|As the World Turns Says Goodbye|
Page 4 of 5first half-hour entertainment on daytime television. They believed the best entertainment was storytelling, and the best of that was continuing stories about people.” The publishing company that produced the book, General Publishing Group, Inc. was located just down the street from Soapdom.com on Ocean Park Blvd in Santa Monica, CA. General Publishing Group, Inc. is now defunct.
When Another World is canceled by NBC, some characters "move" from Bay City to Oakdale, including Jake McKinnon (Tom Eplin) and Cass Winthrop (Stephen Schnetzer).
“We’re moving!” ATWT moves its production facilities to JC Studios in Brooklyn, N.Y., where "Another World" had been shot for years.
ATWT wins eight Daytime Emmys, the most for any one show in a single year. Among the honors is the show's third award for outstanding drama series.
Oakdale cop Jack Snyder (Michael Park) is kidnapped, bound and raped by psycho stalker Julia Lindsay (Annie Parisse).
Tamara Tunie (Jessica) joins the cast of "Law & Order: SVU" while continuing her long run on "World."
As The World Turns wins its fourth Daytime Emmy as outstanding drama series.
TV Guide names ATWT the best soap opera of the year.
Podcasts of entire "As the World Turns" episodes are made available for download on CBS.com/netcast and iTunes.com.
As the World Turns celebrates its 50th anniversary by airing a stand alone episode honoring TV sitcoms “I Love Lucy,” “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “The Munsters,” and others as Oakdale characters dress up to mimic the stars of those great shows gone by.
As the World Turns and CBS launch an internet spinoff called InTurn airing on the CBS web property innertube. InTurn was a reality show where aspiring young stars auditioned for a role on ATWT. The second season of In Turn aired on innertube in 2007. They did not do a third season.
First same sex kiss by two male characters on a soap opera as Noah (Jake Silberman) succumbed to his feelings for openly gay character, Luke (Van Hansis).
January 12, 2009, after a long and tumultuous relationship, Luke and Noah finally consummated their love, giving ATWT another daytime first.
CBS announces on December 8th that they have cancelled As the World Turns and that the last episode will air in September 2010. "Throughout our history, As the World Turns has remained dedicated to sharing compelling stories that have entertained fans for more than five decades," said Executive Producer Chris Goutman upon learning of the cancellation. "We are disappointed and saddened by the news that the show is not being renewed. It will certainly be a loss for all of us, and for the show's loyal audience."
May 1, 2010: Helen Wagner (Nancy Hughes), the longest-running character on any television show, passes away.
June 23, 2010: ATWT tapes final episode.
June 27, 2010: Michael Park (Jack) wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Actor after being nominated once before in 2007. Coming off taping the final episode of As the World Turns, he tells the pressroom that the win “is not bittersweet. It's just bitter, because there's 60 people that work so hard at what they do. Hopefully, I'll keep in touch with a few and maybe see them on other shows, but it's hard. I don't know where they're next job is going to be.” He continued: “We all worked so hard, but knowing for six months that we didn't have a job made it hard to come to work with a smile. The whole time, it's just killing (us. But) never in my wildest dreams. I never thought I was this good!”
September 17, 2010 As the World Turns airs its final episode and as the lights fade to black, the globe on retiring Dr. Bob Hughes’ desk magically starts turning…. Stars from the show gather to watch the final episode together. Tears are shed.
Other interesting facts…
From 1956 to 2010, As the World Turns has had only 12 Executive Producers:
• 1956–1965: Ted Corday
• 1965–1971: Mary Harris
• 1971–1973: Fred Bartholomew
• 1973–1978: Joe Willmore
• 1978–1980: Joe Rothenberger
• 1980 – fall 1981: Fred Bartholomew
• Fall 1981 – October 1984: Mary-Ellis Bunim
• October 1984 – October 1988: Robert Calhoun
• October 1988 – May 1995: Laurence Caso
• May 1995 – November 8, 1996: John Valente
• November 11, 1996 – June 4, 1999: Felicia Minei Behr
• June 7, 1999 – June 23, 2010: Christopher Goutman
Head Writing info…
As the World Turns was created by Irna Phillips. She continued as head writer until 1965 when William Bell, creator of the Young and the Restless and the Bold and the Beautiful, joined Phillips as co-head writer..
The Douglas Marland years (1985-1993 when he passed away unexpectedly) are always referred to fondly.
As the World Turns won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama series in 2003, 2002, 2001 and Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team in 2005, 2004, 2002 and 2001, all under the Head Writing auspices
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