Grant Aleksander

Knee-jerk Reaction: Phillip's Back!

If this post was about a new actor to daytime this would be a "first impressions" post, but since the majority of Guiding Light fans are already well acquainted with Grant Aleksander's Phillip Spaulding I thought I'd post it as Knee-jerk Reaction. What was your Knee-jerk Reaction at seeing Phillip return? Mine was that the above picture looks like he's in Phantom of the Opera: Springfield Edition. Of course that is not the case. I'm looking forward to seeing more tomorrow.

Will You Miss Henry Cooper "Coop" Bradshaw?

Henry Cooper "Coop" Bradshaw (John Driscoll) is about to be ushered home on the angelic wings of his mother Jenna Bradshaw  (Fiona Hutchison) and not even the savior of Springfield Phillip Spaulding (Grant Aleksander) will be able to save him.

Will you miss Coop?

Guiding Light Spoilers

Welcome to the very late Phillip returns to Springfield edition of Mel's Guiding Gossip. The prodigal son returns in a very explosive manner. Without further adieu, here are all the juicy gossip, rumors, scoops and spoilers for the week of February 9th.

Phillip/Beth/Coop/Alan/Buzz: The day of Alan and Beth's wedding has arrived, and Beth isn't thrilled in the least bit. She doesn't want to go through with it, but Alan won't take no for an answer. Alan informs her of his romantic getaway plans while Beth dreams of running off with Coop. Beth comes back to reality to hear Alan still talking about the getaway and storms off.

In the meantime, a sleeping Buzz gets a ghostly visit from his wife Jenna. In the dream, Jenna manages to convince Buzz that Coop loves Beth. Buzz wakes up and goes to let Coop out of the basement, but he has already escaped. Buzz eventually finds Coop and gives him his car in order to stop the wedding. On the way, Coop sees a vision of his mother Jenna. This causes him call Beth, but Alan answers the phone. Alan taunts Coop about Beth and tells him they have already married. Coop is overcome with emotion, loses control of the car, and crashes. Just as the car is about to burst into flames, out of no where, Phillip rescues Coop. Phillip takes Coop to the hospital. READ MORE

"The" Guiding Light's Local News Promo

"The" Guiding Light's newest Phillip promo. Courtesy of KDKA News in Pittsburgh, PA.

DC #357: CBS & Days Do Or Die Time

On today's CBS and Days of Our Lives Daytime Confidential episode Luke, Mike, Jamey and Jillian discuss the latest in CBS and Days of Our Lives news including...

Jamey's twelve step program for soapaholics.

Was it a surprise that Craig actually received custody of Johnny on As the World Turns? Brad and Katie are trying to have a baby. Does Oakdale really need another Snyder baby?

The group reacts to John and Marlena's leaving Salem. Did the Days of Our Lives give fans what they deserve or did they cop out. Should Hope Brady get a new love interest to help spice up her storyline with Bo?

It's do or die time for Guiding Light and the count down to Grant Aleksander's return has begun. Will we be tuning in for his return and will it be enough to help save the show? Is a Cyrus, Lizzie and Bill triangle worth watching or should it just be the Bill and Lizzie pairing?

The expected death of Brad Carlton on The Young and the Restless has arrived. Will Colleen be able to hold her own against Victor and is it make or break time for her? The gang discusses where they would like to see Don Diamont end up.

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Top 10 Reasons To Watch Guiding Light Right Now

Funny how the universe sometimes lines up and minds think alike, isn't it? Guiding Light is in the thoughts of a lot of people these days. Bloggers, soap journalists and industry watchers — not to mention the writers, cast and crew of GL — are all on pins and needles about this 72 year old institution. The writing has been on the wall among commentators on the Internet and in the soap press for some time regarding GL's maybe/probably/likely cancellation, which would essentially signal the final march along daytime's trail of tears as the end of the genre.

The signs are obvious and ominous: GL has been hovering at a 1.5 rating for the last few months, a situation exacerbated by a genre-crushing free fall in advertising revenues, which have in turn led to massive budget cuts by the networks for all the shows. If GL doesn't get its act together by the Ides of April, as our own Jamey Giddens so aptly put it, the oldest series on broadcast television will bite the dust. However, there is hope. As has been reported here, Guiding Light needs the minimum of a steady 1.8 rating to avoid getting the ax.

Back to minds thinking alike: Just as I was finalizing this list, Mr. Giddens posted his "Top 10 Last Ditch Stunts To Save Guiding Light," followed by Spauldingfield's awesome GL promo posted by Luke Kerr. Because of their excellent efforts I almost decided to not post these recommendations, but the situtation at Guiding Light is so important to those of us who love the show that I felt it was more important to contribute to the call to keep GL on the air and risk repetition than not do so. Therefore, consider these considerations an addition to their efforts. GL needs viewers not tomorrow, but today and here are ten reasons to tune in right now! READ MORE