I think all of us at one time or another has been hooked on daytime soaps. Whether you were stuck at home sick or in college or just were home during the day, almost everyone who watches can get hooked on them for at least a short time. When I first started watching soaps I was a CBS guy. Most of my friends would alternate between NBC and ABC depending on the soap which was on then, but I was a lover of CBS. When Capitol went off the air I found myself starting to watch more ABC, but originally I was CBS. So, I was sad today to hear that Guiding Light is going off the air. It has been on for 72 years. It was airing before there even was television. It used to be a radio soap and made the transition to television back in 1952. It is the longest running television drama and I can't imagine it ever being surpassed.
The show will air its last episode in September. Now, what I would hope they would do is do something most soaps have never done and which is why they end up making us nuts and that is to actually end a story line. I would love if they did that or if they could figure out a way to write in roles for every featured actor that has been on the show and is still alive and willing to do it.
I went through IMDB to find some of the more well known people who have appeared on the show and I found Peter Gallagher, Christopher Walken who was on for three years, Mira Sorvino, Taye Diggs, Allison Janney, Calista Flockhart, Ian Ziering, JoBeth Williams, James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, James Lipton who was on one episode in 1953, Brittany Snow, and Hayden Panettiere.