SoapNet going on 'Holidate' with reality special

Cable net also acquires all episodes of 'Gilmore Girls'

SoapNet has greenlighted the reality special/backdoor pilot "Holidate" and has acquired all seven seasons of "Gilmore Girls" as well as movie packages from Disney ABC Domestic TV and Twentieth TV.

"Holidate," from ABC Media Prods., is a reality take on the movie "Holiday" and will have two single women unsuccessful in finding the right man temporarily swap lives, moving into in each other's homes and dating the men in each other's lives.

"Holidate," which begins production in March for a fall premiere, is one of several projects on SoapNet's development slate, including an unscripted series about celebrity mother-daughter pairs working with a therapist. It also is developing the scripted series "Julia's Tango," about a woman turning her family home in Buenos Aires into a bed and breakfast, and "Santa Monica," about four twentysomething best friends living together and embarking on adulthood.

The mother-daughter project is an Outline TV format and will be produced by ABC Media Prods.; "Tango" is format from Endemol, which will produce with Soapnet.

"Gilmore," from Warner Bros. Domestic TV, airs repeats on ABC Family. It will move to sister SoapNet on April 4.

The acquired theatrical movies include "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," "The Truth About Cats and Dogs," "While You Were Sleeping," "Three Men and a Baby" and "Miami Rhapsody." They will begin airing in March.
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