SOAPnet

Will You Miss SOAPnet? (POLL)




What if people could watch their favorite soaps at night? With that revolutionary-at-the-time question in mind, Disney launched SOAPnet back in 2000. I remember, because as a college student in Arkansas, I was thoroughly pissed my cable provider didn't carry the channel.

How was it possible that a channel existed where re-runs of Dallas, Falcon Crest and Knots Landing aired constantly and I couldn't get it? A few years later, when I moved to Illinois for work, I discovered the majesty of SOAPnet.

It had it all. There were my aforementioned primetime soaps from boyhood, Another World, Ryan's Hope and a soap talk show featuring Lisa Rinna talking about her toe fungus. Those were the days. Oh, and if by chance my VCR mucked up during the day, I could still watch my daytime stories at night. Heaven.

Somewhere along the way, SOAPnet began to lose focus. Tacky reality shows were added, as well as beyond lame movies. "What the fudge is Clue doing on SOAPnet?" I screamed at random strangers in grocery store aisles. Yet those weekend marathons of Beverly Hills, 90210, One Tree Hill and Veronica Mars kept me watching.

Now that SOAPnet has gone on to that Great Cable Landscape in The Sky, are you sad to see it end?

Sri Rao to Adapt Venezuelan Telenovela For NBC




General Hospital: Night Shift Season 2 showrunner Sri Rao is jumping back into the soap game. NBC has tapped the popular scribe to adapt The Black Widow, an English-language version of the Venezuelan telenovela La Viuda Joven. READ MORE

TV Guide Network Obtains Basic Cable Rights to The Young and the Restless



Newly CBS co-owned cable platform, TV Guide Network has made its first acquisition. The cabler announced today it will be the exclusive cable home to The Young and the Restless. Sony Pictures Television brokered the pact.   READ MORE

SOAPnet to Salute General Hospital's 50th Anniversary With 50 Classic Episodes!




Place your coffee orders and set your DVR's. To commemorate General Hospital’s upcoming 50th anniversary, SOAPnet will broadcast 50 classic episodes of the soap beginning March 29 at 10 pm EST. READ MORE

ABC Daytime and SOAPnet Marketing Veep, Last of Frons' Minions, OUT!

 




Say buh-bye to Adam Rockmore, former senior vice-president of marketing for ABC Daytime and SOAPnet. He is no longer employed by the Mouse House. According to my sources, Rockmore is telling people he quit the gig — much like his ex-boss Brian Frons quit.

For those who didn't know, Rockmore was the dude who came up with the disastrous "Real Greenlee" campaign for the return of Rebecca Budig to All My Children in 2008.
 

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CONFIRMED: ABC Family to Oversee SOAPnet; Cabler to Air ABC Family Shows; Young and Restless, General Hospital, DAYS to Remain




A few days ago I reported I was hearing Kate Nelson had been fired from SOAPNet and that the soon-to-be defunct cabler would be folded in under ABC Family, until its eventual transition to Disney Junior. Well, our pals at ABC Soaps In Depth got confirmation on the story! Here's what a Mouse House PR rep shared with the magazine:

"Yes, it's true that ABC Family has been given the opportunity to work with SOAPnet during the transition of the channel to Disney Junior," a spokesperson tells Soaps In Depth. "There are some great programming opportunities and numerous cable operation protocols/systems between the two groups that make this a smart move."  READ MORE