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As the world turns

As the World Turns was a CBS network soap opera created by Irna Phillips which first premiered on April 2, 1956 and ran for 54 seasons, ending on September 17, 2010, airing for 13,858 episodes.

The show holds the second-longest continuous run of any daytime network soap opera on American television, surpassed only by "Guiding Light".

PlotEdit

Set in the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois, "As the World Turns" focused on the relationships and difficulties of the people of the town including the Hughes, Snyder and Walsh families.

CastEdit

Main CastEdit

Actor Character Duration
Terri Conn Katie Snyder 1998–2010
Daniel Cosgrove Dr. Chris Hughes 2010
Trent Dawson Henry Coleman 1999–2010
Ellen Dolan Margo Montgomery Hughes 1989–2010
Eileen Fulton Lisa Grimaldi 1960–2010
Van Hansis Luke Snyder 2005–10
Jake Silbermann Noah Mayer 2007–10
Don Hastings Dr. Bob Hughes 1960–2010
Kathryn Hays Kim Sullivan Hughes 1972–2010
Jon Hensley Holden Snyder 1985–88, 1990–95, 1997–2010
Scott Holmes Tom Hughes 1987–2010
Roger Howarth Paul Ryan 2003–10
Elizabeth Hubbard Lucinda Walsh 1984–2010
Agim Kaba Aaron Snyder 2002–05, 2007–10
Jon Lindstrom Craig Montgomery 2008–10
Billy Magnussen Casey Hughes 2008–10
Grayson McCouch Dusty Donovan 2003–10
Kelley Menighan Hensley Emily Stewart 1992–2010
Michael Park Jack Snyder 1997–2010
Marnie Schulenburg Alison Stewart 2007–10
Maura West Carly Snyder 1995–2010
Marie Wilson Meg Snyder 2005–10
Colleen Zenk Barbara Coleman 1978–2010


Recurring CastEdit

Actor Character Duration
Valentina de Angelis Faith Snyder 2010
Noelle Beck Lily Walsh 2008–10
Larry Bryggman John Dixon 1969–2004, 2010
Ewa Da Cruz Vienna Hyatt 2006–10
Allie Gorenc Sage Snyder 2006–10
Bailey Harkins Johnny Montgomery 2008–10
Mick Hazen Parker Snyder 2006–10
Lesli Kay Molly Conlan 1997–2004, 2009–10
Jennifer Landon Gwen Munson 2005–08, 2010
Ben Levin Gabriel Caras 2010
Marie Masters Dr. Susan Stewart 1968–79, 1986–2010
Cady McClain Rosanna Cabot 2002–05, 2007–10
Isabella Palmieri Natalie Snyder 2009–10
Julie Pinson Janet Ciccone 2008–10
Vanessa Ray Teri Ciccone 2009–10
Jesse Soffer Will Munson 2004–08, 2010
Kathleen Widdoes Emma Snyder 1985–10
Sarah Wilson Liberty Ciccone 2010
Daniel Manche J.J. Snyder 2005–09

Past CastEdit

Actor Character Status
Mary Kay Adams Neal Keller Alcott 1992–93
Brooke Alexander Samantha Markham Anderson #1 1994–96
Sherri Alexander Samantha Markham Anderson #2 1997–98
Bobby Alford Bob Hughes #1 1956–58
Joan Allison Claire English #4 1964–65
Daniella Alonso Pilar Domingo #2 2004
Real Andrews Walker Daniels 2003–04
Sean Anthony Andy Dixon #4 1983–84
Jennifer Ashe Meg Snyder #1 1986–89, 1994
Tala Ashe Ameera Ali Aziz 2008
Hayley Barr Courtney Baxter 1990–94
Kelly Barrett Maddie Coleman #2 2008–09
Steve Bassett Seth Snyder 1986–88, 1991–94, 2001
Susan Batten Connor Walsh #2 1997
Claire Beckman Sabrina Hughes #2 1990–92
Gregory Beecroft Brock Lombard 1989-90
Barbara Berjer Claire English #5 1964–71
Judith Blazer Ariel Aldrin Donovan 1982–85
Hunt Block Craig Montgomery #2 2000–05
Brian Bloom Dusty Donovan #1 1983–88
Claire Bloom Orlena Grimaldi #1 1994–95
Cynthia Bostick Marcia Campbell 1979
Peter Boynton Tonio Reyes 1986–91, 1992
Peter Brandon Donald Hughes #4 1966–72
Joseph Breen Scott Eldridge #1 1992–93
Colleen Broomall Danielle Andropoulos #2 1983–89
Susan Brown Adelaide Fitzgibbon #1 1988
Patricia Bruder Ellen Lowell Cole Stewart #2 1960–95, 98
Scott Bryce Craig Montgomery #1 1982–87, 1988–90, 1993–94, 2007–08
Larry Bryggman John Dixon 1969–2004, 2010
Walter Burke John Hughes #2 1963
Martha Byrne Lily Walsh Snyder #2
Rose D'Angelo
1985–89, 1993–2008
2000–04, 2006
Finn Carter Sierra Esteban #1 1985–88, 1990–91, 1994
Sharon Case Debbie Simon 1992–93
Christopher Cass Scott Eldridge #2 1993
Holly Cate Janice Maxwell 1993–95
Alexandra Chando Maddie Coleman #1 2005–07, 2009–10
Judith Chapman Natalie Bannon #1 1975–78
Shawn Christian Mike Kasnoff #1 1994–97
Mark Collier Mike Kasnoff #2 2002–07, 2009
Kristen Connolly Josie Anderson 2008–09
Frank Converse Ned Simon 1992–94
Nicolas Coster Eduardo Grimaldi 1993–95
Justine Cotsonas Sofie Duran 2007–08
Keith Coulouris David Stenbeck 1999-2000
Cassandra Creech Denise Maynard 1998–01
Joshua Dalin Danielle Andropoulos #1 1983
Les Damon Jim Lowell 1956–57
Napiera Danielle Bonnie McKechnie 2001–04
Toni Darnay Franny Brennan 1963–65
John Dauer Jeremy Wheeler 1995–96
Lucy Deakins Lily Walsh Snyder #1 1984–85
Scott DeFreitas Andy Dixon #5 1985–95, 1997–2000
Phoebe Dorin Penelope Hughes Cunningham #2 1971
James Douglas Grant Colman #2 1974–81, 1988–89, 1994–95
Wendy Drew Ellen Lowell Stewart #1 1956–1960
Jaime Nicole Dudney Georgia Tucker 1998–2000
Jessica Dunphy Alison Stewart 2002–05
Robert Dwyer Andy Dixon #2 1980
Virginia Dwyer Janice Turner #2 1962
Tom Eplin Jake McKinnon 1999–2002
Roy Eudon Brad Snyder #2 1999
Carl T. Evans Nick Scudder 2001-02
Eric Sheffer Stevens Dr. Reid Oliver 2010
Mary Beth Evans Sierra Esteban #2 2000–05, 2010
Jennifer Ferrin Jennifer Munson 2003–06
Jason Ferguson Andy Dixon #1 1976–79
Ann Flood Ruth Mansfield 1992–93
Michael Forest Nick Andropoulos 1980–82
David Forsyth Burke Donovan 1983
Conard Fowkes Donald Hughes #6 1978–81, 1985–86
Lindsay Frost Betsy Stewart 1984–88
Ed Fry Larry McDermott 1990–95, 2009
Christopher C. Fuller Jef Hamlin 1994–96
Terri Garber Iris Dumbrowski 2005–08, 2010
Hunter Garner Billy Ross 2001-02
Barbara Garrick Rita Renfield 1998-99
Edmund Gaynes Paul Stewart 1964–66
Marc Gomes Dr. Lewis McCloud 1997
Meredith Hagner Liberty Ciccone #1 2008–10
Alice Haining Angel Lange Snyder 1988–94
Paul Hecht Alexander Cabot 1992–95
Aisha Henderson Zoe Crane 1996
Benjamin Hendrickson Hal Munson 1985–2006
Lynn Herring Audrey Coleman 2009
Robert Hogan Larry J. McDermott 1991–92
Richard Holland Donald Hughes #2 1956–62
Scott Holroyd Paul Ryan 2001-03
John Howard Paul Ryan 1996
Laurence Hugo John Hughes #1 1956–57
John James Rick Decker 2003–04, 2008
Peter Francis James Blake Stevens 1989-90
William Johnstone Judge James T. Lowell 1956–79
Wendy Jones T. Jones 1996
Ben Jorgensen Chris Hughes 1999
Andrew Kavovit Paul Ryan 1986-1991, 1992
