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ATWT: A Snapshot Gallery! Through the Years of the Citizens of Oakdale

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Courtesy/CBS

How can we sum up 54 years of daytime television by a soap opera so multi-generational in it’s legacy?  It’s a daunting task, but On-Air On-Soaps prepared for you, our fans,  (in honor of the final episode which is fast approaching this Friday), a very special photo gallery presentation.

We present to you an overview snapshot of the familiar faces and characters and actors, who inhabited the fictional town of Oakdale over the course of decades.  We hope you enjoy the captions which reflect our sentiments, whether it be humorous or touching, as we say take a look back at just a cross-section of memories below.

View the gallery after the jump! Remember: to see the “Next Group” of images hit the icon next to the + symbol, or you can just watch it as a slideshow.

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Photo Credits: JPI Studios and CBS

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kwbalan
kwbalan

Thank you so much for this Michael. It is a beautiful montage of the history of Oakdale. As a long time viewer I am so sad to see this show go off the air. Thank you for bringing back so many happy memories with these photos.

Teri
Teri

Thank you so much Michael. Right now I have so many mixed emotions where the show is concerned. It was good to be reminded of why I was so in love with ATWT place.

Doe
Doe

Michael, what a beautiful tribute to ATWT. I loved looking back at all those photos and the actors that have been in our lives for so many years. What memories they recall. I commend you, Michael for being such a great journalist with sensitivity and giving the fans such wonderful interviews from ATWT cast members, and now these pictures. Thanks!…..

Stefanie
Stefanie

Thanks for sharing this, Michael! Great photos.

Tina
Tina

Roger and Marie were hot. Thanks for the snap of delicious Paul and spicy NutMeg.

mmc
mmc

I was there at the beginning and i’ll be there at the end.Even though I can’t get over the dying of Reid, and Luke left to grieve there were so many good storylines through the years.Most of the actors were wonderful .It’s like losing your best friend…I’ll be sad because with all the wacky scenarios it had a genuine sense of decency that too many shows on Tv just don’t.I’ll be so sad when our world stops turning, but I’m grateful that we had this show for so long!Thank you for the photo gallery….lovely.

Robin
Robin

Thank you for the great photos and walk down memory lane. While I won’t miss the poor writing, I will miss the show for the great cast!! They all deserved better than what they’ve been given over the last few years.

VY
VY

Thanks for this montage. I love the photo of Luke in the Snyder kitchen… Luke will always be an inspiration. I’ll especially miss Luke, Carly on ATWT.

Alicia
Alicia

Loved seeing all these! I especially loved the photo of Benjamin Hendrickson and his daughter Lien: also known as Ming Na, now on Stargate Universe, and the voice of Mulan.

Becky
Becky

Lien was Tom’s daughter, not Hal’s.

Brian
Brian

The guy in the B&W photo with Ming-Na (Lien) is the late Michael Louden who played Duke Cramer, Dr. John Dixon’s long-lost son. 🙂

Brian
Brian

The gentleman standing to our rear far right in the 1965 B&W Hughes Family photo with Wagner, Hastings, MacLaughlin, & Prinz is the late Peter Brandon (1926-1983) who played lawyer Don Hughes (Chris & Nancy’s oldest offspring) from 1966 until 1972! 🙂

reidstheman
reidstheman

Why are there no pics of Luke and Reid in a romantic pose? They are the it couple the show ended with and we want to have them recognized as such, not ignored!!! I am still upset they never even posted a pic of LuRe on cbs/ATWT web site….what’s with that??

Lucie
Lucie

I agree with you… it seems that it’s Luke and Noah existed but Luke and Reid is the supercouple in my opinion. And seeing Janet in more than 1 photo is disturbing me. 🙁

Sorry.!

Becky
Becky

Same thing happened with Paul, Emily, and Meg. Lots of pictures out there of Paul and Meg, who were dysfunctional at the best, but not of Paul and Em who turned out to be the loving, accepting couple that ended up together seemingly for always.

Lucie
Lucie

Thank you Michael… I would have like to see a Lusty picture and a LuRe picture together…

Anyway… it’s great thanks!

semaj
semaj

loved dusnet couple picture they were hot together

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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Don Hastings and Kathryn Hays Together Again For Upcoming ATWT Virtual Chat

Got to love Oakdale’s enduring favorites Bob and Kim Hughes! And now, although As the World Turns has been off our screens for back on September 17th, 2010, the love for the soap is still as strong today to its ardent fans.

So with that said, on You Tube’s The Locher Room, former soap publicist and host Alan Locher is bringing together Don Hastings (Bob) and Kathryn Hays (Kim) for a very special virtual chat on Friday May 15th beginning at 2. p. m. EST/11 a, m.  PST.

Make sure to log on here to view the conversation.

Make sure to let us know in the comment section below your favorite Bob and Kim moments over the years!

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Mark Collier Added To ATWT Reunion Line-Up For Friday

Everyone needs a little Mike Kasnoff in their lives, right?  Well, news today from The Locher Room has that for the scheduled As the World Turns virtual chat tomorrow, Mark Collier will be joining the funfest.

Now look for the updated line-up to include former As the World Turns cast members: Jennifer Ferrin (Jennifer Munson Donovan), Jennifer Landon (Gwen Munson), Colleen Zenk (Barbara Ryan) and Collier.

They will join former ATWT and GL show publicist, Alan Locher as he hosts the reunion on his You Tube Channel beginning on Friday May 8th starting at 2 p.m EST/11 a.m.PST.  You can watch the livestream here.

Collier played the role of Oakdale’s Mark Kasnoff from 2002-2007, and then returned for a time in 2009.   The role has originally been played by Shawn Christian from 1994-1997

Will you be watching this ATWT reunion? Remember Mark as Oakdale’s Mike? Comment beloe.

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