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ATWT Alum Jesse Lee Soffer Exits ‘Chicago P.D.’ After 10 Seasons

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More departures announced for the upcoming primetime television season, and this one finds the exit of a beloved soap alum and key cast member of NBC’s Chicago P.D.

Three-time Daytime Emmy nominee, Jesse Lee Soffer (ex-Will Munson, As the World Turns) is leaving his role as Det. Jay Halstead on the crime show.  Soffer debuted in the part back in 2014, appearing in all 187 episodes.

According to Variety, Jesse will exit the show sometime this fall, which will mark his 10th season. Soffer confirmed the news with a tweet and a statement.

Jesse’s tweet expressed, “This is sad but true. Just want all the fans to know how grateful I am. You guys are why we do it! It has been an honor. Love you all”

In his statement Soffer shared: “I want to thank the incredible fans for their unwavering support during the past 10 years and want to express my deepest gratitude to Dick Wolf and everyone at Wolf Entertainment, Peter Jankowski, Matt Olmstead, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, Rick Eid, Gwen Sigan, NBC, Universal Television, my fellow castmates and our incredible crew. To create this hour drama week after week has been a labor of love by everyone who touches the show. I will always be proud of my time as Det. Jay Halstead.”

The character of Halstead has been at the epicenter of Chicago P.D. since its very beginning.

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Ten years… what an accomplishment. And I know it’s a long shot… but what about a return to daytime? I always enjoyed him as Will on As the World Turns.

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Iam also a big fan and would love seeing him on a soap and also agree with Soaphound, a romantic part.

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I think it’s great news. Jesse is a wonderful actor, ridiculously handsome, and has lots of potential. Back years on ATWT, he and Gwen were my favorite couple and it’s nice that Jen Landon is also thriving on YELLOWSTONE. I look forward to seeing what he does next…hopefully something romantic.

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What a good show, have been waiting all summer for it to come back. I over all the young people on it and Jesse Lee is a big favorite as I’ve practically watched him grow up from his time as Wil on ATWT. I will certainly miss him.

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ATWT Alum & Oscar Winner Julianne Moore Shares: “The First Time I was in Venice, I was an Actress on an American Soap Opera … If I Had Known Then I Would be Here as the President of the Jury, I Would Have Fallen in the Canal!”

This year’s 79th Venice International Film Festival, finds a new president of the competition jury, and that is none other than Oscar-winning actress and former As the World Turns alum, Julianne Moore (ex-Frannie and Sabrina Hughes).

Moore spoke to the press on Wednesday during the first day of the festival which features films from all over the world, and is often times a beginning barometer of how these features will go over with audiences, and potentially, as future Oscar nominees in 2023.

Julianne has obviously been at the Venice International Film Festivals many times throughout her motion picture career, but she shared how amazing it is to be back, but this time having a key role in judging the competition: “The first time I was in Venice, I was an actress on an American soap opera, it was 1986. If I had known then I would be here as the president of the jury, I would have fallen in the canal!”

The seven-person jury presided over by Moore also includes: Argentina director Mariano Cohn, Italian director and screenwriter Leonardo Di Costanzo, French director Audrey Diwan, Iranian actress Leila Hatami, the British-Japanese author Kazuo Ishiguro, and Spanish director and screenwriter Rodrigo Sorogoyen.

So … who would have thought from Oakdale to Venice for the incomparable Moore!

Share your thoughts on Julianne’s beginnings on ATWT to her acclaimed motion picture career in the comment section below.

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As the World Turns Alum Marnie Schulenburg Passes Away at 37

Heartbreaking news to report.  As the World Turns alum, Marnie Schulenburg, has died at the young age of 37-years-old.

Schulenburg had been battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer since 2020.

Soap fans remember her portrayals as Alison Stewart on As the World Turns from 2007-2010 and  as Jo Sullivan on Prospect Park’s reboot of One Life to Live in 2013.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Marnie passed away a few days shy of her 38th birthday.

The Flux Theatre Ensemble, in which Marnie participated and performed in shared their sorrow on Facebook noting: “We’re mourning the loss of Marnie Schulenburg, a beloved member of Flux’s family and an extraordinary actor who performed in and helped develop so many Flux shows, including MARIAN, HEARTS LIKE FISTS, PRETTY THEFT, and ANGEL EATERS. We love you so much, and we will miss you always.”

Marnie is survived by husband Zack Robidas and daughter, Coda, who is just two-years-old.

We will continue to update this story as remembrances are posted in Marnie’s honor.

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ATWT Alum Alexandra Chando Cast in NBC Pilot Based on Dutch Show ‘Adam & Eva’

In casting news, Alexandra Chando (Ex-Maddie, As the World Turns) had been tapped to play one of the leading roles in the upcoming untiled NBC pilot based on the Dutch series, Adam & Eva.

Chando will be joined by Younger star, Ben Rappaport as the epicenter of the proposed series.

The log lines share that the project is both funny and heartfelt and will chronicle the epic love and lives of two complete strangers, Adam (Rappaport) and Eva (Chando), whose multiple run-ins begin to defy coincidence, leading both to believe in fate.

According to Deadline, Alexandra’s role of Eva is said to be an aspiring artist and force of nature whose relationship and views on fate are put to the test when she meets Adam.

Alexandra commented on social media:Immensely excited and grateful to be apart of this incredible show.”

As the World Turns fans will remember Chando received a Daytime Emmy nomination for her performances back in 2007 and she was previously seen in The Lying Game and Sneaky Pete.

So, intrigued on the proposed series featuring Chando? Comment below.

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