Entertainment: As the World Turns

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Entertainment: As the World Turns Gender: N/A
TV series
born on 2 April 1956 at 13:30 (= 1:30 PM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w00
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 12°59' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 06°51 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 16°21'


American television soap opera, set in the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois, that aired on CBS for 54 years from 2 April 1956 to 17 September 2010. Irna Phillips created As the World Turns as a sister show to her other soap opera Guiding Light. Running for 54 years, As the World Turns holds the third-longest continuous run of any daytime network soap opera on American television, surpassed only by General Hospital and Guiding Light. As the World Turns was produced for the first 43 years in Manhattan and in Brooklyn from 2000 until 2010.

Prior to the show's debut, all serials had been 15 minutes in length. As the World Turns and The Edge of Night, which premiered on the same day at 4:30 pm EST, were the first two to be 30 minutes in length from their premiere. At first, viewers were indifferent to the new half-hour serial, but ratings picked up in its second year, eventually reaching the top spot in the daytime Nielsen ratings by fall 1958. In 1959, the show started a streak of weekly ratings wins that was not interrupted for over 12 years. The show switched to colour on 21 August 1967, and expanded from a half-hour in length to one hour starting on 1 December 1975, when The Edge of Night moved to ABC. In the year-to-date ratings, As the World Turns was the most-watched daytime drama from 1958 until 1978, with ten million viewers tuning in each day. At its height, core actors such as Helen Wagner, Don MacLaughlin, Don Hastings, and Eileen Fulton became nationally known. Three of these actors – Wagner, Hastings, and Fulton – are also the three longest serving actors in the history of American soap operas.

The show passed its 10,000th episode on 12 May 1995, and celebrated its 50th anniversary on 2 April 2006. On 18 September 2009, As the World Turns became the last remaining Procter and Gamble-produced soap opera for CBS after Guiding Light aired its final episode on the network.

On 8 December 2009, CBS announced that it was cancelling As the World Turns due to low ratings. The show taped its final Procter and Gamble scenes for CBS on 23 June 2010, and with a dramatic storyline finale, its final episode on the network aired on 17 September 2010. On 18 October 2010, CBS replaced As the World Turns with a newly debuted talk show The Talk.

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  • associate relationship with Bassett, Steve (born 25 June 1952). Notes: Played Seth Snyder, 1986-2009
  • associate relationship with Biggs, Jason (born 12 May 1978). Notes: Played Pete Wendall, 1994-1995
  • associate relationship with Bryggman, Larry (born 21 December 1938). Notes: Played Dr. John Dixon, 1969-2004
  • associate relationship with Calvani, Luca (born 7 August 1974). Notes: Played Dante, 2001
  • associate relationship with Carlon, Fran (born 2 April 1913). Notes: Played Julia Burke, 1968-1975
  • associate relationship with Deas, Justin (born 30 March 1948). Notes: Played Tom Hughes #10, 1981-1984
  • associate relationship with DeFreitas, Scott (born 9 September 1969). Notes: Played Andrew "Andy" Dixon (#5), 1985-1995, 1997-2000
  • associate relationship with Dolan, Ellen (born 16 October 1955). Notes: Played Margo Montgomery Hughes, 1989-2010
  • associate relationship with Douglas, James (born 20 May 1929). Notes: Played Grant Colman, 1974–1981, 1986, 1989
  • associate relationship with Eplin, Tom (born 25 October 1960). Notes: Played Jake McKinnon, 1999-2002
  • associate relationship with Fulton, Eileen (born 13 September 1933). Notes: Played Lisa Grimaldi, 1960-2010
  • associate relationship with Hansis, Van (born 25 September 1981). Notes: Played Luke Snyder, 2005-2010
  • associate relationship with Hays, Kathryn (born 26 July 1934). Notes: Played Kim Hughes, 1972-2010
  • associate relationship with Hensley, Jon (born 26 August 1965). Notes: Played Holden Snyder, 1985/2010
  • associate relationship with Horton, Robert (born 29 July 1924). Notes: Played Whit McColl, 1983-1984
  • associate relationship with James, John (born 18 April 1956). Notes: Played Rick Decker, 2003-2004, 2008
  • associate relationship with La Mura, Mark (born 18 October 1948). Notes: Played Vic Robinson, 1956
  • associate relationship with Lacy, Jerry (born 27 March 1936). Notes: Played Simon Gilbey, 1971
  • associate relationship with LeBlanc, Christian (born 25 August 1958). Notes: Played Kirk McColl, 1983-1985
  • associate relationship with List, Peyton (born 8 August 1986). Notes: Played Lucy Montgomery, 2001-2005
  • associate relationship with McClain, Cady (born 13 October 1969). Notes: Played Rosanna Cabot, 2002-2005, 2007-2010
  • associate relationship with McMartin, John (born 21 August 1929). Notes: Played Ed/John Rice, 1961-1963
  • associate relationship with Moore, Julianne (born 3 December 1960). Notes: Played Frannie Hughes, 1985-1988, 2010; Sabrina Hughes, 1986-1988
  • associate relationship with Perrine, Valerie (born 3 September 1943). Notes: Played Delores Pierce, 1998-1999
  • associate relationship with Phillips, Jeff (born 3 July 1968). Notes: Played Kevin Marshall, 1991-1992
  • associate relationship with Pintauro, Danny (born 6 January 1976). Notes: Played Paul Ryan, 1983-1984
  • associate relationship with Posey, Parker (born 8 November 1968). Notes: Played Tess Shelby, 1991-1992
  • associate relationship with Roerig, Zach (born 22 February 1985). Notes: Played Casey Hughes, 2005-2007
  • associate relationship with Ryan, Meg (born 19 November 1961). Notes: Played Betsy Stewart Andropoulos, 1982-1984
  • associate relationship with Sandy, Gary (born 25 December 1945). Notes: Played Hank Barton, 1970
  • associate relationship with Schulenburg, Marnie (born 21 May 1984). Notes: Played Alison Stewart, 2007-2010
  • associate relationship with Seyfried, Amanda (born 3 December 1985). Notes: Played Lucinda "Lucy" Montgomery, 1999-2001
  • associate relationship with Swan, John Michael (born 11 June 1948). Notes: Played Duncan McKechnie, 1986-1995, 2001
  • associate relationship with Wagner, Helen (born 3 September 1918). Notes: Played Nancy Hughes, 1956-2010
  • associate relationship with West, Maura Jo (born 27 April 1972). Notes: Played Carly Snyder, 1995-2010
  • associate relationship with Whitty, George (born 4 September 1962). Notes: Composer


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "On Television," New York Times, 2 Apr 1956, p. 47.


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