It is not a good week for soap opera fans, and that is putting it mildly. Actually, its a dreadful week!
With One Life to Live about to air its final episode this Friday, now comes word out of TV Guide that after months of wondering when actually SOAPnet would be pulled by the ABC/Disney Cable Networks, a date has been announced!
The Disney Channel has confirmed a launch date for its new 24-hour preschool channel. Disney Junior that will replace SOAPnet on most cable and satellite systems at midnight on Friday, March 23. However according to TVG, “A handful of viewers will still receive SOAPnet after March 22, but only because a few cable and satellite deals with Disney are still being finalized. Once those deals are done SOAPnet will completely shut down.”
The new cable network, an offshoot of Disney Channel’s Disney Junior block, will launch with the new animated series Doc McStuffins. That show, about a six-year-old girl who nurses her sick toys back to health, is one of several new programs that will make their debut on Disney Junior. This marks the beginning of a sea change in the ‘preschool plus’ television landscape,” said Gary Marsh president and CEO of Disney Channels Worldwide. “The response to our Disney Junior programming block has been extremely positive.”
Wow, a kiddie channel for kids and their parents, and now the remaining four soap operas have no cable outlet home with no way to broadcast encore presentations of day and date episodes for fans to catch other than online or on their original daytime slots. Hard to fathom!