Fans were excited about Rosanna's return! (Soaps.com)

In a year of soaps that was increasingly crazy (Dixie was killed off by pancakes on All My Children, John was just plain killed – or was he? – on Days of our Lives and a bomb blast lasted an entire sweeps period on General Hospital), As The World Turns has been recognized by one publication as being the best in the industry.

Soap Opera Digest named ATWT as tops in the industry and that top ranking could be from one particular storyline: that of Luke and Noah.

For the first time on daytime television, a gay storyline was portrayed from the beginning. And, though the romance is still in the beginning phases, the writers have said that they will play out “Nuke” in real time – meaning they will show first dates and first kisses and first. . .well, other things.