One Life to Live’s Erika Slezak: “How Many Cooking Shows Can You Have?”

The queen has spoken! In a recent interview with our pals over at Zap2it, once-and-future One Life to Live grande dame Erika Slezak blasted the programs ABC Daytime chose to replace two of their beloved daytime soaps with. Said Slezak:

"I have to say, they replaced them with real rubbish. 'The Chew' is hanging on, but how many cooking shows can you have? You have a channel called the Food Network; you can go there 24 hours a day, so do we need another show where they're all talking over each other? And 'The Revolution' was so bad, they canceled it in five months."

SHOCKER: Tim Gunn Reveals Decision to Cancel The Revolution Was Made 10 Days After Show’s Premiere!

While ABC didn't make the decision to cancel One Life to Live's low-rated replacement The Revolution until April 2012, according to one of the co-hosts, the actual decision to gut the series happened just 10 days in! Fashionisto Tim Gunn reportedly made this shocking claim during a talk at the University of Central Arkansas on Monday night.

Good Afternoon America FLATLINES; Summer Talk Show Off One Life to Live’s W18-49 Demos by 70 PERCENT!

Sorry, ABC News division. Your plot to permanently snatch up an hour of ABC's daypart from Time Square Studios is seeming less likely to come to fruition with each passing ratings cycle. Good Afternoon America—the GMA spinoff ABC News rushed into production when they saw the first signs of weakness in The Revolution—is failing dismally, reports TV Media Insights.

The Talk Tops The Chew in Network Daytime Talk Show Race Week of June 11


CBS Daytime's The Talk had it all over ABC's foodie fest The Chew in total viewers, women 25-54 and women 18-49 for the week of June 11, reports TV Media InsightsThe Talk was watched by 2.26 million viewers, while just 2.13 million pairs of eyeballs tuned in for The Chew.

Good Afternoon America to Premiere July 9

ABC’s trial run of Good Afternoon America is set to debut on July 9, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Reportedly, Josh Elliot and Lara Spencer will anchor the afternoon hour of Good Morning America, filling the slot currently occupied by the axed The Revolution
"It's tremendous that GMA has this opportunity to extend its reach, and bring something new to the afternoons,” said Elliott, who joined the ABC program as news anchor in May 2011 after several years on ESPN's SportsCenter. “It is gratifying to play a role in it and genuinely hope our audience will come along for the ride."


ABC Daytime and SOAPnet Marketing Veep, Last of Frons’ Minions, OUT!


Say buh-bye to Adam Rockmore, former senior vice-president of marketing for ABC Daytime and SOAPnet. He is no longer employed by the Mouse House. According to my sources, Rockmore is telling people he quit the gig — much like his ex-boss Brian Frons quit.

For those who didn't know, Rockmore was the dude who came up with the disastrous "Real Greenlee" campaign for the return of Rebecca Budig to All My Children in 2008.


Why ABC Needs to Get The Revolution Off The Air Before July


Is it any wonder all of ABC Daytime's lineup is suffering? The Mouse House's entire daypart, save for The View, is being dragged to the depths by a pair of "lifestyle series" former daytime executive Brian Frons developed to replace ABC's long-running soap stable.

The Revolution hit another series low for the week of April 9. The now cancelled talk show was only watched by 1.19 million viewers for the week! One Life to Live, the soap opera that was gutted to make room for this crap, was watched by 2.5 million in the same timeslot a year ago, according to TV Media Insights.

I dare any know-it-all, TV industry spin doctor—posing as a blog reader—to log in and make the case in the comments that it was still smart business for ABC to cancel OLTL. Any dote can see it would have made much more sense to cut OLTL's production budget—however drastically it would have needed to have been cut—and have aggressively figured out a backend via VOD, DVD sales, etc. in order to continue producing a much more successful soap opera in this slot.



The Revolution Cancelled Just in Time, Hits Series Low 1.3 Million Viewers Week of April 2!


ABC Daytime's The Revolution was cancelled not a moment too soon! The lifestyle chatfest was watched by only 1.3 million viewers the week of April 2. That's a whopping 51 percent less than the 2.63 million who were watching One Life to Live during the same time period a year ago, according to TV Media Insights.