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News, Cast Updates and Scoop(News section last updated July 31, 2015)
Jordana Brewster Joins ‘Secrets & Lies’ Season 2Jordana Brewster and Charlie Barnett have joined the second season cast of ABC’s anthology crime drama series Secrets & Lies. Season 2 picks up with detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis) investigating a new crime, the murder of Eric Warner’s (Michael Ealy) wife.
Brewster will play Kate Warner,an accomplished attorney who runs the compliance department for the Warner family-owned private equity firm. Barnett plays Patrick Warner, the youngest child of private equity magnate John Warner. He works as an analyst at the firm owned by his father, along with his older brother Eric (Ealy). Terry O’Quinn also stars.
Secrets & Lies, from ABC Studios, was developed for American television by Barbie Kligman based on the original Australian series. She executive produces with Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment, Hoodlum Entertainment’s Tracey Robertson & Nathan Mayfield.
MARTHA BYRNE’S “WEIGHT" TO DEBUT ONLINEThree-time Emmy winner Martha Byrne (ex-Lily, AS THE WORLD TURNS) has created a comedy series about life after extreme weight loss on reality TV with Writers Guild Award nominee Daryn Strauss called WEIGHT. The pilot will be released online and viewers can join the "Virtual Release Party" with Byrne, cast, and special guests by using the hashtag #weightcrazy on Twitter and by following @weighttheseries, starting at 7 p.m. EST on Sunday, August 2. WEIGHT follows Claire, a middle class mom (played by Byrne) who returns home from a reality weight loss competition 100 pounds lighter but finds she’s gained some extra baggage due to the complicated reactions of her dysfunctional family and friends. For more info, visit and follow Weight on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/weighttheseries, and follow Weight on Twitter at https://twitter.com/weighttheseries
ATWT FAVES WELCOME DAUGHTERCongratulations to Terri Conn and Austin Peck (ex-Katie and Brad, ATWT), who welcomed their second daughter together, Morgan Theresa Peck, on July 18. The couple's first girl, Keira, was born in 2012, and they both have children (her daughter Julia, and his sons Roman and Aidan) from previous marriages.
CADY MCCLAIN TO QUEENS OF DRAMA?Cady McClain (ex-Kelly, Y&R et al) revealed on social media that she met with the team at QUEENS OF DRAMA, which, as Digest reported last week, is in the process of casting for season 2. "So I just had a meeting with the folks from @QueensofDrama,” she wrote on Facebook. "I thought they were really cool people, and I enjoyed talking about their show and what I might have to offer. No matter what happens, I really hope that the women are successful in making their created show a hit. I think that would be so great for them and for all of daytime. I guess I always root for the underdog and I probably always will. @poptv."
RICHARD BURGI IS GH'S NEW PAULRichard Burgi (ex-Chad, AW; ex-Glenn, ATWT; ex-Randy, OLTL; ex-Phillip, DAYS) debuted on July 8 as Paul Hornsby, father of Dillon (Robert Palmer Watkins) and ex-husband of Tracy (Jane Elliot), a role played by Paul Satterfield from 1991-94.
After decades of steady primetime work (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, THE SENTINEL), he was drawn back to daytime to stay close to his L.A.-based family (he has two sons and a stepson) and especially by a positive first meeting with GH Executive Producer Frank Valentini. "We had a great conversation," Burgi enthuses. "He liked the idea of me bringing what I can to the part and working with him and the writers to bring out who this fellow might be."
Plus, he says, "I've had great experiences in daytime in the past. It’s where I cut my teeth and got my start and I love the sort of boot-camp essence that is the world of daytime. You get to really prepare as much as you can and then execute as cleanly and clearly as possible, because there’s not a lot of fat on the bone in terms of doing it over and over that you're allotted in nighttime or film." His adjustment to GH has been smooth. "It's a lovely group of people and I've been having a great time there."
Look for more with Burgi in an upcoming issue of Digest.
Empire Signs Marisa Tomei to Play Lesbian Billionaire in Season 2Cookie Vs. Mona Lisa Vito? Count us in!
Oscar winner Marisa Tomei is joining Empire‘s Season 2 cast in a recurring role, TVLine has confirmed.
According to Deadline, which first broke the news, Tomei will play Mimi Whiteman, a demanding venture capitalist who becomes embroiled in Lyon family drama. A member of Forbes‘ billionairess club, Mimi is a lover of hip hop music, social trends, high-end fashion and — lesbian alert! — beautiful women.
Tomei was recently cast as Gloria Steinem in Ms., HBO’s upcoming miniseries about the social activist and feminist icon.
Empire‘s sophomore season bows Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9/8c.
Billy Magnussen To Star In John Singleton 'Snowfall' FX PilotBilly Magnussen, who plays Kato Kaelin in FX’s upcoming 10-hour limited series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, is expanding his relationship with the network with another project about events from Los Angeles’ recent history. Magnussen has been tapped as one of the leads of Snowfall, FX’s drama pilot from John Singleton about the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the 1980s.
Co-created and co-written by the Boyz n the Hood director Singleton and Eric Amadio and directed by Singleton, Snowfall is set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. It follows three characters on a violent collision course: Franklin Saint, young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata, a Mexican wrestler turned gangster in search of his American dream; and Logan Miller (Magnussen), a prominent family’s “black sheep” desperate to escape his father’s shadow. When he sees an opportunity to reverse his fortunes, Miller risks everything to become a player in the burgeoning cocaine trade in Los Angeles.
The pilot, from FX Prods., is executive produced by Singleton, Amadio, Justified’s Dave Andron, Michael London of Groundswell Prods., and Trevor Engelson. Production is slated to begin this summer.
Boardwalk Empire alum Magnussen co-starred in Into The Woods and was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike. He will next be seen in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies. Magnussen is repped by WME, Anonymous Content, BRS/Gage and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
ATWT ALUMS EXPECTINGCongratulations to Austin Peck (ex-Brad, ATWT et al) and wife, Terri Conn (ex-Katie, ATWT), who are expecting their second child together. The couple welcomed daughter, Keira, in 2012. Their blended family also includes Conn's daughter, Julia, and Peck's sons, Aidan and Roman. Peck posted the following photo on Twitter https://twitter.com/AustinRed5 with the caption: She's cookin all right...and almost ready.
Roselyn Sánchez and Cristián De La Fuente Quit as Co-Hosts of Miss USA Pageant After Donald Trump's 'Disrespectful' Comments About MexicansUnivision, the largest Spanish-language broadcaster in America, is canceling its telecast of the Miss USA pageant, and Roselyn Sánchez and Cristián De La Fuente, who were set to co-host the Spanish-language simulcast of the show, have also dropped out.
The decision comes as a firm response to Donald Trump's inflammatory comments made during his presidential campaign announcement on June 16, in which he said Mexican immigrants coming to the U.S. are "bringing drugs." "They're bringing crime," he added. "They're rapists."
In a statement on Thursday, Univision said it was "ending the company's business relationship with the Miss Universe Organization, which is part-owned by Donald J. Trump, based on his recent, insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants."
Sánchez posted a statement in Spanish on Instagram, writing, "As a Latina and proud of my roots, culture and everything we have contributed to this nation, I have decided to cancel my participation as co-host of Miss USA. I don't tolerate the disrespectful and hurtful words that came out of Mr. Trump's mouth."
Criticizing Trump's "lack of judgment and decency," she continued, "Mexicans, like all our Latino brothers have contributed positively to this great nation. We are the force that keeps this country afloat. I was very excited and grateful with the opportunity to serve as a co-host of this great event in which many Latinas have shined, but I am more excited for the loyalty to my people. Enough with racism and 'influential' people that belittle."
Her co-host and Devious Maids costar, de la Fuente, posted a video on Facebook, saying, "It is unacceptable to launch a presidential candidacy created on a rhetoric of hatred and discrimination in calling Mexicans drug dealers and rapists. It is a shame that such an important institution as Miss USA is in the hands of a clown."
Just hours after J Balvin, who was slated to perform at the Miss USA pageant, backed out of his appearance in protest, Univision announced it would not be airing the event.
"At Univision, we see first-hand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country," the company said in a statement.
"We will not be airing the Miss USA pageant on July 12 or working on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization."
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ATWT ALUM TIES THE KNOT(Photo) Vanessa Ray (ex-Teri, ATWT), who now appears on BLUE BLOODS, married actor Landon Beard this past Sunday at Condor Nest Ranch in Pala, California. The couple got engaged in January. Kim Matula (Hope, B&B) and Kelly Sullivan (Sage, Y&R) were in attendance. Read more about their special day here.
Annie Parisse & Ken Marino Join HBO's Rock 'N' Roll Drama SeriesThe Following alum Annie Parisse and Ken Marino (We’re The Millers) have booked recurring roles on HBO’s untitled Rock ‘n’ Roll drama series, from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter.
Set in 1970s New York, the drama explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of record executive Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound.
Parisse, repped by Gersh and Door 24, plays Andrea Zito, a tough as nails PR rep for a competing record company. Marino is Jackie Jervis, a cunning A&R executive from a rival record company.
John Colenback, Star of 'As the World Turns,' Dies at 79(hollywoodreporter.com) John Colenback, who starred as the debonair Dr. Dan Stewart on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns, has died. He was 79.
Colenback, who appeared on the now-canceled daytime drama from 1966-73 and again from 1976-79, died May 12 in West Hollywood of complications from the pulmonary disease COPD, his nephew, Timothy, said.
On As the World Turns, his character, among other travails, had a niece who he learns is really his daughter, and he lost his wife when she took a fatal tumble on a flight of stairs. After returning to Oakdale, Ill., Dr. Stewart died of a terminal illness.
A native of Toledo, Ohio, who attended Dartmouth College, Colenback was acting in summer stock at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pa., when he was discovered by an agent.
He was brought to New York and made his Broadway debut in 1961 as the attendant to Spanish ambassador Signor Chapuys in the original Broadway production of A Man for All Seasons, starring Paul Scofield.
Colenback also had a featured role as Alan Armitage in the original 1967 Broadway production of After the Rain, and he appeared off-Broadway in Twelfth Night, A Scent of Flowers and Four Friends.
He also starred in regional productions of The Importance of Being Earnest, The Halloween Bandit, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, As You Like It and The Chinese Well and toured nationally in The Irregular Verb to Love.
Colenback also guest-starred on such TV shows as From These Roots, Hart to Hart, The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, Capitol and Falcon Crest.
He served as a newscaster, spokesman and actor for the RCA Color Central Exposition at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. In 1980, Colenback moved to Hollywood and worked as a chef for the catering company Along Came Mary.
In addition to his nephew, survivors include his brother Lloyd and other nieces and nephews Judith, Girard, Richard, Amalia, John and Jared.
Sophia Bush and Boyfriend Jesse Lee Soffer Break UpSophia Bush is a single lady.
E! News confirms that the actress and boyfriend Jesse Lee Soffer, who also co-stars with the TV beauty on Chicago P.D., have called it quits after dating for nearly a year.
No other details have been revealed as to what caused the split, but a source tells Just Jared, who broke the news, that the pair just "grew apart."
The pair kept their relationship on the down low for the first few months of their relationship, but word eventually got out that these two were romantic in August. "They've [Sophia and Jesse] been secretly dating for over three months, but only their close friends knew," a source told E! News at the time. "Jesse is super-sweet and they are really cute together."
"#TCA2014 #ChicagoPD matching photo booth shot with my partner to the one from January. Here we go Season 2! #Lindsay #Halstead #Chicago," the brunette stunner captioned a cozy (and super-cute!) pic with the 31-year-old hottie back when their relationship was revealed.
A second source told E! News at the time that the cast of Chicago P.D. is "super-close" and "spending every waking moment together."
"They all have really good chemistry together," the insider added.
"I'm such a sucker for love, and I believe in it, and I always want it to win," Sophia told E! News in 2012. "I don't think you can really, truly be the partner you want to be until you know on an absolute level that you are a complete person on your own."
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Scott Porter: Why We Named Our Son McCoyScott Porter and his wife Kelsey‘s decision to name their newborn baby boy McCoy Lee may have been a little off the radar, but there was definitely a method behind the madness.
“We really liked ‘C’ names,” Porter, 35, told PEOPLE at the Celebrity Basketball Spectacular at the Equinox Sports Club in Los Angeles on Saturday. “We thought about Colt. We liked that, but there’s so many guys named Colt.”
So then how did that lead to the name McCoy? “Well, there’s a Texas quarterback named Colt McCoy. I said I wouldn’t do Colt, but I’d do McCoy, secretly knowing my favorite X-Men character is the Beast, Hank McCoy,” shares Porter.
“So there’s a little comic book reference in there, a little football reference. We gave him a strong enough name that he could be a superhero or a football player.”
That’s a lot of pressure for a kid who was just born on May 23, but if he’s anything like his mother, he’ll be a fighter.
“I was in the room,” Porter explains of his son’s delivery. “I was in such awe of my wife. Mothers don’t get enough credit. The struggle and the fight and willpower that women have to birth these babies is amazing. I had such pride in my wife.”
He adds, “Then to look at my son, there’s no words to describe what that feels like. All the troubles I had in the days before just vanished. It washes everything away and gives you a clarity and focus about life is about.”
And Porter’s immediate focus is giving his son his first bath at home — something he’s both excited and nervous about!
“He got two baths in the hospital. I watched how they did both. He screamed like a banshee the entire time,” jokes Porter. “He still has the little umbilical chord thing, so we have to give him a sponge bath and he does not like the sponge bath. I’m nervous that he’ll remember it and be mad at me for a couple of weeks!”
Betsy Palmer, dies; was killer cook in 'Friday the 13th'Betsy Palmer (Suzanne Becker, As The World Turns), the veteran character actress who achieved lasting, though not necessarily sought-after, fame as the murderous camp cook in the cheesy horror film "Friday the 13th," has died at age 88.
Palmer died Friday of natural causes at a hospice care center in Connecticut, her longtime manager, Brad Lemack, told The Associated Press on Sunday.
Palmer had appeared in films, on Broadway and in TV shows for decades before she took the role of Mrs. Voorhees in the campy 1980 movie in which young camp counselors suddenly begin meeting their bloody demise. The back story was that she was the mother of Jason Voorhees, who had died at the camp years before. He would come to life in several sequels that Palmer passed on.
She would say in later years that she only took the role in that first film because she wanted the money to buy a new car.
Palmer had appeared in numerous TV shows dating to the early 1950s Golden Age of Television. Among them were such classic dramas as "Kraft Theatre," ''Playhouse 90" and "Studio One."
Her film credits included "Mr. Roberts" with Henry Fonda, "The Long Gray Line" with Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara, "Queen Bee" with Joan Crawford, and "The Tin Star" with Fonda and Anthony Perkins.
Other TV credits included "Knot's Landing," ''The Love Boat," ''Newhart," ''Just Shoot Me" and "Murder, She Wrote." She also appeared in several Broadway plays, including "Same Time, Next Year" and "Cactus Flower."
Palmer is survived by her daughter, Melissa Merendino.
William Fichtner Gets Rank Of General In 'Independence Day' SequelWilliam Fichtner has taken a lead role in Independence Day 2. Actually, he has signed with Fox to play a top general in that film and take an even larger role in the two films that will follow. This comes after Fichtner joined the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. He has been doing such good work for so long as a character actor — Heat, The Perfect Storm and Black Hawk Down are just a few — it’s hard to begrudge him taking that next step in big tentpole fare like Independence Day. It’s being directed by Roland Emmerich in a reteam with his former creative partner Dean Devlin.
Randy Mantooth of 'Emergency!' Looks Back and Forges AheadRandy Mantooth of 'Emergency!' Looks Back and Forges Ahead. Read the article here.
Dylan Bruce Joins NBC's 'Heroes Reborn'SPOILER ALERT: This story contains information about Saturday’s episode of Orphan Black.
On the heels of the shocker involving his character on Orphan Black, Dylan Bruce has been tapped for a recurring role in NBC’s upcoming event series Heroes Reborn. Slated for a fall Thursday run, the project from Heroes creator/executive producer Tim Kring will revolve around a new group of everyday people with extraordinary abilities. Details about Bruce’s character are being kept under wraps.
The Heroes follow-up stars Jack Coleman, who reprises his role as Noah Bennett from the original series, joined by a new set of characters played by Zachary Levi, Gatlin Green and Ryan Guzman. Reprising their roles in a recurring capacity are Masi Oka (Hiro Nakamura) and Jimmy Jean-Louis (the Haitian).
Bruce, repped by Pacific Artists Management, Paradigm and Michael Bruno Group, is coming off a 2 1/2-season stint as the male lead opposite Tatiana Maslany on BBC America’s breakout drama Orphan Black. His character died in an explosive suicide in the show’s episode this past weekend.
Scott Porter, Wife Welcome Baby Boy(Photo) Scott Porter (ex-Casey, As The World Turns) and his wife, Kelsey Mayfield Porter, have welcomed their first child, a baby boy.
They named their son McCoy Lee Porter, according to social media posts. Kelsey posted a picture of the baby on Instagram Sunday, while Scott posted a different photo - with eyes open! - on Twitter.
SightingsVanessa Hudgens, Darren Criss and Matthew Morrison at the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards at 48 Lounge in Midtown ...
JON LINDSTROM JOINS RECOVERY ROADJon Lindstrom (GH's Kevin), who'll be seen in HBO's upcoming season of TRUE DETECTIVE, has landed another gig: He'll guest-star as William, a "mature and confident counselor," on ABC Family's RECOVERY ROAD, which is set at a rehab facility. RECOVERY ROAD will premiere in 2016.
Amanda Seyfried Says She Sought Therapy for Debilitating AnxietyAmanda Seyfried is terrified of getting up in front of an audience – and sought therapy for her anxiety issues, she reveals to Vogue in the magazine's June issue.
Seyfried talked about how she downed shots of Jameson's before a 2012 appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman while promoting Les Miserables. She admitted on air she was "pretty drunk."
"It made it fun for me," Seyfried, 29, tells Vogue. "But then I watched it and was like 'That is not what I want to promote about myself.' "
Seyfried, who is preparing to make her stage debut off-Broadway in Neil LaBute's The Way We Get By, says she has stage fright and sought help from a psychiatrist to get over her fears.
"I have a lot of anxiety that I?ve been struggling with my whole life," Seyfried says. "So I have been working through it. I'm terrified, but this is exactly what I wanted."
Amanda Seyfried Scores Her First Vogue Cover, Reveals How She Met Justin Long and Says She Wants to "Have Kids"(Cover) Welcome to the big leagues, Amanda Seyfried!
The Ted 2 actress has been acting since her teens, and now, she's landed her very first Vogue cover! Appearing in the magazine's June 2015 issue, Seyfried opens up about her career, her love life and her desire to settle down and start a family.
Seyfried and Justin Long met through friends a few years ago and have been together since the summer of 2013. "I followed him on Instagram," the 29-year-old While We're Young actress recalls, "and I thought something he said was really funny. It was a beautiful picture of a snail, and the caption said, 'F--king MOOOOOOOOVE.'' It made me laugh out loud, so I texted him."
What makes her bond with Long so strong? "I really do have my own identity, both inside and outside the relationship, if that makes any sense. It just feels right. It's also really good to feel OK being alone."
It doesn't hurt that the actors have a lot in common. "Justin likes being at home with his parents. And I like that about him," Seyfried explains. "I was in Allentown last weekend and didn't want to come back."
The Pennsylvania native says she dreams of living in Stone Ridge, New York, full-time. "I want to have kids. And I want them to go to local schools, and there are some really good schools around here," she says. "I would like my life to be the same as it is now, but with a little less stress and a little less work."
There's another reason Seyfried wants to settle down: her dog, Finn. "I just don't want to leave him anymore. Maybe it's because I'm subconsciously aware of his mortality. I try not to think about it, but somewhere inside of me, I'm like, 'He's going to die way sooner than all the rest of the people I know!'"
If anyone can find a way to make it all work, it's Seyfried. According to Eddie Redmayne, her co-star in Les Misérables, "There's an openness of spirit, a distinct kind of whimsy that is unlike anyone I know. She's unguarded. And her lightness of spirit and her humor sort of belie a depth of emotion, which is amazing. You can see it in her devotion to her friends; her dog, Finn; and her family."
Regarding her career, Seyfried has only one regret. She doesn't name the movie, but she does reveal, "They paid me too much money, and what I should have done was walk away. But you know what? I met one of my best friends on that movie. Oh! And I bought a house with the money! But making movies is two solid months of twelve-, fourteen-hour days. I mean, it can ruin your relationship. And if you make too many bad decisions in a row, people don't come knocking anymore." Seyfried adds, "The truth is, there is only so much control that I have. It's hard to turn things down, because it's in me to want to always be working. But it's the choices and the breaks that separate you from the rest, I think."
Vogue's June issue is on newsstands May 19.
Sightings“Law and Order: SVU” alum Tamara Tunie at hair salon Angelo David’s new Madison Avenue location
Oscar-Schmoshcar! Julianne Moore - Soap Opera Sexpot?(nationalenquirer.com) “FRANNIE! … FRANNIE!!”
Ears – then eyes – POPPED as a screaming old battleax barreled through a swanky Manhattan eatery, waddling up to 2015 Oscar winner JULIANNE MOORE’s table and bellowing: “FRANNIE HUGHES! It’s YOU!” – referring to the sudsy role Moore played on now-defunct soap opera “As the World Turns” waaay back in the mid-’80s, hilariously ignoring the star’s staggering list of starring roles/major awards since – including this year’s Best Actress Oscar!
The batty old bee-yaatch then babbled THIS backhanded barf-inducer: “You were NEVER as good in any of your roles as you were on ‘As the World Turns!’”
Sighed My SpyWitness: “Julianne just laughed it off – later shrugging to pals, ‘Well, at least she liked something!’”
Inside the wild life of socialite Betsy von FurstenbergBetsy von Furstenberg — the Park Avenue aristocrat who became a globe-trotting teen model, Broadway star and Hollywood actress — died last week at 83. But a respectful New York Times obit only hinted at her wild side, which was so infamous when she was a young socialite, it earned her the nickname “Betsy von Thirstyberg.”
“She often played mischievous, flirty or rebellious young women,” von Furstenberg’s son Glyn told the Times, “and was noted in the society columns for her naughty behavior.” Missing from the obit was the boozy love affair von Furstenberg carried on as a teenager with Conrad Hilton Jr., Elizabeth Taylor’s first husband.
According to a 2006 tome by Jerry Oppenheimer, “House of Hilton,” von Furstenberg “liked her liquor so much that a businessman friend had started calling her ‘Betsy von Thirstyberg,’?” and, “Betsy had started drinking at 14, and fancy restaurants, knowing she was underage, served her alcohol out of a demitasse cup.”
She’d attended the posh Hewitt School while modeling for fotogs including Stanley Kubrick. But in 1951, according to Oppenheimer’s book, Hilton Jr. “was still in the process of tying up loose ends with Elizabeth Taylor .?.?. when he spotted 18-year-old [Betsy] lolling in the Bel-Air Hotel swimming pool.” Betsy recalled, “It was just chemistry .?.?. one of those crazy things.”
