Thursday, May 27, 2010

Disney replaces SoapNet with Disney Junior

It's about a year or so away... however, Disney, who owns SoapNet, the network that is currently airing Soap Opera daily re-runs, will replace it with Disney Jr. - a new commercial-free channel aimed specifically for Pre-Schoolers, ages 2-7. ( I wonder where they thought up that clever name? Perhaps, Nick Jr. gave them the idea! ) Whatever the case, I am glad to see the network is changing and will provide wholesome educational programs in the future for young children.

According to the press release, Programming on Disney Junior will include about 200 new episodes annually of current Disney Channel shows, including “Handy Manny,” “Special Agent Oso,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Imagination Movers,” “Jungle Junction,” and new series like “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” an animated program about children who pretend to be pirates and encounter Captain Hook. In the works are other shows that play off classic Disney characters.

Disney’s vast array of classic and contemporary movies, including among others “101 Dalmatians,” “Aladdin” and “Little Mermaid,” will be showcased.

This network is currently available in 75 million homes.

Check out the full Press Release, here.


  1. And what, pray tell, does Disney intend to do with those adults who love soap operas? Is Disney trying to grab viewers from PBS popular programs for two-year-olds like Sesame Street and others? I did my thesis on these educational shows, and Disney is too commercial to compete with them. A better choice would be for Disney to put all its soaps on SoapNet and let viewers subscribe! Disney is going to experience a backlash the likes of which hasn't been seen since Coca-Cola decided for customers that Coke execs knew what customers liked to drink better than the customers themselves. We want all of our soaps at ABC to continue. What part of that statement don't the pinheads at ABC get? These shows serve a purpose in our cultural psyche that goes beyond their simple entertainment value. People discuss these shows with family and friends. They keep track of characters over the years and they remember story lines. Generations pass down these soap stories. Disney can't know how deeply they are cutting into the hearts of these loyal fans, and I have come to the belief that in their pursuit of the almighty dollar, they don't even care!
    --Jacqueline E. Willis

  2. I am glad to see that Disney has decided the young ones that are the basis of a lot of their programming are important! Nick Jr. is great and has taught my grandchildren many things. I don't believe that NICK suffered damage from doing this, and I don't believe it will be a problem for Disney either. Hopefully Disney will add more and more educational type programming to the lineup.


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