Nick Kokotakis Brad Snyder #1 1998-99
Paul Korver Chris Hughes 1999–2001
Jennifer Landon Gwen Norbeck Munson
Cleo Babbitt
2005–08, 2010
2007
Craig Lawlor Adam Munson 1998–2002
Lisa Lawrence Sarah Kasnoff 1996
William Lee Grandpa Hughes #1 1956
Guenia Lemos Ruby Frank 2001
Terry Lester Royce Keller 1992–94
Mark Kevin Lewis Gregory Varner 1994
Peyton List Lucy Montgomery 2001–05
John Loprieno Brad Snyder #3 1999
Kristanna Loken Danielle Andropoulos #3 1994
Don MacLaughlin Chris Hughes Sr. 1956–86
Neil Maffin Beau Farrell 1988–89
Daniel Markel David Stenbeck 1997–98
Nathaniel Marston Eddie Silva 1998–2000
Lauren B. Martin Camille Bennett 1997–2000
Konrad Matthaei Grant Colman #1 1973–74
Cady McClain Rosanna Cabot #2 2002–05, 2007–10
Lonnie McCullough Linc Lafferty #2 1993
Anne Burr McDermott Claire English #1 1956–59
Lonette McKee Sara Ruth Bennett 1997-99
Lynn Milgrim Orlena Grimaldi #2 1995
Judson Mills Hutch Hutchinson 1991–93
Michael David Morrison Caleb Snyder #1 1988–93
Robin Morse Pamela Wagner 1987–89
Burke Moses Sean Baxter 1989-91
Alexandra Neil Dawn Wheeler 1993–95
James Noble Donald Hughes #3 1962
Kim Onasch Jennifer Munson 1999–2002
Santos Ortega Grandpa Hughes #2 1956–76
Giulia Pagano Marsha Talbot 1986–87
Peter Parros Ben Harris 1996–2005, 2009
Tom Pelphrey Mick Dante 2009–10
Beverlee Penberthy Adelaide Fitzgibbon #2 1989
Valerie Perrine Delores Pierce 1998-99
Yvonne Perry Rosanna Cabot #1 1992–96, 1998–99
Bronson Picket Diego Santana 1996–97
Tonya Pinkins Heather Dalton 1983-86
Julie Pinson Janet Ciccone 2008–10
Nat Polen Dr. Douglas Cassen 1956–67
Leona Powers Mrs. Thelma Turner 1956–57
Susan Pratt Charlotte Lindsey 1999
Simon Prebble Martin Chedwyn 1996
Rosemary Prinz Penelope Hughes Cunningham #1 1956–68, 1985–87, 1993, 1998, 2000
Renee Props Ellie Snyder 1988–92
Mary Linda Rapeleye Margaret Crawford Andropoulos 1980–85
Heather Rattray Lily Walsh Snyder #3 1989–93
Margaret Reed Shannon O'Hara 1985–90, 1994–95
William Redfield Dr. Tim Cole 1958
Portia Reiners Ada Dunne 2006
Joanna Rhinehart Jessica Griffin #2 1995–99
Allyson Rice-Taylor Connor Walsh #1 1990–97
Barbara Rodell Joyce Colman 1973–81
Bonnie Root Eve Coleman 2006
Denis Romer Dr. Doug Campbell 1979
Todd Rotondi Bryant Montgomery 2000–01
Lamman Rucker T. Marshall Travers 2002–03
Frank Runyeon Steve Andropoulos 1980–86
Mark Rydell Jeff Baker 1956–62
Roselyn Sanchez Pilar Domingo #1 1996–97
Bill Shanks Casey Peretti 1986–90
Monti Sharp Dr. Lewis McCloud 1997–98
John Wesley Shipp Doug Cummings 1985–86
Kristina Sisco Abigail Williams 1999–2002
Deidre Skiles Danielle Andropoulos #5 2008
Alfe Smith Andy Dixon #3 1982
Melanie Smith Emily Stewart 1987–90, 1992
Rex Smith Darryl Crawford 1990–92
Susan Marie Snyder Julie Wendall Snyder 1989–95, 1998, 2002
Count Stovall Roy Franklin 1986–89
Mary Ellen Stuart Frannie Hughes 1989–92
Hal Studer Donald Hughes #1 1956
Joris Stuyck Gavin Kruger #1 1990
Michael Swan Duncan McKechnie 1986–95, 2001
Anne Sward Lyla Montgomery Peretti 1980–93, 2000
Paul Taylor Isaac Jenkins 1999–2003
Patrick Tovatt Cal Stricklyn 1988–98
Tamara Tunie Jessica Griffin #1 1987–95, 1999–2007, 2009
Mark Tymchyshyn Gavin Kruger #2 1990–92
Joyce Van Patten Janice Turner #1 1956–57
Helen Wagner Nancy Hughes 1956–2010
Alexander Walters Mark Kasnoff 1995–97
Gertrude Warner Claire English #2 1960
Ruth Warrick Edith Hughes Frye 1956–60, 1963
Greg Watkins Evan Walsh 1991–95
Ronnie Welch Bob Hughes #2 1958–60
Mary K. Wells Louise Cole 1958
Doug Wert Scott Eldridge #3 1995–96
Martin West Donald Hughes #5 1976–78
Nancy Wickwire Claire English #3 1960–64
Tom Wiggin Kirk Anderson 1988–98
Ashley Williams Danielle Andropoulos #4 1994–96
Darnell Williams Jack Devere 1994
Graham Winton Caleb Snyder #2 1993–95, 1998, 2002
Sarah Wilson Liberty Ciccone #2 2010
James Wlcek Linc Lafferty #1 1990–92
Michael Woods Alec Wallace 1999
Janet Zarish Natalie Bannon #2 1981

