Hope Bauer Cooks

August 25, 2016

The January 1974 issue of Afternoon TV had an article of recipes from Elissa Leedis – Hope Bauer. Apparently it was a regular feature to get recipes each month from soap actor “chef”.

1970s Recipes

I can’t say anything much about the recipes. They look like typical 1970s recipes and they might not even have been made by her, since often those type of recipes are just some recipes somebody in publicity put together, but since they ARE supposed to be Hope’s (Michelle’s first cousin) here they are recipes. Enjoy!

Lemony Butter Cookies

2 cups sifted flour

1 – 3/4 cups sugar

1 cup butter, softened

2 or 3 teaspoons grated lemon rind

2 large egg yolks

Combine all ingredients and work together using your hands, until the dough is thoroughly blended. Chill the dough for about 1 – 1/2 to 2 hours. Then, using a portion at a time, roll the dough on a very lightly floured breadboard to a thickness of 1/4 to 1/3 inch. Cut into any desired shape and place the cookies on a lightly buttered cookie sheet. Bake in a 325 degree oven about 15 minutes or until set and a pale butter color. Cool on racks. Makes about 18 to 24 cookies, depending on cookie size.

Brownie Bonbons

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/3 cup butter or margarine

1/2 cup shifted flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup slivered Brazil nuts or chopped filberts

Place chocolate chips and butter or margarine in the top of a double boiler, over hot water. Stir and heat until melted. Sift the flour with the baking powder and salt. Set aside. When the chocolate is melted, remove mixture from heat and blend with the sugar. Add the eggs, beating all the time to keep the eggs from coagulating. Stir in the vanilla, the flour mixture and nuts. Turn into well-buttered muffin pans, with cups that measure about 1 1/4 inches across and are slightly less than 1 inch deep. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes. Cool in pans for 5 minutes before turning out. Makes 2 to 3 dozen.

Chocolate Chip Meringues

2 egg whites

1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

pinch salt

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup semisweet chocolate bits

Cover a cookie sheet with unglazed paper. Beat egg whites until foamy throughout. Add cream of tartar ad salt and beat until peaks are formed. Add sugar gradually , continuing to beat until very stiff. Fold in the vanilla and the chocolate bits. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Makes about a dozen.

If anyone wants to try them out, let me know how they turn out.

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.

Michael O’Leary Interview 1995

August 22, 2016

Rick suprised by Bauer BBQ 1996This issue of Soap Opera Weekly features several news articles on Guiding Light including Alan and Tangie developing a relationship which impacts Alan-Michael Spaulding and Lucy Cooper. Wendy Moniz‘s Dinah Marler blew into town with a fake kidnap attempt to get hold of her trustfund, finally Josh and Annie just got engaged, but Reva’s on her way back to Springfield. The head writer at this point is Megan McTavish and Michael Laibson had just come aboard as new executive producer. Especially look for Micheal’s requirement that Rick doesn’t kill anymore patients.😉

McGarry, Mark. “The Doctor Is In: Michael O’Leary Gives GL and Himself a Much-Needed Shot in the Arm.” Soap Opera Weekly Vol. 6 Issue 20 July 25, 1995 pp 12-15.

One might call it an omen. The day in 1991 that Michael O’Leary arrived in California with his wife, Joni – shortly after he had left his role as Rick Bauer on Guiding Light – Saddam Hussein bombed Tel Aviv. Soon after came the LA riots. Then the earthquake. Then the floods. “Those four years we were out in California, everything happened except Armageddon,” O’Leary says, half-jokingly.

Today, as he sits down for this interview in an Upper West Side restaurant right near the apartment he and Joni kept when they moved out West, O’Leary seems content, almost relieved, to be back in New York. “On top of the many disasters, ” he says “the work out in California wasn’t quite what I expected it to be.” He did some theater and episodics, and wrote a few plays, but nothing really high profile. He admits that they considered leaving LA after the riots, but decided to stick it out. Until the final straw — the earthquake.

“I went through a lot of earthquakes out there, but that one really made an impression on me,” he says, referring to the Northbridge tremor of January 1994. “We were 13 miles from the epicenter. Then I thought about our daughter being in that room in Marina Del Rey over the landfill which liquefies. It just got to a point where I started not to feel safe there anymore.”

The call from GL would seem to have been the deciding factor, but there was an added, last-minute consideration. The day before that call came, Joni got a promotion at MTV, where she was working as a marketing director. After much thought, the two decided to make the move anyway, and to have Joni stay home with their daughter, Katie, who was conceived right after the earthquake. They figured Joni might be able to get a position at MTV on the East Coast. As for returning to GL after an absence of 4 1/2 years, O’Leary says, “There’s no place that I’d rather work. It really is like going back home again for me.”

Talk between actor and show began a year and a half ago. There was “a call.” The show, then headed by Jill Farren Phelps (now at Another World), was thinking about bringing back Alan, Dinah, and Rick. Only Alan materialized, however. The the conversations started again. “We kept in touch, and it was a matter of planning,” O’Leary explains. “They made a call in March, and I said, ‘Yeah, absolutely.’
I remember watching the show when Jill came on and thinking, ‘The is a good show,'” he continues. “Everybody in the cast was working. It truly became an ensemble. People who were sitting around doing nothing for years, like Jerry ver Dorn and Maeve Kinkead and Peter Simon (Ross, Vanessa, and Ed) were doing stuff, and they were getting to show what wonderful actors they are. I didn’t watch it a lot, so I know it went through peaks and valleys, but the show was doing stuff I never saw before, like having an all-male episode (for Hamp’s bachelor party).

“I think when that massive exodus came there was a lot of frustration among the cast,” O’Leary adds, referring to the departures of several key players in late 1990 and early 1991, among them Grant Aleksander, who played Rick’s best friend, Phillip Spaulding, and who is O’Leary’s best friend in real life. “But I saw everything that was going on and I thought, ‘The show looks good, it’s gotten back on track.'”

O’Leary , who started in soaps as a day player on General Hospital in 1982 (he dated one of the Blackie Parrish’s girlfriends), had one stipulations about returning: that Rick not kill any more patients. “This is a trivia question,” he says, smiling. “Name one person Rick has actually saved. When you ask that, you get a lot of blank faces. I didn’t kill Eve, though. As you saw, Dad pulled the plug. I just made sure when he actually pulled the plug. I didn’t want to be in the room, because that would have been another notch in my belt. People get really nervous around me when they get sick. People come into Cedars with a strep throat and leave with a toe tag.”

This should be expected from a doctor who made it through medical school in only a few months. “You see, it was the six-month program, but I don’t remember having a textbook in my hand,” O’Leary notes, speaking in character again. “I went to Bermuda for a week and took a crash course. Actually, when I first came back there was a little boy whom Eve was working with and I was supposed to be Rick, The doctorly guy, showing this little boy who wants to be a doctor. So I’m showing him how to wrap the blood pressure gauge around his arm, and during the taping he says, ‘No, that’s not the way you do it this way.’ He corrected me ‘That’s not good.'”

Phelps assured O’Leary that Rick wouldn’t be killing anybody this time. O’Leary speaks fondly of his former boss, and admits that her dismissal so soon after his arrival was disappointing, and a little disconcerting. “Jill’s a nice woman. I’m glad she’s found a job at Another World.” Of his new producer, Michael Laibson, he says, “Like Jill, he seems to be an actor’s producer, a real nice guy – really jazzed about the show. I think the show is going to get back on track. The audience wants to see the relationships between the characters. They want to see a family — how the Bauers relate to one another.” O’Leary is also pleased to have Megan McTavish aboard as head writer, because she has written for GL before, and was an actress on the show before that. “So we’ve got a writer who’s really familiar with the show’s history.”

