BREAKING NEWS: ABC Cancels One Life to Live and All My Children; Replacing Iconic Sudsers With The Chew and The Revolution






Well folks, we tried. ABC Daytime has finally released the following statement confirming they are in fact cancelling both All My Children and One Life to Live.  If you recall, I reported in February 2011 ABC would be making major decision about it's lineup this April, possibly canceling a soap opera.  On April 1, TV Guide's Michael Logan revealed that  ABC would likely cancel both AMC and OLTL. 

According to a press release, All My Children will wrap this September 2011, to be replaced by cooking talk show The Chew. One Life to Live will go off in January of 2012, to be replaced by a weight loss competition called The Revolution.  Well, at least they finally told the truth. See the full press release below:

ABC EVOLVES THE FACE OF DAYTIME TELEVISION WITH THE LAUNCH OF TWO NEW SHOWS, "THE CHEW" AND "THE REVOLUTION"

Iconic Shows "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" Will Broadcast Their Final Episodes in September 2011 and January 2012, Respectively; Series Will Sunset in a Manner That Honors Viewers and the Shows' Creative Legacies

Guided by extensive research into what today's daytime viewers want and the changing viewing patterns of the audience, ABC is evolving the face of daytime television with the launch of two new shows, "The Chew," which will premiere in September 2011, and "The Revolution" (working title), which will premiere in January 2012. 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."

As food has become the center of everyone's life, "The Chew" will focus on food from EVERY angle -- as a source of joy, health, family ritual, friendship, breaking news, dating, fitness, weight loss, travel adventures and life's moments. Produced by Gordon Elliot, the Emmy Award-winning executive producer of "Paula Deen's Home Cooking" and "Down Home with the Neelys," this new one-hour series combines entertaining takeaway with memorable personalities to create a live show where viewers get the dish on anything and everything related to the world of food and beyond. Whether it's new trends like food trucks and urban gardens or how pesticides in our food may affect our health, we can't stop talking about it. The hosts who will guide the hour include Mario Batali (Restaurateur, Food Network's "Iron Chef America" and author); entertaining expert Clinton Kelly (TLC's "What Not to Wear"); Carla Hall (Bravo's "Top Chef"); Michael Symon (Restaurateur and Food Network's "Iron Chef America"), and nutrition expert Daphne Oz, who simplifies often confusing information about food.

From Executive Producer JD Roth and 3 Ball Productions, producers of "The Biggest Loser," "Masterchef" and ABC's upcoming "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition," comes "The Revolution," a daily show about health and lifestyle transformations. The show is hosted by a team of experts and rotating guest contributors who help viewers transform all areas of their lives, from relationships to family, food, style, home design, finance and more. This dream team, led by fashion expert Tim Gunn, also includes celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak and American Idol alum Kimberley Locke. The show features a unique concept: 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. "The Revolution" is a one-stop shop for better living.

"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," said Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney ABC/Television Group. "We are taking this bold step to expand our business because viewers are looking for different types of programming these days. They are telling us there is room for informative, authentic and fun shows that are relatable, offer a wide variety of opinions and focus on 'real life' takeaways. A perfect example of this is 'The View,' and that factored into our decision. 'The Chew' and 'The Revolution' are in the same vein and will be great additions to the lineup, with 'The View' serving as an ideal foundation from which to launch these programs. They will also provide enormous opportunity for the creation of ancillary businesses and growth."

"General Hospital," the second-most popular show in daytime, is not impacted by this announcement and will remain on the air.

To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history with our soaps, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" will conclude each series in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.

"'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' are iconic pieces of television that have made an indelible mark on our culture's history," reflected Frons. "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."

None of this could have been possible without the extraordinary Agnes Nixon. "More than 40 years ago, Agnes Nixon created both the worlds of 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live,' worlds that the rest of us have been privileged to live in," said Frons. "Her shows led the way forward, breaking a lot of rules along the way to defy expectations about what soaps can do and the issues they can cover.
I am honored to have worked with her."

