Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Even in a hospital bed, Carly's still got men falling all over her.

Find out how she does it, only next week, only on As The World Turns.

Welcome home, Mindy!

Only this week, only on Guiding Light.

On June 30, 1952, Guiding Light premiered on CBS-TV. It replaced another Procter & Gamble show, The First 100 Years (profiled here.)

Six years later, on June 30, 1958, another P&G show, From These Roots, debuted on NBC-TV.

During its three and a half year run, the serial featured Ann Flood (later Nancy on The Edge of Night), Susan Brown (later Gail on GH), Henderson Forsythe (later David on As The World Turns), Robert Mandan (later Sam on Search for Tomorrow), Barbara Berjer (later Barbara on Guiding Light and Bridget on Another World), and future primetime stars like Charlotte Rae (Facts of Life), Richard Thomas (The Waltons) and Tony Award winner Vera Allen, who would appear on SFT and AW, as well.

Episodes of "30 Rock," NBC's hit sitcom, which was created by and stars Tina Fey, are often enhanced by New York stage actors' guest turns.

Discussing this event of turns, among other topics, is a co-producer and frequent director of the show, Don Scardino.

The former actor spent 25 years on the boards and opposite side of the camera. On Broadway, he's played a few good roles and directed Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men, the 1989 Broadway drama that preceded a Kennedy Center break-in engagement with a tryout at the University of Virginia...

Soap operas, he believes, "are a great training ground." He appeared as a regular on "Guiding Light," "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing," "As the World Turns," "Ryan's Hope," "All My Children," and "Another World," receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination for the last.

At 16, Scardino had the opportunity to become one of the Monkees, but his "Guiding Light" contract prevented him from accepting the offer. "The Beatles were my idols, and the Monkees were going to be the 'American Beatles.' I was devastated, especially when their TV series and records became so popular. But it all turned out for the best. I wouldn't want to be known today as 'a former Monkee.'

Read the entire interview at Playbill.com.

Fun fact: When Scardino was nominated for his role as Chris on AW in 1986 it was in the category of Outstanding Younger Leading Man in a Drama Series. He was 38 years old. An age limit of actors needing to be under 25 was instituted soon after.

Monday, June 29, 2009


It's all Bauer BBQ, all the time this week at the PGP Classic Soaps Blog, as we bring you five days of pictures from the festive event.

Today, evidence that the smell of charcoal on the grill, brings all sorts of unlikely people together...

More pictures tomorrow!

Episode #9 of www.AnotherWorldToday.com is now up, here.

Carl is accused of yet another heinous crime, Matt forces a confession from Donna, Marley admits her guilt, Cass hears a voice from the grave, and Rachel takes a leap of faith.

Plus, check out the Another World Today role-playing game, and see what you, the viewers, think some of your favorite characters are up to now!

Often given credit as being the first TV soap opera, The First 100 Years was, in fact, the first ever daytime television show sponsored by Procter & Gamble, as well as being CBS-TV's first soap.

It went off the air 57 years ago this Saturday, on June 27, 1952, after an almost two year run.

Unlike the heavy drama that would characterize its replacement, Guiding Light, and most of the shows that came after, The First 100 Years was more light and comical in nature. It was a spin-off from an episode of a nighttime anthology series, Silver Theater, and the original production starred Jimmy Lyndon and William Frawley who, a few years later, would make his permanent television mark as Fred Mertz, the lovable Lucy's landlord!

The title referred to the popular claim that "the first 100 years of a marriage are the hardest," and followed the travails of a newly married couple, Chris and Connie Thayer, who moved into a collapsing Victorian mansion, and attempted to fix it up while fending off the good-natured interference of meddling in-laws.

The show ran 15 minutes a day, for which the cast rehearsed for four hours beforehand. A special set was built to represent the multi-story dwelling, but cameramen also visited quaint villas in Long Island and Westchester to shoot authentic, small town backgrounds.

The First 100 Years was also the first show to use a teleprompter.

Friday, June 26, 2009


Christmas in July (well, almost) edition.

Check out classic Christmas episodes from:

As the World Turns 2007

Guiding Light 2007

Another World 1991

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Lynn Herring, soon to join the cast of As The World Turns as Henry Coleman's grifter (and very fertile; besides Henry, Eve and Maddie there are five more siblings we've yet to meet) mama, got to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange this morning.

If having a woman who plays a con-artist on TV kick-start the market doesn't fix this economy, then nothing will!

