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Soap replacements; The Chew & The Revolution Promos Revealed!

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Soap Opera Network got their hands on the first look video promotional materials for The Chew, the replacement for All My Children, hosted by Mario Batali, Clinton Kelly, Carly Hall, Michael Symon and Daphne Oz, (daughter of Dr. Oz!) and, The Revolution, the replacement series for One Life to Live.

The Revolution features Tim Gunn, Harley Pasternak, and Kimberley Locke as co-hosts who take woman on a 360 degree metamorphosis. ABC Daytime is launching these new series under the new promotional banner/campaign for the day-part; It’s a Brand New Day. Materials for the campaign will be sent out to advertisers and press outlets beginning next week as the network presents its 2011-2012 Upfronts at Lincoln Center in New York City on Tuesday, May 17.  This is also the place that soap protesters will be making their voices heard in defiance of the decision by the network to cancel AMC and OLTL.

Since The Revolution is premiering on Monday, January 23rd, that would mean that One Life to Live’s last airdate would then make sense to be Friday, January 20, 2012.  The last episode of OLTL had been in question as to which Friday in January would be the last time we see the residents of Llanview.

Make sure to watch the new series promos and then let us know what you think of them. We are  sure everyone has something to say or a comment to share on this.

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Devoted Fan
Devoted Fan

Boo. Hiss. How could they possibly do this, with all the money they already have, knowing how many people (who don’t have their fortunes) lost their jobs so that these shows can air?

We have basic cable channels for these types of shows. ABC, CBS, and NBC are where we look for soaps in the daytime. I have not watched Let’s Make A Deal or The Talk and I won’t ever watch these two shows either.

People just don’t give a darn about others’ livelihoods anymore and I won’t support it.

Shame on all who are responsible for the loss of jobs for so many people that resulted from the cancellation of daytime soaps. It is NOT the fans or the viewers. We are still watching and mourning the shows that are gone.

Sherry Pappas
Sherry Pappas

Phooey!

Charles
Charles

Two thumsb down, way down! If I wanted to watch either of these shows, I would tune in to The Food Network, or watch The Biggest Loser on NBC, or Extreme Makeover the latest version set to appear ABC Primetime any day now.

Susan
Susan

ABC can promote this crap all they want. I don’t see those of us who have watched All My Children & One Life to Live all these years watching these shows. Congratulations ABC, you are about to make your network unwatchable.

moneek
moneek

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May 15, 2011 at 8:28 pm Why would anybody promote another food channel in the afternoon in a time slot held for over 35 years by dedicated soap fans..We are all cancelling ABC…daytime and primetime except for AMC. It is all about greed….Cheap substitites

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Susan M.
Susan M.

You should make more comments like this… It’s been six months now..Why haven’t you made more comments concerning the soaps? There are commericls for The Revolution now…Doesn’t that upset you??? We should support the soap’s with alot more comments like this one..I will be watching OLTL on the internet when it comes on in Jan. 2012..Everyone will be watching AMC & OLTL on the internet & no one will be watching daytime programing on ABC……..A lot of the actors & actresses agreed to do this such as Michael Easton & viickie Etc.. I read it on the computer…You should be very angry w/ Brian Frons . It’s all huis fault!!! He should BE FIRED!!!!!!!!!

Ruth Womack
Ruth Womack

Not watching. I’ve been watching the soaps since I was 8 and I’m 50 now.

Solveig Ware
Solveig Ware

These new shows that ABC is putting up I have absolutely NO interest in. If I wanted to watch this type of show there are plenty of channels that are promoting these . To take All My Children and One Life to Live for this is unimaginable. Why ABC would make such a bad mistake. Money is the only motive, but what about all the ones that are going to lose their jobs now…what about them. Brian Frons is the only one that he cares about …himself, his pockets. More money for him, and who cares what happens to the rest. I will NOT watch these shows and am so disappointed that they are going off the air. They are making a huge mistake!!!

