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The Revolution chances look "Slim" while General Hospital outlook looks "Brighter" to stay in the ABC line-up!

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Some very encouraging and optimistic news this morning, from reputable Hollywood entertainment business site Deadline.com!  Their sources are hearing that chances look favorable in General Hospital’s way,  more so than the ailing Revolution, when it comes time in a few weeks for ABC to make their final decision of which show stays and which stay goes to make room in the afternoon line-up when Katie Couric new talk show, Katie hits the air in September.  As we already know, Katie herself wants GH in,  and The Revolution thrown off its axis!

Deadline reported,”The network’s embattled soap, General Hospital is still the least-watched among the four surviving daytime dramas on ABC, CBS and NBC, averaging 2.3 million viewers for the most recent week we have data for (March 12-16). But the series had a ratings uptick recently (it hit an 18-week high among women 18-49, 657,000, for the week of March 5, which featured the death of a character), and in the female demo, it’s been actually running ahead of NBC’s Days of our Lives.  But boosting Go’s chances of survival the most is the poor ratings performance of new lifestyle series The Revolution,   ABC has given the series time to find its legs — it only premiered in January — but I hear the network brass are starting to lose faith in the show, which hit series lows for the last two weeks with Nielsen data.”

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Now if common sense comes into play here, Couric’s request for the lead-in, GH beginning an upswing, despite no help from its poorly performing lead-in, the revolt from soap fans after ABC canceled their other two soaps, then this would seem a no brainer.  Unless, it all comes down to the bottom dollar, and that the cheap production costs of The Revolution warrant it getting more time to straighten it itself out, ( not sure how they could do that, with the present concept) since ABC Daytime as we know it is for all intent and purposes …  gone.

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Elhu
Elhu

I am all for the “Bright” outlook for GH’s chances to remain in ABC Daytime’s lineup. Here’s hoping that is the case!!!!!

Leslie
Leslie

Yea to that!!! Go GH! Awesome show.

ricardo
ricardo

enough already please cancel the revolution. its awful and boring. if general hospital is renewed give it a 2 year renewal so the ratings can go higher and higher hopefully. the chew is doing really good. that probably will be renewed sorry to say. all my children will not come back at all sorry to say. we all have to face the truth its gone.

Allison
Allison

Ricardo, I think you are right on. I believe AMC is gone; OLTL might still be able to come back in some form, even if it’s just several more characters joining the current OL ones already on GH. General Hospital is SO good now, I just ope we can keep it!!

Flo DiBona
Flo DiBona

Thank you for this article, Michael!!! From your lips to God’s ears! Unfortunately, there is a third option at play here and that is the possibility of Disney/ABC replacing the Revoltion with yet another low-budget, disposable reality show that is being developed in the wings. Unfortunately, Disney/ABC does not care about 2.3 million viewers. They also do not care that they have knowingly or unknowingly manipulated General Hospital’s viewership and ratings with the widespread discovery of General Hospital DVR/TIVO recordings being altered and erased. General Hospital continues to gain viewership in spite of Disney/ABC. There is absolutely no promotion for the show, and talk about abominable lead-ins – poor General Hospital is the unfortunate recipient of two abysmal lead-ins at the moment and is still gaining viewers in spite of them.

It will be an interesting show when Disney/ABC FINALLY makes an announcement concerning General Hospital. If they move it to the Revoltion time slot, it will be a clear indicator of how powerful fans are becoming. If they go forward and cancel it, I cannot WAIT to see the backlash!!! Disney/ABC has NO idea what kind of fan base and what kind of wrath they will have unleashed. Either way, grab your popcorn, it is going to be interesting!

Nancy M
Nancy M

Wow did you hit the nail on the head. We are powerful. Even all their other shows are not surviving without enough viewers. No one will watch them again.

barbara t
barbara t

This all my children,one life to live ,general hospital fan isnt giving up,I will never,ever watch abc/disney again ,for decades I watched my soaps all of them from the beginning so boycotting the rat channel is easy for me,Just as it was easy for abc/disney to destroy my soaps.Everyone has to continue to e mail abc/disney every day I do it 3 times a day I let the know I will never watch any of there programming again until agnus gets her shows back or I get to see one life to live and all my children again and I hope they dont mess with general hospital they send you a e mail back ignore it and e mail them again,let them know you are pissed and going to stay that way ,as 1loveabcsoaps said even if general hospital stays keep fighting the fight lets bring the ratings down at the rat channel daytime and prime time.

