This morning CBS announced that it would be canceling the soap, which has been on air for over 50 years. Earlier in the year, it ended the longest-running soap of all time, Guiding Light. Are soaps dead?

Meg Ryan, Parker Posey and James Earl Jones all took a turn working on this show. Do you think this is a sign of the times to come? Just who exactly watches Soap Operas anymore? Sure, stay-at-home Mothers and myself on a sick day... but are the numbers really there?

For your viewing enjoyment, As The World Turns' awesome, 80s-tastic television intro that aired from 1981 to 1993.

The final episode will air in September 2010.