The Guiding Light, the longest running television drama ever, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is being cancelled by CBS. The soap opera, after a 72-year run that pre-dates television, is a victim of changing viewing habits and the economy. The final episode of the show will air on September 18.
The soap opera began as a 15-minute serial on NBC Radio on January 25, 1937. It then debuted on CBS TV in 1952, focusing on the fictional town of Springfield and the Spaulding, Lewis and Cooper families.
As with most soap operas, the show featured a variety of actors who went on to have successful careers, including James Earl Jones, Calista Flockhart, Hayden Panettiere, Taye Diggs and Kevin Bacon.
Is there anything on which Kevin Bacon has not appeared?