As the fall prime-time season takes off, it's time for our annual survey of former daytime soap stars who have landed regular roles in the new prime-time series.
John Wesley Shipp (Barry Allen on CBS's "The Flash"): Shipp played Kelly Nelson on "The Guiding Light" and went on to win back-to-back Daytime Emmys as Doug Cummings on "As the World Turns" and Martin Ellis on "Santa Barbara." But the nicest guy to come out of daytime TV deserves a better time slot than he got. "The Flash" is up against "The Cosby Show" (NBC) and "The Simpsons" (Fox).
Nancy Valen (Donna Breedlove on NBC's "Hull High"): Valen died a beautiful though ludicrous death from one of those unnamed soap-opera diseases when she played Melinda Weaver Ryan on "Ryan's Hope." Here she is reincarnated as a slinky English teacher -- the singing, dancing gal of her pimply students' fantasies.
Larry Joshua (Capt. John Hollander in ABC's "Cop Rock"): Joshua showed grit as Brian Emerson on "Search for Tomorrow" in 1981. He's a veteran rock 'n' roller, so look for his musical talents to be displayed on the unusual singing and dancing cop show from Steven Bochco ("Hill Street Blues," "L.A. Law").
Kate McNeil (Taylor Young on CBS' "WIOU"): She has been mostly MIA since her days as spunky Karen Haines on "As the World Turns" from 1981-84. Here, she plays a reporter and wannabe anchorwoman at an urban TV station.
Stacy Edwards (Lindy Hammersmith on CBS' "Sons and Daughters"): Edwards was outstanding as rape victim Halley Benson on "Santa Barbara" in 1987. In this intergenerational family drama, she is married to an insufferable yuppie and is the mother of a newborn daughter.
Holland Taylor (Dawn St. Claire on ABC's "Going Places"): Has it really been 12 years since stylish Taylor played loony Denise Cavanaugh on "Edge of Night"? In her first series since "Bosom Buddies," Taylor plays the Dragon Lady boss of four housemates who also form a writing-producing team at a fictional TV video show.
Phil Morris (Eddie Bach on CBS's "WIOU"): Remember that dopey "The Young and the Restless" story line where Morris (as Tyrone Jackson) masqueraded as a white man with the help of makeup? Following a two-year stint as a regular on the new "Mission: Impossible," Morris plays a competitive reporter.