Deceased cast membersEdit

Actor Character Date of Death
Edie Adams Roseanne October 15, 2008
Joan Anderson Mary Mitchell May 14, 1974
Gerald Anthony Richie May 28, 2004
Pearl Bailey Corinne Bailey August 17, 1990
Ina Balin Rosalind Hatchley June 20, 1990
Donald Barton Ed Brewster April 24, 2002
Charles Baxter Tom Pope April 9, 1998
Lou Bedford Jarred Carpenter January 18, 2005
Barbara Berjer Claire English Lowell Cassen Shea October 20, 2002
Clarice Blackburn Marion Connolly August 5, 1995
Tom Bowman Victor January 8, 1997
Peter Brandon Don Hughes November 27, 1983
James Broderick Jim Norman November 1, 1982
Jacqueline Brookes Miss Thompson April 26, 2013
Ed Bryce Professor Philip Stallings December 6, 1999
James Burge Stefan Wilder June 1, 1985
Peter Burnell Hank Barton January 5, 1987
Anne Burr Claire English February 1, 2003
Fran Carlon Julia Burke October 4, 1993
Keith Charles Ralph Mitchell July 1, 2008
Don Chastain Logan Andrews/Cooley #1 August 9, 2002
Imogene Coca Alice Hammond June 2, 2001
Brent Collins Bernard Ignatius Grayson (A.K.A. Mr. Big) January 6, 1988
Linda Cook Lucy Hunter/Ann Reynolds April 12, 2012
Roderick Cook Simon August 17, 1990
Dennis Cooney Jay Stallings September 8, 2002
Nicholas Cortland Greg Ray August 21, 1988
Staats Cotsworth Ralph Brown April 9, 1979
Geraldine Court Jennifer Sullivan/Ryan Hughes November 20, 2010
Augusta Dabney Ann Holmes February 4, 2008
Les Damon James "Jim" Lowell Jr. July 21, 1962
Toni Darnay Fanny Brennan January 5, 1983
Curt Dawson Ronnie Talbot January 13, 1985
Palmer Deane Mr. Dalton April 23, 1990
Gloria DeHaven Sara Fuller July 30, 2016
Phyllis Diller Fairy Godmother August 20, 2012
James Douglas Grant Coleman March 5, 2016
Virginia Dwyer Janice Turner August 20, 2012
Stephen Elliott Dr. Jerry Stephens May 21, 2005
Henderson Forsythe Dr. David Stewart April 17, 2006
Conard Fowkes Donald Hughes December 14, 2009
Hugh Franklin Ralph Brown September 26, 1986
Dan Frazer Lt. McCloskey December 16, 2011
Betsy von Furstenberg Lisa Miller Hughes Eldridge Shea Colman McColl April 21, 2015
Zsa Zsa Gabor Lydia Marlowe December 18, 2016
Patricia Gage Corrine Lawrence January 31, 2010
Betty Garde Miss Tyler December 25, 1989
Mark Gordon Captain Striker August 12, 2010
Nicolette Goulet Casey Reynolds April 17, 2008
Farley Granger Earl Mitchell March 27, 2011
Ernest Graves Dr. David Stewart June 1, 1983
Margaret Hamilton Miss Peterson May 16, 1985
Benjamin Hendrickson Hal Munson July 1, 2006
Anthony Herrera James Stenbeck June 21, 2011
Barton Heyman Dr. Johnson May 15, 1996
William Hickey Ike Slattery June 29, 1997
Richard Holland Don Hughes June 9, 2006
Celeste Holm Lauren Roberts July 15, 2012
Robert Horton Whitney McColl March 9, 2016
Whitney Houston Concert Performer February 11, 2012
Robert Hover Brian Ellison February 15, 2013
Barnard Hughes Mr. Barton July 11, 2006
Laurence Hugo John Hughes March 2, 1994
Kim Hunter Nurse/Mrs. Tompkins September 11, 2002
Arch Johnson Red Carter October 9, 1997
William Johnstone James T. Lowell November 1, 1996
Joseph Julian Joe March 11, 1982
Charles Keating Niles Mason August 8, 2014
Ed Kemmer D.A. Dick Martin November 9, 2004
Eleni Kiamos Thea Lena January 14, 1988
Philip Kraus Jerry Kramer October 21, 2006
Jay Lanin Dr. Michael Shea July 17, 2013
Elizabeth Lawrence Evelyn DeWitt Lewis June 11, 2000
Will Lee Will "Pa" Hughes December 7, 1982
William LeMassena Ambrose Bingham January 19, 1993
Terry Lester Royce Keller November 28, 2003
Abby Lewis Mrs. Jackson November 27, 1997
Don MacLaughlin Chris Hughes May 28, 1986
