What’s Wrong With As The World Turns


As the World Turns is something of a mystery to me these days. I haven't been blogging regularly about the show because, honestly, I am kind of flummoxed about what to actually write about from day to day.

I love ATWT. The show is blessed with some of daytime's strongest actors. In this age of massive cost cutting, ATWT found an arguably better production alternative than Procter & Gamble sister show Guiding Light. Speaking for myself, I find most days, most characters, most stories and most events to be sufficiently captivating to keep me coming back.

Nonetheless, something is badly amiss in Oakdale. The usual criticisms of ATWT are all-too-familiar: far too many recasts, underused vets, storylines that turn on a dime, compressed storytelling and ever shrinking production values to name a few. While those issues are real and important, they are only symptons of several larger problems that encapsulate the issues that I, other Daytime Confidential bloggers and commentators all over the internet have found themselves dismayed about over the last several months. After trying to put a finger on these issues while attempting to "figure out" what's going on at ATWT from a larger perspective, several things have jumped out as serious structural flaws, like a cracked foundation in a beloved old home.
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As the World Turns Preview: Alison in Danger

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!