When www.AnotherWorldToday.com launched at the beginning of May, we promised fans the chance to write their own Another World stories using their favorites characters.

Well, today is the day! NBC took Another World off the air on June 25, 1999. Ten years later, you get to continue Bay City’s story!

Here is how it will work:

1) Pick one character from anytime during AW’s run. The only restrictions are you may not pick a character who is officially dead in Bay City (i.e. Michael Hudson, Ryan Harrison, Sally Frame, Jake & Vicky McKinnon, etc…) or one who is currently featured in Another World Today.

2) Go to www.Twitter.com and register your character, complete with screen-name and profile (photo optional). A good example to use as a guide is the Guiding Light Twitter account of Mindy Lewis at http://twitter.com/MelindaSueLewis.

3) Sign up to follow https://twitter.com/AWToday. This will be the hub.

4) Characters will be handed out on a first-come, first served basis. One you sign up to follow AWToday, if you are the first person to request a particular character AWToday will follow you back. That is how you will know that you are officially signed up. If AWToday does not follow you back and you see another account with the character you requested, that means they signed up first, and you will need to pick another character.

5) Once you have been approved, start Twittering! Tell us what you are up to now! Are you married to the love of your life? Any kids? Where are you working? Who are your friends? What drama, romance and intrigue is going on in your life? Give us a complete storyline!

6) Another World Today reserves the right to terminate any account if it is judged that your character is behaving inappropriately. (For instance, Alice Frame may not become a serial killer, Catlin Ewing may not suddenly turn into a Harvard educated investment banker, Iris Cory should probably not commence doing good deeds ala Mother Theresa – unless she’s playing an angle.)

7) Another World Today reserves the right to terminate any account that remains inactive for over two weeks, and give another user the right to play the character.

8) As this is an officially sanctioned continuation of Another World, all characters remain the intellectual property of TeleNext Media Inc. By participating you agree that no payment will be made for any material submitted, and that any work created for and on the site is the property of TeleNext Media Inc.

9) Harassment of another player will result in the immediate termination of your Another World Today affiliated Twitter account.

10) If a character being played in the Twitter version of Another World Today is, at any point, incorporated into the main Another World Today story, that character will be removed from the Twitter-based version.

If you do not want to play a character but simply want to follow the action of other players, click to follow https://twitter.com/AWToday under your own screen-name.

(Over the past few days, Twitter has been slow to update the follower/following status. Please give it about 24 hours to register. Thank you for your patience.)

NBC made June 25 an ending for Another World. Together, we can make it a new beginning!

Please join us!

(To view the closing scene from AW's last episode, click here and scroll down to the first clip.)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Are you feeling lucky?

Find out this week, only on As The World Turns!

It's not just Ed, Mindy, Danny and Michelle who make it home in time for the annual Bauer BBQ.

Gil Rogers returns as Hawk on Friday, July 3.

Only on Guiding Light!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


The 4th of July BBQ in Springfield is shaping up to be the bash of the year as long-lost family members, including Michelle Bauer, husband Danny and kids Robbie and Hope (not pictured), join the fun!

Only next week, only on Guiding Light!

Petronia Paley originated the role of Quinn Harding on Another World in 1981 and played the character until 1987. (For a look back at her co-stars, including Morgan Freeman, Howard Rollins and Jackee Harry, click here.)

We will be featuring an in-depth interview with Ms. Paley on www.AnotherWorldToday.com, shortly.

But for fans who'd like to see her now, a one-act play, Daughter, that she directed for The Ensemble Studio Theatre is running through June 27 on the West Side of New York city. Click here for more information and tickets.

On-screen, ATWT's Henry Coleman is very emphatic about never becoming a father. (For a peek into his Daddy-denying psyche, check out Henry's blog on Amazon.com. For a more visceral understanding of his issues, wait until Henry's mother, as played by Lynn Herring, hits Oakdale this summer.)

Off-screen, however, actor Trent Dawson has just been ranked #5 Top Celebrity Pet Dad by Petside.com. Check it out, here!

Monday, June 22, 2009


Jewels? What jewels? Were we supposed to be looking for some jewels?

What were we doing instead? Uhm...


Get back, dude. That's my sister!

So. You're Remy's sister. Nice to meet you. Very, very nice to meet you.

Get the real dialogue, only next week, only on Guiding Light.


Wow. That must be one heck of a great cooler.

Tell us what Emily and Larry are saying below!

