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Final title card, 2008–2009
|Created by||Irna Phillips|
|Written by||Carolyn Culliton (2002–2003)
Lloyd Gold (2002–2009)
Ellen Weston (2003–2004)
David Kreizman (2004–2009)
Chris Dunn (2008–2009)
Jill Lorie Hurst (2008–2009)
|Starring||List of cast members|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||NBC: 2,500
|Executive producer(s)||Sheri Anderson (1986–1997)
Robert Calhoun (1987–1991)
Jill Farren Phelps (1991–1995)
Michael Laibson (1995–1996)
Paul Rauch (1996–2003)
John Conboy (2003–2004)
Ellen Wheeler (2004–2009)
|Running time||15 minutes (1937–1968)
30 minutes (1968–1977)
60 minutes (1977–2009)
|Production company(s)||Procter & Gamble Productions (1986–2008)
TeleNext Media for P&G Prod. (2008–2009)
|Original channel||NBC Radio (1937–1946)
CBS Radio (1947–1956)
CBS TV (1952–2009)
|Original run||NBC Radio:
January 25, 1937
– November 29, 1946
June 2, 1947
– June 29, 1956
June 30, 1952 – September 18, 2009
Guiding Light (known as The Guiding Light before 1975, or simply GL) is an American television soap opera that is credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running drama in television history, running from 1952 until 2009, preceded by a 15-year broadcast on the radio. When combining its total run of 72 years on radio and television, Guiding Light is the second-longest running program of any kind in history, exceeded only by Music and the Spoken Word. With over 18 000 episodes produced, Guiding Light has more episodes than any program in the history of radio and television, and four times more episodes than Music and the Spoken Word.
First broadcast five days after President Franklin D. Roosevelt's second inauguration, the title The Guiding Light refers to a lamp in the study of Reverend Dr. John Ruthledge (a major character when the show debuted) that family and residents could see as a sign for them to find help when needed.
Guiding Light was created by Irna Phillips, and began as an NBC Radio serial on January 25, 1937. In June 2, 1947, the show moved to CBS Radio, before starting on June 30, 1952, on CBS Television. It would continue to air concomitantly on radio until June 29, 1956. The series was expanded from 15 minutes to a half hour in 1968, and then to a full hour on November 7, 1977. It aired its 15,000th televised episode on September 6, 2006.
On April 1, 2009, CBS canceled Guiding Light due to low ratings. The show taped its final scenes on August 11, 2009, and its final episode aired on September 18, 2009. On October 5, 2009, CBS replaced Guiding Light with an hour-long revival of Let's Make a Deal, hosted by Wayne Brady.
Guiding Light has had a number of plot sequences over the show's long history, on both radio and television. These plot sequences include complex storylines, and different writers and casting.
The series was created by Irna Phillips, who based it on personal experiences. After giving birth to a still-born baby at age 19, she found spiritual comfort listening to the on-air sermons of Preston Bradley, a famous Chicago preacher and founder of the People's Church, a church which promoted the brotherhood of man. It was these sermons that formed the nucleus of the creation of The Guiding Light, which began as a radio show. The original radio show began airing 15 minute episodes on January 25, 1937, on NBC Radio. The show moved to CBS Radio in 1947.
The Guiding Light began airing on CBS Television on June 30, 1952. With the transition to television the main characters became the Bauers, a lower-middle class German immigrant family. These episodes were also 15 minutes long. During the period from 1952 to 1956, The Guiding Light existed as both a radio and television serial, with actors recording their performances twice each day the shows aired. The radio broadcast of The Guiding Light ceased production in 1956, ending this overlap.
The Guiding Light ranked as the #1 rated soap opera both in 1956 and 1957, before being dethroned in 1958 by As the World Turns.  After Irna Phillips moved to As the World Turns in 1958, her protege Agnes Nixon became Head Writer of The Guiding Light.
Agnes Nixon relinquished her role as head writer in 1965 to go to Another World. On March 13, 1967, The Guiding Light was first broadcast in color. A year later, the show expanded from 15 to 30 minutes.
The 1960s saw the introduction of African-American characters, and the main focus of the show shifted to Bill and Bert's children, Mike and Ed.
A number of new characters were introduced during the mid-to-late-1960s, perhaps most notably Dr. Sara McIntyre, who would remain a central character through the early 1980s.
