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CBS Daytime VP Bloom issues formal statement on end of ATWT!

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CBS Daytime Vice President Barbara Bloom released a statement today on CBS’s part in the decision to cancel the enduring As the World Turns. The soap will have spanned 54 years and more than 13,000 episodes by the time it stops orbiting this earth next September 2010.

Here is the statement from Bloom: “It’s extremely difficult to say good-bye to a long-running series that’s been close to our hearts for so long…”

“The almanacs will show As the World Turns as a pioneer of the format, a hallmark for quality with its numerous Emmy’s, the launching pad for many television and film stars and a daytime ratings powerhouse for parts of three decades. ”

But, the true legacy of  As the World Turns will be the fictional characters and stories of a small Midwest town that resonated every day with millions of viewers over multiple generations, becoming a treasured daytime institution in the process.  We thank our partners at Procter & Gamble for the privilege of hosting this beloved series…the actors, writers, producers and crew who worked so hard and shared their amazing talents to bring this series to life…and, of course, the viewers who shared the journey on our network for so many years.
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Doe

I am shocked that ATWT is joining the trend of finality next year. What has happened and will happen to all the loyal fans. That show was one of the first ones that that I watched way back when. What a shame! Soaps are a big part of radio and television culture. Obviously, there will be a reincarnation of some sort and some other venue. Maybe it will be like ‘Venice’ and be online. All those actors can not be absorbed into the soaps that will be left standing….Terrible news…

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D. Fitzgerald

I cannot believe CBS is doing it again. Don,t the fans deserve to have their shows continue. I have been watching ATWT for over 30 years and it,s like taking away part of myself. If it weren,t for fans cbs wouldn,t have watchers for their shows. Please find another way to save our soap. Thank You.

Dee
Dee

I am so shocked to find out that you are taking this show off of the air. It was bad enough to see Guiding Light leave but now ATWT ?! I’ve watched this show for years and I hate this. Please don’t do this to all of the loyal fans.

Linda Price
Linda Price

I cannot believe that you are cancelling ATWT. I have watched that show since I was ten years old and I am 62. Jeff and Penny were my first favorites on that show. Thousand of fans will be very upset. Why would you want to do away with such a good show? You cancelled GL and that was a real shame, too. What’s next Y&R or B&B? You just keep taking away our shows! You really don’t care about the viewers, do you? Just throw the shows out and to hell with the viewers! There are many loyal fans out here and we demand that you respect what we want! And we want our soaps to go on for years to come! You bring new, young people in and they want to change television viewing and they don’t care about what we want to see. Oprah is awful and so are the “medical” shows that are on and so are the “gossip” shows that are on. We don’t care about those shows. We want the shows that we have watched for years and years and want to keep watching them. You took GL away from us even though hundreds of people begged you not to. Now its ATWT and you don’t even care. Shame on you for now caring. And yes I know it is the almighty dollar, but what about the loyal viewers? We won’t watch the trash the you replace these shows with. “Let’s Make a Deal” is so very stupid. Is that where you think our mentality is? I don’t watch any CBS shows at night and now you are forcing me to give up daytime, too, by taking the shows I love away. I hope CBS goes broke and goes down the drain!
Thank you, Linda Price

dazell
dazell

It’s unbelievable that ATWT is as old as I am and will have spanned 54 years. Wow and me at the ripe old age of 55. Well I love you guys and wish the best for you. DO this mean they going to take the BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL too. May God Blessing be unpon the cast,the behind the scenes people,production,writers,etc.

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Final Season of ‘EastSiders’ Starring Kit Williamson and Van Hansis Gets Premiere Date on Netflix

The fourth and final season of the much heralded LGBTQ series, EastSiders now has a premiere date of December 1st on Netflix, and fans of the show will see how things will play out for the Silver Lake duo of Cal  and Thom, who have gone through quite a lot in their relationship over the last three seasons.

EastSiders stars series creator, Kit Williamson (Cal) along with As the World Turns favorite, Van Hansis (Thom).  The last six-episodes that comprise season four will tackle questions such as… what does commitment really look like in a long-term relationship? And what unique challenges does a “gay marriage” present?

