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lana-nieves's picture
Aug.06.2009
When Maeve Kinkead joined the Guiding Light cast in 1980, her character, Vanessa Chamberlain, was an over-indulged, wealthy daddy's girl. Over time, Vanessa has become Springfield's dignified voice of reason; a savvy business woman who never compromises her ethics, a loving mother who puts her...
lynn-liccardo's picture
Aug.04.2009
  The past few weeks I've been having hard time writing. With Guiding Light's end looming large, there's a long term project I've been struggling to get my arms around. Then there's the oppressive heat that finally arrived after weeks of relentless rain. And now that Nina Tassler's (CBS President...
lynn-liccardo's picture
Jul.28.2009
It's taken me a while to get to this, but a while back, Red Room member, Lana Nieves, challenged the conventional wisdom that the 1993 death of Maureen Bauer was the beginning of the end for Guiding Light. It was a great piece, and Lana made a lot of good points, but... To quote Lana, "I...
lana-nieves's picture
Jul.19.2009
Since 1992, fans of Guiding Light have enjoyed Elizabeth Keifer in the role of Blake Thorpe Marler. With the shooting schedule on GL incredibly tight as the show winds down its run on CBS, Liz was generous enough to set aside time to talk to me me on a Sunday afternoon. We talked about the unique...
lynn-liccardo's picture
Jul.15.2009
it was a lovely wedding. yes, there was a lot if silliness in the runup. a wedding cake of twinkies held together with canned whipped cream? the wrong date on the invitations?  unless i missed something, the spauldings are still rich, aren't they?  it's easy to lose track. i've never been a huge...
jennifer-kathleen-gibbons's picture
Jul.13.2009
  Michael Jackson's death reminded me of a big thing back in the eighties.  Back then, all shows used songs to enhance a storyline. Who could forget Lisa Hartman belting out "Never Surrender" for a religious show for Knots Landing, Ken George Jones writing the ballad "...
lana-nieves's picture
Jul.09.2009
Long time viewers of Guiding Light know Tina Sloan as the actress who has played the role of Lillian Raines for 26 years. While many of the old school GL characters have long gone by the wayside, Lillian has remained and, even when she hasn't been involved in front burner story lines, she's been an...
lynn-liccardo's picture
Jun.28.2009
then soap opera is like hollandaise sauce. Making hollandaise is tricky business. It's an emulsion, and you have to keep whisking; add the butter to the eggs too quickly, the whole thing separates and falls apart. And so it is with how soap opera viewers suspend disbelief. The very nature of soaps...
lynn-liccardo's picture
Jun.24.2009
waylaid by another project this week, so i won't get to a proper post until the weekend. but i just want to say "welcome back" to peter simon's ed bauer on guiding light. watching his scenes today with grant aleksander's phillip reminded me of everything this show used to be. and they...
lana-nieves's picture
Jun.19.2009
My friend, Robert, and I have been soap fans for many years and, as such, I consider us to be sort of experts on the subject. We don't just know a lot about the characters, the plot lines, the family histories in Springfield, Genoa City, Oakdale, etc....but we know about how soap opera works, as...