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It was a big night Sunday, for As the World Turns Carly and Jack, when Maura West and Michael Park took home their Emmys for Lead Actress and Lead Actor in a Drama Series.  On-Air On-Soaps was backstage to get their thoughts on their emotional and bittersweet victories since ATWT is going off the air come September after its long run.   You can view our photo gallery from the press room with the winners and coverage of all the parties with the stars in Sin City, Las Vegas in our Emmy hub microsite.

On-Air On-Soaps asked Park where he would put his trophy and he responded by saying, “I might give it to my grandmother who has watched the show for 52 years. I can’t believe how emotional I am.  I think seeing Maura West (Carly, ATWT) my fake wife, and my real wife in the audience, kind of took me over.   I shouldn’t have looked over there.”  Park then addressed the sad part of his Emmy week, that prior to his trip to Vegas the star ended his run on As the World Turns along with 60 other cast and crew members,    “May you never have to do that.  I hate to say something so cliché but it has been a roller coaster, it truly has.  It’s not bittersweet, it’s just bitter.  There are 60 people who work so hard at what they do, and it’s the last time I saw them for all I know. I know I might see some of them on other shows, but it’s really hard. Those people work so hard at what we do, and knowing for six months we were not going to have a job anymore made it that much harder every day, to come in with smiles on our faces.  But we did, and the writing was lacking because people were finding a new job, or we were trying to find ways of wrapping up, and the hopes that we could sell the show someplace else, and so that was going on in the back of our minds.  You never knew whether to grasp on to that.  So, knowing sooner or later the inevitable is going to happen, and to say goodbye, it’s tough, and it’s killing you inside. And this (Emmy)… never in my wildest dreams did I think I was this good, and I thank you.”

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Maura West who brought her daugther, Katherine up on stage with her and backstage had this to say about her acceptance speech. and leaving out her hubby, Scott DeFreitas (Ex-Andy, ATWT)! “I did not say my husband’s name, and everybody knows how I feel about him. I feel like crap for not thanking him.  I did say that Michael Park winning was enough for me, and I genuinely meant that. It would have been a great night indeed, if my hands were empty and his were golden. Then, I thanked Chris Goutman, and the producers of the show, and my daughter came up on stage with me. But truly, to win this Emmy and have it happen in front of one of my children is overwhelming.”

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when maura west didn’t thank her hubby, i immediately thought of jennifer aniston and hillary swank not thanking their hubbies. but it was especially bad for west since she called her daughter on stage. hello? you called your kid on stage but you forgot to thank your hubby. yikes! then she looked like she ignored him when she was walking to the stage. it would be a logistical nightmare if they got a divorce since they are a baby making facility.

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WATCH The Replay: ‘As the World Turns’ Reunion With Maura West, Michael Park, Martha Byrne, Don Hastings & Kelley Menighan

Earlier today in a very special You Tube live-stream none other than former cast members from As the World Turns gathered together via Zoom, during the COVID-19 pandemic, to share some screen time with each other and walk down memory lane during their time in Oakdale.

As soap fans know, yesterday was the anniversary of ATWT as it first aired back on April 2, 1956 and ran through September 17th, 2010.

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Former publicist for As the World Turns and Guiding Light, Alan Locher, presided and hosted the live-stream and came up with the idea to bringing together this talented group, with the potential for more of these down the road.

Participating were longtime ATWT favorites: Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily), Don Hastings (Ex-Bob). Maura West (Ex-Carly), Michael Park (Ex-Jack) and Kelley Menighen (Ex-Emily). During the one hour plus show, first days, screen-tests. favorite moments and more were bantered about.

Check out the replay here.

Then let us know what you thought of it and seeing everyone chatting together and discussing life on ATWT and more via the comment section.

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Remembering ATWT On Its Anniversary: Who Was Your Favorite Oakdale Duo?

One of the greatest soap operas of them all, and one that was number-one for quite some time, As the World Turns, debuted on this date back on April 2nd in 1956,.

The CBS daytime drama series was beloved by viewers who were fascinated by the town of Oakdale.

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The series aired it final episode on September 17th, 2010.  The photo that is the header of this post is from the last day of shooting with all of the cast, and crew taking part in one last look at Oakdale and their time together.

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The series was created by soap icon, Ira Phllips and ATWT had many firsts in the genre.  It was the first show to expand to 30 minutes and it was the first soap to expand to one hour in 1975 and at that time ATWT was number one, as it had from 1958 all the way through 1978.

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As the World Turns gave career starts to so many actors including Meg Ryan, Julianne Moore, and Marisa Tomei, and it certainly had its share of memorable couples through the years from: Nancy and Chris Hughes, to Ellen and David Stewart, to Holden and Lily Snyder, to Carly and Jack Snyder, to Noah Mayer and Luke Snyder, to Lucinda and John Dixon, and so many others.

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As we remember ATWT on this day, cast your vote for your favorite all-time Oakdale duo in our poll below! Then in the comment section, let us know what couple you chose and why.  

 

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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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Will you be watching the final season of EastSiders? If you follow the series, how do you hope the relationship between Cal and Thom resolves itself? Do they stay together, or move on from each other once and for all? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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