Nandrea Lin Larrie Moore May 27, 2002
Stacie Linardos Marsha - Waitress in Al's Diner August 17, 2011
Michael Lipton Neil Wade February 10, 2012
Rita Lloyd Edwina Walsh Cabot September 6, 2009
Michael Louden Duke Kramer Dixon September 4, 2004
Geoffrey Lumb Mitchell Dru November 24, 1990
Don MacLaughlin Chris Hughes May 28, 1986
James Madden Thomas Christopher Hughes March 23, 2009
Larkin Malloy Radio Announcer / Dr. Weston September 28, 2016
Alan Manson Orderly March 5, 2002
Lori March Nurse Harris March 19, 2013
Joe Maross Dick Martin November 7, 2009
Nathaniel Marston Eddie Silva November 11, 2015
Basia McCoy Mrs. Marley May 16, 2012
John McMartin Ed Rice July 6, 2016
Mike Minor Norman Garrison January 28, 2016
Anna Minot Martha Wilson June 2, 2007
Michael David Morrison Caleb Snyder February 18, 1993
Rosemary Murphy Greta Aldrin July 5, 2014
Tony Musante Joe D'Angelo November 26, 2013
James Noble Donald Hughes March 28, 2016
Allen Nourse Otto Martin February 13, 1991
Santos Ortega Will "Pa" Hughes April 10, 1976
Betsy Palmer Suzanne Becker May 29, 2015
Brock Peters Dr. Bellows August 23, 2005
Nancy Pinkerton Dorothy Connors March 4, 2010
Alice Playten Mrs. Lovejoy June 25, 2011
Nat Polen Dr. Douglas Cassen May 3, 1981
Jon Polito Propney September 1, 2016
Roy Poole Dr. Jerry Stevens July 1, 1986
Leona Powers Thelma Turner January 7, 1970
William Prince Bill Holmes October 8, 1996
James Pritchett Bruce Elliott March 15, 2011
Keith Pruitt Frank Wendell November 12, 2008
James Ray Dr. Fisher December 3, 1988
James Rebhorn Henry Lange/Angus Oliver March 21, 2014
William Redfield Dr. Tim Cole August 17, 1976
Frances Reid Grace Baker February 3, 2010
Ethel Remey Alma Miller February 28, 1979
Joanna Roos Alma Miller May 13, 1989
Luis van Rooten Henry Miller June 17, 1973
Selena Royle Grace Baker April 23, 1983
Martin Rudy Carl Wilson March 9, 2011
Jack Ryland Evan Morgan January 5, 2007
Carles Sabater Ramon February 13, 1999
Dean Santoro Dr. Paul Stewart June 10, 1987
Madeleine Sherwood Mrs. Murphy April 23, 2016
Helen Shields Edna Rice August 7, 1963
Ann Shropshire Ann Eldridge May 1, 2013
P. Jay Sidney Dr. Bellows September 30, 1996
Hal Simms Announcer July 2, 2002
Lilia Skala Rose Welinski December 18, 1994
Eugene Smith Unidentified Role October 1, 2012
Roy Shuman Dr. Michael Shea July 30, 1973
John Spencer Don West December 16, 2005
Deborah Steinberg Solomon Amanda Holmes December 2, 2011
Philip Sterling Rev. George Booth November 30, 1998
Roy K. Stevens Charles Svenstrom April 12, 1987
Albert Stratton Dr. Tucker April 26, 2011
Shepperd Strudwick Dr. Fields January 15, 1983
Hal Studer Donald "Don" Hughes October 24, 2011
Barbara Ann Teer Helen July 21, 2008
Ben Thomas Nolan September 18, 2008
Terri VandenBosch Frannie Hughes March 9, 2009
Titos Vandis Nassos February 23, 2003
Ed Vassallo Police Officer/Doug February 25, 2014
Robert Vaughn Rick Hamlin November 11, 2016
Abe Vigoda Joe Kravitz January 26, 2016
Joe Wachowski Dean November 16, 2007
Helen Wagner Nancy Hughes McClosky May 1, 2010
Biff Warren Mark Lewis September 26, 1993
Ruth Warrick Edith Hughes Frey January 15, 2005
Gertrude Werner Claire English Cassen Shea January 26, 1986
Mary K. Wells Louise Cole August 14, 2000
Ronnie Welsh Dr. Robert "Bob" Hughes January 5, 1993
Nancy Wickwire Claire English Cassen Shea July 10, 1974
Andy Williams Himself September 25, 2012
Ann Williams Nurse Chastain December 13, 1985
Murial Williams Grace Baker February 10, 1994
Vince Williams Lamar Griffin January 6, 1997
Scott Winters Lawyer July 13, 2011
Joyce Worsley Mrs. Ledbetter April 12, 2004