Much of the story during the first half of the 1970s was driven by Stanley Norris' 1971 murder and the ensuing trial, as well as the exploits of villainesses Charlette Waring and Kit Vested. (Scheming, vindictive Charlotte was murdered by Kit in 1973, and then Kit herself was shot by Joe Werner in self-defense in 1974, after she had attempted to poison Sara McEntire.)
Feeling pressure from newer, more youth-oriented soap operas such as All My Children, Procter & Gamble hired head writers Bridget and Jerome Dobson in 1975. The Dobsons introduced a more nuanced, psychologically layered writing style, and included timely storylines, including a complex love/hate relationship between estranged spouses/step-siblings Roger and Holly. They also created a number of well-remembered characters, including Rita Stapleton, whose complex relationships with Roger and Ed would propel much of the story for the remainder of the decade, and Alan Spaulding and Ross Marler, who would both remain central characters into the 2000s (decade).
The decision was made in 1977 to re-introduce the thought-dead character of Bill Bauer. Everyone thought that he had died in an airplane crash in 1969, but he was said to actually be alive. Hillary Kincaid (Bauer), Bill's daughter (and thus Ed and Mike's half-sister) was also introduced during this period, and she would become a major character who would remain into the mid-1980s.
Shocking to most viewers, Jerome and Bridget Dobson killed the show's young heroine, Leslie Jackson Bauer. She was killed by a drunken driver, and many viewers stopped watching the show because of this death.
In the fall of 1975, the name was changed in show's opening and closing visuals from The Guiding Light to Guiding Light. On November 7, 1977, the show expanded to a full hour and aired from 2:30–3:30 p. m. daily.
The show in the 1970s focused on the Bauers and the Spauldings. Several notable characters were introduced.
In 1980, the Dobsons began writing As the World Turns, and were replaced by writer and former actor Douglas Marland. He created some new characters like vixen Nola Reardon. In May 1980, Guiding Light won its first Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Achievement in a Daytime Drama.
During the early 1980s, the show began to focus more on younger characters, in an attempt to compete with the younger-skewing ABC soaps. A number of longtime characters were written out during this time, including Ben and Eve McFarren, Diane Ballard, Sara McIntyre, Adam Thorpe, Barbara Norris Thorpe, Justin Marler and Steve Jackson; actress Lenore Kasdorf left the show in 1981, and producers decided not to recast the role of Rita Stapleton Bauer, given how popular Kasdorf had been; and Bauer family matriarch Bertha "Bert" Bauer died, after Charita Bauer's death in 1985. (The character was initially said to be visiting Meta Bauer for several months, until a tribute episode could be constructed where the characters could mourn Bert's passing onscreen.)
An ever more complicated storyline focused on the Bauers, Spauldings, Reardons, and Raines families. Pam Long became head writer in 1983 and refocused the show on Freddy Bauer (now called "Rick"), Phillip Spaulding, Mindy Lewis, and Beth Raines. She also introduced characters Alexandra Spaulding and Reva Shayne. Long would return for a second stint from 1987 to 1990.
Holly Norris and Roger Thorpe returned to the show in 1988 and 1989, respectively. (Both characters had been written out since 1980.)
With the new decade, the show's storytelling transitioned from Long's homespun, earthy style to a more realistic style with a new group of head writers. The Bauers, Spauldings, Lewises, and the Coopers had been established as core families, and most major plot developments circled around them.
The show suffered major character losses mid-decade, including the car accident death of Maureen Bauer and the exit of Alexandra Spaulding from the story. As the decade progressed, the show began a series of outlandish plot twists seemingly to compete with the serials Passions and Days of our Lives.
In an attempt to revive the show, the character Reva Shayne was brought back to Springfield in April 1995. She'd been presumed dead for the previous five years, after having driven her car off of a bridge and into the water off the Florida Keys and later that July, Marcy Walker, was axed after nearly two years with the show, playing the anti-hero, Tangie Hill in favor of the full-time return of fan favorite, Nola Chamberlain, portrayed by Lisa Brown. Brown return on-screen as Nola Chamberlain in late-July 1995, with Walker appearing on-screen as Tangie Hill a month later, in August 1995.
In January 1996, soap veteran Mary Stuart joined the cast as Meta Bauer (though referred to many times over the years, the long-running character originally played by Ellen Demming had not been seen onscreen since 1974); the character would remain on the show until Stuart's death in 2002.
