Abc's Ugly Betty Gets Exposure On Soapnet
ABC has found a way to "repurpose" yet another one of its primetime shows. On Saturday, it aired a rerun of the new hit series Ugly Betty on cable's SOAPnet, which, like the broadcast network itself, is owned by the Walt Disney Co. It said that it planned to air a Halloween-themed episode, "The Lyin', the Watch and the Wardrobe," next Saturday. The episodes were scheduled for airing at 12:00 noon and 12:00 midnight, Eastern Time. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that ABC and SOAPnet are preparing a month-long celebration of the 25th wedding anniversary on Nov. 21 of Luke and Laura on General Hospital. As part of the plan, Laura, played by Genie Francis, will be awakened from her state of "psychomotor disassociation" by an experimental drug. Francis, who has not appeared on the show since 2002, will be reunited with Anthony Geary, who plays Luke for the occasion, with SOAPnet airing a special featuring the two on Nov. 24. ABC said it hopes to attract "lapsed" viewers who "haven't watched the show as often or in a while."