Tune In: Original Cable Programming

No. of subscribers: 58 million

Network topper: Deborah Blackwell

Programming topper: Mary Ellen DiPrisco

Top originals: I Wanna Be a Soap Star

Upcoming originals: General Hospital: Night Shift (series)

The skinny: In greenlighting 13 episodes of “Night Shift,” SoapNet is entering the scripted series arena for the first time. But network execs felt the timing was right, as SoapNet is about to clear 60 million homes. The channel has already found success with other original fare, including “I Wanna Be a Soap Star,” which returns this summer for a fourth season — and, for the first time, centers on a soap opera from a network other than broadcast sibling ABC, NBC’s “Days of Our Lives.”

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