I don’t know what’s happening with the efforts to keep Guiding Light alive, but the one thing I do know is this: In just over three months, the last CBS episode will play out on our screens (and our Interwebz browsers, of course).
I’m incredibly happy that the show is bringing some familiar faces back, like Danny, Michelle and Mindy. Peter Simon’s return as Ed has been confirmed, and I keep hearing through the grapevine that Maureen Garrett will also make an appearance on our screens. This is awesome, since we really need to see Ed and Holly before GL is just a memory on CBS.
There’s a few more folks who once lived in Springfield that I’m curious about. It’s unlikely most of these characters could make a return visit, but I still wish we could see where they are now.
Here are ten (okay, eleven) old friends I’d like to see in Springfield again.
India Von Halkein. I’ve been clamoring for this for a while now – almost two years ago, I blogged about India. She’s just so much fun to watch every time she’s on screen. She’s a perfect foil for Phillip and Beth (and also a friend to Phillip, when push comes to shove).
Even if it’s only for one day (Phillip and Beth’s wedding day, maybe?) the show should ask the fabulous Mary Kay Adams back. If only to hear India call out across the room in her perfectly patrician voice: “Phillip!”
Kyle Sampson. I mentioned Kyle in my recent post about the Josh/Reva/Sonni/Will story. His disappearance – after fathering Ben Reade, discovering he was Billy’s half-brother and having a mad, passionate affair with Reva – is a great soap mystery.
I’m curious what Kyle has been up to – not to mention Larkin Malloy, also known as Travis Montgomery to AMC fans and the debonair Schuyler Whitney to those of us who remember Edge of Night (another canceled P&G soap).
Roxie Shayne. Roxie’s disappearance from Springfield has been nearly as mysterious as Kyle’s.I always wondered about Roxie, partly because she had so many ties to the people on our screens, and partly because it seemed so out of character for family-centric Reva to (a) forget about Roxie and (b) embrace Cassie so suddenly and completely.
Some of Roxie’s lengthy absence might be explained by the fact that no one seems to know where actress Kristi Ferrell is.
Trish Lewis. Before we see the last of Josh and Billy, I’d love to see them get a visit from sister Trish, and take time to remember their much-missed father, H.B. Lewis. We last saw Trish at Josh and Reva’s last wedding in 2002, but another visit is overdue.
Quinton and Nola Chamberlain. This should need absolutely no explanation. It’s Quint and Nola, people. And, oh yeah – we need to see them TOGETHER. (It would go a long way to wiping Nola’s last visit in town from our memories.)
Bridget Reardon. Bridget’s portrayer, Melissa Hayden, recently said in Soap Opera Digest that she’d love to come back for a visit. Here’s hoping she does (and bring Peter with you, Bridget). Just don’t get near any hair dryers….
Alan-Michael Spaulding. I know Rick Hearst is going to B&B soon, but I’m still holding out hope that we might see a few scenes with Hearst revisiting Alan-Michael.
A-M would be a welcome addition to the Spaulding family, which has already been revitalized by Grant Aleksander’s return as Phillip and the arrival of Zack Conroy as James. (More Marj Dusay as Alex, please!)
Tony Reardon. I’d love to see what happened to Tony; I always thought it would be fascinating to see a guy like Tony in his later years, and see how things went for him and Annabelle. Greg Beecroft was always so handsome, and he’d give Vanessa food for thought in terms of her current flirtation with two-time ex-husband Billy.
Marah Lewis. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Reva’s oldest. I’d love to see how Marah’s fashion career is doing. And I still wonder if Josh is really Marah’s biological father….or is it Kyle? Alan would know….
Annie Dutton. No list could be complete without a visit from our favorite naughty nurse Annie Dutton (in the form of Cynthia Watros). Annie may have been a bad, bad girl, but she also has (or had) a good side.
She has ties to Rick and Phillip, and for my money, Annie was the best match for Ron Raines’ version of Alan. And of course, Annie vs. Reva is always a big deal.