Soapnet disappeared from my cable lineup on Thursday. I called Comcast. A rep told me that the channel is no longer broadcasting, but Disney Jr. has not yet started up. I know this was originally scheduled for March, but it did not happen, and I have not heard anything since. So this seems rather abrupt. Is anyone out there still getting Soapnet?
From what I have gathered some ppl are carrying it until they reach deals w/Disney Jr. while others will just drop it like you provider did. And from what I read, it is being run by the ppl who do ABCFamily until the transition to Disney Jr. is fully made. Last time I checked at my parents home, the channel still exist so I get my Veronica Mars fix when I visit lol. It is weird though. As someone who has bemoaned what that network became, I never go there to watch soaps anymore when I go to my parents home. I remember coming over and they were doing a VM marathon and I was sucked in.
One thing that SoapNet will always have me perplexed on is why they never aired Santa Barbara. It ran for only nine years (which means it could have already aired and ended on SoapNet then restarted, had it been on there when the channel started) and contains many soap stars we still see today. Marcy Walker was never quite utilized on AMC the way she should have been, but it would have been nice to see her as the leading heroine of this soap. I can't imagine Nancy Lee Grahn in any role but Alexis on GH, but how cool would it have been to see her Emmy winning role on SB. Plus, as I'm sure many of the posters now, I love Robin Mattson more than anyone in daytime (next to Catherine Hickland, of course)...I heard she was a riot as Gina.
Speaking of Hickland, it would have been nice to see Loving/The City also. Gah.
But SoapNet did make a valiant effort in the early years of promoting daytime. I remember the Emmy redcarpet shows were always well-put together and made sure to interview all of the nominees. It was actually better than the Emmy ceremony.
I always liked Soap Center, hosted by Tanika Ray. They did a great job with their segments, from behind-the-scenes photoshoots at Soaps in Depth to personal home tours of various soap stars, even the supporting players, such as Jennifer Bassey (Marian, AMC).
Soapography would have been better if it featured only one star for the half hour instead of two 15-minute segments. But I still admired the effort.
And even though Lisa Rinna was annoying as hell, I quite enjoyed Soap Talk. It was the perfect outlet for daytime stars, both past and present. Live with Regis and Kelly used to be really good about featuring new soap stars, but even they have stopped...Unless it's someone who's segued into film/television or doing a Broadway stint (most recent examples I can think of is when Jacob Young did Beauty and the Beast and Kathy Brier did Hairspray).
This used to be quite the channel. The moment they started showing stuff like The O.C. and Veronica Mars is when they dropped the ball. Nothing at all wrong w/ those series but this wasn't the channel for that, especially since they were being shown on other channels. I was fine with Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place because those were nowhere to be found on television.
If I'm not mistaken, didn't Brian Frons "revamp" SoapNet? If so, how ironic. He not only killed ABC Daytime (Barbara Bloom gets the CBS honors), but he also killed SoapNet.
Disney-Comcast Make 10-Year Xfinity Multi-Platform Deal
By Tim Molloy (01.04.2012)
Comcast and the Walt Disney Company announced a 10-year, multiplatform
distribution deal Wednesday that will allow Xfinity customers to watch Disney
content -- including ESPN, ABC and Disney shows live or on demand -- on
television, online, and on tablets or other handheld devices.
The deal between Disney and the company's largest cable provider affects all
22.4 million Xfinity customers in markets around the country.
It sets a new 10-year-term for all of the companies' agreements, including
those that were not yet set to expire, saving the companies from negoatiating
each deal piecemeal over the next several years.
Terms were not disclosed. The deal expands Comcast's ties to ABC almost a
year after the cable provider took ownership of NBCUniversal, home to ABC rival
Besides offering vast new access to Disney content, it will allow customers
to watch it in more ways. They will be able to view live ESPN games, for
example, on a tablet as well as personal computer or TV. The two companies have
also agreed to collaborate on new technology to make Disney shows more
accessible on a range of devices.
The deal also brings Disney Jr. to Xfinity subscribers for the first time.
^ That is not the full article's text. I cut it off with Disney Jr., because that new launching replaces SOAPnet. Now it is true that not all systems have replaced SOAPnet with Disney Jr. In fact, my provider DirecTV is still carrying SOAPnet (which is running programming in loops). But eventually, I'd imagine, it will be consistent with all cable-television providers.
Also worth reading is Wikipedia's information on SOAPnet: