Thursday, May 27, 2010

SoapNet Going Off the Air

Big news out of SOAPnet today gang. We’re sure you’ve read or heard some of it, but we’ve got the official word.

Disney/ABC Television group has announced plans for a new channel, Disney Junior, a 24-hour network for preschoolers and their families. Its launch is planned for 2012, at which point it will take over SOAPnet’s spot on your program guides.

What does this mean for SOAPnet fans? Here goes:

1. You get 18 more months of SOAPnet programming, including encore presentations of All My Children, General Hospital, One Life to Live, and The Young and the Restless, as well as Beverly Hills, 90210, One Tree Hill, and a third season of the critically-acclaimed original, Being Erica.

2. ABC and are dedicated to remaining the home for the very best in daytime programming – All My Children, General Hospital, One Life to Live, and The View.

3. Full episodes of all ABC Daytime shows will be available online, allowing current SOAPnet viewers who are unable to catch them on-air to stay on top of their favorite series.

In a press release, Disney co-chair Anne Sweeney explained the decision, saying:

"The launch of Disney Junior in the U.S. is the next step in our global preschool strategy, which began 10 years ago with the premiere of our first dedicated preschool channel in the UK. The decision to ultimately transition SOAPnet to accomplish this was not arrived at lightly. SOAPnet was created in 2000 to give daytime viewers the ability to watch time-shifted soaps, before multiplatform viewing and DVRs were part of our vocabulary. But today, as technology and our businesses evolve, it makes more sense to align this distribution with a preschool channel that builds on the core strengths of our company.”

It’s been a wonderful 10 years with you, SOAPnet fans. We look forward to two more, and of course, we’ll see you at ABC!

Article above courtesy of the SoapNet website.

Commentary by FancyFace:  I would be upset about this if SoapNet had actually aired much in the way of soaps for the last few years.  When they started throwing the soap reruns out for their own reality shows, TV movies and nonsense like that, they really jumped the shark.  I don't care how much money the network wasn't making at doing the soap reruns.  They should not advertise themselves as showing soaps while airing programs of a different format.  I'm sure my five-year-old will be thrilled about the Disney Junior Channel however.Share


  1. I guess if teens and tweens would be consumers for decades to come, get them even younger and you add on another ten years of buying products!

    I have not watched a soap in years. But when I was occasionally watching DAYS, I much preferred it on SN. 1) The quality of the picture was so much better than when NBC's airing; the colors seemed brighter and the resolution better; 2) they actually played the credits and the theme at the end; NBC always scrunched up the screen and had those annoying voice over for the network's other shows. It started to go down hill when they got rid of their soapcentric shows, SOAPOGRAPHY and especially the talk show. Regular talkshows or bioshows did not deal with soap actors, but you could see the soap stars on these shows. I think had they also continued with airing classic day- and primetime soaps they would have done fairly well; but I read that they were airing really bad movies and pandering to the teens airing silly teen soaps. There was a big demand for ANOTHER WORLD and RYAN'S HOPE, and also the primetime biggies.

  2. I for one will miss it because there are times when I can't watch the 1 oclock show but am able to watch days @ 7 or 11 but the best was when they showed the weekly recap I would be really to'd if I was an ABC fan..this sort of cements that ABC expects that soaps will be off the air in the next few years

  3. I think GH will survive, maybe AMC since they will share the same studio. But OLTL I believe will be gone. There will only be Y&R, probably B&B will survive, GH and probably AMC. I do not think net soaps will make it though, too much trouble to track them down. Not that many people watch on line -- I only do when I screw up with my DVR and the show is not part of OnDemand.

  4. I think that OLTL is the next soap sorry to say it then DAYS then AMC ... it is just a matter of time before the rest go off the air just because it is a domino effect and whatever show is in the last place will be the most vunerable

  5. Sadly the networks are killing soaps. They want young hot actors, and care less of talent, and they want shocking plots. Funny how when the geared soaps to the so-called "housewives" that the shows were better written, better acted, and had so much higher ratings -- more young people watched as well.

    It will be sad when a truly American form of entertainment ends; it is sad the state of soaps (as they currently are).

  6. this shouldn't be, it was so nice to watch the soapnet when i couldn't get home in time. how will i survive without 90210,,, stop the agony please, don't do it.!!!!!!!

  7. Simply stated, when you can't understand the rational, think the dollar sign. It is somewhat regretable, in view of the negativity; economy,politics,etc, that an enjoyable and entertaining escape is now in jeapardy. Tomorrow's marketing; we've seen where that's gotten the world?

  8. Why take soaps off the air? I actually thought soap net was taking over all the soaps and those of us who are hooked on them could still watch them. I thought soap net was for our soaps. Can't you somehow find us a tv station just for soaps. Please don't take them off the air, I look forward to days of our lives every day and i am sure other soap fans feel the same about there favortie soap.

  9. hi

    i dont know why the soaps cant stay on early in the morning. when little kids r still sleeping. there is the dinsey channel. why cant the dinsey channelhave the new shows on the disney channel? ty

  10. hi

    if the soaps have to go. put them on demand. i dont watch these other shows. put my soaps on demand. ty

  11. if days of out lives goes,,,it will hurt the chnnel for sure,,and the brodcastors,,,,,most women love soaps,,,remove them,,they will stop watchin tv even more,,,,get smart people,,,,,its like the old saying,,,if you build it,,they will come,,,but,,if you take it away
    they will leave,,,,for good,,,think about it

  12. I sometimes do not have time to watch of a day so it made it easier for me to watch of a night. We have plenty of Disney programs now for our kids. Give us ladies a break.