'Guiding Light' shoots last episode after 72 years
The name of the program, in fact, refers to a lamp put in a church window by the fictional Rev. Rutledge to welcome parishioners seeking guidance, the Associated Press reports.
CBS canceled the show after a 72-year-run that began on radio in 1937. The final episode will be broadcast Sept. 18.
The Courier News, a New Jersey newspaper, writes that the local Peapack Reformed Church was often used as a setting for the program.
The News says the Rev. Kathryn Henry, pastor of the real church, led a brief service for cast members, crew and a few local parishioners to remember the show.
The soap opera will be replaced by a new version of Let's Make a Deal.
(Photo of the TV premiere episode on June 30, 1952, from CBS Archive)