End of an Era
With As the World Turns going off in September, that marks the end of CBS producing daytime soaps in New York.
CBS’ first TV soap premiered 60 years ago and was called “The First Hundred Years” and it lasted only a year and a half. It would be replace in June 1952 by a TV version of The Guiding Light, which had a much longer run.
CBS didn’t begin taping soaps in Los Angeles until 1960, with the premiere of Full Circle that year and The Clear Horizon as well as moving The Brighter Day from New York. None of these shows made much of an impact and all were gone by the end of 1962. CBS did not tape a soap here again until The Young and the Restless in 1973.
As far as I know, sample episodes of almost every soap exist (the ones I am not sure about are Hotel Cosmopolitan and A Woman without a Past)
As the World Turns even had a primetime spinoff in the mid 60’s, Our Private World.