Soap opera site has sales, chat rooms -- and a show

TV: now fans will have even more reasons to stay tuned

January 17, 2000|By Melody Holmes | Melody Holmes,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Sex, scandal and drama are hardly subjects new to the Internet, but now there is one-stop shopping for all of them on the Web -- at the Soap Opera Store.

The Web site -- www.soap -- claims to offer virtually everything a true soap opera junkie could want or need, from updates and chat rooms on every television soap to soap-related merchandise sales and auctions.

The Soap Opera Store is brand new. So new, in fact, that on its scheduled day of launch last Friday, many of its features were still under construction.

But its founders, which include media executives, attorneys and "soap opera journalist" Mary Ann Cooper, say it is expected to be up and running this week.

When it is, soap addicts will be able to shop for such items as a dress worn by Susan Lucci as Erica Kane on "All My Children," jewelry designed by Lisa Peluso ("Another World") and a cookbook written by Robin Mattson ("All My Children").

In the auction area, fans will be able to bid on clothing and other items that have appeared on each show, as well as personal items offered by daytime TV stars.

Speaking of stars, the site has signed up several daytime TV stars as spokespeople, including Hunter Tylo of "The Bold and the Beautiful," Josh Taylor of "Days of Our Lives," Jackie Zeman of "General Hospital" and Joshua Morrow of "The Young and the Restless."

But the new site isn't counting on the old medium of television to provide all its dramatic flair. It plans to launch its own online soap opera, "Web of Deceit," as well as "The Mac & Ally Show," a talk show about daytime dramas hosted by two longtime soap viewers.

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