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ATWT Online Reunion On The Way With Van Hansis, Jake Silbermann, Agim Kaba & More

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The blast from the pasts. and Oakdale hits just keep a-coming, thanks to former ATWT and GL publicist, Alan Locher, who has been putting together and scheduling livestream events featuring various members of the cast of the two beloved CBS daytime dramas.

Now comes word that the next As the World Turns reunion will be this Friday, April 17th beginning at 2 p. m. EST/11 a.m. PST).

This time, calling all ‘Nuke’ fans!  Here is your chance to see Van Hansis (Ex-Luke) and Jake Silbermann (Ex-Noah) together again, well, almost, remember its a virtual conversation during this COVID-19 pandemic!.

Van and Jake will take part in this reunion along with their former ATWT castmates including: Alexandra Chando (Ex-Maddie), Agim Kaba (Ex-Aaron) and Marnie Schulenberg (Ex-Allison).

To watch the livestream on Friday click here!

So will you be checking out Van, Jake, Agim, Marnie and Alexandra’s reunion as they share stories from their time in Oakdale and more? Comment below..

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Rodd
Rodd

You betcha! I’m loving these on line reunions and am so thankful to Alan for arranging them!

Paul H
Paul H

I can’t wait until Friday. These are a real treat each weekend. I’ve kept up with Van Harris’s projects over the years, but it will be good to hear the latest for all of them. And then Alan’s questions are perfect for discussion (e.g., do you remember your first day).

JSF777
JSF777

I can’t wait! Luke and Noah reunited once again. Twice in less than a year. XOXO

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

These reunion interviews are great. When can we expect to have Larry Bryggman, Elizabeth Hubbard, Kathryn Hayes, Eileen Fulton, Marie Masters, Patricia Bruder, or Kathleen Widdoes participating? I appreciate the actors who are showing up but, to be candid, the actors who spent decades on the show likely can offer more interest observations than someone like Chando or Kaba, who were on the show less than 5 years in the “dying decade.” My favorite interview so far was the first one with Don Hastings and Martha Byrne.

Peggy Rial
Peggy Rial

I totally agree. So happy I still get to see Maura West on General Hospital. Such a wonderful actress.

Peggy
Peggy

What about Kim Zimmer. She brought Reva Shaye Lewis to life. What a character.
I first started listening to on the radio when I was a young girl and continued from 1st to last tv showing.

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

Peggy
I also listened to GL on the radio, and remember them referring to Billy in the playpen, and later after he grew up, they called him Ed, Dr.Ed Bauer.
I also listened to a lot of others. Do you remember Lorenzo Jones, Portia Faces Life, When A Girl Marries,Backstage Wife, to name a few? Those were the days. Fifteen minutes each, all day

Paul H
Paul H

Enjoyed the conversation even with some technical issues. Would love to know the actor that Van said had his script on the floor as a prompt for his lines. The others wanted to know who it was, and Van said he’d tell them after. Like everyone, they love gossip. It’s almost like it wasn’t ten years ago, and they could pick up where they left off with ATWT.

The thing I love the most about these is when they are trying to remember something (like the coffee shop Java), then one person remembers and they are all excited.

And everyone loves Don Hastings. They all lit up when Alan mentioned Don was in the first one.

Many more please.

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

Paul H
Do you remember seeing Don Hastings as a very young man on Edge Of Night? Seems to me he played Mike Carr’s first wife’s brother. Memory not so good, was a long time ago. Would also love seeing old episodes of Edge, great show, shades of Perry Mason.

Paul H
Paul H

I only watched the opening and closing of The Edge of Night in the ’60s. I loved the dramatic music and the announcer. I don’t think these episodes exist anymore … what a shame. There is a montage of the openings through the years on this website; it was fascinating to hear the music and changes through the years.

I watched The Secret Storm with my mother in the ’60s. I started watching The Edge of Night in the late ’70s, and watched it until the end.

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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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