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Interview with EP Chris Goutman on ATWT's cancellation!

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TV Guide Magazine has a new interview with the saddened executive of As the World Turns, Chris Goutman.  The head honcho ATWT spoke to if ATWT would find a new home, the sudden impact of the cancellation, and the reality of it all.  Here are some interesting and telling excerpts below!

Goutman on cable shows such as Dexter having lower numbers than ATWT and considered a hit: “It’s a world out of whack right now. We’re delivering 2.5 million at a time where there are so many more choices of programming. That’s still a lot of folks but not enough for a broadcast network. Daytime is a tough marketplace. Hopefully we’ll find a home elsewhere.”

On TeleNext trying to pull off a miracle and save ATWT since they were unable to do so with GL:
“You have to be realistic about it. To try to sell anything nowadays is a huge effort but I think the window of opportunity for ATWT is a lot larger than it was for GL. If there is any blessing to be found in this, it’s the timing of our cancellation. P&G has a wider range of opportunities simply because they have a jump start on selling this elsewhere. There are opportunities at the beginning of the calendar year that didn’t exist for GL because it got its cancellation notice in April. I don’t know a lot about it. That’s not my bailiwick. That’s up to others. All I can do right now is to try to do a good show and keep everyone focused and excited and proud of their work.”

On the loss of the show at this time, when such heritage cast members are still with it:
“That’s why it doesn’t feel like it’s time for this show to go. The identity remains. The families are still with us. When other shows have been cancelled they’ve sort of turned themselves inside out and become something different. They’ve tried to reinvent themselves or they have huge turnovers in cast. ATWT has been true to itself and that’s why it feels like, wait a second, this show is still vital! I know we’ve been [vaguely] threatened by cancellation but it didn’t feel like something that could happen at any second, which GL unfortunately had to live with for a number of years. What happened to us felt so sudden.”

On the lingering perception that P&G programming is for old folks:
“It is weird to me that there is that perception. Sometimes I think we’re the best kept secret. But what can you do? We’re going to continue to stay relevant. We have Liberty [Meredith Hagner] coming down with leukemia and we’re going to get into the whole stem-cell issue with her mom Janet [Julie Pinson], who is Catholic. We’ll be presenting many points of view on that. Meredith is leaving us but the role of Liberty will be recast. We’re also bringing on a new young man for Liberty, and we’ll be aging the character of Faith so that she’ll be a pivotal member of the Snyder household. We have great stuff for Luke [Van Hansis] and Noah [Jake Silbermann]. It is absolutely imperative that we regenerate our young group of characters if ATWT is going to have a life elsewhere. Going back to the days of [creator] Irna Phillips, it has been the signature of ATWT to tell youthful and relevant and timely stories. That’s not going to stop now.”

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THis is sad news i’ve always thought As The World Turns was a well written show unlike Guiding Light in which that show was poorly written and produced which ultimaltely led to it’s cancellation… I hope that ATWTs finds a new home but with all the talk shows it seems unlikely on any of the major three networks.

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As the World Turns Cast To Perform Virtual Reading Of Final Episode

In a once-in-a soap-lifetime event during the Covid-19 pandemic, the cast of As the World Turns will reunite for one night online for a virtual reading of the CBS daytime drama’s final episode that aired back 10 years ago this past September,

This livestream event is for a good cause and is brought to you by former ATWT cast member, Trent Dawson’s (Ex-Henry) theatre group The Katonah Classic Stage.  Dawson is the artistic director there.

Over 26 veteran cast members from ATWT, including Larry Bryggman, Don Hastings, Kathryn Hays, Elizabeth Hubbard, Michael Park and more are set to participate in the reading plus some surprise guests.

The show will be streamed  n The Locher Room YouTube channel, 0n Wednesday night, October 28th at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, where fans will also  have the opportunity to comment and ask questions of the cast,

The event is asking for a $15 donation to be able to see it and you can click here for more info!

Working with Katonah Classic Stage (KCS), a professional, nonprofit theatre group an hour north from New York City, Dawson is hoping this event will help those in need.  KCS has access to outdoor performance space that can provide a safer, more  socially-distant experience for the artists and the audience. The fundraiser not only  applies to salaries, but to health care as well; without employment most artists are ineligible for health coverage during a time when such insurance is critically important.

So what do you think of getting these beloved stars from ATWT together for a good cause to relive and read the script of the final episode from Oakdale? Comment below.

 

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ATWT Alum and Two-Time Daytime Emmy Winner, Michael Park in Virtual ‘STOMP Out Bullying’ Chat

This Thursday, October 8th, to support National Bullying Prevention Month, Alan Locher and his Locher Room You Tube Channel will be holding a special conversation.

That is when As the World Turns fan favorite, and two-time Lead Actor Daytime Emmy winner, Michael Park (Ex-Jack) along with the CEO and Founder of STOMP Out Bullying, Ross Ellis and former New York Jets legend Tony Richardson will join Alan at 2 p. m. EST.]

STOMP Out Bullying is the leading national nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students, calls on the nation to support their mission by raising awareness around the need to develop a society focused on kindness and inclusivity.

You can watch the livestream here.

So, will you be checking out Michael and company for this special chat? Comment below.

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ATWT and GL Casting Directors To Talk Casting Some Of Your Favorites In Upcoming Virtual Chat

Here’s an intriguing virtual reunion from Alan Locher, and his Locher Room channel.  Coming up next week on Thursday, September 3rd at 2 p. m. EST/11 a. m. PST, the former casting directors of As the World Turns and Guiding Light will chat it up about their time casting some of your favorites from Oakdale and Spingfield.

Look for Mary Clay Boland, who was with As the World Turns till its conclusion in 2010 and Rob Decina who was with Guiding Light till it ended in 2009, to talk about the casting process, what they are up to today and so much more.

You can check it out next week live by clicking here.

So when you look at the last ten years or so of As the World Turns and Guiding Light, which characters and actors would you love to know about … and hear some back-story as to why they got their parts from Rob and Mary?  Let us know via the comment section below.

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