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66 March 20th, 2012 SOAPnet Appears to be Sticking Around while ABC/Disney finalizes more carriage deals for Disney Junior!

As had been reported,  March 23rd, (which is this Friday) had marked the day that SOAPnet would be, for most markets in the country, folding to make way for its replacement Disney Junior!  And, if you followed the information disseminated from the cable network it seems like that date is not a hard date at all, and that the soaps will be sticking around on SOAPnet for the foreseeable future, but just how long might that be?

According to Soap Opera Digest, when speaking to a spokesperson for the network they related, “We’ve always viewed the launch of Disney Junior as a transition, not a flip of a switch, and as such SOAPnet will remain available for an undetermined period of time as additional carriage deals for Disney Junior are finalized with distributors.”

The good news is that The Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives, and General Hospital will continue to air for the time being day and date episodes as well as airing their primetime series lineup.   The thing that becomes problematic here, as since so many dates and stop and starts have been going on with SOAPnet and the launch of Disney Junior, pretty soon every one will be completely confused and know when to tune-in or tune-out!

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  1. Heather says:

    Why can’t they split this freaking channel in two. Put Disney Junior during the day, Soapnet during the evening and the night. What does a kiddle do watching television at 1:00am anyway? Stupid Anne Sweeney!

    But I’m not sure Soapnet actually does a favor to the ratings GH, Y&R and Days by staying on the air. These people watching the soaps on Soapnet would probably watch them on their original networks if it wasn’t for Soapnet.

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    ethel replied

    what about the people that work during the day & don’t have a dvr….they rely on soapnet

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    howard and john caylor replied

    dont get rid of soap net on commcast because soap net is very good and we like it alot and we are paying alot of money for it john and howard caylor and loyal fans that like soap net

    Kay replied

    Yeah, I’m one who works days and relied on SoapNet at nite to keep up with the 3 soaps I watched. I still watch GH and will try not to panic when it is gone. I am addicted. I found the ABC site on the internet where you can watch the day’s episode the next day, so I could still keep up, but not the same pleasure on small screen as regular TV. Big bummer!

    Iakovos replied

    You are a very smart woman, Heather! Your proposal is a no-brainer and should be obivous to the powers that be. SOAPNET was left to languish. Some more creative programming — an original soap or two, rebroadcast of older soaps, another talk show effort — and this jewel would really shine.

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    y bullard replied

    DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’VE BEEN WATCHING IT SINCE DAY ONE.

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    Toni Hill replied

    Not true! There are many people who watch there soaps on soapnet because there work schedules do not allow them to watch at the regular air time.

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    Shannon replied

    I want know why we can’t keep 1-14-13
    all my childern and one life to live and Gh alone
    on soapnet. Why can’t yall take off another soap’s
    like day’s? I hate Day’s. Take off Nbc soap’s
    yall are not being fair at all. Please leave abc soap’s alone.
    Or why don’t we share soapnet. like the kids program in
    the moring’s please companize and Abc soap’s on at
    night that is fair. Please.
    Thank-you

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  2. Sharon says:

    According to DirecTV, they have no information about SoapNet going off the air and they said it is definitely NOT going off the air on March 23rd!!! They told me they show SoapNet on their schedule long after that silly date!!!

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  3. Kathryn says:

    I dont have kids , love soapnet – too bad if it completely fails – I will miss soapnet – thumbs down disney we all don’t have preschoolers !!!

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    SUSAN replied

    WAY TO GO KATHRYN SOME PEOPLE LIKE ME FOR ONE WATCH SOAPNET
    PRETTY MUCH 24 7 IN MY HOME, EXCEPT 3:00PM WHEN I SWITCH TO ABC
    TO WATCH GH, WHICH MAY CHANGE IF THEY CANCEL IT FOR KATIE COURIC

    BOO ON KATIE COURIC, WILL NOT WATCH HER ON ANYTHING

    I LOVE MY SOAPNET AND AS USUAL ABC. AND DISNEY ARE STUPID

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  4. Tom says:

    Poor Soapnet…no matter how much ABC tries to murder it, it won’t go! Just call it the Stefano DiMera of TV Channels. I mean, it’s not like the target demograpic of Disney Junior is anticipating the new channel with bated breath. More like baby food breath, actually…

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  5. Violet says:

    A transition??? NOT a flip? On what planet do those guy live? Let’s hope they “flip” flop their minds yet again and leave soapnet on the air!