The subject changes from soap business to family business when O’Leary suddenly pulls out a photo of Katie, who will be 8 months old July 26. The grin on his face speaks volumes. Verbal gushing quickly follows. “The best thing. It really is,” he says of Katie coming into his and Joni’s life. “There’s a completeness in having a family. It’s a constant. Because, you know, you’re in this business — it’s a crazy business, they could fire you tomorrow, but you’ve got your family. There are certain things that are constants in your life, you don’t know until you have a baby you go to bed at 9 o’clock. I said, ‘9 o’clock?” I’ve got to catch all my sports on TV…’ I know what he’s talking about now, because you spend your day….you take care of your baby and the baby gets up at 7 every morning and the baby gets up at 7 every morning, so you can’t go to bed at 1 in the afternoon anymore.”

He wanted a girl. “I had the named picked out even before she was born,, he notes. “I had this imaginary daughter named Katie. “Katie, come here. Put that down, sweetheart. Katie, get off the chair. Come here, sweetie.” People thought that I was nuts, but there was this thing I planted in my wife’s head.” He pauses then says, “Little girls — you’re so attached to them. They smiles at you and you think, ‘You know, whatever you want.’ You’re wrapped so much around their finger, that you’ll die from pinning if you were weren’t.”

A wonderful image from someone who has come full circle.


Photo captions

Next week, the O’Leary’s daughter, Katie, turns 8 months old. After a hard day’s work, Michael says, “You’ve got that little smiling face to come home to.”

O’Learly considers Peter Simon (Ed, far left) a father figure on- and off-screen. Last week, viewers discovered that Annie and Rick were married.

Guiding Light: The Paperback Series

August 21, 2016

I’m glad this turned up in my reblog list. I didn’t change any information here, but it makes obvious I need to re-do this one. So look for a major update soon.

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In the 1980s, a publisher stepped forward to try and cash in on soap fan’s long memories by producing paperbacks that told the previous storylines on their soaps. Guiding Light was one of these.  The writers were overseen by Mary Ann Cooper. According to the books: “Cooper is America’s foremost soap opera expert. She writes the nationally syndicated column Speaking of Soaps, is a major contributor to leading soap opera magazines, and is a radio and television personality.”

According to the back cover of each of the series, “The Guiding Light is the golden thread of love that binds the lives of Springfield’s families – the Bauers, the Reardons, the Chamberlains – capturing the hearts of millions of viewers. Read about the men and women of Springfield, discover their innermost thoughts, join them in their most intimate and heartwarming moments.”

I don’t yet have the complete set. Below…

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The Bauers

August 17, 2016

Danny Rick Abby MichelleA marriage isn’t just marrying your spouse, it’s also becoming part of their extended family. The Santos and Bauer families, while they do have their similarities (immigrants who struggled to survive, who are now comfortably well off, a predilection for danger and for being involved with people’s deaths), the families were visually and storyline different. One way of reading the Manny is that it’s the story of a young couple who try to live in the world of one family, and then the other, and then finally realize they have to build their own family world based on the foundations of the past. The Santos family gets a lion’s share of the press, but I’m going to start some posts that look further back at the Bauer family. So here’s an introduction to that to start things off.

Bauer Power!

The Bauer family was introduced 11 years into the run of Guiding Light replacing the Rev. Ruthledge and his family as the central family of the show when the show location switched from Five Points to Selby Flats, California. The Bauer family moved to Springfield when the show did. (Ed got a residency at Cedars after graduating medical school and the extended family followed and most stayed, in later years they pretended everything that happened in Selby Flats really happened in Springfield.)

Founder of the Feast - Bert

1970s Bauer Family – Clockwise Bert, Ed, Mike

The Bauer family began with Mama (real name never given) and Papa (Fredrich – Rick was named after him) Bauer and their three children Bill (Ed’s father), Meta (of Aunt Meta fame), and Trudy (poor Trudy’s real name was Gertrude). While Meta had a good run of being the focus of the show Bill and his wife Bert had always been there and eventually took over that central focus. Their children Mike and Ed grew up and married, multiple times.

