Guiding Light's Final Goodbye

For those of you flipping through the channels wondering why you can’t find Guiding Light, it’s because the soap opera went off the air on Friday.

CBS announced in April that Guiding Light wasn't renewed due to poor ratings, and after a failed search for a new home, the show ended its 72-year run on television and radio.

Guiding Light started on the radio in 1937 before making its television debut on CBS in 1952, and it's the longest running television drama according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The series ended with Reva (Kim Zimmer) and Josh (Robert Newman) sharing a moment at the lighthouse before the show's signature couple drove away in a pickup truck before "The End" flashed on the screen and it faded to black.

A hotbed for breeding talent, the show boasted notable alumni including Kevin Bacon (1980-81), Taye Diggs (1997), James Earl Jones (1966), Jimmy Smits (1983), and Christopher Walken (1954-1956).

Replacing Guiding Light on Oct. 5 will be Let’s Make a Deal, a revival of the classic game show, hosted by comedian Wayne Brady.

Soap opera watchers are the most diehard television fans out there, so I know today has to be especially tough for Guiding Light devotees.

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