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ATWT's departing Maura West chats about her new role as Diane on Y&R!

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As many longtime viewers of As the World Turns will have the difficult task of saying goodbye to the fantastic character of Carly Tenney, created by two-time Daytime Emmy winner Maura West this Friday, they will have to look no further than the same network, different timeslot, and different soap to catch the actress again on their daytime screens.   On October 8th, West debuts  on The Young and the Restless as the recast Diane Jenkins, and is set to cause havoc and pull some string and create some friction for many of the folks in Genoa City.  TV Guide spoke with Maura about the new role and the end of ATWT.  Here are a few excerpts

West on if landing the role on Y&R lessened the blow of losing ATWT: “The end of a show like that is very moving. The tradition and the longevity is really quite impressive. However for Maura, as an actress, it was really time to say so long to Carly. I don’t mean that to sound bad. It was a terrific experience but it’s too long for an actor to play one part. So while I will miss it, and miss my dear friends, it was time. Carly was a gift, a dream of a character who could do anything — and did! She was never mundane. In fact, she was like playing several different characters all rolled into one. She’s what made me stay as long as I did.”

West on if she was tempted to look at the work of past Y&R Diane’s- Alex Donnelly and Susan Walters to prep for her new gig: “Absolutely not, and that’s no disrespect to those women. That would be a mistake for me as an actress. I’m not interested in that. The show did send me a list of big Diane events — the marriages, the sperm, the burning of the pool house, and all those things, but what is really exciting about this character is that there’s been no human story for her yet. It’s just this list of events. So the writers and I have a chance to create a character together that’s really three-dimensional — one that hasn’t yet been explored”

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dinah
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dinah

Thx Michael, I loved Maura and can’t wait to she on Y&R

Marinka
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Marinka

I am glad we will be seeing her on Y&R. she has always been my favorite actress for as long as I can remember and when they announced they cancelation of ATWT the first thing I thought was ”no! Maura!” it’s still a waste, shame… sad thing that ATWT is cancelled but knowing I will be tuning into Y&R for Maura West is comforting. Supporting her all the way!! and I’m sure she’ll blow our minds yet again with Diane as her new character, though Carly will always have a place in my heart!

Kalamaty
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Kalamaty

No disrespect to Maura, but I think that Alex and, particulary, Susan did a phenomenal job of “fleshing out” the character of Diane. No one could push Phyllis’s buttons the way Susan’s “Diane” did. I am just sick that she won’t be reprising the role!! Please, Y&R, no more recasts!

Sara
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Sara

Thanks for sharing, the interview Michael. I believe, she will do a wonderful job as Diane. I hope, the Y&R viewers give Maura a chance as Diane. I’m sure, she will do great as she did with the Carly character.

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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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Julianne Moore Pays Tribute to ATWT’s Kathryn Hays: “I Am in Indebted to Her and So Saddened by Her Loss”

The soap world has been in mourning since last Friday with the news of the passing of As the World Turns icon, Kathryn Hays (Kim Hughes).  The beloved actress passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 87.

Now, Hays former on-screen stepdaughter and niece, Oscar winner, Julianne Moore (Ex-Frannie/Sabrina Hughes) took to Instagram over the weekend to share her heartfelt remembrance and grief of working with Hays early in her acting career on ATWT.

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Moore shared: “The beautiful and gracious Kathryn Hays has passed away. I worked with Kathryn on As the World Turns at the beginning of my career and she treated me with such kindness and generosity, and demonstrated in her every action how to be professional on a set. I am indebted to her and so saddened by her loss. My thoughts are with her family – she spoke to me so often of her daughter. I hope they know what a profound influence Kathryn had on me, and so many others. RIP Kathryn ❤️❤️❤️ ”

Julianne had played twins Frannie and Sabrina from 1985-1988 and then returned to the CBS soap opera one final time in 2010 before ATWT made its final farewell.

What do you think of the kind words Moore shared on her thoughts on the passing of Kathryn Hays? Do you remember Julianne in scenes with Kathryn on ATWT, if so, what were some of your favorites? Comment below.

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