The rumors that have been swirling for months about the end of ALL MY CHILDREN -- and more recently, ONE LIFE TO LIVE -- are unfortunately now a reality. ABC Daytime announced today that the "iconic shows" (their words!) will be replaced by two new shows, THE CHEW and THE REVOLUTION.
According to ABC's press release, the decision comes after "extensive research into what today's daytime viewers want and the changing viewing patterns of the audience... 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 CHEW will focus on food from every angle imaginable -- as a source of joy, health, friendship, breaking news, dating, fitness and weight loss, travel adventure and life's moments. The one-hour live show will be co-hosted by celebrity chef Mario Batali, Clint Kelly of TLC's WHAT NOT TO WEAR fame, Carla Hall from Bravo's TOP CHEF, Michael Symon from Food Network's IRON CHEF AMERICA and nutrition expert Daphne Oz. THE REVOLUTION (currently a working title) is a daily show about health and lifestyle transformations, hosted by a team of experts and rotating guest contributors led by fashion expert Tim Gunn, celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak and AMERICAN IDOL alum Kimberley Locke. Each week will feature one woman's five-month weight loss journey, will daily results and a final transformation reveal on Friday's episode. AMC will broadcast its final episode in September, with OLTL's swan song set for January 2012. ABC promises that the shows "will sunset in a manner that honors viewers and the shows' creative legacies." GENERAL HOSPITAL will not be impacted by the two new series, and will remain on the air.
"While we are excited about our new shows and the shift in our business, I can't help but recognize how bittersweet the change is," says ABC Daytime President Brian Frons in making the announcement. "We are taking this bold step to expand our business because viewers are looking for different types of programming these days.
"AMC and OLTL are iconic pieces of television that have made an indelible mark on our culture's history," Frons continues in the statement. "Each of the shows has touched millions and millions of viewers and informed the social consciousness. It has been a privilege to work with the extraordinary teams who brought the residents of Pine Valley and Llanview to life each day, and we thank the cast, crew producers and most especially the fans for their commitment to the shows through their history."