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Tristan Rogers to speak on panel on current state & future of soaps!

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Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio, GH, and GH Night Shift), will be joining the three co-editors of a forthcoming book on the current state and future of the soap opera in a panel about the genre at the 50th annual meeting of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 18 from noon until 1:45 p.m. Rogers, who is currently developing the upcoming web soap Reality Bytes will speak about his contribution to the book, a short perspective on changes in the soap opera industry, with soap opera audiences, and with the shows themselves.

Alongside Rogers, UC-Berkeley professor Abigail De Kosnik will present on how, in an era of falling soap opera ratings, many of the activities soap opera fans have long engaged in are now being directed toward celebrity gossip. De Kosnik is author of the forthcoming University of Georgia book Illegitimate Media: Minority Discourse and the Censorship of Digital Remix Culture. Sam Ford, Director of Digital Strategy for public relations agency Peppercom, will examine the unique ability of soap operas to tell the daily story of a character from birth through decades of their life, using the case study of As the World Turns character Tom Hughes. Finally, Miami University professor C. Lee Harrington will share a research project on age and aging in soap operas, based on interviews with a variety of soap opera actors, experts, and fans. Harrington has written on soaps for two decades, including co-authoring the 1995 book “Soap Fans” with Denise Bielby.

“The Survival of the Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era,” the book from De Kosnik, Ford, and Harrington, will be published later this year from The University Press of Mississippi.  The full SCMS conference runs from Wednesday, March 17th, through Sunday, March 21st. Registration information can be found at cmstudies.org.

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As the World Turns Cast To Perform Virtual Reading Of Final Episode

In a once-in-a soap-lifetime event during the Covid-19 pandemic, the cast of As the World Turns will reunite for one night online for a virtual reading of the CBS daytime drama’s final episode that aired back 10 years ago this past September,

This livestream event is for a good cause and is brought to you by former ATWT cast member, Trent Dawson’s (Ex-Henry) theatre group The Katonah Classic Stage.  Dawson is the artistic director there.

Over 26 veteran cast members from ATWT, including Larry Bryggman, Don Hastings, Kathryn Hays, Elizabeth Hubbard, Michael Park and more are set to participate in the reading plus some surprise guests.

The show will be streamed  n The Locher Room YouTube channel, 0n Wednesday night, October 28th at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, where fans will also  have the opportunity to comment and ask questions of the cast,

The event is asking for a $15 donation to be able to see it and you can click here for more info!

Working with Katonah Classic Stage (KCS), a professional, nonprofit theatre group an hour north from New York City, Dawson is hoping this event will help those in need.  KCS has access to outdoor performance space that can provide a safer, more  socially-distant experience for the artists and the audience. The fundraiser not only  applies to salaries, but to health care as well; without employment most artists are ineligible for health coverage during a time when such insurance is critically important.

So what do you think of getting these beloved stars from ATWT together for a good cause to relive and read the script of the final episode from Oakdale? Comment below.

 

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ATWT Alum and Two-Time Daytime Emmy Winner, Michael Park in Virtual ‘STOMP Out Bullying’ Chat

This Thursday, October 8th, to support National Bullying Prevention Month, Alan Locher and his Locher Room You Tube Channel will be holding a special conversation.

That is when As the World Turns fan favorite, and two-time Lead Actor Daytime Emmy winner, Michael Park (Ex-Jack) along with the CEO and Founder of STOMP Out Bullying, Ross Ellis and former New York Jets legend Tony Richardson will join Alan at 2 p. m. EST.]

STOMP Out Bullying is the leading national nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students, calls on the nation to support their mission by raising awareness around the need to develop a society focused on kindness and inclusivity.

You can watch the livestream here.

So, will you be checking out Michael and company for this special chat? Comment below.

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ATWT and GL Casting Directors To Talk Casting Some Of Your Favorites In Upcoming Virtual Chat

Here’s an intriguing virtual reunion from Alan Locher, and his Locher Room channel.  Coming up next week on Thursday, September 3rd at 2 p. m. EST/11 a. m. PST, the former casting directors of As the World Turns and Guiding Light will chat it up about their time casting some of your favorites from Oakdale and Spingfield.

Look for Mary Clay Boland, who was with As the World Turns till its conclusion in 2010 and Rob Decina who was with Guiding Light till it ended in 2009, to talk about the casting process, what they are up to today and so much more.

You can check it out next week live by clicking here.

So when you look at the last ten years or so of As the World Turns and Guiding Light, which characters and actors would you love to know about … and hear some back-story as to why they got their parts from Rob and Mary?  Let us know via the comment section below.

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