On the Set of Guiding Light

October 1, 2014

They say:

“A Documentary that aired on PBS station NJN in 2009 that takes you behind the scenes of the classic CBS Network Soap Opera “The Guiding Light” with Justin Deas, Crystal Chappell, Beth Chamberlin and Ricky Paull Goldin.”

When this was originally posted Frank Dicopoulos (Frank Cooper) objected. He had hoped to sell it to other PBS stations. I think at this point that is no longer a concern, so I’m going to go ahead and do this post pointing to it.

They take you through the process for episode 14815. It’s when Beth has Alan and Gus captive. It was shot sometime between December 29, 2005 to March 10, 2006 during the storyline. Although it was aired in 2009, it was actually shot before the format switch.

Part one includes – the lobby and exterior of the studio, the sign in process, make-up room and artists (Paul Gebia and Joe Cola – the head), Crystal Chappell (Olivia Spencer), the hair department (Linda – no last name given), John Driscoll (Henry “Coop” Cooper), Rehearsal Hall- the episode being rehearsed is number 14815, Beth Chamberlain (Beth Raines Spaulding), Ron Raines (Alan Spaulding), On set, Joseph Cotugno (Director), Ricky Paull Goldin (Gus Aitoro), Elana Slott (Time Keeper) – They aim at 57 minutes 20 seconds is the perfect length of show with commercials, they said 38 minutes 20 seconds, but 37 is closer to what they really were running, Charles Grayauskie (Associate Director), Company set (classic), Eric Shuttlework (Boom Operator), Nick no last name given (Assaint Boom Operator – he pushes boom base around), Justin Deas (Buzz Cooper), Camera Blocking, Wardrobe, Shawn Reeve (Costume Designer), Nicole Forester (Cassie Layne Winslow Lewis) who shows off her knitting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg7yRYdR7U0 (Part 2)

Stephanie Gatschet (Tammy Layne Winslow) and Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan Randall), Casting, Rob Decina (Casting Director), Dressing Rooms, Beth Ehlers (Harley Davidson Cooper), Rob Bogue (A.C. Mallet)

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Gus-Harley-Rick Triangle Stuff April 19 2001

September 30, 2014

Thurs., April 19, 2001 – At Harley’s: Rick comes in. Harley has a cold or allergies she doesn’t know which as well as a bad rash. Rick wants her to have it looked at and asks Harley if she would like to order a pizza. She likes the idea and they go into the den to talk. Rick tells her he heard about her working with the feds and he wants to know if that will cause problems with their relationship. Harley tells him she will make sure it isn’t a problem; she doesn’t want to lose their friendship on top of everything else she has lost. Rick asks Harley if she is teaming up with the feds to nail his little sister. Rick tells her he is kind of glad she is working with Gus now because he knows she will be fair. She tells him she won’t have that much influence on the case but suggests Michelle and Danny keep their noses clean. There is a knock at the door, Gus. He barges in with a few bags. Harley tells him she has company. He tells her that is okay; he wanted to talk to Rick anyway. He goes on in and makes himself comfy. Gus goes on to ask questions about Michelle. Rick at first refuses to answer them. Gus tells him that he knows all about his and his sisters past run-ins with the law. He tells Rick if he knows anything about what Michelle did at their office the other day he is an accessory after the fact. Rick says he knows nothing. Gus wants him to explain his sister’s relationship with the Santos family. He understands the beginning but wonders why when Michelle became a part of the problem. Rick starts to defend Michelle and her actions but Harley stops him. Rick says he is tired and leaves. Harley is upset that her friend left and Gus stayed. She tells Gus that he ran her friend off; Gus says Rick left on his own. He opens one of the bags will all kinds of take out. Harley is staring at him and he tells her that he was assuming she wouldn’t have him something to eat so he brought his own. She tells him she is off duty and has kids to take care of. He tells her to go ahead, he will be fine. They argue and he starts what she knows about the Santos. He tells her that May thinks they have two sets of books to Infierno. Gus asks Harley if she had any idea where the other set would be kept. Harley tells him she didn’t know if they existed but if they did they were probably at the bottom of the lake. Gus asks her if they could be at the Bauer home. Harley tells him Danny would never put the Michelle or the Bauers in that position. Gus isn’t so sure. He wants to go over Danny’s assets but he doesn’t have many, most of everything is in Maria’s name. Harley talks but Gus doesn’t listen. She asks him why he doesn’t trust her. Gus tells her she has to earn his trust. She asks him to leave and hands him his stuff. Gus tells her they will get along fine as long as she learns to do things his way. He leaves.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWljELKaUuc&list=PL4FF4182C12302411&index=10 (Part 1)
My Comments:
Early GusH was designed to have Moonlighting style, I hate you, I hate you, I love you pattern. They also made Gus Aitoro a bit of an eccentric at first. He pushed his way in over and over again in Harley’s and everybody else’s personal space. He also was incredibly messy. I’m really sorry I don’t have more Rick-Harley because while they didn’t have a lot of chemistry, I definitely though Rick-Harley had more than the Rick-Mel we were condemned to for the next few years and I’d to to have some to show everybody.

Odds and Ends 39

September 29, 2014

While looking for Guiding Light information, I sometimes find things that I think are of interest relating to other soaps. This collection of Odds and Ends related to various soaps that someone may want to know some time. Look for another odds and ends post soon.