    I think this means all the pressure from the soap fans is working. :)

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  6. Lisa S. says:

    This is good news as I don’t have a DVR and watch GH on SoapNet at night. However, our local cable company moved SoapNet a few weeks ago and never notified us. One day it was there and then it was gone for a few days. Found it again on a channel that didn’t exist before by accident, flipping through. Previously, SoapNet had been next to the Disney Channel, which you would think they would like for the conversion to Disney Jr. Now, they’re about 15 channels away. Weird. Hope SoapNet sticks around at least through the summer.

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  7. Christine says:

    And a Pennsylvania paper said that Directv would offer Soapnet indefinately while Disney Jr would be offered as a SEPARATE channel.

    Sounds like a lot of back peddling to me. Oprah laying off workers, John Carter losing 200 million for Disney, it is all adding up.

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  8. ricardo says:

    very good news indeed. lets hope general hospital gets renewed. soap net i love very much. lets hope it stays longer.

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  9. Robert C says:

    I was wondering why Comcast was still having Soapnet list as a tv station after the 23th of this month.I dont think the people that work for Disney has a clue on how to run a tv network as they cancelled 2 long time soap operas and its movie studio is going to lose close to $200 million dollars on the movie John Carter because of a poor choice for a title and poor marketing on the movie.

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  10. angela says:

    Just another example of how screwed up abc/Disney really is. We don’t need another Disney channel that repeats the same shows over and over and over. Don’t get me wrong I want SoapNet to stay. But I am smart enough to know it will be gone soon just like our beloved soaps. It took abc forever to get SoapNet up and running (I remember reading about it as far back as the late 80′s) and now they want to can it for another Disney channnel. Disney junior runs on the Disney channnel every morning I think that’s enough. Toddlers don’t need 24 hours of programming! Leave it alone abc! But alas they will screw this one up too.

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  11. cathy trinque says:

    I am definitely losing Soapnet very soon! I don’t see the sense in making Disney Jr 24 hrs.

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  12. Blake says:

    I only watch Soapnet to watch the One Life to Live reruns that they show at 5 am, I dvr all of them. I wasn’t watching OLTL at this time but these episodes are great! I tried watching the AMC ones but they aren’t at the best time for AMC.
    But I hope Soapnet stays on for a long time, there are enough networks for children as it is. I think it says a lot that Soapnet is staying on and the Disney Jr is not on. Disney is really messing up lately, i’m sure it’s the karma after what they did to AMC and OLTL.

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  13. Emily says:

    Yahoo said Dancing w/the stars–worse ratings ever. Is that b/c of my soap peeps??? ABC ain’t seen nothing yet!!! Soaps FOREVER!!!!

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    NeeNee replied

    My cable company doesn’t offer SoapNet. Eventually, Days and other soaps will simply go out of business, like almost every other great TV series. Shows like Cheers, MASH, and Dick Van Dyke chose to quit while they were ahead. Wouldn’t it be a hoot if they went all the way back to the 1965 debut of DOOL and the show could start all over again? Only problem I see with that is supposedly many of those early shows are either lost or weren’t saved.

    Re: Dancing with the Stars . . . hubby and I watched the other night. In our humble opinions, we agreed with the judges & hosts: quality of this premiere show was the best it’s ever been. Counted 6 or 7 couples who have tremendous “staying” ability. So these low ratings are surprising. I thought Jack Wagner was excellent and so was the choice of his song, Nancy Sinatra’s “SugarTown.”

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    Jenna replied

    I saw that too. I don’t watch anything ABC except for GH so I relish in all the delight when one of ABC’s shows gets poor ratings. I hope this is because of the soap fans and not because of stiff competition on another network.