The 2000s (decade) began with the splitting of the show into two locales: Springfield and the island nation of San Cristobel. In Springfield, the Santos mob dynasty created much of the drama. Meanwhile, the royal Winslow family had their own series of intrigues to deal with. In 2002, however, San Cristobel was written off the show and the mob's influence in the story was subsequently diminished and, with the departure of character Danny Santos in 2005, eliminated altogether. Also, Guiding Light celebrated its 50th Anniversary as a TV show on June 30, 2002.
In 2004, former director and actress Ellen Wheeler (Emmy Award winner as an actress for All My Children and Another World) took over as executive producer of Guiding Light. She and writer David Kreizman made numerous changes to the sets, stories, and the cast. Several veteran actors were dropped, mainly because of budget cuts. Kreizman and Wheeler also re-hired actress, Marcy Walker, who re-introduced the character of Tangie Hill from August 2005 to February 2006, a role she previously played from 1993 to 1995. Because of the lack of veteran influence, Wheeler refocused the show on the youth of Springfield, centering on the controversial pairing of cousins Jonathan and Tammy.
The show marked its 70th broadcast anniversary in 2007. The anniversary was commemorated with the launch of website FindYourLight.net and a program of outreach, reflecting Irna Phillips' original message. There was also a special episode in January 2007, with current cast members portraying Phillips and some of the earlier cast members. The show also introduced special anniversary opening credits.
Despite low ratings, the show won 2007 Daytime Emmy Awards for Best Writing and Best Show (sharing Best Show with The Young and the Restless).
On April 1, 2009, CBS announced that it would not renew the show and the last broadcast date would be September 18, 2009. Procter & Gamble initially announced that they would attempt to find another outlet to distribute the show, but later admitted that they had been unsuccessful in doing so, and that on September 18, after 57 years on television (preceded by 15 years on radio for a total broadcast history of 72 years), Guiding Light would end its broadcast run on CBS.
During the final weeks on the air, numerous characters from the show's past passed through Springfield one last time, culminating with Ed and Holly, who impulsively embark on an unspecified journey together. Alan Spaulding suffers a fatal heart attack during the final week, but not before resolving conflicts with many former adversaries, including Jonathan. Alan's death brings nearly the entire town together, in a way that could not have happened while he was still alive. Alexandra takes Alan's death particularly hard, but is pleased when Fletcher Reade shows up at the Spaulding Mansion after Alan's service, and convinces her to accompany him to Europe. Beth and Phillip have grown closer and decide to remarry; Mindy Lewis returns to Springfield for good, and she and Rick also grow closer. Reva and Josh have a discussion, and agree that they each have their respective issues that they need to work through. Josh tells Reva that he is leaving Springfield for a job for the next year, but proposes that he will return one year from that date, and if by that time, she wants to reunite with him, she should meet him at the lighthouse, and if she is not there, he will assume she has moved on without him.
The final episode has an upbeat tone, featuring many of the characters gathering in the park for a large picnic. Toward the end of the episode, it jumps forward one year, by which time, Phillip and Beth have reunited, as have Rick and Mindy. Olivia and Natalia, happy with their new baby, pick Rafael up, as he returns from the Army. The episode concludes with Josh arriving at the lighthouse, as promised, and finding Reva there. They declaring their undying love. James, Ashlee, and Daisy leave Springfield and move to Santa Barbara, California. Josh asks if Reva is packed, to go on an adventure. The two grab the luggage, and with Reva's young son, they climb into Josh's pick-up truck. Josh says to Reva, "You ready?" She replies "Always." As the truck drives away with the lighthouse in the background, "The End" appears on the screen before a final fadeout. The song heard playing in the background during the final scene is "Together" by Michelle Branch.
The final episode also included the original tag line, with some revision, printed on the screen with the words "There is a destiny that makes us FAMILY" (replacing the word 'brothers'), as well as quick clips of each of the show's title cards and announcers over the six decades it was on television, leading to the show's former long-time opening announcement: "And now, The Guiding Light".
