It’s hard for us to fathom that it has been four years since we saw the town of Oakdale, and the indelible characters and beloved actors who comprised the final cast of the iconic series, As the World Turns.
The CBS soap ended its run on September 17th, 2010 and now four years later, many in the cast have gone on to new roles on other network soaps, some are continuing to perform and finding success in original web series, and still others are hitting the Broadway stage and can be seen in feature films, and Primetime television.
How to wrap-up a 54-year-old soap was going to be one of the hardest things the writing team would have to do. They chose to do it via an “Our Town” type vehicle narrated by long standing cast member, Don Hastings (Dr. Bob Hughes). And as Bob was retiring from his medical practice, others in the community were settling down with their new families, new loves in their lives, or rekindling old ones.
The two scenes that get us to this day, in this reach for the hankies final, were the final scenes between Holden (Jon Hensley) and Lily (Noelle Beck), where while talking about Lucinda (Elizabeth Hubbard) and John (Larry Bryggman) getting another shot at love, were really talking about themselves.
Jon Hensley gave one of the most touching performances of his soap career in this episode. And although, Luke (Van Hansis) was the one character left romantically alone, after the untimely death of Reid Oliver (Eric Sheffer Stevens), the moment where he listened to Reid’s heart beating inside Chris Hughes’ (Daniel Cosgrove) chest, was another stand-out.
There was a lot to take in on this final episode and you can watch it below with a box of Kleenex handy! And on this day, do you miss ATWT? Share your thoughts below!