RUMOR REPORT: Setside Sources Say TeleNext Talks with Guiding Light Cast About Lifetime and Oxygen!



 
Sources have revealed to Daytime Confidential that Telenext Media Corp. allegedly met with the cast of Guiding Light last Thursday morning to discuss an update on the show's future. Telenext reportedly admitted to the cast that they were in talks with both Lifetime and Oxygen and said talks were going "very well". 
 
"Guiding Light will more than likely find a new home", says the source. "Jill Lorie Hurst has been asked to write and map out stories for a complete first year on a new network. There was also a lease drawn up for studio space."
 
It seems everyone over at the Guiding Light camp is very hopeful. Sources also told yours truly that "Now is the time to hit Lifetime and Oxygen hard with email's, snail mail, phone calls, and postcards. They love Guiding Light's loyal fans." I think that says it all.
 
Keep checking back to Daytime Confidential for more updates on the developing story.

 


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Thank you so much for this update!! It is exciting - we will keep fighting for GL until is placed with a network that will treat it like the gem it is! Am so glad to hear that JLH is handling the long term writing and that they are leasing studio space. Bye Bye CBS and Barbara Bloom. Good riddance!

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Thank you Mel you made my night!

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http://www.thrfeed.com/2009/05/cbs-considering-reviving-dating-game.html

To replace the longest-running drama on television, CBS may order remakes of two of the longest-running game shows.

CBS is weighing pilot orders for Let’s Make a Deal and The Dating Game.

The network wants to check out updated versions of the shows as part of its effort to fill the daytime slot to be voided by Guiding Light, the recently canceled soap, which ends its historic run in September.

The original Let's Make a Deal hosted by Monty Hall aired from 1963 to 1973 on ABC and NBC, followed by various syndicated versions and remakes over the years. The original Dating Game ran from 1965 to 1980 on ABC, followed by several syndicated versions.

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Fantastic news. Personally, I cannot wait for another network to make CBS eat crow. GL is at the top of it's game and that should have been honored by CBS. GL will thrive at a network where TPTB are as excited about the show as the fans and viewing audience are. So as scary as it is to leave CBS... ultimately, the network change may be the best thing that ever happened to GL. I'll keep my fingers crossed!

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Thank you so much for the update Mel! This is very good news, but I still cannot fully get my hopes up until something is set in stone. I will definitely be sending Lifetime and Oxygen more postcards and making more calls! One of the things that excites me most is that they will have an actual studio to work at!

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I'm really hoping GL will contract with Lifetime...it's the only cable channel I get without digital/satellite which Oxygen is on. Please Lifetime, since I'm a loyal viewer of the channel! Innocent

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It would be so awesome if GL got picked up.
Fingers crossed everyone. Save the light!

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Aren't Lifetime and/or Oxygen worried that the ratings are sinking like a stone and hit their lowest HH and total-viewer count EVER last week despite the Otalia and "save GL" buzz? The longer it takes to make an announcement about continuation, the worse the situation will get because people are already starting to detach themselves from the show in preparation for it being gone and the is far less compelling than it was just a few weeks ago.

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Great news!! I have not been a viewer for the last few years but somehappy that GL will find a home that will treat it right.

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What a great break for GL and the show's fans!

brtedi

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Conspiracy theory...

P&G purposely wants out at CBS. They can still do their commercials there, but don't feel they can work with them anymore on such an intimate level. Why else would they do what they did to GL and appearently to ATWT? They waited till the last minute to make an effort on CBS to get a gig on cable. Maybe ATWT will get better at the last minute too. Yeah, this theory doesn't completely wash given GL isn't totally better, but this is all I got.

Also, is GL on two cablers (Lifetime/Oxygen and Soapnet) better than one pain in the neck network? If this doesn't work out, P&G can finally say enough is enough and get out of the business.

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I just e-mailed Lifetime. Oxygen is next!!!!

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This is very encouraging! I'm hoping the show goes to Lifetime because I think it's carried by more cable companies, but I will follow the Light anywhere. I just tuned in a few months ago, but I'm hooked on the best writing and acting I've seen on soaps in decades! I think the use of handheld cameras and the way they weave the music into the scenes really enhances the story and pulls me right in!

