One family is grieving. Another family is reunited. Next week on As the World Turns.
Those crazy, sexy, cool Mo Fos over at We Love Soaps are at it again! For their latest podcast episode, Damon Jacobs offers a sneak peek from his interview with daytime legend Lynn Herring, who reveals the details behind the contract tomfoolery that prevented her from reprising her iconic role as Lucy Coe on General Hospital, following her stint as Lucy the Vampire Slayer on Port Charles.
Herring also dishes about her summer gig as Henry's (Trent Dawson) "sociopath" mother Audrey on As The World Turns, shares the secret to her happy marriage with fellow soap legend-turned-rancher Wayne Northrop (original Roman, DAYS) and provides some eye-opening insights about the state of daytime from the perspective of an actress who was part of the lavish. Gloria Monty heyday and recently returned to the current, streamlined version of the genre's production model. READ MORE
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
Lynn Herring debuted on As the World Turns as Audrey at the end of Monday's episode. What are your first impressions of her in this role?