Rating As the World Turns’ Busy, Busy Summer

Thinking Fans Comment Update Aug. 30: Kristen says ATWT writers finally got one right ... while Oakdalian found the summer a mixed bag ... and more. See Comments below.  _____________________ By Patrick Erwin What's been happening in Oakdale? It's been an interesting summer for As The World Turns as the show has been finding its balance … [Read more...]

Point-Counterpoint: The Infuriating Holden/Carly Romance on As the World Turns

What is daytime's most unpopular romance? Judging from fan complaints, I'd say it's Holden and Carly on As the World Turns.  Here are two characters -- wed not to each other -- who are or were partners in two separate long-running supercouples. Well, so what?  Since partner switch -- and adultery -- are staples of soaps, I can't quite understand … [Read more...]

Losing “The Natural” — An Appreciation of Beth Ehlers, Guiding Light’s Irreplaceable Harley

By Patrick Erwin Beth Ehlers is on her way to ABC and All My Children's Pine Valley, and they're all damn lucky to have her. But for the second time in just a few months, P&G and CBS have made the boneheaded move of allowing someone who was woven deeply into the tapestry of a show to walk away. P&G clearly hasn't learned from the loss … [Read more...]