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3 hours ago, Stitches0210 said:

Hello, SON Community Members!

 

I am a new member here.

 

This is my first post.

 

My favorite period of CBS’s Guiding Light was during the 1991–92 and 1992–93 television seasons. (It’s my personal favorite period of any daytime soap.)

 

I have been enjoying the YouTube-published episodes of The Locher Room, with publicist Alan Locher, which are livestream discussions with past members of not only this series but also CBS’s As the World Turns. (That this was created and launched by Mr. Locher for entertaining and insightful purposes given this terrible period of COVID–19.) And Mr. Locher has also covered other daytime dramas, no longer on the air, like ABC’s All My Children and One Life to Live and NBC’s Another World. (I have experience having followed all the daytime soaps since the 1980s. I have not watched much of what remains lately.)


Given this board is for Guiding Light, which was on NBC Radio first, in 1937, and which transitioned to CBS Television in 1952, on which it ran for an additional 57 years, until its cancellation in 2009, I look forward to reading more comments. And I would like to continue to participate as well.


—Stitches0210

 

 

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On 7/11/2020 at 2:11 PM, All My Shadows said:

I always have to remind myself that Hope last appeared in 1983 and wasn't killed off, because it makes no sense whatsoever that she was never brought back. She was easily the strongest link between "old" Guiding Light and "new" Guiding Light. I know Elvera Roussel participated in some events when the show ended - did she ever speak about ever wanting to return or if they'd even asked her about returning? They could have even went after Robin Mattson after SB and signed her before AMC got her.

I wonder if Hearst had stayed if they would have gotten to Hope in person eventually?  I’m not sure they would have ever really used her beyond stuff with AM, but we

might have seen her if he had stayed an important character.  
 

I think the loss of CB as Alan Spaulding also hurt her chances of returning later.

 

While I enjoy the first AM, Hearst really makes Alan-Michael take off.

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On 7/12/2020 at 1:32 AM, BillBauer said:

 

 

Not bringing Mike and Hope back NEVER made sense.

Long-time lurker, first-time poster here. I just wanted to point out that GL actually did bring Mike (and Don Stewart) back very briefly in 1997, for the 60th anniversary. You can see him around the middle of this clip, interacting with Rick, Meta, Ross, and Blake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBLINo71kLA

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4 hours ago, prefab1 said:

Long-time lurker, first-time poster here. I just wanted to point out that GL actually did bring Mike (and Don Stewart) back very briefly in 1997, for the 60th anniversary. You can see him around the middle of this clip, interacting with Rick, Meta, Ross, and Blake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBLINo71kLA

 

 

Yeah, that was GREAT! That was actually my favorite part of the anniversary show. Thanks for pointing it out.  I was talking about as regular cast members. 

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4 hours ago, prefab1 said:

Long-time lurker, first-time poster here. I just wanted to point out that GL actually did bring Mike (and Don Stewart) back very briefly in 1997, for the 60th anniversary. You can see him around the middle of this clip, interacting with Rick, Meta, Ross, and Blake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBLINo71kLA

 

Didn't Don Stewart go off script and give some rambling speech at the party?  And then they had to severely edit his appearance?  I remember hearing this back in '97.  Does anyone else remember anything about him doing something off-the-wall that had to be edited out?   

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34 minutes ago, Neil Johnson said:

 

Didn't Don Stewart go off script and give some rambling speech at the party?  And then they had to severely edit his appearance?  I remember hearing this back in '97.  Does anyone else remember anything about him doing something off-the-wall that had to be edited out?   

How funny! I'd never heard that. I wonder if the show was thinking about bringing Mike back (as they did for so many of the characters who came back for the reunion, like Phillip and Harley). They definitely did seem to be reinvesting in the Bauer family around that time, giving Rick and Abby a lot of story, as well as Rebecca Budig's Michelle, then bringing on Mary Stuart as the long-absent Meta and bringing back Robert Gentry, who'd last played Ed about 30 years earlier. 

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57 minutes ago, Forever8 said:

Another Reunion Alert on Friday : July 17, 2020 at 3PM ET 

 

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I hated hated hated Lucy, but that’s a great group, particularly for Frank Beaty, considering the toll the Marian story took on him.

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This was a very risk taking story...I wish that the scene with Marion almost being attacked had been explored more...to have him understand on some level that what he did to Lucy was wrong.

 

Good idea of a story that went on shock instead of being a character study.  So I'd love to hear from all 3 actors about this story 

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21 minutes ago, BetterForgotten said:

Rick would have been better placed in a Spauling-themed episode, or one with Melina Kanakaredes and Frank Dicopoulos.

Both great ideas. He also would've been good in a Bauer theme episode too with Peter Simon, Ellen Parker, Michael O'Leary and Rachel Miner too. 

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1 hour ago, Faulkner said:

I hated hated hated Lucy, but that’s a great group, particularly for Frank Beaty, considering the toll the Marian story took on him.

Lucy was another filler character for me. Even though she was part of a core family she felt useless.

Rick should've been in a Frank D., Melina and Grant Aleksander reunion package. But I am glad he'll finally be on. And yes @victoria foxton he's always been hot IMO.

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In another era, Rick Hearst should have been a leading man on some show. Alan-Michael was his best overall role, but he was still largely the ingenu during most of his time on GL. He never stood a chance on GH with Benard, Burton, and Geary hogging everything there. And obviously the roles on Y&R and B&B weren't meant to last...

 

I know Nancy Curlee recalled that Rick was one of those actors who she should clearly hear in her head as she read through scripts and writing. 

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