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As the World Turns Says Goodbye to Helen Wagner

Michael Logan
Jul 22, 2010 11:17 AM ET

As the World Turns will end its phenomenal 54-year run September 17 with lots of fan-pleasing closure - romances, reunions, weddings - but first the show must deal with the death last spring of actress Helen Wagner. Her salt-o-the-earth character, Nancy Hughes, famously uttered ATWT's very first line ("Good morning, dear") back on April 2, 1956 and exec producer Chris Goutman wanted her to repeat it at the end of the final episode for the ultimate in TV cool. "Helen's death was a great loss, made even greater by the fact that she didn't make it to the end," says Goutman, who will have Nancy quietly pass away August 30. The soap will then pay tribute to both actress and character with a full farewell episode August 31.

"I actually considered pre-taping that final scene with Nancy just to be safe but I thought that would be bad karma," reveals Goutman. "Then Helen died and we weren't able to do what we had planned, and that just added more emotional burden to what we were already feeling. But my God, she was 91 years old! What a terrific run! What a terrific lady! Helen was in failing health the last couple of years and it was hard to bring her onto the show successfully, but we did what we could. I wish we could have done more, but it was so difficult for her. Even under those conditions, she was a magnificent force."

Nancy's demise will come at a big time for the Hughes clan, just as Casey (Billy Magnussen) and Alison (Marnie Schulenburg) are about to announce their engagement (they want Nancy to be the first to know) and Chris (Daniel Cosgrove) is getting ready to tell his loved ones that he's suffering from a potentially lethal heart condition. Nancy's son Bob [Don Hastings] will go to her apartment to pick her up for the family gathering, and then must deliver the sad news that she has died. "Life and love and death and imminent loss will all be colliding at once but that's always been our town," says Goutman. "It's the kind of storytelling ATWT does best."

Don't expect the usual church memorial. "We decided not to go the traditional route in paying tribute to Nancy because she made it clear she didn't want anything fancy done," Goutman notes. "Instead, we pick up right after the ceremony with all the characters feeling like they need to do more for her. Casey takes the lead and challenges everyone to come up with a special way to honor Nancy, and that becomes our farewell episode."

Daily Talk Show To Replace 'As The World Turns' On CBS This Fall

EXCLUSIVE: I hear CBS has picked the replacement for departing daytime soap As the World Turns: a daily panel talk show hosted by Sara Gilbert, on whose idea the show is based, Julie Chen (who's married to CBS Corp chief Les Moonves), Holly Robinson Peete, Sharon Osbourne and Leah Remini that focuses on topical events through the eyes of moms. That's why it's casually referred to as "The Mom Show". The pilot, executive produced by Tom Forman (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), John Redmann (The Tyra Banks Show) and Gilbert, was one of several CBS ordered for the ATWT timeslot, along with a Pyramid reboot hosted by Andy Richter and a cooking game show starring Emeril Lagasse. But I hear the View-type female-oriented talk show screened very well at the network and had been the clear frontrunner. I hear eyes a tentative October launch, a pretty ambitious plan for mounting a new daily show with only 8 weeks of prep time. ATWT is slated to bow out in September after a 54-year run. The talk show will be filmed in Los Angeles where Chen also co-hosts CBS' Early Show year-round as well as the network's reality series Big Brother in the summer.



As The World Turns Replaced By Chat Show Featuring Julie Chen

CBS has ordered a daily daytime talk show that will replace the soap opera "As The World Turns" in the fall.

The concept is being called a variation of ABC's popular talk show "The View," but with five moms meeting around the table. The show's roundtable will include five moms, including Julie Chen, the wife of the CBS Corporation chief executive Leslie Moonves.

The other hosts are Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini, and Marissa Jaret Winokur. Ms. Gilbert developed the format for the show, and will executive-produce as well as co-host it.

New York magazine reported Wednesday that Ms. Chen will give up her daily co-hosting job on CBS's "The Early Show," but "may maintain a presence" in some way. Ms. Chen is also the host of the CBS summer reality show "Big Brother."

CBS announced the end of "As The World Turns" earlier this year. It considered a number of formats in its place, including a game show and a cooking show.

The network says the untitled talk show will look at "topical events and contemporary issues through the eyes of parents."
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