Guiding Light was broadcast from three locations: Chicago (where creator Irna Phillips resided), from 1937 until 1946; Hollywood, from 1947 until 1952; and New York City starting in 1952. It was moved from Chicago to Hollywood (despite objections of both Phillips and Arthur Peterson) to take advantage of the talent pool. Production was subsequently moved to New York City, where the majority of soap operas were produced during the 1950s, 1960s and much of the 1970s; it remained based in New York City until the show's conclusion. Its final taping location was the CBS studios in midtown Manhattan. From the 1970s to the 1990s it was filmed at the Chelsea Studios. From shortly before February 29, 2008, outdoor scenes were shot on location in Peapack, New Jersey. The location filming coincided with another significant production change, as the series became the first American weekday soap opera to be recorded digitally. The production team chose to shoot with Canon XH-G1 HDV camcorders. Unlike the old production model with pedestal-style cameras and traditional three-sided sets, handheld cameras allowed producers to choose as many locations as they wished.
In the daytime drama's 57th season on television and 72nd overall season, the show had changed its look to a more realistic experience in an attempt to compete with the growing popularity of reality television. On February 29, 2008, a new opening replaced the 70th anniversary opening. The new look of Guiding Light included free-hand camera work and less action shown on traditional studio sets. Producer Ellen Wheeler introduced a "shaky-cam" style, present in a number of films, featuring extreme-closeups and frequent cuts, including those that "broke the axis" (which proved disorienting to viewers accustomed to shows with the traditional "soap opera look"). Also new was the shooting of outdoor scenes that took place in actual outdoor settings. Even many indoor scenes had more of an "on location" feel, repurposing real locations, such as Guiding Light's production offices, to be motel rooms, nail salons, quick-mart and other businesses or locations. Thereby, the show had numerous sets without the cost of numerous separate locations. CBS and the show's producers had hoped that the new look would help reinvent the show and raise ratings, making the longest-running program in daytime history a model for the future of daytime, but the plan was ultimately unsuccessful.
Nevertheless, the new production style was partly adopted by at least two other CBS soaps. Both The Bold and the Beautiful (for example, Bikini Beach and areas around the Forrester Creations building) and As the World Turns (for example the Snyder farm, the lake, and numerous other scenes featuring the teenage characters) have notably increased their use of this style in their daily production, where before those types of shoots were limited to special trips taken by the characters. Hand camera has also been used on several occasions on the ABC soap opera All My Children. But Guiding Light remains to date the only soap that has used the concept on a full-time basis.
|Start date||End date||Time slot
|January 25, 1937||December 26, 1941||—||15||NBC Radio||Chicago||Canceled by Procter & Gamble, resulting in 75,000 protest letters.|
|March 16, 1942||November 29, 1946||—||Canceled by General Mills.|
|June 2, 1947||June 27, 1952||—||CBS Radio||Hollywood||—|
|June 30, 1952||June 29, 1956||12:45 pm||CBS||New York City||Radio & TV concurrently|
|July 2, 1956||September 6, 1968||CBS Television||—|
|September 9, 1968||November 28, 1975||2:30 pm||30||—|
|December 1, 1975||November 4, 1977||2:00 pm||—|
|November 7, 1977||February 1, 1980||2:30 pm||60||—|
|February 4, 1980||September 18, 2009||3:00 pm||As early as 1993, some affiliates began airing the show at 9 AM, 10 AM, or noon local time in favor of local programming.|
The action has also been set in three different locales – it was based in the fictional towns of Five Points and Selby Flats before its final locale of Springfield.
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Unlike most attempts made by popular radio serials to convert to a television version, Guiding Light did not have any difficulty holding onto its old listening audience and making new viewers simultaneously. This was made easy by the fact that neither ABC nor NBC broadcast programs on their respective networks at 2:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 Central, where CBS first placed Guiding Light. Six months into the run, however, the network moved the serial to a timeslot that gave it great popularity with its housewife audience, 12:45 p.m./11:45 a.m., where it ran for the next 15 years and eight months, sharing the half hour with its sister Procter & Gamble-packaged soap, Search for Tomorrow. Guiding Light handled the competition breezily, even legendary shows such as Queen for a Day on ABC (briefly in 1960) and NBC's Truth or Consequences. Usually, Guiding Light ranked second in the Nielsen ratings behind another P&G serial, As the World Turns.
By 1968, however, changing viewership trends prompted CBS to expand its last two 15-minute daytime dramas, disrupting long-standing viewing habits. Search For Tomorrow took over the entire 12:30–1/11:30–Noon period, with Guiding Light returning to its first timeslot, 2:30/1:30, albeit in the now-standard half-hour format, on September 9. This also caused the dislocation of The Secret Storm and the beloved Art Linkletter's House Party, as well as the cancellation of the daytime To Tell the Truth. It would not be the last time, though, as the next 12 years would bring several shifts around CBS' lineup.
