Tristan Rogers: “And Then There Were Seven”

"And then there were seven…" Tristan Rogers is giving his take on the demise of Guiding Light.

It was to be expected that Guiding Light would probably not make it.However, news of its cancellation was still a shock, more so because these are uncertain days for all the Daytime soap opera’s and the passing of any one of them makes you think about time running out for the remainder. I can remember writing about a year ago, in an upbeat and enthusiastic way about the “new deal” that was about to emerge from GL, and perhaps herald this as a “break out” show. There was the introduction of a digital look, location shooting and a different “way” of telling the story. Coming from a show that was one of the original pillars of the genre, this sounded like GL was making serious efforts to “re-invent” itself. At the time I found this very exciting.

What went wrong?

Tristan gives a very candid opinion of what went wrong leading to the cancellation of Guiding Light.

6 Responses

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    Thanks for Posting Regan, its very interesting.

    I think the main problem with the ‘switch’ was they didn’t know what they were doing, it took way to long to adjust and the writing just ‘wasnt’ there.

    IMO I think GL should have adopted a ‘EastEnders’ style of storytelling, I think it would have worked perfectly for this show and the new model, but it didn’t go that way, and now when the show found its heart and soul (thanks to the return of Philip and the writers figuring out what to do) the show gets canceled.

    Its a sad day for the entire industry and I do think that it will domino and we will start seeing more soaps canceled.

    But I do not think it is the end of soaps, I think something will rise from the ashes of these fallen shows and it will revive this dying genera :)

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    I love it to, I love when actual people in the industry talk to ‘us’ the ‘little’ people lol, and the fact that he cares enough to write about the industry just makes me even more mad that he isn’t on my screen! Lol, I know it is ‘impossible’ *rolls eyes* to write for someone over the age of 25, but come on Guza find a way! I want Robert back (and not to be Ethan’s father…lol).

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    I don’t think it made any sense to think that a new production style would bring in viewers. I can’t understand why the powers that be thought that the reason young adults and teens watch The Hills is because the camera is unsteady.

    The new style did drive viewers away, because the soap looked ameturish. There’s no excuse for the shaky camera, plodding scenes, music that serves no purpose, or the plain look of the sets.

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    Exactly, I really think if the ‘new’ look and ‘new’ GL was to have started with Philips return and be at the quality that it is now viewers would have stuck around and possibly gained more viewers.

    I know I tuned in and saw that mess and I tuned right back out, then a few months later i tuned in and I was hooked, but then they went and screwed it all up and I tuned back out.

    I did tune back in, and I am glad i did, this show is amazing, I still cannot believe its over and I dont think i really will until the show airs its final episode, and even then I dont know if i will be able to accept it, or if i will watch the final episode right away.

    It took me over 6 months to watch the final episode of Passions, saying good bye was so hard, and now we have to do it all over again to an iconic show..its just not right, but such is the way of life i suppose.

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