Like the mythical Scottish village of Brigadoon, the soap opera community of Oakdale will vanish into the mists on Friday, Sept. 17, as the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns" ends its 54-year run.
At least one of its residents, however -- Emmy winner Michael Park, who plays Detective Jack Snyder on the soap -- hasn't had a spare moment to catch his breath, much less mourn the soap's passing, since he filmed his last scenes in June.
"The final days were sad," Park says. "The sets were being dismantled and sold, and people were talking about buying their wardrobe and props -- whole set pieces, beautiful things from the Falcon Club which I totally had forgotten about, and people's names were placed on various set pieces to take home. You couldn't help but feel this melancholic cloud over you for those last two weeks, but I have to be honest, it was also kind of exciting to wonder, 'What is going to happen next?' "
It helped a lot that Park and his leading lady, Maura West, were nominated for, and won, Emmys just a few days later for their work on the show. And it wasn't as if the cancellation came out of nowhere, Park adds.
"Personally, I knew the show was going to be canceled when 'Guiding Light' was gone," he says. "We didn't 'know know,' but we knew the show was in its last stages. I remember thinking, 'It's over,' and Maura saying, "Michael, what's wrong? We're still making shows,' and I said, 'Yeah, but for how long?' "
And Park remains in demand. A seasoned theater performer, he spent part of the summer in Williamstown, Mass., in a new musical based on "Romeo and Juliet" and has some online projects in the works.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun