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ATWT films it's final episode and its a sad day in Brooklyn :(

Today the “World” stop turning for the current cast of As the World Turns when it taped its 13,858th and final episode at its Brooklyn studios, ending its storied run on CBS.   EW.com was issued a statement today from Brian T. Cahill, senior VP and managing director of TeleNext Media, Inc.  “We have aggressively pursued network and cable outlets as well as syndication options, and have explored many innovative formats and relationships that we hoped would ultimately enable the future success of As The World Turns.  Regrettably, we have not found an outlet or platform that will carry the show forward. This is an extremely disappointing outcome to what was a tireless and exhaustive pursuit.

While we are sad to see As The World Turns come to an end, we remain proud of the achievements the show has made over the last 54 years and are extremely grateful to the loyal fans who invited us into their homes every day.  There is still much in store for the show’s well-loved characters throughout the summer, and although the show will go off the air in September, the remaining stories will honor the remarkable history of As The World Turns.”

Colleen Zenk Pinter (Barbara) had been tweeting throughout the final days, and here were some of her thought which told the story for how her and many of her co-stars felt.  “Just read the last script. So beautiful. How can we get through it? A puddle of tears.”  “Here I go… One last day of love & angst in Oakdale, Illinois…my last day of Barbara…Barbara’s set is only a memory…Almost gone… Two more scenes as Babs… The walls are bare. The drawers are empty. It’s a wrap……ATWT…..xoxoxoxoxox”

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Well soapers, can’t believe the final tape date has already happened.   I know many of you are very disheartened, as is On-Air On-Soaps.

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SLN
SLN

I WANT LUKE&NOAH TOGETHER AND HAPPY END.
I WANT HOLDEN&LILY TOGETHER AND HAPPY END.
MY ADORABLE COUPLES.

bottomchef
bottomchef

Only Luke appears in the ATWT finale. There’s a list of all the actors that appear in the ATWT finale. Only van hansis is a part of the list, so the finale of ATWT will most likely not feature a “happy ending” for any coupling for Luke.

thesaneone
thesaneone

Where is can we see this list….

bottomchef
bottomchef

Lesli Kay’s Molly not being in ATWT’s finale is worse than any of the Luke pairings not being there.

Here are all the characters in the finale:

Bob Hughes, Kim Hughes, Chris Hughes, Margo Hughes, Tom Hughes, Casey Hughes, Katie Peretti, Lisa Grimaldi, John Dixon, Jack Snyder, Carly Tenney, Sage Snyder, Parker Snyder, Rosanna Cabot, Craig Montgomery, Paul Ryan, Emily Stewart, Eliza Ryan, Barbara Ryan, Henry Coleman, Susan Stewart, Alison Stewart, Holden Snyder, Lily Snyder, Natalie Snyder, Luke Snyder, Faith Snyder, Ethan Snyder, Lucinda Walsh, Johnny Donovan, Dusty Donovan, Janet Ciccone, and Lorenzo (Janet’s son)

No happy ending for Luke.

AMANDA
AMANDA

I am very sad to see this soap end. I have been a faithful viewer since I was in college many years ago. I will miss the stories and characters of Oakdale immensely.

I feel that CBS has made a mistake in canceling this soap. The decison in my opinion was done in haste, because of the economy, which does not justify canceling a soap of sixty (60) plus years on the air. The economy will improve in due time, but we will never retrieve the enjoyment this soap has given to many long-term viewers.

Best wishes to all of the producers, writers and actors, who have entertained us for a tremendous amount of years.

Thank you,
Amanda

Rob
Rob

RIP ATWT!!

So sad,. P&G killed another one!

semaj
semaj

im going to miss atwt so much the couple i want together in the end is dusty and janet because they have amazing chemistry and they belong together. dusty and janet endgame

silvana
silvana

I hope that Luke & Noah have a happy ending togheter.
They deserve fair fans and we love and also deserve to NUKE.
I sincerely hope the writers do not disappoint us.

Cathy28
Cathy28

I hope we have a very good ending for all the couples.I for one wish luke and reid end up together they make such a wonderful couple.

Michael Bird
Michael Bird

I’ve watched this show most of my life (36 years) … it’s like losing a member of the family, and I can’t really imagine how the veterans of the show must feel, losing the jobs they’ve held for so long.

