CBS Daytime is planning a huge party and a big ‘thank you‘ for fans this week to celebrate a steady 30-year reign at the top of the daytime ratings. While many activities are in the works, long time viewers may wonder if former daytime juggernauts, Guiding Light and As the World Turns, which went off the air seven years ago and six years ago respectively, will be acknowledged by the network.
Don’t fret! CBS knows that it owes a debt to these venerable institutions, and plans to honor their legacies with appearances by some of the shows’ most popular actors on their centerpiece gab-fest, The Talk.
On October 12th, along with past stars of The Young and the Restless (Y&R) and The Bold and the Beautiful (B&B), you can expect appearances by Guiding Light‘s Robert Newman (ex-Joshua Lewis), Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva Shayne), Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip Spaulding) and Beth Chamberlin (ex-Beth Raines), and As the World Turns‘ Elizabeth Hubbard (ex-Lucinda Walsh), Colleen Zenk (ex-Barbara Ryan), Ellen Dolan (ex-Margo Hughes) and Martha Byrne (ex-Lily Snyder).
World Turns was the Y&R of its day, debuting in 1956 and immediately leading ratings throughout the 1960s and 70s under the leadership of its notorious creator, Irna Phillips. Phillips is also responsible for Guiding Light, which she began on the radio in 1937. It transitioned to television in 1952 and became a mainstay in American media for a total of 72 years. The recently-deceased Agnes Nixon and Bill Bell trained on these shows under Phillips’ tutelage before moving on to create All My Children and One Life to Live and Y&R and B&B, respectively.
The Talk stars Aisha Tyler, Sheryl Underwood, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert and Julie Chen. It airs at 2:00 PM Eastern/1:00 PM Central.