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

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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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James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

My favorite duo wasn’t on the list…Hal and Barbara. God, how I miss this show. I was fortunate enough to meet alot of the cast members when they did a luncheon in Manhattan a year or so before the show ended.

Gloria
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Gloria

Oh, I can’t believe you said Hal & Barbara! That’s who I vote for, too! I was heartbroken when Benjamin Hendrickson died & to this day I think of him during the 4th of July holiday. I loved Hal’s relationship with Margo as well. Miss that show so much.

Rodd
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Rodd

I loved so many of the couples on ATWT, but I voted for Bob & Kim because during my time watching the show they were the bedrock couple.

anne
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anne

My favorite were Katie and Simon.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Definitely the triangle of Lucinda, John asked Susan. Especially when Lucinda pushed that Ho into a Christmas tree LOL. “You hurt my back”. Lucinda was like….”B*tch please”. HAHAHA!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

And not asked. Typo lol.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Loved ATWT (especially the Douglas Marland years) but it was NOT the first soap to go to an hour, or even the second. Another World was the first, in January 1975, followed by Days of Our Lives, in April 1975. ATWT was the first CBS soap to go to an hour, later that year (September, maybe?), but it was not the first overall.

It was indeed the #1-rated show for two decades (I think in the 1970s, Another World and General Hospital tied it one year, but tied for #1 is still #1).

As for my favorite couple? Bob and Kim.

Char
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Char

Luke and Reid until this clueless show thought Bury Your Gays was a good idea.

Utah
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Utah

I absolutely loved As The World Turns. The storytelling was wonderful. Every cast member was that character. It never seemed as if they had A script to go by. It was just natural as can be. The background music in each scene, seemed to fit perfectly. I loved the whole show. Sad it’s no longer but it was amazing! My mother watched and I was hooked every summer out on school break! Then when I got my first VCR in 1991, I recorded every episode from that point on… Snd the theme music was great, each one of them. I… Read more »

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Utah
Loved the very first theme music played on the organ. I played it for many years on my own, and so did my daughter.

Giovanna Saponare
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Giovanna Saponare

Sierra and Craig.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

All the fans of ATWT should know the pervert ex CBS president, Les Moonves, said ATWT wasn’t “special like Y&R” then handed his wife the gig on “The Talk”. Then you embraced the crock!

BTW, DAYS will soon surpass ATWT’s tv run.

Sharon Howell
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Sharon Howell

Thanks for reminding me of As the world turn’s anniversary. I have a special bond with the soap. I was born February 8, 1956. That is only two months before As the World Turns. Please do this next year when I tirn 65 and As the World Turns 65. Big milestone next year

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

I voted for Betsy and Steve, but also loved Carly and Jack, also they seemed to have forgotten Penny and Jeff and Ellen and David, Emily and Paul, Nick Andropolis and Kim, and one of the most romantic of them all Emily and Royce Keller, played by the wonderful Terry Lester.

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

This brought back so many memories that I had to watch some of the old episodes on Utube. I watched the 1991 episodes of the Death Of David Stewart. A lot I did not remember, so had to look up some of the characters. A lot of scenes had Andy Dixon, played by Scott DeFreitas, Maura West’s husband, whom at that age looked so much like Cameron Webber/Wm Lipton, it’s uncanny.
I will enjoy watching more of these old videos during this time, where there isn’t all that much on TV.

Lori Hager
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Lori Hager

I voted for Holden and Lily but I have other favorites as well. It’s really hard to choose just one bcuz in my book they’re all equal!! I grew up watching ATWT and was saddened when the show ended!! I do watch some episodes on YouTube!!

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‘Santa Barbara’ & GH Favorite Judith McConnell Virtual Interview On Tap

You loved her as Sophia Capwell on Santa Barbara, and the troublemaking Augusta McLeod on General Hospital, plus several other soap roles, and now fan favorite Judith McConnell is set for a virtual interview in The Locher Room.

Look for Judith to chat it up with host, Alan Locher on the upcoming Friday, October 23rd edition of the You Tube series beginning at at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST.

As well as being known for her soap roles on SB and GH, Judith also played Valerie Conway on As the World Turns, Miranda Bishop on Another World and Eva Vasquez on  and One Life to Live.

In primetime, McConnell has appeared on Star Trek, Dragnet, Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry RFD, Green Acres, Mannix and more.

To watch the livestream click here.

So, what has been your favorite Judith McConnell role in her illustrious daytime career? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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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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