When Another World Today launched on May 4, 2009, fans were promised the chance to bring back some classic AW characters.

A month later, comes the inaugural result of this communal viewer/TeleNextMedia effort.

To find out which beloved Bay City citizens made the first cut, check out Episode #8 of Another World Today!

Friday, June 19, 2009


As Noah's dad prepares to head back to Oakdale, the PGP Classic Soaps Blog takes a look back at Noah's mom, Cheri, as played by soap vet Robin Mattson. Watch an episode from June 29, 2007, here.

Meanwhile, as we head into the paternal holiday weekend, check out the 2007 special Father's Day episode of Guiding Light, here. RJ wonders if he can still call Josh "Dad," Gus tells Alan about Rafe and prepares to spend his inaugural Father's Day as a parent -- in court with Rafe -- that is if he, Alan, Buzz, Jeffrey and Josh can spring themselves from jail first.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Actually, it looks like trees aren't the only things blooming during Emma's community service project!

Only next week, only on Guiding Light!

Daniel Hugh Kelly returns to Oakdale as Col. Mayer on Tuesday, June 23. Check out how thrilled Noah is to see Dear Ol' Dad!

But Noah isn't the only long-lost son the Colonel's got on his mind, this time around.

Only next week, only on As The World Turns!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


It's a Tale of Two Joeys, as actor Joe Barbara tells Another World Today what he is up to these days, and where he thinks Joe Carlino (along with Paulina and Dante) are now!

Read Another World Today's exclusive interview, here!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Is Bonnie following in her mother's footsteps?

Read about the history of daytime's interracial romances, here. And make sure to tune into As The World Turns this week!

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today presented the fourth annual “Made in NY” awards to five individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the City’s entertainment industry.... At the ceremony, Mayor Bloomberg acknowledged the CBS daytime drama Guiding Light, which will come to an end this fall after fifty-seven years on air.

Full story, here.

Harley Jane Kozak will open the evening’s program with anecdotes about her transition from stage and screen actress to award-winning writer. Known for her many roles in movies, including “Parenthood” and “When Harry Met Sally” as well as for roles on television's “Guiding Light” and “Santa Barbara”, Kozak has launched herself headlong into motherhood and authorship with her award-winning “Dating is Murder“ series. Her most recent book “A Date You Can't Refuse” will be available for signing.

Entire article, here.

Read The PGP Classic Soaps' Blog exclusive interview with Harley, here.

Monday, June 15, 2009


Olivia bucking for sainthood?

Father Ray doesn't look convinced....

Give us your take, below!

As Trent Dawson prepares to go Mrs. Doubtfire on Oakdale, the PGP Classic Soaps Blog takes a look back at some of Henry's past fashion ensembles...

There are his Holy Roller looks:

There's Downtown Siberia:

And... uhm... Other:

Check out the latest, only this week, only on As The World Turns!

Rachel calls Carl on an old crime, Kevin offers Amanda a clue about his real identity, Allie spills a secret, Marley decides on a plan, and a long-lost Matthews returns to town.

Follow all the action (plus relive Matt finding out about Dean and Jenna!) at: http://anotherworldtoday.com/aw_today.html

Friday, June 12, 2009


On today's PGP Classic Soaps Blog time-machine powered by Hulu, travel back exactly two years in time, to June 12, 2007 in Oakdale. See Meg and Paul being kept apart by Craig (and Barbara proudly over-reacting about it), Katie in love with the wrong Snyder brother (while a newly returned Carly gleefully mocks them both), an unmarried (and much younger looking) Parker, and some serious child endagerment back on the farm. Click here to view the entire ATWT episode!

Meanwhile, over in Springfield, its June 6, 2007, and Josh comes over to Reva's place, telling her they have some "Unfinished Business," and he needs to reread their love letters, look at old photographs -- and spend the night. Click here to view this pivotal episode of Guiding Light (complete with classic Jeva flashbacks!).

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Dad's home!

Peter Simon returns to the role of Dr. Ed Bauer. But, this being Springfield, naturally, he's hiding a secret... And you'll never guess who its about!

Find out this summer, only on Guiding Light!

When Vienna has a little trouble keeping her feminine attire on...

Henry decides to show her how its done...

And then they both go pole-dancing.

Yeah. It's hard to explain. You'll just have to tune into As The World Turns for yourself!

(You'll laugh, you'll cry, I guarantee it'll be funnier than Cats.)