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[11/21/08 - 01:19 PM]
Soapnet Claims Valentine Season from January 4 Through February 14
The event will "incorporate romance-themed entertainment, including a new original series, stunts, interstitials and movies."

[via press release from SOAPnet]

SOAPnet CLAIMS VALENTINE SEASON FROM JANUARY 4 THROUGH FEBRUARY 14

"Sugar-Free Valentine's," a Six-Week Programming Event, Will Incorporate Romance-Themed Entertainment, Including a New Original Series -- "Greg Behrendt's Wake-Up Call"-- Stunts, Interstitials and Movies

Your Worst Date Can Finally Pay Off by Entering "The Best Worst Date Contest" For a Chance to Win Your Own "Virtual Boyfriend"

SOAPnet Celebrates Valentine Season with "Sugar-Free Valentine's," featuring six weeks of programming dedicated to all the fun of Valentine's Day, without the gooey stuff. This event will incorporate romance-themed entertainment, including a new original series, stunts, interstitials and movies from January 4 through February 14.

As a cornerstone of the programming event, SOAPnet will premiere "Greg Behrendt's Wake-Up Call," a new relationship series of six one-hour episodes. Comedian and author Greg Behrendt, a consultant on "Sex and the City" and co-author of the bestselling book, "He's Just Not That Into You" (now a major motion picture set to hit theaters on February 6, 2009), will address one couple's major issues each week by using his knowledge of relationships to give them the tools to fix theirs. Produced by Avalon Television, the reality series will air on SOAPnet on Thursday's at 11:00 p.m., ET/PT beginning January 8.

Behrendt will also host a series of Valentine-themed interstitials throughout the event, providing his no-nonsense approach to relationships. For example, when thinking of gifts, the three C's he recommends men focus on should not be cut, clarity and color, but rather these three, caring, communicating and cleaning. "Never underestimate the awesome power of a man willing to do housework."

Starting January 4, fans can also join in the fun by entering the "Best Worst Date Contest." The road to true love is paved with potholes, and there's nothing better than trading dating horror stories with your girlfriends. Think your story is the best of the worst? Entrants can log-on to soapnet.com and spill the dirt. The winner will receive a virtual boyfriend for a year, which comes with deliveries like flowers, candy and jewelry all year long. Plus, compliments will be sent to their cell phone and maybe even a mix CD or two. Imagine all the perks of having an incredible man in your life without having to wonder if he'll call or deal with dirty socks!

Additionally SOAPnet will also air four weeks of romance-themed movies, including the premiere of "Nadine" on Sunday, January 25 (10:00 PM ET/PT). Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger star in this thriller about a woman who must go on the run with her estranged husband after she inadvertently witnesses a murder.

"Lone Star State of Mind" will premiere on SOAPnet on Sunday, February 8 (10:00 PM ET/PT), starring Joshua Jackson, Jaime King, John Mellencamp, DJ Qualls and Thomas Haden Church. A young couple's dream of starting a new life in LA is derailed by a dim-witted cousin and an ex con. They find themselves in a mess bigger than the state of Texas and have only two days to straighten things out.

"SUGAR-FREE VALENTINE'S" week-by-week programming highlights also include:

Week of January 5

January 8 (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT): "Greg Behrendt's Wake-Up Call: Chris and Hannah"

Self-centered Hannah puts too much pressure on Chris and really wants to be part of a power couple.

Week of January 12

January 15 (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT): "Greg Behrendt's Wake-up Call: Justin and Sophia"

Contractor Justin makes all the effort in the relationship while Sophia doesn't even try.

January 18 (10:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT): "Lucky 13"

Stars Lauren Graham, Kaley Cuoco, Harland Williams, Ever Carradine, Jenna Fischer, Taryn Manning, Sasha Alexander and Debra Jo Rupp. In an effort to win over the girl of his dreams (Lauren Graham), a man tracks down his ex-girlfriends to discover what went wrong.

Week of January 19

January 22 (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT): "Greg Behrendt's Wake-up Call: Tom and Paige"

A vitamin salesman and a sports psychologist try to come to terms with their differences, and open up some baggage along the way. Even though she has already bought the ring, will he get over his commitment issues and take the plunge and propose?

January 25 (10:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT): "Nadine" (Premiere)

Stars Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger. A woman must go on the run with her estranged husband after she inadvertently witnesses a murder.

Week of January 26

January 29 (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT): "Greg Behrendt's Wake-up Call: Kurt and Raffaal"

Avid video gamer Kurt doesn't know how to show affection, and Raffaal has body issues which manifest in the bedroom.

February 1 (10:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT): "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister"

Stars Stockard Channing, Trudie Styler and Jonathan Price. From the writer who brought you "Wicked" comes the Cinderella story as told from the point of view of one of her ugly stepsisters.

Week of February 2

February 5 (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT): "Greg Behrendt's Wake-up Call: AJ and Jennifer"

27-year-old AJ lives with his mom. Jennifer needs him to get it together and reinvest in their relationship.

February 7 (3:00 PM-7:00 PM ET/PT) "At The Hart of Kendall" Marathon (working title)

A "Hart-felt" marathon in honor of both Valentine's week and one of "All My Children's" most popular characters, Kendall Hart. The Marathon will feature four iconic Kendall episodes.

February 8 (10:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT): "Lone Star State of Mind" (Premiere)

Stars Joshua Jackson, Jaime King, John Mellencamp, DJ Qualls and Thomas Haden Church. A young couple's dream of starting a new life in LA is derailed by a dim-witted cousin and an ex con. They find themselves in a mess bigger than the state of Texas and have only two days to straighten things out.

Week of February 9

February 12 (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT): "Greg Behrendt's Wake-up Call: Will and Courtney"

Will doesn't take any responsibility in their relationship and Courtney cannot seem to loosen up. (Season finale)

SOAPnet offers same-day episodes of popular daytime dramas including "All My Children," "Days of our Lives," "One Life to Live," "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless" at night for convenient viewing. In addition, the network provides original programs, including "MVP," "Relative Madness," and "General Hospital: Night Shift." Wrapped in a 24-hour environment, SOAPnet also offers primetime classics including "The O.C.," "One Tree Hill" and "Beverly Hills 90210," as well as former daytime series "Ryan's Hope."





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· GREG BEHRENDT'S WAKE-UP CALL (SOAPNET)
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