Guiding Light’s been on a creative roll for months now. The news that CBS dropped GL hasn’t broken its stride at all. Many of us in the blogosphere, including Sara Bibel and Roger Newcomb, have raved about last week – a cross-section of all of GL’s strengths, topped off with a heartbreaking, give-her-the-damn-Emmy-now performance by Crystal Chappell.
I found myself screaming “Tell her! Tell her!” at the television, something a soap hasn’t made me do in ages. This is classic soap, and I want to follow every day of it. How, then, can this be cancelled?
I’d intended to post a full column on this topic, but I don’t know that I could add anything to the phenomenal essay by J Bernard Jones that’s been posted on the Daytime Confidential site. If you haven’t already, go and check it out.
DC is also giving us a glimpse of what’s happening with the efforts to find GL a new home.
And speaking of the efforts to keep the show alive…..All of the fans who have written an e-mail, made a phone call or registered their opinions are owed a debt of thanks. But I’d especially like to shine the spotlight on the Otalia fans and the Big Purple Dreams community.
“Fanbase” can often be a nasty word, and those fanbases can often be a nest of negativity. (Many of us who visited message boards like The Buzz still have unpleasant memories of how divisive groups like the “Manny” fans could be.)
But I have been in awe of these fans.
They’ve been unfailingly positive. Their comments are on message and simple: We love this couple; give us more.
More importantly, they’re enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the entire show, and not just “their” storyline – which is unusual for a fanbase.
They’re a mobilized, informed, determined group of people who number in the thousands. Most of those people have been doing some heavy lifting writing letters, commenting on articles and making calls. Their enthusiasm is very, very much appreciated.