More on Changes to Come on Guiding Light

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As previously reported, Guiding Light will be breaking soap opera barriers at the end of this month.

On February 29, viewers will be treated to a brand-new look to the show's daily episodes. There will be no more archaic, three-walled sets. Instead, the show will utilize permanent four-walled sets with ten-foot high ceilings.

gl.jpg Also gone are the 300-pound pedestal cameras, all of which will be replaced with handheld eight-pound mini-cameras.

"Soap operas have been shot, by and large, the same way since the 1950's, the same way 'I Love Lucy' was shot - with pedestal cameras, in just a few interior sets," Executive Producer Ellen Wheeler said. "Our audience is sophisticated enough to understand that's old-fashioned, and it isn't working for them anymore."

What's the advantages of these changes? They will help cut down on costs and will give viewers the opportunity to experience the different spaces that the characters inhibit, thereby increasing storytelling potential and intimacy with the characters.

"Our fans want to see more of our character's lives - from the houses they live in, to the cars they drive, to the experiences they have in their everyday lives," Wheeler said. Her and her co-production executives have even let their office spaces be used for filming.

As for outdoor shooting, Guiding Light has partnered with the town of Peapack, New Jersey, located near the show's Manhattan Studios.

"The changes will enable us to tell stories in a more intimate way, capturing real moments and engaging the audience on a deeper level," Wheeler said.

These changes are the product of a year-long research and experimentation period, intended to make Guiding Light compare favorably to the impressive look of primetime, while competing against repeats of primetime dramas that run on TNT and other networks during the day.

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    I hate the new format. It has been very scattered. Changes in siding, rooms, the boarding house, etc. The most appropriate word I can use is "Cutesy." You are trying way too hard, and it comes off as self conscious. The worst thing is the dialogue interspersed with music. The most serious dialogue is broken up with irrelevant music which makes it hard to follow, and the editing has been terrible. People appear and then are somewhere else the next minute. The sound is first loud and then soft. There's no continuity. It's like a series of flash backs. It's very hard to follow, and I'm not hearing or visually impaired as my mother is. I've been watching, first with my mother and then later since about 1980. It was the only soap I watched, and I'm going to do something else after this.

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    I hate the new look!!! I may not watch anymore because of it. Sound is really bad, the camera doesn't hold still and I don't care to look up the characters noses! I know alot of people that do not like the new look. I've watched guilding light for 30 years and I'm not too happy with it now. :o(