The “Park Avenue Princess” was introduced to hard-partying Hilton’s “primitive, very wild and uncultivated” world of drinking and pills. “He slept ’til God knows what time. He got up and he started drinking and playing cards. He didn’t go to work .?.?. I was 18,” Betsy recalled. She added of the rest of the Hilton clan, “I was so amazed that they were so uneducated.”
Of a time when Hilton gave her a black eye: “I think I laughed when I looked in the mirror .?.?. We did a lot of wild things in those days,” she recalled. But she went on to become a successful actress, author, philanthropist and grandmother.
Meanwhile, Oppenheimer’s “RFK Jr.: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and the Dark Side of the Dream” comes out later this year from St. Martin’s Press.
Betsy von Furstenberg, Baroness and Versatile Actress, Dies at 83Betsy von Furstenberg, a glamorous German-born baroness who made her debut in the movies and on the Broadway stage in the early 1950s as a teenager and later reinvented herself as a television actress, writer and philanthropist, died on April 21 at her home in Manhattan. She was 83.
The cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease, said her son, Glyn Vincent.
Born in a castle in Westphalia, Ms. von Furstenberg left Germany with her parents for New York before World War II. She was tutored by the choreographer Anton Dolin when she was 4 and performed with American Ballet Theater when she was 7.
While attending the Hewitt School in Manhattan, she began modeling at 14 and embarked with her mother on a globe-girdling career that led to a role in an Italian film called “Women Without Names,” about post-World War II internees. That projected her onto the cover of Look magazine, photographed by Stanley Kubrick, for an article titled “Working Debutante.”
In 1951, she made her Broadway debut in Philip Barry’s “Second Threshold,” which earned her a spot on the cover of Life magazine (accompanied by a photograph inside of her stage-door mother) as “the most promising young actress of the year.” Brooks Atkinson wrote in The New York Times, more guardedly, that her part, like those of the rest of the supporting cast, was “agreeably played.”
She went on to star or co-star in “Oh, Men! Oh, Women!,” “The Chalk Garden,” “Nature’s Way,” “Mary, Mary” and, in 1970, Neil Simon’s “The Gingerbread Lady,” for which Walter Kerr of The Times lauded her “brusque, dry, exquisitely enameled performance as a fading beauty.”
Ms. von Furstenberg also appeared on television, on “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Have Gun — Will Travel” and “Playhouse 90,” among other series; on variety shows like Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of the Town” and “The Johnny Carson Show”; and on the soap opera “As the World Turns.”
“She often played mischievous, flirty or rebellious young women,” her son said, “and was noted in the society columns for her naughty behavior offstage as well.”
Elizabeth Caroline Maria Agatha Felicitas Therese Freiin von Furstenberg-Hedringen was born in Arnsberg, Germany, near Cologne, on Aug. 16, 1931. Her father, Franz-Egon, was a count. Her mother, the former Elizabeth Foster-Johnson, an American from Memphis whom the count met on a vacation, was devoted to her daughter’s career.
Besides her son, Ms. von Furstenberg is survived by a daughter, Gay Caroline Gerry; two grandchildren; and a half brother, Count Egon von Furstenberg. Her first marriage, to Guy Vincent, ended in divorce; her second, to John J. Reynolds, lasted until his death in 1994.
She continued to perform onstage into the 1980s and was active in supporting the Theater for the New City and Young Concert Artists.
She also began writing, contributing articles and columns to various publications and, in 1988, publishing a novel, “Mirror, Mirror,” about an heiress who befriends her servant’s daughter and pursues love and ambition among Europe’s glitterati.
In an essay on the front of the Arts & Leisure section of The Times in September 1972, Ms. von Furstenberg wrote that all the world was theater, even for actors offstage.
“For myself, even when I’m working and have an audience to look forward to every night, I still find I perform better at home when there’s an eye — preferably approving — to mark my progress as a cook, mother, flower arranger, etc.,” she explained.
“One of the most frustrating drawbacks of being an actor-parent,” she wrote, “is to have your children accuse you of acting when you’re being perfectly sincere.”
Jordana Brewster Joins Crime Story as Nicole Brown's Sister DeniseNo stranger to small-screen murder, former Dallas star Jordana Brewster is joining the cast of FX’s upcoming O.J. Simpson-centric drama American Crime Story.
Brewster, as first reported by EW.com, will play Denise Brown, the sister of Simpsons’ wife — and the victim in question — Nicole Brown, a role still to be cast.
American Crime Story‘s cast already includes Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Forever) as the accused, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, David Schwimmer (Friends) as Robert Kardashian, Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) as Marcia Clark and Connie Britton (Nashville) as Faye Resnick.
In addition to Dallas, Brewster’s TV credits include roles on Gigantic, Chuck and As the World Turns.
Julianne Moore Praises Indie Films At CinemaCon: "Hollywood Isn't In The Business Of Creating Parts For Actors"Indie films now are bigger than ever. That’s was the takeaway at today’s CinemaCon panel for “The ‘Independent’ Game: Based on a True Story” panel which was comprised of Sony Pictures Classics co-chiarman Tom Bernard, Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore, director Jay Roach and AMC Theatres president of programming, Robert Lenihan.
While Hollywood gets a bad rap for shortchanging actresses over 50 with great roles, Moore credits indie films for keeping her career going.
“Working in the indie space has helped my career longesvity. There are (good) parts out there (for women). When people talk about better roles for women in Hollywood, Hollywood isn’t in the business of creating parts for actors. They’re in the business of creating a product. It’s about making a package. If you want interesting parts, they’re not gonna offer them to you.” As an actress who segues between blockbuster fare such as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay and indie fare such as Still Alice, Moore defended her choices, “You need a commerical profile so that investors will invest in something smaller that I’m in…you can’t make a living doing just indie films”
Moore heralded both the investors behind indie films, as well as the passionate atmosphere that exists on the set. “I remember that there were nine investors on one film I worked on. We were held together by a shoestring, but it’s people who are interesting in film, the actor or the story. (Indie films) are highly personal (for investors),” added Moore.
Moore credited indie films, specifically Safe which was made for $1M for launching her career. “There was this exciting idea that we didnt’ have the pressure to earn money back. With indie films you don’t need a name director, or star, you just throw it together, knowing that if the production makes its money back — that’s enough. Indies have been a very successful model,” said Moore.
Roach, whose Trumbo about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo is being released on November 6, equated his work on his first indie feature to his experiences working on HBO films Game Change and Recount.
Speaking about indie films, Roach said, “It’s a producer’s world. They found the financier and then it becomes a matter of just make your movie. It’s a labor of love, nobody is getting paid much, the cast is barely making their fees and everyone is working on the film because it’s something they love. There’s no fear of a big weekend or big ratings — in that way it’s similar to HBO.”
Roach also shared how amusing he found the “sing your supper” aspect of the indie pre-production process. “When were up in Toronto we had to pitch foreign distributors; it’s almost like a junket. We showed a teaser reel of a film — that wasn’t even our film — rather clips of films that might be similar to yours. We needed to earn these people. They needed to make their money back and they’re risking it on a non-entertaining idea.” Roach also gave a shout-out to frosh indie film distributor Bleecker Street ,who is handling his film Trumbo, in allowing him to make the film that he wanted.
Speaking to the business component Bernard said, “The relative health of the indie space right now: There are more theaters playing indie film than ever before, and I’ve been doing this since 1977. There’s a steady diet so that audiences know that 52 weeks a year there’s product they like.”
Recently at the box office as tentpole fare such as Furious 7 and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 has dominated to the top of the charts, indie arthouse pics have been breaking through as their distributors take advantage of providing the audience with intriguing, smart alternatives, read It Follows, Ex Machina, Danny Collins and Woman in Gold.
Bernard also gave props to the big chain exhibitors for not programming films that go theatrical-VOD day and date. “The fact that Cinemark, Regal, dont’ play movies that are on VOD is important for the marketplace to keep it thriving,” said Bernard whose company sticks to the traditional platform rollout for its indie fare.
But another big reason why we’re seeing an indie boom per Bernard: It’s cheaper to make movies in today’s climate. “In the 1980s, it was expensive to make a movie because of the unions. But in the ’90s, the unions made a deal to allow their members make indie movies at a lower rate. So, the mechanics of making a movie today are incredibly easy.”
LINDA DANO LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITELinda Dano (ex-Felicia, ANOTHER WORLD et al) has launched a new web site at www.lindadano.com. "It’s been along time in coming,” says the soap vet. “Today I have launched my very own, designed by me, planned out new chapter of my life. I have a new website. I hope you love it. I do! But hey, it’s about me [laughs]. I am also starting a new eBay store in a couple of weeks with lots of very exciting things like memorabilia, fashion and fashion for home. I am very excited about this new adventure. I am really learning a lot about the new digital age, not bad for an old broad like me. I hope you will all come and visit me!"
JOHN O’HURLEY JOINS DEVIOUS MAIDSDaytime staple John O’Hurley (ex-Jim, Y&R/Greg, EON/Douglas, ATWT/Greg, GH/Keith, SB, Jonathan, SB/Stephen, SB/Kit, AMC) has joined the cast for season three of DEVIOUS MAIDS, which kicks off June 1. O’Hurley tweeted a photo of him on set with Susan Lucci (Genevieve; ex-Erica, AMC) and Rebecca Wisocky (Evelyn), along with the question, "What do you think of my leading ladies?” This isn’t the first time the actor has appeared opposite Lucci. Besides his 1988 AMC role of Prescott and his 2011 gig on the show as Kit Sterling, the pair starred opposite one another in the 1998 TV movie BLOOD ON HER HANDS.
ATWT ALUM RELEASES NOVELTom Wiggin (ex-Kirk, ATWT/ex-Lawrence, GL/ex-Gil, AW/ex-Joe, Texas) has written a book, The Client's Wife, the first in a series of mystery/romances starring Emma Charles, the 30-year-old grandaughter of Nick and Nora Charles (of The Thin Man movies). Emma is following in her grandparents' footsteps as a private eye in present day New York City. She has just secured her first client when she meets Dash Moran, a jazz pianist who just might be the man of her dreams. Emma joins forces with Dash and an unforgettable cast of characters to unravel a series of murders in this stylish romp that races from the Upper East Side of Manhattan to Harlem and to the glittering mansions of the Hamptons. The book can be purchased at Amazon or on Kindle or through the website, www.emmacharlesmystery.com. Check it out!
The Client's Wife: an Emma Charles Mystery(Paperback, Kindle) by Tom Wiggin (ex-Kirk, ATWT/ex-Lawrence, GL/ex-Gil, AW/ex-Joe, Texas)
Emma Charles is the 30 year old granddaughter of Nick and Nora Charles, the high society sleuthing couple immortalized in “The Thin Man” movies of the 1930s. Emma's dream of following in her grandparents’ footsteps has started to come true: she has opened her own private investigation agency and secured her first case with a high profile client.
The second part of Emma’s dream is more elusive: enjoying the kind of romance that Nick and Nora made famous. Emma’s devotion to her grandparents’ Swing Era culture has made it impossible to find a contemporary man who can match her wit, taste and love of jazz music and gin martinis. But as Emma tackles her first case, which has unexpectedly implicated her client’s wife, she meets Dash Moran, a jazz pianist who has big dreams of his own and also harbors a deep appreciation for that bygone era.
In this stylish mystery/romance that races from the posh Upper East Side of Manhattan to funky Harlem and out to the glittering mansions of the Hamptons, Emma joins forces with Dash and an unforgettable cast of characters to solve a series of murders that threaten to make Emma and her client’s wife the final victims.
Law & Order: SVU Actress Tamara Tunie Splits from Husband of 23 YearsTamara Tunie -- who stars in "Law & Order SVU" -- has closed the book on her 23 year marriage.
No word if divorce docs have been filed yet, but she's made it clear she and hubby Gregory Generet are going their separate ways.
The couple has no children and it sounds pretty amicable.
Tamara, who plays the medical examiner on the long-running show, says she's looking forward to the future.
As for dividing assets, she was the big money earner, working steadily since 1987 in roles that include "As the World Turns" and "NYPD Blue." Generet is a jazz musician.
Stars' Real Names Revealed!Julianne Moore: Long before she appeared on As the World Turns, the actress was born Julie Anne Smith. Her father's name is Peter Moore Smith.
Meredith Hagner Joins 'Folk Hero & Funny Guy'Wyatt Russell and Girls’ Alex Karpovsky are getting more company in their road comedy Folk Hero & Funny Guy. Glee standout Heather Morris has joined the cast as Nicole alongside Meredith Hagner (ex-Liberty, As The World Turns) of TBS series Men At Work, who will play Bryn.
It’s a Disaster producer/star Jeff Grace makes his directorial debut with the indie comedy about a struggling stand-up comic (Karpovsky) who hits the road as the opening act for his childhood buddy, a successful singer-songwriter (Russell). Grace will direct from his own script.
Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men, Togetherness) will also star in the pic inspired by Grace’s own experience touring with musician pal Adam Ezra. Ezra is providing original music for the film and took part in on the project’s successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, which closed last month. Ryland Aldrich (Snap, Enter the Dangerous Mind) is producing and filming is scheduled for a February 9 start in Atlanta.
Morris can currently be seen on the sixth season of Fox’s SAG Award-nominated musical series Glee and appears next in the indie horror Most Likely to Die. She’s repped by AKA Talent Agency and Untitled Entertainment.
Hagner starred in David Cross’s Sundance flick Hits and appears in Woody Allen’s next untitled film with Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix. She’s repped by The Gersh Agency and Suskin Management.
Agnes Nixon Fast Facts(erietvnews.com) (CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of Agnes Nixon, creator of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live."
Personal: Birth date: December 10, 1927
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Birth name: Agnes Eckhardt
Father: Harry Joseph Eckhardt, owner of Perfection Burial Garment Company
Mother: Agnes Patricia (Dalton) Eckhardt, bookkeeper
Marriages: Robert Nixon (April 6, 1951-November 22, 1996 his death)
Children: Catherine Agnes, Mary Frances, Robert Henry, Emily Anne
Education: Attended Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1940-1944
Agnes Nixon grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.
Known as the "Queen of Soap Opera writing," she has nine Daytime Emmy writing nominations and four wins between her two shows "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," and a Lifetime Achievement award.
Her storylines often included socially conscious topics of the time, such as uterine cancer and Pap smears, racial identity, interracial relationships, abuse and abortion.
She created roles specifically for these actors: Laurence Fishburne, Tommy Lee Jones, and Tom Berenger on "One Life to Live".
She patterned her soap opera cities after an area in Philadelphia known as the "Main Line."
Nixon was one of the early writers on "The Guiding Light" (1953-2009), the longest running soap opera in history.
The character Agnes Eckhardt appeared on both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" played by Nixon. She also played the characters Agnes Dixon on "One Life to Live" and Aggie on "All My Children".
The production company Prospect Park teamed up with Apple and Hulu, to save "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" by making both shows available online.
1944 - After college Nixon begins writing for the radio soap opera, 'Woman in White."
1950 - She relocates to New York and begins freelancing for live television prime-time broadcasts.
1951 - Writes for 13 weeks for daytime television as head writer for the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow."
1952-1954 - Writes for prime-time drama "Robert Montgomery Presents."
1957-1959 - Nixon writes for the soap "As the World Turns."
1959-1965 - Head writer on "The Guiding Light."
1965-1967 - Becomes head writer for "Another World"
July 15, 1968 - Nixon's creation "One Life to Live" debuts. She is the head writer.
January 5, 1970 - Another Nixon creation debuts, "All My Children," also with Nixon as head writer.
June 26, 1983 - The soap opera "Loving" premieres. Nixon is co-creator with Douglas Marland.
1988 - Wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children."
June 25, 1994 - Nixon becomes the first female writer to be inducted into the Soap Opera Hall of Fame.
November 1995 - The storyline of "The City," created by Nixon, James H. Brown and Barbara Esensten, picks up where "Loving" left off.
1996-1998 - Wins Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children".
May 12, 2010 - The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announces Nixon as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
April 14, 2011 - ABC announces the cancellation of "One Life to Live" as of January 2012. "All My Children" is also being canceled.
June 30, 2011 - ABC announces "All My Children" will air its final episode on television on Friday, September 23, 2011.
January 13, 2012 - "One Life to Live" airs its final episode on television.
April 29, 2013 - "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" come back to life, airing twice weekly online at Hulu and Apple's iTunes. Nixon is the creator of the new "All My Children."
Fall 2013 - The first online seasons of "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" end. Further production is then put on indefinite hold, due to legal proceedings between ABC and Prospect Park, which produces the shows.
Jon Lindstrom Joins 'True Detective'Jon Lindstrom (Castle) is the latest to sign on for the upcoming second season of HBO’s True Detective. He’ll join Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn in the second installment of the crime franchise that revolves around three police officers (Farrell, Kitsch, McAdams) and a career criminal (Vaughn), who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. Lindstrom, repped by BRS/Gage and Gordon Gilbertson, will play Glenn Ellinger, a patrician businessman who wears his immense power lightly, but wields it definitively. His previous TV credits include General Hospital, As The World Turns and Santa Barbara.
Scoop: Craig Robinson's NBC Comedy Adds Greek Grad Spencer Grammer and A to Z's Lenora CrichlowThe student has become the teacher.
Former Greek coed Spencer Grammer is going to the head of the class as a series regular in Mr. Robinson, NBC’s upcoming Craig Robinson-fronted high-school comedy, TVLine has learned.
Additionally, Lenora Crichlow — currently co-starring in the Peacock’s just-cancelled sitcom A to Z — is also joining the series as a regular.
In Mr. Robinson, The Office vet portrays a struggling musician who leads a double life. At night, he and his brother Ben (not yet cast) jam in a rock band called “Nasty Delicious,” and their career has been going nowhere fast for a decade. By day, he has a gig that pays the bills; he’s a substitute Music teacher with the Chicago School District.
Grammar plays Ashleigh Willows, a Math teacher at Studs Terkel who moonlights as an exotic dancer to help pay off her mortgage and allow her to see the world during her summer breaks.
Crichlow co-stars as Victoria Wavers, a a former Wall Street trader who did very well for herself. She left the Street to pursue her true calling as a high school English teacher at Studs. She used to go to high school with Craig, who had an unrequited schoolboy crush on her.
The cast also includes Jean Smart (as the school’s principal), Ben Koldyke (as gym teacher Jimmy) and Amandla Stenberg (as student Halle).
Classic Soap THE DOCTORS Returns In RerunsRerun rights to THE DOCTORS, which ran on NBC-TV from 1963-82, has been picked up by Lucen Productions and will air on Retro TV, which is available in most markets. Matthew Golden, Luken's Vice President of Production, said in a statement, "The Doctors is one of the greatest examples of the soap opera format in its prime, loved by critics and audiences alike. We're thrilled to return this classic series to the air, and bring its exciting, engaging storylines back to our audience's daily lives." Alec Baldwin, Kathy Bates, Ted Dansen, and Kathleen Turner, along with daytime vets including Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda, AS THE WORLD TURNS), Kim Zimmer (Reva, GUIDING LIGHT) and Hillary B. Smith (Nora, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) are among the well-known names that appeared on the soap. It is expected to begin running later this year.
Van Hansis - Who Played Gay On 'As The World Turns' - Comes Out Gay(ontopmag.com) Van Hansis, born Evan Vanfossen Hansis, has come out gay.
The 32-year-old actor is best known for playing Luke Snyder on the long-running CBS soap opera As The World Turns. Soon after Hansis took over the role in 2005, his character came out gay. Hansis played the role until the end of the show's run in 2010.
Hansis, one of the best known actors on the gay web series EastSiders, discussed his sexual orientation for the first time publicly in an interview with EastSiders creator Kit Williamson for Southern California gay glossy The Fight.
“You were out in your personal life, but you didn't speak out about your sexual orientation at the start of your career. What was your hesitation?” Williamson asked.
“I guess it was a combination of a lot of things – it was my first job, it was a different time back then in regards to LGBT stories being told – I mean, the Luke story was groundbreaking at the time,” Hansis answered. “Now, I think every remaining soap has a gay storyline. I was completely green, fresh out of college, and honestly, I was scared.”
Hansis added that he's been out in his private life since 16.
Over the weekend, a kickstarter campaign to fund a second season of EastSiders surpassed its $125,000 goal. Production is expected to begin over the summer.
Murdering My Youth: A Memoir by Cady McClain(Order here!) (Book Cover) Cady McClain is a two-time Emmy award winning actress for her roles on "All My Children" and "As the World Turns." Previous books include "Conversations with the Invisible" and "Licked-poems of Love (sort of)." Her first short film as a director/writer/producer, "Flip Fantasia," was accepted into the Macon Film Festival in 2014. She also writes articles for the Internet and keeps a blog on her website: www.cadymcclain.com. She is currently starring on the CBS daytime series as "Kelly" on "The Young and the Restless." Paperback: 270 pages - April 16, 2014 (Order here!)
Rosemont's Agnes Nixon honored as a pioneering role model for working women(mainlinemedianews.com) Mary Nixon, founder of Rosemont’s New Leaf Club, did not have to look far to find an honoree for a capstone event to its “Wonder Women’s Week” of programs Feb. 16-22.
Her mother, Agnes Nixon, a longtime Rosemont resident and supporter of the community-centered club, was a pioneer as a writer and creator of daytime drama, known for introducing social issues of the times into these popular “soap operas.”
From the beginning of her decades-spanning career in the later 1940s, Nixon, 86, was a role model for many other women, breaking a mold that taught girls that typing and shorthand classes were their best career path.
At a tea in her honor Feb. 21, just one of those women who paid tribute, via videotaped good wishes, was actress Susan Lucci, who performed the iconic role of Erica Kane in Nixon’s “All My Children.” (The show, which ran for 41 years from 1970 to 2011, was set in the community of Pine Valley, a fictionalized Philadephia suburb reportedly inspired by Nixon’s Main Line hometown, as was the town of Llanview in “One Life.”)
“She was my role model since the first time I laid eyes on her,” Lucci recalled. The ingénue was auditioning for the teen-aged Erica when she saw a stylish, purposeful petite blonde breeze by the audition room. The woman was Nixon, and she was, Lucci said, “Everything I had dreamed of being when I grew up.”
To say that Nixon, who began a script-writing career after graduating from Northwestern University, was prolific is a serious understatement. Among her credits as headwriter, creator or producer are beloved soaps including “Search for Tomorrow,” “As the World Turns,” “The Guiding Light,” “Another World,” “One Life to Live,” “All My Children” and “Loving.”
She has been called “The Queen of Soap Opera.” In 1993, she was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame.
It was for her determination to weave relevant social issues of the day into her storylines that the New Leaf Club recognized her this Women’s History Month. In addition to Mary, of Berwyn, daughters Cathy Chicos of Gladwyne and Emily Nixon of New Rochelle, N.Y., were present for the event, with more than 50 other well-wishers.
