Do you think Paul is faking his amnesia?
ATWT's Hagner, Hansis, Wilson, Silbermann, Lindstrom, Da Cruz and Pinter on the Daytime Emmy Red CarpetBy Mark on August 31, 2009
On Monday's thoroughly entertaining and frequently hilarious episode of As the World Turns, nothing was funnier than the sniping between Emily (Kelly Menighan Hensley, having palpable fun) and Barbara (the absolutely divine Colleen Zenk Pinter) as the latter tried to get Paul (an actually enjoyable Roger Howarth) locked up in what would turn out to be a deserted insane asylum. READ MORE
Perhaps someone passed along my Open Letter to Christopher Goutman. Perhaps Barbara Bloom took a good look at the plummeting ratings and decided that everyone should not lighten up after all. Perhaps head writer Jean Passanante took an extended vacation to Buenos Aires. Whatever has been happening over the last few weeks, let me step out on a limb and utter the words that many fans thought might not ever be said again or even believe: As the World Turns is, at long last, improving.
I fully expect the comments section to be full of invective and angry fist shaking about how ATWT is still "the worst soap on the air," how the vets are misused, and how the "Vortex of Suck" continues to, well, suck. In addition, the now well-documented list of the show's biggest defects remain stubbornly in place: warp-speed storytelling and the soul sucking semi-episodic structure continue to test the rapidly waning patience of the show's dwindling audience.
Having said that, it bears repeating that fans are a stubborn breed. We will praise shows, actors and performances we like, but we are quick to make our displeasure known when we feel things are not up to speed and falling apart. Once the latter narrative has been established it is very hard to turn the tide of opinion, even when a show starts to address its critics and make changes. Therefore, though the longstanding criticisms of ATWT are still valid, I think it is time to once again give credit where credit is due. READ MORE
On May 26 oral cancer survivor Colleen Zenk Pinter (Barbara, As the World Turns) was presented with the prestigious 2009 Harry Strusser Memorial Award for Public Service. Check out this clip.