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Guiding Light Cast Roundup 80

March 15, 2018

This is the eightieth 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:

The 20th Anniversary of Beautiful Women photo roundup in the June 26, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth included Cynthia Watros (Annie Dutton #1), Gina Tognoni (Dinah Marler #4), Karla Mosley (Christina Boudreau), and Crystal Chappell (Olivia Spencer).

The 20th Anniversary of Handsome Men photo roundup in the August 7, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. They included Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny Santos) – and an uncommon photo at that, sigh, Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan Randall #2) and, Matt Boomer (Ben Reade #3, who paired with Marina Cooper).

A roundup in the February 5, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest names their choice for the best story ever told on each soap. Guiding Light is represented by the Nola Reardon/Kelly Nelson/Floyd Parker/Morgan Richards storyline. As the World Turns is represented by the Kim Hughes-Douglas Cummings stalker storyline. (Both stories featured John Wesley Shipp.)

Bethany Joie Lenz (Michelle Bauer Santos #4, part of Stenz Manny) will be in a new recurring role on Grey’s Anatomy this season.

Both Lenz and Brittany Snow (Daisy Susan LeMay Cooper #2 – during Susan’s first return) were photographed at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award. Check out the photos in the March 5, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Don Stewart (Michael Bauer #6) was reported in the October 1972 issue of Daytime TV that “has been drawing hordes of fans whenever he sings (baritone) in night clubs. And after every performance, he sits in the lobby to sign autographs and greet fans personally.”

Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael Spaulding #3) announced he was going to be on the 12th episode of this season of the Dynasty reboot. Read more and see a photo in the December 4, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Ellen Dolan (Maureen Reardon Bauer #1, Michelle’s adopted mom) was the subject of a feature in the March 5, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth looking back on her roll as Margo Hughes on As the World Turns and the epic ToMargo coupling with Tom Hughes.

The March 5, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth‘s All-Star Scrapbook Marj Dusay (Alexandra Spaulding) and Crystal Hunt (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis #5 brought in Roxie the dog and romanced Coop)

Melina Kanakaredes (Eleni Cooper #1) is a regular on a new medical series called The Resident. Her character’s name is Dr. Lane Hunter.

The December 4, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest gives a collection of most shocking returns including Michael Zaslow (Roger Thorpe) and Anthony Herrera (James Stenbeck on As the World Turns).

In the October 1972 issue of Daytime TV they describe Zaslow playing in the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof for a year. He’d been wearing himself out and losing weight so he’d left in June 1972.

Allison Janney (Ginger, one of Jenna’s comic relief maids while she owned the Spaulding Mansion) won a SAG award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in the mockumentary, I, Tonya. See a photo in the March 5, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Janney commented on the Harvey Weinstein controversy.

Wes Ramsey (Sam Spencer, Olivia’s brother) came to General Hospital in times for November 2017 sweeps.

This fall Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea Reardon, Maureen and Nola’s little sister) returned to Days of Our Lives character Eve Donovan after a bout with leukemia. Read more about it with the November 6, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Vincent Irizarry (Lujack Spaulding and his sudden brother Nick McHenry) returned to Days of Our Lives last fall after his character’s death for recreated flashbacks. Read about it in the November 6, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Warren Burton (hospital administrator and Black Orchid restauranter, Warren Andrews whose greedy plan with the Dreaming Death lead to his wife’s death) has passed away at the age of 72. Burton’s death was reported by We Love Soaps and passed on to me by .

Emme Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis #6, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) had baby number three, a daughter, on June 26, 2017. Read more in the July 24, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

From the October 1972 issue of Daytime TVChristopher Walken, who played Michael Bauer as a boy on the radio version of The Guiding Light, is in the new movie, The Happiness Cage.”

Laura Wright (Cassie Layne Winslow #1) talks about the problem she had playing Cassie staying with Edmund after finding out he’d artificially inseminated Dinah. Read all she said in the December 4, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Cassie and Edmund’s beautiful wedding is featured in a roundup of photos in the

Judi Evans (Beth Raines #1) is the feature about her new double role on Days of Our Lives. Read it in the August 7, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. She also was in a feature article about it in the September 11, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

The October 1972 issue of Daytime TV reported: “I’ve been trying to locate Lyle Sudrow, who played Bill Bauer on The Guiding Light until he was succeeded by Ed Bryce. And I’m told by Theo Goetz (Fredrich “Papa” Bauer on TGL) that he believes Lyle is in Hollywood, working in a helicopter factory.”

Lawrence Saint-Victor (Remy Boudreau, one of the last great couples on the show with Christina) and his real life wife Shay are pictured at the Daytime Emmys. See it in the June 26, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Saint-Victor hasn’t been on The Bold and the Beautiful since August, but he was back filming in mid-November.
Saint-Victor also has a short interview about his recent storyline on The Bold and the Beautiful in the February 5, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Karla Mosley has also gotten a side job. Mosley will “headline a fashion show by Gert-Johan Coetzee, a highly regarded fashion designer from South Africa. Karla will be walking the runway for him during a special show that will take place on October 26 during South African Fashion Week….Her co-stars Jacob Young (Rick Forrester) and Heather Tom (Katie Logan).”