The non-profit club, housed in a former retail space at 1225 Montrose Ave., is intended to serve as an education and entertainment community center. In addition to a café where teens and others can meet or study, it is a venue for live music and open mic nights. It also focuses on wellness, offering a yoga and meditation program, and hosts a monthly free lecture series on a variety of topics.
For Women’s History Month, it offered a week of special events, featuring a performance of “The Vagina Monologues” and presentations by speakers including veteran TV journalist Lu Ann Cahn, a women’s self-defense class, and a women’s expo highlighting resources in the community.
At the tea in Nixon’s honor, Mary Nixon announced the dedication of the club’s large meeting room as the Agnes Nixon “All My Children” Room.
“I’m overwhelmed. This is fabulous,” Nixon said.
While creating indelible characters, stirring romances and cliff-hanging plots, Nixon as a writer and show producer became known for insisting on real-world relevance in her dramas.
Topics such as abortion, the Vietnam War and protests, drug addiction, child abuse, racism and AIDS were addressed in her storylines beginning in the volatile 1960s.
In one example, after a friend died of cancer, she wanted to introduce a plot on “The Guiding Light” emphasizing the importance of early detection of uterine cancer. According to program notes for the tribute, the network “was appalled.” When she persisted, according to a 1988 New York Times article, “CBS relented” – with the stipulation that she avoid words such as cancer, uterus, Pap smear or hysterectomy.
Nixon introduced the story through the character of matriarch Bert Bauer. Nixon herself wrote at the time,” Women who would never have watched or heeded a Cancer Society program with its obvious public service appeal were, in effect, a captive audience for our message, because Bert Bauer was to them like a sister or a very old and dear friend.”
In another groundbreaking concept, Nixon incorporated improvised group therapy sessions with recovering addicts into a “One Life to Live” subplot involving teenage drug addiction in 1970.
At the tea, Nixon, sharing some favorite stories and anecdotes from the making of the shows, spoke in particular about the importance to her of introducing in 1968 the controversial story of Clara “Carla” Gray, a light-skinned black woman who passed as white on “One Life to Live.” Her actual identity was not revealed to viewers for six months. Clara, portrayed by actress Ellen Holly, was the first African-American heroine on daytime soap opera in a plot that raised issues of race relations in America.
When Nixon was honored with a lifetime achievement award by the television academy in 1983, presenter Barbara Walters called her the “most prolific talent daytime television has ever known,” her shows running 52 weeks a year for more than 30 years at the time.
That she was able to combine her very active career while raising a family was another source of admiration, Lucci said. While daughter Mary said her mother eventually maintained an apartment in New York, where the shows were produced, writing for them at first was a sort of “cottage industry.” Nixon did most of her writing from home in Rosemont, mailing scripts and story ideas back and forth in those pre-Internet times.
Nixon herself downplayed the idea that her work ethic was unusual or new. “I grew up with working women. I thought it was the thing to do,” she said, recalling that, “My mother in her era was very much a feminist.”
But she did acknowledge that she might have been a bit more dedicated than most. Retelling a family story, she related, “I always had long labors” with the births of her three daughters and son Robert. Not wasting any time for writing, “I took my Dictaphone to the hospital,” she said.
AMC Star Pens Emotional MemoirCady McClain (Dixie, ALL MY CHILDREN; Rosanna, AS THE WORLD TURNS) is self-publishing her memoir, titled Murdering My Youth. And the actress is having a contest in which fans can vote on what the final cover will be! Click here to pick your favorite!
"The book is a series of my memories about growing up in an alcoholic environment," McClain shares with Soaps In Depth. "It is also a raw, brutally honest look at what being in 'show business' can entail for a young girl and the extremely close relationship I had with my mother."
The two-time Emmy winner says that she's been told that the book should come with a warning. "There's a lot of violence in it," she allows.
What led McClain to join the list of soap stars who've chronicled their life stories? "I was inspired by a woman who asked me to be the keynote speaker at her writers' conference in Kansas City called Write The Dream," she says. "She had followed my blogs throughout the years and offered to help me self-publish this book. Her encouragement was a huge part of me letting this story out into the world. I hope it inspires others to tell their story or at least to not feel so alone with their experiences."
McClain will be signing copies of Murdering My Youth at the Write The Dream Conference in Kansas City, MO, on Friday, March 7. Click this link for more information. And as the keynote speaker, she will be encouraging her audience to find their voice via a method she calls "dreaming your way to a great, personal story. It's basically like taking a person's psyche and putting it in the structure of a fairy tale or myth."
History of Advertising No 89: Irna Phillips' soap operas(mediaweek.co.uk) If Irna Phillips can’t be called the mother of the soap opera, she was without doubt its midwife who could see daytime drama’s potential for advertisers – and delivered massively on her vision.
She was in the right place at the right time. It was 1930 and US radio networks and advertisers – particularly household-product manufacturers – were beginning to see the opportunities in marketing to housewives at a time when their husbands were working and their children at school.
Phillips, then 29, was an unemployed schoolteacher and part-time radio actress when she was asked by WGN in Chicago to write and act in radio’s first serial drama, Painted Dreams.
It was the story of a mother and her unmarried daughter and, although it began without sponsorship, Phillips included an engagement and a wedding in the plot to maximise product tie-ins.
Painted Dreams marked the start of what proved to be a prodigious output. Over the next 43 years, she created or co-created 18 radio and TV serials, four of which were still on air when she died in 1973.
One was The Guiding Light, centred on a minister and his church community in a Chicago suburb. Another was As The World Turns, featuring the residents of the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois.
Phillips, who introduced soap-opera conventions such as linking scenes with music and cliffhanger endings, was excited about transferring daytime drama to TV.
In a 1948 letter to a Procter & Gamble senior executive, she envisioned sponsors’ products not only endorsed by her characters but used by them. However, she feared that women who had enjoyed radio drama while doing the housework would not be able to do so while watching TV.
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Phillips dictated her stories to secretaries for up to eight hours a day, producing an estimated two million words a year and earning more than $250,000 a year during the 40s.As The World Turns, the last daytime serial to be associated with P&G, was axed in 2010 after 54 years.
Ma Perkins, one of the most successful US soap operas ever, ran from 1933 to 1960 promoting P&G’s Oxydol. It was created by Anne Hummert and her ad executive husband, Frank.
Martha Byrne's GOTHAM On Vimeo On DemandThe Emmy-nominated web series GOTHAM from Executive Producer Martha Byrne (ex-Lily, ATWT) is now available on Vimeo On Demand. All 13 of the 4-6 minute episodes have been edited into one full 45 minute pilot and can be downloaded either to rent or buy. Head over to vimeo.com/ondemand/7841/81358986 to download the full episode and catch the trailer here.
The Day the World Stopped Turning‘As the World Turns’ Interrupted by Kennedy’s Shooting (nytimes.com)
As usual, on that Friday afternoon, Mable Snodgrass, a 19-year-old first-time mother, was at home in Echols, Ky., watching “As the World Turns.” Ten minutes in, at about 12:40 p.m., the soapy drama was bubbling. Nancy Hughes, played by Helen Wagner, had just told Grandpa (Santos Ortega) that her son, Bob, had invited his ex-wife, the scheming Lisa, and their young son, Tom, to Thanksgiving dinner.
After his initial shock, Grandpa ventured, “That was real nice of the boy.”
“And I’ve thought about it,” Nancy said, “and I gave it a great deal of thought, Grandpa ——”
At that instant, Nancy and Grandpa were wiped off the screen, replaced by the words “CBS News Bulletin” slide and the urgent voice of Walter Cronkite.
“I was fixing to get angry because they were screwing up my show,” Ms. Snodgrass recalled. “And then I found out it was about the president.”
Americans of a certain age remember where they were when they learned of the shooting of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. But no group was united in quite the same way just then as those who were tuned to “As the World Turns.”
Fifty years ago, “A.T.W.T.,” as it came to be known, was not merely television’s most popular daytime drama. At the moment of the assassination, the slow-moving series about personal and professional goings-on in fictional Oakdale, Ill., was the only regular program being broadcast nationally by a major network — specifically, throughout the Eastern and Central time zones. In Washington, the NBC and ABC affiliates were scheduled to present “TV Beauty School” and “Divorce Court.” In Dallas, a discussion of winter coats with hidden zippers was the focus of “The Julie Benell Show,” a local effort by the ABC affiliate WFAA.
Today, the live telecast of “As the World Turns” No. 1,995 (there was no title) remains frozen in time as a last semblance of normalcy before the face of television changed permanently. The very ordinariness of Wagner’s scene — “my dubious claim to fame,” the actress once called it — underscores the day’s nightmarish events.
“Look at that conversation between Nancy and Grandpa,” said Lynn Liccardo, the author of the e-book “as the world stopped turning ...” “They’re dusting books. And then he gets a cup of coffee.”
Was that conversation between Nancy and Grandpa important? No, said Sam Ford, a great-nephew of Ms. Snodgrass’s and co-editor of “The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era.” “There’s rarely one scene in a soap opera that’s ever pivotal, because there is so much redundancy built in.”
An uninterrupted version of the episode is preserved at the Paley Center for Media, in New York and Los Angeles. In it, Nancy boldly predicts that Bob and Lisa will reunite.
But it is the fragmented version, available on YouTube, that has gone down in TV history. Among other things, it offers the bizarre sight of Cronkite’s dire updates being followed by cheery commercials for Nescafé instant coffee (opening, ominously, with a slowly swinging pendulum) and Friskies puppy food. In those first few frantic minutes, CBS programmers were scrambling. So were those on the soap opera set at the Hy Brown studios on West 26th Street in Manhattan.
Don Hastings, who played Bob Hughes, knew something was amiss as he prepared for a restaurant scene with Henderson Forsythe after the Nancy-Grandpa exchange.
Mr. Hastings, 79, recalled: “Phil Polansky, our cameraman, said, ‘Don’t tell the actors what? The president’s been shot?’ He had headphones on, and he was talking to the control room. We got our cue and we just kept going, because no one else knew what to do.” Mr. Hastings was unaware that the news was already blacking out the first half of his scene.
The show’s last act, with Eileen Fulton as Lisa Hughes tensely phoning her mother, Alma (Ethel Remey), about a deposit on an apartment, as well as her and Bob’s mutually lingering love, was pre-empted entirely. By then, the crew had heard about Dallas. Ms. Fulton hadn’t.
“I had a very emotional scene,” the actress, now 80, recalled. “When we finished, my cameraman, Joe Hallahan, had tears running down his face. I said, ‘I’m good, but I didn’t know I was that good.’ ”
When the show wrapped shortly before 2 p.m., “the studio went absolutely dark, which must have been some security thing,” Mr. Hastings said. “The monitors went out, and we had no communication with CBS except through a guard on the floor who had a radio.”
The soap’s scheduled episode was canceled on Monday, Nov. 25, amid CBS’s continuing news coverage. One line of that episode’s unused script holds special poignancy: “A dream can be aborted before it’s even born.”
Edward Trach, the supervising producer of the soap opera for the sponsor, Procter & Gamble, said, “When we were able to get back on the air, we tried to do so in a coherent and dramatically effective manner.”
But on that Monday afternoon, when the cast assembled to read through and time Tuesday’s segment, it was hard to focus. Mr. Hastings ducked repeatedly into the control room to watch the funeral cortege. “They kept coming to get me, because I was just destroyed at that point,” he said.
Rosemary Prinz, who played his sister, Penny, hoped for some on-air reference to the killing. But Irna Phillips, the show’s all-powerful creator, wanted no outside intrusion on the make-believe of Oakdale. “She was the meanest bitch on the planet, and you can quote me,” Ms. Prinz, now 82, said.
Ms. Prinz, who still wells up when recalling the assassination, eventually saw her chance during a scene with Mr. Ortega.
“I was supposed to go on about Tom and his father,” she recalled, “and I said instead: ‘Oh, Grandpa, here we are talking about little Tom. My God, after what the country has gone through, it seems so out of proportion. But, of course, we have to go on.’ Santos had very, very round eyes, which he always opened wide as Grandpa anyway, and he opened them even wider.”
An infuriated production team promptly descended on Ms. Prinz. She was unfazed.
“I said, ‘I just went blank and said the first think I could think of, and then I got back to the script.’ Everyone knew I was full of it. But I made the point.”
Parker Posey On Her Soap Opera Days(papermag.com) I'm a soap opera addict. Any behind the scenes gossip about As the World Turns?
I saw Colleen Zink, who played my aunt a few years ago -- I hadn't seen her for 15 years -- and she still looked the same. The actors on that show were fab. I wish I could go back and do more -- that would be a hoot.
Eileen Fulton InterviewLongtime 'As the World Turns' star Eileen Fulton (ex-Lisa) spends some time in Myrtle Beach. Read the interview here.
ATWT's Zenk Rules The Old West!As AS THE WORLD TURNS' Barbara Ryan, Colleen Zenk certainly had her moments of villainy, but that's nothing compared to the terrifyingly icy performance she gives as Agnes, the matriarch to the deadly Snead family in her debut episode of THURSTON.
This is the second episode of the second season of the western-themed Web drama, so jumping into the middle of things means it might be a little confusing. But you can still appreciate Zenk's scene regardless! (And it might inspire you to go back and check out the earlier episodes of the impressive Web series at its Web site!) (Ep 2 Video)
Irna Phillips: Brief life of soap opera's single mother: 1901-1973(harvardmagazine.com ) If ever a writer embodied Thornton Wilder’s observation that “art is not only the desire to tell one’s secret; it is the desire to tell it and hide it at the same time,” it was Irna Phillips.
In 1930, Phillips—a 29-year-old, unemployed Chicago schoolteacher and part-time radio actress—was asked to write and act in radio’s first serial drama, Painted Dreams. She jumped at the chance. In the next 43 years, she would create or co-create 18 radio and television serials; four were still on the air when she died, including Guiding Light and As the World Turns, the two longest-running daytime dramas on television. Acting out the parts, she dictated her stories to secretaries for six to eight hours a day, producing an estimated two million words a year and earning more than $250,000 annually in the 1940s, when she had five programs on the air. She knew the role soap played in “soap operas,” and had a decades-long relationship with Procter & Gamble, but she focused on content: her innovations included adding doctors, lawyers, and other professionals as characters and cliff-hanger endings for episodes.
Soap-opera historians have long acknowledged the impact on the genre of As the World Turns in particular. When it premiered in 1956, serial dramas were all 15 minutes long; ATWT doubled that. Phillips believed “better story and characterization could be developed in a half-hour format”; when Procter & Gamble initially resisted, she took action. Aided by her longtime colleagues Agnes Nixon and Ted Corday, she wrote and taped a pilot at her own expense, and changed the face of daytime drama forever. ATWT also departed radically from its predecessors in style: for the first year, there was virtually no plot. Critic Robert LaGuardia has noted that “story to Irna was simply a vehicle; it was from the moment-to-moment emotions of her characters, expressed to each other in quiet scenes, that viewers derived vicarious pleasure.” Phillips knew that viewers would need time to get used to this format, and nothing illustrates her industry clout more than the licensing-agreement clause requiring CBS to air the show for a full year regardless of ratings. Fans expressed their pleasure by keeping ATWT at the top of the daytime ratings for 20 years, making it the first soap opera to fully penetrate the cultural landscape: an episode of the current television hit Mad Men showed secretary Joan Holloway engrossed by an “unmissable” ATWT episode from 1962—the end of the genre’s first super couple, Penny Hughes and Jeff Baker.
Phillips shared viewers’ vicarious pleasure. In her unfinished memoir, she acknowledged that she “had generally fictionalized my own life,” but it was in ATWT that she “fantasized as well as fictionalized” her life. LaGuardia suggests, “It was quite as if for Irna, Oakdale [ATWT’s fictional Midwestern setting] was a real place—far more real than New York or Chicago, and far better.” One likely reason was the patriarch she created for Oakdale, attorney Chris Hughes: the loving husband she never found for herself, the devoted father she never found for the two children she adopted as a single mother.
Her need for Oakdale began in the mid 1920s when Phillips, who never had a date in high school or college, met an English doctor, “not handsome,” but “with charm and intelligence,” and decided he was the man she would marry. Things didn’t work out as she hoped. She became pregnant but the doctor abandoned her, and she then lost not only the baby but any chance for another. The resulting sterility led her to decide “to never become involved with an unmarried man,” thus sparing herself “the pain and embarrassment of telling a man I couldn’t have children.” That vow played out through characters like ATWT’s jilted Edith Hughes, who later fell in love with her brother’s unhappily married law partner. Phillips presented the story through characters neither all black nor all white, forcing viewers, writes La Guardia, “to grieve over the heartbreak of the human condition rather than hang on to a fixed value judgment.”
In 1964, Phillips created Another World, and the character through whom she would both tell and hide her own story: Pat Matthews, who would murder the man who impregnated her and then coerced her into an illegal, botched abortion that left her sterile. In her memoir, Phillips wrote that her own pregnancy ended with a stillbirth, followed by an infection. What really happened will likely remain a mystery, but her efforts to exorcise her demons through Pat’s story took its toll on Pat’s portrayer; after 18 exhausting months, the actress asked to be released from her contract.
Phillips herself was never able to provide a sense of warmth and family involvement for her children; in the end, she described feeling “as unhappy in adopting them as they were in being adopted by me.” Haunted by her lost pregnancy, in 1972 she created ATWT’s beautiful and independent Kim Reynolds, who was meant to have a baby of her own. Of course, to conceive that baby, Kim seduced her sister’s husband. Sponsor Procter & Gamble, unwilling to reward adultery, chose to veto that happy ending; when Phillips—increasingly difficult to work with and unwilling to sensationalize her plots to compete with rival shows—was fired, Kim’s pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. It’s hard to say what caused Phillips more pain—losing the show that was so real to her, or reliving the loss of her baby as Kim lost hers. A few months later, she died of a heart attack, or perhaps of a broken heart.
The World Still TurnsLike many of you, writer Lynn Liccardo was a big fan of AS THE WORLD TURNS. And she's put down some of her memories and thoughts regarding the long-running soap in a brand new e-book entitled as the world stopped turning...
From the author's description: "Notwithstanding the title and cover photograph, as the world stopped turning... is not a post-apocalyptic novel, but a collection of 18 essays considering the final years of AS THE WORLD TURNS, the soap opera that redefined the genre when it premiered in 1956. Written by a lifelong fan of the show, these essays weave together the show's history, characters, storylines, writers and producers, to create a context within which to consider, not just ATWT, but all soap operas, past and present."
You can purchase the book for $9.99 and read a short sample of it by following this link.
ATWT Star's New BlogYou've read her column in Digest; now check out her new blog. Kelley Menighan Hensley's (ex-Emily, ATWT) has a new Web site, http://greatfulloflife.com. The self-proclaimed "Jack-of-all-trades, master of a few," talks health, fashion, motherhood, beauty and more. Bonus: Daughter Sophie May, 13, gets in on the action, too. Check it out!
Fumbling thru the PiecesCheck out Hillary B. Smith's (ex-Margo) Web series called "Fumbling thru the Pieces" www.youtube.com/fumblingthru
Procter & Gamble moves from soap operas to tweetsGoodbye, "Guiding Light." Hello, YouTube.
Procter & Gamble Co., whose sponsorship and production of daytime TV dramas helped coin the term "soap operas," has pulled the plug after 77 years. Instead, the maker of Tide detergent, Ivory soap and Olay skincare is following its customers online with a big push on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.
"The digital media has pretty much exploded," marketing chief Marc Pritchard said in an interview. "It's become very integrated with how we operate, it's become part of the way we do marketing."
The last P&G-produced soap opera, "As The World Turns," went off the air in September. The show was the leading daytime soap for decades, but had lost some two-thirds of its audience at the end.
Over the years, P&G produced 20 soap operas for radio and TV. But ratings for daytime dramas have been sinking for years, as women, their target audience, increasingly moved into the workplace, switched to talk and reality shows, and spent more time using online media and social networking sites.
P&G, the world's biggest advertiser, still buys individual commercials on daytime dramas. But the dollar amount has shrunk. P&G won't say by how much.
Dori Molitor, whose WomanWise LLC agency specializes in marketing brands to women, says big companies are realizing that social media is an efficient way to connect with customers.
"Social media has become mass media, and for women especially," she said. "I think for all marketers, these one-way, 30-second (TV) spots are very expensive, and are less effective for the way that women make decisions."
Marketing experts say the biggest companies were generally slow to adapt to the rapid rise of social networks, but that beverage rivals Coca-Cola Co. and Pepsico Inc., and P&G and fellow consumer products makers Unilever PLC and Johnson & Johnson are among those quickly making up for lost time.
In recent months, P&G began selling Pampers diapers on Facebook, offering an iPhone application for Always feminine products that allows women to track menstrual cycles and ask experts questions, and using social media to turn a campaign for the venerable Old Spice brand into a pop-culture icon.
The "Smell like a Man, Man" commercials starring hunky former football player Isaiah Mustafa became a YouTube sensation, drawing tens of millions of views and spawning parodies such as one with Sesame Street's Grover, and generated another round of attention with Twitter questions that Mustafa answered in videos — such as on ABC's Good Morning America when he suggested that President Barack Obama could improve standing with female voters by wearing only a towel and beginning speeches with "Hello, Ladies!"
The echo effect gives P&G a bigger bang for its nearly 9 billion bucks a year spent on advertising.
"It is such an effective advertising campaign that we are getting impressions that we did not pay for," CEO Bob McDonald told investors recently, recounting that he saw an editorial cartoon showing Obama on horseback, a takeoff on Mustafa's "I'm on a horse" Old Spice catch-phrase.
For a company known for measuring just about everything, P&G touts big numbers from Old Spice tracking:
• Number of impressions (people who saw, read, or heard about commercials): 1.8 billion.
• Number of YouTube views for Old Spice and related videos: 140 million and counting.
• Increase in Twitter followers for Old Spice: 2,700 percent.
P&G also said Old Spice sales are growing at double digits, taking more of the market for body washes and deodorant.
Just 20 months ago, P&G hosted "digital night" at its Cincinnati headquarters by inviting Google, Facebook, Twitter and other online experts to help test ways online and digital media could be used in marketing. By the Vancouver Winter Olympics last February, P&G was coordinating TV commercials with Facebook messages and tracking instant reactions to new commercials on Twitter.
P&G, which sponsored Team USA, unveiled sentimental "Thank you, Mom!" commercials at the Olympics that it estimates added $100 million in sales. The campaign has included Facebook essay contests and e-Cards for mothers.
P&G says it's still exploring new uses for social media.
"It's kind of the oldest form of marketing — word of mouth — with the newest form of technology," Pritchard said.
ATWT Blooper ReelIf you're missing AS THE WORLD TURNS like we are, here's a little something that might put a smile on your face instead. Watch favorites like Michael Park (Jack), Maura West (Carly), Van Hansis (Luke) and Don Hastings (Bob) run afoul of forgotten lines, uncooperative props, a surprise loogie and a cameo from Igor the pet fly! (Our favorite is Hal's super-speedy helicopters!): Video
ATWT's Hansis Gets Ambushed!Check out AS THE WORLD TURNS's Van Hansis (ex-Luke) in this quirky short film, produced by The Elbow Room Society, called "Club Car Ambush."
