Bernard’s “World” View: In Defense of Christopher Goutman



Several days ago, I posted an entry about the fallout from the death of Dr. Reid Oliver (Eric Sheffer Stevens) on As The World Turns. There were three central ideas in that piece. First, despite the very legitimate complaints that any given fan might have, ATWT is providing great human drama here at the end of its run. Second, Reid’s tragic passing and donation of his heart to Chris (Daniel Cosgrove) encapsulated that goal mainly by thrusting the Hughes’— the show’s core family since its very debut— front and center toward its conclusion. Third, given the soap opera wrapped production months ago, the idea of kicking a dead horse with unrelenting criticism isn’t going to make it win the Kentucky Derby.

I have not budged one iota from any of those positions and I am about to incur the wrath of a whole lot more of you by making what I know will be a very controversial statement to many: I believe that in these final days, executive producer Christopher Goutman has made mostly the right decisions.

The Paley Center Says Farewell to As the World Turns


The Paley Center bid As the World Turns and its cast a fond farewell on August 18 in New York City. Executive producer Chris Goutman and head writer Jean Passanante were joined by ATWT stars Don Hastings, Kathryn Hays, Eileen Fulton, Colleen Zenk, Terri Colombino, Van Hansis, Trent Dawson, Mick Hazen and former ATWT star Austin Peck (pictured above). Former Guiding Light star Robert Newman also attended the event. See more photos from The Paley Center's As the World Turns fairwell after the jump!




Unpopular “World” Opinions

 

 
I dare to be different, march to the beat of the music I hear inside my head, and root for the underdog. Of course, even the soaps are not safe from my eccentric thinking. I have been thoroughly enjoying As the World Turns for the past few weeks and have some very strong, albeit potentially unpopular thoughts about what I would like to see before my "World" stops turning in September. Please be gentle with me and hurl only fresh tomatoes in my general direction.

As the World Turns: Countdown to the Finale




Wednesday, June 23, 2010 was the last production day for As the World Turns.

There seems to be no more appropriate time to begin the 54-year-old series’ final reviews before the globe stops spinning on September 17.

This first entry in that effort actually is an overview of where I, as a reviewer & fan, see ATWT’s standing first and foremost as a soap opera. The politics, recriminations, ratings analysis, and the business decisions leading to its demise are not my primary concern. Instead, I want to focus on the trials and shenanigans of Oakdale because, in my opinion, this venerable daytime serial — which once held the slot as the number one daytime drama for 20 years! — deserves no less.