Guiding Light

CBS (ended 2009)





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  • on the off chance i ever meet my angel reva

    hi I heard kim likes to hear from her fans; so ill give this a shot. hi angel reva shane. I have loved u since I was a kid growing up watching gl. I was going threw a lot of the same types of things as daisy was. and still struggling with them, but seeing it played out on tv has helped me a lot. when daisy had the abortion I was going threw similar stuff and drew strength from her and reva. it really gave me strength to see reva fighting for her kid. I really wish I could meet the imfamous reva shane. it is like my bucket list dream. reva really is breathtakingly talented. and I attest my guardian angel. I am a forever fan of kims. she was also great as mavis on d women. but it is reva that I fall in love with and dream of meeting. someday... the daisy stories helped me get over s o much in my life. I wish reva knew how much I value and adore her and how amazing I think she is. I see so much of me in daisy. it is like her character is telling my story. Reagan from Canada.

  • Are they available anywhere?

    recently put the first 25 episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful on their website and I am enjoying it VERY much. It makes me wonder if there is anywhere that makes the rest of the series available? Also I would love to see The Guiding Light, As the World Turns, and the original episodes of The Young and the Restless. If the networks had any smarts, now that they have cancelled nearly all the soaps they should release all of them on DVD. I think for those of us that grew up with them, they could make a killing! I would certainly be willing to buy them! As far as I know, Dark Shadows is doing well on DVD so why not some of the "normal" soaps?

    I have been watching these shows since I was born please bring them back. Not everything must be real. I miss the whole cast. I grew up watching these shows with my grandmother and my mother. Now they are all gone. I always felt like they were a part of my family and I could not wait to see them again.
  • bring them back on......

    we miss them so much and they need to be brought back on,if you were a kid and you watched shows growing up you wouldn't want them to leave either so how about it,do the right thing cbs and bring the soaps back.....the realality shows aren't working for alot us and you may want ot think so but we really want to leave things way they were.....your well missed just ask your fans?
  • Normally I would go, "TURN OFF THAT LIGHT!" but...

    ...there's something about this light that's...special. It isn't a crappy teenage drama, it isn't a boring teen show like SWAC, it's been on for many graceful years, and it excited me when I saw bits and pieces of it while channel surfing. I'm wondering how it kept so many fans and still had somewhat good of a following, made it to the Guinness Book, and STILL is a household name after all these years on air. Trust me, at first glance I wanted to extinguish it, but after seeing a few episodes, I love it. Please, if you're sick of the teen drama stuff, watch Guiding Light instead...
  • Please someone plug the Light back in???!!!

    It has only been a little over 4 months since the Light was turned out. I say, why doesn't someone turn it back on?!! Can't one of the actors take over the show? (I.E. Crystal Chappel - Venice The Series) It can be written again, just change the name of the title, buy it, something. Not having this show that was so much a part of my everyday life since birth is really hard to take. CBS has lost my viewmanship, and my respect!

    As to the show, it was a constant companion since my Mother's death 20 years ago. I feel so lost without it, empty, numb. It was my contact with her. It became 'reality' tv to me, and a lot of other women, families in this country. We shared this show with our families. Everyone got involved. I NEVER thought it would end.

    I feel though, if someone does restore GL to tv, can they concentrate on the families more, and not make it about just 3 families? The Spauldings, Coopers, and Bauers are great, but what about the Reardons, the Santos, and some new families? Towns have more than just a few families in them, with more than just a few businesses. I would like to see the show made more real, but still have the history of the original. This is just my opinion, what's yours? I would like to say to all the actors of the show, you are missed! You are in our hearts, and keep smiling, maybe the Light will come back. God bless you all!
  • I'm PO CBS you get rid of GL for as the price is right come on guys...I would rather go stick my head in the sand than to sit here and watch as the price is right...Come on...Bring GL back...

    I can remember watching this show as a little girl... Being 25 almost 26, this is the only show I like watching...Now I have nothing to do being a sahm, my children love this show as well...I love seeing all of them...They are like my family...I very sad about seeing this show go...So maybe down the line here in about a couple of months you rating will go down so just maybe you guys will bring it back to us...PLEASE... Im heart broken... Reba we love you and Gosh (josh) we love you as well too... I cried when Alan died :( cant believe that happen what so ever...
  • The zeal of the writers and sponsors for the young, audience spells the death knell for GL. I have enjoyed you since watching with my Grandmother during the 50's on into the 80's with my own children. Oh I wished to share you with my grandchildren.