The October 1972 issue of Daytime TV reported that Fran Myers (Peggy Fletcher) has been dating Roger Newman (Ken Norris on the same show). It was early days, but they were married until his death in 2010.

Gina Tognoni (Dinah Marler #4) is featured in an article in the June 26, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth because of her frontburner story on The Young and the Restless where her character has just moved in with her recently ex-husband’s brother.

Laura Bell Bundy (Marah Lewis #5, the one who started Marony) recently appeared on the October 21, 2017 episode of Good Behavior.

Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne Lewis) and Robert Newman (Josh Lewis) are reunited in a production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? It’s a workshop in Nantucket. Workshop’s sometimes go on to regional or Broadway runs, other times they disappear. Here’s wishing them a long run.
The September 11, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest includes a set of photos of female imposters including Dolly aka Cleva aka Clone Reva. The shot is one of her in the replica of the Cross Creek wedding dress.
Zimmer‘s Reva and Wendy Moniz (Dinah Marler #3) characters were on a list of people with their own sense of style in the July 24, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Ricky Paull Goldin (Gus Aitoro) had their second son, Rio, on June 12, 2017. Read more in the July 24, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

In November 1971, Daytime TV reported that Chris Sarandon who played Tom Halverson on The Guiding Light has been touring with the play Othello.

Reported in the November 1971 issue of Daytime TV that Barbara Rodell (Leslie Bauer Norris, Rick’s mother, Ed and Mike’s ex-wife) and her husband Cy Epstein had just had their first child, a boy named Jonathan.

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.


Christmas 1980

December 29, 2013

Thanks again the wonderful We Love Soaps TV ‏@WeLoveSoapsTV who shared us two early Guiding Light episodes in excellent quality. This one makes me even happier than Christmas 1979 because it features not only my beloved Hope Bauer and Alan Spaulding one of my favorite all time couples, but them HAPPY and on THEIR ISLAND. During Summer 1979, Hope and Alan had been the victims of a planecrash that left them stranded on a desert island. I hope somebody still has a few more clips than what’s online now about their wonderful summer. Find the links I’ve found here:
This episode showing their return to “their island” as a happily married couple is almost as good.

There is a great example of a Hillary Bauer-Katie Parker conversation. They were great best friends and one of Guiding Light‘s stellar examples of friendships. They nursed together at Cedars Hospital. They used to base a lot more of the action at Cedars. We saw interaction of staff, patients, and volunteers and several areas in the hospital that we never saw in later years like the staff lounge.

Morgan Richards (of my beloved Morgan and Kelly fame) is visiting her mother, Jennifer Richards, in jail. Jennifer is convicted of killing Amanda Wexler’s adoptive (which Amanda doesn’t know at the time) mother Lucile Wexler (on my list of the worst parents in Springfield) had made a deathbed accusation to keep Jennifer and Amanda apart. Jennifer won’t explain the truth because she secretly is Amanda’s biological mother and she doesn’t want either Amanda or Morgan to know that. She’s willing to stay in prison and fights Mike Bauer’s attempts to clear her (See “The Trial of Jennifer Richards” DVD set). Morgan was underage and with her mother in jail is staying with Bert Bauer.

That’s Lanie Marler, Justin and Ross’ sister and Ben Warren’s half-sister, acting as Mike’s legal secretary. Mike is being his awesome lawyer mode. The Ben McFerrin who is coming to visit Mike is Hope’s ex-fiancee and currently involved with Jennifer and Amanda hence his concern. Mike’s next visitor is Elizabeth Spaulding Marler who is Phillip’s adoptive mother who they both believed had a biological connection until a couple of years ago. Elizabeth has just found out for sure that Phillip’s biological parents were Jackie and Justin Marler. Although it’s been a year, there really hasn’t been much progress on the Phillip biological parents front since Christmas 1979. Elizabeth is a professional photographer and has recently had her career as a newspaper photographer jumpstarted. Once Elizabeth leave she never returns to Springfield or sees Phillip again.

This is during the Morgan-Kelly build up while Nola is trying to manipulate Kelly into marrying her to give her a secure place in society. Kelly had a great voice, but I think “Christmas in New York” is a pretty strange song selection for children who didn’t live in New York as opposed to “Rudolph”, “Frosty”, or even “Suzy Snowflake” or “Winter Wonderland.” Also, at the party we briefly see Kevin Bacon’s TJ. Wow! At 22:00 after isn’t that a real early Dr. Sedwick sighting of her talking to a pregnant Amanda.

Kelly was shopping at Jackie Marler’s shop. Evie Stapleton, who is Rita’s sister and who is half in love with Ben, waited on him. Oh, Good Heavens! Not even Mike can make that potholder sweater look good. But he sings “Silent Night” so beautifully who cares?

