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As the World Turns

As the World Turns final title card, circa 2009-2010

Created by Irna Phillips
Written by Jean Passanate
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 13,858
Executive producer(s) Ted Corday (1956–65)
Mary Harris (1965–71)
Fred Bartholomew (1971–73, 1980–81)
Joe Willmore (1973–78)
Joe Rothenberger (1978–80)
Mary-Ellis Bunim (1981–84)
Robert Calhoun (1984–88)
Laurence Caso (1988–95)
John Valente (1995–96)
Felicia Minei Behr (1996–99)
Christopher Goutman (1999–2010)
Location(s) New York City, New York
Running time 30 minutes (19561975)
60 minutes (19752010)
Distributor Procter & Gamble Productions, Inc. (1986–2008)
TeleNext Media, Inc. (2008–2010)
Original channel CBS
Original run April 2, 1956 – September 17, 2010
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As the World Turns (often referred to as ATWT) is an American television soap opera which aired on CBS from April 2, 1956 to September 17, 2010.

Set in the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois, the show debuted on April 2, 1956, at 1:30 pm EST. Prior to then, all serials were fifteen minutes in length. As the World Turns and The Edge of Night, which premiered on the same day at 4:30 pm EST, were the first two to be thirty minutes in length from their premiere.

At first, viewers did not respond to the new half-hour serial, but ratings picked up in its second year, eventually reaching the top spot in the daytime Nielsen ratings by fall 1958. In 1959, the show started a streak of weekly ratings wins that would not be interrupted for over twelve years. In the year-to-date ratings, As the World Turns was the most-watched daytime drama from 1958 until 1978, with ten million viewers tuning in each day. At its height, core actors such as Helen Wagner, Don MacLaughlin, Don Hastings, and Eileen Fulton became nationally known. Irna Phillips created As the World Turns as a sister show to her other soap opera Guiding Light.

The show switched to color on August 21, 1967, and expanded from a half-hour in length to one hour starting on December 1, 1975 when The Edge of Night moved to ABC.

The show passed its 10,000th episode on May 12, 1995, and celebrated its 50th anniversary on April 2, 2006. On September 18, 2009, As the World Turns became the last remaining Procter and Gamble produced soap opera for CBS after Guiding Light aired its final episode on the network.

On October 5, 2009, while Let's Make a Deal debuted and replaced Guiding Light, As the World Turns competed against Passionate Dreams in a matchup, but As the World Turns lost in an 84-75 score to Passionate Dreams.

On December 8, 2009, CBS announced that it canceled As the World Turns after almost 54 years due to low ratings. The show taped its final Procter and Gamble for CBS on June 23, 2010, and with a sad dramatic storyline finale, its final episode on the network aired on September 17, 2010. On the Monday of the show's final week CBS delayed As the World Turns in the Mountain and Pacific time zones in order to air the Men's Final at the 2010 U.S. Open live; the match between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic had been scheduled for the day before but was postponed due to rain. Fans and critics called this "disrespectful" to the 54-year-old soap opera. On October 18, 2010, CBS replaced As the World Turns with a newly debuted talk show The Talk.

As the World Turns is notable for having been produced in New York City for all of its time on television (its first 43 years in Manhattan and in Brooklyn from 2000 until 2010).

The As the World Turns series finale marked its fourth year on September 17, 2014 and its fifth year on September 17, 2015.

As the World Turns marked a 60th Anniversary on April 2, 2016. The show's series finale marked its sixth anniversary on September 17, 2016. The series finale of As the World Turns will mark a 7th Anniversary on September 17, 2017 and will later mark an 8th Anniversary on September 17, 2018.

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Complete cast members

Actor Character Duration
Noelle Beck Lily Walsh 2008-2010
Terri Colombino Katie Peretti Snyder 1998–2010
Daniel Cosgrove Chris Hughes 2010
Trent Dawson Henry Coleman 1998–2010

Ellen Dolan

Mary Beth Evans

Margo Montgomery Hughes

Sierra Esteban

1989–1993, 1994–2010

2000-2005, 2010

Eileen Fulton Lisa Miller Grimaldi 1960–1964, 1966–1983, 1984-2010
Van Hansis Luke Snyder 2005–2010
Don Hastings Bob Hughes 1960–2010
Kathryn Hays Kim Sullivan Hughes 1972–2010
Jon Hensley Holden Snyder 1985–1989, 1990–1995, 1997–2010
Scott Holmes Tom Hughes 1987–2010
Roger Howarth Paul Ryan 2003–2010

Elizabeth Hubbard

Alexa Kaplan

Jennifer Landon

Lucinda Walsh

Hallie Munson

Gwen Munson

1984–1999, 1999–2010

2005-2008, 2010

Jon Lindstrom Craig Montgomery 2008–2010

Billy Magnussen

Cady McClain

Casey Hughes

Rosanna Cabot


2002-2005, 2007-2008, 2009, 2010

Grayson McCouch Dusty Donovan 2003–2008, 2008–2010
Kelley Menighan Hensley Emily Stewart 1992–2010
Michael Park Jack Snyder 1997–2010

Marnie Schulenburg

Jesse Soffer

Alison Stewart

Will Munson


2004-2008, 2010

Maura West Carly Tenney 1995–1996, 1997–2010
Colleen Zenk Pinter Barbara Ryan 1978-2010

Recurring cast members

Actor Character Duration

Larry Bryggman

Ewa Da Cruz

John Dixon

Vienna Hyatt

1969-2004, 2010


Valentina de Angelis Faith Snyder 2010

Allie Gorenc

Terri Garber

Sarah Glendening

Sage Snyder

Iris Dumbrowski

Lucy Montgomery


Bailey Harkins Johnny Donovan 2008-2010

Mick Hazen

Eleanor Handley

Anthony Herrera

Parker Munson Snyder


James Stenbeck


Lesli Kay Molly Conlan McKinnon 1997–2004, 2009–2010
Ben Levin Gabriel Caras 2010
Marie Masters Dr. Susan Burke Stewart 1968–1979, 1986–2010
Kurt McKinney Ellis 2010
Isabella Palmieri Natalie Snyder 2009-2010
Julie Pinson Janet Ciccone Snyder 2008–2010

Vanessa Ray

Katy Selverstone

Teri Ciccone



Eric Sheffer Stevens Dr. Reid Oliver 2010

Jake Silbermann

Kristina Sisco

Billy Warlock

Noah Mayer

Abigail Williams

Anthony Blackthorn


Kathleen Widdoes Emma Snyder 1985–2010
Sarah Wilson Liberty Ciccone 2010

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