The 1970s saw Guiding Light's popularity dip somewhat, largely from the competition posed by younger-leaning serials such as The Doctors on NBC, but it still garnered decent ratings. After four years, CBS bumped its timeslot up by a half-hour to accommodate P&G's demand that Edge of Night move to 2:30/1:30, a move that led to the end of that show on CBS three years later. In the meantime, Guiding Light stayed steadily on course against NBC's Days of our Lives, another soap favored by younger women, and ABC's The Newlywed Game. In late 1974, ABC replaced Newlywed with The $10,000 Pyramid, which went on to garner strong ratings, but not greatly at GL's expense. Meanwhile, by fall 1975 (at this point, the show had officially dropped the word "The" from its title. although it was still referred to as The Guiding Light on air for several years after), the impending departure of Edge and CBS' planned expansion of As the World Turns affected Guiding Light by pushing it back to 2:30/1:30 in December, where NBC still ran The Doctors and ABC had a short-lived hit the next year with an updated Break the Bank. To complicate the picture further, ABC opted to make its first show expansions, that of One Life to Live and General Hospital, in July 1976, each occupying one-half of a 90-minute block until November 4, 1977.
With this in mind, ABC and CBS acted to give a contending chance to both General Hospital and Guiding Light by expanding them to an hour in length on November 7, 1977, strategically keeping their start times different in order to dissuade viewers from turning to the other networks. This gained particular importance when ABC finally added 15 minutes to One Life to Live on January 16, 1978, so that Guiding Light straddled those two programs, as well as the first half of sister P&G show Another World on NBC. Despite General Hospital surprising all observers by skyrocketing from near-cancellation to the top place in the ratings with the Luke and Laura storyline, Guiding Light, holding its own while in direct competition with General Hospital, still hit an upswing as the decade ended.
On February 4, 1980, CBS bumped Guiding Light down again, to 3pm/2c, in the midst of a major scheduling shuffle intended to give The Young and the Restless (itself now expanding to an hour length) a shot at beating ABC's All My Children. It remained in this timeslot for the rest of its run, facing General Hospital and NBC entries such as Texas, The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour and Santa Barbara. none of which made significant impacts upon Guiding Light. Furthermore, General Hospital eventually petered out by the mid-1980s as well.
Overall, the first half of the 1980s saw a revival in Guiding Light’s popularity, with a top-five placing achieved in most years, and, for a brief period, it even managed to dethrone then-powerhouse General Hospital from the #1 ratings spot for three consecutive weeks. As the decade progressed, however, the ratings slipped a bit, although it was still performing solidly. In 1995, beginning with CBS flagship station WCBS-TV in New York, Guiding Light began airing at 10 a.m. Eastern time in several markets. The show's solid performance began to crumble by the mid-1990s, when the show's ratings sunk as low as eighth place out of eleven. However, during the controversial clone storyline in 1998, the ratings experienced a brief resurgence. Nielsen reported Guiding Light had 5 million viewers in 1999.
Up until its finale in 2009, stations in a number of markets aired Guiding Light in the morning either at 9 or 10 a.m. local time: Miami, Chicago, Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Fort Wayne, Ind., South Bend, Ind., Portland, Me., Albany, N.Y., and Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Pa.. Guiding Light aired at 12 noon local time in Honolulu, Hawaii. In Savannah, GA, it aired at 4:00pm local time.
Before 2004, stations that aired Guiding Light in the morning were always one episode behind those that aired the program at its official timeslot of 3:00pm (ET). This changed in March 2004, during the first day of the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, in which stations that aired Guidng Light at 10:00am were able catch up with stations that aired Guiding Light at 3:00pm. Starting in 2006, stations that aired Guding Light at 9:00am were also offered a same-day feed to catch up with the rest of the network. As a result of this, daily episodes for the remaining years of GL were the same on all stations regardless of timeslot.
Guiding Light maintained strong ratings in Pittsburgh, despite being moved to 10:00 AM in 2006. According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Dr. Phil hasn't been able to pull in the same numbers that Guuding Light did in that time slot a year prior, while Guiding Light maintained its audience share.
