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Passions: NBC Soap Headed for DirecTV?

PassionsLast January, legions of Passions fans were extremely upset by NBC’s decision to cancel their eight year old soap. Certainly the 4,500 people who’ve signed our petition are among them. Because of its audience’s desirable demographic and because the network owns Passions, NBC has expressed interest in finding another outlet for the residents of Harmony.

NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly said at the time, “We are going to be looking very, very seriously at keeping [Passions] alive. The fact is, there are loyal viewers of this show who love it and show up every day. And in a perfect world, we’d like to keep the brand alive. There may be another network. You know, I don’t think it’s a broadcast network, but there may be another cable network that wants to get in business with us and have some sort of on-air presence for the show.”

Though there’s been no official word about the prospect of continuing Passions past September 7th, TV Guide’s Soap Editor Daniel R. Coleridge has some news. Coleridge has reported that NBC is currently in talks with satellite television provider DirecTV to pick up the soap. Neither NBC nor DirecTV would comment right now so it’s probably far from a done deal as yet. If it does work out, I’m sure DirecTV is counting on a lot of people signing up for new subscriptions, almost like magic. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

Thanks to Shane for the tip.

 

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leanne marquez July 3, 2007 at 9:57 am

passions has been a an addiction for me since it’s original air date. although it can be a little silly at times it always draws you back to watch more. my eyes dont allow me to read much anymore so you could say passions has been my never ending novel. i love this show and will been truly sad and at a loss if it is cancelled or moved to direct tv. thank yo for hearing my input on this. Leanne Marquez, Springfield, Missouri

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Wendee July 1, 2007 at 10:46 pm

I already have a cable carrier and I don’t plan to get Direst TV so this saddens me that I will have to say goodbye to something that I enjoy so much. I will get a smile everyday as Days goes off and the Today Show comes on and I flip the channel to another network to watch something else. I don’t watch the first 3 hours of the Today Show so not wasting my time watching the 4th hour. There is just so much depressing news one person can take. I hope that Lifetime, Soap Net or Oxygen will pick it up so that I can watch it too. I do agree with Cindy about the gay storyline. If I hadn’t already been a huge fan it would have turned me off right away. I wish there was something we could do to keep it on NBC, change the time slot to 3 in the morning I will watch it or tape it. Please save Passions! What will I do without my Tabby, Endora and Theresa daily.

A huge Fan, Wendee

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cindy May 16, 2007 at 12:25 am

i use to like passions till the recent gay scene that they have been showing….maybe that is why it is having to go to pay tv..

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Shaniqua May 14, 2007 at 12:27 pm

Well i love the show passions i watch it while im at school like rite now and i believe before the show is over fancy and luis need to be together kay and miguel, teresa and jared, paloma and noah and eve and julian,sam and ivy,and whitney and chad they all need to be together and someone need to get rid of sheridain and spike they are so evil and they are made for each other and Fancy and luis are the perfect couple but sheridain will keep stopping them from pursuing happiness and sheridain doesn’t deserve chris or anyone for all the stuff she done did……..!!!!!!!!!!!!!………..

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JAMIE MATHEWSON May 6, 2007 at 12:47 pm

I LOVE PASSIONS. MY AUNT[82]AND I WATCH FAITHFULLY. WE LOVE TERESA&ETHAN. PLEASE KEEP PASSIONS SOME WAY SOME HOW!

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cece6 April 28, 2007 at 5:55 pm

i don’t have enough money 4 direct its very expensive if u do take it off please send us fans a website to watch everyday episodes of passions please as a 12 year old fan please do not take it off.when i saw my first episode i was immediatly hookt on 2 it so if i was in the kitchen i would nearly break a limb just 2 see one episode or if i went out wit my parents i would be very angry if i missed one episode.i would pretend to be sick just so i could see an episode of passions so u see im risking a lot on tha line just to see passions i no im young but i realy luv passions it seems so real it doesnt seem like all tha other soaps. i realy hate days of our lives i tried then i got a migrane but passions iz tha best show on this entire world i just realy luv passions i mean i have fallen in luv wit passions my boyfriend would probably be mad at me 4 saying i luv passions more than i luv him see i really luv luv luv luv passins so u cant put it on directv or get rid of it please put it online not directv if till decide 2 take passions off please put it on a website wit free shows on passions please

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John April 25, 2007 at 7:04 pm

DirectTV? Not willing to change current cable. Glad to hear “Passions” will live on…but for how long on Direct?

Will devoted fans still be able to catch episodes via internet?

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Grant April 25, 2007 at 2:59 pm

I feel like it’s some game, no sooner is my show back I can’t watch it because I don’t have Direct and my parents cannot afford it. I’d do anything to watch it. If only they had webisodes. I will not abandon my show but I don’t see how I can possibly afford Direct. :(

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Shonaboo April 14, 2007 at 10:13 pm

Another World was cancelled due to low ratings, I miss that show a great deal. Sunset Beach was also cancelled, (low ratings).
I watched Passions for the first 3 years, and after that I got really bored with the storyline..I mean, it’s a soap opera, but no one has ever been happy on that show, it’s surreal at it’s best. I don’t want to see it go, Just like I didn’t want ot see Santa Barbara or Texas go, but things happen and we know it’s all about ratings.

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Jenna Lamprey April 11, 2007 at 11:30 pm

I think you should put it on box set i have been waiting for it to come out and i am sure that people would love to have it sitting at their own place.I am sure you will get alot more people interested since they may miss it by working the show i hope goes on but please….bring it out on box set i would love to buy it

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aw fan April 10, 2007 at 12:15 pm

maybe now others can begin to understand how all the Another World fans felt when it was cancelled to make room for passions… how will the passions fans feel when they meet the roadblocks at NBC? and how will they feel about the show that replaces it?

passions fans have my sympathies… simply because i have been there

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Shantanna April 9, 2007 at 5:34 pm

Please don’t take Passions off the air. I have been a viewer since day 1! I never watched any other soaps but since Passions I have started watching Days as well. This would be such a loss to NBC as well as it’s viewers. Please put your viewers first!!

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Don Traeger April 6, 2007 at 1:34 pm

My birthday is sept 8th don’t make it sad by taking off Passions. I enjoy it so much. I stop everything to watch it. If I’m not home I make sure I tape it So PLEASE
don’t remove the show

Thank you

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scherece griffith April 6, 2007 at 4:27 am

BEING A PASSIONS FAN FROM DAY ONE, I AM SORRY TO SEE IT GO. HOPEFULLY NBC CAN COME TO SOME SORT OF RESOLUTION ABOUT IT FURTURE. ALTHOUGH SOME OF THE STORY LINES DRAG ON FOREVER, OFTEN LEADING TO NOTHING IT WAS STILL A GREAT WATCH.
P.S IF YOUR NEXT MOVE IS DIRECTV BRING IT ON,I ALREADY HAVE A SUBSCRIPTION

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nicole March 31, 2007 at 6:16 am

I’m so sad about Passions being cancelled. I hope it don’t go to Direct tv, some people don’t have the money to get that. Please either keep it on Nbc or a channel that fans can get without having to spend alot of money that some don’t have.
Who really cares about the today show, not me thats for sure,KEEP PASSIONS ON NBC! The network will lose alot of viewers if they don’t, then its bye bye Nbc

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