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As the World Turns to Get First Teenage Gay Kiss

A preview of tomorrow's (Friday) As the World Turns, which is set to feature daytime's first same-sex teenage kiss. The show's storyline between Luke and Noah has been building up to this moment. Van Hansis, who plays Luke Snyder, was nominated for a daytime Emmy for "Outstanding Younger Actor" earlier this year.

Previous clips we've featured can be found here, here, here, here, and here.

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  1. Praise Allah for DVR. I've been following Luke Snyder's storyline since he came out and accidentally pushed his mother down the stairs sending her into a coma. Hey, its a soap opera.

    Van Hansis is a good actor and plays the part without a hint of homophobia. I think he's terrific. Unfortunately, the actor who plays Noah is simply dreadful. A shame really since Van is so good.

    I'll be watching! *kisses*

    Posted by: JOHN IN MANHATTAN | Aug 16, 2007 11:22:10 AM


  2. It's a soap. I don't expect good acting, just good eye candy, and Noah fits the bill really, really well in that department. Absolutely dreamy. Yum!

    Posted by: Rich | Aug 16, 2007 11:32:26 AM


  3. oh...i watched some of the clips on here and they weren't bad, but...teens? are these teens like beverly hills 90210 teens where they look like they should be in graduate school? working on wall street? what age are these guys supposed to be...until now i assumed like 29. but maybe its twenty nine-teen? i dunno...

    Posted by: dan | Aug 16, 2007 11:35:57 AM


  4. Is tomorrow as in today, Thursday? Or tomorrow as in Friday?

    Posted by: gabe | Aug 16, 2007 11:41:29 AM


  5. Gabe:

    today is the tomorrow you were worried about yesterday.

    hope that helps.

    ;)

    Posted by: rich | Aug 16, 2007 11:59:44 AM


  6. I just caught up on the clips.

    Thanks Andy for following this!!

    Posted by: gabriel | Aug 16, 2007 12:05:22 PM


  7. I think this is a bold and GREAT move for daytime soap opera television.

    Middle America watches these shows and if this soap opera can reduce some negative behaviors of parents, peers etc, then I am all for it.

    ATWT has taken steps to show all sides of this character and his interaction with friends and family members (mom and dad especially). For many people the TV is a tool to be exposed to new ideas, challenge old beliefs and accept what could happen in our lives.

    True Story:
    I remember when Dynasty was on, my entire family watched it because it was my mother's favorite show and we had only one 12 inch black and white TV. I am sure many of you remember that Stephen kept going back and forth (man or woman); my mother asked me flat out during a commerical. "You only like boys right you are not going to mess with our heads like Stephen." I laughed and said, no".

    Posted by: Charles | Aug 16, 2007 12:24:01 PM


  8. If only this was on TV twenty years ago. It would have saved me 2 years of therapy.

    Kids today...jeesh! :)

    Posted by: will | Aug 16, 2007 12:25:07 PM


  9. Well, the bar is not being set much higher since Dawson's Creek had a teen kiss in the early 90's--on prime time. Of course, you all know something bad is going to happen, don't you?

    Posted by: anon (gmail.com) | Aug 16, 2007 12:48:26 PM


  10. It should be pointed out that both actors are in their 20s and are not really teens.

    Posted by: Patrick | Aug 16, 2007 12:56:32 PM


  11. Anon makes a good point. I would be more interested in this story line if the producers didn't feel like they had to promote it at ever turn. It seems like it is more of a promotional stunt, than an effort at developing long term characters who will be on the show for years to come.

    Posted by: Cadence | Aug 16, 2007 1:10:20 PM


  12. Wasn't Jack from Dawson's Creek considered a teenager?
    I mean, he was in highschool!
    How is this the "first teenage same sex kiss"?

    Posted by: JOEL | Aug 16, 2007 1:33:07 PM


  13. First teenage same sex kiss on DAYTIME tv. Pay attention!

    Even Desperate Housewives has had a "teen" kiss. But that's not daytime tv.

    Posted by: EgOiStE | Aug 16, 2007 1:51:59 PM


  14. I wish *I* had had a teen kiss, esp with the actor playing Noah, WOOT!

    ;)

    Posted by: ric | Aug 16, 2007 2:54:16 PM


  15. Thanks for the hysterical story, Charles! And for challenging the myth that Dynasty was a pro-gay show.

    Anon, what "bar" are you talking about that needs set higher? Teenage fisting parties perhaps? Erica Kane Designer Slings?

    You wrongly presume, as so many have for so long, that audiences are static. There are teenagers in homes today where soaps are treasured [and watched by some of them, too] that were not even in puberty yet when Dawson's Creek positively portrayed gay teens. There's a "freshman class" that needs "Gay 101" every year, and will be for years to come.

    And, Cadence, give it a rest! I don't care why the fuck they're doing it, they're doing it. And as Charles says, it is exactly what the demographics of soap audiences need to see. Don't bitch, be happy.

