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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
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
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
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
anne

My favorite were Katie and Simon.

davlestev1
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
davlestev1

And not asked. Typo lol.

Michael (not Fairman)
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
Char

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

Utah
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 love and miss you Oakdale!

Violet Lemm2
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
Giovanna Saponare

Sierra and Craig.

4ever DAYS
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
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
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
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.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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Don Hastings and Kathryn Hays Together Again For Upcoming ATWT Virtual Chat

Got to love Oakdale’s enduring favorites Bob and Kim Hughes! And now, although As the World Turns has been off our screens for back on September 17th, 2010, the love for the soap is still as strong today to its ardent fans.

So with that said, on You Tube’s The Locher Room, former soap publicist and host Alan Locher is bringing together Don Hastings (Bob) and Kathryn Hays (Kim) for a very special virtual chat on Friday May 15th beginning at 2. p. m. EST/11 a, m.  PST.

Make sure to log on here to view the conversation.

Make sure to let us know in the comment section below your favorite Bob and Kim moments over the years!

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Mark Collier Added To ATWT Reunion Line-Up For Friday

Everyone needs a little Mike Kasnoff in their lives, right?  Well, news today from The Locher Room has that for the scheduled As the World Turns virtual chat tomorrow, Mark Collier will be joining the funfest.

Now look for the updated line-up to include former As the World Turns cast members: Jennifer Ferrin (Jennifer Munson Donovan), Jennifer Landon (Gwen Munson), Colleen Zenk (Barbara Ryan) and Collier.

They will join former ATWT and GL show publicist, Alan Locher as he hosts the reunion on his You Tube Channel beginning on Friday May 8th starting at 2 p.m EST/11 a.m.PST.  You can watch the livestream here.

Collier played the role of Oakdale’s Mark Kasnoff from 2002-2007, and then returned for a time in 2009.   The role has originally been played by Shawn Christian from 1994-1997

Will you be watching this ATWT reunion? Remember Mark as Oakdale’s Mike? Comment beloe.

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