The Bauer name by then was associated with being of good stock. They were hard working high class and successful professionals who always reached out a friendly hand to those in need and volunteered to help others. That didn’t stop terrible things happening to them or them from being tied up with criminals or sociopaths, but they were considered community leaders.

Read more about the exact lineage of Bauers.

Series of Bauer Posts

In order to balance the families I’m going to be doing a series of Bauer posts. I hope you enjoy them.

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.


Something About You – Part 24 by ShellyLynn

August 17, 2016

Republisher’s Note: I was putting together a directory post and realized somehow I missed Chapter 24 when I was republishing the chapters so here it is now. Watch for a directory post putting things in order soon if you want to read the whole thing.

Something About You – Part 24 by ShellyLynn

Danny paced back and forth along the hospital hallway. They arrived there almost an hour ago and Michelle still hadn’t opened her eyes the last Danny knew. He overheard the doctor say that she was dehydrated and suffering from exhaustion. That coupled with the alcohol in her body was able to cause her to collapse.

He shook his head back and forth as he tried to drown out the nagging voice that kept leaping to the forefront. Despite the scene that he just witnessed, he was more upset with himself than anything. He knew that she had been working entirely too hard lately, barely eating and he had considered the fact that she shouldn’t be drinking champagne on an empty stomach more than once. He mentally chastised himself for allowing her to continue. He had just been so happy, so focused on asking her to be his wife that he had failed to put her health first. If anything major resulted from this lapse he knew he would never forgive himself for his selfish actions.

He looked at Mikey, sleeping soundly in the chair across the hallway, at least he was doing well. He’d been so scared when they first arrived at the hospital, but it was past his bedtime and he was so tired that he quickly fell asleep in the plastic chair.

Danny looked down the hallway toward Michelle’s room as he brushed a stray curl out of his nephew’s eyes. He could still see Bill Lewis and Ed Bauer talking outside her door. If he listened closely, he could hear Ed comforting Bill and promising him that she would be fine and the wedding would go on as scheduled. He sighed and ran his fingers through his own hair with his free hand. Had Michelle been lying to him all along? Had she really been using him while planning on marrying Bill?

No, that wasn’t true, he assured himself. She wasn’t faking the way she looked at him, the way they were together. She had feelings for him, just as he did her. They were wrong about her answer to Bill’s proposal and she would tell them as soon as she woke up. He was sure of it.

He looked on as Mr. Lewis turned in his direction and stared him down. He knew Bill didn’t like his presence here, but he didn’t care. He didn’t blame the man for making this attempt at winning Michelle’s hand. Hell, if he were in the same position, he might have done the same thing. Michelle Bauer was the most amazing woman he’d ever met and if it took some underhanded actions to win the chance to spend the rest of his life with her, he’d be just as willing as Bill to do what was necessary.

The person Danny was truly upset with was her father. If he knew his daughter at all, if he had been there for her, then he would know that this wasn’t what she would want. He would understand that the wonderful women she had become was strong and caring, that she didn’t care about money or power. He would realize that marrying Bill Lewis would mean nothing to her because she didn’t love Bill, not the way she loved him. He knew Mr. Bauer would not take the news of their relationship easily. He would be forced to get used to the fact that his only daughter’s heart belonged to a lowly college student who only recently gained the ability to buy more expensive meals than macaroni and cheese for himself and his young nephew.

He noticed that the men were leaving, probably going to grab a cup of coffee or something and he decided this was the perfect chance to see if he could at least get a peek into her room. He needed something to assure himself that she would be all right. Even just a glimpse of her would help to set his mind at ease.


“Danny?” Michelle said, slowly opening her eyes and letting them adjust to the bright light in the room. Her eyes searched all over, noticing the machines and tubes surrounding her. “Where am I?”