Notable AlumniEdit

Actor Character Duration
Courteney Cox Bunny 1984
Jason Biggs Pete Wendell 1994–95
Brian Bloom Dusty Donovan 1983–88
Claire Bloom Orlena Grimaldi 1994–95
Jordana Brewster Nikki Munson 1995–98
Patricia Bruder Ellen Stewart 1960–2002
Larry Bryggman John Dixon 1969–2004, 2010
Shawn Christian Mike Kasnoff 1994–97
Margaret Colin Margo Hughes 1981–83
Joseph Cross Casey Hughes 1999–2000, 2002–04
Dana Delany Hayley Hollister 1981
William Fichtner Josh Snyder 1987–89
Thomas Gibson Derek Mason 1988–89
James Earl Jones Dr. Jerry Turner 1966
Lauryn Hill Kira Johnson 1991
Peyton List Lucy Montgomery 2001–05
Kristanna Loken Danielle Andropoulos 1994
Mary McDonnell Claudia Colfax 1980
Gregory Michael Clark Watson 2003–04
Matthew Morrison Adam Munson 2006
Julianne Moore Frannie Hughes
Sabrina Hughes
1985–88, 2010
1986–88
Ming-Na Lien Hughes 1988–91
Lea Salonga Lien Hughes 2001–02
Michael Nader Kevin Thompson 1976–78
Annie Parisse Julia Snyder 1998–2002
Danny Pintauro Paul Ryan 1983–84
Scott Porter Casey Hughes 2006–07
Jon Prescott Mike Kasnoff 2008
Rosemary Prinz Penny Hughes 1956–68
Parker Posey Tess Shelby 1991–92
Zach Roerig Casey Hughes 2005–07
Emmy Rossum Abigail Williams 1997
Amy Ryan Reenie 1990
Meg Ryan Betsy Stewart Andropoulos 1982–84
Mark Rydell Jeff Baker 1956–62
Roselyn Sanchez Pilar Domingo 1996–97
Martin Sheen Jack Davis 1965–70
Kerr Smith Ryder Hughes 1996–97
Michael Swan Duncan McKechnie 1986–95, 2001–02
Richard Thomas Tom Hughes 1966–67
Marisa Tomei Marcy Thompson Cushing 1983–85
Tamara Tunie Jessica Griffin 1986–95, 1999–2007, 2009
James Van Der Beek Stephen Anderson 1995
Steven Weber Kevin Gibson 1985–86
Amanda Seyfried Lucy Montgomery 2000–01
Karen Ziemba Aurora Hunter 2009

