A few quick thoughts and news bites, all related to Guiding Light:
AND BABY MAKES THREE: Congratulations to Jessica Leccia (Natalia) and husband Brian Malloy on the birth of their daughter, Ivy. (Since many Otalia addicts call Natalia “Dimples,” don’t be surprised to hear them warmly refer to Ivy as “Baby Dimples!”)
Crystal Chappell (Olivia) sent word via Twitter about Ivy’s arrival. Hope mom, dad and baby are doing well!
ELEGY AND IRONY: Rumor has it that the return of one major GL character ties into a dramatic storyline with another major character being seriously ill. (Savvy Internet surfers may be able to put 2 and 2 together, but I’ll leave it to your imagination for now.)
If the rumor is true, a beloved character will be ill and share tragic news with family and friends: s/he only has three months to live. Which, ironically, is the remaining length of time Guiding Light will play on CBS.
Nelson Branco at TVGuide Canada suggested this story for Reva a few months back. (Reva isn’t the character mentioned in the current rumors.) If GL does have a major character die, I think it may be a beautiful way to underscore the end of the show and let fans grieve the loss of an old friend. Of course, Reva recovered from her illness, and if GL gets a reprieve (and a new home), the ending could easily be reworked, so it’s probably smart on that front, too.
THE CLOCK IS TICKING: Speaking of Twittering, a few members of the GL cast Twittered from the set of the Bauer barbeque, and an unexpected name popped up on the guest list: Morley Safer. It appears 60 Minutes is doing a piece on GL, its history and its cancellation. Despite the circumstances, I’m optimistic about this.
I hope 60 Minutes shows GL a great deal more respect than The Early Show, a program that treated the cancellation like a big joke (and gave a big, unfriendly elbow to the Save The Light rallygoers). Most news programs take soaps out of context, playing snippets of over-the-top moments out of context. But I’m hoping that 60 Minutes talks about the history of soaps, especially as they existed on CBS. After all, the profits from soaps supported the unprofitable news operations at EVERY network for years!
SEX AND THE CITY PEAPACK: I loved the scenes between Crystal Chappell and Liz Keifer today; they had me sore from laughing, but also cheering these two. Olivia and Blake have so much in common, and Blake was a perfect ear to hear Olivia’s frustrations. The scenes in the, ahem, gift and novelty shop had me in shock. Was I really in Springfield? And I was glad Blake mentioned Ross, if even for a second, and acknowledged that not a day goes by that she doesn’t miss him. (Yes, I know, it’s three Liz Keifer mentions in a week. No, I’m not her new press agent!)