“As The World Turns,” which began just two years after this market’s CBS affiliate, WINK, signed on in 1954, will depart the airwaves next week. The last episode is at 2 p.m. Friday.
“World” and “Edge of Night” were the first two soaps to be 30 minutes in length. On April 2, 1956, “World” debuted and “Edge” expanded. Soaps had traditionally been 15 minutes in length before that time.
According to Wikipedia, the show passed its 10,000th episode May 12, 1995, and celebrated its 50th anniversary April 2, 2006. It was the longest running soap still in production. “World” was the last remaining Procter and Gamble produced sudser on television. P&G also produced “Guiding Light,” which aired its final episode in September 2009.
Growing up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, I remember watching the show nearly every day with my mom on summer break. Although I stopped watching many years ago, the folks who populated Oakdale, Ill., were friends to many; and they will be missed.
CBS is replacing the soap with a “View”-like chat show called “The Talk.” It debuts Oct. 18 with a panel including Julie Chen (“Big Brother”), Sara Gilbert (“Roseanne”), Osbourne clan matriarch Sharon Osbourne (“America’s Got Talent”), Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini (“King Of Queens”) and Marissa Jaret Winokur. In the meantime, we get a double dose of “The Price Is Right.”
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Local comings and goings
There’s a new face in the WINK-TV newsroom. He’s Cayle Thompson, who comes to the station via KAKE, the ABC affiliate in Wichita, Kan. Thompson will anchor the noon and
7 p.m. newscasts for the time being; but as the replacement for Trey Radel, he is expected to eventually leave the nooncast and co-anchor the 10 p.m. news on CW 6, according to Assistant News Director Rich Garcia.
“We’re excited he’s joining the team. He’s an energetic, quality journalist,” says Garcia.
While I had Garcia on the phone, I asked if WINK had any intention on adding even more local news product to its roster (they produce more than 8 hours each weekday). As you’ve probably heard by now, this is Oprah’s final season and the station has yet to announce what will be taking her time slot next year. While Garcia says there are no specific plans for a 4 p.m. newscast, he wouldn’t rule it out, either.
More daytime changes
Speaking of daytime, over the past couple of weeks you may have had trouble keeping up with when and where your favorite daytime shows were airing. Syndicated programming often plays musical chairs this time of year. For example, “Wendy Williams” left CW 6 for My 8. It now airs at 10 a.m. One plus: We now get the live version of the show. “Judge Judy” and “Judge Joe Brown” also parted ways with CW 6. They now lead into Fox 4’s new 6 p.m. newscast.
CW 6 added “Desperate Housewives of Orange County” to its afternoon/evening lineup on weekdays; as well as reruns of “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “How I Met Your Mother.” Canadian talker “Steven and Chris” takes the channel’s 10 a.m. time slot. It goes head to head with the brand new “Nate Berkus Show” on ABC 7.
Nancy Grace’s new daytime show also landed at CW 6. It airs weekdays at noon.
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New and favorite primetime shows will be returning over the next few weeks. What show or shows are you most looking forward to?
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist with a secret life as a couch potato. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org