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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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Mark Consuelos Exits ‘Riverdale’

Last night, All My Children alum, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo Santos) made what appears to be his final appearance for now on CW’s soapy drama, Riverdale.

Consuelos departed Riverdale as a series regular on the season 5 finale, after coming on to the show in its second season in the role of villain, Hiram Lodge.

Riverdale executive producer and showrunner, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, shared with Deadline a statement on Consuelos contribution and run on the series: “From the moment Mark joined us, he was up for literally anything, a hundred percent committed to making Archie’s life a living hell. And what’s funny is, Mark couldn’t be more different from Hiram. A classy pro and the sweetest guy, always looking out for everyone. We wish Mark the best and hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Hiram Lodge.

Consuelos offered up these sentiments in a statement on his Riverdale exit: “First and foremost, I would like to thank Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for this incredible opportunity. Never before has playing a character that was so bad, felt so good. Huge thanks to the Riverdale fandom, to the brilliant crew and amazing cast, whom I consider dear friends and family.”

So, will you miss seeing Mark on Riverdale? Elsewhere, still no word on the “Pine Valley” reboot in which Mark and wife, Kelly Ripa, are two of the executive producers of that many All My Children fans were hoping would come to fruition. Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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TONIGHT: Jacob Young in Lifetime Movie Network Premiere ‘My Daughter’s Double Life’

Premiering tonight, Lifetime Movie Network kicks-off his “Shocktober” with a thriller starring Jacob Young (All My Children, General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful) in the pivotal role as the leader of cult!

In My Daughter’s Double Life, previously titled, Fatal Following, the story follows Heather, a single mom who is desperate to find her daughter Ally when the teenager goes missing. After the police find Ally’s belongings on the riverbank, it’s presumed that she drowned in the river.  However, Heather isn’t so sure.

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While leaning on her minister and friend, Jack, Heather begins looking into her daughter’s things and is shocked to discover Ally was spending time with a group of troubled teens at a mysterious youth center.  That youth center is led by Bridger, played by Young.

The LMN movie also stars  Jacey Nichole and René Ashton.

You can watch a trailer for tonight below from Jacob’s Twitter account.

So, will you be checking out My Daughter’s Double Life, beginning at 8 pm EST Friday night? Comment below.

Friday Oct. 1st on @LMN ! Start your Shocktober off right! #shocktober pic.twitter.com/KxPSD2HFl3

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Beloved Soap Stars Left Out of 2021 Primetime Emmy Broadcast In-Memoriam Tribute

Last night, during the presentation of the 73rd annual Primetime Emmys broadcast on CBS, the annual In-Memoriam segment brought with it so many households names in a year that saw so many legacy talents and more pass away.

The tribute was performed by Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste to Bridge’s song, “River”, and as the images of the departed played across the screens from Cloris Leachman to Cicely Tyson, to Ed Asner to Michael K. Williams, and more, it was clear that several of the major late daytime soap stars were not included in the on-air tribute as well as other omissions.

Now granted, we know they will all be a part of next year’s 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in-memoriam segment, but still these actors were a part of this community and not only appeared on the soaps, but other shows as well.

Those that daytime fans noticed were not included were: Michael Nader (Ex-Dex Dexter and Dimitri Marick, Dynasty and All My Children) Stuart Damon (Ex-Alan Quartermaine, General Hospital), Ray MacDonnell (Ex-Joe Martin, All My Children) and Jay Pickett (Ex-Frank Scanlon, Port Charles).

From primetime MIA action were: Michael Constantine (Ex-Room 222), Tanya Roberts (Ex-Charlie’s Angeles), Director, Richard Donner, writer Larry McMurty, and DMX, to name but a few.

However, the Television Academy did list all of its members who died on their website in the In-Memoriam section, because due to time constraints, they could not possibly showcase everyone.

What do you feel about the omissions of Nader, Damon, MacDonnell, Pickett, and more from the In-Memoriam tribute? Let us know in the comment section, but first watch the segment.

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