In the Sept. 22, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest they take a look at soap opera actors fear of typecasting and what they do about it.

Find a current character list (and who they are) for all the current network soaps in the Sept. 22, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Shemar Moore (Malcolm Winters, The Young and the Restless) is interviewed about his two day return from primetime on the Sept. 8, 2014 Soap Opera Digest.

Local Network Affiliates normally have at least one additional channel from smaller networks, normally scheduled with classic TV episodes. One of these smaller channels, RetroTV will be adding the classic soap opera, The Doctors, to their fall TV Schedule.
http://www.welovesoaps.net/2014/08/the-doctors-debuts-on-retro-tv_30.html
http://www.myretrotv.com/news/retro-tv-adds-emmy-winning-soap-opera-the-doctors
Read more about it in the Aug. 11, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Check if you have access at:
http://www.myretrotv.com/affiliates–schedules.html
If you don’t, check with your local broadcast stations.

The Bold and the Beautiful coordinating prodcuer Mark Pinciotti was thrown an engagement party by the show. Check out the photos in the Sept. 8, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

I stumbled over this ad for CBS’s Friday Night line up from the 1980s. It was simply the best line up on any night, on any station. Oh, how I loved it.
http://youtu.be/6F7DKrY0Ueo?list=UUGxJeDjZ65VEz81qzAubTJA

Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer, The Bold and the Beautiful) released an album on iTunes called “Girl Go Home”.

Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott, The Young and the Restless) is interviewed about her unusual position of going back and forth between two Sony owned soaps The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives.

Check out the list of character who lived happily ever after with the person they left their virginity to in the Aug. 11, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

There’s a great photo of Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman Abbott, The Young and the Restless) standing in front of a sign that directs people to Genoa City in the Sept. 8, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Natalie Zea and Travis Schuldt (who played one of the many configurations of Gwen and Ethan) were married in real life on July 16, 2014. Read an article about it in the Aug. 11, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Currently Days of Our Lives tapes so far ahead that they have trouble responding to audience reaction. Here is a sample schedule contrasting when they shoot versus when they air.
http://www.salemspectator.com/threads/the-days-taping-schedule-2014-edition-my-best-guess.23884

Finola Hughes (Anna DeVane on General Hospital) was interviewed in the Aug. 22, 2006 issue of Soap Opera Weekly. It includes this great quote: “It’s important for women to see a strong, capable, powerful female character who can be relevant in today’s world.” It also talks about Hughes’s novel Soapsuds.
http://www.amazon.com/Soapsuds-Finola-Hughes/dp/1455807877/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409455175&sr=8-1&keywords=Soapsuds+finola+hughes

Tracey E. Bergman (Lauren Fenmore, The Young and the Restless) has her bus in the Ride of Fame program in New York City. You can request her tour bus if you rent one.

Check out the latest two week counting exercise for all the soap operas. Find it in the Aug. 11, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

The Ask Us section of Aug. 11, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest gives a list of Sami – Samantha Gene Brady – ‘s weddings and almost weddings:
Sept. 1996 (Austin Reed)
August 1997 (Austin Reed – Carrie Interrupted)
Sept. 1998 (Franco Kelly – Franco was killed before ceremony)
April 2002 (Austin Reed – Austin called it off)
June 2003 (Brandon Walker)
February 2005 (Lucas Horton – Lucas called it off)
Sept. 2005 (Lucas Horton – Interrupted by Kate as Stan)
August 2006 (Austin Reed – Sami called it off)
May 2007 (Lucas Horton)
Nov. 2007  (EJ DiMera)
Aug. 2010  (EJ DiMera – Rafe Interrupted)
Nov. 2010 (Rafe Hernandez)
Dec. 2011  (Rafe Hernandez – Vow Renewal)
July 2014  (EJ DiMera)
Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady on Days of Our Lives) has released another book, this time a novel titled Scared Scriptless.

People often ask about what role Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful) played in the original Dallas. The Ask Us section of Aug. 11, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest. In 1981 Flannery played Leslie Stewart a public relations executive hired by JR. After they had an affair she tried to blackmail JR into divorcing Sue Ellen and marrying her. It didn’t happen as JR bested her. The Public Relations Society of America felt compelled to release an annoucement that their members did NOT act like Flannery‘s character. Read more and see a photo in Soap Opera Digest.

There is a round up of interviews with each remaining soap’s head of wardrobe in the Aug. 25, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Find interviews with Shawn Reeves (Costume Designer, General Hospital), Richard Bloore (Costume Designer, Days of Our Lives), Mary Iannelli (Costume Designer, The Young and the Restless), and Glenda Maddox (Costume Designer, The Bold and the Beautiful). Read all about it in Soap Opera Digest.

Want to know more about recasts? Check out the Aug. 25, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

There’s an update on Trent Dawson (Henry) and Martha Bryne (Lily Walsh Snyder) both on As The World Turns about their new project the web series Weight. Check it out in the Sept. 8, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Casey Kasprzyk  was just promoted to Supervising Producer of The Bold and the Beautiful. Kasprzyk has worked on the show in various capacities for more than a decade.

