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R.I.P. SoapNet!

| Filed under: R.I.P.DisneyBusiness Blitz


Sorry, all of you Dynasty re-run addicts! It's time to say good-bye!

In a surprise move, Disney is closing down shop on its SoapNet channel and launching the pre-school oriented Disney Junior channel in its place!

Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group, announced:

"The decision to ultimately transition SoapNet to accomplish this was not arrived at lightly. SoapNet was created in 2000 to give daytime viewers the ability to watch time-shifted soaps, before multi-platform viewing and DVRs were part of our vocabulary. But today, as technology and our businesses evolve, it makes more sense to align this distribution with a preschool channel that builds on the core strengths of our company."

We wonder how this new channel will fare against the already established PBS Kids and Nick, Jr.!

What do U think?? Is Disney making a smart move replacing their soaps with more children's programming??

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47 comments to “R.I.P. SoapNet!”

  1. kizzy says – reply to this


    NOOOOOOOOOO they are retarded how am i going to watch my soaps now after i get home from work since i cant see them in the afternoon, ugh not everyone has tivo and dvr :(

  2. Cake says – reply to this


    NOOO!!!! I get my 90210 rerun fix from SoapNet! Booo.

  3. 3

    this means no B.H. 90210 reruns either…:(

  4. 4

    My 80 yr old mom is going to miss this plus there are enough kid channel programming.

  5. 5

    noooooooo!!!!!! what will they do with classics like bev hills 90210 and oc, etc?

  6. 6

    Why on earth do we need more kid channels?!?! No more 90210 reruns. :(

  7. 7

    This freaking sucks man!!! Now my Saturday and Sunday mornings will never be the same without my 90210 reruns. BOOOOO DISNEY

  8. 8

    BASTARDS. How the hell am I supposed to get my daily fix of One Tree Hill. I sincerely hope this new program tanks. Assholes.

  9. 9

    Crap! Now where am I going to watch 90210 when it used to be an actual good show!?

  10. 10

    Stupid move…. Most of us work and watching our soaps in the evening or even catching them in a marathon over the weekends were convienent. Allison Sweeney is part of Day's of our Lives and she should understand the viewership they and all the others receive. Now we all have to DVR them now I guess!!! Oh well….

  11. 11

    Stupid move…. So many kids channels already!!! Most of us work and watching our soaps in the evening or even catching them in a marathon over the weekends were convienent. Allison Sweeney is part of Day's of our Lives and she should understand the viewership they and all the others receive. Now we all have to DVR them now I guess!!! Oh well….

  12. 12


  13. 13

    WHAT ARE YOU SERIOUS! damn i'm pissed, at school seeing my OC and (the old and good) One Tree Hill. Do they really need a whole seperate channel for there little kids shows they play them al in the morning when little kids see TV as relevant. Plus there is PBS, Sprout, Nick JR. and all of those things are OnDemand. yeah i know that everthing on that channel is reruns, but the one original show "Being Erica" isn't really that bad.

  14. 14

    WHAT?! Where am I gonna watch 90210?! Thats a CLASSIC! this can't be happening!!

  15. 15

    Well that fucking sucks! I liked watching 90210 reruns on there! :( Thanks alot ASSHOLES~!

  16. 16

    Wikipedia says that Soap Net will be discontinued sometime in 2012. So y'all have about 2ish years left to enjoy all of your shows! I know I will definitely miss my reruns that I watch daily.

  17. 17

    I have a 5 year old & there are plenty of channels for children. Too many! I too watch the 90210 reruns, which by the looks of the comments below, is what's keeping the channel going anyway. (maybe they should just make a 90210 channel) HaHa! But no, we DON'T need ANOTHER kid channel.

  18. 18

    disney already has several kids channels… toon disney, disney, etc. How odd. But, I suppose their viewership has declined just as the viewership of soaps in general has declined.

  19. 19

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Being Erica airs on that channel! *tear*

  20. 20

    I am absolutely outraged. I have a 4 yr old, so I can say with confidence that there is already enough damned cartoon channels out there. Why take our only channel we have to b able to watch what we can't because we WORK, unlike some people, it's like we're being punished for not being sorry, couch potatoes! I work 1st shift, so I depend on this channel to watch GH during the week. Now what r we supposed to do? Don't they understand that working class people are not rich, and CANNOT afford DVR's and other equipment to record this stuff! Come on now, someone please tell me this is a joke. I'd like to know exactly when this is taking place so I can stop paying for the damn channel!!!