Kelly and Morgan

August 15, 2012

I’ve recently been doing posts about some of my favorite Springfield couples. I started out looking for my previous descriptions of couples and I was a little surprised to find I HAD NOT done one about Kelly and Morgan. I guess it’s because a mention them in passing so much that I thought that I had described them in depth. So I am now correcting that error.

Kelly Nelson and Morgan Richards were my very first couple on a soap. I’ve described before that my grandmother watched me during the day. She had the living room set up with my crib in the middle of the room so I could see out the picture window in one direction, or through the doorway in the opposite direction and partially into the kitchen, or at the TV. It was an unbreakable rule that the TV would remain on (my grandmother never could stand a silent house) and that it be tuned to CBS all day. Other channels were allowed during primetime, but only CBS Daytime was allowed. My baby self was first introduced to Springfield on a daily basis starting a few months after Papa Bauer’s funeral and I actually have a pretty good early memory so some of those scenes are probably lodged in my mind somewhere, but I first consciously remember two storylines Nola trying to break up Kelly and Morgan and  Hope and Alan on the Island who I’ve already posted about.

I don’t really remember starting to like and root for Kelly and Morgan, by my first conscious memory I was already totally engaged. Kelly was a handsome doctor and godson of Ed Bauer. Morgan was an innocent young girl with red hair and a shy smile. Their longing looks across a room showed me how much they wanted and deserved to be together. Kelly and Morgan were MY couple and longed for them to get together with all the fervor my little childish heart could muster.  I struggled right along with them through their own problems and through Nola Reardon’s manipulations.

I have an incredibly clear memory of one particular storyline. Kelly and Morgan hadn’t yet declared themselves a couple, but had given each other Christmas presents. Nola had somehow (I really don’t remember how) managed to intercept them both. Then there was a White Elephant Gift Party that they were both invited to. A White Elephant is a term now kind of out of favor, but it’s slang for a gift you don’t particular like or have any idea what use you could get out if, much as if you were presented with a real white elephant. The idea for this party was that each party guest was supposed to pick out the present they liked least that they got for Christmas and they’d put them in a big box and everybody would pick out a different present than the one they brought to take home. Nola put both gifts in the box so each Kelly and Morgan thought the other one not only thought their gift was the worst, but that knowing the other one would be at the party that they publicly put it in the box of presents. OH how I HATED Nola right then. It was one of the first times I wanted to be able to dive through the television screen and make everything right.

On the brighter side, Laurel Falls was Morgan and Kelly’s special spot. I first fell in love with the place through them, though strangely Laurel Falls came to look very different over the  years, I never forgot their connection to it and longed to see Laurel Falls again, even if my Kelly and Morgan were gone. Also, I’ll reinforce just how good their longing looks were. While because of later events I can’t really see Kelly and Morgan as a great soap couple in most respects, I don’t think anybody has ever touched them in the longing looks across a crowded room department. You just will have to take my word at how good they were at those.

I was soooo happy when FINALLY all of Nola’s duplicity came out and Kelly and Morgan declared their love for each other. They got married, at Laurel Falls of course, and things seemed to finally all be right with my childhood world, even Nola was growing up and moving on with Quint. Just then Josh happened.

This was so long ago that Reva hadn’t even come to Springfield yet and looking at his backstory as it now stands, his loss of Reva would be one of the reasons he would say he was like that then, mostly about sex and business and out to get people in love. He was an arrogant jerk who wasn’t used to being turned down by women. Now I would have taken any breakup of Kelly and Morgan hard, especially because I was only about six, but this wasn’t your normal 3rd person breakup that any soap fan has to accept as a fact of life. Josh deliberately targeted Morgan. He seduced her sexually, he encouraged her to take on a spoiled brat persona, and promised to make her a supermodel and convinced her that all her family and friends were doing was holding her back. Now I admit there must have been a weakness in Morgan already or all this wouldn’t have worked, but he didn’t have to lead her on in so many fronts and so many ways. He drug it along, encouraging her to destroy her marriage with Kelly and any other relationship she had that wasn’t with him. Finally, he was the sole person she had in her life and then one day he announced he was done with her and then he told her the truth. She didn’t have what it took to be a model and he never intended to help her career, the whole thing was set up to get her to sleep with her until he was done with her. Then he laughed at her. HE LAUGHED! Anytime he and Reva have any problem, I remember that laugh and I think, “Good. You deserve what you get.” Morgan had utterly destroyed every other aspect of her life to be with Josh and now he was done with her he dumped her too.

Josh’s influence has so destroyed her character that he took her to a point that even I, their most devoted champion, couldn’t hope that Kelly and Morgan would reconcile, not only just right then, but ever. Kelly deserved better and the girl with the beautiful red hair and shy smile was gone forever. Morgan was completely devastated by Josh’s treatment and her realization of what she had done and become. There was no hope for anything for her in Springfield ever again and she left town. Kelly left town soon afterward (leaving me with forever a warm feeling for his portrayer John Wesley Shipp who I loved so much I even watched his version of The Flash). Josh had not only broken up the couple, he had decimated it and poured salt in the earth so you couldn’t even hope anything would grow again. I was devastated and I hated Josh with all the passion my then child’s heart could muster and frankly if I think about it or even just look at Josh for too long, it’s all right there again just like it just happened.

