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UPDATE and Clarification on Romanovich's "No Emmy ATWT Tribute"

UPDATE from earlier today on Jim Romanovich’s tweet that said,  “As the World Turns will not be given an Emmy Tribute in 2010 if the show should be telecast.”  Now the ATI executive, gave some clarification this afternoon to We Love Soaps.

Romanovich: “I’d like to clarify my tweet from the other day. As you know, you’re only allowed 140 characters so basically all you have is the punch line and not the set-up. The tweet was my conclusion that there would be no ATWT tribute and here’s why. I think it would be too costly for P&G to do it considering there is no real return of investment in doing so. They have to arrange all the cast, transportation, flights, hotels, etc. on a show that is going away or possibly gone by the time the Emmys would air. The Academy has no hand in this until they know the arrangements can happen. Then they decide to do it. So, ultimately it’s not really our decision.

The fact is that I don’t see a tribute this year because of that, first and foremost, but I can’t rule it out either as nothing is yet carved in stone. The event for television so far this year isn’t even a reality as no agreements have been signed. When, or if, we have something definite with NATAS, I would like to be given approval to reach out to P&G as I absolutely would love to see this great series honored on television while there’s still a Daytime Emmys for TV to talk about. Talking, I said…

But there is also that issue of AMC’s 40th anniversary and this is a show that is current, had some major positive changes overall, and is looking ahead. And I don’t want to cheapen either show by doing each half-assed. Believe it or not, there are no decisions on that either. This is mainly because no decisions have been made between ATI and NATAS. We’re working on it. We’ve provided what we think is a topper to last year. But ultimately NATAS has to do what’s in its best interest. So, we’ll see.”

So if fans are going to scream about an ATWT tribute, then they have to stand behind me because if nobody hears me scream, then TPTB sure as hell won’t hear anyone else. If it makes sense with all on board creatively and financially and can be done effectively in the confines of the show, then great. If not, then no. For me, the most important thing is the big picture. And that big picture contains two main ingredients: Celebrate all of Daytime TV and provide an entertaining show.

So, my apologies for not delivering my intended message in under 140 characters! God forbid we should need 141 characters…”

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I’m not surprised CBS and P&G are so tight they have not given ATWT any kind of promotion in atleast 20 years!! They have been working for the death of this show for years the writing has been dreadful since Douglas Marland’s death!! Look at how little was done for Guiding Light, not too much so not surprised that P&G and CBS would do nothing they don’t care about the hundreds of people that are out of work after Guidling light was cancelled and the hundreds more that will be out of work after ATWT is cancelled.

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ATWT Alum and ‘The Addams Family’ Favorite, Lisa Loring Dead at 64

Lisa Loring, who portrayed the recurring role of Cricket Montgomery Ross on As the World Turns from 1980-1983, and was best-known for her childhood acting role as Wednesday in the classic comedy The Addams Family from 1964-1966, has died at the age of 64.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the actress passed away January 28th from complications from a stroke, as result of high blood pressure.

Loring died aProvidence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California.  Lisa’s daughter, Vanessa Foumberg, shared in a statement: “She went peacefully with both her daughters (Vanessa and Marianne) holding her hand.”

In story on As the World Turns, Cricket had a sometimes competitive friendship with Betsy Stewart (then played by Meg Ryan) and had man troubles throughout her time in Oakdale. Cricket’s extended family consisted of Craig, Margo, and Katie, who all remained on the canvas after her exit.

Lisa also appeared throughout her career in series such as: Dr. Kildare, Barnaby Jones and Fantasy Island. 

She is survived by daughters Marianne and Vanessa, in addition to her grandchildren, Emiliana and Charles.

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As the World Turns Alum Rita Walter Dead at 71

We’re still losing so many beloved soap opera actors as 2022 comes to a close. Now comes word that former As the World Turns alum, Rita Walter (nee McLaughlin) passed away at the age of 71.  Walter had been diagnosed with Multifocal Glioblastoma, an extremely aggressive form of terminal brain cancer.

Rita had an 11-year-run as Oakdale’s Carol Deming Hughes Stallings Andropoulos Frazier.

The former actress-turned-optician, died on Christmas.  Rita’s brother, David McLaughlin revealed the news on the 26th which also happened to be the anniversary of Walter’s exit from the defunct CBS soap opera in 1981.

In his posting on Facebook, McLaughlin shared: “My sweet, loving sister Rita was called to Jesus today on Christmas day, his birthday. She was a well known actress as well as dedicated server of the Lord Jesus. May you rest in peace Sis, I love you forever. You’ve taken my heart with you.”

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Before playing good girl, Carol Deming, who always found herself in distress as only a good heroine could do, Rita started her career as Patty Duke’s double on The Patty Duke Show, before getting her first foray into soaps with a role on The Secret Storm as Wendy Phillips.

We clearly remember when on ATWT, Carol was married to Jay Stallings, but Jay was having an affair behind her back. Carol also had failed relationships and marriages to Tom Hughes and Steve Andropolous.  Eventually, Carol left Oakdale after falling in love and marrying Reverend Norman Frazier.  In a case of life imitating art, Rita married Reverend Normal Walter in 1976.

Walter is survived by her three children, Brian, Jill, and Amy, and her husband, Reverend Norman.

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ATWT Alum Michael Park Joins The Cast of Hulu Drama ‘Saint X’

Great news! Fans who have missed Michael Park (ex-Jack, As the World Turns) on the small screen will get a chance to see him once again in the new psychological drama series, Saint X.

The series will stream on Hulu and in it the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning actor will play the part of Bill Thomas, in the eight-episode series adapted from Alexis Schaitkin’s novel.

In story, Bill and his wife Mia Thomas (Betsy Brandt) are upper middle class parents of two, enjoying a family vacation in a Caribbean resort until one of their daughters goes missing.

According to Deadline, the series is told via multiple timelines and perspectives, explores and upends the girl-gone-missing genre as it explains how a young woman’s mysterious death during an idyllic Caribbean vacation creates a traumatic ripple effect that eventually pulls her surviving sister into a dangerous pursuit of the truth.

No further details have been been made available as to when the show will premiere on the streamer, but stay tuned for more updates.

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