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ATWT Commemorative Issue: SOD & SOW Editors share their thoughts with On-Air On-Soaps!

Any fan of soap opera needs to go out and get this week the As the World Turns Commemorative Issue on newstands now from the publishers and editors  of Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly.  This collectors issue really gives you something historic! And, now you  can take a piece of Oakdale with you, forever.  We think it also helps us prepare to say goodbye on September 17th to the 54-year-old legendary soap!

On-Air On-Soaps caught up today with the key editors of this issue;  Lynn Leahey, Maja Bhattacharjee, and Danielle McClure, and asked them their thoughts on ATWT favorite moments, characters, and to share their feelings at losing another one of the classic soaps of the genre, and the importance of this one of a kind issue.

First, Lynn Leahey, Editorial Director, Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly: “I’ve been watching As the World Turns since my childhood, so the photos and stories in this special issue brought back so many memories for me!  One scene I remember vividly was small, but rich with symbolism. Kim, struggling with the fact that Bob had had an affair with Susan, was inconsolable after she dropped her wedding ring down the sink. Her grief mixed with despair, then hope when Bob retrieved it for her. It was an ordinary situation, but so packed with emotion.”

Then, Mala Bhattacharjee, News Editor, Soap Opera Weekly shared with us her sentiments: “Of course the loss of another soap is absolutely devastating to me — not just as someone in the industry, but as a lifelong soap viewer. I feel like we just said goodbye to Guiding Light, and it’s far, far too soon to have to endure this process again. I’m basically gearing up to go through several boxes of tissues these next few weeks.  Over the years, it was pairs like Carly and Jack, Dusty and Lucy and Simon and Katie that really drew me in, and then I grew to love all of Oakdale’s residents. I’m not remotely exaggerating when I say that Don Hastings’ Dr. Bob is one of my favorite characters on daytime. To me, Bob and Kim are the kind of duo that you want your favorite fledgling pairings to aspire to be.  In terms of storylines, Luke’s coming out story will always be memorable and significant. I think many of us have gone with him on this journey, walked in his shoes, and shared his joys and his sorrows. I’m going to miss seeing the rest of his milestones! I absolutely loved the entire arc of Simon and Katie’s relationship. Don’t get me started, because I could regale you with dozens of favorite moments! Being able to look back at stories like Lily’s parentage reveal and Margo’s rape has also been an incredible experience. Soaps have this amazing ability to balance darkness and light, education and entertainment, and I love that visits to Oakdale can give you whacky things like the aging spa…and then also handle serious stories like Barbara’s battle with oral cancer. At the end of the day, at the end of the World, I’m really just in it to watch all of these wonderful characters live their lives.”

Danielle McClure, Associate Editor,  Soap Opera Digest offered up the following: “After saying good-bye to Guiding Light last year, having to go through another daytime loss is surreal! To say that it’s the end of an era sounds so cliché but there’s truly no other way to describe it. It’s sad and I hope that our special tribute issue will give fans at least a little solace. It really is the ultimate keepsake and as I’m sure has been said, a true labor of love. What I think is so great is that it’s full of incredible golden nuggets of ATWT history.  It’s everything we love about Oakdale.  Trust me when I say that you will both laugh and cry when you read it. My favorite moments from the covering the show and putting together the  tribute issue was talking to the veterans— Don Hastings, Colleen Zenk and Marie Masters— about the very early years, crazy location shoots,  filming the show live and all the insanity that goes along with that! I thought I’d already heard all the stories about Irna Phillips but I was so wrong! Being there for the last cast photo shoot was also bittersweet and so emotional!   These truly are interviews and stories you won’t find anywhere else.  Henry’s one of favorite characters because he’s so unconventional and I love that ATWT doesn’t shy away from playing up the comedic talents of the cast. And Bob and Kim, my favorite Oakdale couple,  will definitely be missed. How can you not love those two? I’m so thrilled that the show is giving them the attention they deserve as the show goes out.”

So what are you favorite moments, storyline, and actors from the history of ATWT?  How are you getting ready to deal with the final farewell? Let us know.

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Helen Zeller
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Helen Zeller

I am so upset with CBS not wanting us 2 million plus viewers. I keep hopes that someone will realize this was wrong and give it a home on another network.. instant 2 million viewers.. surely a good start…or if not a soap., maybe a weekly show and bring the charcters through that … We lost GL and now ATWT… I dont watch the game show that replaced GL and not interested in the “talk” show replacing ATWT. CBS you lost ONE viewer, we’ll see if that matters. … Jay Leno got to come back to his normal time slot…… Read more »

Martha Magoon
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Martha Magoon

I am unable to find the As The World Turns Tribute issue on any bookstand, drug store, book store. No one has heard about it in any place I’ve looked. I had a tip that Walmart might carry it, but they did not have it either. I would really like to have a copy of the tribute. I live in Vermont and I am wondering if perhaps the magazine was not delivered to this area. Heartbroken in Vermont. I have watched the show since Day 1. Do you have any suggestions as to where I can buy a copy? Thank… Read more »

Mary Warren
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Mary Warren

My mother and I cannot find this tribute issue anywhere !!! Is it available all around the country or just in certain locations? My mother lives in Missouri and I live in TX.

