It was announced today that CBS
has canceled As the World Turns
, the 54-year-old daytime drama that most recently has enthralled gay viewers with the love story of Luke Snyder and Noah Mayer.
Luke and Noah will be signing off the airways next year
When As the World Turns
goes off the air in September 2010, daytime television will be losing a leader in gay representation that has been nominated for four GLAAD Media Awards and won the past two years. The beloved characters Luke and Noah (or "Nuke," as they came to be known) made history when they shared the first ever gay male kiss on daytime television and fans have enjoyed following their growth into daytime’s first gay "supercouple." Although there will be one less daily drama on the air next year, As the World Turns
paved the way for greater inclusion on the daytime programming that remains.