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Guiding Light Signs Off After 72 Years
Posted 04-02-2009 at 09:55 AM by bci110
The longest-running drama in television history is coming to an end. CBS announced that they are cancelling the soap opera Guiding Light, claming the economy and the changing of viewers' habits as the core reasons. The daytime drama's final episode will air on September 18.
Procter & Gamble Productions, which makes the show, informed cast and crew Wednesday at separate sets in New York and New Jersey. The company isn't giving up on the story, and will explore different ways to keep it going after September, a spokeswoman said.
Guiding Light had its roots long before television was even invented. It started as a 15-minute serial on NBC Radio on Jan. 25, 1937, and debuted on CBS TV in 1952, focusing on the fictional town of Springfield and the Spaulding, Lewis and Cooper families. The Guiness Book of World Records enlists Guiding Light as the longest-running television drama.
Makes me wonder how much longer daytime dramas/soap operas will last given that the companies that produce these type of shows are cutting back in their attemps to combat the recession. Granted I haven't watched any soap operas since my college days, but to see that not even a program that had weathered the test of time for 72 years - a show that predates television for that matter - succumb to the pressure of the failing economy and changes in viewer habits is a huge cause for concern. I wish PGP the best of luck in trying to keep Guiding Light afloat, if only for the loyal fans that had and still are investing their time and support of the show.