“You are in Cedars hospital, Miss Bauer,” the nurse said quietly, “Your father and Mr. Lewis went to the cafeteria. They’ll be right back, I’ll go tell them you are awake.”

“Bill?” she asked, surprised. “No,” she said quickly, halting the nurse’s progress toward the door as her memory of the night’s events came flooding back. “Is Danny here?”

She prayed that he was, she had to explain that she had no idea what was coming when she walked up on the stage, that she didn’t want to marry Bill, she wanted to marry him. “Danny?” the nurse asked in confusion.

“Danny Santos… tall, dark, extremely handsome. He probably has a young boy with him…”

“Oh, yes… I think he’s here,” the nurse said, smiling slightly. So that was the reason for the lines etched into the face of the gorgeous man down the hall. He must know Miss Bauer and he’s worried about her. Maybe she would be willing to help her get a date with him. After all, he couldn’t be anything more than a friend to her, Mr. Lewis was Miss Bauer’s fiancee.

“Would you like me to get him as well?”

“No, I want you to get only him,” she stressed. “I don’t want either my father or Bill Lewis in here.”

“But… Are you sure?”

“That’s what I want,” she reaffirmed. “Please bring him in.” She had plenty that she wanted to say to the other two men, but her first concern was Danny. She knew he must be worried sick about her.

The nurse left the room and approached Danny. “Mr. Santos?” she asked. When he nodded in the affirmative, she smiled sweetly and continued, “Miss Bauer asked to see you.”

“She’s awake?” he asked in surprise.

“She just woke up a few minutes ago. She’s quite tired and a little disoriented, but she’s going to be fine. She just needs to get some rest.”

He reached for the doorknob before pulling his hand back. What was he going to say? What would she tell him? He took a deep breath and turned the knob, walking through the door. Everything would be fine. “Thank God you’re okay,” he said as soon as he saw her beautiful eyes from across the room.

“I’m fine,” she said, easing into a sitting position. “I just overdid it.”

“Yeah, and all the champagne you drank earlier didn’t help,” he scolded slightly, too relieved to be upset with her.

“I know,” she sighed, reaching for his hand. “About what happened earlier. “I didn’t have any…”

“We don’t have to talk about this now…”

“Danny,” she said, forcing his eyes to meet hers as he settled into the chair by her bed. “Let me say this. I had no idea that was going to happen. I thought I made it perfectly clear to Bill that our relationship was purely platonic. I guess I was wrong to just assume he understood. I’m so sorry you had to witness that.”

“Hey, you had nothing to do with it. Don’t apologize.”

“I have to, because it’s my fault. You warned me about him and I didn’t listen to you,” she told him, as he brought her hand to his lips.

“It doesn’t matter,” he said, shaking his head. “I just know that it’s going to make it even harder for us to explain things to your father. He seems really excited about the prospect of your marriage to Bill.”

“I didn’t even think of that,” she grimaced.

“Are you okay?” he asked quickly, not liking the look of pain on her face.

“My throat’s dry,” she said hoarsely.

He reached for the pitcher of water on the table to his left and poured her a glass. “You need fluids,” he told her, as he pointed to the IV in her arm as evidence and brought the cool liquid to her parched lips “and to take better care of yourself.”

“Yes sir,” she said with a mock salute.

He took her hand in his once again as he spoke, “When I saw you fall to the ground, I was so worried. I can’t even tell you the kind of things that started running through my head.”

“I’m fine,” she smiled, motioning for him to join her on the bed. “Come here”

He moved to sit along side her and she leaned in to give him a hug. “I don’t know what I’d do if I lost you.”

“You won’t,” she answered, “I’m going to live for at least another fifty years so get used to it.”

“She already has a visitor. Sir, she doesn’t want to see you…” the voice came from the hallway as the door burst open.

“What the hell are you doing here Santos? Get your hands off my fiancee!”

Danny and Michelle Are At Cross Purposes Aug 7 8 2001

August 16, 2016

Check out our latest episode guide post.