As The World Turns: Final Episode ExtrasWatch video of extra scenes that didn't make in into the final episode
Goodbye to World Turns, to Oakdale, Bay City, and SpringfieldToday is the last day Procter & Gamble will air a soap opera. “As the World Turns” ends its 54 year run. It debuted on CBS on April 2, 1956.
Over the years the little town of Oakdale, Illinois was joined by villages on the P&G soap map created also by Irna Phillips and Agnes Nixon. Bay City (“Another World”), Springfield (“Guiding Light”), Henderson (“Search for Tomorrow”) and Monticello (“The Edge of Night”) were all small towns that happened to be big cities too. Everyone knew each other, but the towns had international airports, beaches, rivers, docks, world class billionaires, surgeons, and lawyers, and a few working class families.
There were rarely Jews or blacks in the P&G towns. There were no Asians. Even though President Kennedy was shot during “World Turns” live half hour in 1963, it was never mentioned by the characters. When the World Trade Center attacks happened, it registered barely a blip in Oakdale. They had enough to worry about. Only recently did gay people come to town, and that was because the producers knew the run was nearly over, and there was little to be lost. (In fact, funnily enough, the gay story became one of the most popular.)
And maybe that’s why we loved it. Oakdale, Bay City–they were steps out of time, lives on alternate planets.How refreshing and relaxing it was to zone out for an hour and let the little problems of the Hughes and Stewart families in Oakdale take over.
And now, after five decades, the people will live on You Tube and in memory. P&G wanted out, and they got out. It was ugly. At “Guiding Light.” they tortured the cast, crew and fans for 18 months before letting them all go. On “World Turns,” the same producer P&G used to shepherd out “Another World” –Christopher Goutman–just gored the show and let its carcass be eaten by bugs. This summer, instead of giving the fans returns of old characters, and resolutions of 50 years, he wasted four precious weeks by locking fictional fashion designer Barbara Ryan (the gorgeous 32 year vet Colleen Zenk) in a warehousewith an inanimate party clown. It was if P&G were saying, “We want you to have terrible memories of the end.” Congrats, guys. You did it.
Besides Zenk, there are about a dozen “vets” on “As the World Turns.” Everyone talks about who got their start on soaps, but it’s the actors who stayed, or who were able to deal with P&G, that made the show so memorable. Don Hastings, Kathryn Hays, Eileen Fulton, Ellen Dolan, Scott Holmes, Elizabeth Hubbard, Kathleen Widdoes, Marie Masters, Anthony Herrera, the recently passed matriarch Helen Wagner, and the amazing Larry Bryggman, who did come back to help clean up. When we were kids, the late Henderson Forsythe was also one of the show’s mainstays and we loved him as Dr. David Stewart. Pat Bruder was his long suffering wife Ellen. Rosemary Prinz was the first soap “star” as Penny Hughes.
There are only a few soaps left, and they’re all heading to their ends. Soon bouts of blindness, paralysis, amnesia, sudden discoveries of paternity and maternity (only on a soap could a mother not know she had a child), hysterical pregnancy, reversed vasectomies, murder, kidnapping, stalking, and one death from falling up, not down, stairs (Dan Stewart’s wife, Liz)– will be things of the past.
Soon we’ll just be left with noise: cheap games shows, second rate Snooki’s, and more inane chattering. Believe me, even Les Moonves is going to miss Oakdale in a few weeks.
"World" Stops "Turning" As Long-Running Soap EndsIt was the end of another era for daytime television today as the long-running CBS soap "As The World Turns" ended its incredible 54-year run.
The last episode marked an emotional goodbye not only for the cast and its millions of viewers, but for Pittsburgh soap fans who have also shared fond memories with the cast.
The show has become family to viewers as well as the cast.
"It was the most difficult thing of letting go of 'Barbara Ryan,' was letting go of my 'As the World Turns' family," said Colleen Zenk, who plays Barbara Ryan on the show.
Pittsburgh soap fans can't help but look back on the 54 years of memories and cherish the times they actually met the cast in person.
Most recently, Van Hansis, who plays Luke Snyder on the soap, traveled to Pittsburgh for the KDKA-TV Soap Star Spectacular at the Petersen Events Center this summer.
Fans may also remember when the some of the cast came to the 'Burgh in 2009 to film scenes for the show on the North Side.
The actors said they really enjoyed their time in the city.
"I'm so used to Manhattan, where everything is so tight, that when I see a little bit of space and people having room to move, that surprises me," said Maura West, who plays Carly Tenney on the show.
Michael Park, who plays Jack Snyder, said he has fond memories of Pittsburgh from his childhood where he lived for about a year.
"Coming back, it always... lights up my parent's faces when I tell them I'm going to Pittsburgh," he said during his visit to the area.
"As The World Turns" now joins "Guiding Light" in cancellation. "Guiding Light" went off the air last year.
Interview with Jon Hensley and Martha ByrneRead it at TVguide.ca
'As the World Turns' Airs Final Episode, After 54 YearsDaytime soap opera As The World Turns aired its final episode Friday afternoon after 54 years and nearly 14,000 episodes. Over the course of its half-century run, the soap launched the careers of some of Hollywood's biggest stars—Julianne Moore, Meg Ryan, Lauryn Hill, and Martin Sheen all started their acting careers on the soap.
Why has the show finally gone off the air? In the September issue of The Atlantic, James Parker's piece "As the World Turned" examined how the reality TV soap operas born of the classic daytime genre may be the very catalyst for its demise:
How to mark the passing of a universe that never existed? With invisible bells, and wreaths made of newspaper, and eulogies delivered from Styrofoam pulpits? Or with the slack jaws of 2 million viewers, a single thought in every brain: Okay ... So now what do I do?
Two million. That's a lot of people, but not very many viewers. As a viewership, in fact, it's almost negligible. Thus CBS's inevitable decision to terminate, this month, after decades on the air, its onetime flagship soap opera, As the World Turns. Can we be surprised? The mesmeric hold of the soap, the spell of its simmering close-ups and spiraling plotlines, has been broken. The deaths and births of these made-up communities no longer fill our hearts. Kim Kardashian, Brangelina, the kids from The Hills: these are the people we care about now. Meanwhile every man tweets his own serial narrative, from the line at Starbucks.
Still, As the World Turned has a long history of pushing boundaries in the landscape of television, most recently by airing daytime's first same-sex kiss. CBS News put together a retrospective of the show and its legacy: Video
'As the World Turns' stops spinning after 54 yearsIt's the last go-round for "As the World Turns."
TV's oldest daytime drama aired its final episode Friday, concluding a run that began in April 1956.
Always full of emotional turmoil, "World" was set in the mythical town of Oakdale, Ill., where there was no shortage of couplings, heartbreak, double-dealing and hairpin plot twists.
CBS announced in December that it was pulling the plug on the New York-based show, which ranked at the bottom of the ratings among network soaps. It wrapped production in June.
Big events this week included Jack (Michael Park) remarrying oft-wed Carly (Maura West). Janet (Julie Pinson) gave birth to her ex-husband Jack's son. Then a DNA test revealed the father of the child was really Janet's betrothed, Dusty (Grayson McCouch). And — more joyous news — Carly learned she was pregnant with Jack's child.
"I think things turned out exactly the way they were supposed to," Janet said.
Friday's finale found Dr. Bob Hughes (played for a half-century by Don Hastings) in a reflective mood as he prepared to retire at day's end as head of Oakdale Memorial Hospital.
"I was just thinking about this place," he mused — "how many patients I've taken care of here, some of them from their first breath (dramatic pause) to their last."
"Good night," said Dr. Bob at the close of the hour, as he doused the lights of his office and took his leave. On his desk, an illuminated globe was seen spinning at the poignant fade-out.
The demise of "World" follows by a year the end of CBS' "Guiding Light" after 72 years on radio, then TV.
On Oct. 18, CBS will fill the slot "World" occupied with "The Talk," a daily chat show whose hosts include Julie Chen and Sharon Osbourne.
A look back at the supercouples of 'As the World Turns, ' which ends its 54-year run on CBS todayThe final curtain falls today for long-running soap opera "As the World Turns, " which debuted as a 30-minute serial on April 2, 1956.
In its 54 years, "ATWT" dominated the ratings for two decades, prompted a prime-time spinoff ("Our Private World"), introduced daytime television's first gay male character (Hank Elliot) in 1988 and won four daytime Emmy Awards for best show.
It also created some of soap's greatest supercouples. Here are five that "ATWT" fans will never forget.
Holden and Lily
Played by: Jon Hensley and Martha Byrne
Holden Snyder and Lily Walsh captured soap fans' hearts with their poor-boy, rich-girl love story. They met during the 1987 season when Holden was a stable boy working for Lily's mother. Their on-again, off-again relationship weathered the possibility of their being related, amnesia, two of Holden's secret love children, kidnappings and more. Even when apart, their feelings for one another were evident. Together, they had three children: Faith, Ethan and Natalie.
Jeff and Penny
Played by: Mark Rydell and Rosemary Prinz
As the soap's first supercouple, Jeff Baker and Penny Hughes were credited with launching the show to No. 1. Their storied romance reached its pinnacle in 1958 when they married on Christmas Eve, and viewers across the country reportedly tuned in, dressed in their Sunday best. Jeff also recorded a love song for her, aptly named "Penny." Their romance ended when Jeff died in a car accident.
Steve and Betsy
Played by: Frank Runyeon and Meg Ryan
The star-crossed love of Steve Andropoulos and Betsy Stewart began with a deathbed promise to Steve's brother that drove Betsy to marry another man. But her love for Steve repeatedly brought her back into his arms, and upon discovering her daughter, Dani, was his, Betsy married Steve on May 30, 1984. Their wedding was watched by 20 million viewers, making it the second-highest rated episode in U.S. soap history.
Luke and Noah
Played by: Van Hansis and Jake Silbermann
Luke Snyder and Noah Mayer were named one of television's top power couples by TV Guide and great supercouples by Entertainment Weekly. They are the first gay supercouple on daytime TV. At first Noah struggled to accept his sexuality but eventually admitted his feelings for Luke. The characters made history by sharing the first gay male kiss on U.S. daytime television.
Tom and Margo
Played by: Scott Holmes and Ellen Dolan
Tom Hughes and Margo Montgomery fell in love while investigating Mr. Big. They married in 1983 and went on to become a soap anomaly: They were one of the only supercouples to marry and stay that way for more than 25 years. Their marriage survived affairs, resulting in each having a child by his or her lover; Margo facing murder charges twice and being raped; a legal separation; and plenty of drama involving their son, Casey.
After 54 years, 'As the World Turns' ends todayThe world stops turning today for the people of Oakdale, Illinois, when the CBS soap opera "As the World Turns" ends after more than 54 years on the air.
"As the World Turns" debuted on April 2, 1956, and was the highest rated soap for 20 years (1958-1978). The soap was famously interrupted by Walter Cronkite at 1:40 p.m. on November 22, 1963, to announce the shooting of President John F. Kennedy. "As the World Turns" chronicled the dramatic lives of the Snyder, Hughes, Ryan and Montgomery families, but more recently made waves introducing two popular gay characters -- Luke Snyder and Noah Mayer.
"As the World Turns" was the country's second longest-running soap opera. The longest running soap was its sister show, "The Guiding Light," which went off the air last year after 72 years of combined television and radio broadcast. Today's final episode -- the 13,858th one -- was taped on June 23, 2010.
Soap operas are in trouble these days because, just as with primetime programming, reality shows and talk shows are cheaper to produce. And many reality shows play out like soap operas anyway. "As the World Turn's" most recent ratings averaged 2.51 million viewers, making it the least watched soap still on the air.
"As the World Turns" will be replaced by "The Talk," a new talk show with Julie Chen. "The Talk" debuts on October 18.
‘World’ stops turningCBS soap fades to black after 54 years
You can view the clip on YouTube: Dr. Bob Hughes lunching with a fellow doctor in a scene aired live on “As the World Turns” the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963.
“Shall we get a menu?” Hughes says to his dining companion. “Waiter! I’d like to order. I’m kind of hungry.”
That scene was the last the TV audience would see of “As the World Turns” that day as CBS News seized the schedule for continuous coverage of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
The young, dark-headed actor who played Dr. Bob, as well as the rest of the cast, completed the show shielded from both the fact of its pre-emption and the terrible reason why.
Only after the episode’s final fade-out did they learn of the tragedy, as the actor portraying Dr. Bob, Don Hastings, recalled during the final days of taping the series in June.
Now 76 and handsomely silver-haired, Hastings was in his dressing room between scenes at the Brooklyn studio the series has called home for the past decade. He was still playing Dr. Bob – lately the head of Oakdale Memorial Hospital and, as always, endowed with a perfect bedside manner – just a few months shy of 50 years after landing the part.
But Hastings won’t get to reach his half-century milestone in October. On Friday, TV’s oldest daytime drama (airing weekdays at 2 p.m.) will fold.
In June, “ATWT” wrapped production forever. It first aired April 2, 1956.
“It’s been a job and a home and friendships for 50 years,” said Hastings, an avuncular, era-spanning presence as he pondered the series’ end. “I don’t think it’s hit me yet.”
The summer after CBS’ “Guiding Light” was cut down after 72 years on radio and then television, the doomsday scenario that has plagued soaps for decades has now claimed “ATWT.”
ABC’s “General Hospital,” which premiered in April 1963, will now inherit the title of American TV’s oldest soap. (Though it’s edged out worldwide by British TV’s “Coronation Street,” which premiered in December 1960.)
Used to be, there were a dozen or more daytime dramas on U.S. networks. Soon there will be only six, with only ABC’s “One Life to Live” still originating in New York. The ratings for all of them are a fraction of what they once were and continue in a downward spiral. “ATWT,” ranked last, this season is averaging 2.4 million viewers, whereas in the 1991-92 season, it drew 6.7 million viewers, according to the Nielsen Co.
“This show was created in the 1950s, and now there are different viewing patterns, different economic models, and we’re all fighting a tough fight to stay in the business,” said Chris Goutman, “ATWT” executive producer since 1999. “Daytime has been in trouble for a long time, and we’re part of that bigger picture.
“But when was the time that I thought we were fighting a losing battle? Never. I always think we’re going to win the battle. But this time we didn’t.”
Last December, CBS made it official, a death decree that, paired with the demise of “Guiding Light,” marks the exit of Procter & Gamble’s production arm from the soap opera business. This, of course, is a company for which the term “soap opera” was coined in the radio era when it began deploying such shows to advertise its detergent and soap products.
(“ATWT” took over the studio space where yet another Procter & Gamble soap, “Another World,” was taped until NBC canceled it in 1999.)
Like many soaps, “ATWT” is set in a bucolic but scandal-beset Midwestern burg – in this case, Oakdale, Ill. Having always centered on two families – the Lowells and the Hugheses – it premiered April 2, 1956, with mild-mannered Nancy Hughes saying, “Good morning, dear.”
She was played by Helen Wagner, who was among those seen on that fateful episode the day Kennedy died. She made occasional appearances as recently as this spring. She passed away in May at 91.
Hastings and Eileen Fulton (who joined “ATWT” in May 1960 as the vixenish Lisa Grimaldi) are now the senior cast members.
Longevity, of course, is a hallmark of soap operas. Unique in the otherwise mercurial world of TV, the life spans of successful soaps are measured in decades, even generations. Firm bonds are formed by viewers with a soap and its characters, as well as the actors who play them – and keep playing them.
“The idea of being tied down for a whole year challenged my sense of an actor as a gypsy,” said Kathryn Hays, who in 1972 returned to New York from California to take the role of Kim Hughes.
“I came back with two suitcases – one full of clothes, one full of pots and pans,” Hays recalled. She never left. (For the last quarter-century, Kim has been married to Dr. Bob.)
“It’s a different script every day, and the life that you’re leading in the show moves on, and over a period of years, it’s like you’re living another life,” she said, trying to describe her job’s appeal.
“But now, your character is no longer going to be there,” she went on, her eyes welling, her voice choking up. “You’ve been living that character for almost 40 years. You invest yourself in that character. I know who she is.” Her voice dropped to a theatrical whisper. “She’s mine.”
Like Hays, Marnie Schulenburg has come to value the cumulative power of playing a soap character, even after just three years on the show.
As Alison Stewart, a perky hospital aide and former crystal-meth addict, the 26-year-old Schulenburg noted that on daytime, “when your character has memories, or you’re talking about something she’s experienced, you’ve actually been through it with the character in the past – so these are real memories. It’s really cool.”
Schulenburg was nominated for an acting award at this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony – one of 13 nominations snagged by “ATWT.”
“I feel like Alison is another person,” Schulenburg said. “That’s what makes me sad: I’m going to miss her.”
“I think I was in shock for a while,” said Terri Colombino, who for 12 years has played the oft-wed, ever-looking-for-love Katie Peretti.
The idea of parting company with Katie “feels like a death,” she said, wiping her eyes – “which is good that we’re having a sad story line at the end, so we can all kind of work through it. It’s very cathartic.”
But it has also been hard to get through, filled with painful reminders that the show will soon be history. Reminders are even here in her dressing room. Colombino pointed to her makeup mirror. Only four of its bulbs were still lit, the other 14 bulbs burned out.
“They’re not replacing them,” she explained with a rueful laugh. “Because we’re done.”
Soap fans lament end of 'As the World Turns'Longtime soap opera fans are sad about the end of TV era coming Friday.
"As The World Turns" airs for the last time, the latest daytime drama to go because of fallen ratings.
The show made its debut in 1956 for Procter & Gamble Co., the Cincinnati-based maker of soap and many other household products. It was once a big hit.
Thirty-eight-year-old Melanie Cosgrove of suburban Cincinnati says she started watching while pregnant and hasn't missed an episode in 18 years.
Cosgrove tells The Cincinnati Enquirer she's already sad her grown-up baby is ready to leave for college, and now she'll lose her TV "friends."
Fifty-eight-year-old Pat Heasley remembers watching with her mother as a child in Fort Wright, Ky. Mom kept her updated during school years.
As the World Turns, Coming to an EndAnother chapter in broadcasting history is drawing to a close. After nearly 54 years, As the World Turns is ending its run on CBS. Once a staple of day time television, high production costs are putting soap operas on the the endangered species list. As the World Turns made its debut on the Tiffany network on April 2, 1956. Lou Toler, of Starkville started tuning in a short time later. Lou remembers, "We were watching it the day that John F. Kennedy got assassinated. They interrupted the show to tell about it." When Lou stopped working to raise her daughter, As the World Turns was there, every step of the way. Lou smiles when she says, "We watched it all those years. I even brought her up on it. Big ole TV on the wall. Sit her over on the floor, and I'd put her in front of the TV, so she grew up watching As the World Turns." When Lou went back to work her husband gave her a transistor radio, and she listened on her lunch break. Then the VCR became popular and Lou has missed nary an episode since. Lou says, "I have a small family, but then I have a real big extended family, and so, they are part of my extended family. They really are, all the characters on there, I have enjoyed watching through the years. Some are more favorite than others, are, but it really has been interesting to keep up with." Lou and her daughter are having a pizza party in honor of the last episode. Then next week, she'll have an extra hour in her day. Lou laments, "I don't really know what I'm going to watch. There is enough game shows on now, that I don't care anything about game shows. I'd much rather watch as the World Turns." How will it end? We'll all find out soon enough. The final episode of As the World Turns will air Friday (9-17) at 1:00 in the afternoon, right here on WCBI. It will be replaced in a few weeks by "The Talk". It's a day time talk show, hosted by a panel of celebrity moms including, Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, and Sharon Osbourne. They'll tackle topical events and contemporary issues.
"As the World Turns" Cancellation Marks the End of an EraCompanies put so much time and money into their efforts to establish household names that it always amazes me when they turn around and destroy one. Not that it happens very often. But it's going to happen September 17, when the final episode of the venerable soap opera As the World Turns will be telecast. ATWT was the breakout serial that made soaps a driving force in American popular culture and set the stage for daytime dramas to enjoy a half-century of robust success. I can't help but wonder why CBS and Procter & Gamble, the two corporate giants that made it so vital for so long, would choose to eliminate a product that is so well known it is recognized even by those who don't use it (or in this case watch it).
Like many people reading this column, I wasn't around when ATWT debuted way back on April 2, 1956. But I remember my mother and my friends' mothers watching it when I was a kid. I think all people born anytime during the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies can recall something about this show from their childhoods or teen years, perhaps because it was the highest rated daytime drama from 1958-1978. Even if they never watched it they probably heard people talk about it. They might remember, as depicted last season on Mad Men, that it was famously interrupted on November 22, 1963 for a devastating announcement by CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. Or they might recall the recurring sketch that it inspired on The Carol Burnett Show titled As the Stomach Turns, which itself became a commonly used comic phrase. They might also remember that ATWT in the summer of 1965 seeded a primetime spin-off titled Our Private World.
Like millions of other soap opera enthusiasts, I was all worked up one year ago when CBS and P&G Productions killed Guiding Light, a legendary soap that started on radio in the Thirties. I wondered why nobody in the television business could come up with a way to continue so historic a franchise - as a weekly primetime show, a basic cable series, a groundbreaking Internet production, a series of made-for-television movies. But the Light went out, the world kept turning, and here it is a year later and another soap that can only be described as iconic is falling victim to the inability of current television executives to think outside the box.
There was a time not too long ago when I thought ATWT would actually revitalize daytime drama. It certainly tried to become contemporary and offer something new. In recent years the show added to its canvas two gay characters -- Luke Snyder and Noah Mayer - and suddenly enjoyed more online publicity than any other soap. (It was as if broadcast soaps were finally catching up with MTV's notably diverse reality serial The Real World.) Indeed, savvy young viewers who were drawn to this storyline lifted the Luke and Noah scenes (hundreds of them over the years) out of daily recordings of the show and posted them on YouTube, launching a new kind of character-specific soap opera watching. Meantime, CBS debuted a reality series on its Web site titled InTurn in which aspiring young actors lived together and competed for a contract role on ATWT. InTurn ran for three seasons.
No matter what the producers of ATWT tried, though, it seems it was never enough to save the show from the multiple corporate and creative forces that were coming together to destroy it -- and, in fact, all broadcast soap operas.
To anyone who gets them, to anyone who understands the deep emotional connection that comes with following well-crafted stories featuring multi-generational characters on a daily basis over a long period of time, there is nothing else in the media landscape that comes close. Consider the unforgettable drama last week on ATWT as the long-running Luke and Noah storyline was brought to a hugely emotional conclusion. Even the short version reads like the stuff of classic soap opera: Luke's new love interest, brilliant but distant surgeon Reid Oliver, who restored Noah's eyesight a short while ago, tragically died from injuries sustained in a car accident while racing to another city to retrieve a donor heart for his ailing arch-rival Dr. Chris Hughes, with whom he was competing for the position of chief of staff at the city hospital. In grand soap style, Reid insisted that Chris receive his heart just before he died. (Van Hansis, the actor who portrays Luke, deserves an Emmy for his heart-wrenching performance during the story of Reid's death. Then again, given the fiasco that the Daytime Emmys have become, maybe I shouldn't wish that embarrassment on him and should instead just encourage the networks to find this guy a primetime role he can run with.)
