As one piece of television history dies, another is being revived: CBS will replace Guiding Light, television's longest-running drama, with a revamped version of the classic game show Let's Make a Deal, the network announced Monday.
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Daniel Cosgrove and Marcy Rylan
Barely a day after CBS announced a Sept. 18 series finale for Guiding Light, there is talk that the long-running daytime drama might find a way to run a bit longer, somewhere else. Get the latest word from Marcy Rylan (Lizzie) and Daniel Cosgrove (Bill), after the jump.
Kim Zimmer and Robert Newman
Capping years of speculation about Guiding Light's livelihood and amid new rumors of its imminent cancellation, CBS has announced a Sept. 18, 2009, end date for the long-running serial.
Come that fateful Friday, GL will have spanned 72 years and delivered more than 15,700 episodes on television and radio.
What might replace the Light? And which sudser is next in line to be worried about? Make the jump for the full story.
Daniel Cosgrove and Marcy Rylan
Hoping to escape from the familial oppression that comes part and parcel with being in Springfield, Guiding Light's Bill and Lizzie will make a break for it and head south for some fun in the sun at Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk.
The scenes, to be taped on location the week of March 16, will air over multiple episodes in mid- to late April.
Alas, being a sudser, the young'uns won't be alone for long as they attempt to rekindle their love. Ultimately following them to the Sunshine State and cramping their style will be Phillip, Shayne, Beth, Alan, Remy and Dinah, to name just a few interlopers.
Springfield's "prodigal son" returns when Guiding Light vet Grant Aleksander steps back into the role of Phillip Spaulding on Monday, Feb. 9. But why now, after staying away for several years?
"He finally feels like he's healthy and stable enough," Aleksander says in this video Q&A. "he may have issues to deal with [but] he's here to make amends."
Watch and discuss our full interview with Aleksander and leading lady Beth Chamberllin, after the jump.
In this special video made available to TVGuide.com, Guiding Light vet Ron Raines, who plays Alan Spaulding, shares his thoughts on Grant Aleksander's Feb. 9 return to the show as Phillip Spaulding. Phillip, Alan's son, died in November 2004, only to have it be revealed not long after that he was, in fact, alive ... somewhere.
"I am absolutely thrilled to have my friend Grant Aleksander back in Springfield," Raines says. "I think the story is going to be terrific and very exciting for the fans. There are a lot of surprises — even some that I don't know!"
But will Alan share his portrayer's enthusiasm? "Is Alan to happy to have Phillip back? That's another story," Raines teases. "He doesn't know if his son is going to be an ally ... or an obstacle."
Watch the whole video after the jump.
Jeff Branson — whom you likely know as All My Children's Jonathan Lavery, but who also guested on CBS' Guiding Light a few years back as a "young" Alan Spaulding — is back on GL, this time inhabiting the role of Shayne Lewis. The thing is, thus far Shayne is going by another name over in Germany, effectively eluding Dinah's radar.
Why the chicanery? Get the inside scoop on that and Shayne's plans to confront ex-girlfriend Marina, in the video after the jump.
Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia
Just as All My Children takes Bianca's new relationship to the next level, the Internet is abuzz with reports that Guiding Light is about to launch its own lesbian romance between Olivia and Natalia, the heterosexual — or so we thought — frenemies played by Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia.
Get the latest word, after the jump.
Jeff Branson by Jordan Strauss/ WireImage.com
Jeff Branson, familiar to All My Children fans from his run as the troubled Jonathan Lavery, is joining the cast of CBS' Guiding Light in the recast role of Shayne Lewis. Though Branson's first air date as Shayne is Dec. 1, he actually has appeared on GL before, in another capacity rather effectively playing a young Alan Spaulding in flashbacks surrounding 2004's Carrie Carruthers murder mystery.Shayne most recently was portrayed by Marty West, in August 2004. Matt Mitovich
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