Part of the reason I started to do these posts was to talk about why I like certain soap couples and to help point out the patterns. However, Kelly and Morgan don’t really fit with most of the other couples I’m talking about. I really don’t remember how I was drawn to them in the first place, they were just always in my heart from my earliest memory. The one way they do match my pattern is that I think in every couple you have to really like one of the people at least one person in the couple and want them to be happy and truly be convinced that they want to be with the other person. Kelly and Morgan certainly did that. However, normally I like couples with a strong woman, Morgan wasn’t that. Normally I like couples that treat each other as equals and are better selves together than apart, I can’t say that about Kelly and Morgan either or Josh’s stunt would never have worked. I actually spent quite a bit of time thinking about why I liked them and I was finally reminded of a research study I read once that said part of why preschoolers liked Sesame Street was that they identified with the Muppets. The basic Muppet design is very close to what a young child’s drawings of themselves look like. Sameness is in the eye of the beholder and at the time I think I saw Morgan as a lot like me. I don’t still think that and there are a lot stronger woman in Springfield that I identify with more, but as a young child, I saw Morgan as young, innocent, kind, and nice, a lot like me.  I wanted her to be happy and get what she wanted. She quite clearly wanted Kelly. Although there was a lot of depth put in the performances, especially in terms of Kelly and Nola, the outlines of the story were very plain and one a young girl who watched The Wonderful World of Disney every Sunday night would recognize, the young girl princess, her handsome prince, and a villainess who was out to do evil. Clearly you were supposed to cheer for Kelly and Morgan and boo Nola. In fairly short order, by my second soap couple Hope and Alan, I grew to like complexity and depth in a couple, but I think as a very young child it was simpleness and innocence of the story that drew me and so many others in (they were a very popular couple) and made us love Kelly and Morgan.

I like to think to think in an alternative universe they stayed married and built a house, somewhere near Laurel Falls and Kelly has had a great medical career and they have kids and still pal around with their friends Katie and Hilary (who didn’t die in this world). Life in Springfield moved on without them and to better, stronger couples, but Kelly and Morgan will always have a special place in my heart for being my first.

Read more about Dr. Kelly Nelson here:

Read more about Morgan Richards here (If you only read one, read Morgan’s it has more detail and is much clearer about Josh’s role in the breakup):

Last updated February 2, 2016: I updated the signature block and broke a couple of more paragraphs.

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.

Quola: Nola Reardon and Quint Chamberlain

July 30, 2012

My very first soap couple was Kelly and Morgan on Guiding Light. I remember struggling with them through all kinds of obstacles. I particularly remember when Nola stole their Christmas presents for each other and put them in as white elephant presents at a party. I was so glad when they finally got together (thanks for wrecking that and destroying Morgan, Josh!). However, in a very unusual experience for me, when Nola moved on I didn’t hold her schemes against her. She was so very appealing and I loved her vivid fantasies. I really wanted her to win over Quint Chamberlain and eventually she did. Together they formed the supercouple Quola. He needed to heal and a family and she gave both to him. I remember them lying in each other’s arms after he saved her life in the diving accident in their first kiss, after months of almost kissing misses. Their engagement party had a Gone With the Wind theme.  Both Nola and her soon to be sister-in-law Vanessa showed up wearing Scarlet’s BBQ at 12 Oaks dress. When they saw each other, one of the best cat fights in soap history tore both dresses apart before they managed miraculously to put them back together and enter the party side by side. Nola and Quint’s wedding was incredible, Nola had to take a fire engine to the ceremony and they left by hot air balloon. They left the show fully in love and off to have incredible adventures on digs (Quint was an archeologist) around the world.

Quola fits my description of a good soap couple perfectly. Nola was a scrappy girl from the wrong side of the tracks, determined to scheme her way to fame and fortune and escape the drudgery of her family’s boarding house. Until she could really make it, she often had vivid fantasies based on movies. Quint was an archeologist.  They were both interesting people in their own right, but they were even better together. They played off each others strengths and they continued to turn story long after the happily ever after started. They were romantic and sexy. They had clever banter. They did romantic things and romantic gestures and had adventures.

When they met Quint was older and that played into their story as well. Quint was a mature man of the world and Nola who was street smart and clever, but had lived a very restricted life and was suddenly thrust into a whole new world. Quint had been very hurt by his experiences with other people and both Nola and her daughter Stacy, seemed to call out to him and Nola’s spirit brought him back to life. After her plans for taking Kelly away from Morgan had blown up in her face, Nola wanted a new start. Nola had answered an ad for a job and found herself working for Quint in a spooky Victorian household full of secrets. Slowly Nola became Quint’s assistant even on digs and eventually a full partner in everything, but his work and pretty close on that. She also helped Quint uncover what really had happened in his own past, including the fact that he was Henry Chamberlain’s illegitimate son. Eventually Quola had not only formed a supercouple, but also a nuclear family and an extended family.  They both developed a close relationship with Henry. While Vanessa, Henry’s daughter, at first resented Quint as a sudden sibling, they eventually became close as well. Vanessa and Nola stayed more in the rival categories, but it eventually became more friendly rivals. Meanwhile Quint got quite close to Nola’s brother Tony who he worked with on several adventures. Quinton’s housekeeper who at first seemed a Mrs. Danvers type slowly morphed into a trusted friend. Sadly Quola left town with only an occasional mention.

