This is not the end of Gossip Girl, people. It's not Melrose Place. It's Guiding Light. It's a show that many of us watched at the feet of our mothers and grandmothers. I got an email from someone saying their great-grandmother watched this show and introduced them to it. It's the show that pushed the boundaries for daytime television. And, yeah, I am annoyed about the whole Otalia thing, but I disagree with some folks who were critical of the implication that GL has been ground-breaking and progressive. GL is not all about Otalia. It was around a long, long time before Otalia was even a seed in some writer's brain. In fact, this show has been so ground-breaking and progressive that there should have been an in-depth exploration of it, of the strides GL has made in presenting stories about rape, sexual harassment, breast cancer, abortion, interracial love, PTSD, physical disabilities...the list is a long one. The fact is, The Emmy Awards basically spit on Guiding Light by presenting this measly, weak montage, and then they stomped all over it by cutting to a commercial break as the cast took the stage.
Long-time cast members such as Tina Sloan, Maeve Kinkead, Grant Aleksander, Frank Dicoupolous, Liz Keifer, Ron Raines, Marj Dusay, Michael O'Leary, Kim Zimmer, and Justin Deas (just to name a few) deserve a whole lot better than this.
Anyone else holding out for the 60 Minutes feature?
Until then, check out what someone who clearly gets it calls a tribute: