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
Next week, Noah (Jake Silbermann) sees Reid (Eric Sheffer Stevens) with another man (Chris, Daniel Cosgrove) and tells Luke (Van Hansis). Blackthorn (Billy Warlock) discovers a microphone bug on Carly (Maura West) and Dusty (Grayson McCouch) is pushed into a van. Watch the As the World Turns promo after the jump.
Fans wanting to say adiós to Oakdale will have their chance next month. On Aug. 18, The Paley Center will host an event which will showcase clips from over the years and discuss how As The World Turns handled many real-life issues throughout the years. The following are slated to appear:
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Earlier this year, Harper's Magazine ran a thought-provoking and well written article on the groundbreaking gay storyline on As The World Turns. Granted, many of us haven't been happy with the direction TPTB took with Nuke in the past year or so; but given the show's imminent demise -- and the fact that, at one point, this truly WAS groundbreaking for daytime -- I feel it's permissible, even necessary, to be nostalgic about what could have been. Sometimes we, as viewers, forget to be grateful for what we actually had in the first place. READ MORE
With the end of As the World Turns drawing near, viewers are waiting with baited breath to see if their favorite pairings will survive, or if mooning lovers like Barbara and Henry will be united for the finale. One couple I’m pulling hard for is Luke and Reid, or "Ruke", as I like to call them. These two have a delicious, grown folks kind of chemistry that just screams “love in the afternoon.”