Back in July, a tongue-in-cheek piece of "journalism" made the web rounds pronouncing:
It’s the longest-running show in broadcast history, now “Guiding Light” is finally releasing a DVD box set which features 4000 DVDS filled with nearly 16,000 episodes and special features including bloopers and deleted scenes. The DVD retails for $5,999 and is expected to be a big hit with soap opera enthusiasts.
Despite details like:
The DVD box set includes an actual piece of the “Guiding Light” set, a 15-foot wall panel from one of the homes of the Santos mob dynasty on the show. The complete DVD collection, including the wall panel, weights 213 lbs. “I thought I was getting a deal by spending over six thousand dollars on the DVDs,” said Stuart Reese. “But then the shipping costs about $950. I wasn’t prepared for that, but I really want this collection.” Ellen Wheeler, the executive producer, said, “Each episode on the DVD collection features special commentary from our actors. I’m talking about every single actor that has appeared on the show, including the people behind The Bauers, Spauldings, Lewises, and the Coopers. Even the actors who have died were able to record commentary as we knew that, one day, an invention such as DVDs would allow the use of their commentaries.”
A few fans still didn't get the joke, flooding message boards with angry e-mails about the box set's high price and "ridiculous" shipping costs.
While a 213 lb. GL box set is currently unavailable for purchase (sorry), what it is available in its entirety for P&G soap fans is the complete 617 episode run of the early 80s Another World spin-off, Texas.
See the baby versions of Kin Shriner, Catherine Hickland, Harley Jane Kozak, David Forsythe, Terri Garber, Jay Hammer, Christopher Goutman, James Rebhorn, the late Benjamin Hendrickson and, of course, Texas' grand dame, Beverlee McKinsey, right now, only on the AOL/PGP Classic Soaps Channel!