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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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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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