As the World Turns

1956, TV Show

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Soap Execs Take Cover: A Hot Tell-All Book Is On the Way

Noelle Beck and Jon Hensley

How could the death of As the World Turns been avoided? Was Guiding Light the victim of low-ratings or something insidious? Are certain networks execs looking to save the soaps — or their own asses? That recent 113-degree heat wave in L.A. may be nothing compared to the upcoming scorcher Afternoon Delight: Why Soaps Still Matter (4th Street Media) due in 2011 from veteran journalist Carolyn Hinsey (Soap Opera Digest, New York Daily News). One of the most dynamic and provocative voices in the suds world, Hinsey says her book is packed with insider analysis and celebrity contributions but is also written from a true fan's perspective. And she will take no prisoners... read more

What Were Your Favorite As The World Turns Moments?

As The World Turns

The world has ceased turning.

After a 54-year run, the CBS soap opera As the World Turns aired its final episode Friday.

In its early years, Turns was the daytime's most-watched program. Steven Weber, Dana Delany, Julianne Moore and Parker Posey are just some of the big names that appeared on the show.

CBS orders daytime talk show to replace As the World Turns

How will Turns be remembered? For its... read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Sept. 17, 2010

Real Time with Bill Maher

Real Time with Bill Maher
10/9c HBO
Labor Day may mark the unofficial end of summer, but it signals the beginning of the political season leading up to the midterm elections. And right on cue, Bill Maher returns from his annual summer hiatus, just in time to discuss what figure to be a number of hotly contested congressional races. Joining Maher on the panel as Real Time continues its eighth season are Mad Men star Jon Hamm, ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz and Republican political strategist Mark McKinnon.

Read on for previews of As the World Turns, Haven, Beyond Survival with Les Stroud, Friday Night Alright, College Football and Boxing. read more

As the World Turns Gives Colleen Zenk a Fitting Farewell

Colleen Zenk Pinter

So you think your life's a soap opera? Tell it to Colleen Zenk! Few daytime actors are as beloved and admired as this brave As the World Turns star, who has survived a very public battle with deadly oral cancer and recently filed for divorce from her husband of 23 years, ex-ATWT actor Mark Pinter, on grounds of infidelity and abandonment. Oh, yeah, and her soap got canceled, too. (ATWT's final episode airs this Friday, Sept. 17 on CBS.) TV Guide Magazine spoke with Zenk, a real-life mother of six, as she's about to end her 32-year run as Oakdale firecracker Barbara Ryan. Prepare to... read more

Maura Goes West for The Young and the Restless

Maura West and Eric Braeden

Maura West won double Emmys playing As the World Turns' Carly Tenney and is one of the most revered women in soaps — so how come she's so nervous about joining The Young and the Restless? TV Guide Magazine caught up with the actress, who hits Genoa City October 8 as the new Diane Jenkins, and found out she's downright starstruck... read more

Eileen Fulton Says Farewell to As the World Turns

Eileen Fulton

CBS's As the World Turns will end its landmark run on Friday. What better way to say goodbye than to let the fearless, unsinkable Eileen Fulton — now in her 50th year playing Lisa — cut loose one last time!

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Elizabeth Hubbard Looks Back at Her Wild Ride on As the World Turns

Elizabeth Hubbard

It's bad enough we have to say goodbye to As the World Turns next month, but the thought of not having Elizabeth Hubbard on TV is just too much to bear! A member of daytime royalty and a two-time Emmy winner, Hubbard plays Oakdale megamogul Lucinda Walsh with a fresh, freewheeling inventiveness that always makes her scenes unpredictable and a little bit dangerous. Hubbard demands that we watch her every move with rapt attention — even after 26 years in the part — and that means she doesn't always obey the producers and stick to the script. TV Guide Magazine spoke with the ballsy, irrepressible Hubbard about all things ATWT — the cancellation, her upcoming reunion with Larry Bryggman (Dr. John Dixon) and what it's like to drive her bosses batty... read more

Exclusive: How Will As the World Turns Say Goodbye?

Colleen Zenk Pinter

Major Spoiler Alert! We don't need to decipher the writings of Nostradamus to find out how the World will come to an end — TV Guide Magazine has the exclusive scoop from As the World Turns exec producer Chris Goutman! Look for lots of love and happy endings before the CBS soap concludes its run September 17, including two big weddings, some major romantic reconciliations and a final episode — featuring pretty much the entire cast — that's all about new beginnings.... read more

Exclusive: Maura West Joins The Young and the Restless

Maura West

How's this for divine inspiration? The fantastic Maura West — a two-time Emmy winner as nutjob Carly Tenney on CBS's As the World Turns — has been cast as the new Diane Jenkins on CBS's The Young and the Restless... read more

As the World Turns Says Goodbye to Helen Wagner

Helen Wagner

As the World Turns will end its phenomenal 54-year run September 17 with lots of fan-pleasing closure — romances, reunions, weddings — but first the show must deal with the death last spring of actress Helen Wagner. Her salt-o-the-earth character, Nancy Hughes, famously uttered ATWT's very first line ("Good morning, dear") back on April 2, 1956 and exec producer Chris Goutman wanted her to repeat it at the end of the final episode for the ultimate in TV cool... read more

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Premiered: April 02, 1956, on CBS
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: The randy residents of Oakdale fire up this hour of small-town scandals and big-league betrayals, especially among the Hughes and Snyder families. Created by soap pioneer Irna Phillips for Proctor & Gamble, it launched live on April 2, 1956 (the same day that `The Edge of Night' premiered).

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