CBS’s Guiding Light ends today after 72 years on the air.

Guiding Light Final Cast (Photo: CBS)

Guiding Light Final Cast (Photo: CBS)

The last episode of Guiding Light airs on CBS today. The show, which has been on the air for 72 years, has weathered every change and enhancement in technology over the years. Originally starting on the radio before graduating to television, the legacy is impressive.  The show leaves the air  having won 70 Emmy awards over its broadcast tenure, including Outstanding Drama Series. Many fans will be celebrating the show’s finale with live blogs, Internet chats, and live Twitter feeds.

The show has a great history that has been passed on for generations. “It’s been reflecting American life back at America since before World War II,” said “Guiding Light” executive producer Ellen Wheeler in the Washington Post.

Their replacement is a remake of the popular game show ‘Let’s Make a Deal’  with host Wayne Brady premiering  Oct. 5.  Repeats of “The Price Is Right” will air in their time slot in the mean time.

Guiding Light was created by soap icon Irma Phillips. It debuted on NBC radio in 1937 as a 15-minute serial, then came to CBS television on June 30, 1952. In 1968, “Guiding Light” expanded to 30 minutes and, in 1977, it became a full hour.

The show was the training ground for many of today’s superstars, including Kevin Bacon, JoBeth Williams, James Earl Jones, Allison Janney, Brittany Snow, Hayden Panettiere and Melina Kanakaredes.

Guiding Light airs its final episode on September 22 on CBS.

The View Season Opening Sneak Peek

the-view-logoThe View returns on Tuesday, September 8 with an all new look for the opening. Director, Mark Gentile, gives a look. The co-hosts, who recently won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Hosts, will accept their award on the air, having chosen to opt out of attending the awards show in which they have been nominated for numerous times and never won. The show is hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters and Elizabeth Hasselbeck.

Here is a sneak peek at the new opening: View Opening

The View airs weekdays on ABC. Online episodes of the show are available at ABC.com

Daytime Emmy Winners and Fashion Wrap Up

There really wasn’t a best and worst dressed for this year’s Daytime Emmys but the event was one to be remembered none the less. The show, hosted by Vanessa Williams and shown on the CW, has received mixed reviews, but the awards themselves were well deserved.  Here is a complete list of winners, along with some of the most notable fashions of the night.

General Hospital's Julie Marie Berman in a Versace Gown

General Hospital's Julie Marie Berman in a Versace Gown

DRAMA SERIES
“The Bold and the Beautiful”

ACTOR
Christian LeBlanc, “Young and the Restless”

Susan Haskell in a Giovanni Gown

One Life To Live's Susan Haskell in a Giovanni Gown

ACTRESS
Susan Haskell, “One Life to Live”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
(Tie)
Jeff Branson, “Guiding Light”
Vincent Irizarry, “All My Children”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Tamara Braun, “Days of Our Lives”

YOUNGER ACTOR
Darin Brooks, “Days of Our Lives”

YOUNGER ACTRESS
Julie Berman, “General Hospital”

DAYTIME DRAMA DIRECTING
“One Life to Live”

DAYTIME DRAMA WRITING
“General Hospital”

TALK SHOW (INFORMATIVE)
“The Tyra Banks Show”

TALK SHOW (ENTERTAINMENT)
“Rachael Ray”

TALK SHOW HOST
Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters, “The View”

Bold & The Beautiful's Ashley Jones wearing a $79 gown from H&M

Bold & The Beautiful's Ashley Jones wearing a $79 gown from H&M

GAME SHOW
“Cash Cab”

GAME SHOW HOST
Meredith Vieira, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”

MORNING PROGRAM
“Good Morning America”

For a full list of winners of the creative emmys, click here: Emmy Winners

To View More Full Emmy Fashions: Emmy Fashions

Daytime Emmy 2009 updates

daytime_emmy_x01This years Daytime Emmy Awards will have a new look, a new sound, and a prime-time host. Consulting executive producer Al Schwartz talked to Soap Opera Weekly Magazine and shared some the highlights that will make this year’s show an event to remember.

