After 72 years and more than 15,700 episodes on television and radio, the daytime drama Guiding Light will be going off the air. CBS will broadcast the final episode on September 18, 2009.
This news is not only unsettling because it is the longest-running soap opera in television history -- it's been airing on CBS since 1952! -- and it's always sad to see an institution crumble. But we're also upset because the series just began a lesbian love story that was heralded by fans, devotees and newbies alike.
As we reported less than a month ago, Olivia (Crystal Chappell) and Natasha (Jessica Leccia) were just at the beginning stages of a romance neither of them expected. Though we trust the writers will do their best to wrap up all the storylines before Guiding Light sings its swan song, we are concerned for all the fans of "Otalia" clamoring for an in-depth portrayal of two women in love.
Watch the final episodes of Guiding Light while you still can, weekdays on CBS.