June 19, 2009By Marc Wilkofsky Posted: Jun 19, 2009
How did you find out about GUIDING LIGHT ending? A friend informed me, "It's over." I knew right away what that person meant, and was saddened, to say the least.
But people should stop saying it's over. The soap is still airing, and inarguably better than it has been in several years. As Victoria Platt (ex-Vicky) told me at June 6's Brooklyn softball game (and this was quite fitting because baseball player Yogi Berra once said it), "It ain't over till it's over."
There are many, many actors who starred on GL and are now all around daytime. I'm not even going to try to list them all here, but Laura Wright is a standout. From 1997 to 2005, she rocked as Cassie (yes, a former stripper with a heart of gold, who was revealed to be Reva's sister) and has been phenomenal...phe-nom-en-al as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Carly, giving her worlds of depth, sensitivity and moxie. Yes, I watch GH, too, and will continue to watch it. I'll probably get back into DAYS OF OUR LIVES, which will feature Crystal Chappell (Olivia) as Carly (hey, look, another Carly). As for how I feel about Chappell, who has always been gracious to me at GL events, leaving the show...I'm thrilled! Not only will she go "home" (where she portrayed the character from 1990 to 1993), but many followers of the wonderfully moving Olivia/Natalia love story will probably watch DAYS after GL wraps up its CBS era. In fact, I wager that any hour now, some GL fans are already trying the NBC soap.
To quote OPRAH designer Nate Berkus' boyfriend Fernando Bengoechea before he perished in 2004's Asian tsunami, "It's not over." (For another moving love story, look into that one.) Because there are assuredly many more smiles and surprises in store for LIGHT-lovers, it is not over.
So how did you find out the LIGHT is going out on CBS? Please e-mail me at GLeditor@soapoperaweekly.com or just post a comment here.
But first, be sure to hug or call your dad if you can, as Father's Day is this Sunday. Have a happy one.