In an article by Carolyn Hinsey (Tainted Dreams, SOD) she interviewed Grant Aleksander(tGL. TD) they discussed the fact that Paul Rauch,described in TV Guide Canada as "the most prolific and talented executive producer in soap opera history," was “working on getting the show back on the air before he died,” reveals Aleksander. “He had gotten pretty far with that, he was talking to big network executives. P&G was interested. When you look at what’s going on in Stamford right now [where AMC and OLTL have been filming], I don’t think P&G will just sit on a creative property if there’s a profit to be made.”
Mr. Aleksander is now filming Tainted Dreams where he plays Adam Clark, the Executive Producer of a soap. Wow a soap on a soap. it really is terrific.
Now fans have something more to hope for. Guiding Light was a legendary soap shown in the 'Guinness Book of World Records' as the longest-running television drama in history, broadcast from 1952 until 2009, preceded by a 15-year broadcast on radio.
Guiding Light, created by Irna Phillips, began as an NBC Radio serial on January 25, 1937. In June of 1947, the series transferred to CBS Radio, then premiered on June 30, 1952, on CBS Television. It would continue to be broadcast concomitantly on radio until June 29, 1956. GL broadcast its 15,000th televised episode on September 6, 2006.
On April 1, 2009, CBS reported it was canceling Guiding Light after 72 years due to low ratings. The show taped its final scenes for CBS on August 11, 2009, and its final episode on the network aired on September 18, 2009. CBS replaced Guiding Light with an hour-long revival of Let's Make a Deal, hosted by Wayne Brady.
Is CBS considering bringing back the third longest running program in all of broadcast history? Wikipedia states “it is third to only the Norwegian children's radio program Lørdagsbarnetimen (first aired in 1924) and the American country music radio program Grand Ole Opry (first broadcast in 1925) have been on the air longer.”
Are the dreams of millions of fans of GL finally going to be answered without the influence of Paul Rauch? One can only hope that there are other forward thinking people out there who see the merit of bringing this iconic soap back to television. Or will it be brought to the future as OLTL and AMC have been to the internet? However it comes back it will be welcomed royally by it’s many fans!