It’s the end of the Procter & Gamble, New-York-produced soap opera that has served as the template all through the years. We are down to one show with Irna Phillips’ influence …

Somehow, I was hoping that ATWT could somehow tip their hat to those P&G shows that have gone before. Dr. Bob Hughes, as he retires from the hospital: “I’d like to recognize those of you who traveled long distances to Oakdale Memorial today … some from Henderson, or Monticello … many from Bay City and Springfield …”

ATWT had a lot of living to do, and it’s a shame the show has been so interesting the past few months. The Reid/Luke/Noah story is interesting, and the complications of Craig/Carly/Jack/Janet/Dusty, etc. have been compelling. I think the story I am enjoying the most, however, has been Henry’s relationship with Barbara. We have never really seen her happy as herself … the disco dance contest episode was an all-time favorite and I will never forget the fun of seeing those two together, no matter how the endgame plays out!

thesaneone
thesaneone

I am holding out hope that Luke and Noah will end up together…NUKE to the End!

Tanya
Tanya

I am really upset the show is ending,although their are many storylines on right now that i am not enjoying one of the shows popular pairing has blown new life in the show just as it is ending.I am talking about LUke and Reid one of the hottest new couples on the show in years,Van’s character has totally grown in this mature romantic pairing and Eric is one of the best new actors to join the show in years!! I have no doubt if the show was not ending that LUke and Reid would be the best couple on the show.I really hope they end up together in the end.I am not worried that Reid is not listed in the finale as long as they end up together.I personally think the finale show should be the cast members aka the families of Oakdale The Hughes,Stewarts,Snyders and Stewarts all thinking of the past 50 years in Oakdale that would be a great ending to this longtime soap.

BrockLong
BrockLong

The TeleNext executive mentions a “tireless and exhaustive pursuit” made by the company to find another broadcaster for the show. What exactly did the company do to try to find another outlet? I haven’t heard ANY rumor that TeleNext did ANYTHING to try to keep this show on the air. Am I right to question the genuineness of the statement or have I missed something????

ROCKY
ROCKY

TELENEXT didn’t do jack! It is the same spin they use for GL cancellation! Shame on CBS and Telenext!

thesaneone
thesaneone

To my NUKE friends, we will soon see what the writer did with Luke’s story line. The fact the Noah and Reid are not in the last episode, could leand to many possibilties. I for one am hoping the writers stayed true to their original vision and the hearts of true NUKE fans. The die is cast, we have fought a good fight, now it remains to be seen as we all watch the last episodes and say goodbye to Oakdale…NUKE forever!

silvana
silvana

I hope Luke & Noah have a happy ending together.
Nuke deserve.
We loyal fans deserve.
We love our boys(Jake & Van).
NUKE…………..FOREVER.

Michelle
Michelle

I hope Luke and Reid end up together. They are the best new pairing on the show. LuRe forever!

silvana
silvana

LUKE & NOAH FOREVER !!!!!!
VAN & JAKE BEAUTIFUL PERFECT TOGETHER !!!!!!
NUKE ALWAYS !!!!!!

wendy
wendy

I can’ believe cbs would cut As the world turns. I’ve watched this show with my grandma, and my mom all of my life (33 years) and still do. This is so sad, i do not watch any other soap, and dont plan to. As a matter of fact i am so angry i dont plan to watch cbs at all! I feel like im losing part of my family. good luck to the wonderful cast of As the world turns.

Dee
Dee

I have been a fan ATWT since 1958 when I had my first little girl. It was a topic of conversation in our neighborhood. Many sad things and good things to look forward to in our everday world. Very sad and I will miss all the people that were almost family. Good luck to the cast. BYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Emmy Winner and Noted Soap Opera Head Writer; Hogan Sheffer Passes Away At 61

Over the last several hours, reports have broke that one of daytime’s most notable scribes has died.  Hogan Sheffer, who was head writer at As the World Turns, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless has passed away at the age of 61.

Soap Hub, first reported the news via multiple sources, however, many writers who worked with Hogan during his tenure on the soaps have taken to social media to share their condolences and their grief and remembrances.

