CONFIRMED: ABC Family to Oversee SOAPnet; Cabler to Air ABC Family Shows; Young and Restless, General Hospital, DAYS to Remain
A few days ago I reported I was hearing Kate Nelson had been fired from SOAPNet and that the soon-to-be defunct cabler would be folded in under ABC Family, until its eventual transition to Disney Junior. Well, our pals at ABC Soaps In Depth got confirmation on the story! Here's what a Mouse House PR rep shared with the magazine:
"Yes, it's true that ABC Family has been given the opportunity to work with SOAPnet during the transition of the channel to Disney Junior," a spokesperson tells Soaps In Depth. "There are some great programming opportunities and numerous cable operation protocols/systems between the two groups that make this a smart move."
Don't start worrying about losing those General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives same day re-airs to episodes of Jane By Design, however. Sources are telling SID the two licensed daytime soaps will continue to air on SOAPnet. As for the debut of Disney Junior — it could still be a ways off!
We've always viewed the launch of Disney Junior as a transition, not a flip of the switch," says the new cable channel's camp. "As such, SOAPnet will remain available for an undetermined period of time as additional carriage deals for Disney Junior are finalized with distributors."