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Aug.31.2010
On Tuesday, As the World Turns viewers said our final goodbyes to Nancy Hughes, and the actress who played her for fifty-four years, Helen Wagner. As Executive Producer, Christopher Goutman,  promised in a TV Guide interview, it was a low key affair: "We decided not to go the traditional...
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Aug.29.2010
Last post, I mentioned that I was, perhaps, “a bit too excited about the prospect of seeing a 30 year old soap opera…” But then I watched the return of Ryan’s Hope, and I remembered why. It really was the littlest thing. In the RH episode that aired just before General Hospital’s “Brenda”...
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Aug.22.2010
My DVR’s hard drive is pretty full, so I was almost relieved that while I was in New York last week, SOAPNet was replacing Ryan’s Hope with General Hospital reruns marking the return of Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo (you can read Sara Bibel’s thoughts on that here, here and here). But tomorrow, things...
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Aug.16.2010
I'm heading off to NYC to attend the Paley Center farewell to As the World Turns this Wednesday. With so much material to cover, it's unlikely that the program will go into a lot of detail about creator Irna Phillips' deep emotional connection to the show. Over the past year, I've been researching...
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Aug.08.2010
When As the World Turn’s headwriter Richard Culliton first pitched the character of Carly Tenney to executive producer Laurence Caso in early 1995, both saw Carly as the troubled girl who would eventually bring the complexity and longevity of Reva Shayne to Oakdale. Culliton was Guiding Light’s...
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Jul.25.2010
I haven't had a lot to say since CBS announced the cancellation of As the World Turns last December. But then, it seems, neither has anybody else. Thus far, save for a nice little piece in last week's Time, what little mainstream press coverage there's been can be charitably described as...
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Jul.18.2010
A few weeks ago, Kelly Wittmann, who posts regularly on MediaDomain as Mary Hatch – and a kindred spirit who describes herself as a “character-driven writer navigating her way in a plot-driven world” – posted her list of twelve reasons why soap operas are dying. When my good friend, Sam Ford,...
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Jul.11.2010
Last week it was chocolate (scroll down). Today, it’s nuts. For way too long, watching my soaps has been like picking through a can of cheap mixed nuts. You know, mostly peanuts and Brazil nuts (pod stories dominated by new, plot-driven characters, tangentially connected, if at all,  to core...
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Jul.05.2010
Boston's in the midst of a heat wave. It's after 10pm and the temp's still pushing 90; the humidity's turning my brain to mush. And reading Jim Romanovich's hyperbolic and self-aggrandizing comments before and after last week's Daytime Emmy broadcast is only exacerbating things. I keep looking for...
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Jun.28.2010
to Ugly Betty. In the earliest days of radio soap opera, there were the Hummerts, Anne and Frank, whose shows (Our Gal Sal and Backstage Wife­ are two examples) historian and Paley Center curator, Ron Simon, described as offering listeners “a release into the world of romance and fantasy.” The...