Sheffer’s appearance on the soap scene was unexpected, especially in a genre where it is often rare for new blood to take the reins at the head writer position.  Proctor & Gamble had decided to bring in Hogan after his work as the Director of Screenplay Development for DreamWorks, not because of his writing credits for a previous network soap.  He was given trial deal as a breakdown writer for the CBS soap and 10-weeks in became the beloved town of Oakdale’s new head writer.

Hogan and his then writing team were able to turn the classic, As the World Turns around.  The show went up in the ratings and during his time with the series ‘World Turn’s’ won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, and he and the writing team picked up four Emmy victories all through 2000-2004.

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Next, Sheffer landed in Salem as head writer of Days of our Lives along with Meg Kelly from 2006 through to the beginning of 2008.   He would later join The Young and the Restless and team up with then head writers: Maria Arena Bell and Scott Hamner, and eventually stay with the show till 2012.  During Sheffer’s time in Genoa City, Y&R also won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in 2011.

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On Sunday, former WWE and daytime writer Tom Casiello, who was extremely close with Sheffer…  and who shared how Hogan gave him his start at writing in daytime, took to his Facebook page to pay tribute to a man who had such an impact on his life and many others.  It is worth the read here. 

Y&R writer, Sara Bibel tweeted: “Hogan Sheffer was a gamechanger for ATWT and daytime. Everyone I know who worked with him adored him. RIP”

And, iconic ATWT star, Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily) tweeted on Sheffer’s passing: “To say he was one of a kind would be a tremendous understatement. Our years at ATWT with Hogan at the helm were a rebirth for our beautiful show. Loved his writers, actors,crew. Blessed to have him on the first floor in Brooklyn ready to listen. Talented. Funny. Generous. RIP”

Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara, ATWT) also took to Twitter upon learning of the passing of Sheffer sharing: “I loved him, loved him, loved him… he was so good to me. Thank you for everything, Hogan. You were so loved. Especially, by me… Rest in peace…”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to bring you updates as the soap world mourns the loss of a creative force in our genre.  Share your condolences and thoughts on the death of Hogan Sheffer via the comment section below.

 

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FRIDAY: ATWT’s Larry Bryggman and AMC’s Dorothy Lyman Guest Star On ‘The Blacklist’

Two of the most revered performances ever in the world of daytime drama will be seen tomorrow night on an all-new episode of NBC’s drama series, The Blacklist. (10/9c).

In “The Pawnbrokers”, Daytime Emmy winners, Larry Bryggman (Ex-John Dixon, As the World Turns) and Dorothy Lyman (Ex-Opal Gardner, All My Children) will be seen as a criminal duo!

Bryggman and Lyman play a couple that fronts cash to criminals on the black market. In story, series star, James Spader’s Red acclimates himself to his new digs in federal prison, where he is challenged by an old rival.  Samar (Mozhan Marnò) goes undercover to stop a black market organization that fronts cash to criminals. (Enter Larry and Dorothy!)  And, Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) continue their investigation into Red’s past.

Check out the promo for tomorrow night’s episode below.   Then let us know if you will be checking out Larry and Dorothy and if all of this brings back memories of their amazing performances in Oakdale and in Pine Valley in the comment section below.

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TAINTED DREAMS Season 2 To Bow December 21st!

Tainted Dreams is back with a second season offering from Daytime Emmy-winning director and series creator, Sonia Blangiardo!

Beginning December 21st, the next chapter of Blangiardo’s the soap behind a soap, will be available for streaming on Amazon and Amazon Prime. (season one is also currently available on Amazon)

This series, which was nominated for five 2017 Daytime Emmys, follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictitious soap opera titled Painted Dreams.  Many soap opera notables have roles in the online series including: Alicia Minshew, Michael Lowry , Austin Peck. Terri Ivens,  Walt Willey, Kelley Menighan, Grant Aleksander, Bobbie Eakes, Natalia Livingston, Marnie Schulenburg, Nathan Purdee, Colleen Zenk, James DePaiva, Tonja Walker, Ilene Kristen, and the late Larkin Malloy . In addition, Jessie Godderz of Impact Wrestling and Big Brother fame, and Dina Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, also appear.

In a statement, Sonia Blangiardo said that she is “excited to take everyone along these characters’ journeys in Season 2, as they evolve and deal with ever increasing professional and personal turmoil.”

Fore more on Tainted Dreams visit their official website here.  (more…)

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