In 1952, CBS brought to television the long running radio serial The Guiding Light. Now listeners could visit the Bauer family daily and follow their adventures. This Proctor and Gamble mainstay of CBS Daytime remained on the air until 20o9. It was a sad day for television when daytime’s longest running serial ended. The show boasted such characters as matriarch Bert Bauer , the colorful Reva Shane , and the sinister Roger Thorpe. It was the winner of many industry and fan awards for its writing and acting and continues to be the quintessential soap opera .
Now thanks to the great people at Soap Classics, fans can relive those precious Springfield moments. They have put out a box set called 20 Classic Episodes of Guiding Light. It consists of four discs put in different categories , Great Weddings, Secrets and Scandals, Springfield Through the Years, and Villains and Vixens. Fans can enjoy the performances of GL stars like Charita Bauer, a young Kevin Bacon as T J Werner, OLTL starJerry Ver Dorn, Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, Melina Kanakaredes, a pre ER Sherry Stringfield, and the late and much lamented Michael Zaslow. Each episode is preserved in the form that it was originally broadcast with the same theme and credits from the day it aired. I thoroughly enjoyed the series since I followed it from the late seventies to the end. It brought back some very sweet memories for me , since my whole family would sit down and watch the Light. If you were also a fan of GL , you will love this series. They are also introducing a Reva box set as well.
Bravo to Soap Classics! They are reviving the late great soap opera , especially the great shows of the past. They have also released a series based on As The World Turns as well. Here’s hoping they will revive such great shows as The Doctors, Ryan’s Hope, and the other P and G long running show Another World. Some of today’s hottest stars got their starts on daytime and younger fans can see such greats as Kathleen Turner and Alec Baldwin on the Doctors.
Jerry Ver Dorn was a long time character on the show. He started as a scheming lawyer named Ross Marler. He became one of the most beloved characters on the show. He moved to One Live to Live until it’s end this year.