Wow! Talk about a LOT of online speculation and backstage buzz about two big As The World Turns actors and the status of the show itself! First off are RUMORS making its way around the net about Jon Hensley who plays Holden Snider...
So far this is what has been posted online:
"According to setsiders, Jon Hensley (Holden) will most likely leave when his contract is up later this year. Although Hensley was encouraged when TPTB came to him with the Holden/Bonnie story, that story's fate was sealed with the writers' strike, as the replacement HW Chris Goutman is scrambling to return to "familiar" stories for fear of ratings decreases. One of those "familiar" stories, of course, is Holden and Lily. Of course, Goutman and his staff are also feeling tension because of the rumor of ATWT being pulled from the airwaves this year. Hensley, on the other hand, is apparently looking at several other career avenues, including television writing. Hensley was studying at New York University for a couple of years during his previous run on ATWT in the 1990s, where he took creative writing courses."
This whole story with Holden & Lily seems rushed into and not all that interesting unfortunately. Holden & Bonnie really haven't had that connection on screen as a pairing and haven't had the proper time to develop any real chemistry. Their timing has been off and because of that they have failed before they even got the chance to really start something...all thanks to Lily's overdose and the writer's lack of judgement!
Next comes more RUMORS about Hunt Block (ex-Craig Montgomery) who is currently working on
One Life To Live
as Ramsey. This is what is being mentioned by online sources:
"Hunt Block has been let go at OLTL supposedly and speculation is that Goutman might try to hire him back because of the huge "Bring Craig Back" uproar"
Now ever since ATWT fired the original portayer of Craig Montgomery, Scott Bryce, rumors have circulated that perhaps the show fired him in the first place in order to get Hunt Block back. I myself much prefered Block's version of Craig a lot more than Bryce's version especially when he was paired up with Rosanna. However Bryce's version of Craig was starting to grow on me with this baby story involving Meg & Paul until its crappy ending. It will be interesting to see if indeed Hunt Block will return to the role of Craig Montgomery especially since his departure from the show was filled with sour grapes!
As for the rumor the show will be pulled from the airwaves and cancelled....well lets just say that CBS would more likely kill off Guiding Light than As The World Turns at this point just based on ratings alone! Please note this is all speculation however you can't help but wonder that perhaps some BIG changes are happening behind the scenes at As The World Turns!