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.
Host
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?

Confirmations from ABC actors and actresses are trickling in on the official Disney website for the ultimate soapy extravaganza – Super Soap Weekend 2008.
Super Soap Weekend 2008 is set for Nov. 15 and 16 at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM) in Orlando,
It will be the fourth time that Kara and I have attended this slightly crazy, but oh-so-fun event.
And it will be the second consecutive year that we will be blogging from there.
So if you’re not planning on attending, then make sure you keep checking back here for full reports.
Here’s the list so far:
Kassie DePaiva (Blair, OLTL)
Susan Haskell (Marty, OLTL)
Michael Easton (John McBain, OLTL)
Jason Tam (Markko, OLTL)
Brittany Underwood (Langston, OLTL)
Rebecca Budig (Greenlee, AMC)
Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, AMC)
Melissa Claire Egan (Annie, AMC)
Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater, AMC)
Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC)
Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC)
Alicia Minshew (Kendall Slater, AMC)
Aiden Turner (Aidan, AMC)
Host
Bob Guiney
I’m glad to see there are some OLTL stars who weren’t there last year, namely Susan Haskell, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood and I have to say I’m excited about all three.
Haskell has been involved in a pretty intense storyline since reprising the role that she made famous.
I bet her FastPass will be very popular.
Ditto for Tam and Underwood.
These two young actors have really grown and matured onscreen in their short time on OLTL and they have developed quite a following.
Notice there are no General Hospital stars confirmed as yet, but I’m sure that will change soon.
Last year, the entire list wasn’t complete until early October, which in my opinion is kind of late.
If you haven’t made your traveling plans, room reservations, etc., I strongly suggest making them now.
It just seems that the crowds get larger and larger each year.
And the lines get longer and you have to get to the gates earlier and earlier in order to get a fast pass to see your favorite star.
We will be updating the list as it gets closer and closer.
Anyone out there planning to attend?

Calling all ABC soap fans!
Super Soap Weekend 2008 is set for Nov. 15 and 16 at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM) in Orlando, FL.
Yessiree, mark the dates on your calendar.
The list of attending soap stars is not out yet.
Last year, the final list didn’t get finalized until October, if I remember correctly….but some of the names trickle in beginning in August or September as some of the stars post their upcoming appearance on their websites.
Just think, you can get thisclose to your fave ABC soap star.
I did!
Me with Michael E.Knight (Tad) from All My ChildrenSuper Soap 2007 058.JPG
Do you believe there’s a fence separating us?
Well, there is.
You see, I couldn’t get a fast pass to see Michael E. Knight one-on-one.
His passes were gone by the time I reached the beginning of the AMC fast-pass line in the morning.
He is so popular, because he really makes the fan experience fun.
Do I look like I’m having fun, or what?
So anyway, I waited outside the railing where he was signing autographs and taking photos, because I knew from the previous year that he comes to the railing after he has met all of his fast-pass holders.
And he did!
I asked for a photo and he pulled me close, grabbed my camera, held it out in front of us – and wha-la – an amazing photo!
Michael E. Knight is truly a fan favorite because he goes above and beyond for his fans.
And he’s not the only one I met.
Because if you’re quick on your feet and get up at the crack of dawn, you can meet more than one by pulling more than one fast-pass.
Plus, there’s a whole slew of panel discussions and interactive activities involving the fans and the soap stars.
Keep an eye here at Soapbox, because Kara and I will be updating SSW 2008 news as it becomes available.
If you’ve never gone to this fun-filled weekend, it’s a must for ABC soap fans.
And if you’re an ABC soap fan, Hollywood Studios Disney World is truly the most magical place on earth that weekend.