In what looks like could be the final season of As the World Turns, there’s a treat is in store for fans of the venerable CBS soap opera.
ATWT has announced that actress Julianne Moore will return to play one half of her Daytime Emmy Award-winning role, Frannie Hughes. Moore played half sisters Frannie and Sabrina from 1985-1988 and won the Emmy the year she left.
Moore won’t be in Oakdale for long though. She’ll essentially do a walk-on to congratulate her parents as they celebrate their anniversary. The episode was taped on March 3rd.
If Executive Producer Christopher Goutman has his way, Moore’s appearance will be just the first of many celebrated returns by big name stars that got their start on the soap. Famous alumni include Parker Posey, Marisa Tomei, and Meg Ryan.
CBS announced the cancellation of As the World Turns late last year. It’s no secret that ATWT has been struggling in the ratings for some time. Of Moore’s appearance, Goutman said, “Throughout our history, As The World Turns has remained dedicated to sharing compelling stories that have entertained fans for more than five decades. Julianne’s appearance says something about the show and how it had an important place in her life.”
It’s reported that the ATWT production team has more fun cappers planned for the final weeks of the soap, including the onscreen reunions of some favorite couples. Production will continue on World through the summer, with the final episode set to air in September 2010 – though TeleNext Media, the production arm of Proctor & Gamble that produces the show, has not given up on their search to find a new home for the soap.
What do you think? If you’re a fan of ATWT, who would you like to see return next? If you’re not a fan, will you tune in on April 5th to see Moore return to the soap after 22 years away?
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