Good-Bye As The World Turns

Your Host Danny Pardo
Published: Wednesday, September 29th, 2010




This September, 2010, we bid a sad farewell to another veteran daytime drama. After more than54 years on the air, the wonderful world of “As the World Turns” will turn no more. For decades, millions of viewers around the globe and across the generations tuned in to share the passions, tragedies, scandals and triumphs of the families in the fictional town of Oakdale, Ill.

Last December, CBS announced that it would not renew the daytime drama, following in the footsteps of “Guiding Light,” which ended its record 72 year run in September of 2009. With “As the World Turn’s” departure from television, so ends the on-air legacy of Irna Phillips, the mother of “soap operas,” who created the character structure and story lines on which daytime dramas are based. Philips first created “Guiding Light” in 1973 and followed almost two decades later with “As the World Turns” as a “sister show” where many characters crossed over. Instead of melodrama, Phillips preferred to create complex characters and place professionals, such as doctors and lawyers, at the center of the story.

Many very famous actors, as well as numerous working actors got their start on “As the World Turns.” For example, Meg Ryan, played Betsy Stewart, and went on to be a movie star. As did Julianne Moore. Good-by “As the World Turns” we are sorry to see you go.




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