Cady McClain

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

Cady McClain: "Hooray! Rosanna Gets a Love Story!!"

Cady McClain shared a little spoiler on her Twitter page:

blueglitterfish Hooray! Rosanna gets a love story!!

blueglitterfish Hey my character gets a love story! Whoo hoo. Taking my ass to the gym toot sweet.

Cady and Jon Lindstrom are sharing a lot of screentime together. Will Rosanna be able to forgive Craig for trying to kill her? Is she going to reunite with Paul? Or is Rosanna going to have the hots for one of the other Oakdale men?

Who would you like to see in a love story with Rosanna?

When As the World Turns Gets It Right

As the World Turns gets little critical love these days, at least from me. Executive producer Chris Goutman and head writer Jean Passanante are roundly criticized for revolving door castings that last between three to six weeks per actor while a number of popular veterans remain stranded on the sidelines, nine month story lines compressed into 45 minutes of screen time, and obviously declining production values due to draconian budget cuts not of their making or within their control. Watching ATWT lately has been as often a test of endurance as much as one of patience. Unfortunately, many viewers have been able to pass neither challenge as the show's declining Nielsen ratings attest.

Nonetheless, I am careful to try to give credit where credit is due and today's episode did something very smart for the first time in a long time: human emotions took center stage. The writers shoved janky plot mechanics aside and instead focused on characters trying to relate to each other through adverse circumstances. Yes, ATWT's usual maddening problem of compressing events that should have played out over days and weeks into a single show managed to compromise a bit of my enjoyment, but I have to say I thought as a whole they hit it out of the park today. READ MORE

Hunt Block In "Salt"

Fans of Hunt Block (ex-Craig; ATWT, ex-Lee Ramsay; OLTL) get ready for his silver screen debut. According to former As The World Turns co-star Cady McClain's (Rosanna) twitter page:
My old friend Hunt Block is starring in the new Angelina Jolie movie, Salt!

Guess this means he won't be heading back to Oakdale soon.... Salt hits theaters next year.