Host Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty) will do an opening number traditional of the recent Oscar Awards ceremony hosted by Hugh Jackson earlier this week. “We’re doing a fashion show that we’ve never done before. …Seven soaps will be featured in the fashion show. It won’t be a runway fashion show; it’ll be more like a photo op, with photographers snapping pictures of them in front of the audience. It will be capped by the all-time diva, Susan Lucci (Erica, All My Children). ”

To read the full article loaded with details about the show, pick up the September 1 issue of Soap Opera Weekly Magazine on newstands now.

The Daytime Emmy Awards air on Sunday, August 30 at 8pm on the CW.

Daytime Emmy Awards Promo With Host Vanessa Williams

Here’s a brief promo for the 2009 Daytime Emmy Awards hosted by Vanessa Williams. The awards will broadcast live on Sunday August 30.

Susan Lucci and Erica Kane go to Africa

Susan Lucci volunteering for DAYTIME GIVES BACK

Susan Lucci volunteering for DAYTIME GIVES BACK

All My Children’s Erica Kane heads to Africa next week. The Daytime Emmys has a produced a segment to air on the 36th Annual Emmy Awards on August 30th called DAYTIME GIVES BACK. General Hospital’s Tony Geary and Kelly Monaco recently went to Kenya to help the kids who are dying there. The actors visited a number of the country’s slums and helped serve food, bought much needed supplies, and even played with the children.

All My Children’s Executive Producer, Julie Hanan Carruthers honed the idea for Erica Kane to go as well. The show plans to use some of the footage shot with Erica in Kenya to kick of a new storyline for the show.

Erica heads to Africa on All My Children on Thursday, August 20th. Lucci will be a presenter at the Daytime Emmy Ceremony which will be held in Los Angeles and will air on the CW.

ABC and SOAPnet released a bit of footage in a Sneak Preview of next weeks storylines. Check out some of the footage at the 1:05 mark in the clip.

Susan Lucci announced as one of the presenters for the Daytime Emmy Awards

51052111VB034_emmynomPresenters for the “36th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards” have been announced. The ceremony will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 on the CW network. Vanessa Williams is the host. There will be a one hour Red Carpet Pre-show right before the ceremony, hosted by Lara Spenser and Kevin Fraiser.

The presenters include: Kristin Alderson (“One Life to Live”), Bradford Anderson (“General Hospital”), Tyra Banks (“The Tyra Banks Show”), Brandon Buddy (“One Life to Live”), Patrick Duffy (“The Bold and the Beautiful”),Melissa Claire Egan (“All My Children”), Colin Eggelsfield (“Melrose Place”), Jennie Garth (“90210”) and Anthony Geary (“General Hospital”).

Other presenters include Van Hansis (“As the World Turns”), Elizabeth Hendrickson (“The Young and the Restless”), Bindi Irwin (“Bindi the Jungle Girl”), Jay Kenneth Johnson (“Days of Our Lives”), Katherine Kelly Lang (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Lori Loughlin (“Melrose Place”),Susan Lucci (“All My Children”), Gilles Marini (“Dancing with the Stars”), Kyle Massey (“That’s So Raven”) and Chris Massey (“Zoey 101”).

And finally there is Cameron Mathison (“All My Children”), Dr. Phil McGraw (“Dr. Phil”), Billy Miller (“The Young and the Restless”), Ronn Moss (“The Bold & the Beautiful”), Robert Newman (“Guiding Light”), Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Rachael Ray (“The Rachael Ray Show”), James Scott (“Days of Our Lives”), Jake Silbermann (“As The World Turns”), Kirsten Storms (“General Hospital”), Dr. Travis Stork (“The Doctors”), Alex Trebek (“Jeopardy”), Betty White, Montel Williams and Kim Zimmer (“Guiding Light”).