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Q&A: SOAPnet to be dropped in 2012

SOAPnet to be dropped in 2012

Are they really going to cancel the SOAPnet channel? I work and like to watch the soaps I miss when I get home and do not have a way to tape them. Have enjoyed this channel for the past couple of years.

In 2012, Disney/ABC will drop the soap-opera channel in favor of Disney Junior, a channel for preschoolers. Anne Sweeney, co-chairwoman of the Disney/ABC Television Group, said, "SOAPnet was created in 2000 to give daytime viewers the ability to watch time-shifted soaps, before multiplatform viewing and DVRs were part of our vocabulary. But today, as technology and our businesses evolve, it makes more sense to align this distribution with a preschool channel that builds on the core strengths of our company."

"Multiplatform viewing" refers to replays of programming on the Internet. Of course, that leaves behind people who cannot watch shows online. But an unfortunate result of most technological advances — whether online video, DVRs or even cable TV — is that some viewers get left out.

'Veronica Mars' lasted 3 seasons

At the end of the Season 3 DVD of Veronica Mars, much was made of the upcoming Season 4. Perhaps we missed it, but is it to be released?

There was no Season 4. The show ran two seasons on UPN (2004-05 and 2005-06), then another year on the CW (2006-07) before being canceled on May 22, 2007.

The show introduced Kristen Bell in the title role as a student who moonlighted as a private investigator with her father. Bell later starred on the TV series Heroes and had significant roles in the movies Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Couples Retreat and When in Rome.

Also making several appearances on the show was Amanda Seyfried, who subsequently starred in the movie Mean Girls, the TV series Big Love and the movies Mamma Mia! and Dear John.

'Skyline' lures to Mississippi

With all that is going on with politics and the oil spill I feel funny asking this question, but . . . there is a TV/radio commercial for "Visit Mississippi." They sing this song/jingle that goes: "Oh how I wish you were here." What is the title and who sings it?

The song is Skyline, by Alva Leigh.

Leigh, a 22-year-old piano-playing singer-songwriter, was born and raised in Gulfport, Miss., and now lives in Nashville. On her website (www.alvaleigh.com), she wrote about Skyline: "This is another old tune — I think I wrote this when I was 16! — that I revisited late in the recording process. I think there are some John-Painter-moments-of-genius in this one. This song is inspired by the Nashville skyline and one of my first visits here. I took out 'Nashville' so people all around the world can convince their distant friends to be nearer!"

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