Fifty-four years of 'As The World Turns'

  • Original 1950s As The World Turns opening. CBS

  • NEW YORK - AUGUST 18: (L-R) Executive Producer Christopher Goutman, actors Don Hastings, Austin Peck, Kathy Hays, Trent Dawson, Eileen Fulton, Van Hansis, Colleen Zenk, Terri Colombino and writer Jean Passanante attend a farewell to cast of "As The World Turns" at The Paley Center for Media on August 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) BRYAN BEDDER / STAFF

  • NEW YORK - AUGUST 18: Actor Van Hansis attends a farewell to cast of "As The World Turns" at The Paley Center for Media on August 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) BRYAN BEDDER / STAFF

  • NEW YORK - AUGUST 18: Actors Colleen Zenk and Trent Dawson attends a farewell to cast of "As The World Turns" at The Paley Center for Media on August 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) BRYAN BEDDER / STAFF

  • NEW YORK - AUGUST 18: Actress Colleen Zenk attends a farewell to cast of "As The World Turns" at The Paley Center for Media on August 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) BRYAN BEDDER / STAFF

  • NEW YORK - AUGUST 18: Actor Don Hastings attends a farewell to cast of "As The World Turns" at The Paley Center for Media on August 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) BRYAN BEDDER / STAFF

  • NEW YORK - AUGUST 18: Actress Kathy Hays attends a farewell to cast of "As The World Turns" at The Paley Center for Media on August 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) BRYAN BEDDER / STAFF

  • NEW YORK - AUGUST 18: Actress Eileen Fulton attends a farewell to cast of "As The World Turns" at The Paley Center for Media on August 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) BRYAN BEDDER / STAFF

  • NEW YORK - AUGUST 18: Actors Kathy Hays, Don Hastings and Eileen Fulton attend a farewell to cast of "As The World Turns" at The Paley Center for Media on August 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) BRYAN BEDDER / STAFF

  • In this undated publicity image provided by TeleNext Media, actress Helen Wagner is shown. Wagner, who played mild-mannered Nancy Hughes on the CBS soap opera "As the World Turns" for more than a half-century and spoke its first words, died Saturday, May 1, 2010. She was 91. (AP Photo/TeleNext Media, Lorenzo Bevilaqua) NO SALES HO

  • The cast and crew of "As the World Turns" celebrates winning the Outstanding Drama Series award at the 2001 Daytime Emmy Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall, Friday, May 18, 2001. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson) STUART RAMSON / STR

  • Martha Byrne, who portrays Lily Snyder and Rose D'Angelo in "As The World Turns," accepts the award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series at the 2001 Daytime Emmy Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall, Friday, May 18, 2001. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson) STUART RAMSON / STR

  • Lesli Kay, of "As The World Turns," accepts the award for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, at the 2001 Daytime Emmy Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall, Friday, May 18, 2001. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson) STUART RAMSON / STR

  • In this 1983 photo released by CBS, Meg Ryan, as Betsy Stewart Montgomery, is shown with Scott Bryce, as Craig Montgomery, in a scene from "As the World Turns." (AP Photo/CBS Photo Archive) ** NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT, NORTH AMERICA ONLY, ARCHIVE OUT ** HO

  • In this 1985 publicity image released by CBS, Marisa Tomei stars as Marcy Thompson in a costume party scene in "As the World Turns." (AP Photo/CBS Photo Archive) ** MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES; NO ARCHIVE; NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY ** HO

  • ADVANCE FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 10--Actors Maura West and Scott DeFreitas, from the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns," go over a script on Feb. 7, 2000. In real life, the couple are married and expecting their first child soon. The birth of the new baby will be featured next fall in an episode of "A Baby Story," a daily series on The Learning Channel that is quietly catching on among young women. (AP Photo/Lorenzo Bevilaqua) LORENZO BEVILAQUA / HO