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    MBmomof3 replied

    RE: DWTS; I never watched this show, but my family are hardcore GB Packers fans. When I saw that awesome Donald Driver was on this season I would have definitely tuned in. But I am boycotting ALL ABC/D with the exception of GH and SoapNet. Sorry Donald. I hope you win!

  14. gloria says:

    YEA!!! I can finish taping Brothers & Sisters!

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  15. MBmomof3 says:

    I figured something was up when I saw “Veronic Mars” being added to SoapNet’s lineup (I loved that show first time around). I called my cable co. to complain about SoapNet going away months ago, then when I saw they were adding “VM” in April, i called again to ask if SoapNet was ending in March. They said NO, and they had no information that SoapNet was going away and Disney Jr. was coming. I figured I was one of the lucky ones in a market where SoapNet was staying for the time being. This is VERY good news. It almost makes me think all my phone calling, emailing, etc. was actually having an impact!

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  16. MBmomof3 says:

    I would also like to add to the “back-peddling” comments. I recall the last article I read about SoapNet changing to Disney Jr., TPTB likened it very much to a “switch going off”, going so far as to say (I’m paraphrasing) “March 23 Soapnet will air it’s final shows and you’ll wake up March 24th to Disney Jr.”

    I didn’t think it was possible for ABC/Disney to have any less credibility, but at least this time it seems to be a good thing that they don’t have a clue! It would be great if they “forgot” the Revolution and started airing OLTL again. I promise, ABC/D, I’ll forget all about the Revulsion and start watching OLTL again and will never speak of it again.

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    gloria replied

    I’m with you. We can chalk it up to a bad dream & all will be forgiven-just give us back our OLTL!

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    Emily replied

    I feel the same. W/OLTL gone something is sorely missing in my day.

  17. Mo says:

    I don’t know why they can’t continue to show the soaps and Disney shows. They can even throw Chew and Revo on for anyone who missed it first time around.

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  18. gloria says:

    There was an interview in my morning paper today with the head of Disney Jr. & she said it starts tomorrow! My Directv guide shows SoapNet thru April 4 (that’s as far out as the schedule goes on the guide) How screwed up is this?

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    david replied

    Supremely screwed up! Check out the content “For Grown-Ups” on Disney Junior and tell us if you will be watching: http://disney.go.com/disneyjunior/for-grown-ups

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    david replied

    See last paragraph from this TV Guide article that reports. “SoapNet will continue to have wide distribution for some time with many distributors choosing to carry both networks until such date as SoapNet fully sunsets.”
    http://www.tvguide.com/News/Disney-Junior-SoapNet-March-1041380.aspx

    So Disney Junior isn’t replacing Soapnet? They are actually two different networks and Disney is choosing to cancel SoapNet? Why cancel SoapNet, if people want to see soaps and Disney Junior is separate?

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  19. Franny Wright says:

    Heather, I had said the same thing…give the daytime hours to the kids on SOAPnet (although Disney already has plenty of programs for them) & leave the evening hours for the soaps. Then bring AMC & OLTL back & keep GH!! “The Rev” keeps sinking in the ratings & they took the highly-rated OLTL off for that??!!

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  20. Cha says:

    Remember, this is all a financial move. They just want soaps to disappear completely because even though they are entertaining they’re not as cheaply produced as the talk shows. When I was in college around 1980 everyone watched soap operas between classes because all there was was local tv and local tv had soap operas all afternoon. Now the young people have cable to choose from and one of the most popular talk shows with them is Jerry Springer. I guess that shows you how America has changed. I do think keeping soapnet on is a great idea and I will watch it as long as its available, but I also realize I’ll wake up one day and it will be gone. I will watch the remaining soaps as long as possible then I guess there will still be Jerry
    Springer.

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  21. Cha says:

    I am glad that soapnet will be available awile longer and will watch it as long as its available. Unfortunately with the competition from cable daytime viewers have so much of a choice of what to view, they don’t necessarily choose to watch soap operas. Also, abc has really tried to discourage viewership as they do not even advertise GH anymore. When I was in college around 1980 the high school and college kids only had free local tv which featured soap operas all afternoon so we watched them between classes and after school. My best friend from high school faithfully watched Another World and I faithfully watched Ryan’s Hope. Now every college campus has cable tv and one of the most popular shows with college kids is Jerry Springer. How America has changed. I intend to watch the remaining soaps as long as they’re still on the air and once they’re gone I guess there’s still Jerry Springer.

