The Washington Times - April 2, 2009, 06:34AM

CBS is planning to pull the plug on its long-running soap opera “Guiding Light,” which has been on the air for 72 years.

For those of you attempting to do the math, the show started before television was born.  The show started as a 15-minute radio serial on NBC called “The Guiding Light” in 1937 and jumped to CBS-TV in 1952.

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According to the Guinness Book, it is the longest-running TV drama, with more than 15,700 episodes.  Its last episode is set to air in September.

Wow.  Seventy-two years of fake deaths, evil twins and amnesia.  What will they do for an encore?

CBS is seeking to fill the show’s 60-minute time slot with something less expensive to produce — but still classy.  Maybe a talk show hosted by Rosie O’Donnell?

The thing is “Guiding Light” is just so dated.  So 2003.  It needs a makeover, maybe change its name to “Light Emitting Diode.”  That’s much more hip.  And energy efficient.