Patti Betterly
Patti Betterly

I will not be watching these replacement shows. I will never watch anything on ABC/Disney again. I

Lynn
Lynn

Nobody is interested in these new shows. AMC and OLTL have a very large and loyal following. They even have an entire publications that sells millions dedicated to these shows. I’m really tired of corporate america deciding what we want to watch without any real data to support their decisions. These are not quality shows; they are just dirt cheap to produce and will most likely be off the air after a year or so. Keep the soaps and quit feeding us a load of you know what.

Dr. Don
Dr. Don

This very avoidable public relations fiasco, spawned by Sweeney & Frons’ gross and erroneous miscalculations and skewed ratings systems – will be studied in business schools throughout the world for many years to come, as how NOT to run a business, how NOT to a broadcasting enterprise, how NOT to run an entertainment conglomerate that was founded on all things HOSPITALITY. When all is said and done, it will be said that these cancellations were an infamous decision on the part of Anne Sweeney, Brian Frons, and Asleep at the Wheel Disney’s Iger. Walt Disney must be spinning in his grave given what these three Bungling Burbank Buffoons and their suicidal pact have done to his American Treasure. Sweeney and Frons are an utter disgrace to the honorable traditions of the American broadcasting industry and every good thing that it stands for. They should both be hung in effigy by the AARP for their rank ageism, sexism, and discrimination. Sweeney is a disgrace, too, to the hard won achievements of the great womens movement in this country, and NOW should hang her in effigy too, since she actively promoted and supported Frons – and hence — his egregious conduct, including his many public sexist comments, as she also supported these antiquated and reactionary schlock tv programming efforts. This she did following the orchestrated wrecking operations, the genocidal destruction of a great classical American storytelling Genre. Google “Batali + lawsuits” to see the character likes of a Disney/ABC replacement talk show host? To the Disney Board and its stockholders: What about Corporate Social Responsibility on the part of Disney/ABC and its many sponsors? Where is it? Trashing a great American classical entertainment institution? Trademarking the Bin Laden capture group’s name for merchandising? Piloting a show titled “Good Christian Bitches”? To paraphrase the Bard: “There’s something rotten in Disneyland!” And Karma is a real bitch and there’s, Disney/ABC’s comeuppance can’t be too far off now… Goodbye ABC! ABC= Boycotted Channel…Poor Walt Disney, to have his legacy so tarnished, by such rank greed and disrespect for so many millions of loyal viewers and customers over the course of so many decades. And then, the many great actors and actresses and casts and crews and their families who have been disrespected and displaced. This will not stand for much longer…And, there will be Hell to Pay – because we were taught by the likes of Erica Kane, Viki Buchanan, and Dorian Lord, and– we take no damn prisoners!

Jennifer McQuaid
Jennifer McQuaid

I havent even thought of have the points you have made in your comment. Someone should contact AARP. That would be interesting. I also like the connection of the womens movement, and how Mrs. Sweeny would not have a job if there was no movement, and then back handly wipe out a industry that would of supported her and her acomplishments to be in a man’s world. Such disrespect. Also shame on the Disney brand for cashing in on the capture of Bin Laden

moneek
moneek

Why would anybody promote another food channel in the afternoon in a time slot held for over 35 years by dedicated soap fans..We are all cancelling ABC…daytime and primetime except for AMC. It is all about greed….Cheap substitites

Soap Mama
Soap Mama

So true moneek!

CINDY
CINDY

HOW TERRIBLE,I KNOW HOW TO COOK.IF I WANT A COOKING SHOW I’LL GO TO A REAL CHEF ON A COOKING CHANNEL.

Iakovos
Iakovos

While many of the personalities in these new daytimes series are appealing and favorites of mine, I cannot and will not pay attention to their new shows. Most of these hosts already has a place somewhere on the dial, but where does daytime drama live now? Apparently nowhere. ABC’s decision to drop AMC and OLTL remains most disappointing and upsetting to me. I stil mourn the cancellation of ATWT. Surely in a tele-universe that promises (but really does not deliver) so many options, this entertaining genre of programming has a place. I love daytime and do not like this current evolution at all!

