All the stars who features in The Story of Soaps on ABC

The Story of Soaps is a new ABC special which will celebrate the incredible impact soap operas have had over the years.

The special not only takes a look back at the history of soaps, but it will also have some of the familiar faces appearing to talk about their time on daytime dramas.

In a promo for the show, Bravo’s Andy Cohen said: ‘When people think about soaps, they think about daytime, that’s not the whole story.’

While Alec Baldwin says: ‘It was one of the most important moments of my life.’

And Bryan Cranston notes ‘daytime created serialized television, which we love now’.

Before Jon Hamm adds: ‘There are elements of soap opera in every dramatic television show. It was the first binge-watch.’

When is the Story of Soaps on ABC?

The Story of Soaps air on May 19 and it ‘explores how no genre of television has laid deeper roots into our cultural consciousness and serialized storytelling than the soap opera.’

ABC said in a news release: ‘In today’s shifting television landscape, The Story of Soaps traces how female creators migrated from radio to television to become the dominant force in daytime for more than three decades.’

The statement added: ‘The Story of Soaps takes an extensive look at this iconic, impactful genre and the cultural phenomenon its massive impact has had on the world at large.’

Who features in the Story of Soaps?

The two hour special will deliver stories from (and about) All My Children creator Agnes Nixon and Susan Lucci (Erica).

Bold and Beautiful’s head writer Brad Bell will be joined by Denise Richards (Shauna) and John McCook (Eric) while Days of our Lives’ Deidre Hall (Marlena), Drake Hogestyn (John), Greg Vaughan (Eric) and John Aniston (Victor) also feature.

General Hospital’s co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Shelly Altman will be joined by casting director Mark Teschner, Chandra Wilson (Sydney/Dr. Massey/Tina), Donna Mills (Madison), Finola Hughes (Anna), Genie Francis (Laura), John Stamos (Blackie), Laura Wright (Carly), Marc Samuel (Felix) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

While One Life to Live’s Erika Slezak (Viki) will appear, as will The Young and the Restless’ Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki), Vivica A. Fox (Stephanie), Erika Jayne (Farrah).

As well as Jill Farren Phelps, the former executive producer of multiple soaps.

In addition, actors who moved on from soaps into other TV and film roles are set to appear such as Alec Baldwin, who used to star inThe Doctors, Billy; Knots Landing and Joshua.

There’s also Bryan Cranston (Loving, Douglas), Eddie Mills (Dawson’s Creek, Tyson), Mary Crosby (Knots Landing and Dallas) and Susan Sullivan (Another World, Lenore; Falcon Crest, Maggie).

The Story of Soaps airs May 19 at 8pm (ET) on ABC.

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