April 1, 2009

‘Guiding Light’ to go dark on CBS

The U.S. soap opera "Guiding Light, the longest running show in broadcast history, will conclude its final season on CBS in September, a producer said.

The announcement that the daytime drama wasn't renewed by CBS for the 2009-10 broadcast season was made Wednesday. The cancellation marks the end of the soap's run, which lasted 57 years on the network after a 15-year life as a radio show. The TV show won 69 Daytime Emmy awards.

Being on the air for more than seven decades is truly remarkable, and it will be difficult for all of us at the show to say goodbye, executive producer Ellen Wheeler said in a statement. I'm proud of everything we've been able to do, including outstanding storytelling, our community service around the country with Find Your Light and the launch of our new production model. This show has such a rich history, wonderful fans, and I'm honored to have been a part of the 'GL' legacy.

We are honored to have been welcomed into the homes of multiple generations of 'Guiding Light' viewers, added Brian T. Cahill, senior vice president and managing director of TeleNext Media Inc. We are working hard to find the show a new home, and we are exploring all our options to continue to bring loyal fans the characters and stories they love.

Guiding Light debuted as a 15-minute radio show in 1937 and made the move to television in 1952.