As the World Turns has released a video with deleted scenes from the show's final episode. You can watch it after the jump. READ MORE
Several days ago, I posted an entry about the fallout from the death of Dr. Reid Oliver (Eric Sheffer Stevens) on As The World Turns. There were three central ideas in that piece. First, despite the very legitimate complaints that any given fan might have, ATWT is providing great human drama here at the end of its run. Second, Reid’s tragic passing and donation of his heart to Chris (Daniel Cosgrove) encapsulated that goal mainly by thrusting the Hughes’— the show’s core family since its very debut— front and center toward its conclusion. Third, given the soap opera wrapped production months ago, the idea of kicking a dead horse with unrelenting criticism isn’t going to make it win the Kentucky Derby.
I have not budged one iota from any of those positions and I am about to incur the wrath of a whole lot more of you by making what I know will be a very controversial statement to many: I believe that in these final days, executive producer Christopher Goutman has made mostly the right decisions.
TV Guide Magazine: Let's backtrack. When were you actually offered the Y&R role? There were rumors about you going there long before it was announced.
West: I was hearing those same rumors before I'd ever spoken to anyone at Y&R. I hadn't even spoken to my agent about doing another daytime show. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. I kind of liked the idea of having a little bit of freedom and maybe not going to another soap right away. But even friends were calling and saying, "So...Y&R, huh?" And it was all supposition! I think it became like a game of Telephone where somebody mentioned it because they thought it was a good idea and pretty soon people were repeating it as fact. But you know what? Those rumors gave me a great idea. Why not Y&R? I certainly liked the idea of staying at CBS. From my understanding, it was my agent who actually called them. They weren't running around looking for me.
West also gives a little tidbit on what's to come when Diane returns to Genoa City.
On the last week of As the World Turns Noah (Jake Silbermann) tells Luke (Van Hansis) that he'll wait for him, Kim (Kathryn Hays) supports her husband Bob (Don Hastings) when he retires as chief of staff, Carly (Maura West) and Jack (Michael Park) get married and Dusty (Grayson McCouch) is there for Janet (Julie Pinson) when she's about to give birth to her baby. Watch the promo after the jump. READ MORE
After 54 seasons and one unforgettable journey As the World Turns comes to an end. Watch the series finale promo after the jump.
Before I get to today’s stunning episode of As the World Turns, in which Dr. Reid Oliver dies and donates his heart to his professional nemesis/colleague Dr. Chris Hughes, I have a few thoughts about not only the serial's final days on the air, but also —in a broader sense—fan perceptions about what a soap's last days should be like, themes that will be carried forward as we look toward ATWT's final hours.
First, with less than two weeks to go before its final fade to black, ATWT is ending its 54 year history in perhaps better dramatic shape than almost any serial since the cancellation of NBC's Texas in 1982, a specific observation I will expand upon in a few days. Of course, there is lots to gripe and nitpick about the woulda-coulda-shoulda’s of how the show might have wrapped things up. Many of those ideas are quite good and some are downright ludicrous, but in the final turn of events, all of that stuff is moot. The last scenes were shot, the sets have been struck, and the actors all went along different paths weeks ago. READ MORE