By now, you all must know that this year’s Super Soap Weekend will be the last as announced by Disney-ABC earlier this week.
I expounded regarding my feelings about that in my previous blog.
Thumbs down – by the way- in case you missed it.
Since I focused all my energy on that bombshell announcement, I never got to the list of attending stars, which was released at the same time.
Kinda took all the wind out of the sails, eh?
Super Soap Weekend will take place at Nov. 15 and 16 at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World in Orlando.
Without further ado, here’s the list:
All My Children
Rebecca Budig (Greenlee Smythe)
Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Martin)
Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Lavery)
Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake Martin)
Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater)
Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery)
Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart Slater)
Eden Riegel (Bianca Montgomery)
Aiden Turner (Aidan Devane)
Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard)
One Life to Live
Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning)
Brandon Buddy (Cole Thornhart)
Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer)
Michael Easton (John McBain)
Farah Fath (Gigi Morasco)
Susan Haskell (Marty Saybrooke)
John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex Balsom)
Erika Slezak (Viki Davidson)
Jason Tam (Markko Rivera)
Brittany Underwood (Langston Wilde)
Bree Williamson (Jessica/Tess Buchanan)
General Hospital
Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli)
Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara)
Julie Marie Berman (Lulu Spencer)
Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine)
Jason Cook (Matt Hunter)
Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber)
Kelly Monaco (Samantha McCall)
Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones)
Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake)
Laura Wright (Carly Jax)
Note: Susan Lucci is scheduled to appear in Dancing with the Stars telelvision show and unless she is eliminated from competition before the Super Soap Weekend event, will not appear this year.
Bob Guiney
And I have to say, I’m disappointed.
It’s not because I don’t like the stars who are appearing, because I do.
There are several in the list who I am really excited about – especially those stars who weren’t there last year.
For instance, Brittany Underwood (Langston) and Jason Tam (Markko) from One Life To Live.
Those two have done wonderful jobs with storylines involving Langston being orphaned, Starr’s pregnancy and Langston’s newfound uncle.
These two young actors have really grown in their roles and in their performances this past year.
So, yeah, they should be there and I guarantee they will be some of the more sought after fastpasses for one-on-one autograph and photo sessions.
Susan Haskell, Marty on OLTL, has returned to the screen and to SSW.
She’s been there before but not in many years, since she left the show. But Haskell returned this year to reprise the role which made her famous to soapsters. And I think her Fastpass is going to be hard to get.
Her real-life hubby, Thorsten Kaye, Zach on All My Children, will also be signing autographs and meeting fans. He’s always popular and I had the fun experience of meeting him last year.
By the way, he’s a great hugger.
And how about Darnell Williams, Jesse on All My Children?
A HUGE draw and he will definitely be popular. I’m aiming to get his Fastpass, for sure.
But, HELLO…..Where’s Debbi Morgan, his onscreen wife, Angie?
Can you say Super Couple?
I think ABC really missed the boat with that one.
And where’s Michael E. Knight, who plays Tad, Jesse’s best friend?
Another HUGE omission.
I am extremely disappointed that he won’t be there, because I couldn’t get his Fastpass last year and was really hoping to meet him this year.
He’s been there for several years, but he is extremely popular year after year.
I’m glad to see Michael Easton (John) from OLTL on the list again. He’s the reason I went to my first SSW four years ago and he didn’t disappoint.
He’s so-o-o nice…and those blue eyes…. Definitely on my list this year.
Guaranteed that Brandon Barash (Johnnie) from General Hospital, a first-timer, will also be a big hit and his fast-passes will be in great demand.
I’m glad to see Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) returns this year, because he just so much fun!
I met him last year and I’m going to try to meet him again this year. His FastPasses were the first to go last year.
But here’s my problem.
Since this is the last Super Soap – why not make it an extravaganza?
Invite ALL the favorites.
There are just so many glaring omissions of actors/actresses who SHOULD be there.
What about John Brotherton (Jared) and Melissa Archer (Natalie) on OLTL?
And Mark Lawson (Brody) has acted his heart out and has been part of a high-profile story line.
Where’s he?
How about Claire Coffee (Nadine) on GH? I was hoping she would be there.
She is really popular, not to mention she’s been involved with Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) who is going to be there.
What about Carolyn Hennesy (Diane on GH)? She has a HUGE following and I hear she is wonderful to her fans.
How about brothers Derk Cheetwood (Max) and Drew Cheetwood (Milo) from GH. They would be such fun to meet!
And the most egregious oversight to me……Where are all the vets?
Erika Slezak, Viki on OLTL, is the ONLY vet on the entire list for all the shows.
There is the possibility of Susan Lucci (Erica on AMC) if she gets knocked out of Dancing With The Stars.
What about AMC’s David Canary (Adam)? Or from OLTL Hillary B. Smith (Nora), Catherine Hickland (Lindsay), Robin Strasser (Dorian), Jerry ver Dorn (Clint), Ilene Kristen (Roxy), and from GH Jane Alexander (Tracy), Leslie Charleson (Monica), Anthony Geary (Luke), Genie Francis (Laura) and John J. York (Mac) to name a few.
So I guess this would be Super Soap rant blog number two?

5 thoughts on “What’s Up With the List of Super Soap Stars?

  1. Sue
    October 3, 2008 at 11:24 am

    I have one to add to your list of those missing from SSW this year? Where is Kimberly McCullough? I always look forward to seeing her along with Jason Thompson.

  2. Michele
    October 3, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Absolutely, Sue!
    Especially since they have had such a front burner s/l this year.
    There are so many more deserving actors/actresses who should be there, particularly since it’s the last year.

  3. LuAnne
    October 6, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Hi Michelle- I agree 150% about the vets not being there. I’ve been watching all the ABC soaps for 30+ years and it seems ABC ignores the older fans’ favorites. My 2 to add your list are Robert S. Woods and Kin Shriner. I was in the AMC line with you and Kara last year on Saturday morning. I hope to see you both again this year!
    LuAnne in Ohio

  4. LuAnne C
    October 6, 2008 at 9:51 am

    I agree 150% about the lack of vets at SSW. My 2 faves are Robert S. Woods and Kin Shriner. I hope to see you again this year ( Remember AMC fast pass line 2007?)
    LuAnne in Ohio

  5. Michele
    October 6, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    YAY! So good to hear from you!
    Of course I remember you!
    I still have a photo of the three of us in the AMC line that 1st morning.
    We will be there. We already have reservations and we are going to blog live again each day.
    We’ll definitely have to meet up.
    If you click on my name on the blog, you can e-mail me.