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Former ATWT writer, Susan Dansby lands six-week trial deal at Y&R!

Over the past several days, Victoria Rowell’s and the Urban League’s stance and outrage on the lack of diversity on CBS Daytime soaps, in particular The Young and the Restless, in terms of its writing team, may actually see some change.  Susan Dansby, a former writer with As the World Turns, has been given a six-week trial deal on the number one soap.

Dansby tweeted her excitement tonight  by saying,  “Good news on the job front! Got 6-week script writing trial with Y&R. Will start in Feb.”   Dansby, who happens to be black, also has strong directing credits including on the soaps, Generations, Port Charles and Guiding Light, as well as her long stint on ATWT’s writing regime.

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Dansbys black? I didnt realize with her picture up there.

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Congrats, Susan! 🙂

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Racial diversity for a writing team is good for Daytime. Same thing w/ diversity among the cast of characters of soaps.

Nicole
Nicole

Am I remembering this right? Wasn’t she credited with writing much of Reid’s dialogue? If so, freaking genius. Y&R is lucky to have her.

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They should send Dansby to B&B since they have more of a problem than Y&R when writing for racial minority chars. B&B has had very few racial minority chars. Brad Bell and his writers can’t or don’t make the racial minority chars significant parts of the storyline for a prolonged period or if at all. Marcus is adopted by Eric and the biological child of Barber and Donna. He’s already part of 3 families, the Forresters, Barbers and Logans. They can’t write for him, yet it’s the same, crappy storylines as ancient Amber uses a pregnancy scheme to snag a rich char who is part of the younger set yet again. Amber seduced/fooled a younger Rick w/ a baby that wasn’t his. Amber tried to get her trashy hooks into the next younger generation w/ an even younger Thomas. Now trashbag Amber is fooling the newest younger generation as she’s trying to snag Liam away from Hope by using Oliver’s baby. Enough already! Even the dialogue between Amber/Tawney vs. Hope is basically the same when it was Amber/Tawney vs. Kimberly. The trashy mother and even trashier, more obnoxious daughter vs. the rich, virginal, golden haired good girl. Yawn, the writers keep doing the same thing. They should not have created this dumb pregnancy for skanky Amber all bec Steffy left town temporarily. And since Dansby’s good w/ writing for gay chars, all the more should she be on B&B since that soap should have the most gay and lesbian chars among all the Daytime soaps! So many of B&B’s chars don’t have storylines, only talk abt the storylines of other chars or appear every now and then to say a few lines or walk around shirtless w/ no dialogue. Yet not a single char is gay or a lesbian. They actually had Thorne ask Ridge if he thought Thomas was gay. That’s the extent to w/c B&B, an LA based soap that revolves around fashion, mentions abt gay and lesbian anything!

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I couldn’t stand the character of Amber when she was with young Rick and i can stand her even less now.I can’t stand Tawny either.I actually think she’s even worse than Amber.I do like Oliver …he’s so sweet and i’m liking Stephanie a lot more these days.Even liking Brooke ….there’s something so appealing about her and i’d like to know what she has that all these men are so attracted to her so I can buy some! And now Donna and Justin are engaged.And kissed several times, amazing for B&B.maybe they’re coming into the real world.I hope so because i’ve been missing my ATWT so i’ve been watching B&B more often than before.but i do love that sexy and gorgeous Don Diamont and I’m appreciating Jack Wagner more lately.No matter how I try I’ll never love a soap like i loved ATWT .And while many designers are not gay, in truth many are and they should be portrayed on B&B. i think that day will come but how soon I’m not sure!

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Susan,
I was so happy and excited to see your name as “Writer” on one of my favorite shows(Y&R).
The last time I say you was at my wedding ( 5/12/2007) .
Jack and I are going great!
I am looking forward to seeing the coming episodes from your creative mind.
You go Girl!
Love,
VP

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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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