There is an interview reviewing the impressive career of Ray Wise (Ian on The Young and the Restless) in the Sept.8, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Bob Barker revisits his punch out role in Happy Gilmore on The Bold and the Beautiful with Liam and Wyatt.
http://www.cbs.com/shows/the_bold_and_the_beautiful/video/D214CB36-93A7-1689-70C5-FC7B1BB044AA/the-bold-and-the-beautiful-bob-barker-vs-wyatt/

In the Sept. 8, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth CBS Soap stars name off props they’d like to have:

  • Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin) – the Crimson Lights robot
  • Jacob Young (Rick Forrester) – bronze art deco statue on Forrester office mantel
  • Lauralee Bell (Cricket Williams) – DA office name plate or chair from Chancellor living room
  • Ashlyn Pearce (Aly Forrester) – sketches from Rick’s office, suitable for framing
  • Doug Davidson (Paul Williams) – lions from Chancellor mansion mantle
  • John McCook (Eric Forrester) – water buffalo horn from bar in Eric’s office
  • Read more details in CBS Soaps in Depth.

The Bold and the Beautiful recently hosted an entire busload of contest winners at their studio. See the photos and details in the Sept. 22, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Guiding Light Cast Round Up 68

September 28, 2014

This is the sixty-eighth in an irregular feature where we will report updates on what cast members of Guiding Light are doing now. I’m playing catch up on some soap magazine news. So as a reminder you can buy back issues:
http://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/faq-back-issues-2014/

The Sept. 22, 2009 issue of Soap Opera Weekly was focused on the end of Guiding Light.

Blake’s 1997 nightmare over her twins having two fathers (with Rick and Ross in baseball uniforms and Blake wearing a Scarlet Letter) is featured in the “All Star Scrapbook” of the Nov. 4, 2013 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Liz Keifer (Blake Thorpe Marler #5) is quoted as saying “Oh, I loved that! The guys were referees, where they dressed up in baseball uniforms! I have this shot! This is the only shot I have framed from Guiding Light.. Up at our lake house, we have it up on this one wall! I love this – I think that was my favorite storyline.”

The 10 years ago story flashback in the August 25, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth is Jeffery O’Neill trying to scare Dinah Marler out of town before she reveals to Cassie how he used to impersonate Richard, sometimes even in her bed. See photos and more details in CBS Soaps in Depth.

A photo flashback roundup of characters back in on screen high school includes one of three of the Four Musketeers from 1983. It’s in the Sept. 8, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

There was a special feature in the Aug. 22, 2006 issue of Soap Opera Weekly. It featured a special episode where they had a food fight. There were two special guests in that episode. One was Dave Price, then the CBS The Early Show‘s weatherman (what they were calling their morning show). Price is quoted as saying: “I’d like to think of myself as a permanent guest star on Guiding Light. This is my third or fourth appearance. I’m not a braggart by nature, but if you look back at the soap opera’s 70-year history, those three or four appearances really stand out.” Also, Frank Dicopoulous (Frank Cooper)’s real life wife, Teja Anderson, played a reporter posing as a blind date for Frank. See photos and read more quotes in Soap Opera Weekly.

Emme Rylan (previously credited as Marcy Rylan) (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis #6, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) is shooting a Kickstarter backed project called Shevenge.
https://twitter.com/EmmeRylan/status/503387583963885568/photo/1
https://twitter.com/EmmeRylan/status/503367675473440768/photo/1
https://twitter.com/EmmeRylan/status/503348852947042304/photo/1
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/meganleejoy/shevenge

@BethanyJoyLenz  (Michelle Bauer Santos #4) was the subject of a photo tweeted recently by 

Lenz, along with Wes Ramsey (Sam Spencer, Olivia’s little brother), also was pictured trying on the sunglasses at the 2013 primetime Emmys. Check out the photo in the November 4, 2013 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Brittany Snow (Daisy Susan LeMay Cooper), Laura Bell Bundy (Marah Lewis #5 who started Marony), and Michelle Forbes (Sonni/Solita Lewis) are also pictured at various gifting tables.
Lenz also recently shared this on Who Say.
http://www.whosay.com/articles/2521-bethany-joy-lenzs-soulful-singing-selfie-will-brighten-your-day?code=cGj8F5k

Lindsey Mckeon (Marah Lewis #6 – the Marah who did the most with Marony) appeared in the Guardian Angel which opened Friday, December 6, 2013. Read more in the Nov. 4, 2013 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Laura Bell Bundy (Marah Lewis #5 who started Marony) was pictured in the soap style round up in the May 19, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

There was a catching up article with Jordi Vilasuso (Tony Santos #1) in the Aug. 22, 2006 issue of Soap Opera Weekly. He talks about leaving the show and his new role gangster Eddie Zarouvian. “I didn’t want to do soaps anymore. I left GL because I had done it. I wanted to pursue other ventures. What I like about this show is that there’s a beginnin, middle, and end. On daytime they just regurgitate storyline over and over.”

John Wesley Shipp (Kelly Nelson, part of my beloved Kelly and Morgan) starred in the 1990 CBS version of the Flash and will now play the father of the Flash in the new series. It will first air staring Tues., Oct. 7, 2014 on the CW. See a photo and more details in the Sept. 8, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Karla Mosley (Christina Boudreau, with Remy, one of the last really good new couples in the final years of Guiding Light) was featured with her mother Shirley in the mothers round up in the May 19, 2014 issue CBS Soaps in Depth. The August 25, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth announced that she self-published a book of haikus. Read more about it in CBS Soaps in Depth. Buy it here:
Short Poems for a Long and Happy Life
http://www.amazon.com/Short-Poems-Long-Happy-Life/dp/1937506789
In the travel round up in the Sept. 22, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest Mosley recommends taking a scarf when you travel. Get the details in Soap Opera Digest.

Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea Reardon, Maureen and Nola’s little sister) talks about her background as a singer, like her Guiding Light character, in the Sept. 8, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Vincent Irizarry (Lujack/Nick McHenry) is going to be at two signing events. One will be Fri., Sept. 26, 2014 from 4pm-9pm and Sat., Sept. 27, 2014 from 10am-4pm at the Burbank Marriott, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA http://www.courtscelebrityshow.com. The other will be at Soap Fantasy Reunion Kick-Off Party at Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club, 520 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ Soapfantasyreunion.eventbrite.com Next month Irizarry will be appearing at the Soap Fantasy Reunion All0Star Music Jam on Sun., Oct. 26, 2014 3:00-4:30 pm at the Ramada Inn in East Hanover NJ. Visit Soapfantasyreunion.eventbrite.com

According to the November 4, 2013 issue of CBS Soaps In Depth, Zach Conroy (James Spaulding #2, part of the lovely Jaisy pairing) appeared on what turned out to be the second to the last episode of HBO’s “Hello,Ladies.” It originally aired Nov. 10, 2013. Read more about the series and its cancellation:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/hbos-family-tree-hello-ladies-593267
Conroy (James Spaulding #2, part of the lovely Jaisy pairing) is interviewed about his character Oliver Jones on The Bold and the Beautiful taking center stage at Medieval Times.  See it in the August 25, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Conroy also has a duel interview with co-star Ashlyn Pearce (Aly Forrester) in the Aug. 25, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

 tweeted a link to a YouTube recording (with the lyrics on screen) of “Don’t Put Dirt On My Grave Just Yet” by Hayden Panettiere (Lizzie Spaulding #2, the little girl who survived cancer and killed Beth’s abusive boyfriend).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03RHq3IV

Cynthia Watros (Annie Dutton #1) was interviewed in the Sept. 8, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth about her recently vacated role on The Young and the Restless and her role in Finding Carter.

Victoria Platt (Vicky Spaulding, Alan and Alex’s half-sister Victoria Spaulding’s daughter, from Brandon’s island marriage after he had died on screen once) was pictured before she gave birth at the L By Jennifer Love Hewitt Launch Party. See a photo in the May 19, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Frank Grillo (Hart Jessup #5, the final Hart that was torn between Dinah and Cassie) appeared at the cinema Society and Gucci Guilty’s screening of Captain America: The Winter Solider. Find an awesome photo of him there in the May 19, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. If you want some classic Grillo look for a Christmas 1998 J. Crew catalog. He had a two page spread.

Judi Evans (Beth Raines #1)  is featured in a sidebar in an article about fear of typecasting in the Sept. 22, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Evans talks about her different soap roles and how she tried to play different characters.

Robert Bogue (A.C. Mallet #2) and Mandy Bruno (Marina Cooper #6) were both in their film Rock Story which premiered at the Hoboken International Film Festival. Read more and see a photo in the Aug. 25, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Jeff Branson (Shayne Lewis #7, the last one), John Driscoll (Coop Cooper #4), and Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan Randall #2)  appeared at the 15th Annual Soapfest Weekend on Florida’s Marco Island. See photos and read more in the August 25, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Terrell Tilford (David Grant #3, brother to Gilly, son of hospital administrator Charles, friend to Bridget, coupled with Vicky Spaulding) and Victoria Platt (Vicky Spaulding, Alan and Alex’s half-sister Victoria Spaulding’s daughter, from Brandon’s island marriage after he had died on screen once) are expecting their first child, a girl very soon. Tilford talks about finding out it was a girl in the August 25, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Platt and Paula Garces (Pilar Santos) were included in a fashion round up of recently pregnant soap actresses from that same issue.
Tilford is also interviewed about his painting and the art gallery he had in the Sept. 8, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Crystal Hunt (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis #5 brought in Roxie the dog and romanced Coop) and Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne Lewis)  both will appear in 34 Blast a movie opening Fri., Oct. 3, 2014. The title has changed slightly since Hunt announced it on Twitter. Read about it in the August 25, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.
Zimmer is also featured as one of the hot shots in the August 25, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. From my classic collection, the August 22, 2006 issue of Soap Opera Weekly includes a small article, including photo of Zimmer as Mama Rose in Gypsy.

Did you know Anthony Addabbo (Jim LeMay, Susan/Daisy’s adoptive father) was the same guy who played Jonny Carrera/Rush (the guy who held Lauren Fenmore and Eric Forrester hostage after their plane crash back in 1998 on The Bold and the Beautiful)?

 Jacob Young (Rick Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful) hosted a charity event. Among his B&B castmates who attended were Zach Conroy (James Spaulding #2, part of the lovely Jaisy pairing) and Lawrence Saint-Victor (Remy Boudreau). See photos in the Aug. 25, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Laura Wright (Cassie Layne Winslow) is interviewed for a what were you like in high school roundup in the Sept. 8, 2014 issue Soap Opera Digest.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Lampshade hanging

September 27, 2014

Every Friday night, I try to post another term of Soap Opera Jargon. Find previous entries on the Soap Opera Jargon page on this site.

