phillip should be written as a romantic hero - not as a villain...that's what Alan is there for.

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I love the idea of bringing back the Reva/Vanessa feud. Maybe Wheeler should take a look at OLTL and Vikki and Dorian. I've wondered why we haven't seen more of Vanessa since Shayne n Dinah are getting so close. And I also love the idea of having Pam Long back. I loved the show when she wrote it.

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I was just thinking that! Judi is not doing anything at the moment. I love Beth Chamberlain too but having Jdudi back would be great! And I love the Bill n Lizzie big splashy wedding idea! If you're going to go out then go out big! Remember Another World when the whole cast sang the theme song? That's how it should. And bring back Ed Bauer!

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You call this the top 10 last ditch efforts to save Guiding Light but you didn't include two of the most important:
Grant Aleksander returning as Phillip Spaulding AND
the Otalia love story of Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia.
These two MAY save it. Hope so.
KEEP THE LIGHT SHINING!

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I like reuniting the 4 muskateers, but Otalia has to be in there--it's nice to go back in time, but Lizzy and Bill, Dinah and Shayne, Olivia, Emma and Natalia--they are the future of the show....

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a miracle.

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I'm sorry but this list reeks of "been there done that". What about creating something new and different and exciting. I think that is what the show is doing right now and I love it. The genre is dying by sticking to the old, tired ways. GL has leaped forward and is fresh and raw and intimate, showing the day to day living of these characters in a way that pulls me into their lives and loves and makes me feel everything they are feeling.

The Otalia storyline alone is making GL must see TV for me. But I am also enjoying the Dinah/Shayne/Edmund/Josh adventure, as well as the continuing saga of Phillip vs Alan. And now with a SORASed James, even Daisy finally has some potential. And Mallet and Marina (not my favorite characters) have the Henry intrigue on the horizon to put a little angst in their world.

No it's not big family feuds and royal intrigues. It's real life... presented in a way that makes me care. I've been watching GL on and off for over 30 years, and have very fond memories of characters and storylines, many of which you refer to in your list. But there were a few you mentioned that were the reason I stopped watching the show on a regular basis. Regardless, that was then. This is now. And GL is paving the way for something new. If it fails, then I feel sorry for the remaining soaps, for unless they start to reinvent themselves, the genre is in serious danger of dying.

I am sorry EW wasn’t given more time. Given only one year to go through a huge amount of growing pains with the new system was not fare. The show has never looked and felt better than it does now, since the new model was put in place. I pray that some other network will see GL’s current potential and sign on to give it a new home.

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I admire the courage of the entire 10 suggestions. It's a shame that Rauch couldn't re-ignite GL the way he has Y/R w/the help of Arena Bell. Rauch produced probably my 2nd fave soap of all time in its heyday, AW, under Harding Lemay's writing, those were the days! But sometimes free reign isn't the best. I had suggested many moons ago Long returning, that would be my #1 suggestion, she's def. still young & vital enough to save this soap w/the right producer (NOT Wheeler for sure). People want drama, they don't want scenes in a pseudo restaurant so quiet you can hear a pin drop. BORING!

I painfully have to agree with everything RoseVioletDaisy says. I have NO interest in watching the St. Alban's version of Michelle, she's the equivalent of RC Cola to an actual Coke. Not good enough, not charismatic enough, bland, boring. Stewart was dynamic; i understood why he needed his own family on board, but...

I have to assume that Maeve Kincaid is not interested in coming back full time to GL; if she were, i would walk over broken glass to see she and Reva go at it again. They've both matured as women w/softer edges somewhat, but i'm sure they could do it nonetheless. (and does Tesrau want to return full time either?)

Watros would never return, but a GREAT idea. And you know when characters start to go crazy, the end is near. But a 3-6 month plot arc would be hot.

I often wonder if Judi Evans wants to return to a good girl sort of role,i think she got bored w/goodie two shoes Beth, but i could be wrong. But make NO MISTAKE - Evans has had chemistry with EVERY LEADING MAN she's ever had for 20 years, on several different soaps (GL,DAYS,AW). She can be obnoxious as an actress, but she's never boring!!! I love the grace and beauty of Beth Chamberlain, but she can kinda be like watching paint dry.

Last but not least, the outdoor locales wring any sort of drama out of each scene and plot. It rarely works. And GET A REAL MUSIC SUPERVISOR/producer LIKE MARTY DAVICH (ER, Days), and CAN the current one. Scenes need suffocating drama on occasion and grandscale drama on others. Watch Y/R if you need to see how it's done.

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These are great suggestions too, Dutchess! agree w/all of it.

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Dinah and Shayne have great chemistry, but the day i watched, their dialogue was so dopey and pointless, i was as bored as they were. It was the day they flew the kite. It was just retarded. Do we HAVE to be outdoors?
And i was JUST starting to love Ava and Remy, and then she left the show! that was a bummer!

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To samxart, there are SEVERAL reasons why soaps are dying, but no ONE thing can be blamed. Y/R gained viewers last week year to year, and i think Days did too. It can be done. You can be current, but still honor the past. If they re-ignite any old characters, they really REALLY have to have a plan in place and know what they are doing, or it won't work. Can't they get just ONE writer on board from the old days -- Nancy Curlee, Stephen DeMorest, Pam Long as consultant, or Lorraine Broderick, anyone??? I find the breakdown/dialogue writing to be atrocious, sorry. And rambling...it may sound realistic and day to day, but not riveting and doesn't make me tune in.