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)
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.
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.
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?
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.
It’s been less than 24 hours since Disney-ABC dropped the bombshell….the dreaded news that this year’s Super Soap Weekend – Nov. 15 and 16 – will be the last for the super popular event held annually at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.
Yeah, you heard me right.
Disney-ABC is doing away with THE most popular event in the history of the free world.
Okay, maybe I’m being a tad bit dramatic, but, hey, we’re talking about soap fans here and they live for drama.
A press release issued Tuesday by Disney/ABC delivered the blow to millions of soap fans, while trying to put a positive spin on it.
In the press release, Brian Frons, president of Daytime Disney/ABC Television Group, announces a 2009 Soap Nation Tour in lieu of Super Soap because “Our fans have told us that they want us in their neighborhoods so we are traveling our daytime talent to better serve them.”
Ummmm. I’m not sure what fans Mr. Frons has talked to, but it’s certainly not any of the tens of thousands who attend the event each year.
“The 2009 tour will be a collection of coast-to-coast fan-based events that will ignite our ‘Soap Nation,’” Frons said.
The release cites a “Rock the Soap” cruise out of Los Angeles; the annual Broadway Cares event in NYC and the CMA’s music festival.
Here’s the thing.
The soap cruise is pretty expensive for the general soap fan and doesn’t appeal to a broad audience, particularly if you don’t like cruises.
The Broadway Cares event is a one-night musical event featuring soap stars, but it’s not at all interactive in terms of meeting the stars one-on-one.
And regarding the CMA music festival, that only appeals to a niche group of country music/soap fans.
I tell ya, soap fans are not happy about this and are not taking the news sitting down.
Reactions have been fast and furious and fans are mobilizing to try and save future SSW’s.
There’s already an online petition addressed to Frons and the ABC Teleivision Group with 220-plus names the last time I looked and the list was growing by the minute. It’s called the “Please Don’t Scrub Super Soap Weekend” petition.
Click here to read and/or sign the petition.
“Uprise and Uproar” were the words used by Jo Ann, host of Stardish Radio, about the reaction of soap fans to the disturbing news.
Jo Ann hosted her Tuesday show about SSW and I participated in the discussion. You can listen below.
Jo Ann on Stardish, which is part of BlogTalkRadio, has interviewed many soap stars and other celebrities and all of her back interviews can be heard on the Stardish website.
And I haven’t even gotten started on my feelings on the attending stars for this year’s event.
I’ll have to save that for another day.
The full list of 2008 attending soap stars was also released on SoapNet.com Tuesday and that sort of got lost in the shuffle, considering the future demise of the event.
We’re five days away from 12th annual ABC Super Soap Weekend at MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida’s Disney World.
And Kara and I will be there for the two-day soap extravaganza Saturday and Sunday – and we’re going to tell you all about it.
Who we see.
Who we meet.
Who we touch.
It’s our third annual sojourn to get up close and personal with our favorite ABC soap stars from All My Children, One Life To Live and General Hospital.
And, as I’ve learned from past experience, expect the unexpected.
Last year, I ended up on stage as part of the “I Wanna Be A Soap Star” competition. During my scenes, I ended up rolling around on a couch with All My Children’s Cameron Mathison (Ryan) and General Hospital’s Scott Clifton (Dillon).
Talk about getting up close and personal! It doesn’t get much better than that!
I can’t imagine anything topping that, but you never know.
If you’re going, here’s my top five tips:
Tip 1. Get to the park early if you want to get more than one fast pass per day or if there’s an actor that you absolutely must meet one-on-one.
I mean really early….For us it’s getting up at 5 a.m. and getting there by 6:30 ish….Last year, I ended up with three FastPasses on Saturday. The gates to the park open at 8 a.m.
In order to see the actors one-on-one at the specified meet and greet autograph sessions, you need a FastPass.
And to get a FastPass, you must stand on line with thousands of people for several hours….There are three separate lines, each at a different location, for the three ABC soaps. Then, once you get one, you can run to the back of the line and go through again. Or, you can run to another location, for a different soap, and stand in that line.
Tip 2. The General Hospital line is closest to the entrance – and it’s always the longest. You can possibly get one or maybe two FastPasses if you’re lucky, but chances are you will not get your favorite.
One Life To Live is usually the shortest line. If you get there by at least 7 a.m., you should be able to go through that line at least twice and the same for All My Children. But the All My Children location is the farthest from the entrance, so be prepared to sprint.
Last year, I began Saturday in the One Life To Live line, because my goal was to meet Erika Slezak (Viki). I got her FastPass and then dashed over to the General Hospital line. There, I got a standby FastPass for Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio). After getting that, I ran back to One Life To Live and got a FastPass to meet David Fumero (Christian).
A standby FastPass means that the actor can opt to take standbys after taking all of the people holding regular FastPasses. I took a chance and Tristan took his standbys. The next day, I was lucky enough to get a standby to meet General Hospital’s Jason Thompson (Patrick). He was incredibly nice. He stayed through his break and met everyone with a standby ticket.
A word of caution with standby FastPasses – not all actors take their standbys. So, if it’s your first time, you might want the bird in the hand….
Tip 3. If you don’t want to get up early and stand in the long lines, you can still see the actors. Look up the times and locations for autograph sessions of the actors you want to see. Go to the autograph locations and stand outside of the railing. You will be able to see them and take pictures of them.
Some of the actors go to the railing and sign autographs for the milling fans and some will even take photos with fans standing there.
Last year, I saw Michael E. Knight (Tad), from All My Children, at his autograph session, but I didn’t have a FastPass.
I called him to the railing and he came up to me. I asked if I could get a photo with him and he said, “sure!”
I started to do a one-handed shot….you know the kind where you hold the camera out in front of you….Then he said, “Give me the camera. My arms are longer.” and he proceeded to hold the camera out in front of us and shot the picture. How nice was that??
Tip 4. One Life To Live fans will get a real treat if they show up one day early. On Friday, you can meet Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer Manning) without a FastPass. Kassie will be holding an autograph signing of her new CD “I Want To Love You” from 1-3 p.m. at The Writer’s Stop in MGM Studios. The CD is wonderful and if you never met Kassie, she’s super nice and so friendly! She will also be one of the stars available by FastPass on Saturday and Sunday.
Tip 5. Keep your camera at the ready at all times! You can almost always catch some of the actors walking from place to place.
All SSW events are included in the price of the admission ticket to MGM.
Click here to view the participating actors, events and schedule.
Click here for more information and tips.
And check back here – at Soapbox – for any updates and recaps.
If anyone who reads this is going, please feel free to list some of your “survival tips.”