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RIP As the World Turns


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It began on April 02, 1956 and ends tomorrow, September 17, 2010. In those 54 years a number of stage, TV, and film stars appeared on it; among them Meg Ryan and Margaret Colin. Twenty years before Luke ?met? Laura, Rosemary Prinz and Mark Rydell became the first romantic "super couple"-and nobody raped anybody-before he left acting for directing. If nothing else we owe it thanks for that.

 

Rydell?s leaving in 1962 is what?s sticking in my mind. I was about seventeen and had never lost a friend or close relative though I knew folks who had. There was no advance publicity about his leaving and the viewers figured his character, Jeff, would survive the car crash. In the last scene on Friday, we found out he didn?t and couldn?t believe it. It was Tuesday before it was confirmed. I had watched with my Mom ever since it had started and had to keep telling myself it was just a show and the character, not the actor, had died. I still felt like I?d been kicked in the gut and felt real grief. I used this in the future, realizing that for people who really lost loved ones it must be 100 times worse. Eventually I joined the club and found out I was right but this helped a then immature girl relate. I followed Rydell?s career and am delighted that he?s had such a successful one.

 

I?m sure more of you have favorite performers from the show and am sorry to see it go even if the genre seems to have become obsolete. To the performers and production people, thanks for your work and I hope you?re all employed again soon.

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Hi, WouldBeStar -- I did hear about the axing of As the World Turns but I didn't know its end was tomorrow. It's a shame. This will be the second soap my grandma watches that will no longer exist. Guiding Light was what she watched after As the World Turns.

 

I used to watch the soap when I was in junior high and high school (mid-to-late-80s), during the summer days. When I first saw the show, Meg Ryan was in the cast.

 

The big romance when I watched was Dustin and Lily. Then it was Holden (the stable boy) and Lily. I also remember John and Susan, Tom and Margo, Bob and Kim, Craig and Sierra, Shannon and Duncan. Then there was Lucinda, Barbara, and Lisa, the "women of influence."

 

Don Hastings and Eileen Fulton. What a run by those two.

 

My grandma told me a story about her mom. Eileen Fulton was to be making a local appearance and my grandma and her sisters asked their mom, my great grandmother, if she wanted to go see her. Her response was, "I'm not going to go see that ****." :D That tells you how seriously some women took these soaps.

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My mother watched "ATWT" for years. Nancy, Bob, Kim, John Dixon and the gang. I teased her about it but I'd watch it now and then. She didn't watch anything else so I had no idea how it stacked against others.

 

She hated John Dixon. She often said she was going to have to go NY and kill him. He was so evil and it was almost as if no one could see it.

 

The only time I saw Nancy was a holiday. I knew where we were in the year when she showed up.

 

I did admire that they put on an hour show five days a week. We could make fun of it but it had to have been hard work. No doubt some other talk show will probably replace it.

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She hated John Dixon.

 

OH who didn't???????????????? ha OH... and that LOUSY James Stenbeck TOO! ha.

 

Why any women would EVER marry EITHER of those guys was ALWAYS beyond me.. ha.

 

Golly guys.. I have not seen this show more than a handful of times since I was a kid.. (especially not in the last 20 years or so, I think) but BOY do I remember it growing up.

 

Gee, our grandma's and mom's must have all been watcing at the same time!! ha. (I have VERY similar memories of all the characters you are mentioning!)

 

Sorry to hear it is going out. Hope it ends well for everyone. (except maybe those lousy Dixon and Stenbeck guys.. ha But who knows.. since I haven't seen it in a while.. ha.... maybe they have turned over a new leaf by now and I am just being too harsh on them. Nah... surely not... where would be the fun in THAT? HA!) :D

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Do you think the dynamic of more and more women working is what is ultimately killing off soaps? Is it talk shows and reality shows that feature real-life soap opera drama? Is it because women now have a cynical eye towards daytime soap whereas in the past they bought in? Those questions are probably best answered by some ladies.

 

Back when I watched, the daytime programming was game shows in the morning and either soaps or classic reruns (Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Gilligan's Island, etc.) in the afternoon. Today, the choices are countless. It's amazing any show survives. Such dilution.

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I think you are right about the changing role of women from the 70s when I remember Mom watching them. I also think part of it may have been when she went back to work she found out that she could miss weeks and not really miss anything at all. It was easy to get out of the habit.

 

Carolann talks about watching them with her mother as a child. Her mom and friends would watch several during the day. Later I think they couldn't devote that kind of time to them. Choices were made and some suffered.

 

When I was in high school (early 70s) the choices were much the same as yours. Though in this area with several UHF stations I got a good dose of movies and other programs during the day.

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I think you are right about the changing role of women from the 70s when I remember Mom watching them.

 

It's definitely an era gone by. My grandma tells me that her mom used to tell her and her sisters not to call when the soaps were on. It was something she looked forward to every day. It was part of her weekday life.

 

My grandma says she used to listen to the radio soaps during the day while preparing dinner or doing housework.

 

I also think part of it may have been when she went back to work she found out that she could miss weeks and not really miss anything at all. It was easy to get out of the habit.

 

That's a good point. It was easy to get back in the habit, too.

 

Carolann talks about watching them with her mother as a child. Her mom and friends would watch several during the day. Later I think they couldn't devote that kind of time to them. Choices were made and some suffered.

 

My mom used to watch the soaps when she was home. I remember watching General Hospital with her, back in the late-70s and early-80s. She still sneaks a peak at the soaps during her lunch break.

 

When I was in high school (early 70s) the choices were much the same as yours. Though in this area with several UHF stations I got a good dose of movies and other programs during the day.

 

We got cable television in the early-80s and I was in heaven. I used to love watching the game shows in the morning and then a mix of soaps and classic reruns in the afternoon. Plus lots of MTV. And, yet, I played outside a lot, too. Then we got Atari. Lots of good stuff. Today, there is so much more. It's ridiculous.

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Thank you for reminding me of Another World.

 

I worked for a now gone Southern cafeteria chain in the late 60's when the Steve-Alice and Sam-Lee-Lahoma storylines began. We had a 2 to 4 break and would head to the breakroom after lunch. There was a old black and white TV and the headwaiter, who had waited on me as a baby, would turn to Another World. He wanted Sam(Jordan Charney of Thrree's Company) to end up with Lee but I was rooting for Lahoma(the first time I saw Ann Wedgeworth and I've been a fan ever since). We'd argue about it until work time. I won.

 

Courtney and Reinholt ended up on One Life to Live but the same magic wasn't there and they were gone after a few years. I don't know what happened to her but his tempermentalism killed his career and by the 1090's an ET peice showed him being a paid escort but looking like Hell. I almost cried. I tried to tape the last episode but I am practically electronically illiterate and it didn't work.

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