In story, Cal and Thom are back home in Los Angeles following season three’s cross-country road trip.  The guys are still trying to figure out if they are just best friends with benefits, or more, or less, than that.

Elsewhere, Douglas (Willam Belli) and Quincy (Stephen Guarino) are engaged to be married, but with very different ideas about what a gay wedding should be. Hillary (Brianna Brown) and Ian (John Halbach) are cohabiting peacefully; and Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon) and Derrick (Leith M. Burke) have taken a huge step in their relationship by fostering a child.

Deadline broke the news of the premiere date and the many special guest stars from primetime and more to look forward to this season.

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Emmy Winner and Noted Soap Opera Head Writer; Hogan Sheffer Passes Away At 61

Over the last several hours, reports have broke that one of daytime’s most notable scribes has died.  Hogan Sheffer, who was head writer at As the World Turns, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless has passed away at the age of 61.

Soap Hub, first reported the news via multiple sources, however, many writers who worked with Hogan during his tenure on the soaps have taken to social media to share their condolences and their grief and remembrances.

Sheffer’s appearance on the soap scene was unexpected, especially in a genre where it is often rare for new blood to take the reins at the head writer position.  Proctor & Gamble had decided to bring in Hogan after his work as the Director of Screenplay Development for DreamWorks, not because of his writing credits for a previous network soap.  He was given trial deal as a breakdown writer for the CBS soap and 10-weeks in became the beloved town of Oakdale’s new head writer.

Hogan and his then writing team were able to turn the classic, As the World Turns around.  The show went up in the ratings and during his time with the series ‘World Turn’s’ won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, and he and the writing team picked up four Emmy victories all through 2000-2004.

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Next, Sheffer landed in Salem as head writer of Days of our Lives along with Meg Kelly from 2006 through to the beginning of 2008.   He would later join The Young and the Restless and team up with then head writers: Maria Arena Bell and Scott Hamner, and eventually stay with the show till 2012.  During Sheffer’s time in Genoa City, Y&R also won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in 2011.

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On Sunday, former WWE and daytime writer Tom Casiello, who was extremely close with Sheffer…  and who shared how Hogan gave him his start at writing in daytime, took to his Facebook page to pay tribute to a man who had such an impact on his life and many others.  It is worth the read here. 

Y&R writer, Sara Bibel tweeted: “Hogan Sheffer was a gamechanger for ATWT and daytime. Everyone I know who worked with him adored him. RIP”

And, iconic ATWT star, Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily) tweeted on Sheffer’s passing: “To say he was one of a kind would be a tremendous understatement. Our years at ATWT with Hogan at the helm were a rebirth for our beautiful show. Loved his writers, actors,crew. Blessed to have him on the first floor in Brooklyn ready to listen. Talented. Funny. Generous. RIP”

Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara, ATWT) also took to Twitter upon learning of the passing of Sheffer sharing: “I loved him, loved him, loved him… he was so good to me. Thank you for everything, Hogan. You were so loved. Especially, by me… Rest in peace…”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to bring you updates as the soap world mourns the loss of a creative force in our genre.  Share your condolences and thoughts on the death of Hogan Sheffer via the comment section below.

 

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FRIDAY: ATWT’s Larry Bryggman and AMC’s Dorothy Lyman Guest Star On ‘The Blacklist’

Two of the most revered performances ever in the world of daytime drama will be seen tomorrow night on an all-new episode of NBC’s drama series, The Blacklist. (10/9c).

In “The Pawnbrokers”, Daytime Emmy winners, Larry Bryggman (Ex-John Dixon, As the World Turns) and Dorothy Lyman (Ex-Opal Gardner, All My Children) will be seen as a criminal duo!

Bryggman and Lyman play a couple that fronts cash to criminals on the black market. In story, series star, James Spader’s Red acclimates himself to his new digs in federal prison, where he is challenged by an old rival.  Samar (Mozhan Marnò) goes undercover to stop a black market organization that fronts cash to criminals. (Enter Larry and Dorothy!)  And, Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) continue their investigation into Red’s past.

Check out the promo for tomorrow night’s episode below.   Then let us know if you will be checking out Larry and Dorothy and if all of this brings back memories of their amazing performances in Oakdale and in Pine Valley in the comment section below.

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