Its Finally Happening. It only took 72 Years

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  1. hellrasinbrasin

    hellrasinbrasin Well-Known Member

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    NEW YORK (CNN) -- The venerable CBS soap opera "Guiding Light" will go dark in September after 72 years and 16,000 episodes, the network announced Wednesday.

    The daytime drama's declining viewership led to the decision, according to a CBS spokeswoman.

    The show, which the Guinness Book of World Records lists as the longest-running television drama, first aired on NBC radio in 1937 as a 15-minute serial, the spokeswoman said.

    It moved to television on the CBS network in 1952 as 15-minute drama. It later went to 30 minutes, and on November 7, 1977, it expanded to one hour and introduced the wealthy Spaulding family as foils to the show's middle-class Bauers, who were a mainstay of the show for much of its run.

    In 1979, the show did a groundbreaking storyline when the character of Roger Thorpe (played by the late Michael Zaslow) raped his wife, Holly (Maureen Garrett).

    The marital-rape story line reflected a significant real-life case in 1978 -- the state of Oregon v. John J. Rideout. It was the first time in modern U.S. history that a man was charged with raping his wife and then put on trial. It prompted national debate about whether a man had absolute sexual rights with his spouse. Rideout was acquitted.

    Among the actors who went on to greater fame after roles on the show: Kevin Bacon, James Earl Jones and Taye Diggs.

    The last episode is set to air on September 18, the spokeswoman said. The show is produced in New York.

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    Wow, imagine getting the DVD seasons to those :D 
     
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    smkspy is one nice fucking kitty

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    That's a shame. My granny is probably upset.
     
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    I was wondering how long until TV networks started canceling daytime soaps. I really don't hear anyone mention them at all anymore. I remember the 80s, they were all the rage. My mom would watch As the World Turns, Guiding Light, and some other one. And all the moms in the neighborhood would talk about them.

    Another victim of reality TV
     
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    They should replace them with cartoons for the kids.
     
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    They'll replace them with more episodes of the Church of Oprah Winfrey and friends! =(
     
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    jorod74 Psycholagnist (Ret.)

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    Growing up, Young & the Restless, As the World Turns and Guiding Light.
    had a relative or two that taped the shows and i could watch on weekends.

    I blame the new format they chose to run with for the demise.
    that and as one article i read, costs.
    talk shows/judge shows are cheap.

    really, i hope the ending in September goes 1 of 2 ways:
    1. They end the show as it began- in a church. a tragedy hits the town and they find themselves back in a church, trying to mend and rebuild.
    (the show was about a congregation in the early years)

    2. More tragedy. they go out with a bang as a disaster wipes them all out and it ends on a cliffhanger where people ask, but what happens next?
     
  9. unicron's blues

    unicron's blues I need to get rich!

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    I remember both of my grandmothers watched As the World Turns and when I was younger especially during summer I'd sit and watch it with them since what else did I have to do? And Guiding Light came on after that which I thought wasn't half bad....for a soap opera. A small part of me is sad, and the fact that a judge show, reality show, or crappy talk show will replace it, well, daytime tv just sucks in general.
     
  10. Drake

    Drake Smooth Is Smooth Baby

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    And yet somehow Squidbillies is still on the air.
     
  11. Eric

    Eric RIP AND TEAR!!!

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    I know, it confuses me too. I wasn't a fan of soap operas, but it's sad to see the longest running soap opera to go.

    ...Whereas Squidbillies and Tim and Eric Awesome Show are still on the air. WTF.
     
  12. Witwicky Camaro

    Witwicky Camaro Sabbatical Is Required

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    Huh, I could feel relieved about this if it wasn't for the fact that its been on for so long. Anyways, its a sign of the times if a long running Soap Opera is getting canceled...
     

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