Check out this preview scene from Wednesday's episode of As the World Turns. I feel sorry for Noah (Jake Silbermann). Luke (Van Hansis) is not a nice drunk. What was he thinking? Comparing Noah to his father? Still, I love the way Van plays this and couldn't help but laugh at the way Luke was acting.
Warning: The following post contains salty language. Not safe for work. Not safe for kids. Not safe for pets. You have been duly warned!
The key to watching the NASCAR race that is As the World Turns is to latch onto whatever stories are playing, find the good, the bad and the ugly on any given day or week and hang on for dear life. With all the refueling, pit stops, tire changes, sharp curves, unexpected tune ups and occasional pile ups, by the time Head Writer Jean Passanante and Executive Producer Chris Goutman put the pedal to the metal on the storyline racetrack, it sometimes feels like someone is waving a checkered flag at the finish line while simultaneously getting ready to fire the start gun for the next race to begin.
In fact, it would seem that neither Passanante nor Goutman (with an assist from Barbara Bloom) have a firm handle on what's working and what's not working from week to week. The good part is that stories and some characters that aren't working are over and out sooner rather than later. The bad part is that stories and often characters that are working are over sooner rather than later, too. The rain, it seems, falls on the guilty and innocent alike. READ MORE
Check out this preview clip from Tuesday's As the World Turns. Scenes like this one are the reason why Van Hansis is without doubt my favorite actor on this show.
The election battle between Luke (Van Hansis) and his former crush Kevin (Karl Girolamo) takes a dark path on Wednesday's episode of As the World Turns. Kevin's campaign team has kidnapped Alison (Marnie Schulenberg), without Kevin's knowledge, after they found out that she was a spy sent by Luke's campaign manager Casey (Billy Magnussen). In the previews at the end of the show we saw that Alison ends up in Old Town in her underwear.
Was it really necessary to humiliate yet another female character? Aren't women 18-49 the target audience? I can't believe women (or anyone) find it entertaining to keep watching all these women getting humiliated.
But apart from this latest twist, I'm really enjoying this storyline. It's so great to see the younger group of Luke, Noah (Jake Silbermann), Casey and Alison interacting with each other in this story. Like they actually live in the same town and know each other!
AfterElton had the chance to interview Jean Passanante, head writer of As the World Turns, about the Luke and Noah storyline. Passanante wanted to plug the upcoming Luke/Kevin election story, but AfterElton wanted to know more about the kissing ban, the lack of sex and what will happen with Nuke in the future. She seems to be very good at giving answers that avoid the asked questions. This one, on why Luke and Noah haven't had sex yet, is probably my favorite:
We’ll take the time we think we need to tell the story. Part of what you’re experiencing as a delay is the fact that [Luke and Noah] just haven’t been on the air very much.
She said she knows how popular Luke and Noah are. Then why were they put on the backburner for months? You would think the show would try anything to go up in the ratings...