TVGuide has confirmed that SOAPnet will officially come to an end Friday, March 23 at midnight. The replacement network Disney Junior will go live at midnight on March 24.
SOAPnet will continue to air on select carriers that have yet to work out a deal to carry the new tyke network.
Soap fans who love to catch up on their soaps at night don’t have to fret. While the convenience of a TV network dedicated to soaps is gone, you will be able to watch The Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives and General Hospital on official websites for their network.
Disney Junior will launch with a new animated series Doc McStuffins. Additional programming heading to the network include Gaspard and Lisa, Guess How Much I Love You, Sofia The First and Oki’s Oasis. The network will air movies on the weekends.
“This marks the beginning of a sea change in the ‘preschool plus’ television landscape,” says Gary Marsh, president and CEO of Disney Channels Worldwide. “The response to our Disney Junior programming block has been extremely positive.”