SoapNet's reality competition, I Wanna Be A Soapstar,
debuted its fourth season on Tuesday, and for the first time in the show's history, the Disney-owned cable network is rewarding one aspiring actor a role on the non-ABC soap opera, Days of our Lives
The daytime drama series, which airs on NBC, is already a major part of SoapNet's programming. Repeats of the highly-followed soap opera have been airing on the cable network since 2004.
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"We've done three ABC shows, and we were eager to do one of our other shows," SoapNet general manager, Deborah Blackwell, said prior to production. "The [Days of our Lives
] team was extremely supportive, and [Days of our Lives
executive producer] Ken Corday wanted it to happen."
The fourth season of I Wanna Be A Soapstar
, which premiered with an audition special on Tuesday, follows 10 actors as they compete for a role on the daytime drama series.
"I think it's wonderful that they stepped up to promote a show that's not on ABC," Corday said. "It seemed like the stars were aligned. Hopefully we'll end up with a really good actor to star on the show. From there, who knows where it might go."
Another first for the new edition of the reality series is the at-home voting for viewers, who will have a hand in choosing the next winner of I Wanna Be a Soapstar
. Additionally, though the series is still hosted by All My Children
's Cameron Mathison
, the panel of judges has two Days of our Lives
representatives, head writer Hogan Sheffer and actress Mary Beth Evans
, who plays Kayla Brady Johnson on the soap.
Past winners of I Wanna Be a Soapstar
have been given roles in a variety of ABC soaps. Season two winner Alec Musser
has been appearing as Del Henry on All My Children
, while season one winner Mykel Shannon Jenkins was seen on General Hospital
. Season three winner Mikey Jerome has appeared as Ted Osbourne on One Life to Live
The fourth season of I Wanna Be a Soapstar
will conclude with a live broadcast in October.
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Variety
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