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!

Requiem for a Daytime Drama, Part One

The first 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.

These final weeks of Guiding Light have been pure torture to watch. I don't mean "the new production model" (a phrase I never hope to hear again in my lifetime) or Bonnie Dennison's (Daisy) futile attempts to remember her lines. No, what has been extraordinarily difficult for me as a viewer — who vividly remembers when Roger (Michael Zaslow) kidnapped Holly (Maureen Garrett) in the Caribbean and Ed (then Mart Hulswit) threw him off a cliff — is watching the series' stories come to their inevitable conclusions.

Guiding Twilight

One of the hardest tasks in all of television must be bringing a daytime drama to a close. In other realms of entertainment, plays and musicals can be resurrected through countless revivals. Primetime TV shows can come and go, yet have the potential to be re-imagined or rebooted for the small or big screen. The biggest box office disasters can live on via countless direct-to-DVD sequels. Radio hosts and their dubiously talented sidekicks can be fired for the most hateful commentary, yet live on with the same formats other stations to be spiteful for another day.

With the exception of Dark Shadows, once a soap opera is canceled it is gone forever. During my time I've watched some of my favorites disappear: The City, Port Charles, Generations, Texas, and — in my opinion — two of the genre's titans, Santa Barbara and The Edge of Night. Many of you are still missing your own beloved shows over the last three decades as well. Fans of Capitol, Love of Life, Sunset Beach, Passions, Search for Tomorrow, and the still mourned Another World among others express their loss as if there yet remains a certain kind of grief that has not yet abated after all these years. Soon we will lose another giant among soaps: in less than ten short weeks, Guiding Light will shine for the last time on CBS.
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Confirmed: Peter Simon Returns as Guiding Light’s Ed Bauer

DC's Melodie Aikels was right again. Guiding Light is now confirming that Peter Simon is returing to the soap opera this June 23. Mel also reported that her sources told her Rick Hearst and Maureen Garrett could be reprising their roles as Alan-Michael Spaulding and Holly Lindsay respectively, however Hearst has since booked The Bold and the Beautiful. The actor admitted at a recent fan event that he and GL had been in talks, however a deal couldn't be reached. Still no official word on Garrett, but don't be shocked if some soap magazine or website that doesn't like to credit us "breaks" that soon.

Are Rick Hearst, Peter Simon and Maureen Garrett Heading Back to Guiding Light?

With Guiding Light ending its run on CBS in September, it appears the show is pulling out all the stops in the casting department. Setside sources have revealed to Daytime Confidential that three iconic Guiding Light characters may be making their return to the show in the near future. 
"Peter Simon, Maureen Garrett, and Rick Hearst have all been in talks with Guiding Light for a return. Peter will more than likely be back for a huge Bauer Barbecue bash the show is planning. Maureen's story is unknown at the moment, but she is more than willing to return. Negotiations with Rick Hearst are "damn good" and his character will have an impact on the Spaulding family."
The returns of Ed Bauer, Holly Reade, and Alan-Michael Spaulding will no doubt fill the hearts of fans and shake things up in Springfield. Hopefully, things will work out and three of our favorites will return home. Keep checking back to Daytime Confidential for updates on this developing story.

A TeleNext spokesperson was unable to confirm the returns, however stated, "With the show coming to an end on CBS, it isn't unexpected that some returns will happen."