Two CBS affiliates did not air GL. One was KOVR-TV in Sacramento, California. KOVR had become a CBS affiliate in 1995. Despite its affiliate status, KOVR did not air Guiding Light. Before CBS affiliated with KOVR, it had been affiliated in Sacramento with KXTV. KXTV had dropped Guiding Light from its schedule in 1992 and never aired it again. As such, Guiding Light has been preempted on the Sacramento area since 1992. WNEM-TV in Flint/Saginaw/Bay City, Michigan also did not air Guiding Light. They initially ran the soap before they dropped it in 1996 because of disappointing ratings. In the fall of 2006, WNEM began running Guiding Light on its digital channel My 5.
In Canada, Guiding Light was available directly through CBS from the 1960s until the show's ending in 2009. However, Guiding Light also made it on several Canadian television stations over the time. The first Canadian station to broadcast GL was Atlantic Satellite Network (ASN), as a supplementary service to its ATV system of CTV affiliates exclusively for Atlantic Canada, which aired the program simultaneously with the CBS feed from 1983 to 1984, then the broadcast was moved at 12 noon until 1985. Also in 1984, TVA, a Quebec privately owned French-language television network, rebroadcast in translation episodes 12 months behind for a short period. In the early 1990s, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) briefly aired the P&G serial nationally at 3:00 p.m. in each specific local time zone, but dropped it in 1991. After an hiatus on Canadian stations for many years, the series came back on CHCH-TV, exclusively for the province of Ontario market. In September 2007, Global picked up the show nationwide after CHCH-TV dropped it, claiming Passions’ former time slot. Guiding Light returned to CHCH for the rest of its run when Global decided to air The Doctors.
Internationally, Guiding Light currently airs in Iceland, Italy, Hungary and Serbia. It also aired September 3, 2007 to August 26th 2011 in the UK on Zone Romantica /CBS Drama, series was pulled at the point where the outside location filming was due to begin. Last screened scene in the UK was Cassie hiding out with troubled son Will – just as the rest of the family were discovering that he had actually killed his father Alonzo.
60 Minutes featured a segment on the cast and crew of Guiding Light discussing the show and its eventual cancellation. The segment was re-broadcast on July 18, 2010.
|Head writer(s)||Years||Executive producers|
|Irna Phillips||1937–1952||David Lesan, Joe Ainley, Carl Waster|
|1952–1956||David Lesan, Joe Ainley|
|Irna Phillips||1952–1958||Lucy Ferri Rittenberg|
|David Lesan, Julian Funt, Theordore Ferro, Mathilde Ferro, John Boruff, James Lipton and Gabrielle Upton||1966–1968|
|Robert Soderberg and Edith Sommer||1969–1973|
|James Gentile, Robert Cenedella and James Lipton||1973–1975|
|Allen M. Potter|
|Bridget and Jerome Dobson||1975–1979|
|Pat Falken Smith||1982–1983|
|L. Virginia Browne, Gene Palumbo||1983|
|Pamela K. Long and Richard Culliton||1983–1984|
|Pamela K. Long and Jeff Ryder||1984–1986|
|Jeff Ryder||Feb. 1986 – Sep. 1986|
|Mary Ryan Munisteri & Ellen Barrett||Sep. 1986 – Nov. 1986|
|Oct. 1986 – Dec. 1986||Joseph D. Manetta|
|Joseph D. Manetta and Sheri Anderson||Dec. 1986 – early 1987|
|Pamela K. Long||1987–1990|
|Stephen Demorest, James E. Reilly, and Nancy Curlee||1990–1991|
|Stephen Demorest, James E. Reilly, Nancy Curlee, and Lorraine Broderick||1991–1993|
|Jill Farren Phelps|
|Stephen Demorest, Patrick Mulcahey, Nancy Williams Watt, Millee Taggert, and Sheri Anderson||1993–1995|
|Michael Conforti and Victor Miller||1996|
|James Harmon Brown and Barbara Esensten||1996–2000|
|Millee Taggert and Carolyn Culliton||2002–2003|
|David Kreizman, Christopher Dunn, Lloyd Gold, and Jill Lorie Hurst||2008–2009|
In January 2012, SoapClassics released a 4 DVD collection of 20 selected episodes. The oldest episode on the collection dates from April 1, 1980, while the latest episode is from September 14, 2009, during the show's final broadcast week. The company has since released special collections celebrating Reva Shayne and Phillip Spaulding. Also beginning in June 2012 the series will be released in dvd in Germany beginning with the 1979 episodes...