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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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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…

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.

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.

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

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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2024 Golden Globes: Justin Hartley and Amanda Seyfried Among First Round of Presenters

The 2024 awards season truly gets underway this Sunday night ,January 7th on CBS with the presentation of the 81st annual Golden Globe Awards honoring the best in motion picture and television as deemed by the voters of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

The ceremony will be broadcast live and will air beginning at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The ceremony will also be available on the CBS app and will stream on Paramount+. (Note, however, only Paramount+ subscribers who have Showtime can stream the event live; others can watch the show the next day.)

The first round of presenters was revealed on Wednesday and two soap opera alums are on the list including Justin Hartley (ex-This Is Us, The Young and the Restless, Revenge, Passions) and Amanda Seyfried (ex-Lucy, As the World Turns and ex-Joni Stafford, All My Children).

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Joining Justin and Amanda as presenters are: Angela Bassett, Will Ferrell, Michelle Yeoh,George Lopez, Julia Garner, Justin Hartley, Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams.  Previously, Jo Koy was named host for the telecast.

The Golden Globes are back on CBS for the first time since 1982. In addition, Dick Clark Productions is back after years away as the longtime Globes producers.

To review the nominees click here.

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Richard Roundtree, ‘Generations’, ‘ATWT” and ‘Shaft’ Star, Dead at 81

Motion picture and television leading man, Richard Roundtree, has passed away at the age of 81. The actor, best known for his role in the iconic film Shaft, and its sequels, died from complications from pancreatic cancer on October 24th in his home in Los Angeles.

In a statement, Roundtree’s manager, Patrick McMinn shared, “Richard’s work and career served as a turning point for African American leading men in film. The impact he had on the industry cannot be overstated.”

During his extensive credits and career, Roundtree made two stops to two daytime soap operas. In 1990 till 1991, Roundtree played Dr. Daniel Ruebens on the defunct NBC soap opera Generations. He later appeared on As the World Turns from 2002-2003, taking on the role of Oliver Travers, the father to T. Marshall Travers played by Lamman Rucker.

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Roundtree’s leading lady on Generations, Jonelle Allen took to her Facebook upon learning the news of the death of her former castmate and friend, expressing: “My Leading Man on Generations. I Am Very Sad. My Condolences To Your Family. Dearest Richard Roundtree.”

In a subsequent post, Allen shared a photo of their Generations’ characters, Daniel and Doreen about to lip-lock. Jonelle stated, “In the scene with him I kept thinking: ‘Shaft is about to kiss ME!!!’ Thank You.”

On Generations, Roundtree’s character of Daniel Reubens was a brilliant doctor, who was accused of killing someone by causing an explosion at a lab in 1974. He and his daughter, Maya, then went “underground” for the next 15 years. Maya was played by Viveca A. Fox.

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Fox, honored her former on-screen soap father with an Instagram post upon learning of his death. Vivica wrote: “GM Dawlings! My heart is sad this morning as late last night I learned that LEGEND Actor @officialrichardroundtree had passed. I had the blessing of working with Richard on alot of 1st in my acting career! He played my Dad on the soap opera #Generation‘s TV show #90210BeverlyHills Mr Roundtree thank u for your AMAZING GIFTS! U will truly be missed as u were the 1st African American Action Star #SHAFT I’ll never forget the time u stood for ME when a director was being a jerk to me! I’ll miss your smile, jokes, laughs & hugs! REST EASY KING! U DID WELL. #Classic #LEGEND #LeadingMan #Actor #SuperStar #Respect #RestInPeace”

Richard was also known for his roles in Roots and the Brad Pitt thriller Se7en. On television, Roundtree appeared on: Murder, She Wrote, A Different World, Beauty and the Beast, 21 Jump Street, MacGyver, Beverly Hill 90210, L.A. Law, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Alias, Desperate Housewives, Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Fire, and Private Practice and many more.

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Soap Alum John Wesley Shipp Shares Health Update

John Wesley Shipp, best known to daytime fans for his roles on As the World Turns, Guiding Light, One Life to Live et al, and primetime fans for his role in The Flash, shared a heartfelt health update via his Instagram.

While Shipp did not go into specifics, he did say he underwent surgery earlier in September for an urgent medical issue.

In his post, accompanying by his photo, John expressed: “Hello out there! Friends and contacts have written recently, like, “where are you? are you ok?” Well, here’s the deal: I had surgery early this month for a health issue that had to be dealt with immediately. All went well, but I’ve had to postpone a theatre production and personal appearances as the recoup will take some weeks. I do read and appreciate what you share with me, that you entrust me with your thoughts and feelings. You are ever on my mind and in my heart, and I look forward to getting active and out there again as soon as possible. Until then, remember to play nice, be kind, and stay engaged! Our futures depend on it.”

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John’s soap resume is quite impressive having portrayed: Dr. Kelly Nelson/Victor Laszlo on Guiding Light, Doug Cummings on As the World Turns, Martin Ellis on Santa Barbara, Carter Jones on All My Children and Eddie Ford on One Life to Live. Shipp won two Daytime Emmys along the way.

More recently, John has appeared in primetime’s, Arrow, The Flash, Stargirl and countless other TV appearances.

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