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SOAPnet Aquires More Movies; 'Mommie Dearest' and 'Clue' among them
Topic Started: Jul 10 2008, 04:39 AM (1,607 Views)
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SOAPnet ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF FIVE ADDITIONAL MOVIES FOR ITS "SUNDAY NIGHT MOVIE" FRANCHISE

Cher, Nicolas Cage, Demi Moore, Faye Dunaway, Lauren Graham and Kaley Cuoco Headline All-Star Casts

SOAPnet announced today the acquisition of five additional movies for its "Sunday Night Movie" franchise. Movies currently air Sundays at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT, and the five new films will begin airing on Sunday, August 3. The theatrical titles include "Moonstruck," starring Cher, Nicolas Cage, Danny Aiello and Olympia Dukakis; "Clue," starring Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Lesley Ann Warren and Martin Mull; "Mommie Dearest," starring Faye Dunaway; "The Butcher's Wife," starring Demi Moore, Jeff Daniels and Mary Steenburgen; and "Lucky 13," starring Lauren Graham, Kaley Cuoco, Harland Williams, Ever Carradine, Jenna Fischer, Taryn Manning, Sasha Alexander and Debra Jo Rupp.

The five films were acquired from MGM Worldwide Television and Paramount Pictures Worldwide Television Distribution.

A description of each movie follows, listed in the order in which they'll air:

"Moonstruck" premieres August 3 and stars Cher, Nicolas Cage, Danny Aiello and Olympia Dukakis. Cher won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as widow Loretta Castorini, who falls for her fianc's ne'er-do-well brother (Academy Award Winner, Nicolas Cage).

"The Butcher's Wife" premieres August 10 and stars Demi Moore, Jeff Daniels, Mary Steenburgen and Frances McDormand. A psychic impulsively marries a man she thought she was meant to be with, but later meets her real Mr. Right.

"Clue" premieres August 17 and stars Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Lesley Ann Warren and Martin Mull. Six guests and several staff members are all suspects in the murder of the owner of a strange mansion. Who is the killer? Was it colonel Mustard in the ballroom with the candlestick? Miss Scarlet in the library with the knife? Or did the butler do it? Based on the popular board game.

"Mommie Dearest" premieres August 24 and stars Faye Dunaway. No wire hangers ever! Academy Award winner Faye Dunaway stars in this classic film about the life of Joan Crawford.

"Lucky 13" premieres August 31 and stars Lauren Graham, Kaley Cuoco, Harland Williams, Ever Carradine, Jenna Fischer, Taryn Manning, Sasha Alexander and Debra Jo Rupp. In an effort to win over the girl of his dreams (Lauren Graham), a man tracks down his ex-girlfriends to discover what went wrong.

SOAPnet offers same-day episodes of popular daytime dramas including "All My Children," "Days of our Lives," "One Life to Live," "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless" at night for convenient viewing. In addition, the network provides original programs, including "MVP," "Relative Madness," "General Hospital: Night Shift," and the biography shows "Soapography" and "1 Day With..." Wrapped in a 24-hour environment, SOAPnet also offers primetime classics including "The O.C.," "One Tree Hill," "Beverly Hills 90210," "Melrose Place" and "Dallas," as well as former daytime series "Port Charles" and "Ryan's Hope."

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Why the hell is it even still called SoapNet? That's obviously a misnomer.
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SOAPnet = TRASH.
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I love how they mention the primetime classics by mentioning "The O.C." and "One Tree Hill" first. :hmmph:
Edited by DrewHamilton, Jul 10 2008, 11:02 AM.
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omg these are some old ass movies...This might be cool f it was still the 80's...damn! And I am sorry but a few of these movies were clearly B when made and have not held up during the test of time....The Butcher's wife?...honestly. If I wanted to see that I would only have to dig in that freaking huge bin at Wally World...grab it....throw down five bucks for it and go home and watch it commercial FREE.
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If SOAPnet wants to show movies, why not something like The Cradle Will Fall, the GL movie? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085376/


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RogerNewcomb
Jul 10 2008, 12:32 PM
If SOAPnet wants to show movies, why not something like The Cradle Will Fall, the GL movie? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085376/


I've never heard of that before...it sounds very interesting! I don't even like GL but I'd check it out for the hell of it!
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RogerNewcomb
Jul 10 2008, 12:32 PM
If SOAPnet wants to show movies, why not something like The Cradle Will Fall, the GL movie? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085376/


Absolutely Roger!