Lampshade hanging – This is another term I picked up from Dark Shadows Everyday, but this time he didn’t invent it. He refers to a page on TVTropes that uses this term and gives examples of a couple of others that mean pretty much the same thing. It means that when something implausible comes up in the storyline (and it has to be something big and a major focus for them to bother, see retcon and send up a line), rather than completely ignore it, the writers mention it in the script, have a character or characters react skeptically and then move on to acceptance, hoping the audience will too. This way they aren’t insulting the audience that they won’t remember, but lets them move on to a new storyline which is always the most important thing in soaps. Another way to handle the situation is to deal with by creating another implausible MacGuffin to handle it. For example, even if they could clone Reva on Guiding Light, new clones are by definition babies, so they invented an aging formula to get the clone to the right age to actually be a duplicate of Reva.

Read more about Lampshade hanging here:
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LampshadeHanging

Read Dark Shadows Everyday’s reference here:
http://darkshadowseveryday.com/2014/09/18/episode-483/

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Lightfandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to findGuiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics onBlog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Formatting Error

September 26, 2014

I’m sure if you’ve recently looked at the main page of the blog you’ll notice a second post by the first one forcing the navigation controls to the bottom of the page (they are all there at the bottom if you are looking at them. I’m not sure exactly what’s going on. My other blog on WordPress isn’t having this issue. I had something similar, but not exactly the same happen before and when the offending post, which in this case seems to be “Michelle Finds A Miracle” is pushed down off the preview page, everything should pop back to normal. I don’t see anything wrong when I check it as an individual page, but I’m guessing there is some odd formatting doodad attached that I can’t see. Hopefully it will clear up shortly in the meantime, thank you for hanging with me.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Lightfandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to findGuiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics onBlog Talk Radio, and finally follow her onTwitter and Facebook.

Lee Gantry Falls Out of the Window August 1970

September 25, 2014

This footage was originally shared in honor of Guiding Light‘s 70th anniversary by CBS. This is a reposting. The description given is:

This is the scene where Lee Gantry has tried to kill his wife Dr. Sara McIntire in August 1970. Dr. Joe Werner, the late Ed Zimmerman, comes to her rescue. Joe fights with Gantry, played by Ray Fulmer of Hazel fame, (Ed note: It’s a bit much to call affilation with Hazel fame today, if you don’t know it, it was a very popular 1960s sitcom that featured the ditzy maid of a well off suburban couple) and he falls to his death out the attic window.

It’s so brief because they remastered things and posted them in as high of quality as possible or this is all they had, it’s hard to tell just what was saved and when and why. CBS shared it because it was a fairly early example after they went to color that had been preserved. Dr. Sara McIntire was an important character for many years. Her character was the mother of Kevin Bacon’s character that they always reference in news stories. I still don’t remember her except through clips. She had a lot of leading storylines on the show including this one where he husband tried to kill her. Dr. Joe Werner was another leading figure although he was gone before I remember. I have a soft spot for him though because he wrote a great behind the scenes of Guiding Light novel:

Zimmermann, Ed. Love in the Afternoon. New York: Pocket Books, 1973. Originally published Bobbs-Merrill Company in 1971. SSN 671-77562-6 LC 70-142482
http://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/love-in-the-afternoon-by-ed-zimmermann

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Lightfandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to findGuiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics onBlog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Guiding Light Nov 2 1979

September 24, 2014

From Friday, November 2, 1979, Roger makes plans for plastic surgery in France with the beautiful surgeon Dr. Renee Dubois. Back in Springfield, Alan wonders who received the blind trust from his late father, Lucille Wexler plans another fatal “accident” for Ben McFarren, and the marriage of Rita and Ed Bauer is headed for the rocks. Note this episode is 42 minutes without commercials, in later years 37 minutes would be the norm.

This is why Alan Spaulding hated Roger Thorpe. Roger had something on Alan and he blackmailed him into helping him. That allowed him to escape the country after his near conviction for multiple rapes. His current plan is to get plastic surgery and then return to town. As that would mean Roger Thorpe would not longer be played by Michael Zaslow, that’s not going to happen. Roger later shows up at the plastic surgeon’s office (she’s the woman in the green blouse with the French accent). The doctor and Roger had a pretty strange and intense relationship that played out over months.

Rita was the wife who most enjoyed the fact that as a doctor Ed Bauer now had money. It’s because of Rita that Ed bought the house next door to the Spaudling mansion which was how Rick and Phillip (the true flagship couple of Guiding Light) got to be friends, so I’ll always be grateful for that. Otherwise, although many people I know like and respect Rita, I really couldn’t. It might be because of 1970s Ed. He was even more of a doofus than Peter Simon’s version and I lost respect for any woman who would marry him, especially if she wasn’t head over heels in love with him and therefore not so much to blame if she didn’t notice his faults. Maureen gets a pass on this because while she did love him and marry him, she also didn’t put up with much of his bull. Rita had been involved with Roger, but I’m not sure if that’s the secret she’s been “pretending” about here or not. On the other hand, I think Ed does have a point, what the heck does Rita mean Ed shouldn’t worry because her leaving him has nothing to do with him? Rita and Ed break up eventually so I don’t really care that much about this. Ed just accept it she’s just not that into you.

