Cady McClain

Cady McClain: "I’d be Happy to Come Back" to AMC

As the World Turns' Cady McClain visited with We Love Soaps' Damon Jacobs about whether or not she'd return to All My Children after the show used pancakes to kill Dixie off.

We Love Soaps: Now the question we get a lot here at We Love Soaps is if those poisoned banana pancakes [that killed Dixie on ALL MY CHILDREN] were really poisoned, or is there any chance in your mind that perhaps they were tainted but not deadly poisoned?

Cady McClain: Well, I have to tell you those were the most delicious pancakes I’ve ever had. It’s like, “What do you mean these are killing me? They’re fabulous!” Whether or not I go back to ALL MY CHILDREN has to do with ABC and what they want to do. I’d be happy to come back, even for a guest appearance to help J.R., or fix his car, or whatever. It’s a fun group and I love what they’re doing on the show. I love the look of the show.

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Cady McClain on ATWT Cancellation Rumors

Cady McClain spoke with Melissa Parker at Our Prattville about rumors of As the World Turns' cancellation. 

Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): As Guiding Light is ending in September, have there been any strong (inside) rumors about As the World Turns closing its doors also?

Cady McClain: There are always rumors. I think what is more important is the effort that is being made to keep the show on the air. There is a strong and loyal audience and they need to be seen and heard. These shows serve a vital community function, in that, at their best, they portray current social issues and the emotional sides to those issues.

They also provide a means to escape reality for many of those who are suffering. There are a lot of nighttime shows that have taken their cues from daytime serials. I still think when daytime does what it does, it is a lot more fun.

As the World Turns: Finally Getting It Together

Perhaps someone passed along my Open Letter to Christopher Goutman. Perhaps Barbara Bloom took a good look at the plummeting ratings and decided that everyone should not lighten up after all. Perhaps head writer Jean Passanante took an extended vacation to Buenos Aires. Whatever has been happening over the last few weeks, let me step out on a limb and utter the words that many fans thought might not ever be said again or even believe: As the World Turns is, at long last, improving.

I fully expect the comments section to be full of invective and angry fist shaking about how ATWT is still "the worst soap on the air," how the vets are misused, and how the "Vortex of Suck" continues to, well, suck. In addition, the now well-documented list of the show's biggest defects remain stubbornly in place: warp-speed storytelling and the soul sucking semi-episodic structure continue to test the rapidly waning patience of the show's dwindling audience.

Having said that, it bears repeating that fans are a stubborn breed. We will praise shows, actors and performances we like, but we are quick to make our displeasure known when we feel things are not up to speed and falling apart. Once the latter narrative has been established it is very hard to turn the tide of opinion, even when a show starts to address its critics and make changes. Therefore, though the longstanding criticisms of ATWT are still valid, I think it is time to once again give credit where credit is due. READ MORE