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Plans Revealed! How ATWT will deal with the death of Nancy Hughes!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

The big question on long time viewers of As the World Turns minds for months has been, “How on earth is the show going to deal with the passing of Helen Wagner, as matriarch of the Huges Family, Nancy, before the shows goes off the air in September?”  Now it is revealed that ATWT will have Nancy quietly pass away on the August 30th episode. The soap will then pay tribute to both actress and character with a full farewell episode August 31. 

In an interview with TV Guide Magazine, As the World Turns, EP, Chris Goutman revealed, “We decided not to go the traditional route in paying tribute to Nancy because she made it clear she didn’t want anything fancy done. Instead, we pick up right after the ceremony with all the characters feeling like they need to do more for her. Casey takes the lead and challenges everyone to come up with a special way to honor Nancy, and that becomes our farewell episode. Life and love and death and imminent loss will all be colliding at once but that’s always been our town. It’s the kind of storytelling ATWT does best.”

What Goutman is referring to in that final statement is that Alison and Casey are about to announce they are engaged, and Chris Hughes wants to tell his family of his lethal heart condition, and then pow! Nancy is found dead by Bob! Hankies!

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Rob
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Rob

Love it.

So sad this show is ending when it hasnt been better in years…..

md1347
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md1347

Actually, I was thinking the opposite. I haven’t been watching because It’s boring.

Looks like Nuke will be one of the only supercouples that will not be together in the end. Where’s Noah? It’s been a month now that he hasn’t been on. They are pimping Reid at the expense of reuniting Nuke and I think that sucks.

Rob
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Rob

I dont know, I think Reid brought a spark to Luke that Noah never did, Luke spent too much tiome trying to please and help Noah while I feel that Reid brings out a more mature Luke.

Either way its sad the show is ending.

silvana
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silvana

I want Luke & Noah happy !!!!
Nuke,Nuke………………

cathy
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cathy

Thats going to be a very sad episode of Nancy death but at least they are giving her a tribute she deserves it.

But can’t believe again casey and allison are engaged that sucks.
Chris with his hear problem i hope he his okay.

The whole noah,luke,reid traingle never really happen its all about reid and luke falling in love.So me being a reid and luke fan i hope they end of together.

Its pretty sad that writers really screwed up with noah they just push jake to the side.

semaj
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semaj

can’t wait for dusty and janet to reunion i love dusty and janet together dusty and janet endgame

patrick
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patrick

Inexcusable if ATWT doesn’t bring back Pat Bruder and Rosemary Prinz for Nancy’s funeral.

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Soap Vet Exec Prod and Director, Chris Goutman, Virtual Interview On Tap

The former executive producer of Another World and As the World Turns, Chris Goutman, will appear on a very special episode of The Locher Room next Friday, September 24th.

To celebrate the virtual interview show’s 200th episode, the Emmy Award-winning producer and director will join Alan Locher beginning at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m PST.   You can watch it live here.

Having started his career in the soaps an actor appearing on The Doctors, Search for Tomorrow, The Edge of Night and Texas, Goutman moved on to becoming a director and eventually an executive producer.  Chris has directed episodes of nine different daytime dramas.

Goutman currently serves as the Artistic Director, Associate Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

So, will you be tuning-in to see what Chris has to say about his time on AW and ATWT and more? Comment below.

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Michael Park Joins the Cast of HBO’s ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner and former star of As the World Turns Michael Park (Ex-Jack Snyder), has been added to the cast of HBO’s upcoming time travel drama, The Time Traveler’s Wife.

According to Deadline, the series is adapted by former Dr. Who head writer and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, The Time Traveler’s Wife tells the intricate love story of Clare (Leslie) and Henry (James), and a marriage with a problem… time travel.

In it, Park will play the role of “Philip Abshire” – Clare’s father, who is said to be a high-powered Chicago lawyer, he is brisk and orderly, and expects all his children to fall into line.

The series also will star former General Hospital and Oscar winner, Jaimie Ray Newman (Ex-Kristina).  She won an Academy Award for her Live-Action Short, Skin.

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So, looking forward to seeing Michael and Jaimie in their new TV roles? Comment below.

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ATWT and OLTL Alum Mary Linda Rapelye Passes Away at 76

She got her soap start as Faith Kipling, the wife of the evil Dr. Ivan Kipling on One Life to Live (1979-1980) and later came to Oakdale and As the World Turns as lawyer, Maggie Crawford (1980-1985), and now comes sad news that actress Mary Linda Rapelye has died from a battle with cancer.

Mary Linda actually passed away last month on April 5th, and according to The Booth Bay Register she was surrounded by her her brother Gardiner Rapelye Jr. and dear friends Julianna and Will Anderson by her side.  She was 76 years old at the time of her death.

Mary Linda started a long career of acting when she was only 5.  After her part in an outdoor production at The Starlight Theater in her home town, Kansas City, Missouri, she climbed off the stage and sat in her father’s lap. This was to be the beginning of her work spanning nearly eight decades on stage, screen and television. She is best known for her roles in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and of course, OLTL and ATWT.  She also made a memorable appearance in the role of Irina Galliulin in the Star Trek: The Original Series third season episode “The Way to Eden”.

A Memorial and Celebration of Life is being planned this July for MaryLinda in Booth Bay.

Below is a tribute video featuring clips and moments from Rapelye’s career.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Mary Linda in the comment section.

 

 

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