ABC has announced the cancellation of both “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” The long-running soaps (both have been on the air for over forty years) will be replaced by talk shows.
All My Children will end its 41-year run in September, One Life to Live will bow out in January after 43 years. They will be replaced by two new shows, The Chew and The Revolution, respectively. The move leaves General Hospital as the only soap in ABC’s daytime lineup.
Chew is a live show about anything and everything related to the world of food and beyond. Hosts include Mario Batali (Iron Chef America), Clinton Kelly (TLC’s What Not to Wear); Carla Hall (Bravo’s Top Chef); Michael Symon (Iron Chef America), and nutrition expert Daphne Oz. The Revolution… is a daily show about health and lifestyle transformations. The show, starring fashion expert Tim Gunn as well as celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak and American Idol alum Kimberley Locke, each week follows one woman’s five-month weight loss journey, which unfold in five days, with daily results and a final transformational reveal on Friday. [Deadline]
Neither of those talk shows sound like anything I’d interrupt my Internet use for, but they do sound better than soap operas. Of course, “All My Children” will always be remembered as the soap that made Kelly Ripa a star and Susan Lucci a punchline, whereas “One Life to Live” will… uhhh… be remembered… as being a show… with actors. Somebody else should probably be giving this eulogy. R.I.P., boring shows I never watched.