Wow. Here's big news from the soap world. ABC is ending "All My Children" in September, and "One Life to Live" will say farewell next January. "AMC" has been on since 1970, and "OLTL" has been on since 1968. Prepare yourselves, ABC executives, for many, many, many complaints and campaigns.
"General Hospital" is safe for now. It will be the only daytime soap on the network's schedule next year.
"AMC" and "OLTL" will be replaced by two new shows: "The Chew" will be a live food talker with hosts including Mario Batali and Clinton Kelly. "The Revolution" will take on health and lifestyle makeover junk, with Tim Gunn, celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, and "American Idol" alum Kimberley Locke.
This can't be too much of a surprise for soap fans. The genre has been in serious ratings trouble for decades, and NBC and CBS have already ended a few of their series including "The Guiding Light" and "Passions." But still, it must hurt loyal viewers, as well as the many actors and crew members who get work from these shows.
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