Broadcast HistoryEdit

"As the World Turns" enjoyed a virtually uninterrupted reign as the highest-rated soap from 1958 to 1978, tying for first place with NBC Daytime's "Another World" (1973–1974, 1977–1978) and "Days of Our Lives" (1973–1974).

By the mid-1960s, it was so firmly entrenched that its strongest competition "Let's Make a Deal" despite developing a devoted fan base in its own right and becoming one of daytime's most popular game shows, could not come close to matching it in the Nielsens.

Its strength was such that ABC ran hour-long drama reruns in the 1:00–2:00 pm. (noon–1:00 Central) slot in the mid-1960s and NBC after losing "Let's Make a Deal" to ABC in 1968, ran a total of eight shows, all short-lived (with the exception of "Three on a Match" which lasted three years), against "As the World Turns" & "Let's Make a Deal" from that point until 1975.

As that year began, "Another World" was expanded to 60 minutes, with their first hour-long episode airing on January 6, 1975.

Although this did not directly affect "As the World Turns" as the two shows were not in competition for anything other than the overall ratings win, CBS' afternoon lineup suffered some ratings damage as the popular soap put a dent in the ratings of both of CBS' popular afternoon game shows "The Price Is Right and "Match Game".

NBC (pleased by the success that the expansion of "Another World" had brought to the network) elected to do the same thing with Days of Our Lives beginning on April 21, 1975; this put "Days of Our Lives" and "As the World Turns" in direct competition for ratings.

Incidentally, the expansions were occurring seven years after the last two 15-minute serials, "Search for Tomorrow" and The Guiding Light, expanded to 30 minutes.

CBS considered expanding "As the World Turns" and "Search for Tomorrow" to 45 minutes (eliminating the timeslot during which stations broadcast local newscasts), but eventually decided to expand the show its front-runner in the ratings battle to a full-hour length.

CBS set a target of September 1975 to complete the expansion and needed to free up 30 minutes' worth of space on its schedule to do so. Game show "The Price Is Right" was relocated to 10:30 am and aired a week's worth of 60-minute shows in September as a test for a potential permanent expansion.

While "The Price is Right"'s expansion was intended as temporary to start, the expansion of "As the World Turns" was to be permanent. As such, the network was required to cancel one of the other programs on its schedule.

CBS turned its eye to "The Edge of Night" (which at the time was the network's lowest-rated program). The former hit had been moved (at Procter and Gamble's insistence) from its 3:30 pm timeslot to the 2:30 pm slot following "The Guiding Light" in 1972. As a result, The Edge of Night lost a large portion of its audience.

In addition to those factors working against it, the rest of CBS' drama lineup was performing well in the ratings and the network could not move the long-running serial to another time slot without risking pre-emption from local affiliates, which would have driven ratings even lower.

An agreement was struck between CBS, Procter and Gamble, and ABC to get the necessary 30 minutes for the As the World Turns expansion. CBS would not renew The Edge of Night once its contract was up, and Procter and Gamble moved the serial to ABC and aired it there.

However, a problem arose that would have caused a major issue had CBS elected to go ahead with a September expansion of "As the World Turns".

The network's contract with Procter and Gamble was not due to expire until December 1975 which meant that no new episodes of "The Edge of Night" would air for three months and ABC wanted to keep the series' continuity intact. CBS decided to hold off on the expansion and continue airing "The Edge of Night" until ABC could find a space for it.

In November 1975, ABC announced the cancellation of the game show "You Don't Say!" which had been airing in the network's 4:00 pm timeslot. The final episode was scheduled to air on November 28, 1975, after which "The Edge of Night" would be free to leave CBS and As the World Turns would be free to expand to 60 minutes.

The first hour-long episode of "As the World Turns" aired on December 1, 1975. The first half of the show continued to perform well against "Let's Make a Deal" on ABC, which the network moved to the noon timeslot within four weeks of the expansion.

