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ATWT's past and present share thoughts on cancellation!

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Colleen Zenk Pinter

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In today’s Tv Guide Canada’s Suds Report, Nelson Branco featured a round-up of reaction to the sad news this week that has hit the industry hard…that the legendary soap As the World Turns is going off to soap heaven in 2010.  First up was this item on  ATWT’s Executive Producer, Chris Goutman breaking the news to his stunned employees . “He couldn’t get through his speech,” reveals one actor. “He was a mess. He was extremely torn up. He actually cried.” Afterwards, Goutman had to call all the actors and crew who weren’t working on Tuesday. “He’s very upset and saddened by the news. Despite what has been written, Chris really wanted this show to succeed,” claims another actor.

Colleen Zenk Pinter whose Barbara Ryan Stenbeck has spent most of her adult life in Oakdale had this to say, “Since I was 25, I have been a part of the World Turns family. I’ve grown up there. I grew as an actor there. I met my husband [Mark Pinter] there. I was pregnant with my children there. I even brought them to work to prove we could have it all as a working mother. The saddest thing about our cancellation is that we will be losing our World Turns family, and make no mistake, we are a genuine family. When it’s all over, I will miss everyone terribly — especially Barbara and the fans. It’s a sad day for all of us. And not just for us, but New York City, which lost three shows this year, and the industry in general. Our cancellation affects more than just our show. Thousands of jobs have been lost. The saddest part in all of this is that we still have lots more story to tell on World Turns.”

And finally soap producer wizard, Paul Rauch, currently leading the troups at Y&R, had these sentiments to share. “World Turns is a show I have strong feelings and a good bit of nostalgia about. It was on World Turns where I began my association with Bill Bell many years ago when I served as a supervising producer for P&G. It was a 30-minute show then and was written exclusively by Irna Phillips and Bill — without any other writers. It was just the two of them putting out all of those great shows that topped the ratings each and every week and it was the pride of Procter & Gamble and CBS. I am saddened by its cancellation and my heart goes out to Chris Goutman and his talented writers and production team and to the millions of viewers who remained loyal to the show over the years.” Hopefully, World Turns fans will check out his show, Y&R, when Oakdale finally spins off its axis.”

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Its a shame reality shows have taken over and pushed out the Soaps so long ATWT

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There is a good op-ed in today’s New York Times, written by the daughter of actress Ann Williams who was on “Search For Tomorrow” and other soaps.
Here is the link:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/13/opinion/13welch.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

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ATWT Alum Michael Park Joins The Cast of Hulu Drama ‘Saint X’

Great news! Fans who have missed Michael Park (ex-Jack, As the World Turns) on the small screen will get a chance to see him once again in the new psychological drama series, Saint X.

The series will stream on Hulu and in it the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning actor will play the part of Bill Thomas, in the eight-episode series adapted from Alexis Schaitkin’s novel.

In story, Bill and his wife Mia Thomas (Betsy Brandt) are upper middle class parents of two, enjoying a family vacation in a Caribbean resort until one of their daughters goes missing.

According to Deadline, the series is told via multiple timelines and perspectives, explores and upends the girl-gone-missing genre as it explains how a young woman’s mysterious death during an idyllic Caribbean vacation creates a traumatic ripple effect that eventually pulls her surviving sister into a dangerous pursuit of the truth.

No further details have been been made available as to when the show will premiere on the streamer, but stay tuned for more updates.

So, excited to see Michael in Saint X? Comment below.

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ATWT Alum Julianne Moore to Star In New Limited-Series

In casting news, Academy Award-winner and As the World Turns alum, Julianne Moore (Ex-Frannie and Sabrina Hughes) will star in a new period-piece drama for Sky and AMC.

Moore, who won a Daytime Emmy for her work on the beloved CBS soap back in 1988, will play Mary Villiers, Countess of Buckingham, in Mary & George.

Villers in 17th Century England moulded her  son, George, to seduce King James I and become his all-powerful lover. Through outrageous scheming, the pair rose from humble beginnings to become one of the richest, most titled, and influential mother and sons England had ever seen.

According to Deadline, the series is due to begin filming in early 2023 and is slated for an 8-episode run.

Mary & George will mark only the second time, Moore has starred in a TV drama, after her appearance in the 2021 Apple mini-series Lisey’s Story.

Julianne won her Oscar for Lead Actress back in 2014 for Still Alice, where she played a woman battling Alzheimer’s disease.

Intrigued to see Julianne in Mary & George? Comment below.

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ATWT Alum Colleen Zenk Joins Tony Award-Winner, Michael R. Jackson For ‘As The Musical Turns: A Soap Inspiration’

Circle Friday Night, October 21st beginning at 6PM EST.  That’s when you can join a virtual event featuring former As The World Turns star, Colleen Zenk (ex-Barbara) who will join Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner, Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop), for a very special discussion and more of his upcoming new musical to bow in 2023, White Girl in Danger.

The Zoom event is brought to you by The Hermitage Artist Retreat in partnership with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.

In As the Musical Turns: A Soap Inspiration, Michael will chat on how his new musical satire, White Girl in Danger was inspired by the soap opera genre that Zenk was front and center on for more than 30 years on the beloved CBS daytime drama.

Look for, White Girl in Danger to have its Off-Broadway production at Second Stage Theatre and The Vineyard Theater in the early part of the new year.

To register for As the Musical Turns: A Soap Inspiration’s virtual program click here.

Now, you can get inside scoop on this brilliant musical concept, and soon to be must-see theatre piece, that any soap fan will love!

So, looking forward to seeing Colleen and Michael virtually on October 21 and finding out more about ‘White Girl in Danger’ and its soapy inspirations? Comment below.

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