'O.C.' Lives On with SoapNet


"The O.C." will be ending its run on FOX in a couple of weeks, but fans of the show won't have to wait long for it to begin its afterlife.

Cable network SoapNet has picked up the rerun rights to the series and will begin airing repeats in April. The network has also acquired another teen-oriented drama, "One Tree Hill." Both shows will debut on SoapNet on Monday, April 9.

"'The O.C.' and 'One Tree Hill' will resonate with our viewers and live perfectly alongside the top-five rated daytime soaps and our other acquired primetime dramas," says Deborah Blackwell, general manager of the Disney-owned network.

Both "The O.C." and "One Tree Hill" are in their fourth seasons, and both shows attract young viewers that networks are dying to reach. They will air back-to-back on weekdays, with "One Tree Hill" at 5 p.m. ET and "The O.C." at 6 p.m.

Their lead-in will be "Beverly Hills, 90210," creating a big block of high-school drama in the late afternoons.

The series finale of "The O.C." is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 22.

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