    I am deeply disappointed that CBS is pulling GL. I have watched during good writing and bad for just over 50 years. I was watching it devotedly in the late 60's,70's, and early 80's losing interest when the younger (I was only 20) audiences were sought. My children have continued to watch (they're in their late 20's and 30's) and have the same complaint I had then,story lines were deleting the older, well loved/hated characters and very rarely looked back into the old stories for historical data (who was barren and miraculously gives birth etc.) The actors in most cases were excellent, the writing suffered greatly and thus killed GL. Killing Alan and sending Josh off are just two examples.
  • "Will Be Missed"

    Yeah well this show will end on Friday September 18, 2009 and it will be missed by me and other fans it shouldn't be taken off the air they should keep it on and just change a few things but anyway I think this show is great alot better than Y&R + B&B right now because there kind of dumb at this moment in time. Unlike those two shows I really liked all the characters except for Harley but she left a year ago. Loved this little quote they did to: "There is a destiny that makes us brothers
    None goes it's way alone And all that we send into the light of others Comes back into our own."
    Just had to add that
  • This daytime programme has stood the test of time, but one has to wonder if time has really run out for this programme or IF this programme can rise from the ashes that recent directors/producers/writers have taken it down to?

    I have watched this programme since since 1967, when I remember that it was still in black/white. Through the years I have watched unbelievable storyline come & go but I NEVER thought I would see the end of this programme. I was stunned to see that they were turning off the light for good and had to wonder if it was because of all the changes in the recent yrs. I was not, and still am not, a fan of the way the programme shooting was changed. I thought, and apparently ALOT of fans agreed with me, that it wasn't beneficial to the show. Then some of the solid staples of the show that left (ALOT of rumours were that they didn't like the changes either), yet this had happened before, but never when the show was already bleeding. This led to even lower ratings, and one would think that if the show wasn't doing well with ratings that some of the changes that had been implemented would be rethought, yet this wasn't the case. The powers that be (Ellen Wheeler and David Kreizman) did not listen to their fans, which honestly boggles ones' mind. It seemed to me that those in charge of keeping this show on the air and successful weren't interested in this any longer. Ellen Wheeler made the choice to "change" not only the setting look but major characters and focus on a younger cast. Once again she did not listen to the shows fans. I can not tell you how many message boards I visited during this time of "change" and the message was the same... THEY DIDN'T LIKE IT, yet Wheeler and head writer David Kreizman DIDN'T listen to their public. They stayed the course of the changes to the show (i.e, how it was shot as well as the storylines that were just "out there"), and even though they knew it was killing Irna Phillips lifes' work, they went ahead with "their" vision. I am very sad and angry that a staple of my life will be no more come September. This programme took me through my childhood illnesses, college exams, raising my four sons and everything else in between.
  • Okay, so you have decided to replace about at least considering a refreshing replacement....

    While I am a huge Guiding Light fan, I am afraid they are in fact going to move the show. My biggest fear - another game show, ugh, or worse yet another JUDGE show (zzzz). Give the Daytime viewer a little credit. Really, how about thinking outside of the box..... CBS and P&G should look at replacing it with Kim's Closet - a new, refreshing lifestyle and makeover show. They are saying the host Kimberly is going to do for fashion what Rachel Ray has done for food - make it fun. Finally, a fun, relatable daytime lifestyle show... www.KimsCloset.TV
  • Who didn't see this coming?

