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.
"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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