Yes, the news you’ve been hearing is true…and even though I don’t have a dog in this fight (the soaps that were prevalent in Casa del Shreve, like As the World Turns and Guiding Light, have already been put out to pasture) my deepest sympathy goes with the people who live for their “stories”:
In a crushing blow to the daytime soap genre, ABC announced today that it will yank All My Children and One Life to Life and replace them with two lifestyle shows. AMC will end in September, followed by OLTL in January 2012, to make way for shows dubbed The Chew and The Revolution. In an announcement, ABC says “these new shows expand ABC Daytime’s focus to include more programming that is informative and authentic and centers on transformation, food and lifestyle — cornerstones of programming that resonates with daytime viewers as evidenced by the success of The View.”
The actors on both soaps were told less than 20 minutes before the announcement went wide to the press this morning. (Frons addressed the AMC folks in person on the west coast while the New York-based OLTL was video linked). General Hospital, the third most-watched sudser in daytime, will not be affected by the changes.
Stay classy, ABC!
The Chew will be produced by Gordon Elliot (Paula Deen’s Home Cooking) and is a one-hour series that enables viewers to “get the dish” on anything and everything related to the world of food and beyond. Hosts will include Mario Batali (Iron Chef America), entertaining expert Clinton Kelly (What Not to Wear), Carla Hall (Top Chef), Michael Symon (Iron Chef America), and nutrition expert Daphne Oz.
Get it? It’s called The Chew…’cause it rhymes with The View. “It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.”
The Revolution, from Executive Producer JD Roth and 3 Ball Productions (The Biggest Loser), will be a daily show about health and lifestyle transformations. The show is hosted by a team of experts and rotating guest contributors and will feature a “unique concept.” ABC says: “Each week one woman’s five-month weight loss journey will unfold in just five days, with daily results and a final transformational reveal on Friday.”
Yeah, I’ll have to make doubly sure I have the DVD recorder set at the end of the week. What’s going to happen when they finally manage to axe all of daytime TV’s remaining serial dramas? Will SoapNet just be referred to as Net?