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great news, i check repeatedly in hopes of learning something positive. i really hope that 'jill'will use this opportunity to put gl on the right track, and bring the bauers back to the show, their stories are THE GUIDING LIGHT...and can easily be interwoven into the highlights and buzz being generated by this years hot storylines....as a loyal fan for the last 38 yrs, oh, how i'd love to be a story consultant just about now.....any p/t positions or advisory groups???, have always dreamt of seeing my name on the credits as medical consultant since my pre-med yrs at school....

THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE, LET HER SHINE, let her shine..........

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JLH & EW have done lots to improve this show from the month of Dec on. Clearly we are starting to see the stress of the situation play out on our show.

Imagine a network that is going to promote you, really promote you. Imagine a network that is interested and values 2 to 3 million viewers. New studios..wow, that's enough to make me happy, new sets.

Imagine that the venue is slowly dying and GL has a shot at making history and taking the whole industry in a new and valuable direction. Network TV is also not your only choice these days, many shows continue on cable and other venues and their quality is greater than the junk most soaps are feeding us.

The lastest seems to be, via gossip. that the show is reaching out to the actors, working out contracts, deciding who wants to come, who doesn't, who the network really wants to come and how it's going to work out the contracts.. There are to many indications that the show is going to be a spalding/Lewis/Otalia centered show. Right now folks are hinting that you will see RN & KZ taking on a nice role in the new GL, which makes this fan happy.
Of course the spaldings make me happy...

If the rumors are correct then GT & JF are on the fence. I hope that pgp steps up and perhaps some fans express their support for them. I really cannot see GL without Dinah (OLTL sucks right now and they are in a downward spiral while GL is on an upturn) I love the energy the JB's Shayne has given the show and josh & reva... I hope the opt to stick with the show.

For me Otalia, Bill/Lizzie, Dinah/Shayne, Phillip & the Spaldings and Josh/Reva is a great place to start this show off on..

All the

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Thank you for the update! Nice to see a site constantly update us on GL's status!
I have emailed Lifetime, Oxygen, WE and TVLand and I have fowarded the information to other GL fans who want the show to continue on.
I personally hope it goes to Lifetime since it's already on my satellite cable. But if one of the networks I don't have pick it up I will just call and try to add it to the channels.
I feel bad for the fans who only have basic cable and the ones who can't afford to get cable to keep watching GL. They are the ones who are really losing out. Thanks CBS, morons.

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This is very encouraging. Please keep the pressure up on both Lifetime and Oxygen. One of my biggest concerns has been whether or not Jill Lorie Hurst would be part of the package to whatever network GL went to. With the story lines in her (and Ellen Wheeler's) competent hands, I'd feel much better.

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With the story lines in her (and Ellen Wheeler's) competent hands, I'd feel much better.
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I think Ellen needs a co-executive producer who gets why people watch soaps. I applaud her recent efforts, but I don't think her vision can sustain a daytime soap opera on cable. The show will need to be hotter, sexier, more risque, more pot boiler, basically, more of a soap opera, and she has proven that isn't how she sees soaps. Let her run around in open fields directing scenes till her little heart is content, but bring in a show runner who gets why people love soaps to help her out.

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Jamey, any word on if they're planning daytime or nighttime, every day or 3x a week, half hour or hour...stuff like that?

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I sure hope this is ture I will never watch CBS again, If they replace GL with some crap gameshow.

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I sometimes wonder if the part of the issue is the filming formate when it comes to making the show sexier. Perhaps new sets can and will improve that.

I do agree with Jamey, nobody wants to see their sexy pairings kissing on swings or having sex during the day at theme parks.

I did read a recap from the Pittsburgh cancer event and one of the bloggers said that Jeff Branson thought going to a network that wanted them and that might be cable would be good. He said that on cable they can do more things and the show would be sexier.

For pairings like Dinah/Shayne and Bill/Lizzie that is a must for daytime TV. Viewers don't want cute all the time, they want sexy.

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Thank God! We need this!

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I have watched GL since 1976 and I really hope it finds a new home. When I was in college I would even schedule my classes around GL to go home a watch it. Then I went into the working world I still figured out a way to watch it before going to work or when I got home. I love it and it is the only thing on TV I watch besides the news. I am forty something and really have grown up with everyone on the show. Please find GL a new home. I kind of like the way they have been filming it outside lately. It seems more real. Who needs a studio of fake rooms and such. Keep it real GL. No matter how you film it the show is about life! Live on GL!