    I watched from the early 90s and stop watching about 3-4 years ago. Certainly the acting talent was there and it's a shame that writers refused to up-play the positive for the instant gratification angle. We never thought that the Bauers would have been shoved on the back burner and then pushed nearly completely off the map. Does anyone remember the most recent Annie storyline where she drugged Josh into comming on to Cassie? We were all horrified! Yet these current writers thought it was fantastic to hook Cassie and Josh up a few years later. The problem is that the writers seemed to equate romance with random sexual attraction. The difference, for those who are confused, is that I may fantasized about Jason Statham but I LOVE my hubby. Reva may have had a "thing" for Richard but she LOVED Josh. Super couples shouldn't be equated with what ever the current status quo on marriage is. No one knows people like this in real life and they love the "happily ever after" when it comes to love. There are other ways to inflict drama other than divorce and talented writers would have utilized the history. Instant gratification works in short term stories (movies) but not on a show that is shown 5 days a week and shame on the writers for taking 5 decades and turning it into s hollow shell. I don't believe that soaps are a "dying art", I believe that writers have forgotten why these shows were great and tried to turn them into twisted, bed-hopping, Sex in the City-esque soft corn porn nightmares that seem to be popular but inevitably get cancelled after a few seasons. I must have missed the memo that says couples can endure.
  • I think we should all protest/boycott the CBS stations,Proctor & Gamble for taking this show off the air. I know for me i will not be purchasing ANY of the Proctor and Gamble products no matter how tempting they may be.

    stop buying their products, they say that actions speak in volumes well lets' see if it really does? they all are great characters!!!!!does this have anything to do with GM going under???s really bad decision on Proctor and Gambles part as well as CBS! you have lost a loyal fan and consumer....guess maybe i don't matter???i will NOT be purchasing anything else to do with Proctor and Gamble no matter what it is!! and cbs lost another loyal fan@@ good luck to them both. will the GL be picked up on antoher channe? does anyone know??? I mean they are bringing back major characters, how are they just gonna drop this show after 71+ years? i don't get it..i would be willing to bet that just as many men watch this as women///
  • 8.5
    I love guiding light and I hope that the show is renewed. It is one of my faviortes. A must see! I hope that someone picks up the show sometime in the future or soon. I am so glad that did a section on GL because I've always wanted a place that I could go and look up old episodes and read about them. A new fan of GL 23 Years Old
  • Its like taking away some ones security blanket we all like following along with the people in Springfields lives, do not stop airing this show!

    To not air this show would take away from the elderly, the young the middle aged and even some men I know watch this show! they don't admit it but they do watch it!
    People have watched this show all their lives. The edlerly who sit in the retirement centers,and hospice who watch this show daily! and have for most of their lives. New mothers who grew up watching this show,their mothers and grand mothers. Guiding Light is a part of our history! that is what you'd take away when removing this show from the air waves! we all like following along with the people in Springfields lives, do not stop airing this show
  • this would be the biggest mistake to remove this show

    i love this show, it is like part of my family, but better
    this show is very good. i was very upset when i read that they were going to take it off in Sept.
    please change your mind.
    Or tell me that the actors want to leave the show.
    I cann't see that you could ever replace this show with anything better, or even as good.
    i have been in love with show for over 20 years, cann't even think what i would do without my GL fix.
    even if i miss a show i catch up very fast, online, this is a great
  • Please do not get rid of this show :( It would be heartbreaking.

    In my opinion, this show is by far the best soap on television. It's not near as cheesy as most. Everyone in my family and relatives outside of my immediate family watch this show religiously. It would be a great disappointment if this show was gone in September. After 72 years you would think that this show would be the last one that they would want to get rid of so quickly. This show has been a part of my life since I was a baby and the cast are like family to me. It would be a devastating loss.
  • I don't understand why you are getting rid of the show. I have been watching it since I was little. My mom got me hooked on it. It is my favorite soap, and I think it is stupid for you to get rid of it!

    This is a show that should stay on the air until there is no one to watch it. It isn't like the other soaps. I can't get into the others. I work until 3pm when it comes on. I dvr it, and rush home so i can watch it. I don't understand how you can just cancel a show that even the young folks like me love to watch. I talk about it all the time with my co-workers on lunch break to gossip about what is going on. Please please please don't cancel it. I would have nothing to look forward to when I come home from a long day at work. Why canel it after 75 years, why not keep it going and see if you can make it another 25 to 75 years!!! If you don't listen to the viewers what type of show are you going to put in its place?? Viewers should have a say in what happens to a show, Right?
  • Please don't cancel this show!!!! It is the best SOAP on TV!! How could this happen???? It has to be them changing the time it's on...

    Please don't cancel this show!!!! It is the best SOAP on TV!! How could this happen???? It has to be them changing the time it's on... Where I live it's only on at 9am alot of people can't watch if it was still running at 3pm maybe the rating would be higher.My husband recently became addicted. I have watched for 31 years. I am seriosly disturbed by this!!!! Please there has to be something the fans can do!!!!

