The day is unfortunately here soap fans! After over 13 years of bringing you same day and date rebroadcasts of your favorite soap operas, and other soap opera related acquisition programming, Disney/ABC’s cable channel SOAPnet is airing its final sudsy episodes tonight! (some cable outlets have already dropped the channel). In its final leg of its run, only General Hospital and Days of our Lives remained in the line-up as The Young and the Restless defected to TVGN, and is now joined by The Bold and the Beautiful. And as so many of the soaps were canceled along the way, the network was still airing old episodes of ABC’s All My Children right till the end.
On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman wanted to share this: “When I was executive producer for Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment’s SoapCity.com, we were in preliminary stages and talks, because of the success of the online platform, to also develop a cable channel of the same name. But, the very bright team at Disney/ABC also had the idea to create SOAPnet, since they had several soap properties to begin their network with. Eventually, SOAPnet came to pass and it was an exciting time in soap history! I was very fortunate throughout the 13-plus-years of its run to work on one of their original series, Soap Center, as a field and segment producer. I also had the opportunity to have produced On-Air Promos for the network honoring its fifth year anniversary and some other special projects. I always felt there should be a network celebrating the soap genre, and SOAPnet was that at its inception and for many years thereafter. It will be missed.”
SOAPnet posted this on its official website today: “Thank you to all of the devoted SOAPnet fans for over 13 years of soapy drama! SOAPnet will go off the air on December 31, 2013 at midnight ET|PT. For more ways to watch General Hospital, catch new episodes weekdays on ABC 2e|1c|p and on demand. You can also watch with WATCH ABC -– anytime, anywhere on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.”
So, are you ready to say goodbye to SOAPnet? What were you favorite shows to watch during its run? Let us know!