The older woman is Lucile Wexler, Amanda Spaulding’s adopted mom. She tried to kill Ben McFerrin (Amanda’s then boyfriend) by sending him up to deliberately falling out of a door in her mansion. She wants all of Amanda’s attention and Ben is the first serious threat she’s faced in awhile and she’s been pushed to extremes. The guest house is the Carriage House that Ross Marler later lives in for many years. Lucile does a nice long set of what Dark Shadows Every Day calls “Thinks.” Actually Ben is entirely right all the way down the line, except for stupidly threatening Lucile. Ben should have pretended to be fooled. And Amanda was the lucky recipient of Brandon’s blind trust because she was his daughter or granddaughter, he probably didn’t care which. Nobody knows Amanda is a Spaulding biologically at this point. That’s part of the secret Lucile is trying to control.

We get a good look at the quad that defined late 1970s-early 1980s. Alan Spaulding and Elizabeth Spaulding are talking about the trust that young (not yet SORASed) Phillip Spaulding and the trust he inherited from Alan’s father Brandon. Their talk branches out to old hurts and they remind us that they had currently switched partners Elizabeth was married to Justin Marler and Alan was married to Jackie Spaulding. This is post Hope and Alan on the Island and Elizabeth is taking the unfair position that just because Alan hadn’t loved her, that he was incapable of loving anyone which he was.

Evie is Rita sister. I was never very interested in her. She gets into a lot of trouble during her time in Springfield, but not a lot of it was interesting.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Lightfandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to findGuiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics onBlog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Michelle Finds A Miracle April 16-18 2001

September 23, 2014

Mon., April 16, 2001 – At the Springfield PD: The FBI has taken an office in the police station. May is on the phone with Gus while she is unpacks boxes of evidence. She tells him she will take it to the evidence room and log it all in. There are videotapes and audiotapes lying with paperwork on her desk. Michelle stands outside the office and sees the evidence that says U.S. vs. Santos. May continues to talk on the phone about warrants for all their wiretaps. Michelle steps in and puts her hands on some of the evidence. She is thinking of what she should do. Michelle steps back out and May goes back over to the desk. She grabs all the evidence and puts it in a briefcase and closes the case. Michelle comes to the door again and knocks. May sees her and puts the briefcase beside the desk and goes on to ask Michelle what she is doing there. Michelle tells her she wants a meeting with her. May asks what she can do for her. Michelle says she wants May to help Danny; she thinks she owes it to him. Michelle tells her she isn’t leaving until Danny gets a break one way or the other. May says she doesn’t owe Danny anything. Michelle says she knows what Danny is really like, he let her in. May says she did what she had to do. Michelle says May slept with her husband and she wonders why May can’t look her in the eye now if it was all just business. May knows Danny was trying to get out and went along with the other families just enough to protect her and the baby. May again offers them witness protection. Michelle says they can’t turn their backs on Rick and the rest of their family. Michelle says they are going to trial and tells May that Ross is shocked they are even bringing a case. May says there is enough evidence to convict. Michelle says Danny was trying to shut down a crime family and wonders why they are prosecuting him. They are using him to get to the other families. Michelle wants May to help him. May says only Danny can help himself. May tells Michelle this isn’t easy for her. She can’t help Danny and she can’t risk ruining her career. She thinks Michelle can talk Danny into cooperating with the Feds. Gus arrives and asks Michelle what she is doing there Michelle tells Gus they are having a meeting. Gus says that is fine if she is offering info. Michelle tells him he has no case. Gus tells Michelle to leave if she is not interested in cooperating. Michelle says she isn’t done with what she has to say. Gus wants her to leave. He gets a phone call and has to take it. He turns his back and then has to ask May for her help finding something. Michelle tells them she will leave then. When she sees that both have their back to her she grabs the briefcase and leaves the police station. After the call, Gus asks May why Michelle was there. May tells him she was trying to play her. She says Gus can’t relate because he will never be used in a case as a piece of meat. He reminds her that she volunteered for the job. She goes on to tell him that Michelle was trying to relate to her as a woman. She tells him that Michelle said they are taking this to trial. Gus is upset; he thinks her lawyer knows how thin their evidence is. May tells him she got everything she could. He tells her that he doesn’t want to be reminded of the rotten job she did. She tells him she got all there was, she wasn’t going to manufacture evidence. He wished she did. He wants to look at everything again and asks her where it is. She tells him everything is in the evidence kit. She goes to get it and finds it is gone. Gus is upset. He runs out of the office with May. Gus gets on the phone relay Michelle’s description and the type of car she is driving. They want the police to help track her down. At the Bauer House: Rick comes in and sees Danny playing with Robert. Rick tells Danny he needs to go to the hospital and get his wound checked. Danny hands him the baby. Rick tells Robbie about his adventure at the bus station. Danny thanks Rick for risking his life for him. Rick says he did it for the three of them and actually had fun. He tells Danny he checked on Tony and he is doing fine. Danny says he will wind up in a cell. Ross is doing his best but is using the word miracle. Danny says the feds are coming after him hard. The other families should leave them alone but the feds won’t. Rick asks where Michelle is and Danny says she left to find a miracle. Rick thinks she is scheming. Danny wonders what she can really do. He tells Rick he is kind of worried about Michelle and wants to go look for her. He heads for the door just as the bell rings. Rick looks out and sees the feds. Gus and May come in and tells them they are looking for Michelle. May says Michelle came to see her and then left. She and Gus want to talk to her and tell them they aren’t leaving until they do. Danny tells them they aren’t waiting for her there. Gus tells him they will. Rick tells them he owns this house and they will leave or he will call the police. Gus tells them they will wait outside. Rick asks Danny if Michelle did something. Danny isn’t sure but says if it got the feds that mad, he is sure he will like it. At Laurel Falls: Michelle has a bonfire going and is humming and singing, “Home on the Range.” She smiles each time she tosses a piece of evidence into the flames.