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In 1995, I was soooo excited when I heard they were coming back. I wanted to see them together and strong and dealing with problems in Springfield. Nola was a serious rival for Vanessa and one of the few people that could make Vanessa lose control. Quint was a true hero. Surely there was story there.  I was horrified what I saw instead. Nola had all the life drained out of her and was much closer to Lisa Brown’s dish water As the World Turns character than the buoyant, outgoing Nola I remembered. Quint had an affair with one of his archeology students. (Quint would never, never do that, he was still amazed that Nola loved him every day.) However, we had to listen to garbage and then when Quint begged Nola to come back, she refused him. Instead she ran the Reardon Boarding House and Company (which she had ALWAYS hated) and became obsessed with Buzz of all people (Buzz! I mean Buzz! Quint vs. Buzz – no contest, check please, even more so since Buzz was in love with Jenna at the time).  Eventually Nola left town to move back to California near her daughter and her reconciliation with Quint, which was suddenly dropped on screen, eventually happened off of it.

The story of their son’s name is just one example of this constant destruction. I remember him being born. They had a call in with three choices to let viewers pick the baby’s name. Me and my cousin debated most earnestly which name we were going to vote for and watched for clues which name Quint and Nola preferred. When he came back (as one of Rebecca Budig’s Michelle’s interchangeable also rans) his name was, wait for it……. J. The single letter J. I really cared what this kid was called and they had wound up so much meaning in his name and now it was….J. Talk about a terrible lesson, you could almost hear the TPTB laughing “we’ll teach you to care about something on this show.” Not the way to win friends and influence people guys, especially over something that would have NO impact on the story whatsoever, except hurt the investment of longtime fans. It wasn’t even something like it was cool nickname. J. I ask you?! (Ten years out and it still rankles.) This storyline was a terrible betrayal of two classic soap characters and one of the most romantic, unique, and memorable soap romances of all time. It has left a bitter taste in my mouth ever since. I have endeavored to convince myself that the whole mess was just one of Nola’s vivid fantasies and never happened. (It never REALLY happened. It never REALLY happened….)

When it was announced that Michelle was coming back alone and as a recast before the cancellation report came through, I was deathly afraid Manny was on a similar road. The small comfort I can take in the cancellation is that it stopped this terrible thing from happening.

(As an aside while J. had absolutely no biological connection to Michelle, their starter romance was quashed because of their relation through adoption and marriage, compare that reaction to the one Tammy and Jonathan – who WERE biologically related got.)

Although the part at the end where they spell out the terms of the contest isn’t here, SoapLovers Unversity has posted the episode they aired before announcing the contest. The three choices were Anthony James, Thomas Henry, and Quint Jr. (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5)

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.

Soap Classics DVD Directory Update 1

March 29, 2012

Updating the directory since the new release, here is a directory of the episodes offered on the Soap Classics Guiding Light DVD sets (the more we buy, the more they offer), I’ve constructed a chart of the episodes available for purchase so far in date order. I’ve also added the day of the week the episode originally aired to help set it up better. Set 1 is the original sampler set. Set 2 is the Reva Collection. Set 3 is the Phillip Collection. The  number I’m giving to help you find it is by set, by disc number within set, and episode on disc, plus the name of the disc it appears on to make them easier to find. For example, the episode “The Truth About Phillip” is 1.2.3 which is set 1, disc 2, and the third episode on the disc. This update I’ve included a final column. I’ve added an X in that column if there was a back to back episode available on any of the DVD sets.

