Grant Aleksander

So Long Springfield Heads to Connecticut

Get ready East Coast Guiding Light fans. The "So Long Springfield" tour is coming to the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. The cast list for this gathering features some new additions including: Beth Chamberlin (Beth Raines), Liz Keifer (Blake Marler), Marcy Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding), and an old favorite Jerry VerDorn (Ross Marler). So if you want the chance to meet your favorite stars, get autographs, take a few pictures and hear what it was like to be on the set straight from the actors' mouths be sure to attend the event on March 7, 2010. For more information visit the "So Long Springfield" official website.


DC Interview: Grant Aleksander on How So Long Springfield Reminds Him of the 80's

He returned to Guiding Light during it's final season with the Herculean task of  helping to try to keep the soap that made him a star alive. Unfortunately, not even the dashing, good looks and tremendous talent of Grant Aleksander could keep the light burning in the end, not that the actor has any regrets about reprising his signature role of Springfield's (and Alan's) favorite son, Phillip Spaulding. 

At the recent So Long Springfield event in Pittsburgh, Aleksander spoke with Daytime Confidential about how grateful he was to come back for the show's final months, and filled us in on what he's doing next, and no it doesn't involve any fishy business ventures with Michael O'Leary! 

Daytime Confidential:  What have you been up to since Guiding Light ended?

Grant Alexsander: Um, Michael O'Leary and I opened that tropical fish store.

DC: Wait, Seriously? READ MORE

So Long Springfield Packs the House in Pittsburgh

Fans came out in droves to the Hyatt Regency in Pittsburgh this weekend for the So Long Springfield event, saluting 72 years of The Guiding Light. Since the event was sold out, it was clear that it would be crowded, but I certainly wasn't prepared for the amount of people who turned out to say goodbye to something that they hold so close to their hearts. READ MORE

Pittsburgh and Atlanta Say So Long Springfield

Guiding Light may be off the air, but some fans will have a chance to give the show and some of it's stars a proper send off. Pittsburgh will kick off a "So Long Springfield" event that will host ten actors from GL. Pittsburgh has long been a core fan base and as a result, it was chosen to be the first stop. There is an afternoon and evening session slated for Saturday, October 24 and an afternoon session set for Sunday, October 25.

If you can't make it to Pittsburgh, then head on down to the next stop, Atlanta. An afternoon and evening event is scheduled for Saturday, November 7. The website has important information, so click HERE to get the scoop before you make your plans. Don't miss out on your chance to say so long to Springfield!

Requiem for a Daytime Drama, Part Four

The fourth in a highly personal, non-objective series highlighting various aspects of the last episodes of Guiding Light, which will end its 72 year run on September 18th

The penultimate episode of Guiding Light was light on story, but extraordinarily high in emotion and closure — and there was one bit of ridiculousness about which, at this late date, I could ultimately only laugh.

Jill Lorie Hurst & Ellen Wheeler threw in so many twists, turns and delightful surprises that it was hard to keep up! Danny (Paul Anthony Stewart), Michelle (Nancy St. Alban) and Robbie moved back to Springfield! Remy (Lawrence Saint-Victor) found out that he and Christina (Karla Mosely) really weren't married — again, only to be informed by the not-Mrs. Boudreaux that she is pregnant! Mel (Yvonna Wright) & Cryus (Murray Bartlett) burned up the well-worn sheets at the Beacon! Even Daisy (Bonnie Dennison) got accepted to college, which was a delightful shock, given that not only did I have no idea she had applied to a university, but was more shocked that she actually could read!

In some ways these developments were mere appetizers for two of the biggest, most emotionally satisfying payoffs Guiding Light could have ever delivered for its long time, faithful fans! READ MORE

Requiem for a Daytime Drama, Part Three

The third in a highly personal, non-objective series highlighting various aspects of the last episodes of Guiding Light, which will end its 72 year run on September 18th.

The third from the last episode of Guiding Light was all about reactions and coming to grips with the demise of Alan Spaulding, mirroring the mixed emotions of the show's fans as the series takes its final bows.

As news of Alan Spaulding's (Ron Raines) death rippled through town, we were treated to one of the most honest portrayals of how people react in such circumstances as has ever been seen on daytime. Over the last 30 years, Alan had committed any number of heinous crimes against most of the citizens of Springfield and yet his passing left many stunned (Ashlee, Blake, Reva, Jonathan, Frank), some confused (grandson Rafe), and others shocked & saddened (Lillian, Buzz).

When all is said and done, today's episode was rocked by Grant Aleksander (Phillip), Zack Conroy (James), and Marj Dusay (Alexandra). READ MORE