As promised, I will keep you updated with the latest news leading up to ABC-SOAPnet Super Soap Weekend, which, sadly will be the last one.
It will be held Nov. 15 and 16 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.
On an up note, I have tentatively set another interview next week with one of the actors appearing at SSW and will post the interview right here on Soapbox.
My first SSW interview was posted Wednesday with Jason Tam (OLTL’s Markko), who is making his SSW debut this year. Many thanks to Jason for taking the time out of his busy schedule.
Now, I’m not going to say who next week’s interview will be….I think it will be fun to surprise you.
I’m planning to post it Thursday so stay tuned.
And don’t forget that Kara and I will be blogging live from SSW each day, recounting who we’ve seen and what went on.
On to the latest SSW news….
There have been some more ABC stars added to the lineup.
Sherri Shepherd,The View co-host, will return to the event for the second consecutive year and will host the Colgate Total Street Jam with All My Children’s Cameron Mathison.
ABC-SOAPnet Super Soap Weekend November 15 and 16 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Sherri Shepherd,The View co-host, will return to the event for the second consecutive year and reunite with Mathison, her Daytime Emmy Awards co-host, to host the Colgate Total Street Jam.
Susan Lucci (Erica Kane/AMC), the only star to attend every SSW since it’s inception in 1996, will be there only on Saturday if she is still competing on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Added to the previously released list of stars: Vincent Irizarry (AMC’s David), Kimberly McCullough (GH’s Robin) and Greg Vaughan (GH’s Lucky).
The previously released list is: All My Children – Rebecca Budig, Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Ricky Paull Goldin, Thorsten Kaye, Cameron Mathison, Alicia Minshew, Eden Riegel, Aiden Turner and Darnell Williams. One Life to Live – Kristen Alderson, Brandon Buddy, Kassie DePaiva, Michael Easton, Farah Fath, Susan Haskell, John-Paul Lavoisier, Erika Slezak, Jason Tam, Brittany Underwood and Bree Williamson. General Hospital – Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash, Julie Berman, Tyler Christopher, Jason Cook, Rebecca Herbst, Kelly Monaco, Kirsten Storms, Jason Thompson and Laura Wright.
According to Disney/ABC, Super Soap Weekend is being shelved in favor of smaller fan events around the country called the Soap Nation Tour.
Below are excerpts from a Disney/ABC press release explaining things.
This year will mark the last Super Soap Weekend in Orlando, as ABC’s Daytime division embarks on the 2009 Soap Nation Tour, a collection of nationwide events designed to interact with fans on a year-round basis, offering greater access to stars in more cities, more often. The final Walt Disney World weekend will be dedicated to the fans with special retrospectives and exclusive productions.
This year special trivia and commemorative clip packages honoring the 45th anniversary of General Hospital; the 40th anniversary of One Life to Live and All My Children’s 10,000th episode and past Super Soap Weekends will be shown during the event.
Super Soap Weekend will become more interactive than ever with the introduction of new mobile programs and text trivia. A special musical number will be developed for Colgate Total Street Jam that honors the final event as well.
Throughout the weekend, fans will have the opportunity to meet favorite stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital.
Festivities include celebrity motorcades, autograph sessions, game shows, interviews and the chance to purchase one-of-a-kind memorabilia from each of the shows. The Colgate Total Street Jam will close the event each day with live musical performances by some favorite Daytime Stars. Colgate Total toothpaste has served as the presenting sponsor of the event for nine consecutive years.
Confirmed events within the 2009 “Soap Nation Tour” that support the new effort begin on the west coast with the maiden voyage of SOAPnet Presents Rock the Soap, a three-day cruise (from Los Angeles to Mexico) hosted by Bob Guiney and filled with top daytime stars, including Rebecca Budig, Thorsten Kaye, Jason Thompson, Kelly Monaco, Kassie DePaiva and Bree Williamson, and featuring musical performances, autograph sessions and parties. More information about the event can be found at www.rockthesoap.com.
New contests will be developed to provide trips to New York so winners can attend Broadway Cares, a one-night musical celebration featuring daytime stars, and continued participation in the CMA’s Music Festival with stars attending the event weekend. Additional information regarding new fan experiences and expanded affiliate events will be released next year.