http://youtu.be/dmZUOxmfYc4 (Part 1)
http://youtu.be/RAfPUFdKCKs (Part 2)

Tues., April 17, 2001 - At the Bauer House: Michelle comes home and Rick and Danny asks her where she was. She tells them she went to see May and then came home. She doesn’t want to tell them anything else. They want to know what she has done to tick off the feds so much. She tells them she isn’t going to say anything so they will have plausible deniability. Michelle: “If you don’t know, you’re not involved.” Danny: “If you don’t tell me, how can I protect you?” Michelle: “You don’t HAVE to protect me. THIS time I’m going to protect you.” Just then May and Gus ring the doorbell. She opens the door and they barge in and start accusing Michelle of taking something that belongs to them. They tell her they want it back. Michelle plays dumb and asks them what they are accusing her of. May says she has one chance to make things right. Gus tells her that he will do her a favor and try to get her an adjoining cell to her husband. Michelle asks Gus what she is accused of doing. He says theft, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence and conspiracy to racketeering. May tells her that this is going to hurt them more as well as mean the end of her career. Michelle tells Danny they are charging her with more than they have against him. Gus tells Michelle he is confused at who is the innocent party in this. Michelle says his anger is misplaced and again asks what she did. She says all she did was go over to talk to Mary and when Gus asked her to leave, she did. Gus asks Michelle where she went when she left the office. Michelle says she went for a walk. Danny and Rick open the door and tell them to get out. Gus leaves. May turns to Michelle and tells her that she made the mistake of turning her back on her but she will never do that again. The feds leave. Rick turns to Michelle and asks her what she did. She tells him she doesn’t know but she assumes by what the feds were saying that something must have been missing. Danny tells her to try to guess. Michelle tells him it seems to her that someone must have taken all there evidence, video, audio, and field files. Danny and Rick can’t believe it. Michelle tells them if the evidence is gone so is the case against Danny and Tony. Danny asks her what she did. Michelle says she just prayed for a miracle and got one. Rick goes to the phone and calls Ross. He tells Michelle that the trouble may be over for Danny but is just beginning for her. Rick is pacing the room. He is sure Gus won’t give up. Danny tells Michelle that the other problem is, if the case is gone against him and Tony the case is also gone against the other families. Michelle tells him she knows that. He tells her that they may come back now. Michelle says no one has to know the case is gone and she is betting Maria is having a great time in Cuba. Ross comes in and Michelle tells him she needs him this time. He tells them it is time to discuss his group rate. Michelle asks to speak to him alone. Michelle says she thinks the FBI lost their case against Danny and Tony. She tells him about their visit and says she thinks the evidence went up in smoke. She has a strong feeling, almost as if she saw it happen. Ross tells her she is scaring him. Ross gets call from Tony at the hospital. Tony tells him that Gus is there. Ross asks to speak to him and asks Gus to meet him at Company. He leaves. Michelle sits on Danny’s lap and tells him not to worry, they are sure Ross will figure things out. Danny: “I swear it’s always the quiet ones.” Michelle: “What do you mean?” Danny: “You. What did Aitoro call you? An innocent, preppie wife of a crime lord.” Michelle: “Do you agree with him?” Danny: “No, not at all. I mean you look innocent and beautiful and soft and pink, but underneath you’re like steel. I always knew you had that in you. It’s one of the reasons I fell in love with you. What do you say we get married?” Michelle: “We’ve done that four times.” Danny: “Ok, then how about bed.” Michelle: “I thought you’d never ask.”

http://youtu.be/Dpqvwuxctck (Part 1)
http://youtu.be/9WEQ5cCLjY0 (Part 2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WEQ5cCLjY0&feature=PlayList&p=D1B0506BAFFF0F2C&index=49

Wed., April 18, 2001 – At the Bauer House: Ross comes in with Tony. Michelle and Danny are glad he is there and ask if he got bail. Ross tells them that the charges have been dropped. Tony wants to file false arrest charges but Ross tells him it is best to let it go. Tony tells them he doesn’t understand what happened to get the case dropped so fast. Danny tells him the evidence must have disappeared. Tony is just glad the case is over. Ross tells them all that he doesn’t thinks Gus will give up that easy. Ross says Gus isn’t a nice guy; he met with him last night after Gus showed up in Tony’s hospital room. Ross seems to think that Gus is out to get Danny. Danny wonders why he would target him now that he is out of the life. Ross asks Danny if Gus digs long enough will he find anything on him. Danny tells him he is clean. Ross is glad to hear it. Ross turns to Tony and tells him to keep his nose clean. Ross leaves.

