'As the World Turns' finale: Are you ready?



"As the World Turns'" cycle of life will be complete soon.

Fans of the long-running soap only have through Friday, Sept. 17 to gather with their loved ones to watch their favorite characters in their final adventures. The episode was taped on June 23.

"The almanacs will show 'As the World Turns'  as a pioneer of the format, a hallmark for quality with its numerous Emmys, the launching pad for many television and film stars and a daytime ratings powerhouse for parts of three decades," says Barbara Bloom, Senior Vice President, Daytime Programming. "he true legacy of 'As the World Turns' will be the fictional characters and stories of a small Midwest town that resonated every day with millions of viewers over multiple generations, becoming a treasured daytime institution in the process."

Since April 2, 1956, over the 54 seasons it's been on the air, the show has seen its share of doctors, lawyers and other professionals march in front of the camera lens. Besides acting legends like the late Helen Wagner, the soap has been responsible for launching the early acting careers of stars like James Van Der Beek, Julianne Moore and Meg Ryan, who can be seen here playing Betsy Stewart marrying Steve Andropoulos (Frank Runyeon).

as-the-world-turns-meg-ryan-350x500.jpg Who've been your favorite characters or super couples over the years?

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