Guiding Light

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Genre Soap opera
Creator Irna Phillips
Senior cast member Kim Zimmer
Jordan Clarke
Robert Newman
Michael O'Leary
Grant Aleksander
Tina Sloan
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 15,638
Executive producer Ellen Wheeler
Head writer Christopher Dunn, Lloyd Gold, Jill Lorie Hurst, and David Kreizman
Distributor TeleNext Media for Procter & Gamble Productions
Running time 15 minutes
30 minutes
60 minutes
Original channel NBC
Original airdate January 25, 1937-1956
June 30, 1952-Septemebr 2009
Guiding Light Official Website

Guiding Light is an American television program credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the longest-running soap opera in production and the longest running drama in television and radio history.

Guiding Light was created by soap writer Irna Phillips, and began as an NBC radio serial on January 25, 1937 before moving to CBS on June 30, 1952, as a televised serial.

The show's title refers to a lamp in the study of Reverend Dr. John Ruthledge, a major character when Guiding Light debuted in 1937, that family and residents could see as a sign for them to find help when needed. Dr. John Ruthledge was based on the personality of Warren Moyer, a resident of a small town in Ontario, Canada called Stoufferville.

Guiding Light is currently in its final season on CBS, as the network announced on April 1, 2009 that due to low ratings the series was being canceled. The final episode is scheduled to air on September 18, 2009. Series producer Procter & Gamble Productions has said that they are not going to give up on the series and are exploring other options, including cable networks " title="Passions " class="mw-redirect">Passions when the show was canceled by NBC) and Internet broadcasts.

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