By Joshua

While As the World Turns comes to an end, I find it hard to say goodbye.

It has been a tough year for soaps – first Guiding Light and now As the World Turns are cancelled.

But there is one thing that keeps me happy.

When Guiding Light ended, it was announced that many fan faves were returning to wish the show a fond farewell…Stars like Maureen Garrett (Holly Thorpe), Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan Randall), Nancy St. Alban (Michelle Bauer Santos), Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny Santos), Krista Terseau (Mindy Sue Lewis), and many others.

And yes, I would have loved for other stars to come back, but having those people was a wonderful blast from the past.

So far on As the World Turns, it has been announced that Jesse Soffer (Will Munson) and Jennifer Landon (Gwen Norbeck Munson) will be returning.

Jennifer Landon/Gwen Norbeck Munson

Also returning is film star and Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore (Frannie Hughes/Sabrina Hughes), who began her career in daytime. Julianne will reprise the character of Frannie for Bob and Kim’s wedding anniversary.

Julianne Moore

Don’t get me wrong – it will be an end of an era on September 17 when ATWT finishes its historic run on CBS. It will leave behind a legacy.

When GL ended, ATWT became the longest running serial drama (for all of one year), but now it is time to say goodbye.

And it looks like there will be a lot of familiar faces to say goodbye to.

By Joshua

There is a romance brewing, and it’s a doozy.

Janet (Julie Pinson) and Dusty (Grayson McCouch) on ATWT were never in the same circle.

I don’t think they ever had a scene together until her sister Teri (Vanessa Ray) hit town and began working for him. But they are the kind of slow, burning romance that soaps are known for.

Julie Pinson, who plays Janet, used to be on Days of Our Lives as Billie Reed and on Port Charles as Eve Lambert. She was no beginner to the soap game when she went to ATWT.

Janet was immediately involved with Brad (Austin Peck), Katie (Terri Columbino), Liberty (Meredith Hagner) and Jack (Michael Park). Now, she is married to Jack and she is growing closer to Dusty.

Grayson McCouch, who plays Dusty, also has a long daytime career. He played Dr. Morgan Winthrop on Another World.

Since being on ATWT, Dusty has had a few good relationships, such as Lucy (Peyton List), and Jennifer (Jennifer Ferrin). But recently, he has gone from Lily (then-Martha Byrne) to Meg (Marie Wilson) and to Bonnie (Chaunteé Schuler). He’s even had a flirtation (including a few kisses) with Teri.

But now, it looks like Dusty and Janet are going to go the distance, or at least until ATWT ends its run.

Janet’s daughter, Liberty, has leukemia, and Dusty is helping out with his big bucks and by being there for Janet.

When Jack and Carly (Maura West) were chasing each other around America in Novermber after he shot Brad, Janet and Dusty grew close. The duo consummated their budding relationship while Jack was stuck with Carly and Craig (Jon Lindstrom) in a snowstorm on New Year’s Eve.

They have been cute together, and their relationship is going to take another large turn.

On Friday’s “Next Week on As the World Turns”, Dusty got down on his knee and proposed to a married Janet. Meanwhile, Carly had just told Jack that Janet and Dusty are having an affair.

This week will be a major turning point, as Janet and Dusty deal with their relationship, Janet and Jack deal with their marriage, and Carly and Jack deal with THEIR attraction to each other, that they have acknowledged many times.

Here’s a clip from Tuesday’s show

What will happen with Jack and Janet….with Jack and Carly….and with Dusty and Janet?

You have to tune in, to see that world turn.

By Joshua

As anyone who watches As the World Turns would know, one of the major storylines is Liberty’s leukemia.

A core character, Liberty is Brad’s lovechild with Janet and she is also Parker’s ex-wife.

Liberty’s cancer was a rumor that began when her current portrayer, Meredith Hagner, announced that she was leaving the show to pursue a primetime career.

Meredith Hagner (Liberty Ciccone/ATWT)

This story has all of the elements needed for a good story.

Jack (Michael Park) and Janet’s (Julie Pinson) marriage has been slowly crumbling since he accidentally killed Brad back in November. He has been drawing closer to his “True North”, Carly (Maura West). In fact, he proclaimed his love for Carly and his intention to leave Janet for her a few weeks ago.

He even went to the farm to tell Janet that he was leaving – which is where he found out about Liberty’s cancer. Jack, being the family man that he is, would never leave Janet in this time of crisis.

Which is where our journey is.

Carly is now working with ex-fiancee Craig (Jon Lindstrom) to keep her mind off of the love of her life, who she had promised to stay away from. Janet’s boss, Dusty (Grayson McCouch) is trying to win her over and the two are growing closer as friends.

Oh, and did I mention Janet and Dusty slept together on New Year’s Eve, while Jack was with Carly?

The big question on everyone’s mind seems to be this: Will Jack make a choice before both contenders for his love are taken?

The big question on my mind, however, is how will As the World Turns tell the storyline of Liberty’s cancer.

It has been announced that Meredith Hagner is leaving and the role is being recast. So I wouldn’t expect Lib to die on us too soon.

However, in the last three years, ATWT has tried to do two other cancer stories: Barbara’s oral cancer, which was just a way to get Sofie (Justine Cotsonas) in Paul’s (Roger Howarth) circle, and Lucinda’s (Elizabeth Hubbard) breast cancer reocurrance, which was just a way to get Brian (Laurence Lau) to marry her

Both of these stories were dropped and never fully resolved (Barbara’s cancer got a passing mention recently when she was told that Mick’s (Tom Pelphrey) miracle drug cured it).

The time is ticking for As the World Turns, whose cancellation was announced back in November. The soap opera has only eight and a half months left before it goes off the air, which is enough time to tell a cancer story that could win Emmy’s for many actors and actresses.

They have the potential, the talent, and the angst for the storyline.

Let’s hope ATWT does the best cancer storyline ever.