At the other end of the age range, and no less engrossing, the long absent Dr. John Dixon (the esteemed Larry Bryggman), who has deep ties to a number of other characters, has been brought back for the show's final weeks, and it has been splendid watching him interact with the family members and friends he has ignored for years - especially his bitter ex, ruthless businesswoman Lucinda Walsh (Elizabeth Hubbard, one of daytime's finest). This has been soap storytelling at its best: John's return has reignited and partially resolved a number of old storylines while also advancing much current drama. (For example, John performed the Reid/Chris heart transplant.)
I'll miss such memorable moments from As the World Turns, as I do those from Guiding Light and so many other soaps, some long gone, others still with us but no longer delivering the goods. The particular long-term viewing pleasure that daily dramas provide is still something that only broadcast television can offer, but as soaps continue to suffer and die it's getting increasingly difficult to find. Soon, all we'll have left are endless variations on Bravo's trashy Real Housewives franchise.
Colleen Zenk InterviewAs the World Turns Gives Colleen Zenk a Fitting Farewell: Read the TV Guide Interview here!
End of 'As the World Turns' impacts Canandaigua's Michael ParkAs the World Turns signs off Friday after more than 54 years and 13,000 episodes.
Its departure leaves only five daytime soap operas left on commercial television, and draws a close to a show that was part of pop culture fabric. When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Walter Cronkite cut into the As the World Turns episode, which is credited with a string of phone calls spreading the word of the shooting.
"They say all good things need to come to an end. I know that's a cliché, and I'm using it, but it's very sad," says Michael Park, the Canandaigua native who played Jack Snyder on the show. Park, who won a Daytime Emmy this year for his role, was in town on Monday night to receive the Spirit Award from the local nonprofit theater group Break a Leg.
"I haven't watched it because it does kind of hurt," says Park, who doesn't know why it's affecting him this way. "I'm usually not that sentimental. ... The fans have been wonderful, and my heart really goes out to them."
Critics point to soap supercouples from the show such as Holden Snyder and Lily Walsh; Steve Andropoulos and Betsy Stewart (whose fictional wedding on May 30, 1984, was watched by 20 million viewers, making it the second highest-rated episode in U.S. soap history); Luke Snyder and Noah Mayer, the first gay supercouple on daytime TV; and the show's stalwart Tom Hughes and Margo Montgomery Hughes.
If the show had continued, Park's character, Jack Snyder, and his on-screen love, Carly Tenney, would likely have joined that list. Maura West, who plays Tenney, also won a Daytime Emmy this summer for her role.
Park, who has returned to the New York City stage for now, says he's not sure what will replace soaps. He suspects that they'll creep back into schedules through syndication, cable or the Internet.
The only question left for As the World Turns this week? Will Carly and Jack's wedding go off without a hitch?
Tune in until Friday to find out.
'As The World Turns' ends runIt’s not just the end of “The World,” but the end of a TV legacy.
After the final “As The World Turns” Friday, Procter & Gamble won’t have a daytime drama on the airwaves for the first time in 77 years, since “Ma Perkins” aired on WLW-AM in 1933.
“You could say it’s the death of the soap opera, because it’s the last soap still produced by a soap company,” said Sam Ford, 27, a Kentucky native who has taught “As The World Turns” classes at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
When the show debuted in 1956, P&G had “Ma Perkins” on radio and four other TV shows: “Search For Tomorrow,” “The Edge Of Night,” “Guiding Light” and “The Bright Day.” (CBS canceled “Guiding Light” in 2009.)
The story of the Hughes family in fictional Oakdale quickly caught on with viewers, becoming the top-rated daytime serial 1958-78. Fans are mourning the loss.
Melanie Cosgrove, 38, of Delhi Township hasn’t missed an episode in 18 years. She started watching while pregnant and ordered to bed rest in 1992.
“I am so sad it’s ending. It’s been a constant in my life,” said Cosgrove, whose daughter turns 18 Thursday. “I’m already emotional about losing my baby when she leaves for college next summer, and I’m losing my TV ‘friends” of 18 years.”
Pat Heasley, 58, remembers watching with her mother as a child in Fort Wright.
“Mom would fill me in during the school year with what was going on,” said Heasley of Anderson Township.
Heasley recalls watching young Julianne Moore on the show. Meg Ryan, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, Martin Sheen, James Earl Jones, Dana Delany, Parker Posey and Ming-Na also played early roles there.
Mount Auburn native Marie Masters, who has played Dr. Susan Stewart on the show for 35 years, remembers Moore having braces on her teeth, and Posey “wearing ripped T-shirts and scuzzy flip-flops .”
Masters – who graduated from Saint Bernard’s former Our Lady of Angels High School in 1959 as Marie Mastruserio – believes the bubble could burst soon for the six soaps that will be left on TV. Viewers have plunged by 80 pecent – from 6.4 million to 1.3 million – since 1991, according to Nielsen.
“I don’t think the rest of the shows have long to go. People have moved on,” she said.
The world has changed radically since “The World” started spinning stories in 1956 sponsored by Oxydol or Duz detergents, notes P&G spokeswoman Jeannie Tharrington.
“Not only are a lot of women not home anymore, there’s also competition from cable, DVRs and online videos like YouTube,” she said.
P&G has shifted pursuit of consumers to producing quarterly family movies on NBC with Walmart; working with producer America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”) on MTV’s new “Pedro & Maria” telenovela; producing the “People’s Choice Awards”; and making “My Black Is Beautiful” for BET. P&G has produced more than 50 TV movies and miniseries, plus “Circus of the Stars” and other specials.
“We’re certainly proud of ‘As The World Turns.’ The legacy soaps that got us into production created a chance for us to do other shows,” Tharrington said
P&G wanted to keep “As The World Turns” on the air for “another year or two,” she said, but CBS canceled it. The soap will be replaced on Oct. 18 by “The Talk,” a “View”-like show with Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini.
P&G tried to move the show to another network, cable, syndication or online without success, she said.
“It’s a shame P&G got out of the soap opera business. I became a fan of the company because of the exposure to their products during commercials," said Bonnie Shelley, 58, of Deerfield Township.
“As The World Turns” ends with main character Dr. Bob Hughes (Don Hastings) retiring. The taping was “chaotic and crazy. People were crying and laughing and breaking down,” Masters said.
“They respected the format. I liked that. Life in Oakdale goes on,” Masters said. “But there will never be closure. It’s heart-breaking that they (P&G) are out of the business.”
Longtime soap "As the World Turns" comes to a halt this weekThe scene, which aired live in black and white, would have long ago been forgotten if a CBS News bulletin had not interrupted "As the World Turns" that day at 1:40 p.m., nine minutes and 58 seconds into the broadcast.
Nancy Hughes, played by Helen Wagner, was chatting with her father-in-law, "Grandpa" (Santos Ortega), about how her son Bob (Don Hastings) had invited his ex-wife for Thanksgiving dinner — because he said he didn't want her to eat alone on the holiday.
"That's real nice of the boy," Grandpa said, to which Nancy began, "And I thought about it, and I gave it a great deal of thought, Grandpa …"
The next voice heard was Walter Cronkite's: "In Dallas, Texas, three shots were fired at President Kennedy's motorcade in downtown Dallas …"
On Nov. 22, 1963, "As the World Turns" was seven years old and the most watched daytime drama in America. It would live on for almost another 47 years, and weather a succession of eras in American history, from the Cold War into the Internet age.
But the end is now near. Last December, CBS announced it was shutting down "ATWT." The final (13,858th) episode, taped on June 23 at its Brooklyn studios, will air Friday, ending the storied run of a daytime legend.
"It's been around for 54 years. In this day and age, you're lucky if a show goes five years," says Marie Wilson, who has played Meg Snyder since 2005, shuttling between Parsippany and Los Angeles during that time. "When something like that ends, it's like the end of an era. It's very heartbreaking."
The late Irna Phillips created "ATWT" as a sister show for "Guiding Light," which had its last airing, after 72 years (on radio and TV), last Sept. 18. Both shows eventually succumbed to sagging ratings, changing times, the proliferation of viewer choices and so-called "reality" series, which also deal in serialized story lines and colorful characters.
"The No. 1 factor is money. Reality shows are basically soap operas, and they're cheaper to produce," says Bergen County resident Terri Colombino, who had played Katie Peretti since 1998. "If you're going to the store [to buy] an apple and there's one for $1 and there's one for $500, which one are you going to buy? …
"We have such a huge cast. It takes so much money to produce these shows every day," Colombino says.
What's more, Wilson notes, with so many women now in the workforce, there are fewer people home watching daytime TV.
How different things were on April 2, 1956, when "ATWT" debuted, one of the first two soaps to run a half-hour rather than 15 minutes. (The other, "The Edge of Night," bowed the same day.)
Set in the fictional Oakdale, Ill., "ATWT," which expanded to an hour in 1995, chronicled the trials and tribulations of the Snyder, Hughes, Ryan and Montgomery families. It aimed for less melodrama, and more realism in dialogue and character development, than many other soaps. And the key to the show's longevity was its "message of survival in families when crisis comes," says Martha Byrne, the Waldwick native who played Lily Walsh Snyder for a total of 19 years, between 1985 and 2008.
"It was an identifiable show. It was always about family, and when we did shows that weren't about family is when the fans reacted in a negative way," says Byrne, who also played Lily's twin sister, Rose, from 2000 to 2005. "In soap operas you deal with the extremes of family issues and drama. … No one's been kidnapped seven times like I've been, but I'm sure people watched to see how I would get out of those situations. … You could relate to it in some way."
And even in extreme circumstances, Byrne says, she aimed to make her character's ordeal as realistic as possible, so fans would not wonder, for example, "Why does she have a French manicure when she's been tied up in a basement for eight days?"
For Kelley Menighan Hensley of Old Tappan, who has played Emily Stewart since 1992, that realism took getting used to. The actress, who'd grown up on ABC soaps and had never seen "ATWT," checked it out before testing for the show.
"I turned on an episode, and it happened to be a scene in the Snyder kitchen, which I thought was the strangest thing I had ever seen on a daytime soap opera," she says. "I grew up watching 'All My Children,' and … it was all about mansions and fancy clothes and there's this Snyder kitchen that looks like it's dated from the 1950s. I thought, what did I get myself into?"
Hensley, who met her husband, actor Jon Hensley (Holden Snyder), on "ATWT," came to love being part of the show. She got to work with long-timers like Marie Masters (Susan Stewart), Kathryn Hays (Kim Hughes), Eileen Fulton (Lisa Grimaldi), Don Hastings (Dr. Bob Hughes) and the aforementioned Helen Wagner, who died on May 1. Wagner spoke the very first line of the series ("Good morning, dear").
"For as old as she was when she finally passed, she could tell you anything about our show," Hensley says.
Wagner was the one Cronkite interrupted when CBS News cut into the program several times before going to wall-to-wall coverage of JFK's assassination. Hastings was also in scenes that day, and he recently shared his recollections with Colombino.
"When they cut in, everybody in the booth knew because they could see the TV, [but] they didn't tell the actors, because they had to come right back and finish the scenes and they knew how devastated the actors would be," Colombino says, adding that Hastings said that the cast learned later that day.
In the genre's heyday, there were a dozen soap operas on the air. Now, there are but a handful left. And with 2.51 million viewers, "ATWT" is the least watched daytime soap. Sometime this fall, CBS will fill its time slot (2 p.m. weekdays) with "The Talk," a talk show on the order of ABC's "The View."
But for two decades, from 1958 until 1978, "ATWT" was the most-watched daytime soap, drawing 10 million viewers per day.
"I get very emotional knowing that I was a small part of something so historical," Colombino says. "There's never going to be any show that's gonna last as these shows did, ever. I mean, it's just not the way of the world anymore."
Eileen Fulton InterviewEileen Fulton Says Farewell to As the World Turns: read the TV Guide interview here!
'As the World Turns,' one of TV's legendary soap operas, ends its 54-year runFirst, CBS extinguished the "Light." Now, a year later, the network is bringing the "World" to an end. Sound like apocalyptic tidings? They certainly are for the languishing daytime soap opera, which is about to lose another of its illustrious representatives, "As the World Turns." CBS dumped "Guiding Light" last September. That closed the book on a record run of 72 years, beginning on radio in 1937 and jumping to television in 1952.
"As the World Turns" will stop spinning with the episode airing at 2 p.m. Friday on WOIO Channel 19. In many ways, this is the bigger loss. "As the World Turns" started a 20-year reign as daytime's top-rated serial in 1958, and that was a time when soap operas were incredibly popular and profitable.
"Even though 'Guiding Light' was older, this unquestionably was the big one," said Michael Logan, the resident soap-opera expert at TV Guide. "More than any another soap opera, this is the one that entered the nation's consciousness in an iconic way."
This is the one that was famously spoofed on "The Carol Burnett Show" with skits called "As the Stomach Turns" (a parody suggested by "As the World Turns" star Eileen Fulton). This is the one that set the standard for all soap operas.
"It was the show that invented so much of the soap form -- the pregnant pauses, sitting around having coffee while talking about your problems, the big dramatic freeze before a commercial," Logan said. "Even people who didn't know anything about soap operas knew this title. And if you didn't watch it, this seems to be the one your mom or your grandmother watched. "
"The Young and the Restless" has been TV's No. 1 soap for 22 seasons, but its viewership is an anemic fraction of what "As the World Turns" was pulling in its heyday. At its peak, and that peak was the 1963-64 season, "As the World Turns" posted a dizzying 15.4 rating (percentage of all TV homes). Last season, "The Young and the Restless" was tops with just a 3.7 rating.
And, friends, a 15.4 rating is higher than the one that took "Friends" to No. 1 in the prime-time ranks for the 2001-02 season. It's comparable to the rating that made "American Idol" the most-watched prime-time show of the 2009-10 season.
"No question, this was the big hit," said author and TV historian Robert J. Thompson, a professor of communications at Syracuse University. "This was the soap opera. It was the gold standard."
Like "Guiding Light," "As the World Turns" was created for CBS by "the mother of soap operas," Irna Phillips. The opening words, "Good morning, dear," were spoken on April 2, 1956, by Helen Wagner.
A beloved symbol of the show's durability, Wagner, despite failing health, continued to appear on "As the World Turns" until shortly before her death on May 1. She was 91.
Wagner's character, Nancy Hughes, was on-screen when, at 1:40 p.m. on Nov. 22, 1963, the soap opera was interrupted by CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite: "Here is a bulletin from CBS News. In Dallas, Texas, three shots were fired at President Kennedy's motorcade in downtown Dallas. The first reports say that President Kennedy has been seriously wounded by this shooting."
"This was the top season for 'As the World Turns,' " Thompson said. "It has been suggested that one of the reasons word of the assassination spread so quickly was that Cronkite broke into 'As the World Turns.' Millions of housewives were immediately calling their husbands to tell them what was happening."
By 1963, Eileen Fulton's scheming Lisa had become one of the most talked-about characters on daytime television. She was credited with keeping Lisa a top-10 name for baby girls from 1963 to 1976.
Fulton joined the show in May 1960. Don Hasting was introduced to viewers as Nancy's youngest son, Bob Hughes, five months later. Both remain central players on "As the World Turns."
"There is so much history built up with these characters that I expect the ending will be extremely touching," Logan said. "I think there will be some highly emotional resolutions for fans. They'll be tying bows on the package in some cases, but they'll also be leaving behind some good question marks so these characters will live on in the minds of the fans."
The cancellation of "As the World Turns" leaves the networks with only six daytime soap operas. There were 19 of them during the 1969-70 season. ABC's "General Hospital," which premiered in 1963, will take over as the longest-running serial.
"The loss of these two epic soap operas is a devastating one-two punch to the soap-opera form," Logan said. "But the difference is that when 'Guiding Light' went out, the patient was brain-dead by the time they pulled the plug. 'As the World Turns' still is firing on all cylinders.
"They made the decision to go out with all guns blazing. They're really cooking, and they didn't give up when it was canceled. CBS is killing a very different type of show here, and that makes this loss all the more poignant."
What has been killing the daytime soap opera? Thompson cites four lethal factors.
"First, serialization now is done all over the place, and it's done better on cable dramas," he said. "Second, the reality show has given younger viewers a quicker dose of cliffhanger storytelling. Third, soaps are just too expensive, when it's so much cheaper just to schedule another judge show or another game show. Fourth, and most important, the demographic that the soap opera was invented for -- women at home -- doesn't exist anymore."
Still, Logan believes this will be the last major loss for a while: "There now is some stability with the remaining six. The future is far from rosy, but the killing spree seems to be over."
Both Logan and Thompson also see some hope for the form being kept alive on the Internet, where dozens of scaled-down serials have appeared.
"The daytime form really is amenable to online serialization," Thompson said. "They'll be shorter and have lower budgets, but it could work and should work online."
But Thompson also believes this is a time to celebrate, not mourn, the daytime soap opera.
"The soap opera is the one form that did what television is uniquely qualified to do, and that is to tell stories that go on forever," Thompson said. "The soap opera, and none more than 'As the World Turns,' showed the power of developing stories and characters, not just over hours and weeks, but decades and generations."
And almost all of the acclaimed shows of the last 15 years, from "Sex and the City" and "The Shield" to "The Sopranos" and "Mad Men," have used serialized storytelling.
"They owe their aesthetic quality to the soaps," Thompson said.
Logan couldn't agree more: "Serialization has become our chosen storytelling form, and we owe that to the soap opera. So really, when you look across the TV landscape, it really is the ultimate success story."
Beck Offered To Leave Lily RoleNoelle Beck tells Soaps In Depth that she offered to vacate the role of Lily when her contract expired this past April! “On the day that we got the [cancellation] announcement, I said, ‘I just want you to know if you want to bring Martha [Byrne] back …”
When TV Guide Canada notified two-time Emmy winner Martha Byrne of Beck’s generous offer, the Gotham creator simply nodded, “I was aware of this offer by Noelle after the show was cancelled. It was a very unselfish act on her part.”
Would Byrne have returned? “Of course,” she answers. “I would have gone back for the end — not just for me to say goodbye to Lily but to provide the fans with closure. I think that has always been clear.”
The fans were also on Beck’s mind when she made the unselfish offer, too. Beck highlights, “It was her job. She played the role for 20 years. It was sad, because I think a lot of people wanted to see her. I didn’t realize when I took the job how loyal the fans are.”
Jon Hensley feels it was a mistake not to bring Martha back. In the World Turns’s special farewell issue published by Soap Opera Weekly/Digest he says, “I will go to my grave thinking it was a mistake. I was as vocal as I could be. It’s unfortunate, because life is short, and those of us who hold onto bygones don’t ever live their life to the fullest. When you make peace with yourself and everybody around you, life is a little better, and I think that was a grave mistake. I was sad, but to this day, I still don’t know what went down between those two and it was obviously pretty heavy for him not to bring her back.”
Unfortunately, not having Byrne in the role subtracted some emotional resonance during the show’s finale. Hensley explains, “The day before [our finale], I had all these scenes with Noelle, about the stables and how we met, and it was really difficult because I was sort of channeling Martha all day. It was really just emotional for me and really hard to get through.”
Photo GalleryPhoto Gallery: A Farewell to The Cast of 'As The World Turns' (Paley Center)
Elizabeth Hubbard InterviewElizabeth Hubbard Interview: Elizabeth Hubbard Looks Back at Her Wild Ride on As the World Turns
Five Things About Twelve's Billy MagnussenFive Things to Know About Twelve's Billy Magnussen: Talk about an audition: Trying out for the role of a disturbed drug addict in Joel Schumacher's gritty new drama, Twelve, Billy Magnussen got into character. Way into character.
At the audition, Magnussen licked the casting director's face. "I went in as the character," he says. "I take acting pretty seriously!"
Besides Magnussen, 25, who also appears on As The World Turns, Twelve also stars Chace Crawford, 50 Cent, Emma Roberts and Rory Culkin – and, right before its Friday opening, PEOPLE got to know something about the movie's resident bad guy.
1. He Makes Quite a First Impression
2. He Got Ripped for the Role
3. But His Parents Would Have Kicked His Butt
4. He Nearly Missed the Acting Boat
5. Giving It Up for the Soap Fans
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`As the World Turns' stops spinning after 54 yearsYou can view the clip on YouTube: Dr. Bob Hughes lunching with a fellow doctor in a scene aired live on "As the World Turns" the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963.
"Shall we get a menu?" Hughes says to his dining companion. "Waiter! I'd like to order. I'm kind of hungry."
That scene was the last the TV audience would see of "As the World Turns" that day as CBS News seized the schedule for continuous coverage of President John Kennedy's assassination.
The young, dark-headed actor who played Dr. Bob, as well as the rest of the cast, completed the show shielded from both the fact of its pre-emption and the terrible reason why.
Only after the episode's final fade-out did they learn of the tragedy, as the actor portraying Dr. Bob, Don Hastings, recalled one day last week.
Now 76 and handsomely silver-haired, Hastings was in his dressing room between scenes at the Brooklyn studio the series has called home the past decade. He was still playing Dr. Bob — lately the head of Oakdale Memorial Hospital and, as always, endowed with a perfect bedside manner — just a few months shy of 50 years after landing the part.
But Hastings won't get to reach his half-century milestone in October. On Sept. 17, TV's oldest daytime drama (airing weekdays at 2 p.m. EDT until then) will fold.
On Wednesday, "ATWT" wrapped production forever.
"It's been a job and a home and friendships for 50 years," said Hastings, an avuncular, era-spanning presence as he pondered the series' end. "I don't think it's hit me yet."
The summer after CBS' "Guiding Light" was cut down after 72 years on radio and then television, the doomsday scenario that has plagued soaps for decades has now claimed "ATWT."
ABC's "General Hospital," which premiered in April 1963, will now inherit the title as TV's oldest soap. But who knows for how long?
Used to be, at any given time there were a dozen or more daytime dramas on the networks. Soon there will be only six, with only ABC's "One Life to Live" still originating in New York. The ratings for all of them are a fraction of what they once were, and continue in a downward spiral. "ATWT," ranked last, this season is averaging 2.4 million viewers, whereas in the 1991-92 season, it drew 6.7 million viewers, according to the Nielsen Co.
"This show was created in the 1950s, and now there are different viewing patterns, different economic models, and we're all fighting a tough fight to stay in the business," said Chris Goutman, "ATWT" executive producer since 1999. "Daytime has been in trouble for a long time, and we're part of that bigger picture.
"But when was the time that I thought we were fighting a losing battle? Never. I always think we're going to win the battle. But this time we didn't."
Last December, CBS made it official, a death decree that, paired with the demise of "Guiding Light," marks the exit of Procter & Gamble's production arm from the soap opera business. This, of course, is a company for which the term "soap opera" was coined in the radio era when it began deploying such shows to advertise its detergent and soap products. ("ATWT" took over the studio space where yet another Procter & Gamble soap, "Another World," was taped until NBC canceled it in 1999.)
