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11 minutes ago, Khan said:

I wouldn't mind a GL reboot that brought the show back to its' roots as a faith- and religion-based soap opera.  Something to help differentiate it from the other web soaps out there.  (Although, if that means the return of Reverend Joshua Lewis, forget it.)

 

I was flipping through a magazine and it had an ad for the show Greenleaf on the OWN network and on the ad it had two huge letters "GL". I have never seen it promoted this way or abbreviated as such, but the show from my understanding does have a central family connected with a megachurch. Considering Springfield is rural Midewst, I can definitely see a Guiding Light reboot with the addition of a faith based family. While I don't believe I reboot would work, I would love to see some of the characters again, even for a 85th anniversary movie or miniseries to play out a new story or updates on what's been happening in Springfield. 

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2 hours ago, Khan said:

I wouldn't mind a GL reboot that brought the show back to its' roots as a faith- and religion-based soap opera.  Something to help differentiate it from the other web soaps out there.  (Although, if that means the return of Reverend Joshua Lewis, forget it.)

It's interesting that despite coming from a Jewish background, Irna's work often had these Christian themes running through them. I guess it could be down to the networks/sponsors she had to contend with. 

 

Did Irna's Jewish cultural roots ever get reflected in any of her works? 

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5 minutes ago, BetterForgotten said:

It's interesting that despite coming from a Jewish background, Irna's work often had these Christian themes running through them. I guess it could be down to the networks/sponsors she had to contend with. 

 

Did Irna's Jewish cultural roots ever get reflected in any of her works? 

 

Was Mitchell Dru, the character she shipped onto most of her shows, meant to be Jewish? 

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17 hours ago, BetterForgotten said:

It's interesting that despite coming from a Jewish background, Irna's work often had these Christian themes running through them. I guess it could be down to the networks/sponsors she had to contend with. 

 

Did Irna's Jewish cultural roots ever get reflected in any of her works? 

 

Yes. One of the two major families when The Guiding Light started was Jewish. The Kranskys. I think Irna's fascination with Christianity came less from the networks and sponsors than it did from a positive relationship she had with a Christian minister who helped her when she got pregnant by a married man and lost her baby (a theme that would run throughout her work). I'm not sure how the relationship started. There's just mention of it in her biographical material. I don't think she ever became a Christian but she did "flirt" with the faith through her writings. I think Sigmund Freud would have loved Irna. 

4 hours ago, victoria foxton said:

Guiding Light - June 19, 1986 - India at Stoney Lake Reformatory.   Dorie and von Halken gold. Baby Ben drama.

 

That's an unfortunate freeze frame. Looks like a scene from The Exorcist. 

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Watching the Cooper reunion now, Beth Ehlers's first comment upon meeting Justin Deas was "Here's the executive producer's boyfriend." LOL!

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14 minutes ago, victoria foxton said:

 Oh my! Alan has opening graphic at the start 🤣

He did it with ATWT. Alan starts the interviews the same way and asks the same questions. Talking about Jean Carol but Justin still can't be heard.

I had forgotten that Fiona was John Driscoll mother on the show.

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I always liked Harley and Josh, and I'm glad Beth felt that way as well. 

 

But telling she said she always found something about "the person" to fall in love with when talking about love interests...

 

Interesting that Fiona said it was Michael Zaslow who pushed to cast her and have her join as Jenna. 

 

I always heard that JFP offered her the role without an audition, but seems like Zaslow was behind it. 

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1 hour ago, Soapsuds said:

Can't hear Justin. Frank praising Beth to the hills is cringeworthy.

Poor Frank..he really is Frank Cooper, a dumb nice guy. Apparently Melina was desperate to get out of her pairing with him and have more scenes with Deas or the AM actor, but Frank was always apparently oblivious to it!

 

I like Ehlers better as a middle aged cranky person then her bitter shrill thing she had going when GL was on life support.

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