"All My Children" has revolved around the lives of the residents of fictional Pine Valley, a town which closely resembles the Philadelphia Main Line. "All My Children" took home the 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, the third time the show received this top honor, having also garnered the award in 1994 and 1992. "All My Children" has received more than 30 Emmy Awards and consistently distinguishes itself in the field of daytime drama. The show has historically been committed to and is often the first to tackle social issues, focusing on such topics as AIDS, abortion, cochlear implants, teenage alcoholism, racial bias, acquaintance rape, spousal abuse, homosexuality, Reyes syndrome, Vietnam MIAs, drug abuse, the risks of motherhood over 40, safe sex, pet therapy and organ donations, among others. The show made television history airing daytime television's first same-sex kiss between two lesbian characters, as well as daytime television's first same sex wedding between two women. It was the first to chronicle the coming-out story of a transgender woman and to cast a real life Iraq War veteran whose story reflected his real life experiences and injuries incurred in combat.

"All My Children" premiered on the ABC Television Network on January 5, 1970, as a half-hour show; seven years later it expanded to an hour. Julie Hanan Carruthers is executive producer.

Also created by Agnes Nixon, Emmy Award-winning "One Live to Live" is set in the fictional town of Llanview, which is modeled on a Philadelphia suburb. "One Life to Live" debuted on The ABC Television Network July 15, 1968 as a half-hour show. Ten years later, it grew to a full hour in 1978.

"One Life to Live" has been lauded for its groundbreaking exploration of social issues, diverse canvas, award-winning performances and innovative storylines. Along with the history-making week of live shows in May 2002, "One Life to Live" is responsible for many "firsts" in Daytime television, including stories of interracial romance, illiteracy, medical misdiagnosis, racial prejudice, gang violence and teen pregnancy. The show received mass critical acclaim for its 1992 homophobia storyline, which captured national headlines when it introduced the character of a gay teen (played by then unknown Ryan Phillippe) and culminated with the emotional display of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. "One Life to Live" was honored by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) with the Outstanding Daytime Drama Award in 1993, and again in 2005 and 2010.

In 2002 the show won its first-ever Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, and was nominated again in 2007 and 2008. Created by Agnes Nixon, "One Life to Live" debuted on July 15, 1968 and marked its 10,000th episode on August 17, 2007. Frank Valentini executive-produces.


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Sad day for soap fans....

where there is smoke there is fire....

Good Luck to the cast and crew of both shows!

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I'm SPEECHLESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OMG! I am speechless and incredibly sad. I can't believe it. I feel the tears coming for not the shows but all of people who lose their jobs and legacy that will from this. OMG. I can't even get onto Twitter now, it must have crashed from the news.

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I am strangely calm right now... expect my head to explode in about an hour....

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Damn this is sad. I thought they would cancel one but not both at the same time. Good luck to the cast and crew.

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That SUCKS!

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I wish that I could say that I am surprised but I am not. As soon as Michael Logan and Nikki Finke reported that one or both soaps would go, I knew it was imminent.

Very sad day for all of us who grew up with the soap genre and loved these shows - and the ones which have already been canceled - for so many years. I feel terrible for the casts and crews of both shows - many of whom worked at their respective show for decades.

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This is such tragic news but not unexpected. I am so sad for the talented cast and crew and all of the fans. This is a terrible day in the history of daytime dramas and I think these new shows will tank. (I certainly will NEVER watch them.)

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Who the hell have they hired to do their research. Who gives a shit about cooking shows or weight loss shows...The biggest loser is successful cause its on at night. So you cut popular shows for this crap! because this what you THINK viewers want to see. Why didn't you cut oprah loose 25 years ago! This is complete and utter bullshit and protests are needed!

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Gosh, I feel sick to my stomach!! This is so mind-boggling unnecessary and sad!! My heart breaks as I write this. First my GL and ATWT and now AMC and OLTL. My grandmother and aunts have been watching both of these shows since their inception. I honestly am speechless and sickened by this turn of events. I can't even really talk about it any further right now...............

Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad

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and ABC continues to watch ratings fall into the toilet. WIth GH absolutely sucking, and these two new shows, Oprah gone, etc, wouldnt be surprised is ABC as a station folds.

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WOW, I saw it coming though because the D.C. crew already told us. I am however surprised that they cancelled both at once. Yep, we're slowly continuing to watch this industry die. Good Luck to the actors on both shows finding jobs elsewhere.

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#OLTL, One Life and Erica Kane are all trending on Twitter right now.

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And I hope these REDONKULOUS shows CRASH AND BURN!! If they are as utterly ridiculous-sounding as their names, they won't stand a chance!!!!

UGH!!!!!! Sad Sad Sad Sad

Where's my barf bucket?????!!

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All I can say is WOW!

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thats terrible news never watched either but im sad for the fans...