    Of course one could bitch about the millions of dollars thrown at HRC and SAAD every year to help educate the public and how we get a dime's worth in return but....

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Aug 16, 2007 2:57:27 PM


  16. Im confused. Didnt they just show them kissing in that clip? Why turn in tomorrow?

    Posted by: Chris | Aug 16, 2007 3:44:29 PM


  17. Leland: A-gree. A lot.
    This reminds me of an equally frustrating debate on another board where a poster opined that any coming softening or repeal of DADT in the military wasn't "really" a victory for gay rights, since (to the poster's mind) any such movement would be happening solely as a response to the military's need for more "cannon fodder" in the Iraq war. [eyeroll]

    Posted by: torrentprime | Aug 16, 2007 3:59:21 PM


  18. Well, we are talking FIRSTS here, and the only advance is that we've moved from non-network prime time to network day time and it took only 15 years--wooohooo! Yeah, that's a lot of progress for half-a-generation of waiting. There's plenty of gay content on soaps and I would hardly call it what the new gay generation needs. This is like setting Beethoven to rap in order to sell it to kids or something. Gay kids are better off online or renting movies with gay content--even YouTube. Now, it would be progress I suppose if gay teens made regular appearances on soaps, for the potentially positive message it might bring, but given the way soaps are plotted, written and acted you'd can't expect much. Teens today weren't even out of diapers when Dawson's Creek was a hit, let alone in puberty. That show was bad enough. Thank Andy for these clips so we don't have to watch the whole show.

    Posted by: anon (gmail.com) | Aug 16, 2007 6:04:37 PM


  19. Wow, I'm really surprised at the negative comments of the "too little, too late/who cares?" variety here. Since Luke's kiss is not done in a sweeps month, I doubt it's done for promitional needs. The character is also not temporary, but is a member of the venerable Snyder family. Like making Erica Kane's daughter a lesbian on All My Children, the ATWT people selected a high-profile character who is related to other high-profile characters to be gay. That's courage. People who don't know the politics of daytime serial broadcasting may not think so, but it is! They must worry what the sponsors think, not so much what the audience accepts, when they make story content decisions like this. I think it's wonderful. The show is an institution and developing the Luke character like this is really cool.

    Posted by: Daniel | Aug 16, 2007 7:11:03 PM


  20. Anon [have the balls to assume a screen name, can't you], you're still just a contrarian bitching to be bitching which, by simple math, makes you a bitch. We say up. You say down. We talk about enlightening people generally, particularly parents of gay kids and you switch it back to gay kids only, adding a what the fuck does that mean line like, "This is like setting Beethoven to rap in order to sell it to kids or something."

    We say good. You say bad. Or "bad enough" as you describe Dawson's even though Kerr Smith has spoken more than once of the number of kids he heard from who were inspired by his gay character; e.g., got up from watching the show and walked in the other room and told their parents they were gay.

    Get your nose out of the air and your head out of your ass. If YOU can do better be our guest.

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Aug 16, 2007 7:32:59 PM


  21. Haha...first "teenage gay kiss."

    Frankly, the soap PASSIONS raised the bar pretty high as far as gay content on soaps is concerned. The Chad/Vincent scenes contained full-blown sex, condoms being grabbed off nightstands, shirtless caressing, the whole nine.

    Wonder why it wasn't mentioned on this blog...

    Posted by: The Gene Genie | Aug 16, 2007 7:39:30 PM


  22. I'm surprised at the negativity, too. Keep in mind that ATWT is produced by Procter & Gamble, one of the largest companies in the US, so they are definitely making a great stride with this story.

    And, actually, despite some initial slowness, ATWT has done a marvelous job telling Luke's tale (though, yes, it is the best thing on the show these days), and Van Hansis is a genuinely terrific actor, and Jake Silbermann is lovely eye candy.

    Posted by: Joseph | Aug 16, 2007 7:57:19 PM


  23. RE "Passions," Andy and this blog have been there and done that:

    http://www.towleroad.com/2007/05/passions_takes_.html

    As for your surprise, Joseph, alas, there's something about the Internet that stimulates the growth and spread of cockroaches. Maybe it's the heat given off by the PC or laptop.

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Aug 16, 2007 8:01:12 PM


  24. The term "teenage" is used very loosely. Both actors are well into their 20s, and both characters on the show are college students.

    Posted by: Chris | Aug 16, 2007 8:22:48 PM


  25. I haven't watched this show since junior high and back then ATWT also introduced a then groundbreaking regular character that was gay (Hank I believe was the character's name, and the dude who played him went on to play Gaston on Broadway in Beauty in the Beast). I remember as a 13 year old... wow, there's a gay guy on As the World Turns?

    And what's even more awesome... this gay character Luke is the son of this guy Holden, whose sister started to "date" that guy Hank before Hank came out to her. Sometimes it's so fascinating what a show can do that's been on for a gazillion years.

    Posted by: MLQ | Aug 16, 2007 10:17:07 PM


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