HomeTVAll My ChildrenDISGUSTING: SOAPnet to Feature Marathon of The Chew This Weekend Jamey Giddens December 14, 2011 All My Children, General Hospital, One Life to Live 16 Comments You'd think Disney-ABC would have the decency not to use the channel that once served as its soap opera hub to promote one of the shows that killed a soap. No such luck. As All My Children fans gear up for their first Christmas without the denizens of Pine Valley since 1970, SOAPnet will be airing "The Chew's Countdown to Christmas" marathon Dec. 17-18. I need an Antacid. In other soapNOT marathon news, the cabler will feature The O.C's always fun (That isn't sarcasm. I love The O.C.!) "Chrismukkah" episodes on Christmas Day, and will actually throw One Life to Live a wormy, chewed over bone with a 14-episode marathon on New Year's Day. Well, isn't that big of them? I hope Santa leaves several Disney execs lumps of coal in their thongs, er stockings this year. 16 Responses arielade December 14, 2011 Oops, I meant to write “ASSHATS” instead of the first thing I wrote… Sorry. Log in to Reply rapid_roman61 December 14, 2011 DIsney-ABC makes decisions that are as appropriate as a fart in church. These are the same asshats that run Revolution commercials during OLTL. Log in to Reply basilnsybil December 14, 2011 Jamey antacid better toss in the gravol too! Marathon of the Chew as Days of Our Lives Susan Banks would say mean! mean! mean! ABC lacks class right now what twit in the programming department came up with this genius-not idea.I have stopped watching the US network feed of One Life to Live will only watch OLTL on our CTV Two channel here in Canada because of the constant ads for the chew. Insult ot Injury for all soap fans. Log in to Reply ThatGirl December 14, 2011 Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel for programming!!! Question: who wants to watch a marathon of people sitting around a table talking about topics no longer relevant? Better question: who would ever want to watch one show with people sitting around a table talking? Not me. I’m really not sure about the competency of those making programming decisions. Log in to Reply blake3b December 14, 2011 OMG, ABC and Soapnet are idiots for sure. What’s it called Soapnet for? Guess it’s like MTV not playing music videos. When I was watching OLTL earlier I was seriously thinking why would people (those who probably only have a few channels or can’t turn the channel) watch chew and revolution? There is no escape in those shows. you can watch shows like that on other channels. It’s like CBS showing that game show that took Guiding Light’s place. And then I thought about all the actors and crew who have lost work over these stupid shows and reality shows. I hope one day the public gets tired of it and would want shows like soaps and other scripted shows (not the reality ones) again. Sadly when they want soaps again they’ll have to start all over again. I truly believe that pendulum will come back someday. Log in to Reply craigcp December 14, 2011 Do we need any further proof that the networks don’t care about soaps. It was hard to go without ATWT and GL when they went off, but now we have ATWT on Christmas DVD. Log in to Reply GHfan-4now December 15, 2011 SOAPnet will be airing “The Chew’s Countdown to Christmas” marathon Dec. 17-18. ********* Tha f*ck? Log in to Reply Cyberologist December 15, 2011 I’m not surprised at anything ABC does suffice it to say its not my favorite network…I loathe Disney Corporation (way before they killed soaps)…but I haven’t seen the Chew yet I have to watch it so I can evaluate it LoL Log in to Reply 23skidoo December 15, 2011 Maybe some mass subscription cancellations might convince them this isn’t exactly the best idea. Remember, unlike networks who don’t care what viewers thing as long as the advertisers are happy, cable networks are a bit more beholden to subscribers. Sadly, the idea of a “niche” cable network is extinct, and has been ever since channels like the Sci-Fi Channel began airing wrestling, MTV began producing reality TV and sitcoms, and multicultural channels began airing Simpsons reruns. I’m amazed frankly that we haven’t seen the likes of CNN or Fox start showing movies. Log in to Reply blake3b December 15, 2011 I agree with craig that we have two ATWT dvd sets now, and we’ll have a Guiding Light one at the beginning of 2012 (the sooner the better!) So if the networks don’t want us watching them we can watch those dvds (and the success of these sales will have them constantly rolling them out!) and we can watch the soaps on the other networks that are still on instead. Log in to Reply giogio December 15, 2011 Jamey, twice in one month you said abc and decency in the same sentence. They are dirty filty beasts you know that. There is no decency. Log in to Reply MsAgentProvocateur1 December 15, 2011 Even P&G was not this insensitive! Don’t know what they plan to achieve. Hope no self respecting soap fan will give this so called Marathon a second (or even 1st) glance. Log in to Reply RoseVioletDaisy December 15, 2011 [quote=ThatGirl]Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel for programming!!! Question: who wants to watch a marathon of people sitting around a table talking about topics no longer relevant? Better question: who would ever want to watch one show with people sitting around a table talking? Not me. I’m really not sure about the competency of those making programming decisions.[/quote] ‘The Chew’ is more of a cooking show and those do very well around the holidays. ‘The Chew’ has pulled in good numbers since the week before Thanksgiving and will probably pull them in until after New Years. Alot of people look for this kind of programming in the week leading up to Christmas so, from a business standpoint, this is a good move. [quote=23skidoo]Maybe some mass subscription cancellations might convince them this isn’t exactly the best idea. Remember, unlike networks who don’t care what viewers thing as long as the advertisers are happy, cable networks are a bit more beholden to subscribers. Sadly, the idea of a “niche” cable network is extinct, and has been ever since channels like the Sci-Fi Channel began airing wrestling, MTV began producing reality TV and sitcoms, and multicultural channels began airing Simpsons reruns. I’m amazed frankly that we haven’t seen the likes of CNN or Fox start showing movies.[/quote] Basic cable channels come in large blocks, you can’t just cancel one or two. You can only cancel individual premium channels like HBO. Even if you could cancel Soapnet alone, it would be pointless since Soapnet won’t even exist in two months. In February, it’s being upgraded to HD and re-branded as Disney Junior, a 24 hour channel for Disney programming aimed at pre-school aged children and their moms. Log in to Reply NickTV December 15, 2011 Come on now Jamey they’re not ALL bad. SOAPNet is doing the OLTL marathon on January 1st! http://sn.soapnet.go.com/news/article/soapnet-celebrates-one-life-to-live Log in to Reply goyankees December 15, 2011 If it weren’t for REVENGE, in all honestly there’s not one ABC Show I’d watch? (It’s just dawning on me, peeps) Sure, a DWTS episode here and there, but I’m thrilled to say, No Whoopi, No Ripa, No Bachelor(ette), no Modern Family.. Just REVENGE, which, ironically enough…Is a Soap. Fukc you, ABC/Soapnot. Assholes indeed. Log in to Reply soapbaby December 15, 2011 I saw the ad for The Chew marathon on SoapNet and thought the whole thing was crass and unnecessary. The Chew replaced All My Children, is not a drama, and anyone with cable could just watch The Food Network or The Cooking Channel. Then again, “crass and unnecessary” describes the treatment of soap fans by ABC (and Prospect Park.) Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.