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NBC 5 Hottest Soap Stars Come to Chicago Area Mall; NBC 5 Chicago Daytime's Nesita Kwan and Byron Miranda Also Make Guest Appearances.

CHICAGO, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- NBC Daytime and Soap Opera Digest magazine, the bible of the soap opera industry for the past 22 years, are teaming up for the third annual "Behind the Scenes with NBC and Soap Opera Digest" mall tour. The tour's Chicago area kick-off dates are Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4 at Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles, Ill. from 1-4 p.m. Also, on Oct. 4, Nesita Kwan and Byron Miranda of the new "NBC 5 Chicago Daytime Show" will stop by to greet fans.

The event will feature exclusive personal appearances by NBC's hottest male stars. Among the talent scheduled to appear are: Eddie Cibian (Cole Deschanel, "Sunset Beach") on Oct. 3, and Roark Critchlow (Mike Horton, "Days of Our Lives") on Oct. 4.

During this two-day event, stars are scheduled to meet with fans as they take part in a variety of activities including autograph sessions and a chance to win a limited NBC Daytime jacket. Audience members will be able to fulfill their soap opera dreams when they are able to join the stars "0n Stage Live with NBC and Soap Opera Digest" to perform soap skits with their favorite actor.

In addition to all of the activities, fans will have the opportunity to enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win an exotic vacation.

This 5-week NBC Daytime Soap Opera Digest Mall Tour will travel to 5 cities before ending on Oct. 18 in Prussia, Pa.

The Mix 101.9 is NBC 5's radio partner for the event. For more information on the mall tour Internet users can log on to www.NBC5.com.

EDDIE CIBRIAN (Cole Deschanel)

In February 1997, Eddie Cibrian joined the cast of Sunset Beach as Cole Deschanel, the handsome jewel thief and grandson of town founder Armando Deschanel.

Just five months since his debut, TV Guide named Cibrian one of Daytime's 12 Hottest Stars. This fall, Cibrian will star in a CBS made for television movie entitled "The Hitman" and will make his feature-film debut in "Living Out Loud" with Holly Hunter.

Born and raised in California, Cibrian began his acting career as a child by landing a national Coca-Cola commercial on his very first audition. A number of other commercials soon followed, eventually leading him to a starring role in Malcolm-Jamal Warner's Emmy Award-winning television special, "Kids Killing Kids." From there it was on to daytime television, where Cibrian starred for three years as Matt Clark on "The Young and the Restless." His other daytime credits include a featured role on "The Bold and the Beautiful." In addition, he appeared in multiple episodes of "Beverly Hills, 90210" as well as on NBC's "Saved by the Bell: The College Years."

In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, football, tennis, and basketball. He is involved in a number of charitable organizations, including the Make a Wish Foundation, the American Paralysis Association, and Stitches, a group in South-Central Los Angeles that provides kids with an alternative to gangs.

Cibrian is single and lives in Toluca Lake, Calif. His birthday is June 18.

SUNSET BEACH

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Sunset Beach, the one-hour daytime drama from Aaron Spelling, premiered January 6, 1997. It was both Spelling's first daytime venture and the first new serial to hit the television airwaves in eight years. The show has already developed a solid fan base that Soap Opera Digest calls "remarkable for a newcomer."

Set in a small coastal California community, Sunset Beach has made its mark on daytime television by combining traditional daytime drama storytelling with the natural beauty of Southern California's beach locations and is supported by a talented and ethnically-diverse cast. TV Guide has noted that "Sunset Beach has become a cult hit with growth potential" for the daytime serial viewer. This fact has become particularly true with teen viewers who enjoy Sunset's suspenseful and quirky storylines like "Terror Island," a take- off on the popular Scream movies. Also popular was the recent storyline "Shock Wave," highly publicized earthquakes followed by a treacherous tsunami which caused mayhem at the beach. Sunset Beach also blends real-life news into its storyline, such as the Presidential scandals.

Sunset Beach features some of the most recognizable and popular stars on television as well as the hottest newcomers to daytime. They portray core family members and friends living in Sunset Beach who come from all walks of life -- rich, poor, heroes, villains, lovers, friends and enemies. Families such as the Richards, the Deschanels, the Torres and the Cummings, are all interwoven, often coming together at the funky blues/rock club, The Deep, or at the cyber coffeehouse, Java Web. They work as police officers, lifeguards, reporters, waiters, lawyers and restaurant owners. Among the more recognizable and popular cast members on Sunset Beach are Lesley Anne Down, Sarah Buxton, Sam Behrens, Kathleen Noone, Eddie Cibrian, Jason George, Sherri Saum, Randy Spelling, Susan Ward, Tim Adams, Carol Potter, Priscilla Garita, Hank Cheyne and Clive Robertson.

Sunset Beach is produced by Spelling Entertainment Inc. in association with NBC Studios. Aaron Spelling, E. Duke Vincent and Gary Tomlin are the executive producers. Chris Whitesell and Meg Bennett are head writers. James Reilly is executive story consultant.
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