August 19, 2010 — ‘As the World Turns’ cast and crew were on hand last night in New York City for the farewell party at the The Paley Center for Media. Familiar faces of the cast were on hand to celebrate the series and share a final memory before everyone moves on. Don Hastings, Austin Peck, Kathy Hays, Trent Dawson, Eileen Fulton, Van Hansis, Colleen Zenk, and Terri Colombino were on hand. Some of the actors and actresses have been on the show since the 1960’s.
As The World Turns, the long-running daytime drama, will complete its final season on the CBS Television Network in September 2010. CBS has decided not to renew the show for the 2010/2011 broadcast season, thereby ending its 54-year run on the Network.
The epitome of multi-generational, serial storytelling, As The World Turns has been entertaining generations of fans for more than half a century. The show boasts a well-loved and long-tenured cast, including actress Helen Wagner (Nancy Hughes) who spoke the first words on the premier broadcast of ATWT in 1956. To this day, Nancy is still at the helm of the Hughes family, earning Wagner the distinction of portraying the longest-running character in television history.
Other veteran cast members still on the show today include Eileen Fulton (Lisa Grimaldi) and Don Hastings (Dr. Bob Hughes) who each have played their characters for 49 years; Marie Masters (Dr. Susan Stewart) with 41 years; and Kathryn Hays (Kim Hughes) who has starred on the show for 37 years.
As The World Turns has tackled many contemporary themes over the years, including AIDS, Alzheimer’s, alcoholism and more, while remaining true to the show’s rich history and realistic characters. In 1988, the serial made history by introducing daytime television’s first gay male character, Hank Eliot (played by Brian Starcher), for which it was honored at the first annual GLAAD media awards in 1990.
Last night was all about the memories of the show and being together for one final time. Take a peek at the photos.
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