Fans of CBS’s soap GUIDING LIGHT have a new place online to begin the mourning process as their soap comes to a close. The Network has set up a special section about the finale of the series, which will air on Friday, September 18th, closing the final chapter of a soap opera recognized as the longest-running program in broadcasting history.
GUIDING LIGHT FINALE CENTRAL at CBS.com, contains photos of the cast members over the years, video clips and interviews. As we get closer to the end of the line, a fan forum will be added, too.
GUIDING LIGHT first premiered on radio as a fifteen-minute serial on January 25, 1937 as “The Guiding Light.” The show’s title symbolized a lamp in the study of the show’s original character, Rev. Dr. John Ruthledge, who offered guidance to local residents in need. On June 30, 1952, THE GUIDING LIGHT premiered on CBS television. The radio version would continue until 1956.
As the show moved to television, the main characters became members of the Bauer family, including matriarch Berta Bauer, played by actress Charita Bauer, who would stay on the show until her death in 1985.
The show went from black and white to color in 1967, and from fifteen minutes in length to a full half hour in 1968. In 1975, “the” was dropped from the program’s title, and in 1977, the show expanded to a full hour. In 1980, CBS moved the soap to its current 3:00pm timeslot.
When it airs its final episode on September 18th, GUIDING LIGHT will have spanned a total of 72 years on the air, and will have broadcast more than 15,700 episodes.
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And don’t forget to visit CBS’s tribute site.