Name Name of Disc Number of Set. Number of Disc. Number of Episode Date Originally Aired in US Day of the Week
Meet the Spauldings (a very early episode soon after the Spauldings arrive in town) The Story of Phillip Spaulding 3.1.1 Nov. 23, 1977 Wednesday
On the Trail of Roger Thorpe (Roger Goes Over Cliff) Villains & Vixens 1.4.1 April1, 1980 Tuesday
Many Sins of Nola Reardon, The Secrets And Scandals 1.2.1 July 27, 1981 Monday
Kelly Nelson Marries Morgan Richards Great Weddings
1.1.1 Aug. 18, 1981 Tuesday
And Carrie Makes Three Secrets And Scandals 1.2.2 July 12, 1982 Monday
Quinton Chamberlain Marries Nola Reardon Great Weddings
1.1.2 June 24, 1983 Friday
Truth About Phillip, The (Phillip’s Real Parents) Secrets And Scandals 1.2.3 Aug. 29, 1983 Monday
When Reva Came to Town (Reva’s 1st Episode) Story of Reva Shayne 2.1.1 Nov. 28, 1983 Monday
On the Run (Beth and Phillip in NYC) The Story of Phillip Spaulding 3.1.2 Dec. 19, 1983 Monday
Christmas, 1983 Springfield Through The Years
1.3.1 Dec. 23, 1983 Friday
Fountain of Truth, The (Original Reva in Fountain – Slut of Springfield) Villains & Vixens 1.4.2 July 30, 1984 Monday  X
Slut of Springfield, The (Day after fountain scene) Story of Reva Shayne 2.1.2 July 31, 1984 Tuesday  X
50th Anniversary Show, The (Charita Bauer Tribute) Springfield Through The Years
1.3.2 July 3, 1987 Friday
Sinister Sisters (Reva discovers Sonni/Solita are alters) Villains & Vixens 1.4.3 Dec. 30, 1988 Friday
Joshua Lewis Marries Reva Shayne Great Weddings 1.1.3 July 18, 1989 Tuesday
Arrivederci Reva (Reva Drives Off Bridge) Story of Reva Shayne 2.1.3 July 23, 1990 Monday
The Wedding (Beth Raines and Phillip Spaulding finally marry on Valentine’s Day) The Story of Phillip Spaulding 3.1.3 Feb. 14, 1991 Thursday
Payback is a Bitch (Alexander humiliates then husband Roger Thorpe at Lakeland Country Club) Villains & Vixens 1.4.4 July 12, 1991 Friday
Dreamgirls (Ross Marler Election Night Nightmare) Springfield Through The Years 1.3.3 Nov. 3, 1992 Tuesday
Husbands, Friends, and Lovers (Maureen’s Death) Secrets And Scandals 1.2.4 Jan 11, 1993 Monday
Annie’s Wedding From Hell (Reva stops Annie Dutton’s wedding to Alan Spaulding by showing up with Annie’s current husband) Villains & Vixens 1.4.5 Jan. 26, 1998 Monday
The Confession (Lizzie Spaulding confesses she killed her mother Beth’s abusive boyfriend Carl Stevens) The Story of Phillip Spaulding 3.1.4 June 1, 1998 Monday
Spaulding Ex-Wives Club, The (Joan Collins uses Phillip’s ex-wives against him) Secrets And Scandals 1.2.5 Oct 18, 2002 Friday
Like Mother, Like Son (3rd Fountain scene, Jonathan Randall) Story of Reva Shayne 2.1.4 Nov. 17, 2004 Wednesday
Gus Aitoro Marries Harley Cooper Great Weddings 1.1.4 Aug. 19, 2005 Friday
Reva and Josh 4-ever (Jeva decide not to divorce after all) Story of Reva Shayne 2.1.5 April 12, 2006 Wednesday
15,000th Episode, The (Alternative Universe Springfield, everything’s opposite) Springfield Through The Years
1.3.4 Sept. 7, 2006 Thursday
70th Anniversary Show, The (History of the Show recreated by current cast) Springfield Through The Years 1.3.5 Jan. 25, 2007 Thursday
A special double wedding. (Vanilly/Lillibuzz) Great Weddings 1.1.5 Sept 14, 2009 Monday X
Making Peace (As show fast approaches last episode, Alan and Phillip reconcile a final time) The Story of Phillip Spaulding 3.1.5 Sept. 15, 2009 Tuesday X

John Wesley Shipp on Nola Confrontation

February 29, 2012

 @Jalpats12 talked on Twitter with john wesley shipp (my beloved Kelly Nelson of  Morgan & Kelly fame) about his confrontation episode with Lisa Brown (Nola Reardon) available on the Soap Classics DVD set.  Called The Many Sins of Nola Reardon on the DVD set, it appears on disc 2 on “Secrets and Scandals.” It originally aired July 27, 1981.

Dr. Kelly Nelson was in love with Morgan Richards. However, Nola Reardon was desperate for a way out of her hardscrabble life at the boarding house. She determined Kelly was her ticket out. Armed with her vast knowledge of classic movies and an incredibly vivid imagination, Nola had been conspiring for months to keep Kelly and Morgan apart and to snag him for herself. Nola even slept with Floyd Parker determined to get pregnant so she could pass the baby off as Kelly’s and get him to marry her. They were to fly to Las Vegas and get married, but Nola’s mother Bea found out the truth and told Kelly in the previous episode.

In the exchange below they refer to iconic soap opera writer Douglas Marland. Soap writers are unionized and when they failed to come to an agreement, union writers weren’t allowed to write and they were replaced by non-union scabs for the duration of the strike. Unfortunately the payoff to the long term Nola-Kelly storyline came during the strike.

