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Elizabeth Hubbard Joins ANACOSTIA! Martha Byrne Creating Docustory Of Liz's Life!

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Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Daytime Emmy winner and soap icon, Elizabeth Hubbard is joining the world of the web series! News on Thursday’s has the former As the World Turns and The Doctors favorite joining the cast of the Anacostia!  Elizabeth will play a role specifically created for her – that of Eva Montgomery.

Anacostia will film its new season this fall in Washington D.C.  Series creator Anthony Anderson said about the casting addition of Hubbard:  “We are incredibly excited to have the amazing Elizabeth Hubbard join us for Anacostia this year.  It was so hard keeping such a huge secret from the loyal viewers of the series. Ms. Hubbard is a legend and is one of the true architects of Daytime Drama. This is a dream come true. The episodes are gripping and compelling and I am sure will be a treat for all of Ms. Hubbard’s fans to see her again doing what she loves.”

Martha Byrne, who won a Daytime Emmy last year for her role on Anacostia will be reunited this season with her former on-screen mother!  Bryne actually co-wrote the story arc for Hubbard with Anderson and will make her directorial debut in scenes featuring the two actresses.  Byrne commented:  “I’ve said it many times, Liz forever changed the course of my life with her willingness to treat me as a peer, even as a teenager. To be able to write for her and guide her as a director is something I never thought possible in my career. Thanks to Anthony and Liz, I have another opportunity to work with one of the most influential people in my life. I can’t wait for the fans to see what we have planned.” 

But there was an even more intriguing news!  Long time soap fans know that Elizabeth Hubbard’s life has been colorful, dramatic, and unique.  Martha Bryne has also announced her plans to film a docustory on Liz.  She related on her new project:  “For years I’ve wanted to the world to see the Liz I’ve gotten to know throughout my life. Her experiences in daytime are ones that everyone in our industry and beyond need to know. Who Liz is outside the world of soaps is filled with bravery, humanity, fearlessness  and humor. Being a witness to her life, I’m a richer person for it and so are millions of others. I’m hoping our audience for this piece will learn more about Liz and walk away with a greater understanding of what drives her. She’s amazing.”

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So, what do you think about Elizabeth joining Anacostia?  Sharing scenes with former on-screen daughter, Martha Byrne?  Would you like to see the docustory on acting dynamo, Elizabeth Hubbard?  Let us know in the comment section below.

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Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

I have never watched this online series but definitely will look for it with Hubbard appearing.

Hubbard is fantastic. I would be entertained just watching Hubbard read from the phone book for an hour.

I’m not sure how recent the photo with this article is. (Hopefully, very recent!). Hubbard looks great in it.

Thanks for reporting this. I welcome any updates/information that you can pass along about veteran soap actors who seemingly have disappeared with the cancellation of their shows. (Yes, I’m thinking about Don Hastings, Eileen Fulton, Kim Hayes, Marie Masters!!).

Tad
Tad

This is wonderful. I’m looking forward to seeing Ms. Hubbard back on screen again. It’s been too long.

Justin
Justin

I have missed her since the demise of my favorite soap ever ATWT. I have never watched an online soap, but I will be checking out this one Elizabeth Hubbard is a soap legend and I can’t wait to see her kicking some soap butt!!

blake
blake

Is that a recent pic of them? They look great!!! They look better now they when they did on ATWT.

JUDY
JUDY

GOOD LUCK TO BOTH OF THEM…MISS ATWT!!!

mike
mike

One of the two best soap actors ever on soaps. The other being the late Beverlee McKinsey.

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

I wholeheartedly agree!

Gia
Gia

They look great! Looking forward to watching.

Loved As the World Turns!

Tristan
Tristan

Both of the projects sound amazing! Martha’s words about Elizabeth are very touching to read, and I am thrilled that she helped engineer Elizabeth’s return to our screens. The bio is especially intriguing because Elizabeth IS a legend! Great news all the way around in this article. Way to go, Martha and Elizabeth.

PeaceandBlessings
PeaceandBlessings

Am enjoying Retro-TV’s double a day reruns of The Doctors circa the late 60’s…Ms. Hubbard as Althea is a revelation. She is nearly a different person than when she later played Lucinda. Brilliant idea to have this equally brilliant icon who continually loves her work grace the new wave of soaps…yep, this is how to get more viewers! She does deserve her life story produced, too. Looking forward to Liz, Liz, Liz!

Rodd
Rodd

What wonderful news! I’m especially excited to hear further news on the Martha’s docustory of Liz’s life.

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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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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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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?

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