Another One Bites the Dust
So, it's official: As of September, Guiding Light is no more.
As you probably know, I don't watch Guiding Light. I have heard through the grapevine that it's been pretty terrible over the last year or so (something about camcorders and rural New Jersey?), so I imagine there are some mixed emotions among viewers about it getting canceled. But as an observer, to me it is undoubtedly sad to lose another daytime soap, especially the longest running one. And sadder still is the fact that it's probably the first in a line of cancellations (As the World Turns, your buffer is gone...).
But enough with the sad stuff, on to the fun: Let's pick over the corpse! Where are all these cast members going to go? Clearly, Crystal Chappell has to come back to Days. Normally I wouldn't wish that career move on someone, but it's better than unemployment (probably...), and how great would it be to have Carly back in Salem? Gina Tognoni is fabulous and needs to land somewhere really good, which means, I don't know, Y&R? Options involving "good" and "soap" are limited. Kim Zimmer, well, I think Mallory has some upcoming thoughts on Kim and Reva based on Mal's recent venture into GL viewing. What are your thoughts? Are there GL characters or actors you want to land on your show(s)? Others you want to stay far, far away? (When you're telling us all about that in the comments, please remember that nobody actually watches Guiding Light, so you should link to photos, or be really super descriptive to help make sure we can all follow along.)
Oh, BTW, this line in the cancellation article might not be true for much longer:
Because General Hospital is dropping like an anchor:
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
1. Y&R 5,116,000 (+23,000/-406,000)
2. B&B 3,299,000 (-231,000/-796,000)
3. DAYS 2,986,000 (+288,000/+36,000)
4. AMC 2,699,000 (+81,000/+184,000)
5. OLTL 2,664,000 (-20,000/+16,000)
6. GH 2,646,000 (-101,000/-342,000)
7. ATWT 2,532,000 (-148,000/-666,000)
8. GL 2,133,000 (-127,000/-534,000)
I want job security like the people in charge of General Hospital. I would come to work in my PJs every day at 11, pawn off all my work on my colleagues, online shop, take a two-hour lunch, check out message boards, chat on the phone with my friends, then head home early to beat the rush hour. I mean, I do that anyway, but I would stop worrying about being fired and instead start demanding bonuses and company cars.