Thank you

Terri Koppern
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Terri Koppern

I would like to find a copy of the ATWT Tribute as well, but have the same issue. There are no stores including Barnes and Noble here that have the magazine. I have found it on one location online but in auction and I would like to get it at a news stand. I live in Arizona and I don’t know where to go to get it if it has been published. I have also tried searching for it to order it directly from the publisher, but no luck finding it there either. The show really had no reason in… Read more »

Britt
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Britt

Were did you find it online? I live in The Netherlands and unfortunately it was never for sale on stores here. And I can’t even find it online in an auction either. please if you read this, would you help me?

kim
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kim

Does anyone know where I can find this tribute issue?

Maja Testani
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Maja Testani

I was so disappointed that they were cancelling ATWT….I remember all the episodes, well not the early ones in the 50’s but remember when Betsy was there Franny etc.etc. the Andropolous story line, Grimaldi, Stenbecks (Gunner)….if the story was ending they should have incorporated everyone to comeback….an Oakdale reunion….I know there is tribute magazine, but this soap definately deserves a Commemorative Book….as does GL…..my two favourite soaps…..all I have left is B&B…..hope that won’t be cancelled……i watched all these soaps when I was little…along with Dark Shadows (original)….I’m 45 years old, so you know how long I’ve watched these soaps…..I… Read more »

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Michael Park Joins the Cast of HBO’s ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner and former star of As the World Turns Michael Park (Ex-Jack Snyder), has been added to the cast of HBO’s upcoming time travel drama, The Time Traveler’s Wife.

According to Deadline, the series is adapted by former Dr. Who head writer and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, The Time Traveler’s Wife tells the intricate love story of Clare (Leslie) and Henry (James), and a marriage with a problem… time travel.

In it, Park will play the role of “Philip Abshire” – Clare’s father, who is said to be a high-powered Chicago lawyer, he is brisk and orderly, and expects all his children to fall into line.

The series also will star former General Hospital and Oscar winner, Jaimie Ray Newman (Ex-Kristina).  She won an Academy Award for her Live-Action Short, Skin.

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So, looking forward to seeing Michael and Jaimie in their new TV roles? Comment below.

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ATWT and OLTL Alum Mary Linda Rapelye Passes Away at 76

She got her soap start as Faith Kipling, the wife of the evil Dr. Ivan Kipling on One Life to Live (1979-1980) and later came to Oakdale and As the World Turns as lawyer, Maggie Crawford (1980-1985), and now comes sad news that actress Mary Linda Rapelye has died from a battle with cancer.

Mary Linda actually passed away last month on April 5th, and according to The Booth Bay Register she was surrounded by her her brother Gardiner Rapelye Jr. and dear friends Julianna and Will Anderson by her side.  She was 76 years old at the time of her death.

Mary Linda started a long career of acting when she was only 5.  After her part in an outdoor production at The Starlight Theater in her home town, Kansas City, Missouri, she climbed off the stage and sat in her father’s lap. This was to be the beginning of her work spanning nearly eight decades on stage, screen and television. She is best known for her roles in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and of course, OLTL and ATWT.  She also made a memorable appearance in the role of Irina Galliulin in the Star Trek: The Original Series third season episode “The Way to Eden”.

A Memorial and Celebration of Life is being planned this July for MaryLinda in Booth Bay.

Below is a tribute video featuring clips and moments from Rapelye’s career.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Mary Linda in the comment section.

 

 

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‘The Doctors’ Panel Participants Announced for ‘Soap Con Live’ Event

The upcoming Soap Con Live virtual event has announced that former The Doctors stars: Nancy Stafford (Felicia/Adrienne Hunt), Anna Stuart (Toni Ferra-Powers), Frank Telfer (Luke Dancy) and Marie Thomas-Foster (Lauri James-Iverson) will be on the panel representing the series on May 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.

“Classic television has been a great comfort during this challenging year,” said Joel Wertman, president of Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV parent company, Get After It Media, Inc. “Our team is honored that Retro TV has been a place audiences have turned to. We’re excited to be a part of Soap Con Live and are grateful to these stars from “The Doctors” for being a part of the event.”

Panels for other daytime soaps As the World Turns, One Life to Live and General Hospital will continue throughout the day during this free, inaugural virtual event.

The free live event will be simulcast on The Locher Room YouTube Channel, the It’s Real Good TV app, and SoapOperaDigest.com.

There will be a Q&A during the livestream events giving fans opportunities to interact with their favorite daytime stars.

Go to Soap Con Live.com for more information on the main event and virtual meet and greets and more.

So, what do you think about The Doctors panel participants? Comment below.

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