Harley gets assigned to work with Gus. They have a run in. Harley tries to get out of working with Gus by going over his head. It doesn’t work.

http://youtu.be/fkztGZgNTVw?list=PL7DE6B89309C1BB17 (Part 1)
http://youtu.be/Q47aHgE0utY?list=PL7DE6B89309C1BB17 (Part 2)

Flash of Michelle in May’s office and then Gus telling them about it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkztGZgNTVw (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q47aHgE0utY (Part 2)

 

My Comments:
Another instance when I can’t believe they didn’t clip more. Michelle sitting there singing to herself burning the evidence at Laurel Falls was terrific. It was an important episode for both Manny and GusH why has no one posted it as whole or at least clipped it? So be sure to read the description instead. This is one of the funniest sequences in GL ever while still being true to characters and advancing stories. Gus is a hoot, the stuff between Danny and Rick is wonderful and Michelle is a stitch. I just totally love this conversation between Rick and Danny about Michelle. They both love her and know “that look” she gets and can tell she’s up to something. It also shows there respective reactions to that where Rick wants to head her off at the pass to protect her and as protective of her as Danny can be he, he wants to let her run. He wouldn’t want Michelle to be less than she is even if that means she’s safe. Sadly while Rick loved her, he never got that. I’m so sorry I only have that flash of Michelle in the Gus clips and none of her actually burning it. It was even better. How could no one have clipped that?

Actually that should be Michelle’s line, May. Michelle turned her back long enough for you to take something that was hers – temporarily – you totally deserve whatever happens except for Gus scape goatting you. Those looks between Danny and Rick after “there’s no case against me” – “or Tony” is perfection itself. Frank is being kind of dumb here. Of course Michelle would steal evidence to save Danny. Harley is completely right that Gus makes Mary his scapegoat.

Harley has really been closing involved in Rick’s storyline, and she’s pregnant with his kid (the future Jude Bauer), and the follow out of that fact with Phillip. However, they have played out most of the Rick-Phillip fall out and they’ve decided to start new storylines for both Rick and Harley. Rick’s was a total failure as he was eventually moved into a chemistry-free marriage, but Harley’s was much more successful. GusH was very popular and have their own clips channel. I’ll use some of them to help tell the first part of the story where Harley and Gus were locking horns over his obsession with bringing down Danny by whatever illegal and immoral means at his disposal.

Roger Thorpe’s Funeral

September 21, 2014
Roger Thorpe After Shooting

Roger Thorpe After Shooting

After the disaster of a recast after the show shamefully fired Michael Zaslow for becoming sick, they left the character of Roger Thorpe floating in limbo married to Amanda Spaulding who he’d married for power and money in 1998. Attempts to reach him were mostly unsuccessful. He’s next substantially heard from in this episode which originally aired September 29, 2004. Sebastian Hulce showed up the episode before this and announced that he’d become very close to Roger the last few years and Roger was dead.  His story expanded for him to claim to be Roger’s son and suffering from the same genetic disease that Roger died from. Sebastian being Roger’s son is terrible, not only had he already had one long lost son, but it didn’t work timewise and they really worked on remaking him into Roger, not just his son. Not quite, but pretty close to that garbage that Mick was James Steinbeck towards the end of As the World Turns. It was a mess of a story that involved making Michelle’s deep, dark, best forgotten amnesia storyline worse. It also decimated Holly’s character worse than even the Nursery Rhyme Stalker Storyline. Read more about Sebastian here:
http://www.soapcentral.com/gl/whoswho/sebastian.php

The best part is Holly’s disbelief that Roger is really dead, since he always found his way back from death. I also like his goodbye letter to Holly.

Holly, I know you loved me. I know you hated me. But if there are stars in the night sky then we belong there darkness and light forever. The best of me has always been you both; my daughter, my Chrissy, my eternal love, my Holly. Forever yours, Roger

They also do a very nice juxtaposition with Holly and Chrissy who despite everything loved him and Ross and Alan who truly hated Roger for good reason and Phillip who had reason to strongly dislike him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Zvn2UEIMjI (Part 2)

Ross to Alan and Phillip: “I want you to promise me you’ll keep the gloating to a minimum…..I’m just asking you to behave for the sake of Blake and Holly.” Phillip: “A quick chorus of ‘Ding, Dong, The Witch is Dead,’ it will be tasteful though.”  They up the ante on trying to make Sebastian into the NEW and IMPROVED Roger Thorpe. Roger has left a huge whole in the show and they want to fill it. A recast didn’t work, so they’re trying this…..It also doesn’t work. Roger’s ghost gives his 3 non-mourners a good scare, temporarily trapping claustrophobics Phillip and Alan in the elevator.  The Holly-Roger flashback is to a much better time on the show. It’s the best part of this episode.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTg46MBsYss (Part 3)

I really hate how informal Roger’s ceremony is and how so many people are missing including his ward Tangie Hill, Peter Jessup (his grandson), Blake’s 3 children (his grandchildren), and Michelle herself to represent Maureen and return his visit to Maureen’s funeral. From a storyline perspective Ed Bauer should definitely have been there. I really wonder if they are Roger’s ashes or just a trust building exercise for Sebastian. I really kind of hope they are Roger’s ashes because the ash in Alan’s eye is the best part of this story. It is part of why Alan Spaulding’s wish to be sprinkled in the lake was ridiculous. On top of everything else some of Roger’s ashes had to go into the lake and for Alan to choose to spend eternity mixing with Roger Thorpe is unthinkable.

In the August 22, 2006 issue of Soap Opera Weekly they answered a question about the poem that Sebastian read at Roger Thorpe’s memorial service. It’s attributed to Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley.

I cannot say and I will not say

That he is dead. He is just away!

With a cheery smile,

And a wave of the hand,

He has wandered into an unknown land,

And left us dreaming how very fair,

It needs must be

Since he lingers there.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Lightfandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to findGuiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics onBlog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


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