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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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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.

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.

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.

My favorite were Katie and Simon.

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!

And not asked. Typo lol.

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.

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

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!

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

Sierra and Craig.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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2024 Golden Globes: Justin Hartley and Amanda Seyfried Among First Round of Presenters

The 2024 awards season truly gets underway this Sunday night ,January 7th on CBS with the presentation of the 81st annual Golden Globe Awards honoring the best in motion picture and television as deemed by the voters of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

The ceremony will be broadcast live and will air beginning at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The ceremony will also be available on the CBS app and will stream on Paramount+. (Note, however, only Paramount+ subscribers who have Showtime can stream the event live; others can watch the show the next day.)

The first round of presenters was revealed on Wednesday and two soap opera alums are on the list including Justin Hartley (ex-This Is Us, The Young and the Restless, Revenge, Passions) and Amanda Seyfried (ex-Lucy, As the World Turns and ex-Joni Stafford, All My Children).

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Joining Justin and Amanda as presenters are: Angela Bassett, Will Ferrell, Michelle Yeoh,George Lopez, Julia Garner, Justin Hartley, Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams.  Previously, Jo Koy was named host for the telecast.

The Golden Globes are back on CBS for the first time since 1982. In addition, Dick Clark Productions is back after years away as the longtime Globes producers.

To review the nominees click here.

So, looking forward to the Golden Globes and seeing Justin and Amanda? Comment below.

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Richard Roundtree, ‘Generations’, ‘ATWT” and ‘Shaft’ Star, Dead at 81

Motion picture and television leading man, Richard Roundtree, has passed away at the age of 81. The actor, best known for his role in the iconic film Shaft, and its sequels, died from complications from pancreatic cancer on October 24th in his home in Los Angeles.

In a statement, Roundtree’s manager, Patrick McMinn shared, “Richard’s work and career served as a turning point for African American leading men in film. The impact he had on the industry cannot be overstated.”

During his extensive credits and career, Roundtree made two stops to two daytime soap operas. In 1990 till 1991, Roundtree played Dr. Daniel Ruebens on the defunct NBC soap opera Generations. He later appeared on As the World Turns from 2002-2003, taking on the role of Oliver Travers, the father to T. Marshall Travers played by Lamman Rucker.

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Roundtree’s leading lady on Generations, Jonelle Allen took to her Facebook upon learning the news of the death of her former castmate and friend, expressing: “My Leading Man on Generations. I Am Very Sad. My Condolences To Your Family. Dearest Richard Roundtree.”

In a subsequent post, Allen shared a photo of their Generations’ characters, Daniel and Doreen about to lip-lock. Jonelle stated, “In the scene with him I kept thinking: ‘Shaft is about to kiss ME!!!’ Thank You.”

On Generations, Roundtree’s character of Daniel Reubens was a brilliant doctor, who was accused of killing someone by causing an explosion at a lab in 1974. He and his daughter, Maya, then went “underground” for the next 15 years. Maya was played by Viveca A. Fox.

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Fox, honored her former on-screen soap father with an Instagram post upon learning of his death. Vivica wrote: “GM Dawlings! My heart is sad this morning as late last night I learned that LEGEND Actor @officialrichardroundtree had passed. I had the blessing of working with Richard on alot of 1st in my acting career! He played my Dad on the soap opera #Generation‘s TV show #90210BeverlyHills Mr Roundtree thank u for your AMAZING GIFTS! U will truly be missed as u were the 1st African American Action Star #SHAFT I’ll never forget the time u stood for ME when a director was being a jerk to me! I’ll miss your smile, jokes, laughs & hugs! REST EASY KING! U DID WELL. #Classic #LEGEND #LeadingMan #Actor #SuperStar #Respect #RestInPeace”

Richard was also known for his roles in Roots and the Brad Pitt thriller Se7en. On television, Roundtree appeared on: Murder, She Wrote, A Different World, Beauty and the Beast, 21 Jump Street, MacGyver, Beverly Hill 90210, L.A. Law, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Alias, Desperate Housewives, Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Fire, and Private Practice and many more.

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Soap Alum John Wesley Shipp Shares Health Update

John Wesley Shipp, best known to daytime fans for his roles on As the World Turns, Guiding Light, One Life to Live et al, and primetime fans for his role in The Flash, shared a heartfelt health update via his Instagram.

While Shipp did not go into specifics, he did say he underwent surgery earlier in September for an urgent medical issue.

In his post, accompanying by his photo, John expressed: “Hello out there! Friends and contacts have written recently, like, “where are you? are you ok?” Well, here’s the deal: I had surgery early this month for a health issue that had to be dealt with immediately. All went well, but I’ve had to postpone a theatre production and personal appearances as the recoup will take some weeks. I do read and appreciate what you share with me, that you entrust me with your thoughts and feelings. You are ever on my mind and in my heart, and I look forward to getting active and out there again as soon as possible. Until then, remember to play nice, be kind, and stay engaged! Our futures depend on it.”

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John’s soap resume is quite impressive having portrayed: Dr. Kelly Nelson/Victor Laszlo on Guiding Light, Doug Cummings on As the World Turns, Martin Ellis on Santa Barbara, Carter Jones on All My Children and Eddie Ford on One Life to Live. Shipp won two Daytime Emmys along the way.

More recently, John has appeared in primetime’s, Arrow, The Flash, Stargirl and countless other TV appearances.

Share your well-wishes for a speedy recovering to John via the comment section below.

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