ABC Daytime Announces Stars Heading to Super Soap 2008

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Mainstay headliner, Susan Lucci, iffy this, the last year of Super Soap Weekend


Susan Lucci (Erica, All My Children)Since the inauguration of Super Soap weekend back in the late 1990’s, All My Children’s Susan Lucci (Erica), has been the headliner.  Fans wait in long lines just to get wristbands to wait in long lines again to get to meet her. 

Well, guys. Guess what?  LaLuch may not be on the docket this year at Super Soap.  Why?  Can you say Dancing with the Stars?  The daytime diva and nighttime ballroom dancer just has so much on her plate already, that she may not be able to schedule Super Soap Weekend this year.

Get this. Her current schedule goes something like...

She arrives in LA on Saturday to rehearse over the weekend and all day Monday for Monday night’s show.  After Tuesday’s results show, she gets on a red eye flight back to NY where Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, she is taping All My Children. Then, hopefully, if she’s not been voted off Dancing with the Stars, the routine starts again on Saturday.   Phew.  We gotta figure that the only way she’ll be heading to Orlando for Super Soap this year, is if she is voted off Dancing with the Stars before the November 15-16th event. 

Also missing from this year’s SSW line up is AMC fan favorite, Michael E. Knight (Tad).

2008 marks the 13th annual Super Soap Weekend, and if you didn’t already know, Soapdom has heard that it is the last.  Next year, instead of having everyone congregate in Florida, ABC daytime is planning a national tour called the 2009 Soap Nation Tour.  But will your favorite star get to your town or not? Stay tuned. 

According to ABC Daytime:

"This year will mark the last Super Soap Weekend in Orlando, as the ABC's Daytime Division embarks on the 2009 Soap Nation Tour, a collection of nationwide events designed for interaction 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, including special trivia and commemorative clip packages honoring the 45th anniversary of "General Hospital," the 40th anniversary of "One Life to Live," "All My Children's" 10,000th episode and past "Super Soap Weekends." "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."

For now, it’s not too late to get down to Disney/MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida for the farewell voyage of SSW.  Here’s the line up of confirmed talent attending:

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)