Tina Sloan

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

Guiding Light: Death of a Matriarch

It's hard to imagine 15 years has gone by when feelings about Maureen's death are still so strong among long-time fans. After Charita Bauer (Bert Bauer) died in 1984, there was only one character that was poised to take over as Guiding Light's matriarch. Maureen's stormy marriage to Dr. Ed Bauer was perpetuated over several years, highlighted by alcoholism and infidelity. She was the long-suffering heroine who endured it all like a trouper. The role was originated by Ellen Dolan (Margo, ATWT; 555-5555), but was taken over by Ellen Parker 555-5555; pictured).

For new viewers who think nurse Lillian Raines has been a pillar of virtue, think again. Lillian was the woman who was having an affair with her best friend's husband, and Maureen soon discovered the truth. This led to a series of ultimately fatal events. After an explosive arguement, she left Ed at the Bauer cabin and was killed when her car skidded off the road.

This was a defining, historic moment for Guiding Light. Maureen's death was the result of a decision based on poor responses to a focus group, an idea of then-executive producer Jill Farren Phelps (current EP at General Hospital). It is widely regarded as the moment Guiding Light lost it's soul and many viewers tuned out permanently as a result. Maureen's last hurrah can be seen in YouTube clips found HERE.