The second half put the show in competition with ABC's most popular game show "The $10,000 Pyramid" which had done well against "Guiding Light" since the network moved it to 2:00 pm at the end of 1974 and kept doing so against "As the World Turns."

Although the expansion was not a complete success, at the end of the season, the serial was again at the top of the daytime Nielsens despite a 1.4-point drop from the year before.

Although the eventual hit game "Family Feud" ran against "As The World Turns" from July 12, 1976 until April 22, 1977, it did not become a hit for ABC until its move to the mornings.

Only when ABC made its first move to a one-hour soap with "All My Children" did trouble really began for As the World Turns (and Days of our Lives) since ABC kept that serial's starting time at 1:00/noon, meaning that fans of that serial who tuned to NBC or CBS would miss the last half of that day's storyline (or, contrariwise, would not if they watched until the mid-program commercial break and then changed channels, pick up the As "The World Turns" or "Days of Our Lives" activities from the episode's beginning, since ABC strategically placed its break several minutes after the bottom of the hour).

Further, "All My Children"'s emphasis on youth-oriented, sexier story lines provided a sharp contrast to the domestic, almost quaint tone of "As the World Turns" (and to a lesser degree, the melodramatic, somewhat topical Days).

On January 16, 1978, ABC ballooned its decade-old "One Life to Live" to the 2:00 PM/1:00 PM starting time, compounding the other networks' headaches. These factors helped contribute to the fall of "As The World Turns" from the top spot in the ratings at the end of the 1978-79 season.

After finishing the previous season tied with "Another World" for number one in the Nielsens, "As the World Turns" fell to fourth behind "All My Children," "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless."

On February 4, 1980, CBS moved and expanded The Young and the Restless to a full hour after the cancellation of the soap opera "Love of Life", moving from noon/11:00 am to 1:00 pm/noon (the former affiliate break timeslot) and it was bumped up to 2:00 /1:00 pm and "Guiding Light" to 3:00/2:00 pm.

On June 8, 1981, As the World Turns returned to its longtime 1:30/12:30 pm start time with Search for Tomorrow following at 2:30/1:30 pm and "The Young and the Restless" leading off the serial lineup at either noon/11:00 am or 12:30 pm/11:30 am (depending on affiliate preference).

The show remained at 1:30/12:30 pm until March 20, 1987, when CBS cancelled the five-year-old "Capitol" in favor of "The Bold and the Beautiful." CBS scheduled it at 1:30/12:30 pm and finally settled "As the World Turns" at 2:00/1:00 pm, where it remained until its final network episode in September 2010.

Although facing the full length of "Another World" and "One Life to Live" once again, the Douglas Marland era of 1985 to 1993 had a resurgence in ratings, and by 1991, it was back in its once habitual top-four placing. The show survived NBC's cancellation of its sister "Another World" in 1999.

Broadcast ScheduleEdit

  • April 2, 1956-November 28, 1975: 1:30–2:00 PM (12:30–1:00 PM, CT/PT)
  • December 1, 1975-February 1, 1980: 1:30–2:30 PM (12:30–1:30 PM, CT/PT)
  • February 4, 1980-June 5, 1981: 2:00–3:00 PM (1:00–2:00 PM, CT/PT)
  • June 8, 1981-March 20, 1987: 1:30–2:30 PM (12:30–1:30 PM, CT/PT)
  • March 23, 1987-September 17, 2010: 2:00–3:00 PM (1:00–2:00 PM, CT/PT)

CancellationEdit

In December 2009, CBS confirmed that it would not renew "As the World Turns" and the final episode was taped on June 23, 2010, at JC Studios in Brooklyn, which aired on September 17, 2010.

The final scene included Kim Hughes (Kathryn Hays) telling Bob Hughes (Don Hastings) to take as much time as he needed. Bob said the final two lines: "Good Night" and left the Oakdale Memorial Hospital for the last time, and the globe started spinning before the final fade-out.

VideoEdit

As The World Turns Intro (1981-1993)00:36

As The World Turns Intro (1981-1993)

As the World Turns November 1975 Promo00:21

As the World Turns November 1975 Promo

As The World Turns January 29, 1985 promo00:12

As The World Turns January 29, 1985 promo

As The World Turns July 17, 1989 promo00:21

As The World Turns July 17, 1989 promo

As the World Turns 1998 promo00:22

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