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  22. lynne rice says:

    if it could be done costwise an all vintage soap channel would be awesome—edge of night-dark shadows- santa barara-one life -even ally mcbeal -soap mary hartman etc. etc. etc.

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  23. anne leate says:

    for the working people that watch at night soapnet. pls. think again .childred shows should be on before 730pm .pls. as we all know thay need there sleep . thanks
    i will miss my soapnet.

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  24. barbara t says:

    I dont get it ,is soap net staying or going ?I hear people lost it ,but I have direct tv and its on ,Now this morning I read at daytime confidential that abc family is taking over and they will still keep the soaps going .So what the heck is going on ?Why dont they play reruns of one life to live and all my children,and give interviews of our favorite characters from those soaps ,I want to know how Erika slezak is doing ,I miss her and want to know that she is ok.Also why doesnt soap net/Abc family put the emmys on soap net abc/disney owes it to the fans ,screw this disney junior crap. ,enough with the kiddie shows there all over the cable networks.

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  25. Violet says:

    I sat down tonight to watch GH on Soapnet. IT WAS GONE!!! Soapnet is GONE! I spoke with Comcast, my cable provider. They said it is gone and that we were warned in 2010 that it would be going off the air this year in April/May. I registered my complaint, but little good it’ll do. I have my little kids with my during the day so can’t watch GH and Y&R when they air live. Soapnet was my evening entertainment.

    I am NOT happy!!!! Has anyone else lost Soapnet recently? What’s going on with it?

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  26. Sharon says:

    I went to watch my soap last night and instead Mickey Mouse was on. I can’t beleive
    this. Please please give us the Soap channel back. I enjoy my soaps at night after a long day at work. Why don’t you give it back on a different channel. If I wanted to watch Mickey Mouse I would turn on the politicians.

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  27. Patty K says:

    So annoyed that SoapNet is no longer on. I am too busy during the day to watch GH and/or my 5 year old has her shows on, which she would never be watching at 10PM at night. I am ALL FOR children’s TV but after 8 PM, why can’t it be SOAPNET? ORRRRR, why can’t Disney use one of the other 5,000 channels on TV????

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  28. Mira says:

    I was confused when I turned on SOAPNET to watch GH tonight and saw…some silly, hyperactive cartoon characters bouncing around! At first I thought there was some mistake…and then Google led me here.

    I’m hugely thankful that I have DVR because now I don’t know what I’d do without it! I can’t usually watch GH in the afternoon.

    But this isn’t just about my own convenience. I’m upset that yet another channel for adults has been replaced by more kiddie fare! The percentage of households with children continues to decline, yet here is another channel just for them. I don’t get it. You’d think kids were paying the cable bills!

    I feel bad for all those people who don’t have DVR and won’t be able to view their beloved soaps anymore.

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  29. Donna says:

    I missed my favorite soap today (Y & R), and I tuned into the Soapnet channel 72 to watch it, instead I got that rediculous Disney Junior Channel. I turned to the T.V Guide Channel to see what was wrong, and they still had Y & R listed for the SOAPnet channel. Very PO’d. If Disney THINKS that I will allow my children to watch that stupid channel, they don’t have the brains they were born with.

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  30. Jessika says:

    I came home from work today and there was no more soapnet, I don’t know if i’ll even watch tv now since I work during the day and cant watch my soaps on their original channels. Shame on Disney for thinking every one can afford a DVR. Boo on Disney JR, I’m boycotting it, my kids will never watch that channel.

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  31. Lisa says:

    I AM SO SICK OF THESE NETWORKS TAKING AWAY OUR SOAPS. FIRST AMC AND OLTL, NOW SOAPNET. WTF????? THERE ARE ENOUGH DISNEY CHANNELS OUT THERE, WHY DO THEY NEED DISNEY JUNIOR??? ITS NOT LIKE MY KIDS WILL BE WATCHING IT 24/7 ANYWAY. I DON’T KNOW ANY KID THAT WILL BE UP ALL NIGHT WATCHING TV.