@Jalpats12 “Am thinking episode was totally redone by Marland at end of writers strike – actors had.1 day to learn it if that”

JWS: “a little more complicated. Lisa and I rehearsing and secretly calling doug with ideas and conversations and he would…surreptitiously call in rewrites based on our conversations. When the time came, Harry Eggart put one camera on Lisa… and one camera on me and one for two shot and said “go to it.” About 20 minutes I think of the show…first time that…had been done with just two characters, but the buildup was so intense. Shot DURING writers strike. Lots of credit…also to Director Harry Eggart who drew the parameters and then said, ‘hit it.” 🙂 Lisa and I were working, rehearsing…at home, etc. It was very exciting. So glad GL fans consider it still among their favorite moments. 🙂 …. i remember I was heartsick when the strike happened at the apex of what we had been working toward. But with a lot of…work and some cloak and dagger, I think it turned out alright! We were committed to getting it as close to right as we…could, whatever the price.”

UPDATED April 26 2016: I broke a couple of paragraphs and did a little clarity editing. I also added my signature block.

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Christmas Eve 1982

December 20, 2011

We continue with both the bad quality (but not so bad as last night’s by far) and the awesome couples during Christmas 1982. You might notice that I haven’t done as in depth descriptions of the episodes this year as last. Frankly it’s because I ran out of time, I hope you’ll enjoy them anyway.

We finally get to see Grant Aleksander the Phillip we all know and love. At this point Phillip was living with Jackie and Justin, after the mother who raised him decided that would be best for him after discovering he was their biological child (Alan had adopted Phillip when Jackie gave him up for adoption without telling Justin when their marriage fell apart, their own son died and Alan never told Elizabeth). Read more about it here:

Much later Jackie and Justin had reunited. Together they had a baby girl named Samantha who would be raised out of Springfield, but return for an ill-fated romance with Dylan leading her to be severely injured during Reva’s driving off a bridge fiasco. At this point, Phillip has been spending a lot of time at boarding school (Lincoln Prep) and didn’t even come back for Jackie’s funeral, he didn’t know she was really his mother.

It’s nice getting a glimpse of Bert’s house. Trouble for Maureen & Ed (I think that guy was an old boyfriend). I loved Hope and Alan, if only Alan had been stronger. I truly believe he loved hope. I really enjoyed Floyd’s slip over his daughter’s name. Nola had gotten pregnant via Floyd, but made Kelly think he was the father. Even after the truth came out, Nola named the baby girl Kelly, just to pick at Kelly and his wife Morgan. Having found a little more maturity, Nola renamed her Anastasia or Stacy.

This was also a big episode because it gives, if not the first mentions, very early mentions of LTA (Los Tres Amigos – the oil company founded by  Amanda-Ross-Josh) which would drive story for the next few years and the venerable Springfield institution Company.Also, another wonderful Mike Bauer at Christmas song.

Without further ado, enjoy Springfield 1982!

This was another great year. Glad to see the older Phillip. I was so hurt by Jackie’s death. This is Bert’s house. Maureen #1 before she fled to Oakdale. Sadly there was already trouble brewing between Hope and Alan. I truly believe that Alan really loved Hope. 4:27 Note Floyd’s Kelly-Stacie slip. [Part 1]

2:25 LTA begins! Jennifer is Amanda’s mother and the former mistress of both Alan and Brandon. [Part 2]

Mike Bauer sings at Christmas Eve “O Holy Night” 5:17 Tony and Company [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5]

Christmas Eve 1981

December 19, 2011

Welcome to Springfield Christmas 1981. This was a very good classic year. It’s kind of the year of great couples.

WARNING: The reception on these is not good. You can tell that they are a couple of generations off original tapes. I really hope by December 19, 2012 we’ll be able to stream high quality copies of this. At this point, it’s a good enough show to watch even though copy is bad for me.

Hope Bauer and Alan Spaulding were one of my first soap couples. I loved them together and in my mind they were a precursor to Manny.

We get to see Mike Bauer who is one of my favorite all time characters.

We also get to see a little bit of a pre-Josh Lewis destruction Kelly and Morgan who were my first soap couple.

Tony and Annabelle are a great couple, one of my all time favorites. I was devastated when they just suddenly moved out.

I also loved Carrie and Ross, even though you don’t really see either them or Justin and Jackie, they are clearly around and together. This was just a great couples year.

I adored Hope and Alan. Too bad in the end he couldn’t overcome his training and break away from his family’s twisted legacy to build a new life with Hope. MIKE! Mike should always have come back. Hillary Bauer, I loved her. I think this was before they ruined Morgan. I loved her with Kelly before Josh destroyed her. Oh, if only Hope, Alan & A-M could have had wonderful Xmases ahead. SOB! [Part 1]

Commercial ends 1:52 I adore Tony Reardon and Bea. Bea is Michelle’s grandmother. I loved the Boarding House kitchen. The lady in black was Quint and Nola’s housekeeper. Although she came around, she was originally intended to be a Mrs. Danhurst type character when Nola was first hired to work at the spooky house. I adored Carrie and Ross and I never got over how Ross totally dropped her, never even calling to check on her condition at the overseas hospital. [Part 2]

5:20 End Commercial A Katie-Hillary conversation! They were such great friends.  Josh is evil at this time Floyd, get away from him. [Part 3]

Love Kelly and Morgan singing. [Part 4]

Carrie and Ross were wonderful together. Why did she have to be nuts? I liked Jackie-Justin too. Although having read their backstory I now wonder why. Jackie Marler was an instance of the most diehard hopeful fan I ever ran into that pointed out  in 2009 that Jackie Marler was only assumed dead nearly 3 decades after the plane crash. [Part 5] [Part 6]

Guiding Light Cast Round Up 5

April 29, 2010

This is the fifth in an irregular feature where we will report updates on what cast members of Guiding Light are doing now.

