Tuesday, December 08, 2009

CBS cancels "As the World Turns"

Wow! I have been watching As the World Turns forever. I grew up watching the soap with my grandmother. That leaves only "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and Beautiful" on the network (CBS cancelled the Guiding Light this past September). It seems that the daytime drama is a dying genre. Sigh.

If there's one consolation as a gay man and fan of As the World Turns, we did get to watch daytime's first gay romance with Luke and Noah (Nuke). Call me old-fashioned but I hope that the Luke & Noah love story ends with the lovers getting married.

AP reports:

CBS canceled "As the World Turns" on Tuesday, putting the company that coined the phrase "soap operas" out of the business of making daytime dramas for the first time in 76 years. "As the World Turns" has been on the air since 1956 and televised its 13,661st episode Tuesday. Its last episode will be in September, 2010, the network said.

"It's a hell of a Christmas present," said actress Eileen Fulton, who will mark 50 years playing the character Lisa Grimaldi on the show. Her character has been through nine marriages and Fulton was hoping for a 10th before the signoff. "I'm just very sad," she said. "I'm sad for all of the people who work out there in Brooklyn (where the show is filmed). We're a family. I hate to be split up. It's like a divorce." READ MORE