Tues., Aug. 7, 2001 – After Michelle tells Frank her theory, Danny and Rick come out of Company. Danny tells Michelle Ross wants him to take a plea. They both agree they want to keep fighting, but awkwardly don’t tell each other their plans. Danny tells Tony he needs his help. He thinks Carmen might be alive. If she is Danny, Robbie, and especially Michelle are in terrible danger. Danny wants Tony to use his connections to see what he can learn. Danny tells Tony that he knows he is back in the business and he hopes it works for him but he wishes he wouldn’t go that way. Tony is hostile and tells Danny he can no longer boss him around. Danny tells him he understands how he feels but if Carmen is alive someone will end up dead soon and it could be Tony. At the very least she will turn him into her personal gopher. If Carmen is alive, she had to have help and that help is either Maria, Carlos, or Bernardo, Tony’s new friends. If that happened they weren’t up front with Tony, which puts him on Carmen’s list too, just like him and Michelle. He warns Tony that Carmen plays for keeps. Again, Danny asks for Tony’s help. Tony tells him he will help him. Danny goes on to tell Tony that Carmen’s henchman Lucas Carmichael knows something and he may be able to get him to talk. Tony says Lucas has a gambling problem and owes a lot to Infierno; he may be able to use that. Danny asks Tony not to tell Michelle anything and he says he won’t. At the hospital: Michelle comes in and asks Claire what she remembers about the night Carmen was killed on the docks. Claire tells her there wasn’t much going on that night. Michelle asks if anything or anyone acted strangely that night. Claire remembers an intern named Jennifer Tarver leaving after a phone call during the middle of the shift. She thought it was weird because the girl reeked of ambition, just like she had at that age. The funny thing was she left and then never came back. Claire tells Michelle that about a week later they received a fax that said she had moved to Europe following a boyfriend but Claire didn’t think it rang true. She left all her things and they still have them storage at the hospital. At Michelle’s request Claire goes and gets the box of things the Intern had left and Michelle goes through it. Claire keeps asking Michelle what she is looking for and Michelle tells her she isn’t sure. Michelle finds a piece of paper and sticks it in her pocket. Claire takes the box back and Michelle looks at the paper. It says, “Laurel Falls”, on it. Michelle isn’t surprised Carmen used their shack there the last time she played dead and no one had been on their land since construction on the house stopped. Claire comes back and Michelle tells her that she has to go but asks her not to mention any of this to Danny. Claire promises.


Wed., Aug. 8, 2001 – At Millennium: Danny comes in asking for Tony. He isn’t there so he goes to a table to call him. Claire comes in and tells Danny that she is worried about Michelle who is going around asking tons of questions trying to get him out of trouble. She is on the trail of Carmen. Claire gets a call and leaves after telling Danny not to let Michelle do his dirty work. Danny calls Tony again and leaves another message. While he is out of the room, Michelle comes in to meet Rick.

My Comments: The idea that Carmen survived this was only possible because they wanted the character back. It makes no sense. I really like Danny’s opening to Tony of how Michelle and he love Tony and hope he can get out when he wants. It’s just got such a married couple feel and I think is a great base touch. This is one of the last times that Claire and Michelle really connect. This is kind of the relationship they might have had if Fletcher Reade and Claire had married and co-raised Michelle with Maureen and Ed. I’m sorry it’s the last real piece of that we see of the Claire that once was. There was little enough of it during this Claire return.

So do you think the rough background comment just meant intern Jennifer Traver was desperate for money and power or that she would have had previous connections with the Santos Family? Wouldn’t the fact that the henchman suddenly came into a lot of money after he testifies been interesting to someone Tony? Maybe you could have spoken up earlier.

I truly hate how they kept dumping bad stuff on the Laurel Falls house site. I REALLY wanted Manny to get that house.

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.

