Lights Officially Out For Iconic CBS Soap Opera

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Los Angeles Times

The longest-running drama in broadcast history, CBS’ “Guiding Light,” wrapped up its 72-year run this afternoon.

The show went out on a high note, with many of the characters gathering for a picnic in a park on a bright sunny day. The show’s most famous on-again-off-again couple, Reva (Kim Zimmer) and Josh (Robert Newman), met at the light house, reaffirmed their love for each other and drove off together in Josh’s pick-up truck.

CBS in April decided to pull the plug on the program because of its high cost of production and flagging ratings. This past year, the show mustered an average 2.1 million viewers an episode — a far cry from the more than 5 million viewers it attracted a decade ago. More…