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CBS Cancels “As the World Turns”

Posted in News with tags on December 8, 2009 by Jeff

It’s been a while since I’ve written here, but not much has been going on. A year after my “return to soap viewing” only one soap, The Young and the Restless, has managed to keep my attention as a regular viewer – and the last month has found me fast forwarding through much of that.

Today it was announced that CBS has canceled As the World Turns – a television program that is synonymous with the term “soap opera.”  While Guiding Light was the grande dame of soaps, As the World Turns was the show that first drew attention to the entire genre. For years, it was the show every soap aspired to be.  From Carol Burnett’s send up called As the Stomach Churns to  “the show everyone was watching when they learned President Kennedy had been shot” – just about everyone who’s ever owned a television set has heard of As the World Turns. Ironically, CBS informed Proctor & Gamble of their decision on Friday – the same day that Dr. Malcolm Perry (the first doctor who attended to President Kennedy after he was shot) passed away. I guess that’s somehow fitting.

As the World Turns, like all soaps, has had ups and downs.  But I will always remember those magical Douglas Marland years of 1985 through 1993 when watching As the World Turns was like visiting family and friends. I haven’t watched the show since I sampled it a year ago, but I’ll tune in next September to say goodbye to Bob and Kim, to Nancy, to Lisa, to Tom and Margo, to Lucinda, to Holden, to Emma, and all the other familiar faces from my favorite years in Oakdale.

Until then, I’ll post occassional memories and clips of the show as some sort of tribute to the legend that is As the World Turns.


Emmy Nominations

Posted in News with tags on May 14, 2009 by Jeff

emmyThe initial major nominations for the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced this morning on the fourth hour of Today with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford.  Jessica Shaw, Entertainment Weekly‘s senior writer, announced the nominees.

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series: All My Children (ABC); The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS); Days of Our Lives (NBC)

Outstanding Actress: Jeanne Cooper (The Young and the Restless, CBS);  Susan Flannery (The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS); Susan Haskell (One Life to Live, ABC); Debbi Morgan (All My Children, ABC); Maura West (As the World Turns, CBS)

Outstanding Actor: Daniel Cosgrove (Guiding Light, CBS); Anthony Geary (General Hospital, ABC); Thorsten Kaye (All My Children, ABC); Christian J. LeBlanc (The Young and the Restless, CBS); Peter Reckell (Days of Our Lives, NBC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress: Tamara Braun (Days of Our Lives, NBC); Melissa Claire Egan (All My Children, ABC); Alicia Mishew (All My Children, ABC); Julie Pinson (As the World Turns, CBS); Bree Williamson (One Life to Live, ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor: Bradford Anderson (General Hospital, ABC); Jeff Branson (Guiding Light, CBS); Van Hansis (As the World Turns, CBS); Vincent Irrizary (All My Children, ABC); Jacob Young (All My Children, ABC)

Outstanding Writing Team: All My Children (ABC); The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS); General Hospital (ABC);  One Life to Live (ABC)

Outstanding Directing Team: All My Children (ABC); Days of Our Lives (NBC); One Life to Live (ABC)

THE GOOD: It’s nice to see Peter Reckell recognized after so many years in daytime.  Julie Pinson and Melissa Claire Egan were both stand-outs this year, and it’s refreshing to see them on the list.

THE BAD: No Judith Chapman? No Gina Tognoni? No Kim Zimmer? No Crystal Chappel? No Ted Shackelford?

THE UGLY: I don’t mean to put a damper on many of the well-deserved nominations, however, it must be asked:

Is the Academy so angry with CBS for deciding not to air the awards that they snubbed The Young and the Restless? Y&R, clearly the best drama on daytime television, wasn’t nominated for best series, best writing, or best directing and only has a handful of acting nominees. This is simply bizarre. And that, my friends, is just another example of why the Emmys lose respect, ratings, and prestige year after year.

Maybe next year the show won’t be aired at all. Maybe next year some of the daytime bloggers will unite and create a fair and unbiased new award to honor the best in daytime.

We can only hope.