RIP: SOAPnet to End on December 31


Video killed the radio star and it looks like the DVR has snuffed out the cable soap channel. According to the  LA Times, SOAPnet, the 14-year-old destination for same day reruns of fan's favorite soaps, will come to an end at the end of the year.

"SOAPnet had a great run," Ben Pyne, president of global distribution for Disney Media Networks, said in an interview Friday. "It served an audience of super-soap fans. And when given the opportunity, all of our affiliates kept the channel up and running."

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    goyankees

    PPPPRRRRRPH!! Hysterical. Soap Not is still airing??

    Man, they left my neck of the woods (The No. East) like, 2 years ago?? Now we get another Disney network in it place.
    Shame. Soapnot used to be fantatic. Its Disney Owned (What Up, ABC!) so this is noooooo suprise.

    * And I wouldn’t blame the DVR……right? I mean, it seems like the Exec’s at Soap not did this to themselves. When OLTL was still airing, S-N took away their Sunday Marathons in favor of “OC” Marathons. Ditto Original 90210 instead of AMC. And please don’t get me started on “Being Erica”.

    Soap Talk? “one Day with”? They didn’t last long. Rerunning The Colbys, Ryans Hope… Falcons Crest,Another World,… Stopped. Remember the Port Chuck Spinoff? Fabulous. Sure, the Daytime Genre has dwindled, but Soapnot didn’t help keep it alive. Now Oprah and TVGN are helping, with good ratings.

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    Secrets and Lies

    Hope they can run Days and GH on Hulu Plus for all devices — now that they don’t air at night on TV anymore. Usually watch them on my computer but it would be nice to watch them on the TV.

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    stefanstavros

    Soapnet has never stopped airing here in NC under Time Warner Cable. I knew this would happen after Y&R went to TVGN. The main reason I’ll miss it is to see GH when it’s interrupted by annoying news cut-ins in the afternoon.

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    BellaDonna

    Comcast killed Soapnet for me two years ago. I haven’t really missed it for catching up, since I can do that at the website or on Hulu. What I really did miss was the occasional special soap marathon and the vintage episodes, “occasional” being the operative word.

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    giogio

    I hear you about annoying interuptions and cut- ins during GH. I always record Soapnet also just in case. In NYC if a fly dies they break in. Always being interupted. Im wondering if TVGN will pick that up as they did for Y&R.

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    TV Gord

    [quote=giogio]I hear you about annoying interuptions and cut- ins during GH. I always record Soapnet also just in case. In NYC if a fly dies they break in. Always being interupted. Im wondering if TVGN will pick that up as they did for Y&R.[/quote]

    Probably not. TV Guide is owned by the same company that owns CBS, so Y&R is a natural. GH, not so much. :-(

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    rozzberry

    If it wasn’t for the news interruptions, I wouldn’t care honestly. I’m still a lil mad they halted reruns of AW. IT was SO GOOD when they stopped. Primetime soaps(not classics like Dallas,etc) ruined the channel for me when they took over for the real classics. Some shows I really don’t even consider primetime soaps that they air now.

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    radrobd

    I had watched SOAPnet almost from the beginning. Unfortunately, I moved about six months ago and my new cable package didn’t have SOAPnet. I didn’t really miss SOAPnet in the last six months because it was basically the same stuff.

    But back in the day, SOAPnet was the bomb. Not only was SOAPnet “the new way to watch soaps” (their tagline), they brought back classic primetime soaps that hadn’t aired in years like “The Colbys,” “Falcon Crest,” “Dallas,” “Dynasty,” “Knots Landing,” “Melrose Place.” They even did special marathons of the ABC soaps (“Brenda, Brenda, Brenda,” “Chasin’ Jason”).

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