Bummer news for fans of the CBS daytime drama As the World Turns … it is being reported today that the long-running soap has been canceled and will go off the air in September of next year. Now, I don’t watch ATWT but I’m well aware of the show’s groundbreaking storyline that revolves around same-sex couple Luke and Noah and I am really saddened that this daytime drama will be coming to an end. Once ATWT ends its run, CBS will only be producing 2 daytime dramas (which are, incidentally, my fave soaps) The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful:
And then there were six. The ailing soap industry took another hit this morning with the announcement that CBS has canceled As the World Turns. The show will end its 54-year run in September. The move, which comes just three months after CBS bid adieu to Guiding Light, will leave just six soaps on the air. The number could soon shrink to five if ABC axes One Life to Live, as has been rumored. “We are disappointed and saddened by the news that the show is not being renewed,” said ATWT exec producer Chris Goutman in a statement. ”It will certainly be a loss for all of us, and for the show’s loyal audience.” Producers are shopping the show around to other outlets, but don’t hold your breath. A similar effort was mounted for GL, and we saw how well that worked out … To watch the once-mighty industry wither away like this is beyond depressing.
It seems pretty obvious to me that very soon all of the daytime dramas will be off the air … it’s just a matter of which soaps will last the longest. I take heart in the fact that Y&R is the #1 daytime drama on TV (and has been for many years) so it and its sister show B&B have good chances for survival … but they cannot last forever. It’s really crazy to think that soap operas may be no more … and soon! This is very sad news for fans of daytime drama … the writing is very clearly on the wall. Which soap opera will be axed next?