Like many soaps, "ATWT" is set in a bucolic but scandal-beset Midwestern burg — in this case, Oakdale, Ill. Having always centered on two families — the Lowells and the Hugheses — it premiered April 2, 1956, with mild-mannered Nancy Hughes voicing the words, "Good morning, dear." She was played by Helen Wagner, who was among those seen on that fateful episode the day Kennedy died and made occasional appearances as recently as this spring. She passed away in May at 91.
Hastings and Eileen Fulton (who joined "ATWT" in May 1960 as the vixenish Lisa Grimaldi) are now the senior cast members.
Longevity, of course, is a hallmark of soap operas. Unique in the otherwise mercurial world of TV, the life spans of successful soaps are measured in decades, even generations, not fleeting seaons. Firm bonds are formed by viewers with a soap and its characters, as well as the actors who play them — and keep playing them.
"The idea of being tied down for a whole year challenged my sense of an actor as a gypsy," said Kathryn Hays, who in 1972 returned to New York from California to take the role of Kim Hughes.
"I came back with two suitcases — one full of clothes, one full of pots and pans," Hays recalled. She never left. (For the last quarter-century, Kim has been married to Dr. Bob.)
"It's a different script every day and the life that you're leading in the show moves on, and over a period of years, it's like you're living another life," she said, trying to describe her job's appeal.
"But now your character is no longer going to be there," she went on, her eyes welling, her voice choking up. "You've been living that character for almost 40 years. You invest yourself in that character. I know who she is." Her voice dropped to a theatrical whisper. "She's mine."
Like Hays, Marnie Schulenburg has come to value the cumulative power of playing a soap character, even after just three years on the show.
As Alison Stewart, a perky hospital aide and former crystal-meth addict, the 26-year-old Schulenburg noted that on daytime, "when your character has memories, or you're talking about something she's experienced, you've actually been through it with the character in the past — so these are real memories. It's really cool."
Schulenburg is nominated for an acting award at Sunday's Daytime Emmy ceremony — one of 13 nominations snagged by "ATWT."
"I feel like Alison is another person," Schulenburg said. "That's what makes me sad: I'm going to miss her."
"I think I was in shock for a while," said Terri Colombino, who for 12 years has played the oft-wed, ever-looking-for-love Katie Peretti.
The idea of parting company with Katie "feels like a death," she said, wiping her eyes — "which is good that we're having a sad story line at the end, so we can all kind of work through it. It's very cathartic."
But it has also been hard to get through, filled with painful reminders that the show will soon be history. Reminders are even here in her dressing room. Colombino pointed to her makeup mirror. Only four of its bulbs were still lit, the other 14 bulbs burned out.
"They're not replacing them," she explained with a rueful laugh. "Because we're done."
'As the World Turns' tapes final episode in BrooklynAs the World Turns taped its 13,858th and final episode at its Brooklyn, N.Y. studios today (June 23, 20110), ending its storied run on CBS. Ever since the network announced last December that it would shutter the show, ATWT has attempted to reward its small but loyal fan base with a stream of familiar faces from the show’s 54-year run, including the return of Julianne Moore (who got her start on the show by playing half-sisters Frannie and Sabrina Hughes in the ’80s), Larry Bryggman (John Dixon), Jennifer Landon (Gwen Munson), Jesse Soffer (Will Munson), Cady McClain (Rosanna Cabot), and Mary Beth Evans (Sierra Drake).
Since daytime soaps tape several weeks in advance, the final episode of ATWT will air in September. TeleNext Media, the company that has produced the sudser, released this statement today to EW: “Last December, when CBS informed us that they were canceling As The World Turns, we immediately launched a far-reaching search to find a new outlet for the show,” said Brian T. Cahill, senior VP and managing director of TeleNext Media Inc. “We have aggressively pursued network and cable outlets as well as syndication options, and have explored many innovative formats and relationships that we hoped would ultimately enable the future success of As The World Turns. Regrettably, we have not found an outlet or platform that will carry the show forward. This is an extremely disappointing outcome to what was a tireless and exhaustive pursuit.
“While we are sad to see As The World Turns come to an end, we remain proud of the achievements the show has made over the last 54 years and are extremely grateful to the loyal fans who invited us into their homes every day. There is still much in store for the show’s well-loved characters throughout the summer, and although the show will go off the air in September, the remaining stories will honor the remarkable history of As The World Turns.”
With 2.51 million viewers, ATWT remains the least watched soap in daytime. The network will likely replace it with a game show, but no decision has been made.
World Turns’ bibleMartha Byrne (ex-Lily) shared her rare copy of World Turns’ bible with welovesoaps.net. Check out the rare soap documents here.
CBS Cancels 'As the World Turns,' Procter & Gamble's Last Soap OperaProcter & Gamble, the company that invented the soap opera and gave the genre its name, is no longer in the soap opera business.
CBS announced on Tuesday that it was canceling “As the World Turns,” the 54-year-old soap that is the last daytime serial owned by Procter & Gamble. The show chronicled generations of characters in fictional Oakdale, Ill., as they survived love and loss, but they couldn’t survive the harsh realities of modern television, where scripted dramas have become too expensive to justify dwindling ratings.
The demise of “ATWT,” as it is known to soap fans, means that the two most venerable examples of the genre have been given cancellation notices in the same year. “Guiding Light,” a CBS daytime staple, had been on the air through radio and television for 72 years. CBS informed Procter & Gamble of the cancellation “a couple of days ago,” according to Jeannie Tharrington, a spokeswoman for Procter & Gamble.
“It’s a part of our business that we will miss, and it’ll be hard for us to say goodbye to the show,” Ms. Tharrington said. Proctor & Gamble said it would try to find a new home for the series. Given the current economic climate, though, that is considered unlikely.
Soaps typically cost around $50 million a year to produce. CBS replaced “Guiding Light” this fall with “Let’s Make a Deal,” which costs about half that amount, and the network has seen increases in total audience and among the younger viewers that most advertisers seek.
“Is it the end of an era?” Leslie Moonves, the chairman of CBS, asked. “Sort of. Only the special soaps are going to survive. It’s certainly the end of the client-owned soap.” He added, “All good things come to an end, whether it’s after 72 years or 54 years or 10 years. It’s a different time and a different business.”
“As the World Turns” had the longest-running continuing character in television history — the family matriarch Nancy Hughes, played by Helen Wagner, now 91. Despite the conservative reputation of many Procter & Gamble soaps, the show featured a male couple, Noah and Luke, and the first gay kiss on daytime television.
However, its audience, which exceeded six million viewers a week in the 1990s, has drawn less than 2.5 million so far this season, the Nielsen Company said. And the younger adult women viewers, which are favored by most advertisers, had shrunk even more.
The decline has been a continuing trend for the daytime genre. One CBS soap, “The Young and the Restless,” has posted slight gains of 3 percent total viewers and 6 percent among women 18 to 49. NBC’s last remaining soap, “Days of Our Lives,” has staged a small comeback this season. It is up 15 percent among total viewers and 10 percent among women 18 to 49.
But for the most part soaps these days are watched by older women. Every network soap now has a median viewer age over 50 and only “General Hospital” on ABC is under 53. “As the World Turns” has a median age of 57.8. That is older than most of the network averages in prime time, during which NBC’s programs have a median age of 48, ABC’s programs 51.4 and CBS’s programs 54.1.
The subtraction of the two shows means that network television, which once offered soap operas back to back throughout the daytime hours, will be down to only six serial dramas on three networks starting next fall.
For Procter & Gamble the loss is symbolic more than financial. The company, which has owned more than 20 soap operas in the past 80 years, now spends more than $7 billion in global advertising each year, making soap operas only a tiny portion of its business. Procter & Gamble said on Tuesday that it wanted to remain in the television production business and that its annual “People’s Choice Awards” will continue each year.
“The world has turned,” said Tim Brooks, a television historian and co-author of “The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows.” Ratings for soap operas have declined for decades because of “social changes,” he said.
“Women are working today,” he said, and fewer people are able to spend time every day watching soap operas.
The shows emerged on the radio in the 1930s during the Depression, he said, “and they seem to be ending in an era of economic downturn, too.”
As the World Stops Turning After 54 YearsWhat we want to know is, is this the work of CBS or CBS' evil twin?
Generations of kids faking sick days and bon bon-eating housewives have gone into mourning, as the network has called time on As the World Turns, canceling the sudsy staple after 54 years.
The show premiered in 1956 and helped launch the careers of Marisa Tomei, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey, Julianne Moore, Martin Sheen and James Earl Jones, among others. Its final episode will air next September.
"We are disappointed and saddened by the news that the show is not being renewed," ATWT executive producer Chris Goutman said in a statement. "It will certainly be a loss for all of us, and for the show's loyal audience."
About that audience...
It just keeps on dwindling.
The cancellation of the longest-running soap still being broadcast comes just three months after CBS pulled the plug on Guiding Light (the all-time topper at 72 seasons strong). Just six of the once-mighty genre remain in play, and even that number may not be around for long as daytime soap viewership continues to drop.
The rumor mill is rife with speculation that ABC is already picking out plots for One Life to Live.
'As The World Turns' Cancellation A Sign Of TimesIt's the end of an era, and for many soap opera fans, the end of a wonderful world. The long-running daytime drama chronicling the ups and downs of life in the fictional town of Oakdale is pulling up stakes, and experts say the move could mark a trend that sees television soaps adapt to the digital world.
The world spun as best it could to keep up with the time, but after 54 years and more than 13,000 episodes during weekday afternoons on CBS, "As The World Turns" will air its final episode in September 2010.
"It's like losing an old friend, you know. A lot of viewers have watched these shows for years and years and it's their special time, their guilty pleasure," said Lynn Leahey, Editorial Director of Soap Opera Digest.
When the daytime drama of families living in fictitious Oakdale started in 1956, actress Helena Wagner was there and she still is today as are many actors who have played their characters for decades. It also boasts early jobs for box-office film stars like Meg Ryan and Julianne Moore.
The "As The World Turns" studio in Brooklyn was closed to reporters Tuesday, but executive producer Chris Goutman said: "We are disappointed and saddened by the news that the show is not being renewed. It will certainly be a loss for all of us, and for the shows loyal audience."
Fans recall how the show was a part of their lives as they grew up.
"That reminds me of my childhood. I watched it with my mom when I was a little, little girl and it was like the first soap opera I ever watched with her, so that's really what it brings to my mind," said Montvale, N.J. resident Nancy Bamberger.
They may have watched as children, but they stopped watching as adults as more women went to work and soaps' core audience has been dwindling. The CBS soap "Guiding Light" went off the air three months ago.
Gone, yet Soap Opera Digest said don't count the genre out.
"People are already starting Web soaps, that's just in its infancy. We're gonna see where it goes," said Leahey. "It has to be turned into a business model. I do think there's huge potential there. I think if we can deliver the content where people are instead of expecting them to sit in front of their TVs, there's hope."
"As The World Turns" said it is proactively looking for a new outlet to carry the show, but for now, until next September, you can still see it on CBS on weekday afternoons.
As the World Turns to End Its 54-Year SpinThe sun won't rise on the citizens of Oakdale, Ill., come 2011 – the soap opera As the World Turns will be end its 54-year-run in September 2010, CBS announced Tuesday.
Bowed down by declining ratings among daytime soaps in general, the longrunning series, which is filmed in New York City, will draw the curtains for the final time on Sept. 17. Only three months ago – and almost exactly a year before that, on Sept. 18, 2009 – the 72-year-old soap Guiding Light broadcast its final episode.
Many of the castmembers of As the World Turns have gone on to have notable careers in film, including James Earl Jones, Marisa Tomei, Meg Ryan and Parker Posey.
Final turn slated for 'As the World Turns'CBS cancelled "As the World Turns" Tuesday, putting the company that coined the phrase "soap opera" out of the business of making daytime dramas for the first time in 76 years.
"As the World Turns" has been on the air since 1956 and televised its 13,661st episode Tuesday. Its last episode will be next September, the network said.
It's the second daytime drama CBS has cancelled in a year, after "Guiding Light." Both shows were produced by a subsidiary of Procter&Gamble, the company for which the term "soap opera" was created because it used the shows to hawk products like Ivory soap and Duz laundry detergent.
Daytime dramas have been fading as a genre for years, with more women joining the work force and the increased number of channels offering alternatives like news, talk, reality and game shows. In tough economic times, paying casts, producers and writers proved prohibitive to networks when there were cheaper alternatives.
The cancellation will leave CBS with only two daytime dramas: "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and Beautiful."
Through the years, actors Marisa Tomei, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey and James Earl Jones have appeared on "As the World Turns." The show follows families in the Illinois town of Oakdale.
"It's a hell of a Christmas present," said actress Eileen Fulton, who will mark 50 years playing the character Lisa Grimaldi on the show. Her character has been through nine marriages and Fulton was hoping for a 10th before the signoff.
"I'm just very sad," she said. "I'm sad for all of the people who work out there in Brooklyn (where the show is filmed). We're a family. I hate to be split up. It's like a divorce."
Brian Cahill, senior vice-president and managing director of the P&G subsidiary TeleNext Media Inc., said the company is actively seeking a new outlet to carry the show.
TeleNext said the same thing about "Guiding Light," which went off the air in September, but has been unable to find a new home. Keeping the show alive online has been discussed, but that's an alternative where cost may prove prohibitive.
Procter&Gamble first began producing soap operas in 1933 with the radio show "Ma Perkins," and has made a total of 20 such programs in its history.
CBS Cancels As the World TurnsMore sad news for soap fans. Three months after CBS snuffed out Guiding Light, it was announced Tuesday that As the World Turns will end its run in September 2010 after 54 years on the air. TeleNext, which produces the show, sent out the following press release:
As the World Turns Ends on CBS in September 2010 Show Entertained Fans For Half Century
As The World Turns, the long-running daytime drama, will complete its final season on the CBS Television Network in September 2010. CBS has decided not to renew the show for the 2010/2011 broadcast season, thereby ending its 54-year run on the Network.
“Throughout our history, As The World Turns has remained dedicated to sharing compelling stories that have entertained fans for more than five decades,” said Executive Producer Chris Goutman. “We are disappointed and saddened by the news that the show is not being renewed. It will certainly be a loss for all of us, and for the show’s loyal audience.”
“As The World Turns has been a cornerstone of our business and a tremendous asset to the company,” said Brian T. Cahill, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, TeleNext Media, Inc. “We are proactively seeking a new outlet to carry the show, and are open to exploring innovative formats and relationships that will enable the future success of ATWT.”
The epitome of multi-generational, serial storytelling, As The World Turns has been entertaining generations of fans for more than half a century. The show boasts a well-loved and long-tenured cast, including actress Helen Wagner (Nancy Hughes) who spoke the first words on the premier broadcast of ATWT in 1956. To this day, Nancy is still at the helm of the Hughes family, earning Wagner the distinction of portraying the longest-running character in television history.
Other veteran cast members still on the show today include Eileen Fulton (Lisa Grimaldi) and Don Hastings (Dr. Bob Hughes) who each have played their characters for 49 years; Marie Masters (Dr. Susan Stewart) with 41 years; and Kathryn Hays (Kim Hughes) who has starred on the show for 37 years.
As The World Turns has tackled many contemporary themes over the years, including AIDS, Alzheimer’s, alcoholism and more, while remaining true to the show’s rich history and realistic characters. In 1988, the serial made history by introducing daytime television's first gay male character, Hank Eliot (played by Brian Starcher), for which it was honored at the first annual GLAAD media awards in 1990.
Created by Irna Phillips, As The World Turns premiered on April 2, 1956 as a 30-minute live television show, unprecedented at the time for a soap opera. Top-rated from 1959 to 1971, it was the first daytime serial with its own spin-off, Our Private World, which aired in prime-time. The show switched to color on 1967, and expanded from a half-hour in length to one hour in 1975. Over the years, ATWT has been awarded numerous accolades, including 58 Daytime Emmy awards.
Set in the fictional Midwestern town of Oakdale, As The World Turns launched the careers of many now-famous Hollywood celebrities, such as Dana Delany, James Earl Jones, Julianne Moore, Parker Posey, Meg Ryan, and Marisa Tomei to name a few.
UPDATE: CBS has finally acknowledged the cancellation, releasing this statement from Barbara Bloom, the network's senior vice president for daytime programming: "It's extremely difficult to say good-bye to a long-running series that's been close to our hearts for so long. The almanacs will show As the World Turns as a pioneer of the format, a hallmark for quality with its numerous Emmys, the launching pad for many television and film stars and a daytime ratings powerhouse for parts of three decades. But, the true legacy of As the World Turns will be the fictional characters and stories of a small Midwest town that resonated every day with millions of viewers over multiple generations, becoming a treasured daytime institution in the process. We thank our partners at Procter & Gamble for the privilege of hosting this beloved series...the actors, writers, producers and crew who worked so hard and shared their amazing talents to bring this series to life… and, of course, the viewers who shared the journey on our network for so many years."
After 54-Year Run, Soap Opera CancelledNot a good year for soap operas. Three months ago CBS cancelled the pioneering soap opera "The Guiding Light."
Today the network has cancelled "As The World Turns." The show has been on CBS TV since April 2, 1956. It comes just three months after CBS canceled another pioneering soap opera, "The Guiding Light."
"As The World Turns" will have its final broadcast in September, 2010.
Chris Goutman, the show's executive producer, said in a statement, “We are disappointed and saddened by the news that the show is not being renewed. It will certainly be a loss for all of us, and for the show’s loyal audience.”
In 2006, TVWeek saluted the 50th Anniversary of "As The World Turns." The following timeline, compiled by Allison J. Waldman, is from that tribute:
1956: ``As The World Turns '' debuts on CBS. ``The Edge of Night'' premieres on the network at the same time. They are the first 30-minute daytime soaps on television.
1956: In her role as Nancy Hughes, Helen Wagner speaks the opening line of ``As The World Turns'': ``Good morning, Chris.'' She will play the part from then on. The actress has been cited in the ``Guinness Book of World Records'' for Longest Time in the Same Television Role.
1958: Just two years after its debut, ``ATWT'' reaches the top of the daytime Nielsens, tied with CBS's ``Search for Tomorrow'' with a 9.8 rating. ``World'' keeps the No. 1 spot for the next 20 years, until ABC's ``All My Children'' surpasses it in 1978. ``ATWT's'' 20-year reign is a record that still stands.
1960: Eileen Fulton is introduced as Lisa Miller, a ``bad girl'' character who's not completely evil. She is daytime's original ``woman you love to hate,'' pre-dating Erica Kane (Susan Lucci on ``All My Children'') by 10 years.
1962: ``ATWT's'' favorite couple is split for good when the love of Penny's (Rosemary Prinz) life, Jeff (Mark Rydell), is killed in a car crash. Fan reaction is tremendous: CBS is swamped with mail, telegrams and calls complaining about Jeff's demise.
1963: CBS interrupts the broadcast of ``As The World Turns'' to announce that President Kennedy has been shot. However, the actors must continue performing because the show is live, not on tape, and cannot be stopped. They are informed about JFK's death when the broadcast ends.
1965: A spinoff from ``ATWT'' called ``Our Private World'' debuts on CBS as a prime-time serial, the first time a daytime show inspired a prime-time show. Ms. Fulton stars as Lisa, the character she created on ``As The World Turns.'' When ``Our Private World'' is canceled after five months, Ms. Fulton returns to ``As The World Turns.''
1967: The show begins broadcasting in color.
1968: ``As The World Turns'' is spoofed on ``The Carol Burnett Show'' in a sketch called ``As the Stomach Turns.'' It becomes a regular feature on Ms. Burnett's comedy hour.
1970: Eileen Fulton's autobiography, ``How My World Turns,'' is published.
1973: ``World'' changes its musical accompaniment. Instead of organ music, prerecorded orchestral arrangements are used.
1975: ``As The World Turns '' expands to 60 minutes, becoming the first hour-long daytime drama on CBS. Also, the show stops airing live episodes, instead broadcasting a tape of the actors' real-time performance of the soap opera.
1976: ``ATWT'' maintains its dominance as the top soap in the ratings, but Time magazine criticizes the show as being ``bland, euphemistic and reactionary.''
1980: CBS moves ``World'' to 2 p.m., a spot it still holds today.
1981: Dr. John Dixon (Larry Bryggman) is put on trial for marital rape.
1983: Actors Justin Deas and Margaret Colin get married, just like their on-screen alter egos, Tom and Margo Hughes.
1983: ``As The World Turns'' wins its first two acting awards at the Daytime Emmys: Mr. Bryggman as outstanding actor and Mr. Deas as outstanding supporting actor.
1985: After a 12-year courtship, Bob (Don Hastings) and Kim (Kathryn Hays) get married. Also, a new core family is added to the cast when the Snyders are introduced.
1987: ``ATWT'' wins the Daytime Emmy as outstanding drama series.
1988: Hank Eliot (Brian Starcher) comes out to Iva (Lisa Brown). He's the first male gay character on a daytime soap.
1988: Julianne Moore wins the Daytime Emmy for outstanding ingenue for her role as twins Frannie and Sabrina.
1989: Stories from the early years of ``ATWT'' are converted into novels and published by Pioneer in a series of paperbacks.
1991: ``As The World Turns'' wins its second Daytime Emmy as outstanding drama series.
1993: Show alum Marisa Tomei (Marcy) wins an Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in ``My Cousin Vinny.''
1995: Actress Patricia Bruder is let go after playing Ellen for 35 years.
1995: ``As The World Turns'' broadcasts its 10,000th episode.
1999: When ``Another World'' is canceled by NBC, some characters ``move'' from Bay City to Oakdale, including Jake McKinnon (Tom Eplin) and Cass Winthrop (Stephen Schnetzer).
2000: ``World'' moves its production facilities to JC Studios in Brooklyn, N.Y., where ``Another World'' had been shot for years.
2001: ``ATWT'' wins eight Daytime Emmys, the most for any one show in a single year. Among the honors is the show's third award for outstanding drama series.
2002: Oakdale cop Jack Snyder (Michael Park) is kidnapped, bound and raped by psycho stalker Julia Lindsay (Annie Parisse).
2002: Tamara Tunie (Jessica) joins the cast of ``Law & Order: SVU'' while continuing her long run on ``World.''
2003: `As The World Turns'' wins its fourth Daytime Emmy as outstanding drama series.
2005: TV Guide names ``ATWT'' the best soap opera of the year.
2006: Podcasts of entire ``As The World Turns'' episodes are made available for download on CBS.com/netcast and iTunes.com.
And today we add:
2009: Show is cancelled. Final airing will be in September, 2010.
