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Julianne Moore Returns to 'As the World Turns' on Monday

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 1st 2010 11:05AM
julianne_moore_close_upWhen it was announced last month that movie star Julianne Moore was returning to 'As the World Turns' for a guest appearance, it sounded like a prank. And the fact that today is April 1 -- April Fool's Day -- maybe you think this is a gag. It's not. Julianne Moore, four-time Oscar-nominated actress -- is really going back to her roots.

On Monday, April 5, Julianne Moore will be on 'As the World Turns' as Frannie Hughes, the character she played from 1985-87 on the CBS soap. She also played Frannie's look-alike British twin Sabrina. She was so good on 'ATWT' that she won the Daytime Emmy in 1988 for Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series. And she was! So often in the soap genre, actors are given the opportunity to play a twin -- evil or not -- and they either rise to the occasion... or crash and burn.

On 'General Hospital,' Anthony Geary, for instance, just never was right as Luke's cousin Bill Eckert, who looked like Luke the way Patty looked like Cathy in 'The Patty Duke Show.'

Anyway, as Frannie and Sabrina, Julianne was brilliant. She made them two distinctly different characters. And in the scenes in which they played opposite each other, the production was seamless, so that you were caught up in the illusion that there were two actresses at work, not just Julianne imagining a reflection of herself and vice versa.

When Moore makes her appearance on Monday, she'll only be Frannie. The character makes a surprise visit home to Oakdale where her father, Bob, is celebrating his wedding anniversary with Kim. She'll be visiting the Hughes clan, Tom and Margo and Barbara, all relatives. It'll be just like a real family. Take a look at the preview -- it's short, but really good!

Sadly, with the end of 'As the World Turns' coming in September, we'll lose that family connection. Soaps thrive on family and extended canvases of characters who are related. A 54-year old soap like 'ATWT' does family better than most any other show on the air. There are Stewarts and Walshes, Synders and Hughes ... many tentacles that reach into today's cast from characters decade old. We'll miss that when the show is gone.

Despite all the talk about finding a new home for 'ATWT,' that seems unlikely. Come September, like 'Guiding Light' before it, the 'World' will stop spinning and it'll be gone.

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Pam Avery

I'm glad she is returning, but it may be too little too late. The story-line about Bob & Kim having to get married on what they thought was their 25th wedding anniversary is on of the best they have had in years!

To save this show we need More Hughes, More Stuarts; and bring back the Lowels who blonged in Oakdale before they started Another World. Henry Should Marry Katie; the original craig should remarry original Seirra, and Holden should go back to the original Lilly. Seth Snider should marry Sabrina. Betsy & steve should make a brief guest appearance, so should Duncan & Snannon. Original Paul should marry original Emily (Melanie Smith). After Henry leaves her to go back to Katie, Barbara should go to Greece searching for Hal. Most important of Luke snider should discover that his Homosexuality is rooted in mixed up relationship with his dad & step dad. He repents joins CROSS: Created for the Oposite Sex, and is healed by the love of his Heavenly Father. After all this is our Father's World and it Turns in His hands

April 07 2010 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It saddens me to hear another good soap opra is leaving.
It is sad also to see how there has been so much change in family values.
I have not been too happy with seeing gays kissing and carrying on together on the screen. I think if that is their life style, Fine! But, Do we have to watch it?
I am happy when I can tape the shows, and then skip through the parts I do not wish to see.

April 05 2010 at 6:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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