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    As The World Turns Weekly Blog.

    Friday, September 17 2010

    The world keeps turning (
    Thoughts on the week of September 13.

    Well, it's the end. I don't really want to talk about what happened this week. Not that it was terrible or anything. It was certainly a better ending than Guiding Light received. But how can you end a show like this? A show that ran for 54 years. It's older than I am and the legacy it leaves dwarfs that of most of what's left behind on TV.

    Eulogies... I'm terrible at them. Though I don't suppose they are the kind of thing anyone would want to be good at. There is nothing I can say to change things or make them better. And even though I've offered a meager look back at the series this week, which you can find in the As The World Turns Newsroom, there's nothing I could do which would summarize what the show meant to people, or how it enriched their lives; how they felt when they glanced at the clock ticking down to when a new episode would start. I can't even imagine the millions of memories that fans have tacked onto every detail and nuance of the show, from the stories to the clothes the characters wore to the furniture which adorned the sets. I know all of those things matter and that, though it is the plots people most often argue about, they aren't what actually counts. What invites the loyalty of generations is something more mysterious, some strange aura that may not even be rational but which forms an integral part of people's days and the emotional makeup of their lives. Because of their scope, their almost life like relationship to time, and their complexity, a soap opera can embody that aura.

    Goodbye Tomargo (
    The end of the series will leave a big hole in many people's lives, including the actors. For their feelings about the end, read Stars Thoughts on As the World Turns’ Final Days. I'd like to take a moment to thank them for all of their hard work, and the hard work of the hundreds of actors, writers, pop makers, scene dressers, camera people, sound designers and assorted crew members who passed through the studios from decade to decade.

    For all kinds of reasons, As The World Turns touched people's lives as an exemplary instance of what soap operas can do. Watching a soap isn't like watching a TV series, it's a commitment, sometimes for a lifetime. How will you cope? What soaps will you watch now?

    I'd also like to thank all of the people who have visited this site for the past few years to read and talk about the show. The As The World Turns message board will remain open for you to reminisce and keep in touch with each other. I'll be over at our sister site, Soap Opera fan Blog, and you can always stop in for a visit. All the best to everyone.

    If you'd like to watch the last episode again we've posted it on our sister site Soap Opera Fan Blog through As The World Turns Finale Videos.

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    Please feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

    - Matt Purvis

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    Posted by Chrissi at Friday, September 17 2010 02:36 PM

    Matt, thank-you so much for all your hard work on ATWT. You outdid yourself with the tribute. xo Chrissi

    Posted by Earthmom at Friday, September 17 2010 03:16 PM

    Thank you, Matt. Very moving, and very insightful post. I have always enjoyed your blogs...and, usually felt the same way you did about many of the episodes. I appreciate your taking the time to share your comments with all of us and wish you the best in your new job. Earthmom

    Posted by jdbsmom1 at Friday, September 17 2010 04:34 PM

    What a great way to end the soap! The very first words of the soap 54 years ago was "Good Morning Dear", so it was very fitting that the last words were "Good Night". It is a shame that CBS has canceled this show. I have boycotted all the shows that have replaced my beloved shows such as Guiding Light and now As The World Turns. Soon there will be nothing else good to watch during the daytime. Best of luck to the cast and crew of the show you will be missed!!! Take Care!!!

    Posted by Taxpronpr at Friday, September 17 2010 06:49 PM

    I started watching this program with my mother in the mid fifties when the program was 15 minutes. Over the years, I grew up with Bob Hughes, having the utmost respect for his father, I named my son after the family patriarch, Christopher Hughes. Such a sad day today.

    Posted by LadyLaurie at Friday, September 17 2010 10:30 PM

    I feel CBS as made another terrible mistake and I hope they realize before any more are taken off the air. I watched Guiding Light most of my life 36 years and this one 24 and I still cry every day about GL. My life is not the same and never will be without
    these two shows. I am very ill and they were the highlight of my day. I am still deeply depressed about GL and now about this show too. Please don't take off Young and the Restless too or I shall have nothing to look forward to anymore. You have hurt a lot of people.

    Posted by Momma Ni at Saturday, September 18 2010 12:07 AM

    LadyLaurie Im with you!
    So sad to see apart of our childhoods end
    Were 5 generations of GL and ATWT .
    My first memories were watching standing
    under grand mothers ironing board.
    Im so glad my daughters and grand daughter
    shared the last years with me.
    Y&R gets the best ratings so they wont take it off the air

    Posted by Babe_law at Monday, September 20 2010 08:01 AM

    Today it all hit me like a ton of bricks. I was going over the shows on the list to be recorded today while I was at work and the 1:00-2:00 time slot was empty.

    I really thought the writers did a good job the last couple weeks but it was the actors that executed the lines that made me bawl like a big baby over the last few weeks. I am sure part of it was knowing the end was near (for them and us) but I don't think their acting could have been any better. I started watching the recorded shows after everone went to bed with a box of tissue on my lap.

    I am really really going to miss the show just as I miss the Guiding Light. I wish everyone luck and I want to wish them all health and happiness.

    Karen from Illinois

    Posted by Chrissi at Monday, September 20 2010 11:41 AM

    Also Matt will be writing all DOOL news on except for the blogs but then he writes his own on too! Stay tuned for his newest blog and a few other things he's got on the go for both sites!!

    Posted by Patti Poop at Monday, September 27 2010 02:09 PM

    It was time,, I have been watching it since I was a child and the show started to get very boring ....... no excitement.... the back and forth Carly and Jack was crazy... and sorry but when they made Luke to be Gay and they started kissing on this show I was finished... not good for children to be watching this...... so yes glad it is off the air@

    Posted by ck617 at Monday, November 08 2010 11:18 AM

    I absolutely cried when "As The World Turns" ended I have watched since it began. It was the only soap I watch. I feel as if I lost a dear friend or relative. Why doesn`t another channel pick it up and go forward with it?

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