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Colleen Zenk's touching facebook note to fans on status of DWTS!

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Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Bravo to Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara) of As the World Turns for her fantastic adventure and attempt to get chosen for the new season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.  With a monumental grass roots facebook campaign, Zenk got to the attention of the producers and casting director of DWTS. (And hey, might we add, Zenk can dance like nobody’s business)  Unfortunately for fans and for Zenk, her journey to the ballroom dance competition stops here, for now.

Early this morning, Zenk posted on facebook a special note to everyone who supported her efforts. And now for Zenk,  she can turn her attention to garnering a final slot in the Daytime Emmys, as she just received a Pre-Nom for Outstanding Lead Actress!

Zenk stated, “Well here we are at the countdown for DWTS…I have been blown away and overwhelmed by all of the loyal support and love you have shown me in this extremely crazy quest! People from every area of my life have shown up on the pages of FaceBook to join with Team Colleen! I am grateful to all of you. Given their schedule for an announcement, it has become apparent that the Producers of DWTS have made casting decisions for Season 12 that don’t include me….What I have been told is that I “got on their radar” too late in the game. Some of the contestants in previous seasons took several years to book….and many others who have been wanting to dance have waited years to get on the show…and of course, there will be always be some contestants that leave you scratching your head! But, I have danced and performed my whole life and nothing can stop me now. As some of you might know, I have my one-woman show opening on April 8 at Bob Egan’s New Hope. I am so excited about this! I have been working on songs and material since last summer and and this is my “out-of-town” tryout! More tour dates to follow!

So, though I am sad that Season 12 appears not have worked out, I am happy to be free to work on my own show. More important, I am home for my youngest daughter’s last semester of High School…..which was my biggest fear about Season 12…SO….that is where we are now….What you should know, is that every comment or “Like” on-line be it on FB or elsewhere, every Tweet on Twitter, every blog being Blogged is being followed by the producer peeps on DWTS…(Those Team Colleen girls know their stuff)…they are watching all of your tremendous input and support….Have you seen all the DWTS articles that say I am a front-runner??…AWESOME….Thank you, thank you, thank you for this amazing ride you have taken me on. I love you all for it….On to the EMMY’s!!!!!!!!……I am SO EXCITED with my Emmy Pre-Nomination!!!……I was so proud of my work this past year of ATWT!!…..and hopefully this is just the beginning of the EMMY Season for me!! ……all of us at ATWT worked so hard under such difficult times in our “World”, I am thrilled for everyone of us who is on that ballot!!!!!!!!!!!…………Go Oakdale!!!!! In the meantime, before the Nominations are revealed, I hope you will come see me perform “LIVE” in person!!!!…..and when you do, make sure to tell me that you were a part of this FaceBook wild adventure!!!  Love, Colleen xoxo”

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Brian T
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Brian T

Sorry to hear that she didn’t get the DWTS gig. I love Colleen and I wish they would cast her as Mary Smythe (Greenlee’s mom) on AMC. I know that Anna Stuart played the character before but Colleen would be much more of a powerhorse.

Sherry Webster
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Sherry Webster

Colleen is one of the classiest, sweetest, amazingly talented human beings on this earth. She deserves more than Emmys or a spot on DWTS. She is an inspiration to not only all performers, but to all people. Continued success and happiness to you Ms. Zenk. Break a leg lady!

Michele Paquette
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Michele Paquette

I wish all the success in the world to the very, very talented Colleen Zenk. Not only is she a great performer, but she is also a wonderful human being.
Long life to you, dear Colleen !

I’ll join Team Colleen next year because she deserves to shine among the greatest stars !

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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.

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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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