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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…

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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.

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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.

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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… Read more »

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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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As the World Turns and Guiding Light Favorite, Lisa Brown, Passes Away at 67

(UPDATED) In just more heartbreaking news in the soap world in 2021, we have lost another beloved performer.  Lisa Brown, who was so noteworthy for her spunky and emotional turns as Guiding Light’s Nola Reardon from 1980-1985, and later as Iva Snyder on As the World Turns from 1986-1994, has died.

Brown passed away this week on November 24th at the age of 67 following a brief illness.  The news came via the As the World Turns Facebook Fan Group and Soap Opera Digest.

This comes just two months later following the death of her former on-screen love interest Michael Tylo (Ex-Quinton, Guiding Light), who passed away in late September.

Those that followed Lisa’s career know she also starred in the Broadway Musical 42nd Street, while still playing Nola each and every day on Guiding Light.

She is survived by her children: James “Buddy” Nielsen, and daughter Victoria from her first husband Tom Nielsen (Ex-Floyd, GL) in addition to her two grandchildren, Penelope Ruiz-Nielsen and Brayden Hopf, and her second husband Brian Neary.

 

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Brown’s on-screen ATWT daughter, Martha Byrne  (Ex-Lily) simply tweeted, “My heart is broken.”

On Friday, Lisa’s son, Buddy Nielsen, posted a touching tribute to his mother, where he revealed that she passed away due to cancer.

Buddy shared: “My Mom passed away the day before Thanksgiving after a very quick battle with cancer. This all happened really fast and wasn’t expecting it. I’ve been MIA as I’ve been back and forth between LA and NJ as she has been in and out of the hospital the last couple weeks. This dream we live, we are all subject to the suffering, aging and death. It’s not to be morose but to understand that we have finite time and must take care with what we do and how we do it. To be able to be with someone at their last breath is truly beautiful. We must not fear death as without it we would never be born and experience the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Our existence is both small and vast all at the same time. We are tiny but immense. I know she is here but no longer in her physical form, what we do in love we leave in death. My beautiful daughter and unborn son are her legacy.”

Share your condolences to Lisa’s family, and let us know of your remembrances of this wonderful actress who gave us so many memorable moments throughout her career via the comment section below. But first, watch Lisa in some of her classic scenes from ATWT and GL.

 

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ATWT Favorite, Jon Hensley, Releases New Single ‘I See Heaven’

Former As the World Turns, and The Bold and the Beautiful star, Jon Hensley (Ex-Holden Snyder and Ex-Dr. Meade), has announced not only the launch of his new website, but his new single called “I See Heaven”.

According to Hensley, the new track is a 9/11 20th anniversary song.  Through the holiday season, Jon is noting that you can make donations in lieu of the song and he will take a portion of the proceeds and donate them to various 9/11 charities.

In his welcome note on his site, Jon shares: “Welcome to my site, I am very excited about my new project. Most of you might remember me as Holden, it’s been a long time since the good old days in Oakdale. Who knows maybe they bring them back some day. As the World Re-turns?  After the show did end in 2010, I slowly started getting back into music. I spent some time playing in Las Vegas and decided a year or so ago it was time to release my debut album. Over the last few years, I wrote many songs with my great friend and producer Alan Schwartz. And my 1st single, I See Heaven (911 20th anniversary song) is now available as a download. Sing Out Revolution, my title track which was inspired by the Tennessee Williams quote on my home page, is a revolution on love. I’m planning to release SOR by Xmas 2021. And the full record by early 2022. Join my mailer for updates and thanks for listening!”

So, excited to listen to more of Jon’s music? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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ATWT Legend Eileen Fulton Virtual Interview Slated

The one and only Eileen Fulton (Lisa, As the World Turns) is set for a very special edition of The Locher Room when she appears next week on the Friday November 5th episode.

Fulton’s livestream with host, Alan Locher is set to begin at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST.

Eileen played the role of Lisa Miller Hughes Eldridge Shea Colman McColl Mitchell Grimaldi on the CBS daytime dramas for nearly 50 years.

The character of Lisa joined the cast of ATWT in May 1960 and remained with the show on and off, until the show went off the air on September 17, 2010.

In addition, Eileen starred in her  own prime time soap spin-off of ATWT, Our Private World, and is also known for her work on the stage and for her cabaret and nightclub act which she performed around the country.

So, looking forward to this conversation with Eileen, who was the ultimate first soap ‘vixen’ of soaps and ATWT? Comment below.

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