As the World Turns Stops: Sobs! All Those Afternoons!

By Marlena De Lacroix When I was in high school I was noted for spending my afternoons watching soap operas and eating cole slaw. Decades later, I am sobbing ... and I mean real big salty tears ... into my slaw as As the World Turns is drawing to a close, heading to  With the end of As the World Turns, let’s celebrate soaps. Our memories of … [Read more...]

Patrick’s Postcards from Oakdale, Salem and Springfield

By Patrick Erwin Hello everyone! Sorry I haven't been around as much lately.  I've been dealing with the plot twists and turns of my own storyline, including a move to another city -- not just any city, but the Windy City of Chicago. Chicago is, of course, the cradle of soaps, where Irna Phillips started it all and where Bill Bell began. … [Read more...]

Remembering Douglas Marland: Timeless Storylines, Timeless Talent

 Douglas Marland:  May 5, 1935 - March 6, 1993 By Patrick Erwin It's been fifteen years since Douglas Marland's death. That seems impossible to me, but then again, maybe that's because I still see aspects of his work and his characters on screen every day. Certainly, his body of work has had a big impact on me. I was eagerly watching his … [Read more...]

As the World Turns: The Dark Side

By Patrick Erwin A few weeks back, when I watched the scenes surrounding the death of Dusty Donovan on As the World Turns, I was overwhelmed -- not because of Dusty's death, or because of a performance or a line of dialogue. I was completely overwhelmed at how utterly dark ATWT is -- and has been for some time now. I mean, look around … [Read more...]

The Young and the Restless: Katherine Chancellor, Always!

By Patrick Erwin The Young and the Restless has a long history of being a solid hour of soap, mostly unmoved by trends or the fleeting fancies that other shows have lived (or died) by. But in the last few years, Y&R has undergone some substantial changes -- changes in writers, in producers, and in the pace the story unfolds on screen. Fans … [Read more...]

As The World Turns’ Unique Christmas Gift to Us

By Marlena De Lacroix On the very pre-Christmas Friday when ABC stabbed us in the eye with Georgie's funeral on General Hospital,  As the World Turns showed us that it remembered what Christmas, family, hope -- and soaps -- are all about.  The ATWT holiday show was purely a gift to us -- the fans!  We, the people, who really count!  It was a … [Read more...]