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So sad. I may as well watch OLTL till the bitter end.

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These shows sound dumb and so stupidly put together

Cant Wait For The Podcast On This

So Pissed Will Write More later

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Really a sad day.....my only hope is that from here on out, we no long have Frons the Meddler to worry about. For the last 5 and 9 months, if we can have shades of our old shows back, I would be in heaven

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Very sad news.

I feel a little better knowing that the shows scheduled to replace them actually sound rather intriguing, and in all honesty, would probably receive a wider audience. Thank god we aren't losing these shows for a Tori Spelling show. For me at least it tempers the pain knowing that this was through-and-through a business decision, and money-wise I guess it makes sense.

But that is not to say that people shouldn't be heartbroken right now.

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Not surprised. The groupthink at the big three networks is slowly killing them. The only thing they care about is trying to squeeze as much revenue as possible from programming. The glory days when there were only 3 networks to choose from are gone. That is the problem with the networks. They have refused to adjust their mentality to the new reality. So they chase fads--like reality tv, and trot out the tried and true--the talk show--hoping that will do the trick instead of re-thinking how the consumer today actually watches tv.

Most people record their shows whether they're on primetime or daytime so the line between those types of programming really doesn't exist anymore.

With 200 channels to choose from the Networks cannot be all things to all people. They need to pick an identity and stick with it. One way you do that is through unique programming. What's more unique than the soap opera?

Someone at the Big Three decided soaps were no longer "profitable", which is a lie. Go talk to the folks at Univision and Telemundo airing telenovelas. The problem is they don't make as much money as they did in the 1980s. Why? Changes in viewing, technology, and the complete inanity of the writing has driven people away.

Do they really think the talk show they're replacing OLTL with is going to help the overall health of ABC? They younger demographic they like to chase does not watch talk shows. So even if the ratings share remains the same (as in the case of The Talk, which replaced ATWT at CBS) they're not increasing audience share. They're not enticing new viewers.

I would like to suggest that someone put together a syndicate to buy two soaps, produce them in Austin, TX (which has the facilities, much lower production costs, and tax credits available) and sell them to a network like the CW, which can't really compete with the Big Three in daytime right now (because they've got crap programming).

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I hope to hell these stupid replacement shows crash on impact and Frons loses his cushy job at ABC! He is a foolish, shortsighted dimwit who has taken the ratings of The View and used them as an excuse to wipe out 2/3 of the soaps on his network for a stupid cooking show and another "talk show" type of show.
I certainly don't want any more actors and crew out of work, but the day Fronsie's beloved GH is canned, too, is the dance I dance for joy!! They had best bring their A game when closing out these iconic shows...because a total boycott of ABC shows by furious viewers is the storm cloud I see brewing on the horizon.

Best wishes and good luck to the cast and crew of these 2 shows Sad

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I'm not going for this. I'm want them to change their mind right now, because this is the stupidest mistake they had made ever.

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Would be nice if another station picked it up. This is sickening, moreso because GH has become completely unwatchable. I hung in there with GH for 15 years all the way until about 2 weeks ago, and now it is building up space on my unwatched DVR.

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This is so incredibly sad. That leaves only 4 soaps on the air. The explanation given makes no sense to me whatsoever. Sad, sad day for the soap opera community. My heart goes out to all the actors, crew and staff who will be losing your jobs because of this. Brian Frons SUCKS!!!

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Crap. Can't believe it.

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My heart breaks for all us soap fans now. I didn't expect both to be gone now it has happened. Sad

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Replacing two classic soaps with shows about FOOD?!?!? REALLY, ABC?? REALLY?!?!?!?!?!

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Replacing two classic soaps with shows about FOOD?!?!? REALLY, ABC?? REALLY?!?!?!?!?!

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And weightloss. Because nothing someone on the couch at 1 and 2pm care about more than weight loss.

Idiots.

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There is a definite numbness that I am feeling. I have watched both of these shows since I was a little kid. The late 80s-early 90s were phenomenal for both programs, while the last 15 years have been widely uneven. I still maintained a hope that they would get back to what made them work while staying relevant. Even when I stopped watching because of lousy writing, I always felt like I still had the option to watch when things got better. I'm really sadend by the short amount of time that AMC will have to wrap, September is so soon! Glad that LB will be there to help with that, and while RC has driven me crazy since that Rapemance, I know he has the chops to give OLTL a great send-off. My thoughts and prayers are with the cast and crew.