    Realistic story lines, Love the outside scenes in Peapack , NJ.... The show is great, the cast!! They just brought back Grant Alexander!!! This sucks....If they brought back Jonathon and Sarah I am sure ratings would go up...cmon there has to be something that can be done????

    Guiding Light Fan for Life!!!

  • I just heard today about the cancellation of GL, and I have to say I'm shocked! After 72 years, 57 on TV alone, I really think its sad to just axe something so quickly, and after so long, its not right.

    I have watched this show since I was a little kid (and yes I do watch soaps) and I can not believe they are about to go off the air, its really sad how networks are now so quick to jump the gun on such classic, long-running shows these days. So it had a bad couple of years in the ratings, and I'm not so sure I believe in whatever or whoever determines such ratings, but to cancel the show. So drastic, so fast. So many networks have been doing this lately, and its sickening. Claiming to be due to the downfall of the economy, seems to be an overused phrase these days.
    I'm really disappointed that they could take such a show and especially when its just starting to get good again, with the plot twists, the miraculous resurrections, small miracles and now finally they get a gay storyline out there, just as ATWT which apperently is next to be chopped) and it seems almost as if when that happens the networks cancel it. I have to say, for a nation supposably so diverse, and advanced compared to so many, to think that our minds are still back in the dark ages. Well all I can say is that I thank the cast of Guiding Light for an excellent run, great storylines, and I will miss you. I just hope that those who love the show will remember what it was, and not who made such a drastic and so wrong decision.
    I just hope that maybe one day that I will get the chance to see some of the great cast members of the show again somewhere else. Like Kim Zimmer, Daniel Cosgrove (Bill Lewis III), Marcy Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding), Nicole Forrester (Cassie Lewis), and so many others. I thank you for doing such a wonderful job, at keeping us all so greatly entertained throughout the years, and I sincerely hate to see you go.

    Best of luck to all the cast, and thanks again!
  • Love this show! Reva and Jeffery are the reaons I watch it! Mallet and Murina are next in line,love their relationship as well as R and J's.Why is everyone leaving the show? Is the show risking going into non-exhistance? If they (see review)

    would only get rid of Grady, Thank God for DVR I fast forward the scenes with him in it cannot handle him anylonger..time he gets what he deserves. I did however like his brother Cyrus..he needs to get together with someone else! But Grady needs to go! Anyone else feeling the same?
    Lizzie and Bill are great together too! I sure hope their relationship holds up and the truth comes out. I'm tired of the bad guys getting away with their crimes, what's up with the police department.. Get those detectives working on it.. It would be a good show to see them get caught!
    I will keep watching unless it keeps going the direction it is going! Slightly hooked and GL.
  • I started watching guiding light in 1983, the year that I graduated High School. I really liked the show and was hoping that they would bring some of the characters back from the 80's.

    I like some of the story lines. I am hoping that they get Josh & Reva back together for good this time. I like Bill & Lizzy together. It would be nice if they brought back some of the cast from the 80's, such as Annabelle. I loved the reporter series when Fletcher was on the show. He was always going to an island in a foreign country to do some type of investigative reporting. I think that they should bring Shayne & Maura back to the show. I liked Maura with Jeffrey. Whatever happened to Dr. Noah Drake, I loved him. Great story; however, it could be enhanced.
  • I have watched show since started.The story line between Liberty and her first cousin has me so out raged ! If they go any further this is incest....and we wonder why our youth today do the things that are so wrong. Where is the example ?

    I can not believe your writers have become this desperate for material. I can not believe your cast has not addressed
    the message that is perceived by viewers. I have watched
    the show since it first began. I am afraid I may be
    changing the dial.
    Oh, yeah, Katie, kick Brad out he is too stupid for you.
    Any man that keeps "hanging" with Janet needs brain surgery.
    Your show has always addressed current social concerns and had class, even with the proverbal romp in the hay. This "relationship' between first cousins however is way off base. I am afraid I am going to change the channel.
  • Way to Go, Guiding Light!!

