Here's a look at the stories of 1987, a memorable year for As the World Turns. Douglas Marland's plots included:
-James Stenbeck's criminal spree
-Casey and Lyla's romance
-The Frannie/Seth/Sabrina triangle
-Tom and Margo's marital woes
This playlist is in chronological order.
Soap Opera Digest - End of Year 1987:
ATWT socked it to its audience this year, delivering major revelations -- Lily's discovery that Iva was her natural mother -- with gusto, and celebrating the offbeat in romance (Barbara/Hal/Margo) and marriage (John/Lucinda; Casey/Lyla). They even had identical half-sisters (Frannie/Sabrina) dueling over the same man. As a family drama, ATWT distinguished itself with the rescue of Andy's girlfriend from a drug overdose by the Teenage Hotline, which happened "live" on Kim's television show. We will forgive ATWT for the prolonged Falcon story if they promise that James Stenbeck is truly and most sincerely dead. (NOT! at least in '87!)
Douglas Marland had once again introduced two new complex characters -- Josh Snyder and Sabrina Fullerton. Related to core families, they became surprising, pivotal figures in the lives of several characters. In fact, Marland's gift for throwing a new perspective on whole families and stories simply by mixing up character combinations (uniting the Walshes and John Dixon's children; intertwining the investigation of the Falcon with events in the personal lives of the police) is his strong suit. However, vastly underestimating the intelligence and fortitude of Lucinda Walsh (she never would have danced to James Stenbeck's blackmail tune) was a mistake.
ATWT earns consistently high marks for creating stories for all of its thirty-eight cast members and for its plot construction; the show is often unpredictable. ATWT's dynamic ensemble cast has the advantage of looking like real people, not like models, thereby removing it from the criticism regularly leveled at soaps by their detractors. Executive Producer Robert Calhoun and company richly deserved their 1987 Best Show Emmy and the future looks great. [Thanks to btm85bubs.]