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As The World Turns cancelled

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 8th 2009 11:56AM
As The World TurnsFirst Guiding Light and now this: CBS confirmed this morning that they are canceling another long-running soap opera. Don't worry Young & The Restless fans (for now), the show that is going away is As The World Turns.

The show has been on the air for 54 years. The last episode will air in September.

This is actually really depressing. Soap operas (daytime soap operas, not prime time shows like Melrose Place) are a great dramatic format and deserve a place on the television landscape.

Unfortunately, it looks like the networks are moving further and further away from them, looking for cheaper alternatives. It's weird to think about, but now the only soaps that are left are Y&R, The Bold and the Beautiful, All My Children, General Hospital, One Life To Live, and Day Of Our Lives. And I bet none of those are safe (especially the ones on CBS).

I wonder if we'll get to the point where CBS cancels all of their soaps and NBC cancels Days and ABC decides "you know what? We're the only place on TV where fans can find their daytime soaps, let's keep them on the air." Or maybe all of the current daytime soaps will be canceled and then some time in the future, 5 or 10 years from now, daytime soaps make a spectacular comeback somehow.

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I too grew up watching As the World turns, My grandmother watched it, as my mother watched it. Now my 15 year old watches it from time to time but will never admit to it. As with others I have two children named after characters from the show, Emily and Evan

February 03 2010 at 1:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Deborah Wilson

Come on CBS what are you thinking? With long history ATWT has you might think if you increased the plots or bring more of the problems in the world today into the show and advertised the show at night time you might increase your number of people who watch in the daytime. All of these actors have become like family, I have even went on a cruise ship tour with some of them. How would you feel if you lost your whole family at one time? You would wonder how you would go on. Will CBS your going to loose a lot of you daytime viewer in September, and you will never get them back. You need to rethink your decision about ATWT. You will be mouring all of the sponsors you had.

February 03 2010 at 1:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Genny

Why are you doing away with the soaps.You put Dr. Phil in 1 spot. If you put Dr. Oz in the other spot, I guess we'll know who is ahead of this. Won't we?
I guess we can go to another station, can't we.

February 03 2010 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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