    I have recently been watching Guiding Light again and must say that I have really been enjoying the modernization of the show. The setting really *does* seem to feel more interesting and realistic than it did before. The new style of editing, the music, and the pace hold my attention so much more than ever before. Every now and then, the actual picture quality seems to be off a tad, but all in all, it is great! It has also been extremely exciting to see a renewed focus on some of the precious Jeva moments. Keeping my fingers crossed for more Josh and Reva air time..... TOGETHER!!!
  • Shining for 70 years and beyond.

    Guiding Light takes a lot of flack, but they've got to be doing something right to last as long as it has. The longest running show in broadcast history, Guiding Light has seen and done it all, and for the most part, before anyone else has ever thought of it.

    As a fan for over 20 years, I've been privy to many wonderful stories that the writers of GL have told and seen some of the greatest actors in daytime bring characters I love to life. From the unstoppable Beverlee McKinsey to the up & coming Marcy Rylan, GL has always had the finest cast.

    In early 2008, Guiding Light once again took on the daunting task of trying to change the face of soap operas. While its new production model has caused frenzied talk with its fans, no one can deny that daytime will never be the same. And personally, I like it.

    May the light shine another 70 years!
  • I can not believe you let Gus (Ricky Paull) go. I am very disappointed, probably the most disappointed I've been in 2-3 years. It sucks!!!! I have been a fan for 25 years too. Ugh!!!

    First let me say I watch the show everyday! I DVR it if I won't be at home. It makes my day and always cheers me up to watch it. Usually when I'm in a bad mood, the cast on the show pulls me out of it. This review is about GUS. I can not believe you let Gus (Ricky Paull) go. I am very disappointed, probably the most disappointed I've been in 2-3 years. It sucks!!!! I have been a fan for 25 years too. I LOVED GUS AITORA!!!! Shame on you for letting him leave.
    Especially if it had to do with more money. I mean why?? Couldn't you at least have let made him leave the show--not kill him off, cause now he definitely can't come back. UGH!!!!!!
    Signed, very upset GL fan!!
  • Out with the new an In with the old.........PLEASE

    I have been watching GL faithfully for 28 years. Reva and I were in labor at the exact same time 22 years ago. She had Mara and I had Jamie. I tape the show daily and look forward to spending part of the evening with my friends, until lately. The story line is not good, but that happens. What bothers me the most is the writing and the photography. The show lacks continuity and is difficult to follow. This outdoor filming and all the filming looks very unprofessional and ameteurish. The scenes jump around and it makes no sense. Please fix it so I can continue to enjoy. B`hamsuzq
  • This soap is my fave!!! The only soap i watch. The more drama the better!

    I have never watched soaps unitl 10 yrs ago i just started paying attention to this show for 1 week, and from then on I loved it. I record it every day and try not to miss an episode. It gets better every week, and i cant wait to see whats going to happen next. I like the new characters and how there is always a twist. This is one show i hope they never take off the air ever. Anyone else watch Guiding light? Lets chat! Tell me what you think about the show.
    Holla back. Let me know. Guiding ligh Fans!

  • I have been watching this soap opera since I was a little girl with my grandmother.

    Whoever thought of writing a story with cassie and josh is sick, nasty, and disguising. I have never seen nothing like this on the soap opera before. What needs to haappen is that josh needs to go back to reva and cassie needs to find her own man. What would reva and josh's kids think of this, Bad enough you had jonathan and tammy together. Do you dream this stuff up. You should have put jonathan with lizzie and left it like that and had tammy be with her own man. What's wrong with them that can't find their own man outside the family. Ya'll Need To Name It Keeping It In The Family.
  • To kick off the TALK/SHOW conversations at this year's AFI FESTIVAL, at the breathtaking rooftop Loft Village, organizers at the Philanthropy Project invited special industry guests to talk openly about "The Power of Film to Inspire Philanthropy"...

    With that in mind, a panel was formed for a discussion on the topic, which consisted of Kevin Wall, producer of LIVE EARTH from the umbrella organization "Save Our Selfs"; Crystal Chappell, an actress on Guiding Light; Nigel Lithgoe, Executive Producer of American Idol; and Steve Golin, the producer of the feature film, Rendition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

    Guiding Light was created by Irna Phillips in 1937. The theme of the show was the brotherhood of man and what you can give to the world. In discussing the "give back" project, Crystal Chappell noted it amounted to a hands-on involvement.

    For the full story on Crystal Chappell's comments on "giving back" with Guiding the fully story at:
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