Guiding Light is signing off Friday after over 70 years in broadcasting. Yeah, I am talking about it, I grew up on this soap and if anyone wants to make fun of me, well, bring it cause I will take you down.
So as my rattled brain, way too much to do busy life (which is all about work-when did that happen?) self made a point to say “Self, DVR that crap the last week so you can at least see it as it limps off into television history.” Well, what do you know? I totally forgot as I limped home Monday evening and realized that I didn’t set it, so I settled for recording it for the rest of the week. I made the mistake to watch Tuesday and Wednesday’s episodes after work today. And. . .
I cried like a baby. Sure, it was emotional, Alan Spaulding shouldn’t have died. And I am sure I have a ton of other things to say about what I saw but I miss the old GL, the show that told a story and the focus was on that not the roving cameras and outdoor locations. I didn’t like that move when they did it to cut costs.
Of course they are replacing it with a game show. Seriously? A game show? Who does their market research and are these the people who think wearing jhorts is so stylish sharing their opinions of what should be on television. They are probably the same group that said, hey pull Leno from late night and throw him on at 10PM every night. And the ones that said bubble skirts were like so cool in the 80s that they should be brought back to like um, you know wear.
The show was a constant for me growing up. I watched it after school, during the summer and holidays and of course when I was home sick. After college, I would catch it from time to time and then while I was recouping after illnesses and surgery I would watch. The story telling was quite different than how it used to be and it made it difficult to watch but after hitting YouTube this week, I got to relive some of my favorite story lines.
Reva and Josh, man you two had the love of a lifetime and went through a lot but my top clip has to be Reva declaring herself the Slut of Springfield. Something that I didn’t quite understand when I was younger but now, I have some perspective.
Good night GL, thanks for making all those memories and I hate that the tv execs decided to cut you. That is a shame.