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!

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.

Crystal Chappell Twitters Live From the Bauer BBQ!

Have you ever wanted to know what soap actors are thinking on the set? Well, here is your chance. Crystal Chappell, who portrays Olivia Spencer on Guiding Light, decided to use the power of the internet and Twitter live from the Bauer Barbecue today. So far, there have been guest appearances from Beth Chamberlin, Frank Dicoopoulos, Paul Anthony Stewart, Nancy St. Alban, and Tina Sloan. I'm sure there is much more to come. Check it out!

Is Michelle Returning to Springfield With Danny?

Paul Anthony Stewart's upcoming return to Guiding Light has sparked quite the uproar among fans clamoring to know if his wife, Michelle, will be by his side. Earlier this year, Guiding Light representatives confirmed that the role of Michelle would be cast by the summer. A few days ago, it was announced that BethAnn Bonner, formerly Talia Sahid of One Life to Live, has been cast as a mystery character set to air in June. Rumors have been a buzz on the internet that Bonner will portray Michelle Bauer Santos. Sources have come forth to Daytime Confidential stating that this is not the case.