First, instead of a person, this is an update about props. P&G prevented this prop house from using the name of the 2009 canceled soap in their auction on Sat. I’d be there if I could, instead read about it here:

And see photos of the items up for auction, sorry they’re in a warehouse and dirty, but you too could own a piece of “unnamed soap opera history.”

Tina Sloan (Lillian Raines) was interviewed by We Love Soaps.
Sloan has been very busy. She also did an interview “Sloan Not Slowing Down” in the April 13, 2010 Soap Opera Weekly. I’m sorry if some of this is wrong. She wasn’t terribly clear about some things (like if she was talking about 2 separate movies or 1 in her descriptions of them). Her book of the same title and covering some of the same material as her one-woman show, Changing Shoes, is due to be released Sept. 18, 2010. She has recently done 2 movies in addition to All My Love that I reported on last time. One is called Black Swan and the other is called Happy New Year which is about an Iraqi war vet. Sloan’s son has served in Iraq in real life. In addition, she is working on both web series Empire and Venice. She also says that she is still close to Beth Chamberlain (Beth Raines) and is godmother to Chamberlain’s son.

Wes Ramsey (Sam Spencer, Olivia Spencer’s younger brother, famous for climbing the exterior of the lighthouse) is now recurring on CSI: Miami. He was recently interviewed by his hometown paper. He is also featured in a pilot for NBC called The Event.|+The+eventful+latter+days+of+Wes+Ramsey

Ricky Paull Goldin (Gus Aitoro August Spaulding, who with Harley Cooper formed the popular GusH pairing) is still at the soap he dumped GL for, playing Jake on All My Children in a new popular pairing. He is also working on a special about the paranormal for The Learning Channel. Goldin’s father was Paul Goldin, a renowned hypnotist. Before Goldin’s father died he encouraged his son to make a show that would explore “people who have supernatural and paranormal abilities.” Goldin is interviewed in the April 13, 2010 Soap Opera Weekly. The special/possible pilot is entitled Seeing vs. Believing and will debut on TLC on Sun., May 2, 2o1o. Listen to an interview he gave Soap Central here:

Michael Tylo (Quint McCord Chamberlain, who with Nola Reardon formed the supercouple Quola) has recently reported on his website both that he has recently remarried and that his latest movie Prototype was just released on DVD in Europe. No word on its American release. Read Tylo’s  website http://www.michaeltyloonline.c­om

Johnny Messner (Rob Layne, Cassie’s ex, Tammy’s father) stars in the Hallmark channel’s movie Meet My Mom. He stars with Lori Loughlin as a solider who falls for his penpal’s mother. Watch Meet My Mom Sat., May 8, 2010 at 9 pm EST.

Pittsburgh (a big GL market)  Shower With the Soap Stars was a GL mini-reunion. Frank Dicopolulos (Frank Cooper), Jerry verDorn (Ross Marler), and Ron Raines (Alan Spaulding) all attended.

In between his stints on GL and ATWT, where he is now doing a great job playing Chris Hughes, Dan Cosgrove (Bill Lewis) made a guest appearance on ABC’s The Forgotten in an episode called “Canine John”. Check it out in reruns this summer.

The May 10, 2010 issue CBS Soaps in Depth features a shot of Kurt McKinney (Matt Reardon) with Kin Shriner. McKinney is now on ATWT as Ellis. Shriner says “We used to spend so much time together [when they both were on General Hospital at the same time]….Whenever we get together, the only thing we talk about is our love for and obsession with the movie Jaws. Each one of us can rattle off the Robert Shaw speech.” See the photo in CBS Soaps in Depth.

UPDATE: Liz just tweeted this. Liz Keifer (Blaker Marler)  is teaching a camera acting workshop. May 8, 1-4 Garrison NY.

Click on the Posted in “GL Cast Update category” below for more posts about keeping up with the Springfielders.

Quola Update

November 2, 2009

I’ve written about Quint and Nola before. You can read my take on the couple here:

While continuing my quest to find more Manny fanfic for my Story Index, I found out that there has been some activity on the Quola front. They have a website with screen captures and even a novel length fanfic. The people behind it seem just as determined as I was to undo the horrible Quola return of the late 1990s. In the finale episode, while they didn’t have Quint back, Nola did say they were back together. I was glad to hear it. Anyway visit their website here:

They have also just started an exclusive Quint and Nola channel on YouTube. Visit it here:

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