Jennifer McQuaid
Jennifer McQuaid

Did you also notice in the names that Dr Oz’s daughter and some of the fashion people are people that work with Oprah. I dont want to bash Oprah but no wonder she’s not sticking up for the soaps. I know she said it was a finacial reason but she has a connection by the people involed. I also did not know that The Talk was a replacement of ATWT so in honor of ATWT and their fans I will not be tuning into that program anymore.

mmc
mmc

Thank you Jennifer….when ATWT went off it really broke my heart and the way it ended left most fans devastated.i don’t think many of us will ever recover.

mmc
mmc

I too am a fan many of the people on these new shows but i won’t watch them just because.i’m not blaming them for the demise of many soaps when we know its’ TPTB, i feel sad that the days of our beloved soaps are only a matter of time.i was a long time watcher of ATWT and I still miss it.it seems like we can walk on the moon but can’t find a way to keep these soaps on in one shape or another .It is so sad because their audience was so loyal because the characters became like your family!

Vickie
Vickie

horrible shows—-won’t be watching —-don’t watch reality shows now———want to see something with a plot and good storytelling

Soap Mama
Soap Mama

AMEN VICKIE!

Llanview Mama
Llanview Mama

Regarding the food show, why would I want to be associated with an alleged tip-stealer? Why would I want to cook like him unless I wanted to LOOK like him. YUCK! Also, I do not need a make-over, a new attitude or anything else associated with a metamorphosis. I have spent 54 years honing who I am and I kinda like the result.

Now let’s move on to the meat of this comment. These soaps have a loyal following consisting of millions of viewers who are multi-generational. Alas, they cost money to make. How about Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, all the CSIs, Criminal Minds and any other scripted tv show? They cost more money than the so-called reality stuff the networks are generating. No matter what you think about the soap opera genre, that is not all that is at stake here. Television viewing as you know it is at stake! That’s what is happening here, folks. Please, please look at the big picture and realize your show could be next. Join the fight – many of us are already in it to win it.

Soap Mama
Soap Mama

I watched the revolution promo and can’t believe ABC would replace our soaps with this stuff! BORING! OVER DONE! I don’t watch this kind of show on other networks, so why would I watch it on ABC?!!!!!
So ABC, if you do cancel the soaps, I won’t be watching anything on your network!
ABC- you are clueless and also greedy beyond belief!

m mullett
m mullett

These shows sound dumb … will not b watching … SOS

SoapFan93055
SoapFan93055

No, no, no, no, no!!!!! I will not be watching. I have been a loyal fan of AMC/OLTL for 41 years. If ABC goes forth with this my household will not be watching ABC or Disney, no Disney Stores, Disneyland, or DisneyWorld, no Disney Cruise vacation. I don’t need to watch some fat, red faced Mario Batali cook! Obviously it has done wonders for his “full-fat-bellied” body! I know all I need to know about cooking and keeping healthy! What this world does not need are more stupid reality shows that Mr. Frons, obviously having a “hate-on” for women, feels he needs to shove down our throats. Not going to take it, but I will never ever watch ABC/Disney again! Mr. Frons is killing not only great daytime tv, but many primetime shows as well……get rid of him ABC!!! and Disney, get rid of Anne Sweeney….they are costing you not only viewers, but money as well!

Cristina
Cristina

Ridiculous!!!! As if we do not have enough of this on every other channel!!

Marsha
Marsha

The only people I see viewing those shows are Rachel Ray and the parents and family members of the reality casts. Otherwise they both look like duds and been there, done that-shows to me.

Ellen
Ellen

These shows are more than likely doomed. Yes, I am bitter as a devote AMC and OLTL fan, and will not watch them, but putting that aside, clearly, there are enough reality shows with these themes (with varied twists), and they are certainly not needed on network TV as well. I understand that reality shows cost far less to make, BUT if the viewership is next to nothing, what exactly are you saving – 0 from 0 still equals 0, leaving no profit margin. BTW, while I have always liked Katie Couric, if she comes to ABC with her spin on yet another reality show, and takes GH out, in my opinion, that will only further infuriate those daytime fans that remain with ABC strictly for GH, and they too will then be gone. Leaving ABC wishing they hadn’t made these drastic moves.

