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Disney Will End SOAPnet in December

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soapnet logoSOAPnet is going away, and unlike Victor Newman or Stefano DiMera, it will stay dead. It will go away on Dec. 31, defeated by DVRs and declining ratings for the soap genre. Disney tried to end it in 2010, replacing it with Disney Junior. Cable operators and satellite operators weren’t ready to switch out a steady performer for an unproven newcomer.

But Disney caught a break while DirecTV and Viacom were at an impasse in 2012. Without access to popular kids’ channel Nickelodeon, DirecTV used Disney Junior as fill-in programming. Millions of children met Doc McStuffinsfor the first time, and they loved her.

With daytime soap operas waning in popularity and number (only four remain on TV) cable providers aren’t fighting the change this time. Disney had already stopped charging distributors a fee for SOAPnet.  When the channel began nearly 15 years ago, it was hard for a dedicated fan to tape all their favorite soaps. The era of DVRs has made that a snap, and eroded the network’s ratings in the process. The Young and The Restless, currently the highest rated soap, has already started airing its nightly reruns on TV Guide Network.

This has been a bad couple of weeks for soap lovers. Prospect Park’s web-based revivals of cancelled ABC shows All My Children and One Life to Live are now done too. The production company has made no official announcement, but actors including AMC’s Cady McClain have already confirmed they aren’t returning to work.

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  • CAROL WILSON

    I AM VERY SHOCKED THAT THEY ARE TAKING OFF SOAPNET, THAT IS THE ONLY ENTERTAINMENT THAT I ENJOY IN THE EVENING. LIKE WITH OTHER PEOPLE I LEFT HBO SO THAT I CAN GET SOAP NET AT HOME IN THE EVENING. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF ANOTHER CHANNEL WILL PICK UP.

  • Brian Allen

    Thanks for stopping by, Carol. TV Guide’s picking up the CBS soaps.

  • Monica Gonzales

    So wo will be picking up General Hospital, Brother’s and Sister’s, Gilmore Girl’s and 90210?

  • fran

    I am devastated I love to wtch the old episodes of General Hospital. Please please please direct tv find another channel that can be used for these shows.

  • Dana East

    I absolutely love Soapnet and very upset to see it go! Who will be picking up 90210, Veronica Mars and One Tree Hill? I have Comcast.

  • melissa

    I love GH it is the only soap I have watched since I was a kid. I record mine since I don’t always get a chance to watch when it is on now that the time has been changed again. Will ABC daytime show General Hospital still?? Plz let me know. Thanks

  • Rita Martin

    I work during the day and I look forward to watching General Hospital on Soapnet. I do not do recordings, so I hope another channel picks it up. I am so disappointed!

  • Elaine

    I’ve been watching days of our lives for over 30 years and I love Soapnet as a backup for when TV news takes over at 1 PM Eastern time what will happen now

  • http://Yahoo.com J. Asbury

    Why do the customer always have to suffer? I love watching GH on Soapnet that was my show to watch before going to bed. I am very disappointed!

  • Kathryn

    I’ve never been more upset with a channel being discontinued. The re-runs of one tree hill and general hospital and 90210 made my day when I watched them, which was a lot. Please please find a channel to still air these wonderful and entertaining dramas.

  • http://msn Sue D

    I can’t believe I wont be able so watch soap net on dish network anymore I watch every night after work, this is not just disappointing this is outrageous, I pay 86.00 month for dish now I’m thinking about canceling!!!!!!!!

  • Shawn

    I’m really missing not being able to watch my soap on soapnet @ night to catch up on the day’s episode for I’m no able to watch it during the day it was something I REALLY looked forward to doing @ night. I know I’m not the only 1 upset about this. I would ask that u please rethink your decision & air it again. THANK YOU!

  • Brenda

    Please bring the soapnet back, Day’s Of Our Lives I can not watch during the day because I work, I was so glad to have them on in the evening, I am mad about them being gone. Please bring it back.

  • Darnette

    I love watching GH on soapnet in the evening, because I work during the day. I am very upset. Can DirecTV find another station to pick up Soapnet?

  • Ann

    I CANNOT BELIEVE SOAPNET DOESN’T HAVE A PLACE ON DIRECTV, ON SOME CHANNEL, ANY CHANNEL. I, TOO, CANNOT WATCH DAYS OF OUR LIVES DURING THE DAY. I COMPLETELY ENJOYED WATCHING THE SHOW IN THE EVENING OR CATCHING UP ON THE WEEKENDS.

    I am completely and utterly disappointed.