Allison
Allison

You got that right! Backlash the likes of an Occupy movement!!

Mary H
Mary H

I can’t agree with you more Flo….Don’t mess with a scorn soap fan! We will continue to fight this fight to bring back AMC and OLTL save GH and to find them a new home.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

We need to start organizing our March at ABC studio’s in NYC. Even if GH stays, we need to keep fighting for OLTL and or Agnes Nixon getting her soaps back. The fight has to continue and we have to do more than talk, but put our words into vast ACTION.

Violet
Violet

Wish I lived somewhere near NY to come march with y’all. I agree thAt we need to do more than just talk here. Action!

Chrissy
Chrissy

Fans? Powerful? Please. Where are All My Children and One Life To Live then? All these campaigns have been a big fail, between a handful of people showing up at ABC affiliates (proving their point that very few are any longer interested in these shows), to sponsors dropping their support (only one vacuum cleaner company – nothing followed); coupons from scandal rags, Sony wants our shows (no they didnt), etc. All that was accomplished was an unprepared internet startup network grabbed the rights, didn’t come through, and ruined the finales. That’s it. ABC could care less what type of ruckus you create – it barely hits the mainstream media, and people under 35, for the most part, don’t care. Not one daytime soap has ever returned after it was cancelled, excepting Passions, which didn’t last long.

Will GH be renewed? I hope so, even though I stopped watching in 2001 after 35 years no less when I saw what the show was becoming, I’d hate to see the shows I watched for decades completely wiped off the map, especially for a bland former morning talk show host adding more mindless and needless chat to the afternoon lineup, or for two food shows that manage to make even a one note actor like Maurice Benard interesting, I admire the efforts so many of you have made (and I mean that, I am not trolling here) but to believe that ABCD is at all put off or worried about the ‘power’ of soap fans is ridiculous, and leads you down the wrong path. I heard this same thing before AMC and OLTL were canceled, (“they wouldn’t dare!, no one messes with soap fans; we will prevail!; they havent tangled with us yet; they don’t know what they are letting themselves in for!)) yet they were cancelled, and are gone for good. Soap fans no longer have any power – maybe in the heyday of the 70s and 80s, but not now.. And GH will be cancelled, sooner or later. ABCD has its own agenda….. the money issues, losses, gains, ratings, etc encompass much more than any of us know…. I don’t know what the answer is, and keep on fighting, but ABCD will do what it wants to do. As many of you realize, what the loyal fans want is not even a consideration to them.

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

I so hope GH gets to stay. I would love for ABC to make an announcement that the Chew and Revulsion are being replaced by AMC and OLTL but most likely in my dreams only. I have only seen the Revulsion and the Spew during commercials of GH. I don’t understand why anybody would watch.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I agree with you… But I don’t think AMC or OLTL will be brought back on abc…As much as us soap fans want them to. Cancel The Revolution and keep gh on abc… Why keep the revolution on when it is so lousy in the ratings and abc is probably losing big money over that………Gh is improving with the ratings and have to keep it up…Like abc soaps for years and I don’t want to change, unless they give me a reason to……………..Like where GH is headed with the storyline……It’s a definite improvement…I hope abc can see this improvement…….Cross your fingers on both of your hands SOAP FANS..And possibily your toes also.. I have a gut feeling GH will come threw……………..

Jeffrey
Jeffrey

so am I,too…lol We want get rid of Chew and Revoltuion down the pot!!!! where it belong(Devil’s hole.)

Barb
Barb

I can’t wait for the announcement and I definitely hope it is in favor of GH! Would be a smart move on ABC’s part finally! They still need to reconsider reinstating the cancelled soaps especially OLTL as we all know they made a BIG mistake there! It should have never been cancelled in the first place – the ratings were there! I will continue to do my part everyday in supporting the Soap Movement and watch GH and I believe GH is ON FIRE! and it is only going to get better and better!!! Number One Soap on my list! Thank you for this article!

Violet
Violet

Go! Go! The revo must go! Go! Go! The revo must go!

Jeffrey
Jeffrey

GO HOME,REVOLUTION………….GO HOME,REVOLTION!!! GO BACK TO DEVIL’S HOLE!!!

