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Boston Herald on "The Talk"… "For this, CBS cancelled ATWT?"

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The reviews are in from Monday’s debut of the new mommie gabtest, The Talk. You know it best as the show that took the place of the beloved, As the World Turns. Well from coast to coast, and newspaper to newspaper the premiere episode was panned, and badly!

One of our favorite’s was from the Boston Herald who started their piece by stating, “For this, CBS canceled “As the World Turns?” And then went on to say, ” The network’s new live daytime yakfest The Talk makes ABC’s The View seem like a collaboration between NPR and MIT.  Instead of five annoying chatterboxes, CBS fields six: Big Brother robot Julie Chen, Roseanne co-star Sara Gilbert (who created the show and serves as executive producer), King of Queens co-star Leah Remini, America’s Got Talent judge Sharon Osbourne, Celebrity Apprentice runner-up Holly Robinson Peete and Hairspray’s Marissa Jaret Winokur.   Unlike  The View, there were no topical references — the show could have been filmed five years ago for all its relevance — unless you count the moment Osbourne turned a vague discussion of divorce law reform into a rant against cyberbullying.  In the most cringe-worthy segment, “Mom on the street’’ Winokur nabbed mall bystanders to ask about the appropriate age to talk to children about sex.”

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Sally
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Sally

I am smiling right now.:)

Charles
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Charles

Those poor ATWT fans. I watched the first day…..it was bad. So little substance. Granted, it will take a while to get their footing, but even for the first episode I expected so much more. They cancelled ATWT for this? What a load! I am sure it will stay on the air for a little while if no other reason than to avoid the backlash from angry soaps fans that they cancelled two long running soaps for such drivel. Plus, one of the hosts, Julie Chen, is married to the head of CBS. THEVIEW is much more enjoyable overall…plus they… Read more »

mmc
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mmc

I’m one of those poor ATWT long time fans.I’m not watching much Tv lately,it’s the same old same old everywhere i go!

bettyboop
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bettyboop

The only reason the initial ratings were decent is because of rubber necking…you know, like folks slowing down to see an accident. Morbid curiosity and nothing more. This too, shall pass (quickly, we hope!). May it go down in flames while soap opera fans toast our marshmallows upon it.

shannon
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shannon

I’d rather TALK to my plants, than give Princess Julie any of my time. Still can’t believe my beloved ATWT got cancelled for this garbage.

Rob
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Rob

All ATWT fans should tune into One Life To Live, Its a pretty decent show and it is very similar to ATWT. Show CBS that ABC has loyalty to its shows and its viewers!!

Charles
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Charles

So true, Rob. OLTL is really getting good. I love seeing Kim Zimmer on there. Though I am familiar with her work, this is the first soap I have actuially watched that she appears in. I hope she has a big role on the show, because she seems like a great actress. I also smile knowing that OLTL has so far beat THE TALK. I never watched ATWT but I do not think it was wise for CBS to cancel such a long running show, and one with such an AMAZING history. So, here’s hoping those ATWT and GL fans… Read more »

Pamela
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Pamela

ATWT was the only soap that I watched, and it’s power couple CarJack (Maura West & Michael Park) .. steamiest couple I’ve ever seen on all of the soaps .. and I’ve watched them all until ATWT! I hope and pray that “The Talk” flops .. as it will .. and ATWT is brought back! It wouldn’t be the first soap that they were forced to bring back! Meanwhile, Maura West (Diane) on the boring Y&R is just sizzling! She’ll light that show up! I don’t want to see anymore of our beloved soaps die off! It will be the… Read more »

Renee
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Renee

This show sucks!If they would take off Holly peete and Leah Remini then I might watch it!But not now-bring back As The World Turns PLEASEE!!!!!JUST KILL ME NOW!!!!LOL!!!

Rita
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Rita

Thank you the Boston Globe for the review I expected of the The Talk. I mean, come on, how many of these shows can one take??? I am a longtime viewer of ATWT’s and am still saddened to know that it is no more. I miss all the characters, the stories and actors who portrayed them. For such an amazing cast and crew of ATWT’s to be no more on the air, truly was a mistake by CBS to cancel this show. I felt robbed and to bring on a show such as The Talk, I don’t know what CBS… Read more »

mmc
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mmc

As a long time ATWT viewer, I’m still missing it.I can’t seem to get into any other soap so I’ll give up for awhile.I go on you tube and watch the clips,And there are some sites that have short clips and some very long ones.i hated the way the endings were so rushed.I’ll never forgive TPTB for the rotten ending with Reid dying and Luke being left to grieve.Everybody should have had a happy ending and only Luke and Reid didn’t.Senseless and insensitive ……As for The Talk, You couldn’t pay me to watch it!Sometimes i do my laundry at that… Read more »

Cinthia Bateman
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Cinthia Bateman

I really miss ATWT too, and I was really Sad when it was canceled but I decided to give the TALK a chance and it really is a “Good” show. You just need to give it a chance because you can get some really great advice and I like the variety of guests that they have on the show, and I especially like that they don’t get into these huge debates about politics like they do on the View. I also really like that they don’t have that “IDIOT” Elizabeth Hasselbeck or anyone that is like her, she is just… Read more »

peggy
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peggy

What a disappointment, my goodness the new season is a bomb, get a new group of ladies that at least topped the group that has left. Your moderator Julie Chen seems to come across as snobbish. (Just my Personal opinion)

talk lover
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talk lover

i looove the talk. my husband and i watch it everyday. the reason we watch it is that sheryl undwood is on the panel. the show is soooo good. i actually like it better than the view. the show is funny.

Heather
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Heather

The Talk is a very stupid show just like The Chew and The Revolution. I find it hard that CBS would lower themselves by cancelling ATWT for this joke.

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As the World Turns Alum Rita Walter Dead at 71

We’re still losing so many beloved soap opera actors as 2022 comes to a close. Now comes word that former As the World Turns alum, Rita Walter (nee McLaughlin) passed away at the age of 71.  Walter had been diagnosed with Multifocal Glioblastoma, an extremely aggressive form of terminal brain cancer.

Rita had an 11-year-run as Oakdale’s Carol Deming Hughes Stallings Andropoulos Frazier.

The former actress-turned-optician, died on Christmas.  Rita’s brother, David McLaughlin revealed the news on the 26th which also happened to be the anniversary of Walter’s exit from the defunct CBS soap opera in 1981.

In his posting on Facebook, McLaughlin shared: “My sweet, loving sister Rita was called to Jesus today on Christmas day, his birthday. She was a well known actress as well as dedicated server of the Lord Jesus. May you rest in peace Sis, I love you forever. You’ve taken my heart with you.”

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Before playing good girl, Carol Deming, who always found herself in distress as only a good heroine could do, Rita started her career as Patty Duke’s double on The Patty Duke Show, before getting her first foray into soaps with a role on The Secret Storm as Wendy Phillips.

We clearly remember when on ATWT, Carol was married to Jay Stallings, but Jay was having an affair behind her back. Carol also had failed relationships and marriages to Tom Hughes and Steve Andropolous.  Eventually, Carol left Oakdale after falling in love and marrying Reverend Norman Frazier.  In a case of life imitating art, Rita married Reverend Normal Walter in 1976.

Walter is survived by her three children, Brian, Jill, and Amy, and her husband, Reverend Norman.

Share your condolences and remembrances for ATWT’s Rita Walter in the comment section below.

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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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