Plots Guide for As the World Turns: 1980-1990
â€œAs the World Turnsâ€ introduced jaw-dropping plots in the 1980â€™s. Greedy mining baron Brad Hollister arrived in Oakdale in 1980, wooed Dee Stewart and married her sister Annie. Dee then married John Dixon, but later accused John of rape.
Barbara Ryan married smuggler James Stenbeck. Stenbeck repeatedly cheated on Barbara and repeatedly tried to murder her. Barbara later married Gunnar Stenbeck, the actual heir to the Stenbeck estate. Sadly, Gunnar was Read the rest of this entry »
After a momentous run of 54 seasons and 13,858 episodes, it was announced that As the World Turns would finally be put to rest once and for all. For many, it was a sad day. Let’s face it, soap operas are what they are – maudlin little vignettes of over-the-top drama that feature an idealized world of constant romance and intrigue and that’s why we love them. And ATWT had been with us for 54 years, spanning and spawning several generations of fans in the process – for some, it was a way of life.
Many things were responsible for the cancellation but the largest of them all was dwindling ratings. The soap opera or daytime drama was originally conceived as a way to keep housewives entertained, and during its inception it found its market. Unfortunately things change and so do the cultures and the demographics. Women were staying home less and those that could get their television from places like http://www.directstartv.com/ were able to record their programs without having to be there in person.
Thankfully, when the cancellation had been made official, the networks knew how to proceed. The series was brought to a satisfying conclusion and while some of us are sad to see it go, we can at least be thankful that it was given an ending.
Formatting for daytime serials changed during the 1970′s as the former 1/2 hour slot expanded to 1 full hour. More people than ever were turning into see the exploits of vixen’s Lisa Miller and Barbara Ryan, the villainous and devious theatrics of James Stenbeck and the playboy antics of John Dixon and Craig Montgomery. Through out the years several movie stars have come from the story lines of As the World Turns, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Ms. Marisa Tome, Read the rest of this entry »
As The World Turns began its rise to popularity in 1956, created by Irna Phillips who was one of the most creative writers of radio soap operas. She preferred character development over melodrama, and ran story lines in real-life time, keeping the focus on the personal and professional lives of its characters. Breaking the mold of the 15 minute serial, As The World Turns was the first serial to run a full 30 minutes in length. It soon enjoyed the highest Neilsen ratings for an astounding 12 years, Read the rest of this entry »
The Kennedy Assassination: A Momentous Interruption
Shots were fired at Kennedy’s motorcade at 12:30 PM CST on Friday, November 22, 1963, about six minutes later, the first bulletin hit the national TV and radio airwaves. The first bulletin hit the radio first, coming in on ABC’s radio network. CBS was the first TV station to break the news of shots being fired at Kennedy’s motorcade. The bulletin interrupted the live broadcast of popular soap “As The World Turns.” Newscaster Walter Cronkite delivered the audio bulletin without a cameras as none was Read the rest of this entry »
Helen Wagner (September 3, 1918 ” May 1, 2010) was the only woman to play the character “Nancy Hughes” in the long running soap opera “As The World Turns”. She began playing the role in April of 1956, when the show debuted, and continued to perform the role until her death, which occurred only months before the soap opera taped its final episodes in June 2010.
By playing Nancy Hughes for over 50 years, she is mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records as holding the longest run of a character role in television Read the rest of this entry »