I think movies are fine, but I'd also like to see them aquire TV movies with soap stars. It would make sense considering it is SOAPnet.

Off the top of my head...

"The Disappearance of Vonnie" (Kim Zimmer)
"Blood on Her Hands" (La Lucci, Kamar De Los Reyes)
"A Reason to Live" (Deidre Hall)
"Anatomy of a Seduction" (Susan Flannery)
"Pink Lightning" (Martha Byrne)
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Soon soaps will be to SoapNet what videos are to Mtv.
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SpriteEyes
Jul 10 2008, 09:31 PM
Soon soaps will be to SoapNet what videos are to Mtv.
LMAO Aint that the truth.
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Mommie Dearest at least has a loose soap connection...it shows when Joan Crawford filled in for her daughter Christina on The Secret Storm in probably THE most bizarre temp recast situation in all of soap history!
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GET EM STEPH!!

At this rate, they may need a Soapnet 2 for the actual soaps on the network. Between the movies and original programming shit (plus all the airings of OTH and OC), it's kind of limiting the options for soaps.

Why don't they just do a Soapnet 2 for all of Frons shit and have Soapnet be what it is supposed to be...a network for soaps and classic soaps? This just makes me sick and it gets worse and worse.

It's also appalling to see OTH and OC mentioned as classics, especially when they are listed BEFORE 90210 and Melrose. I didn't mind OTH or OC at times but they aren't even in the same league as 90210 and Melrose IMO.
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I think it's absurd to call OTH a classic soap in the first place, considering it's still airing new episodes on The CW!
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GET EM STEPH!!

^Oh, for sure.

I guess I just expected it to be mentioned given this is Frons but mentioning it in front on 90210, Melrose, and Dallas is even more insulting IMO.
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I read a few weeks back on another board - I think it was SoapNET itself - that the movies are getting higher ratings that soaps do on Sunday night. They are doing far better than the GH stuff did which did better than Days did on Sunday nights.

They posted that Days would probably never return to an earlier time on Sunday night because the ratings for the marathon were so low. In fact they even said they were thinking of cutting all the marathons to one showing since ratings for all of them were dropping.
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Movies are getting better ratings than soaps on a SOAP based network?

Wow, that is sad... :shame:
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GET EM STEPH!!

I heard similar, Steve.

I know many that used to watch on Soapnet but now just DVR or tape their shows because they don't feel like waiting to a certain time or dealing with Soapnet's schedule and all. Plus, the soap audience in general has dropped off so I can see why those numbers are what they are. It disgusts me but I can see it.
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I think movies are fine, but I'd also like to see them aquire TV movies with soap stars. It would make sense considering it is SOAPnet.



Or even movies like About Schmidt with Jack Nicholson. They show a clip of GL with Josh and Olivia during the movie.
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shit - hit reply too soon.

I think SoapNet is just doing what it has to in order to stay in the business. When I was checking into getting ratings access for DR last year, I asked the girl I was talking to on the phone about AW's ratings if it was true what SoapNet reported and she said yes that sometimes it got a 0 rating.

but she also said that other hours - even in primetime during the week there were times SoapNet got a 0 rating - not consistently like they did with AW but it was a common occurance.

If no one is watching then you have to do something in order to stay on the air.
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GET EM STEPH!!

^I guess your right. Those numbers you mention are stunning. It's just a shame Soapnet didn't come along sooner. By the time it did, soaps were already in major decline and the situation was even worse by the time most people actually got the channel. Some still don't have it.

Hell, even if it did come sooner, I bet it would've declined anyway. Maybe not though. I mean, if people had access to watching soaps at night years sooner, maybe they would've maintained their habits and kept watching. Who knows. It's just sad to see what daytime and now Soapnet has become.

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