So many fans have watched GL since they were children. I watched with my mother for years, and as times have changed, I caught up when I could. I work as a teacher, so summers and vacations were a chance to see what was going on.
I graduated from high school the year that Phillip, Beth, Mindy and Rick graduated. That was my favorite time on GL. My mother commented, upon seeing Phillip's return, that he looked so old! That was shocking to me...he looks just the same. I guess I see him through my own eyes, as a guy I knew years ago would look today. Damn, I think he looks great. I will always love the story of Phillip and Beth.
To respond to a post of someone that considered the cancellation was due to Reva's weight...that is just assanine and hurtful. Kim Zimmer is a real person and fan's love her no matter what, will always be a favorite. The point is, GL really tried to get "real" over the past two seasons. Reva's appearance is more typical to a real world woman than a sculpted, plastic surgery Susan Lucci. She played the character that was Reva. And sorry, Reva was getting older, but still beautiful. We all are.
I don't think soap audiences were ready for the "reality" model that GL had adopted. That is the reason for the cancellation, in my opinion. Audiences love the fake sets, fake boobs, fake faces and not a portrayal of real life.
My time is done with soaps. I didn't have much time to attend anyway, BUT, Guiding Light was a big part of my influential "fantasy" entertainment over the years. Best of luck to all the actors, writers and crew upon their new pursuits.