As a long-time soap opera viewer Mr. Mickey is devastated to learn that Guiding Light, the longest-running scripted program in broadcast history, has been cancelled! Poor Reva! What will happen to the Coopers? The show has been at the ratings barrel since Passions was cancelled and frankly the entire genre of soap opera is in danger with terrible ratings and huge budget cuts. This probably won't be the last show to get the axe. Mr. Mickey doesn't know how he'll survive if Days of Our Lives faces the chopping block. Pictured above are Meta and Bert Bauer (the matriarch of Guiding Light played by Charita Bauer -- the same last name was a coincidence) chatting in a 1950s episode of Guiding Light.