ATWT to Broadcast its Final EpisodeCBS's daytime drama AS THE WORLD TURNS will broadcast its final episode in September 2010. At the time of its final broadcast, the series will have spanned 54 years and more than 13,000 episodes. "It's extremely difficult to say good-bye to a long-running series that's been close to our hearts for so long," said Barbara Bloom, Senior Vice President, Daytime Programming. "The almanacs will show AS THE WORLD TURNS as a pioneer of the format, a hallmark for quality with its numerous Emmy's, the launching pad for many television and film stars and a daytime ratings powerhouse for parts of three decades. But, the true legacy of AS THE WORLD TURNS will be the fictional characters and stories of a small Midwest town that resonated every day with millions of viewers over multiple generations, becoming a treasured daytime institution in the process. We thank our partners at Procter & Gamble for the privilege of hosting this beloved series…the actors, writers, producers and crew who worked so hard and shared their amazing talents to bring this series to life...and, of course, the viewers who shared the journey on our network for so many years."
As The World Turns Is CanceledExtremely sad news to report. As The World Turns, which has been broadcasting on CBS since 1956, has been canceled. The last episode will air in September of 2010. "Throughout our history, As The World Turns has remained dedicated to sharing compelling stories that have entertained fans for more than five decades," said Executive Producer Christopher Goutman. "We are disappointed and saddened by the news that the show is not being renewed. It will certainly be a loss for all of us, and for the show's loyal audience." "As The World Turns has been a cornerstone of our business and a tremendous asset to the company," said Brian T. Cahill, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, TeleNext Media, Inc (TeleNext is the production company behind ATWT). "We are proactively seeking a new outlet to carry the show, and are open to exploring innovative formats and relationships that will enable the future success of ATWT." ATWT premiered on April 2, 1956. Helen Wagner, who's character Nancy Hughes spoke the first lines on the show, remains part of the cast to this day.
AS THE WORLD TURNS: CanceledIt's a tragic day for soap operas. After nearly 54 years on the air, word comes that ATWT will follow its sister-soap GUIDING LIGHT gently into the good night. "We are disappointed and saddened by the news that the show is not being renewed. It will certainly be a loss for all of us, and for the show's loyal audience," said executive producer Chris Goutman in a statement. The show will last air in September of 2010.
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Soap Operas are not meant to end. Maybe that's why As The World Turns' producers and writers squandered so much time leading up to today and left so little room for the show to conclude in a satisfying way. I loved Bob's voiceover, and the world turning at the end. I loved Luke and Reid's tragic goodbye last week. I loved Holden's very real tears when he reminisced with Lily yesterday. But other than that? Pretty unsatisfactory stuff. It's almost like someone drank the Les Moonves kool-aid and agreed this soap wasn't special. The final stories should have started playing out two or three months ago, not two or three weeks, giving ample time for them to explore the layers and layers of emotion that have in fact, made ATWT one of the most special shows in the history of television. Instead, Lucinda and Barbara quit their jobs to be with their men? When did they stop being two of the most dynamic career women in daytime? When did Lisa become a dayplayer? Why wasn't some dashing scoundrel checking into her hotel, bringing out the vixen in her one last time? Where was Snyder Farm? And specifically, Emma, in her kitchen, fretting over her kids and baking one last pie or batch of cookies? How could Dusty and Janet warrant a happy ending, while Holden and Lily were left in limbo, without even one last kiss? We know they're seeing each other tomorrow. We know they love each other, Lily tried to say it, Holden said he knows, they parted with tears in their eyes, it was actually a great scene, I'm just torn over whether it was enough, since we are never seeing them again. And really, would it have been that hard to cut out all the teens no one cares about for the last week, and give their time over to old clips of people the audience cared about, memories fans wanted to relive, for some reason Another World is the only soap that put great montages at the end, while ATWT couldn't even search through the archives for a scene where Nancy says, "Goodnight, dear," surely one exists somewhere. Okay, enough for the complaints, after all, this show was special, there's more of it to celebrate. The last few weeks I've praised couples and characters that remained on the soap till the end, but there were plenty of other memorable players we haven't seen lately, tops on my list would be the aforementioned Emma Snyder, any scene with her, was for me, the true definition of comfort food. The best triangle ever would not have happened without morally challenged, yet physically gifted, Damian Grimaldi. Some of the best couples in recent years would not have happened without one of the last working class guy's in daytime, Mike Kasnoff. Kirk. Samantha. Aaron. Georgia. Isaac and Bonnie. Camille and the original Brad. Scott Bryce's Craig. Duncan's Scottish brogue. Jessica, sometimes the lone diversity on the canvas, but by no means the reason she was there. There are so many more names I'm sure I missed among your favorites, I wish I had tuned in sooner, seen them all, but the moments I did see will always stay with me, such as Andy's struggle with alcoholism, John and Barbara and Casey and Gwen losing their babies, and Holden and Lily in the bell tower. Somehow I don't think the Chenbot and company will ever deliver anything as memorable or as heartfelt. Holidays will never be the same without Oakdale, The Snyder Farm, and the Hubbard Squash.
Recap: The Last Weeks
Monday, August 30, 2010At Chez Hughes, Casey was trying to cook dinner for Alison. Ali went up to his room for his recipe and ended up finding the box with Nancy's engagement ring in it! Casey revealed that Nancy wants him to save it for the "woman of my dreams." He asked Ali to describe said woman. Of course, as they awkwardly made the list, it was clear they were describing Alison. They ended up in a passionate kiss, and Casey asked Ali to marry him. Ali still had doubts, given what she'd done with Mick. She listed her past sins (including burning down Emma's barn), wondering what had made Casey want to forgive her. Casey recited his own laundry list of woes, saying they'd both learned from their mistakes. The duo kissed sweetly, and before Casey slid the ring on her finger, he told her that he had an offer to transfer to Southern Illinois University. He had to move to Carbondale, and would understand if Ali didn't want to go. Of course Ali would go! She then told Casey that she eventually wants to go to medical school like her mom. Casey was about to officially put the ring on Ali's finger when Chris called about a family meeting. They figured it'd be the perfect time to announce their engagement.
At the Lakeview, Kim marveled at how John Dixon and Bob could just pick up arguing like no time had passed. When Bob noted he'd had practice with Reid, John revealed it was Reid who had called him to consult on a case. When Bob asked who the patient was, Reid walked up, alarmed. At Katie's, Chris rocked her with the truth of his heart impairment, revealing he'd been sick for quite a while. A teary Katie demanded he fight this and beat this. Horrified to realize he hadn't told his family, Katie talked about Brad's death and told Chris not to take time away from his loved ones. Back at the Lakeview, Reid tried to whisk John away, but Kim stepped in, wanting to talk to John about Andy. Alone, Bob wanted to know what Reid was up to and demanded the identity of the patient. Reid covered, escorted John out and called Chris to meet them at the hospital. Katie sent Chris off with a kiss, and then broke down. Bob and Kim were mighty suspicious about John and Reid, and Bob resolved to get to the bottom of this. At the hospital, Reid explained the constraints he'd been working under to a mystified John. On cue, Chris walked up. Reid left Chris to explain everything to John. When Reid got home, he told Katie he knew about Chris. Katie went off, pounding on Reid's chest and weeping. Reid talked about how much he'd grown to care for Katie and Jacob, and gently tried to explain the extent of Chris' illness. Katie begged him to come back to the hospital with her. At the Lakeview, Lisa cornered Kim and Bob, demanding to know if John had indeed checked in. At Memorial, John blasted Chris for his irresponsibility, reunited with Katie and then looked over Chris' MRI results. John would start the first treatment option as soon as Chris and Katie told their family what was going on. Chris called Bob and asked the whole family to meet him and Katie at Tom and Margo's. Lisa and Kim automatically assumed Chris and Katie were announcing an engagement. After Chris and Katie left Memorial, Reid asked John for his real assessment. John told Reid that Chris would likely need a heart transplant, and he'd get the ball rolling immediately.
At Tom and Margo's, Lisa and Kim told Casey and Ali their Chris/Katie engagement theory. Casey and Ali realized they couldn't steal his uncle's thunder, but definitely wanted to tell Nancy privately. Chris and Katie arrived, and they all realized that Bob was taking forever to come back with Nancy. An ashen Bob then arrived, and told them, "Mom's gone."
Tuesday, August 31, 2010Alison admired the photo collage Casey had made in memory of Nancy and reminded Casey that today wasn't about them and their engagement. At Tom's office, an hour after Nancy's private funeral, Tom went over Nancy's will. Kim wanted more than a distribution of Nancy's belongings and money, she wanted another way to honor Nancy's 91 years. Margo comforted an angry Tom, who then remembered Nancy losing Dan. At Katie's, Chris told her he couldn't tell his family about his condition when they were dealing with Nancy's death. Casey and Alison left Chez Hughes to put a plan into motion, leaving Lucinda alone in the house. At a shut down Fashions, Barbara left a voicemail for Lisa, who was inside feeling very sad and alone. Back at Katie's, she comforted Chris with stories about her friendship with Nancyand flashed back to Nancy giving her advice. Chris said he'd be that friend for her now. But what if she lost him, too? Katie ended up weeping in Chris' arms about not being able to handle all the loss, and then Chris asked Katie to help him be strong.
At Tom and Margo's, Susan, Barbara and Lucinda fondly remembered "the bus ride from Hell," with a hilarious flashback. Casey and Ali showed up at Fashions, asking Lisa what they could do to remember Nancy. Lisa talked about Nancy's loving spirit and how she preferred taking action. It gave Casey an idea! Tom, Margo, Bob and Kim all came home, and Bob remembered a Christmas celebration from the black and white era. When Chris and Katie walked in, Kim urged them to finish what they'd started yesterday and give them some good news. Lucky for Chris, Casey, Alison and Lisa all returned with their idea: to spend the day helping people like Nancy would have! Then, John came in, assuming the gathering was about Chris' bad news. As he and Bob talked circles around each other, Chris interrupted, pointedly letting John know that Nancy had passed away. John quickly gave Bob and Kim his condolences and caught up with Lucinda. Then, everyone split off to do volunteer work. Bob and Kim let Chris and Katie into Nancy's to go through Nancy's stuff. Elsewhere, Tom and Margo funded a scholarship in Nancy's name at the school she once taught at. They remembered Kira (Lauryn Hill), whom Nancy taught to read with rap lyrics! At the hospital, Bob and Kim decided to start a mini-library. As for Lisa, Susan and Barbara, Lisa sat the gals down at the Lakeview and ordered two regular pink ladies and one virgin cocktail. She related her wishes for her own send-off and remembered an early moment with her mother-in-law. They resolved to donate money in Nancy's name and toasted their drinks.
At Yo's, after recruiting John to volunteer at Luke's foundation, Lucinda updated him on her rift with Lily. John related a story from Lisa about when Lisa and little Tom were living with Bob in Nancy's house. He used the anecdote to encourage Lucinda to swallow her pride and reach out to Lily. In Old Town, Casey was invigorated by all the helping out he'd done, and Alison told him that she has no more doubts. Casey remembered Nancy urging him to keep the engagement ring. Buoyed, he finally put the ring on Alison's finger. At Nancy's house, Katie and Chris went through a box of her things, unearthing all kinds of treasures. As they looked through a photo album, a bunch of classic Nancy clips played, including Chris and Nancy's 50th anniversary. "Our" Chris believed that, some day, that would be him and Katie. "No regrets," she smiled, kissing him. Later, everyone converged in Old Town with lit candles and Bob recited Nancy's Thanksgiving prayer...which faded into a voiceover of Nancy speaking the same words. Katie let herself into Nancy's, remembering Nancy giving her advice about Brad. "Help me!" she begged her lost friend, sobbing on Nancy's couch about how she couldn't do this again.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010At Java, Reid asked after Noah's eyesight and offered him the name of an LA doctor...resulting in Noah taking a swipe at him for "stealing my boyfriend," just as Luke walked in. Noah continued to be snarky about bequeathing Luke to Reid and sauntered out. Luke told Reid he had to go after Noah, and Reid understood. They agreed to meet up later. Luke found Noah outside, and didn't want him to leave for LA like this. Noah revealed that the big source of his 'tude was having to go to LA alone, without Luke by his side. "I'm still in love with you!" he said. Luke said he loved Noah and would always love him, but, "I'm in love with Reid." Noah insisted Reid wasn't right for him. They went over the accident/breakup again, and Luke told him they weren't right for each other. But he and Reid were! Luke said they'd always be connected, but not romantically; they could still be friends. "No, I can't," Noah said, walking away. Later, Luke came to Katie's looking for Reid. As he and Katie talked, she realized he knew about Chris. She admitted she's scared and Luke held her. She blurted out that she loves Chris. Luke was confident that Reid wouldn't let anything happen to him and dubbed Katie "tough." He told her she couldn't let her fear pull her away from the person she loved and offered to take her to Memorial. There, Katie realized the reality of Chris' condition was now out in the open. Reid advised Katie not to go into Chris' room if she was going to freak out and, rattled, she bolted. Luke marveled at Reid's take on things.
In Old Town, John accused Chris of being in denial about his health, and when Chris had chest pains he hauled him to the hospital. At Nancy's apartment, Katie sorted through classic photos and wondered how Nancy had survived so much loss. Margo walked in, and Katie took comfort in her hug. When Margo raved about Chris and Katie's future, Katie had to fight back tears. And then she gaped at Margo assuming she and Chris had been about to announce their engagement. When Tom interrupted, Katie made a hasty exit...and Margo realized something more than Nancy's death had to be wrong. At Bob's office, he and Kim were reminiscing when he realized he had a golf game with a trustee. Kim suggested he send Chris in his place. Chris stumbled into the staff room, where his parents were hanging out, and covered for his condition. Bob and Kim asked him about the golf game. When they mentioned how Nancy had high hopes for Chris, he agreed to play a few holes.
John was incensed to realize Chris was gone, and vented to Reid. Reid then extended his condolences about Nancy to Bob and Kim, who told him Chris is playing golf. John went to Tom and Margo's looking for Chris and Katie, and they demanded he 'fess up. He couldn't, but asked them to come with him. Out and about, Chris was shmoozing the trustee and Reid caught up with them, offering a "threesome." He was determined to keep an eye on Chris, despite his complete lack of golf prowess. At Java, Bob opened up to Kim about how he'd found Nancy dead in her favorite chair, and they talked about how extraordinary Nancy was. Out on the links, Reid accused the trustee of cheating and got the game cut short. As John, Margo, Tom, Bob and Kim all converged at the hospital, Reid brought Chris in. John had Chris taken into a room, and asked everyone to let him do his job. Chris then had to break the news to his family.
Thursday, September 02, 2010At Memorial, Chris explained his condition to a shocked Bob, Kim, Tom and Margo, and then John told Bob how serious the prognosis was. As for Katie, she was at WOAK watching footage of her and Chris. Luke followed Reid to Java, wondering why he'd been so heartless about Katie being at the hospital. Reid was trying to spare her the pain. Luke accused Reid of "projecting," because he's the one who runs away "when things get too sensitive." As he diagnosed Reid's issues, Luke admitted that he's in love with him. "Hold the phone!" Reid exclaimed, asking him to repeat himself. Back at the hospital, Tom and Margo wanted to get Chris' name higher up on the transplant list. He didn't want preferential treatment. Nearby, Bob promised Kim that he and John would do their best to make sure Chris lived. In Old Town, Luke confirmed to Reid that he'd told Noah he's in love with Reid. But he was still mad at Reid for his attitude. As Luke playfully noted Reid could tell him he loves him, too, Reid pointed out that Luke would just think he's trying to defuse Luke's anger. They went back to talking about Katie, and Luke stressed that she needs to be by Chris' side, because it would be devastating if he died without her there.
After a talk with John, Tom and Margo left for Springfield to look into Chris' transplant options. Meanwhile, Kim caught up with Katie at WOAK and wondered why she wasn't at the hospital with all of them. As they discussed Katie's feelings for Chris, a heartbroken Kim admitted how terrified she is, and talked about how she doesn't have time for Katie's fear. Kim asked her if she could "bear this pain without turning away." In Chris' room, Luke urged him not to keep Katie at a distance right now. Across the hall, Reid and John clashed about Chris' treatment. After John slammed out, Bob called Reid out on keeping Chris' condition from him. Reid pointed out doctor/patient confidentiality and said he'd urged Chris to tell Bob himself. "I made the best decisions that I could, given the circumstances," he explained, telling Bob to take up the issue with Chris. Bob did just that. At Katie's, she wept over a picture of her and Brad. Back at Memorial, Kim lashed out at Reid for taking advantage of Chris' illness, and Bob told her how Reid has been helping Chris all along. She tearfully apologized.
John ran into Luke in Old Town and asked him about Reid, given the battle ahead of Chris. Luke assured him that, when it comes to his job, Reid would give him everything he needs. Back at Katie's, Reid admitted he's an idiot about romance, but told Katie it's stupid to avoid love because it scares you: "Dry your eyes, blow your nose, get your butt back to the hospital where you belong!" Reid admitted Luke had caused his philosophical turnaround, and Katie thanked him for his support. At Memorial, Bob confessed to Kim that he's "ready to scream." Then, Tom called Bob with news of a potential heart donor at Bay City General. Bob and Kim stood in Chris' hospital room, worried. Reid watched them from the hall, and then told Luke about his and Katie's change of hearts. They "Dr. Oliver" and "Mr. Snyder"-ed each other, grinning. Meanwhile, Katie visited Brad's grave and told him she'd fallen in love with Chris. She begged for his help. Back at the hospital, Chris began to code!
Friday, September 03, 2010At Al's, Ali and Casey talked about their wedding plans. Casey didn't want to elope, reminding her that Nancy had believed in them. Ali didn't want to have a big shindig right after Nancy's death and Casey charmed her by calling her his wife. "That's good enough for me," he said. At Memorial, Henry and Barbara showed up to comfort Kim, who didn't want to leave Chris' room. Barbara guided her to the lounge, and Luke told Henry that Katie wasn't there. At Brad's grave, Katie unloaded her fear and grief, calling herself a coward. "The hell you are!" Henry told her, giving her a pep talk. It worked! Katie went back to the hospital with him. There, Chris came around, and Bob and John told him that he needed a new heart ASAP. John?wanted to hook him up to an LVAD (a left ventricle assist device), and Chris was resistant. He stressed that he also doesn't want to be moved up the transplant list. At loose ends, Luke wandered into Al's and told a clueless Casey and Ali about Chris. They all went back to the hospital. In the lounge, Barbara talked to Kim about Henry and comforted her. Then they joined everyone else in Chris' room, where the docs hoped Kim could talk?sense to her son. Barbara, having lost Jennifer, added her two cents. Then, Katie arrived to blast Chris for his attitude and beg him to fight. As everybody praised her pep talk, Bob got a call from Tom about the heart in Bay City being a perfect tissue match.
Reid told Luke, Casey and Ali about the heart. Casey and Ali joined the gang in Chris' room, where Kim and Bob were determined to enjoy the miracle. Bob asked Ali to scrub in on the surgery and then Casey told his grandparents they were engaged. In the lounge, Barbara hugged Henry for his part in getting Katie to the hospital. Reid and Luke then noticed John having an intense conversation. John was forced to tell the Hugheses that a Bay City cardiologist wanted the heart for his own patient. The news rocked everyone, and Barbara followed Katie to the lounge, talking about how she'd survived her ordeal in the warehouse because she knew how much she was loved. She urged Katie to be equally "relentless" about Chris. Chris agreed to accept the LVAD and, after sharing a moment with Bob, asked to see Reid. They traded some good-natured barbs, and Chris asked Reid to take care of Katie. Reid left Katie to cuddle Reid, watched Barbara and Henry and Casey and Alison and Bob and Kim...and it energized him! He told Luke he's going to Bay City to get that heart for Chris! Luke told him there were too many risks, marveling at how Reid was decrying the arrogant "savior of mankind" doctor who'd stolen Chris' heart. Reid wryly assured Luke he's the same selfish jerk he's always been, and he's earned the right to throw his weight around like this. "I love you," he smiled. "There. I said it." He kissed Luke tenderly before getting in his car and driving away.
At Memorial, John told everyone the LVAD procedure was a no-go because Chris was too weak to survive it. When Luke got back inside, Casey and Alison told him that...and he assured them that Reid has a plan! His faith in Reid touched Ali and Casey. Meanwhile, Reid was on the phone with the other surgeon, and he floored it to make it over a railroad crossing...and thenhis car stalled. He was so frazzled, he couldn't get his seatbelt off...and the train sped towards him ominously.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010At Memorial, Katie was at Chris's bedside and broke the news to him that they couldn't put the artificial pump in his heart because he's too weak. She begged him to hold on because a heart donor will surface soon. Meanwhile, John told a worried Bob and Kim that Chris only has 24 hours to live with his old heart. Alison urged Luke to inform Bob and Kim that Reid is on his way to Bay City to get the heart for Chris. They were stunned but happy, as was Katie and Chris. They joked about how far Reid has come since he first arrived in Oakdale and laughed about who in Bay City would incur his wrath if they denied him the heart he drove all the way there to retrieve.
Tom and Margo were at the police station when they got word that Chris's donor heart is no longer available. Margo then got a call about Reid's accident. "Oh, my God!" she exclaimed. They rushed to the site of the accident and were overwhelmed by what they saw. Later, they returned to Memorial, where Margo braced herself to tell everyone the news. She tearfully informed Bob that Reid's car stalled on the tracks and he didn't get out of his car before the train hit. Bob was dumbstruck and devastated that there is now no hope for a heart for Chris. Bob then summoned Casey to get Luke out of the ER before the EMTs arrived with Reid, but it was too late. Luke refused to believe that Reid would die, even after Bob explained that his injuries are too severe to be helped. He lashed out at everyone for not being proactive and stormed into Reid's hospital room. He was devastated as he saw the severity of Reid's injuries and begged him to open his eyes. Reid tried to speak as Luke broke down in tears. Luke got Reid's wallet for him and took out his organ donor card. Luke summoned Tom for Reid, who gave Luke his power of attorney and made it clear that he wants Chris to get his heart. "Who knew I had one to give?" Reid managed to joke. Luke pleaded with Reid to hold on and declared his love once again just as Reid flat lined. Tom explained that Reid wants Chris to get his heart. John was concerned about it being the right match and the legality of it all without paperwork. Bob was hopeful that they could make it work and they got moving quickly. Bob then gave his condolences to Luke, who was in shock, and let him say a final good-bye to Reid, who had died.
After, Tom presented a grieving Luke with the proper paperwork, which he signed to allow for the transplant. John informed an elated Katie, who told Chris she loves him before he was tested as a match. Bob and Kim, meanwhile, took time to absorb everything that had happened. Kim was overwhelmed with guilt for once questioning Reid's principles and being so cross with him before. Meanwhile, Katie went to tell Luke how amazing Reid is for pulling through for Chris and was eager to thank him in person, unaware that he'd been involved in the accident that allowed Chris to get a heart at all. After Luke told her what happened, she started to sob. Then she followed Bob and Luke's lead and said good-bye to her friend before letting Chris know that Reid is going to save his life. Chris was then wheeled into surgery.
Tom, Casey and Margo marveled at Reid's selfless act, called him an inspiration and hoped that his sacrifice wasn't made in vain. Meanwhile, John prepped Chris for heart surgery and the operation got underway.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010Lily called Holden to come over and told him about Chris's deteriorating condition and heart transplant last night. Holden was shocked; Lily was especially shaken up about Luke, who was still reeling from Reid's death at Memorial. Lily wanted to go comfort her son but Lucinda arrived, which sent her into a tailspin. She was outraged that Lucinda was trying to butt her way back into their lives and refused to let La Walsh take control. Equally upset that Lily wouldn't let her in, Lucinda stormed out in a huff.