Set Up to Fail – Time Slip

August 15, 2016

There are a lot of factors that go into the success of a soap opera. “Success” in this case being a soap that gets high enough ratings so that it stays on the air. A soap can be an excellent example of the genre, it can have great, writing, acting, directing, sets, etc. and it still can fail to get the ratings. One of the most powerful reasons why soaps stay on the air a lot that they don’t like to talk about much is timeslot.

As the World Turns Takes Lunch

For decades As the World Turns was an unstoppable powerhouse in the ratings. Part of that was do to its timeslot which was when a lot of people would stop for lunch. People would tune in while they were eating to find out what was up with the Hughes. Now, I’m not saying it wasn’t a great soap, it’s my second favorite, but that timeslot helped. When they reshuffled the schedule and took the slot away from ATWT to give it to the Bells’s new soap, The Bold and the Beautiful, it was partially do to that golden spot that B&B’s rating were so much better than Capitol‘s, the soap that was cancelled to make room for it.

What Set Up Guiding Light to Fail?

Inspired by Dark Shadows Everyday I’m going to take a periodic look at why Guiding Light was the first soap of the great soap blood letting of the 2010s. So why was Guiding Light cancelled? There are reasons a lot closer to the end than this, but part of the reason the soap was in trouble was timeslot.

The following article from the July 25, 1995 issue of Soap Opera Weekly gives an early warning of trouble.

A published report says that as of Sept. 11 Guiding Light will air at 10 am on WCBS, the CBS owned-and-operated (O&O) station in the New York area. Spokepersons for WCBS could not comment on the move, but hinted that an announcement would be made shortly. GL currently airs at 3 pm on WCBS. The soap now has a morning time slot in Los Angeles; indications had been that Proctor & Gamble Productions, which owns GL, was hoping to stave off a similar switch by CBS’ flagship station. Such changes have traditionally been made by O&Os and affiliated stations only after receiving the network’s approval.

A syndicated news magazine, Day and Date, is rumored to be slated for the 3 pm time slot. The report said it is hoped that the show will prove a stronger lead-in to Geraldo at 4 and the 5 pm Channel 2 News.

After Affects

Sadly this did happen and having the soap schedule messed up meant that the soap was in an early morning slot in two of the largest markets. For it to work they’d show the previous day’s episode and broke the rhythm of the schedule. With this obvious dismissal from the prime daytime territory in two of the largest markets it made it much harder for Guiding Light to retain good ratings even if it was the best show ever.

Oh and Day and Date, it doesn’t seem to have done well for itself or as a lead in and it only seems to have lasted a couple of years.

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.

Typical Evening With Claire and Michelle

August 11, 2016

Ed Takes Michelle from Claire 1986One of the things that comes up a lot having to do with Michelle’s history is was Michelle a bad mother? Before all this happened when Claire Ramsey was with Fletcher Reade before he broke her – and broke my heart I never forgave him – Claire was smart, funny, strong, but vulnerable. You wouldn’t know any of that from this.

In this clip from March 11, 1986 Claire, who has just overheard Maureen and Ed want full custody of Michelle is scheming to keep her. However, she really doesn’t want to take care of her. Claire seems to think of Michelle as a doll. Claire wants to play with Michelle at Claire’s convenience and be able to stick her in back in the box when Claire has other things to do. Claire doesn’t want to take care of her.

Claire has been conspiring to get the goods on Rick and is “rewarding” one of her students for helping with her plan on the couch. Michelle starts crying and Claire said she’s going to ignore her. Her crying is so strong that Ed hears it across the courtyard at the Bauer House, comes over to the garage apartment, and in a move FAR more typical of his awesome brother Mike, bursts open the door, goes and gets Michelle and strides out completely ignoring Claire. In fact Ed strides so fast this blur is the best screen shot I could get of it.

That’s not the end of this story. Claire intends to fight for Michelle and she plans to fight dirty. I’ve got more of this story coming, but I wanted to give anyone a heads up on what a typical Michelle and Claire evening at home was like.

