For many years now, both the networks and the media industries have noticed a steady decline in the ratings for soap operas. The blame for that has been placed on everything from more people working to the O. J. Simpson trial. While those things may have played a part in ratings decline, the largest reason is the lack of romance and couples and stories that viewers can cheer for and enjoy watching.
On July 15, 1999, Guiding Light introduced the character of Prince Richard Winslow played by the talented Bradley Cole. On July 23, 1999, when the character of Richard Winslow met Cassie Layne (Laura Wright), a wonderful romance began that captured the hearts of fans of all ages.
From the moment Richard and Cassie met, the fans of Guiding Light were given a wonderful couple that was, and still is, the definition of romance in the afternoon. Many labeled their romance a \"fairytale\" because it involved the prince of a tropical island nation falling in love with a commoner from another country with a past. The reality was that the \"fairytale\" was a romance that most would love to have in real life. A romance that lead to a marriage based on total love and complete fidelity. A pairing that didn\'t involve infidelity or constant divorce and remarriage. Despite going from prince to president to car salesman, through suddenly being made illegitimate, to the believed loss of an a newborn son, Richard (Bradley Cole) and Cassie (Laura Wright) never wavered in their love and commitment to each other. Finally fans had a couple that worked together to deal with whatever life, or in this case the writers, dealt them and came out stronger in the end.
In June of 2002, Bradley Cole was \"let go\" and the character of Richard Winslow killed. Many fans don\'t believe that it was Bradley Cole\'s choice to leave. Also, many fans believe that, if asked, Bradley Cole would be willing to return to Guiding Light as Richard. There were, and still are, many interesting stories left to tell for the wonderfully romantic couple of Richard and Cassie Winslow.
On a soap opera, death is never really a permanent condition. Anything can be explained because on a soap opera, anything is possible.
Given all the changes that have occurred behind the scenes at Guiding Light, now is the time for fans to speak up and let the \"powers that be\" at Guiding Light know what we would like to see on the show, so please add your signature and comments below. Thank You!
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