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ATWT's Elizabeth Hubbard wraps up 26 years as Lucinda!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

It is hard to believe that in the 26 years that Elizabeth Hubbard played Lucinda Walsh on As the World Turns for all she is worth and then some, that she never won a Daytime Emmy for the role.   The actress who is known to make reading the phone book exciting and chewing the scenery chatted with TV Guide Magazine for her final exit interview with the publication as ATWT winds down it’s final weeks on air.   There are some fascinating excerpts, and three in particular we thought were choice.  One, on the return of Larry Bryggman.  Two, on Van Hansis imitating La Hubbard in the most flattering way, and three, her thoughts on the cancellation of the legendary soap.

Hubbard on Bryggman’s return as John Dixon: ” It was so nice to have Larry Bryggman come back. That was my idea. I ran into him on the street and asked if he’d consider returning to the show to wrap things up.  I was so pleased when our executive producer, Chris Goutman, agreed to have John and Lucinda reunite because he doesn’t always listen to what I say. I remember one scene Larry and I did years ago where the two of us leaned back onto a sofa and it flipped right over! We said, “Can we keep that?” Those were the days when they’d say “Yes!” Now we’ve been through all sorts of regimes where you’re not even allowed to put your feet on the table. You’re not allowed to do this. You’re not allowed to do that. I always felt Lucinda would do whatever the hell she wanted.”

Hubbard on ATWT”s cancellation: “What can one say? I am told ATWT has been replaced by a talk show, something along the lines of The View only all the people will be talking about their babies. Really? Not everybody wants to hear about babies, do they? I think you want to hear about that stuff when you have a problem, but people need something that takes you into a different world, which is what the soaps have always done so beautifully. I’ve been so lucky playing Lucinda — a character who could do anything. She could lie, break the law, she didn’t have to be good and she always had that checkbook ready. Always!”

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Hubbard on Van Hansis (Luke) imitation:  “I heard through the grapevine that Van Hansis does quite an imitation of me. So I said to him, “Hey c’mon, young man! Let me see it!” And he did it for me and it was spot on! It was me always trying to do something with the script and it’s true! I’m always at it! [Laughs uproariously] I’ve heard that one of our producers even warns the new actors who work with me. “Oh, be careful, because Liz likes to work. She likes to rehearse. She likes to try things!” Like there’s something wrong with that! But I was very flattered by that warning, because I do care. And I’m not giving up.”

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Denise Robinson
Denise Robinson

Ms. Hubbard will be missed by this viewer. 25 years. That’s an amazing career to have with one show and Lucinda Walsh was a wonderful character to watch on screen.

Chris
Chris

I am so sad that ATWT is leaving TV. It has been in my life all my life. My mother used to watch it while we had out lunch. I agree with Lucinda – I won’t watch a talk show – I didn’t start watching Oprah when Guiding Light was cancelled. I guess I will be watching more Food TV and HGTV.
ATWT will be missed.

Regina
Regina

A joy to watch! We will miss you!!!!

Patty
Patty

I have enjoyed ATWT for 35+ years. Lucinda is one of my favorites. I hope another soap snatches up several of you. A fan base would be automatic if they would write Lucinda (Liz Hubbard) into their storyline. As well as some of the other talents of ATWT. I’m saddened like I am loosing connection with part of my day time family. An escape of the hardships of life into a make believe world with more problems and sometimes good solutions … at least a diversion of what ifs. CBS never called me or polled me and they missed a vote to KEEP ATWT.

Rondall
Rondall

I loved your character Lucinda. she did some hilarious things over the years on the show. She would always scheme, lie, and do anything. I said to myself: Elizabeth Hubbard is a wonderful actress. I miss that show.

Angelique de Vente
Angelique de Vente

Still missing ATWT and mostly Lucinda Walsh. Greetings from Amsterdam.

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ATWT and ‘Vampire Diaries’ Alum, Zach Roerig Arrested For DUI

Another actor has been arrested for a DUI, and this one happened over Memorial Day Weekend.

News out of TMZ is that former As the World Turns actor, Zach Roerig (Ex-Casey), who went to appear in CW’s Vampire Diaries was taken in by the cops.

According to the report: “Zach was busted Sunday around 2:30 AM in Montpelier, Ohio. Police tell us, officers noticed Zach’s pickup truck did not have a front license plate, so they pulled him over.”

Apparently when the officer went up to the driver’s side window they noticed that Zach’s slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and say he, “reeked of booze”.

Roerig was arrested for  for a misdemeanor and was held overnight in a holding cell.  He was later released.

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Zach’s arraignment is set as of now for June 4th.

ATWT fans will remember Zach as part of the younger set in Oakdale comprised of: multi-Daytime Emmy winner Jennifer Landon (Ex-Gwen), Jesse Sofer (Ex-Will) and Alexandra Chando (Ex-Maddie), all who went on to primetime fame during their careers.

So, what do you think about the latest past or present soap star receiving a DUI? Remember Zach on ATWT? Comment below.

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Michael Swan and Margaret Reed Set For ATWT Reunion

More As the World Turns former cast members come forth during the COVID-19 pandemic to participate in Alan Locher;’s weekly ‘Locher Room’ virtual chats.

Newly announced on Thursday are former on-screen lovebirds, Michael Swan (Ex-Duncan) and Margaret Reed (Ex-Shannon).

Look for the twosome to appear on the upcoming Thursday June 4th edition of the reunion series, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a. m. PT.

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Remember Duncan and Shannon’s ATWT love story? Looking forward to seeing Michael and Margaret? Comment below.

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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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