    BRING SOAPNET BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PRETTY SOON THERE WILL BE NOTHING LEFT TO WATCH ON TV, JUST STUPID REALITY TV AND WHO WANTS TO WATCH THAT ALL THE TIME, THAT IS WHAT REAL LIFE IS FOR!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Lisa replied

    You know what I agree with Mira and Jessika. I pay the cable bill NOT my kids, and they will NOT watch Disney Jr on my soapnet channel, I will delete it from the remote, they won’t even know its there. LMAO, Just like we DON”T have the TV on or even on ABC when the Chew is on. They take away my soaps I will not help their ratings on stupid shows that replace them. Glad to see the Revolution is going away, just wish they would bring back OLTL in their old spot.

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  32. DEBRA SALAMONE says:

    I HAVE COMCAST MAPLE SHADE AND I LIVE IN BROOKLAWN NJ AND THE TOOK OFF SOAPNET AND PUT ON DISNEY, I THINK IT IS SO UNFAIR, BECAUSE MY MOM RECORDS GENERAL HOSPITAL AT HER HOUSE AND I USE TO WATCH SOAPNET AT NIGHT, AND NOW IF THERE IS AN INTERUPTION DURING GENERAL HOSPITAL I HAVE NO WAY OF SEEING THAT DAYS GENERAL HOSPITAL, SO CAN YOU PLEASE HAVE COMCAST MAPLE SHADE BRING BACK SOAPNET OR CAN I SOMEHOW HAVE IT AS A SPECIAL CHANNEL, BECAUSE IF NOT SOMEDAY WHEN I GET OF COMPUTER AND A HOUSE PHONE I WILL SWITCH TO VERIZON. PLEASE HELP???? ASAP, THANKS DEBBIE.

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  33. Tina says:

    Tell me what can I do to get my provider, which is Comcast to put Soapnet backl on their lineup.

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  34. aleta says:

    It is stupid to take soapnet off cause Disney wantsanother kids show I agree with heather have dis.ey can show during the day n let soapnet continue, direct tv said it is,Disney who is discontinued the show, this sucks

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  35. joni morlin says:

    Please leave are soap net alone we need are shows so we can support them and help them we have to fight for them to stay on for good we do not want Disney Jr to take over soap operas is are life life line and for a’re family’s to kids can under stand way that big people should have their soap operas more then life it self in the near future that kids will under stand that we do t want Disney JrI it needs to find a different channel not ares my provider is direct tv and I need theses shows I have been watching for all most 45 Years now you have to respect that or I can get are president Obama original will get a higher council to take are side

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    joni morlin replied

    Soap net be longs here at 262 on direct tv and we need them to watch and support them as they work and get paid to feed their family’s we don’t need Disney Jr right now I know them if we work a long side of them that we can put Disney Jr on the back burner for now we need totthink about soap net on a good channel like 260 and 261 and 262 as are hub station for soap net news for every day and night and talk a little about wants next on the soap operas to watch every day of the week night and day to we are trying so hard for them to stay on in march is my brithday month and Imy wish is to keep soap net on for are sake and are kids when they grow up and they will watch soap net like mothers should do all their life and I hope you can reconsider your propositiont to lets US know want you are doing I know thatyou ‘re trying to lead US in to a wrong way so I hope that want we want is soap net to stay on for good and share with them to

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  36. joni morlin says:

    Soap net has a wonderful job support for are shows soap net needs to stay on and theses people need their Jobs to support their family and for US to so they can have their pay check ever signal day and night we have to look for that you have to realize that when people wants some thing you should let them have it

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  37. joni morlin says:

    Please don’t take are soap net we need it more then kids do we all so have that right not kids snowball that matters that we need are shows to catch up with them

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  38. joni morlin says:

    Soap net is are life we need to settle this right now are soap operas is are main hot line shows needs to stay on for ever and I don’t think that you are going to remove are shows big people comes first more then kids do the soap opera people, needs their jobs to feed their family and they all so need their pay check for working on the soap operas on soap net we need to agree on this so we can see are shows every day and night

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  39. Dot says:

    This is devastating for SoapNet to be canceled. I like watching DOOL and GH. I also watched Y&R there. I am so glad that TVGN picked up Y&R. Hopefully they will pick up these two and then I won’t miss SoapNet and will not care what takes its place. I always thought viewers’ opinions mattered. Doesn’t seem that way.