Violet
Violet

How about this one:

Hit the road, Revo
And don’t ya come back no more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road, Revo
And don’t ya come back NO MORE!!!

barbara t
barbara t

If abc/disney keeps this idiot show on any longer its a fact that they are nothing but a bunch of bone heads working for the rat channel There is no excuse for dragging this on any further.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I agree with you 100%….comment on 3/28 at 11:52am…..

Nancy M
Nancy M

I have always thought that the Revocrap would be cancelled. What I don’t understand is all the crap that informs us otherwise. That is the hardest part and of course ABC not telling anyone of their intentions. Still absolutely hate ABC forever for this. Bring back our shows.

Eldridge
Eldridge

Isn’t the 4th hour of Today similar to the REvolution anyway??

Linda
Linda

With the idiots running ABC/D I won’t put any faith into this story until an official announcement is made. Just look at what the idiots have already put us thru. Let us know GH’s fate now!

Debi
Debi

I think GH will be renewed. I think that was what Ron’s reference was about dotting I’s and crossing T’s first.

Also….I watched last night’s Atlanta Housewifes from Sunday. The little girl made a comment about nobody wanting Katie C on daytime! How funny was that??

For those of you who are Brenda fans, I sense she is on her way back. Too much mentioning of her name lately. ICK!

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

C’mon Deb, ICK wasn’t necessary. With all the critisium she has gotten, who knows…., she may come back busing that role OUT and looking like the Brenda we once knew, just older. But, you do you sense she is on her way back? U said, ” Too much mentioning of her name lately “. Where? On this site? That counts for nothing. Lots of speculation goes on on this site. So where “other ” the mentioning of her name?

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Thanks Mr. Fairman for another GREAT article. Buh bye Revulsion. We won’t miss you. GH will quickly fill your spot.

Susan M.
Susan M.

We shouldn’t count our chickens before they are hatched…As that saying goes!!!!! Why would should this CRAPPY show the revolution remain on abc , when no one is watching it..And NEVER will be watched…It makes no sense to keep this show on… And the ratings will continue to FLOP………And by the way I can’t stand cooking shows(the chew) and others like it…………….I WANT MY STORIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enough of these crap shows already. They don’t belong on daytime programming…. GH FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HURRAY!!! ROBIN IS ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan
Jan

I dont like katie at all…should have kept OLTL & AMC.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I have never watched Katie Couric… Not even once!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Totally not interested in her……….I want my stories also………..Enough of this reality/Info/talk shows/cooking to………………….They don’t belong on datytime programming…I’ve said thie before……………….We have so many of these kind of shows already….They are nothing new about them……….They aren’t a fresh idea , which abc seems to think so………..They are TOTALILY wrong on this one…….

Jared
Jared

I hope the Devolution gets destroyed, but I’m also not thrilled that Katie Couric is getting a talk show on daytime. She didn’t do much, if anything, for CBS Evening News’ ratings so why is “failure” being rewarded?

PD Miles
PD Miles

If ABC has any sense left, they will leave GH alone and cancel The Revolution! The fans have spoken and we have spoken loudly, we do NOT want this reality crap on our screens and we CAN’T be trained like dogs to watch this garbage, I don’t care what Brian Frons says!!!

I still believe AMC & OLTL can return, Katie C’s show will be a flop! She has already failed on both NBC & CBS what makes ABC think it will be any different there?

Mark
Mark

Hope GH stays on the air. I’ve been watching the show for over 30 years and it seems to be getting better all the time. Sometimes it’s not about the bottom dollar. It’s about taking care of your viewers who have been there threw the good and the bad. Those other shows are a dime a dozon.

barbara t
barbara t

I just got back from sending abc.com a extra email today,over at tv media insights theres a update on the ratings and both the chew and the revolution are going downhill ,so i couldnt pass up the chance to tell abc/disney how dumb they are and how I will continue to boycott there dopy programing day and night ,also told them how good general hospital is getting and How its wrong that they are throwing all my children and one life to live in the garbage and should give agnus the rights to HER shows instead of wasting them,Yes good news people abc/disney is sinking even more .The only way they will ever be #1 in the daytime again is to put our soaps back,and if they want to at least have One good afternoon show leave general hospital alone ,I think everyone show go there and tell abc/disney how dumb they are.

zack tate
zack tate

Hope GH stay’s on the air.Everone keep your finger’s cross.Still mouring GH

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Since 2oo9, the ISAs have honored some of the best of independent web series.

Tickets are said to be going on sale, so you can watch the virtual ceremony beginning at home starting on June 1st.

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