  21. 21

    oh this is fucking lame if they do it! some of us work and like our soaps too! this is the only way i can watch mine.

  22. 22

    WTF??? They are crazy! There's already PBS Kids, Nick Jr … and don't forget Sprout - Sprout is where it's at for my 2-year-old. I watch Soapnet for my 90210 fix when he's napping. Losers! :(

  23. 23

    i had NO idea that disney owned soapnet!
    i don't watch soap operas but my mom does, so she might be pissed lol

  24. 24

    Abc soaps are online the next day so it is not a big deal or surprising at all.

  25. 25

    shithead. they don't even play dynasty anymore!

  26. 26

    This is a stupid move… Soaps are suffering as it is and Soapnet was a great way for people to still be able to watch on top of the other shows that they would run (90210). I have nothing against channels for children but there are plenty of them, or develope another channel. Soapnet was great to watch all of the soaps at once. When they would have the weeklong marathon I would just turn the channel on and watch while I was doing things throughout the day. I watch AMC, OLTL, and GH… I don't want my DVR loaded with this all week… Bad move Disney!

  27. 27

    Are they fucking stupid?? how many disney channels do they need? they got disney then two more and disney on demand what the fuck I watch my soaps on that channel when I miss them during the day. Plus 90210 comes on that channel as well. What stupid people.

  28. 28

    FFFFFFUUUUUUU. Now how will I get my daily fix of One Tree Hill? ;)

  29. 29

    HEEELLLLLLLLL NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! What are they thinking????? They don't have to shut down SOAP Net, they can make a whole new network! OMG!!! Don't do thissssssssssssss!!!

  30. YUCK says – reply to this


    omg no more 90210 classic reruns, when is this happening? AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHh

  31. 31

    NOOOOOOO!!! This can't be happening. Just because you have a DVR doesn't mean that you don't need Soap Net. If your soaps get preempted you can always watch it on that channel. I just set it because the Prez is interrupting All My Children as we speak. This is a travesty!!!!

  32. 32

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!! The world is being taken over by crappy pre-teen programs and tv shows!!! At this rate my kids will be little red headed morons!!

  33. 33

    i have DVR, but when it screws up (almost daily), my only choice is SOAPNET.

  34. 34

    This blows major chunks.. Bastards..

  35. 35

    The reason Soap Net is closing is they TRIED to ruin it! They had an emmy nominated talk show with Liza Rinna that was great and I loved it so they took it off..they used to have my soaps on Saturday so they replaced it with Beverly Hills 90210 reruns…

    They sabotaged that poor network and I will have NO reason to watch a child's channel so now I'll watch it even less..I kinda hate Disney.

  36. 36

    There's more than enough damn kid channels as it is. Why does everything have to revolve around little snot nosed brats.

  37. 37

    my nana is extremely pissed!!!! and so am I. how am i gonna catch up with young and the restless now? i will make a complaint!!!

  38. 38

    I hav kids but I am so not happy with this! Wut the heck am I gonna do without my BH90210 reruns!!!!!!!

  39. 39

    THAT'S SO DUMB!!!!!!!!!

  40. 40

    WTF, where am I going to watch BH90210, One Tree Hill, and Being Erica???????

  41. 41

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! CBS comes is shitty, so Soap Net is hoe I watch Y&R…..

  42. 42

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I am devastated! Sat. and Sun. mornings without 90210 and OTH, I mean its a ritual for crying out loud. And what are all the Nana's going to do?? Kids shouldn't be watching so much TV anyways…bad move Disney!!!

  43. 43

    NOOOOOO!!!!! This is my go-to channel on weekend mornings for 90210 and One Tree reruns. Sad sad day, I tell ya.

  44. 44

    As a mother, there are plenty of options for my little one. Even On Demand has plenty to keep her happy!! I always like the option of turning on 90210 or The OC….boo Disney…

  45. pj88 says – reply to this


    (oh and LINDIK.. it's ANNE Sweeney, not ALLISON Sweeny who reported this)

  46. 46

    not happy! how will i catch up on ALL mY CHILDREN now…..

  47. 47

    Lame, they have enough children's programing!!