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  40. Patricia Roker says:

    There are some of us soap fans still alive and cont. to enjoy the soaps. They repeat everything else why not the soaps. I am up 6am every morning for one life to live didn’t watch as a kid because my parents soaps were on CBS.now I watch 10 on soap bet and I wake up 12/19/13 and my soap is gone. # heart broken

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    Patricia Roker replied

    Did anyone pick up One life to live

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  41. Patricia Roker says:

    The children today don’t sit still like we did and watch tv. To many game systems.

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  42. joni morlin says:

    The major deal is that we get to keep are soap net and we need to tell are fans that we are keeping are shows on Farsi see that my birthdays is in march and I want you to know that are shows on soap net does stay on in march and I don’t care I live for this for 45 years Now are kids can have the best deal on direct tv with both Disney Jr and soap net when you have to put Ryan’s hope and knptslanding and Dallas and dynasty and the old port Charles as night shift as gh and passions and loving and the old amc and oltl back when we left them you have to promise US if you can do this for US we need you to be their so we can listened want you say but the farther hand is are soap net and are soap operas are really a wonderful thing to under stand so please don’t take away are soap net we need them they are important to US to relate as a family

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    joni morlin replied

    We will tryto stop you for putting this stupid idea about Disney Jr in to kids heads they do t need it much they all ready have it on direct tv so give US little time e to think first and be patientwith US

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  43. joni morlin says:

    I know another idea we have here way don’t you put Disney Jr and soap net to work to gather as a team and we can all of US fans will help both of them and all of the soap operas should do a nurses ball to help raise the money for theses soap operas and leave them on in march is my birthday month and my wish is comming true we will tryto help in a way of life it self theses shows means a whole lot to US you can all so help US to and I know that god would wants to be faithfully and kids d to help other shows around US and god only knows that every one of US is helping others to together as one huge group of people even are past soap operas to we all love them soap net be lo gs on tv on their channel if we can show respect for once in a life time and we will figure it out with direct tv and with are other tv companys to like dish network and Comcast we wish that all of US will be happy want we got to keep are soap net on for good and for are kids sake I hope you request all of this to help you to decide to so this do the right thing to leave are soap net on in the comming future

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    joni morlin replied

    God knows how to fight back and we can turn things around to let soap net to stay on in marich and we need them so all of US have tv to watch soap net and for are kids sake to all of are soap operas need to do nurses ball to raise money for are soap net to stay on in march and I mean it for all the fans need soap net to watch themdayand night we will net era let them go never in a million years

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  44. Jeffrey O. Bokhari says:

    How Dare They Take Soapnet Off The Air I Work On Tuesday And Thursday 11 To 3 And Get 4 And Miss General Hospital At 2 On channel 5 The Only Time I Would Be Able To See General Hospital Is 7:00

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  45. joni morlin says:

    We all need soap net to stay on the tv line up we need are soap operas I love all their stories that can relate to are family’s when are children grow up to be young ladies like mothers and boys like fathers will wAtch soap net along with their kids to www need them so we can watch them every day and night we don’t want to lose them like you did to are past soap operas needs to come back and stay on for good along with are present soap operas to we need them to enjoy watching them so please let us have them Disney all ready have 10 channels all ready they don’t need any more channels so please give us another chance at life here respect are wishes come true my birthday is coming up in march and I have been watch hinges for 45 years now and just give us all of are past and present soap net soap operas

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  46. joni morlin says:

    We need are soap net and I have been watching for 45 years now and I would for you guys to help US now to bring g back ate soap operas back now we are missing them we need them they are life line we need Tremont punish US put ish Disney for what they did to US in the first place they do t need are channel we all the fans need soap net to enjoy them

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