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BREAKING NEWS: SOAPnet to go off the air and turned into Disney Pre-School Channel!

In another devestating blow to the soap genre, it was announced today that In 2012, Disney Junior will take the place of SOAPnet, the 10-year-old channel devoted to soap opera reruns that is available in about 75 million homes, according to Anne Sweeney, co-chairwoman of Disney Media Networks. Disney’s current preschool operation — a block of programming on Disney Channel and about two dozen Playhouse Disney international channels — will be rebranded Disney Junior starting next year.

Ms. Sweeney called the decision to unplug SOAPnet “a tough one,” but one that made business sense because the original purpose of the channel, shifting soap operas from day to night, had grown obsolete with the rise of digital video recorders.

In terms of why do move SOAPnet to a kiddie channel, Sweeney added,“This represents the next step in a global preschool strategy that started 10 years ago with the introduction of dedicated channels overseas,” Ms. Sweeney said. Disney Junior will not feature advertising. It will be geared to a slightly wider demographic, ages 2 to 7, than other preschool offerings like Sprout and “Sesame Street,” which typically are aimed at ages 2 to 5.

Disney, which is trying to secure long-term advertising commitments for SOAPNet, emphasized that the channel would not go dark for 18 months or so. The company is in the final stages of obtaining approval for the new format from cable affiliates that carry SOAPnet. Although ABC remains committed to its soap operas, including  General Hospital and All My Children,other broadcasters have been moving away from the genre, limiting the amount of content available for SOAPnet.

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Janette
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Janette

Very disappointing news about Soap Net…Is there any chance for Soap Net to stay on air?

Alice Montiel
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Alice Montiel

SoapNet should not go off the air. Not everyone has, or can afford, dvr’s or has computer access to watch soaps on-line. This is just so unfair.

Sheila
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Sheila

It Was nice to be able to catch an episode of your favorite soap that you may have missed on Soap Net. But I think instead of showing reruns of today’s shows, they should’ve showed older shows, maybe ones that have been cancelled and from the beginning. They were showing Another World at one point, but starting in the 80’s or 90’s. I would’ve LOVED to have seen it and Days of Our Lives from the very beginning. How awesome would that have been. Also, I had missed the first few yrs. of Passions…. What will happen to Being Erica… Read more »

DUDE
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DUDE

JUST WHAT WE NEED, ANOTHER KIDDIE CHANNEL!! WAY TO GO DISNEY!…….”IDIOTS”

Lynn Smith
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Lynn Smith

First of all they have ripped passions soap off and now they are taking soapnet which means that the women or people who work and miss them . Televison today is getting where its not worth watching anyway they are putting on stupid commercials , gay pornography on live shows I dont think its getting safe for the kids to be watching anymore anyway . Less money for viewers to pay they can cancel some of there extended packaging off dish satillite or even just disconnect it all and just watch regular free tv . Thats what Ill probaly do… Read more »

MDiaz
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MDiaz

Lynn Smith is right. The only reason I have this cable pkg is because it includes soapnet. I guess I can cancel that when the time comes. Who needs another childrens channel babysitter.

gloria barabe
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gloria barabe

do not want 2 loose soap net channel. i love watching all my children on soap net. i work all day.do not have a dvr. it not fair. i pay extra for cable 2 get soap net. bad news 2 me

gloria barabe
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gloria barabe

this is bad news. i work all day every day . i look forward 2 watching all my children at 8:00 every week night on soap net. very sad!!!!!!!

Mary
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Mary

I can’t beleive it. You are going to take soapnet off to Its bad enough to take the soaps off at day time. alittle along at night 8:oo pm You know I don’t mean no hard fellings. but I hope ABC and Brian Frons will loose these dome talk shows and food shows. This is so stupid.

Mary
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Mary

ABC One more thing I hope it will you all happy I’am sorry

ronald seasholtz
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ronald seasholtz

my wife and i ejoyed watching all channel 6 soaps we did that together for years and her for 35. it is very very upsetting and we will no longer watch 6 or soapnet .she has spread the word to all of her friends to stop also. for 35 plus years people watched now to put stupid food shows and kid shows on when we already have to many of them. this is awful what you are doing.

Cheryl
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Cheryl

MAYBE VERIZON OR DISH WILL TAKE THE SOAP NET….I’LL DROP CABLE AND MOVE FOR SOAP NET AND OUR SOAPS!

Tammy
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Tammy

I really hate this decision. There are so many kids programs on television but not one for soaps. This is a really bad decision ABC.

Lori
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Lori

I’m so upset with soap net off the air I always watched days of our lives at night it was so awesome the way they would give different times cuz I work during the day and I think u should have not taken it off. We honestly don’t need any more kid shows there is more than enough of them . I will never watch ur shows unless u put the soap net back on. And I know a lot of people watched that channel.

janirs
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janirs

This just gives me a good reason to no longer pay for DISH or any other satellite supplier. My bill just keeps going up a few cents every month then this month it jumped $5.00. Goodbye DISH you no longer carry channels that my husband and I enjoy watching together.

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Kelly Ripa’s First Book On the Way in 2022

Former All My Children star, now co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan and a successful executive producer in her own right, Kelly Ripa, will add writer to her list of credits.

New this week is that Ripa is sharing a look at her real-life in a book, that will be released next spring in April of 2022.

According to the intel, the book entitled Live Wire will feature sharp, funny, and honest collection of real-life stories from Ripa, showing the many dimensions and crackling wit of the beloved daytime talk show host.

As soap fans know, Ripa has been married to Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC) and the two share three children together.

The loglines for the release share: “In Live Wire, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. As a professional, as a wife, as a daughter and as a mother, she brings a hard-earned wisdom and an eye for the absurdity of life to every minute of every day. It is her relatability in all of these roles that has earned her fans worldwide and millions of followers on social media. Whether recounting how she and Mark really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.
Surprising, at times savage, a little shameless and always with humor… Live Wire shows Kelly as she really is offscreen—a very wise woman who has something to say.”

So intrigued to read Kelly’s book when it is released next year? Comment below.

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All My Children Stars and Eileen Davidson On New Episode of Virtual Game Show “Soap Opera Know-It-All”

Imagine being in the hot seat and having some of your soap opera favorites trying to stump you with trivia, while trying to best your competition.  Well, that’s what four contestants faced as they battled it out in the ultimate soap trivia game, Soap Opera Know-It-All.

The Michael Fairman Channel just released its fifth episode of its season, where in round one of the game play, stars from the beloved All My Children served up the questions including: Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie), Jill Larson (Ex-Opal), Lindsay Korman-Hartley (Ex-Cara), Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David) and Jacob Young (Ex-Y&R).  In addition, the former cast members from Pine Valley also try to stump viewers at home with some additional character-related questions.

Later in the episode, there is a very special appearance by Eileen Davidson (Y&R, Ex-Days, Santa Barbara and B&B).  It is Eileen who reveals and asks the final question of the game to determine the eventual winner.

For this edition, host Michael Fairman welcomed longtime soap fans: Michael Cochran, Sean McKinley, and Robert Davis along with returning champion, David Bursky for this soap deep-dive competition.

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Trivia questions from the following daytime and primetime soaps were put to the players during the game: All My Children, As the World Turns, Dark Shadows, General Hospital, Knots Landing, Sunset Beach, Days of our Lives, Dynasty, Edge of Night, One Life to Live, Port Charles and The Young and the Restless.

As the series moves through its now back-half of the season, the winning contestant must defeat the competition for the right to move on to the next episode to face three more challengers all in pursuit of the “Know-It-All” title with special soap-related prizes along the way.

Watch the episode below and make sure to subscribe to the Michael Fairman Channel for more interviews, music and more.

Now let us know, did you get most of the answers correct? Which question stumped you all the way? Comment below.

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Jacob Young, Brytni Sarpy and Jason Cook Working on New Film, ‘Four For Fun’

Check this out! Soap veteran and Daytime Emmy-winner Jacob Young (Ex-AMC, B&B and GH) is producing his first film, that movie is written by and being directed by former Days of our Lives and General Hospital star, Jason Cook.

Now comes word via Instagram that Y&R’s Brytni Sarpy (Elena) is also part of the cast in the indie film, Four For Fun.

Sarpy shared on Instagram “We had all the fun. Love you all. Can’t wait to see this baby fly… 🖤✨🎬 #FourForFun

Meanwhile, Young posted on IG “Producing a movie is no easy task. Films like this are only possible when everyone’s artistic passions are intact and on point. I have to say @brytni @annikafoster @probably_donovan_patton absolutely slayed it (no pun intended) Cast by the one and only @paulruddycasting ! So proud to act with such a talented cast. I’m also incredibly excited to call this the first full-length film I’ve produced on. We couldn’t have done it without the incredible writing, directing, and relentless vision of Jason Cook! Here’s to big things team! More to come!”

The new film also features Annika Foster (Lifetime’s Burning Little Lies) and former Blue’s Clues host Donovan Patton.

Check out the posts from Brytni and Jacob below!

So, are you intrigued to see this film when it makes its debut? Comment below.

 

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