At the hospital, Alison urged Luke to go home and get some rest but he refused to go until he knows that Chris made it through the operation. Meanwhile, Chris came to after his surgery. Kim and Bob greeted him in the recovery room, where John deemed that he'll be fine and that everything was a success. Katie also came in and was happy to see Chris, who was eager to thank Reid for getting him a new heart. "Where is that jerk?" he laughed, unaware that Reid had sacrificed his own survival for him. Kim, Bob and John discussed whether to tell Chris what happened and agreed to wait until he was feeling better.
Later, Ali happily informed Luke that Chris made it and reminded him how amazing Reid was for giving his heart to someone in need. Ali assured tearful Luke that the moment they took his heart was peaceful and that Reid didn't feel any pain. Margo offered to give Katie a lift home, then caught up with her pop, John, who said he's been well but can't help but think about what he'd do if he was in Bob's position with his own kids. Margo pointed out that her father has been estranged for years and wondered why. She thanked him for helping Chris and Katie, and they agreed to discuss other matters at a later date.
At Java, Noah, who was about to leave for L.A., ran into Ali. She broke the news to him about Reid and urged him to support Luke in his grief. Noah wasn't sure he could offer anything to Luke anymore.
Luke returned home, where Lily and Holden did their best to console him. Luke was still struggling to comprehend what it meant to have Reid's organs donated to others in need, not just his heart. The hospital called and asked for Luke to track down Reid's next of kin so he can figure out what to do with the body. Luke broke down again, fearful that he doesn't know Reid as well as he thought he did. They met with a funeral director to make arrangements. Luke said Reid has no family and wanted to take care of things himself but the funeral director refused and said that it's a matter of law to contact the next of kin. Luke then went to Memorial to ask Bob and Kim if they knew more about Reid's extended family and was stunned to discover that Chris doesn't even know that Reid's heart is beating inside his body. Luke was overwhelmed when Chris kept asking to see Reid and rushed out. Chris, meanwhile, overheard a board member giving Luke his condolences on his way out.
Katie went home and was conflicted about her own feelings. She was grieving her roomie Reid but ecstatic about Chris's survival. She was thankful to have had Reid in her life. "He helped me get my life back," she smiled and refused to pack up Reid's things or forget him. Margo promised her that no one will ever forget Reid or what he did in Oakdale. Katie was determined to keep it together and be strong for both Luke and Chris.
John met up with Lucinda at the Lakeview Lounge, where she was drowning her sorrows over Lily with bloody marys. She refused to think she was selfish in what she did to Lily and revealed that she went to the mob. "Oh! Which one?" John ribbed, reminded Lucinda that she's always been a schemer and then got the full story on what went down with Ralph. John called Lucinda pathetic "narcissist crybaby" and told her again to make inroads with her daughter.
Holden and Lily went to the police station to investigate Reid's past. They found an old video of Reid with his chess mentor, Angus, who lives in Midwood, Brooklyn. They decided to reach out to Angus for Luke. They found him playing chess in a park but he wanted nothing to do with his "ungrateful big-mouthed nephew." Meanwhile, Luke went to the Snyder Pond to think things over and was surprised to see Noah had followed him there.
Thursday, September 09, 2010At the Pond, Noah gave Luke his condolences and tried to be there for his ex. Luke was mad at himself for not knowing Reid better and that he didn't even know his own feelings for him until he told Noah. Noah asked him about any regrets he has about his relationship with Reid. Luke admitted they never got to do the normal date things together and that they never had sex because Luke wanted to wait. Noah was surprised, but tried to make Luke feel better by calling Reid a hero for what he did. Luke lost it and said that if Reid was a real hero, he wouldn't have died. Noah hugged him and consoled him. Noah said he'd take a later plane to L.A. so he could be there for Luke.
John barged into Worldwide where he found Lucinda distracting herself with work and the usual scheming. John blasted her for not trying to change her ways. Lucinda realized she's crossed the line one too many times with Lily, who has disowned her. La Walsh explained that she's just protecting herself from the power her daughter has in the company by making a preemptive business deal to oust Lily. John was shocked. "Classic Lucinda Walsh," he scoffed. Lucinda countered by telling him to stop sticking his nose in her business. John tried to extend an olive branch, but La Walsh called him out on not being there for her, even during her cancer and said they can't be friends. He apologized and realized he was in the wrong, but still encouraged her to stay away from Lily, if that's what Lily wants. Finally, Lucinda came around. John asked if he should reach out to Lily for her, but she declined. They shared a sweet moment as John said he knows Lucinda better than anyone else.
Holden and Lily broke the news to Angus that Reid was killed. He was upset but wondered why they came to him. So, they explained the situation (including that Reid was gay) and asked him to help Luke. He was hesitant but finally signed the paperwork. Then Angus showed them one of Reid's old chess pieces. He got choked up as he recalled the time he shared with his nephew in his younger days.
At Memorial, Chris demanded to know whose heart he has but Katie refused to tell him. After he pleaded one more time, she finally spilled the truth. "You have Reid's heart," she sighed. He was flabbergasted as Katie told him everything that had happened. Chris blamed himself for Reid's death. "He's the one who was trying to save my life!" he pointed out. He was overwhelmed with guilt and struck by the irony of it all. He was upset at the thought of living the rest of his life with Reid's heart in his body and was about to give up until Katie demanded that he "suck it up" and be grateful for the miracle that was given to him. He finally came around and looked forward to spending his future with Katie.
John dropped by Margo's to say he's staying in Oakdale for a while and resolved to make inroads with his own daughter. Lucinda dropped off a bouquet of flowers for Lily. Holden and Lily returned to Oakdale, where Luke scattered Reid's ashes at the Pond and gave a touching tribute to his lost love. Bob told Chris that the new hospital wing has been named in Reid's honor. Chris was pleased and also found out he'd be the new Chief of Staff after Bob retired. He lovingly glanced at Katie from afar as he smiled and said, "What can I say? I lead a charmed life."
Monday, September 13, 2010Jack and Carly woke up in bed together, affectionate. Downstairs, Parker stopped Sage from bringing their parents breakfast in bed and spinning her fantasies of remarriage. He didn't want Mom and Dad to get married again, as "that's when all the trouble starts." Sage set out Jack and Carly's old wedding album as they came downstairs. "That's Sage...not very subtle, is she?" chuckled Carly. "Maybe she's on to something?" countered Jack. As Carly sputtered about getting their daughter's hopes up, Jack said he's incomplete without her. Wary Carly noted they'd gone down this road so many times before. What if they were setting themselves up to fail? Jack told her that the first time he'd kissed her, he'd known she was his future. They had to stop questioning it. "We can't afford to quit," he told her. When Carly finally came around to his line of thinking, she wondered exactly what he wanted to make "official." He was about to get down on one knee...when Janet called to tell him she and Dusty were at the hospital. When they got back from Memorial, Carly wanted to pick up where they left off, but Jack was wary. He worried about what the new baby would do to their dynamic. Cue Carly's turn to give a pep talk! She assured Jack she'd love the baby but it would be difficult for her...and they'd face and conquer whatever life would throw at them. They traded "I love you"s and Jack pulled Carly into his lap and proposed! Carly tearily accepted and they kissed. When the kids got home, Carly and Jack swore that, this time, they'd be together forever. They impulsively decided to get married ASAP!
At the farm, Liberty snapped at Faith, who realized Libby got into FIT in New York, like she'd always dreamed. Libby said she wasn't going! Parker walked in, and Faith informed him Libby was about to "ruin her life." At the Lakeview, Janet brought Dusty a bunch of food and an offer to nurse him back to health. They chowed down, sitting in bed. Feeling better, Dusty wanted to get his swerve on. Janet nixed that, and then felt a contraction! Meanwhile, Liberty explained to Parker why she was deferring college, and Parker admitted he's not going either. He whispered his secret plans to her. Faith spied them through the Al's window. At Memorial, Dusty hugged John (who he'd apparently kept in touch with!) and introduced him to Janet. Alone, John noted that Dusty had neglected to tell him Janet was expecting his child. "Yes and no," hedged Dusty. In the exam room, the ob/gyn dubbed the contractions Braxton-Hicks and noted Janet's baby was huge. If he got any bigger, they'd have to induce! When Jack and Carly showed up, Janet apologized for the false alarm. As for Dusty, his spidey senses were tingling. They got back to the farm, and a squirrelly-acting Dusty told Janet that he was off to lunch with John. Faith then told Janet that Liberty got into FIT but wanted to stay in town to help her mom. When Libby and Parker got home, Janet gave her a talking-to, urging her to go to New York. Then, Liberty and Parker accused Faith of telling Janet about FIT to eliminate her perceived competition for Parker. At Java, Dusty showed John the sonogram photo, revealing that he thinks the baby is his. Surrogate father and son shook hands. Left alone, John nabbed Dusty's coffee mug to run a DNA test on it! Back at the farm, Janet told Dusty about Liberty's conundrum and they felt the baby kick.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010Gwen brought Carly breakfast in bed, and she had one more wedding day surprise: Rosanna! The sisters exchanged gleeful hugs, and Gwen left Ro and Carly to catch up. At the farm, Jack thanked Dusty for donating champagne for the impromptu ceremony. Janet shooed Dusty off to change and then Janet and Jack had a bittersweet talk, where Janet wished Jack and Carly happiness. Then, Jack urged the baby to stay inside for another two weeks, till he's back from his honeymoon, and asked Janet to get the getaway cabin's info just in case! At the Lakeview, Craig ran into Lily and wondered when she'd forgive him. "I'm not interested in your apologies," she shrugged, before telling him not to show up to the Carjack wedding. In Old Town, Holden ran into Molly. Awkward! They chuckled over being the best man and maid of honor, as Lily watched from afar. She stopped lurking and walked up to ask about California and Abigail. When Lily told Holden the kids wanted them to go to the wedding together, Molly was the odd woman out. In Milltown, Will calmed Parker's nerves about the wedding and then Faith came y with flowers. As Will looked on, Faith and Parker argued about Liberty and Parker blew her off. Later, Carly asked Gwen and Rosanna to be her bridesmaids and Janet came by with a gift and her well wishes. Janet then got the cabin info and Carly stressed that Janet shouldn't call unless it's a real emergency. "This day was starting off so well," Carly then cracked to her sisters. In need of some alone time, she got her and Jack's compass out of a drawer and went for a walk.
Janet came in to Dusty's Lakeview suite, venting about the cabin snafu with Carly. Dusty found the reality of Janet having to put up with Carly for the foreseeable future pretty amusing. Janet had an idea she needed his help for. Back at the farm, Parker was all suited up and he was about to bring up his big secret issue with Jack when Jack got called away to pick up Sage. Parker ended up telling Will and swearing him to secrecy! Jack brought Sage home to the Milltown house, and a worried Gwen and Ro told Jack that Carly was off by herself somewhere. Out at the pond, Carly remembered Jack giving her the compass at the boathouse, and then she dropped the compass in the water! Gasp! "I lost the compass," she told Jack, when he walked up. He felt around for it, but it was gone! Carly began weeping about how she needed it to find her true north. He said she didn't need it. He'd never leave her side again; she was already home! Elsewhere, Rosanna ran into Gabriel and Holden and Lily convinced a sullen Faith into going to the wedding. At Java, Craig asked Gabriel if they could try to get to know each other better. Gabe turned down a lunch invite, saying he had the wedding to attend. Back at the pond, Jack shored Carly up and kissed her, sweetly. Elsewhere, Janet and Dusty had taken it upon themselves to decorate the honeymoon cabin. Dusty made Janet get off a ladder...only to get a cramp and fall off it himself. Moments later, Janet went into labor.
Jack brought Carly to the farm, where her bridal party had enterprisingly thought to bring her dress. They also each gave her a flower to carry down the aisle. Then, Lily showed up with a wedding/"I'm sorry about Craig" gift. Out at the garden where the wedding would take place, a suited up Jack met up with Will, Holden and Parker. The guys bantered so adorably, it had to be partially ad-libbed! Then, the women showed up. Carly took Jack's breath away. As for Rosanna, she saw Craig lurking and confronted him. "You lookfantastic!" he tried to evade, but she wasn't having it. He said he just wanted closure and promised to be on his best behavior. Nearby, Gabriel and Liberty showed up and Parker and Faith were still at odds. Jack again calmed Carly's nerves and Ro warned them that Craig had shown up. "Nothing is going to spoil this wedding!" Carly insisted.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010At Carly and Jack's wedding, Holden and Rosanna got the lovey duo to quit canoodling and Rosanna instructed the bridal party on how to march in. Carly also made sure they were taking video for JJ. Party crasher Craig sat down next to Margo, earning her trademark sisterly snark. Then, the bridesmaids all came down the makeshift aisle and Liberty tried calling Janet, to no avail. At the honeymoon cottage, Janet was in labor, and Dusty tried to help her through it. Parker walked his mom to Jack and asked Jack to "take good care of her." The priest did his thing, complete with the "speak now or forever hold your peace." Don't worry, no one spoke! Carly was so eager to wed that she blurted out a "yes!" before the priest was even done with the vows. Jack made his own vows, saying, "She's mine and I'm hers, and that's that." After Molly did a reading, Carly spoke to Jack from the heart, telling him he was her true north, her soulmate and her best friend. Jack talked about how Carly had "saved me from me" after Brad's shooting and "fought my demons." There was much sniffling and crying. They exchanged rings and "I thee wed"s and were then pronounced husband and wife. Cue the kiss! Afterwards, Holden gave the best man's toast, noting that they were missing two very important people: Hal and Brad. On behalf of them, he wished Carjack "lifelong happiness." After Margo and Tom gave Jack their well wishes, with passing mention of Katie and Chris' condition, Molly gave her toast, noting, "you can't fight destiny, so why try." (She looked pointedly at Lily.) Carly reveled in having her "girls" for "backup." But where were Dusty and Janet? Still laboring! Dusty tried to go for help but the car was stuck in the mud.
Back at the wedding, Craig proposed a toast, much to everyone's chagrin. He surprised them all by admitting, "you belong together" and wishing them every happiness. When Rosanna wondered what brought that on, Criag said she did - he wanted her to like him again. Jack and Carly then had a first dance (offscreen!) and Faith urged Holden to ask Lily to dance. Sadly, Parker was still giving Faith the brush off. Nearby, Gabriel told Craig he was going back to Montega and Rosanna realized Gabriel is Craig's son. Then, Parker's secret plans came up again, and Margo urged him to just tell everyone he wants to be a cop. His parents were boggled and moved in turns. Parker explained that he hoped to end up just like Jack. "That's a sneaky way to win an argument!" Jack choked out, hugging his son. Afterwards, Holden asked Molly to dance and they had a nice moment and Rosanna counseled Craig about Gabriel. Then, Carly and Jack reassured Sage that it's "for real this time," and Carly threw her bouquet. Rosanna caught it! Carly and Jack drove off for the honeymoon to cheers and applause.
At the cabin, Janet yelled at Dusty, who urged her not to push. Jack was about to carry Carly over the threshold, when they realized what was going on inside. Back at the garden, Will and Gwen accidentally spilled to Margo and Tom that Casey was moving to Carbondale. At the farm, Molly and Lily thanked each other for their mutual generosity today and Molly wished Lily and Holden luck. Will and Gwen noted how cute Faith and Parker were, and Parker bid his big brother farewell. He then went back to Faith, apologizing for keeping his plans from her. When she hoped they were friends again, Parker told his "friend" she looked hot in that dress and kissed her cheek. A few feet away, Gabriel and Craig made amends and Ro revealed she's staying in town for a while. At the honeymoon cabin, Janet was about to give birth ASAP, and Carly got a little queasy.
Thursday, September 16, 2010Janet wailed as her labor progressed. Jack, watching over Carly's wooziness, told Dusty he'd have to deliver the baby. Having done this before, Dusty played midwife with aplomb. They all welcomed the cute little boy with equal parts happiness and bittersweetness. The foursome headed for the hospital, with Carly bidding the honeymoon cottage a wistful adieu. At Memorial, Dusty stubbornly refused to get his ribs looked at, and Jack went looking for Carly. As Carly and Jack passed back through the main hallway, they overheard John telling Dusty the big news: "Jack Snyder is not the father of that baby, you are!" "Are you sure?" he boggled. John assured him that it's true and he's an "unofficial grandfather." Jack walked up on the celebration. As Dusty beamed, Jack graciously told him to tell Janet. John noted it had been a "long time" since he'd seen Carly, and winked that she'd ended up with the right guy. Then, Carly went to get checked out. In Janet's room, Dusty told her the news and she was thrilled. Meanwhile, Grandpa John bounced into the Lakeview lounge, ordering up drinks for a toast, and urged Lucinda to "declare victory" and come away with him. He said he had a teaching gig in Amsterdam and they could go enjoy tulips and wooden shoes. Back at Memorial, Liberty and Jack had a sweet moment and Libby brought him in to see Janet. The exes had an emotional moment alone, acknowledging the 9 months they'd spent being prospective parents. "Thank you for loving me, Jack," wept Janet. Teary Jack apologized for not doing right by her, and congratulated her. Later, Janet, Teri, Libby, the baby and Dusty all bonded as a family...and Carly had news for Jack!
At Java, Lucinda offered to create an endowment in Reid's name, and Luke liked the idea. Big Lucy's rather cynical, defeatist attitude had Luke wondering what his grandmother had done now. At the Lilypad, Holden and Lily talked about the wedding and Molly and then flirted a little. John interrupted the moment to persuade Lily to forgive her mother. John noted Lily was younger and less set in her ways. Since he got a text from the hospital, he asked "sensible" Holden to help fix things. Alone, Holden told Lily, "John's full of it," and said he was proud of Lily for sticking to her guns. Back at Java, Luke talked about how life was short and sent Lucinda off to make things right with Lily. Noah walked up on the tail end, and Luke filled him in. Then, a sad Luke talked about how calm Reid had been in death, and Noah comforted him. Noah revealed he's putting off heading to LA. Luke wondered why. To take care of him? It wasn't necessary! Luke quit Noah's job for him and dragged him out the door. After Holden's pep talk, Lily called her mother to meet up with her. Lily and Holden were a united front and about to kiss, when a beaming Lucinda walked in. Sadly, Lily dashed Big Lucy's hopes of reconciliation. She loved her mom but couldn't forgive her yet. Lily and Holden both told Lucinda "goodbye." At WOAK, Luke gave Noah a state of the art video camera, revealing his family had also bought Noah a bunch of recording equipment. Noah had to get on that plane! Noah agreed, as long as Luke came and visited him. They reminisced about meeting at the studio; Noah brought up sharing their first kiss there. Noah assured Luke he understands that Luke needs to honor what he had with Reid and "grieve and heal." But maybe when Luke was ready, he could come to LA? Noah kissed Luke goodbye and left.
At the Lilypad, Holden and Lily remembered the day they met (with a lot of tears from Holden), and they kissed passionately! Meanwhile, Lucinda sought out John and accepted his offer to run off to Amsterdam. At the hospital, as Dusty, the baby and Janet all had a moment of bonding, Carly told Jack she's pregnant! He swept her into his arms and they kissed.
Friday, September 17, 2010The very last episode of ATWT opened a month after yesterday, with Bob's wistful voiceover talking about starting the day at the hospital. Bob made his way to his office and talked about learning a lot about the people of Oakdale. Across town, Holden picked up Ethan from Lily and took him fishing. Dusty brought Lorenzo to Janet, and Carly and Jack snuggled in each other's arms...until Sage called for her mom, that is! Elsewhere, Barbara and Henry got passionate, Paul cuddled with a giant stuffed puppy — and Emily — as Eliza played, and John and Lucinda came back from Amsterdam and checked into the Lakeview. Lisa was shocked to learn who John's souvenir "tulip" was. At Chez Hughes, Alison arrived to wake up Casey, and Tom and Margo wistfully realized they were soon to be empty nesters. At the Lilypad, Luke looked at a brochure for Reid's neurological wing and hugged Natalie. At Katie's, she tended to Chris with heart medication and kisses. Back at the hospital, Kim came into Bob's office, and he marveled about retiring today.
In Milltown, Jack asked after Carly's morning sickness and Sage wondered when she can share the pregnancy news. As Carly cleaned up papers and talked about car problems, she gasped to Jack that they're "normal." Would they become "dull" and "boring"? He assured her they wouldn't. Then, Dusty and Janet showed up at Jack and Carly's to introduce them to little Lorenzo Dustin Donovan...and ask Jack to be his godfather! Carly told them she's pregnant, and Janet noted "things turned out exactly the way they were supposed to." At the Hughes house, Susan and Emily had joined Tom and Margo to see off Ali and Casey. Hugs were exchanged and tears were shed. Emily marveled to Susan about "our little girl" going off, and they went for a "soda" at the Lakeview. Meanwhile, a teary Margo's empty nest wistfulness was in overdrive and Tom took her out. Back at Katie's, Chris proposed and she accepted. They pondered getting a bigger place as Tom and Margo came over. Tom urged Katie to "distract" his weepy wife, so she spilled the engagement news. The sisters impulsively decided to swap houses, as the brothers looked on, bemused.
Back at the Lakeview, Henry and Barbara were still canoodling, despite dinner plans at Paul and Emily's. At Fairwinds, Paul and Emily discussed him walking away from the business and making Em and Eliza his priority. Ironically, Barbara arrived with similar news: She was dissolving their BRO partnership! The foursome toasted to the future. Elsewhere, Luke visited Katie's, telling Chris that he had his vote as Chief of Staff. Chris admitted that it might not be the path he wants. Luke was haunted by being where Reid lived. As he went to leave, Katie gave him Reid's stethoscope. Luke asked if he could listen to Reid's heart, and he and Chris shared a poignant moment. John and Lucinda dropped by the Lilypad to tell Lily they were back together and that Lily could have control of WorldWide. At the hospital, Susan said goodbye to Bob and Kim, and Bob took one last box out to the car. Chris and Katie test drove Chez Hughes, as Tom and Margo christened Katie's with some lovin'. Paul and Emily reaffirmed their love at Fairwinds, while we learned Barbara and Henry were taking over Metro. Henry turned up the music in their suite and they got their disco on. Downstairs, a snarky Lisa urged John and Lucinda to "gather ye rosebuds," and the duo made a pact to "have a helluva good time." Back at Lily's, she was worried about her mom and John not working out. Holden noted they were older, wiser and loved each other. "You think that's enough?" Lily mused. Before Holden left, he and Lily shared a long look. Back at the Milltown house, Jack and Carly settled into bed and kissed. Things wound up at the hospital, with Kim kissing Bob for "just a little encouragement." "I don't think there should be goodbyes...just goodnight," she said, before leaving him to wrap up alone. Bob packed up his briefcase, took one look around, and said, "Goodnight," before turning out the light. The globe on his desk lit up and spun...
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