The End of an Era: Last 'Guiding Light' Episode Airs Today
Burlington, Vermont - September 18, 2009
It's the end of an era.
The well-loved and widely-watched soap opera 'Guiding Light' will air its final show today.
For 72 years, first on radio and then on television, the show has been entertaining audiences with 20,000 episodes of affairs, murder, intrigue and drama. Earlier this year, however, CBS announced it was canceling the show due to declining ratings.
Beth Chamberlin, a Danville native, has been playing Beth Raines on the show for the better part of 20 years. Even though the end is sad, she says it's time to move on.
"I think it won't sink in for maybe a month later that we're actually not going back," Chamberlin said on CBS '60 Minutes.' "We're not just light on story right now, there is no story to be told."
The final episode airs this afternoon at 3 p.m. right here on Channel 3.
Jack Thurston will have much more from Beth Chamberlin and the last day of 'Guiding Light' tonight on the Channel 3 News at 6 p.m.