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Van Hansis on Dr. Reid & end of ATWT!

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The fantastic Van Hansis spoke with AfterElton.com at the recent ATWT Fan Club Luncheon about many things that soapers want to know, namely; how is working with Eric Sheffer Stevens, and his thoughts on the Luke/Reid pairing.  Van also addresses his feelings on the end of World Turns, and  Luke’s story, as it comes to its conclusion in the fall.  Here are some excerpts, but make sure to read the entire interview, especially about serial killer, Nancy Hughes!

Hansis on the success of the character of Reid: “I think that’s a testament to Eric and also I think he’s a very unique character. There aren’t [many] soap characters who can come on and basically insult everybody in town and still have a lot of the audience on their side. It’s very rare. But the character is a lot of fun. I think lots of people, even if they hate him, it’s like a love-to-hate kind of thing.  I don’t think I’m surprised at how interested people are in the story because I think … the stakes are a lot higher in this story than a lot of the other stories. Like for instance with Mason [Jarvis, played by Forbes March], there was no real threat to them. The threat came out of Luke’s actions. And in this story there is a threat, so I think of course the fans are a lot more up in arms about it.”

Hansis on his thoughts at ATWT comes to its conclusion: You know, it’s sad. We were told almost four or five months ago, so I’ve definitely made peace with it. I’m always going to look back really, really fondly on my time here and it’s been more than I could have imagined. Sometimes I’m still, to this day, shocked that I’ve been here for these last four years and it’s truly been a blessing and I’m so, so happy to have been a part of it. That being said, now that we know it’s over, I’m excited about what comes next.

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LI
LI

“Fantastic VAN HANSIS”, indeed… Thank you!

Ag
Ag

Best storyline ATWT offered ever.

VICTOIRE
VICTOIRE

VAN HANSIS is the best actor ever! Luke’s chemistry with Reid is intense! Van is a powerful actor! WOW

selma
selma

I am so into the Luke and Reid storyline I cannot imagine that ATWT will ever end. And these two beautiful people must be together or there’s no justice in afternoon fantasyland. My congratulations to two superb actors!

GAELYN THOMSON
GAELYN THOMSON

NO I WANT TO SEE LUKE TO BE BACK WITH NOAH I LOVE TO SEE THEM TO BE MARRYED

mmc
mmc

You wrote this in May so maybe by the end of the show you will have reconsidered.Luke and Noah were children while Luke and Reid were men who took the best from each other and fell in love.Their chemistry was like no other.I love Luke and Reid together and no actors could have done it justice like Van and Eric.Fabulous …..and I miss them!

Ashley Wilson
Ashley Wilson

I Think That Reid And Luke Will End Up Together Because Noah Hurt Luke By Being With Someone Else.

VICTOIRE
VICTOIRE

Luke is conflicted for now, but it is clear that he wants to be with Reid, but what I don’t like is Reid always being so insulting and mean towards Luke, badly judging every Luke’s action. I want Luke to be happy with Reid, not always sad and depressed that Reid is treating him like crap, like Noah used to do. Luke deserves a man who loves him with tenderness and kindness.

SNY65
SNY65

I totally agreed, the last two episode, Reid really mean to Luke, I hope he don’t continue to do that, Luke deserve someone who care and love him 100%

julie
julie

i dont know why they are going to do this atwt when i herd about the news i started to cry i got so sad but i hope they get together before they end it

GAELYN THOMSON
GAELYN THOMSON

i want luke to choose reid over noah because noah hurt luke and noah was marryed to a gril i want to see luke with reid forever because luke and reid is a real deal i want luke and reid together and stay together luke and reid are meant to be

Michelle
Michelle

Luke and Reid definitely should be together in the end. I hope it ends with their wedding. Maybe a triple wedding Luke/Reid, Katie/Chris, Barbera/Henry. Would that be great.

mmc
mmc

By now we all know that Reid has died and luke is grieving.What a sickening ending for two great characters who changed each other for the better.Everyone is getting a happily ever after except Luke and Reid.So sad…we got to love them together and now ATWT ends on a sad note.This really made me cry at the unfairness of it all!

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WATCH The Replay: ‘As the World Turns’ Reunion With Maura West, Michael Park, Martha Byrne, Don Hastings & Kelley Menighan

Earlier today in a very special You Tube live-stream none other than former cast members from As the World Turns gathered together via Zoom, during the COVID-19 pandemic, to share some screen time with each other and walk down memory lane during their time in Oakdale.

As soap fans know, yesterday was the anniversary of ATWT as it first aired back on April 2, 1956 and ran through September 17th, 2010.

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Former publicist for As the World Turns and Guiding Light, Alan Locher, presided and hosted the live-stream and came up with the idea to bringing together this talented group, with the potential for more of these down the road.

Participating were longtime ATWT favorites: Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily), Don Hastings (Ex-Bob). Maura West (Ex-Carly), Michael Park (Ex-Jack) and Kelley Menighen (Ex-Emily). During the one hour plus show, first days, screen-tests. favorite moments and more were bantered about.

Check out the replay here.

Then let us know what you thought of it and seeing everyone chatting together and discussing life on ATWT and more via the comment section.

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Remembering ATWT On Its Anniversary: Who Was Your Favorite Oakdale Duo?

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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Final Season of ‘EastSiders’ Starring Kit Williamson and Van Hansis Gets Premiere Date on Netflix

The fourth and final season of the much heralded LGBTQ series, EastSiders now has a premiere date of December 1st on Netflix, and fans of the show will see how things will play out for the Silver Lake duo of Cal  and Thom, who have gone through quite a lot in their relationship over the last three seasons.

EastSiders stars series creator, Kit Williamson (Cal) along with As the World Turns favorite, Van Hansis (Thom).  The last six-episodes that comprise season four will tackle questions such as… what does commitment really look like in a long-term relationship? And what unique challenges does a “gay marriage” present?

In story, Cal and Thom are back home in Los Angeles following season three’s cross-country road trip.  The guys are still trying to figure out if they are just best friends with benefits, or more, or less, than that.

Elsewhere, Douglas (Willam Belli) and Quincy (Stephen Guarino) are engaged to be married, but with very different ideas about what a gay wedding should be. Hillary (Brianna Brown) and Ian (John Halbach) are cohabiting peacefully; and Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon) and Derrick (Leith M. Burke) have taken a huge step in their relationship by fostering a child.

Deadline broke the news of the premiere date and the many special guest stars from primetime and more to look forward to this season.

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Will you be watching the final season of EastSiders? If you follow the series, how do you hope the relationship between Cal and Thom resolves itself? Do they stay together, or move on from each other once and for all? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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