Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Longest-Running TV Drama to End its Run

NEW YORK — “Guiding Light” will go dark in September after 72 years and 16,000 episodes, CBS announced Wednesday. The last episode is set to air on September 18, according to CBS spokeswoman Cindy Marshall.

The show, which the Guinness Book of World Records lists as the longest-running television drama, first aired on NBC radio in 1937 as a 15-minute serial, Marshall said. It moved to television on the CBS network in 1952, and is produced in New York.

The daytime soap opera’s declining viewership led to the decision, Marshall said. The remaining soap operas are also dealing with falling viewerships. How long before the entire genre is gone? Stay tuned.

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