Say Good-Bye to Longest Running Drama - 'Guiding Light'

CBS is canceling the longest-running drama on TV, the daytime soap "Guiding Light."

The network is ending the show after 72 years and more than 15,700 episodes on television and radio. The series will broadcast its final episode Friday, Sept. 18.

" 'Guiding Light' has achieved a piece of television history that will never be matched; it has crossed mediums, adapted its stories to decades of social change and woven its way through generations of audiences like no other," said Nancy Tellem, president of CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group. "This daytime icon will always be an indelible part of CBS' history, with a legacy of innovation and reputation for quality and excellence at every step of the way. While its presence will be missed, its contributions will always be celebrated and never be forgotten."

The radio show's original story line centered on minister Rev. John Ruthledge and the fictional Chicago suburb Five Points. Today's show is set in the fictional town of Springfield, and revolves around several families. "Light" launched as a 15-minute network program in 1952, expanded to 30 minutes in 1968, then went to an hour in 1977.

CBS has not yet announced what will replace "Light."

source: THR

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