By Lora Chance - email
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - After more than a half-century on the air, CBS is canceling As the World Turns.
The network plans to replace the long-running soap opera with a new daytime talk show.
Daytime dramas have been in a long-term ratings decline. CBS ended the daytime soap Guiding Light in September 2009. The cancellation will leave CBS with only two daytime dramas, The Young and the Restless and Bold and Beautiful.
CBS's new talk show, The Talk, will examine topical events and contemporary issues through the eyes of six female co-hosts who are all mothers: Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur.
The Talk is scheduled to premiere Monday, Oct.18. The series finale of As the World Turns is Friday, Sept. 17.