Ellen
Ellen

I am guessing “The Chew” will be gone before “The Revolution” even hits the tv screen!

Tessa
Tessa

If you want to air these shows put them in the right place, on a cooking channel or a reality show channel! we love our soaps that have had DEDICATED fans from the beginning….the Kanes, Buchannans, Kramers etc….thats OUR families too! some of us grew up with them! YOU WANT A REVOLUTION??? wait and see the revolution that is gonna happen to your networks when America turns you off and wont even hit your channels on a surf! CHEW on that ABC!!

NM
NM

In the words of Forrest Gump-Stupid is as stupid does! That’s ABC!

Peggy
Peggy

I Will never watch ABC again unless they stop this insanity and save ‘One Life To Live’ and ‘All My Children’. We don’t need another cooking show or reality show.

Darlene
Darlene

what a waste!

Janice
Janice

NO SOAP’S,NO OPRAH,…………….NO NEED FOR ABC………WHEN THE THREE SHOW’S GO,……………….I WILL BE CATHCING UP ON Y&R (CBS)

anonymous
anonymous

I wonder where I can place a bet. I give these shows less than two weeks.

And then we will have the last laugh

Sheila
Sheila

I will not be watching these shows–I have never liked this type of programming. It is boring. After AMC & OLTL are gone, I will definitely be watching something else.

Joanne H
Joanne H

I know if i were one of the people that are in the new shows “replacing our loved soaps AMC and OLTL, I would not even want to be the shows. I don’t think i could sleep at night or at least sleep with one eye open.
Does ABC seriously really think that these shows are going to last? I know they won’t! and knowing full well that they are putting all these people out of work?
When all said and done while these shows are in the midst of being cancelled and hopefully NBC would have already picked up the two soaps that ABC will be dead in the tiolet. And the soap fans have their last laugh.

Justine
Justine

Really???? This is the best ABC can up with??????? More garbage TV?????? I am so dissappointed in ABC and all that work there. This station has been going down hill for a very long time. These shows look like something I would find on an odd cable channel in the middle of the night. I can’t see thse shows making it!!!!!

Dee Dzz
Dee Dzz

Another dumb show from Disney/ABC. Chew on our dollars that supports and supported ABC. ABC if you’re thinking changing shows will help the budget. Wait till nobody watching day time or primetime on a ABC. Guess you will have to close up the network. Your going wish you satisfied a few million people, In the business world the word of mouth can make you or break up. Current million or more ABC fans are angry now and forever, You betrayed us and we have no use for you.

Clingon
Clingon

All i know is i don’t care what shows replace AMC & OLTL, I will never watch anything on ABC Daytime again but General Hospital.

Judi D. Mozisek
Judi D. Mozisek

I am really saddened by the loss of AMC and OLTL. I have already given up on ABC programming. I have not seen anything in new lineup worth watching. When soaps are gone then so am I ABC. To be a loyal fan means absolutely nothing to ABC. All I watch now on that network are my two soaps. I switch to different chanel when soaps are over for the day. Lots of chanels to choose from rather than ABC. I have been a loyal viewer for over 40 years. I wonder if The Chew and Revolution will attract millions of viewers? I THINK NOT!!!!!!!!!!!

Edith Scherer
Edith Scherer

Ithink the chew is terrible . Ido not like it and i dont know anyone who does!!!!!

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Cameron first shared the news on Monday’s Home & Family in a special announcement enlightening viewers on his health condition (watch video below) and later took to his Instagram and social media to share more details.   Of note: Mathison’s healthy lifestyle has indeed helped, and shown, that his cancer has not spread.

In addition, Mathison wrote: “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they fd a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs🙏🏼 They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years🙏🏼. I am extremely lucky that we found it early.” He thanked his doctor and his family, saying, “[wife] Vanessa, [kids] Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET❤️ My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) 🙏🏼.” He concluded, “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!”

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At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

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The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

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So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

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