SoapNet slips in 'O.C.," 'Hill'


"The O.C." and "One Tree Hill" have found a cable home on SoapNet. The network has acquired cable rerun rights to all four seasons of both series from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution, which translates to 88 episodes of "Tree" and 92 episodes of "O.C."

SoapNet is planning to air the shows as strips starting April 9, with "Tree" airing at 5 p.m. and "O.C." at 6 p.m. Acquisition "Beverly Hills, 90210" will lead into "Tree" with back-to-back episodes at 3 and 4 p.m.

 SoapNet has acquired other off-net series, but these deals mark its first acquisition of broadcast programs that are still airing in primetime.

SoapNet and WBDCD declined comment on the financial terms.

"O.C.," which debuted in August 2003, is ending its four-year run on Fox on Feb. 22. "Tree" is in its fourth season; it got its start on WB Network and now airs on the CW. Both shows are from Warner Bros. Television.