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.

Hit… GL’s Matt and Dinah Bond

August 10, 2016

I normally really hate stories where relatives swap spouses. It’s kind of yucky. It isn’t creative and do we really need another one of those????

That said the one case I could possibly see making an exception for was Matt and Dinah. I know that I may be prejudiced as a big Vanilly (Vanessa Chamberlain and Billy Lewis) fan so I can’t properly appreciate Mattessa (Matt Reardon and Vanessa Chamberlain), but I just don’t see it. It isn’t that I don’t think that women can’t have younger men if they want to, but I just don’t think it works here.

Fans of theirs like to see Mattessa as if they were equal partners, but Vanessa is always treating Matt as a junior partner in the relationship. Does Vanessa ever confide in Matt and respectfully ask for input when she has a problem and at least consider what he has to say? No, she does whatever she wants from dictating when their relationship can be made public, to not telling him about her supposed to be terminal illness, to deciding she isn’t going to undergo recommended treatment when she was pregnant with baby Maureen.

Vanessa is always strong, but Matt just stands there and takes it and it lessens him in my eyes. That’s really too bad because Matt is very good at expressing a mature quiet strength when he is with anyone else BUT Vanessa. His dynamics with both Dinah and later Beth both pull out this side of him. I would really have liked to see him with either one of those ladies, particularly Dinah because I think she needed someone like that. Her relationship with Mallet  – pre-head injury – was very similar to what I think a Dinah-Matt relationship would have been like despite Vanessa’s later vision that it would have been awful. I think it would have been better for every character involved.

Sadly by the time they did get around to having them get together it was a mixed up mess with a brain injured Dinah and Matt in an ill-considered one-night stand instead of a long steady relationship.

The classic editorial below shares similar, though not as strong or specific, thoughts.

From the editorial comment section of the July 25, 1995 issue of Soap Opera Weekly.

There’s never been any love lost between Matt and Dinah, so we expected sparks to fly when the two were thrown together after Dinah’s kidnapping scheme went awry. We weren’t disappointed. The two bickered incessantly with Matt letting her have it for thinking she would get away with her scheme, and Dinah getting as many digs as she could about his relationship with her mother. An especially funny moment was when they were twisting in and out of position to free themselves from the rope, and Dinah ended up sitting in his lap; she cracked, “Bet you never tried this position with Mummy.”

During the course of all their fighting, however, something interesting happened. Dinah and Matt started to get to know each other. Since they had started fighting the moment they met, they never took the time to interact as people – until Viktor locked them in a coal bin together and tied them together in a railroad car. Matt and Dinah didn’t give up their animosity entirely, but their fighting was interspersed with surprisingly effective moments of vulnerability, Matt – and the viewers — finally got a glimpse into the painful past that caused Dinah to become the selfish, conniving young woman she is today. And Dinah realized just how much he had hurt Matt by bringing his father to town.

These captivity scenes revealed the interesting chemistry that exists between Matt and Dinah (Kurt McKinney and Wendy Moniz). It’s too bad GL would have to sacrifice one of its best stories — the pairing of Matt and Vanessa – in order to pursue this relationship. It would have been intriguing to see if Dinah and Matt could ultimately make a successful match. – Caelie M. Haines

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 Anniversary 2014

August 4, 2016

Revisiting a great anniversary celebration.

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January 25, 1937 was the day the very first radio episode of Guiding Light was aired.  While the path wasn’t always an easy one, and sadly there are no Guiding Light episodes in production at present, 77 years later fans are still loyal and GL 75are looking for a way back to Springfield.  The next big anniversary year is the 80th anniversary in 2017. I hope that we can plan some kind of get together then. Bauer Power!

Find more information about what makes Guiding Light special and some anniversary celebrations to re-live in this blog post from last year’s anniversary:

Although a lot of the blog tends to be Manny specific, I do a lot of general Guiding Light material as well. Look for:

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