ABC is canceling its long running soap operas “All My Children” and “One Life to Live”, and replacing them with health and lifestyle programs.
“All My Children” and “One Life to Live” are iconic pieces of television that have made an indelible mark on our culture’s history” said Brian Frons, President, Daytime of the Disney ABC/Television Group on the network’s website. “Each of the shows has touched millions and millions of viewers and informed the social
Agnes Nixon created both soap operas. “All My Children”, set in the fictional town of Pine Valley, made its broadcast debut in 1970. The program was nominated 22 times for Outstanding Drama Series in the Daytime Emmy Awards, winning in 1992, 1994. and 1998. Series Star Susan Lucci was nominated 18 times in the Best Actress category, before finally winning in 1999 for her portrayal of the iconic character, Erica Kane. “All My Children”‘s last show airs in September.
“One Life to Live” premiered in 1968, focusing on the lives of citizens in Llanview, Pennsylvania. The show was a U.S. daytime TV pioneer in exploring such social issues as interracial .romance, gang violence, teen pregnancy, and homophobia. Erica Slezak holds the record for Daytime Best Actress wins, with six, for her portrayal of the show’s Victoria Davidson.”One Life to Live”‘s last broadcast takes place this January.
New shows “The Chew” and “The Revolution” will replace the two soaps. “The Chew”, produced by Gordon Elliot (executive producer of “Paula Deen’s Home Cooking”), will be devoted to all things food related, including segments on health, family, diet, travel adventures, and more. The show’s hosts include “Iron Chef America’s” Mario Batali, U.S. “What Not to Wear” co-host Clinton Kelly, “Top Chef”competitor Carla Hall, and more.
“The Revolution” comes from JD Roth and 3 Ball Productions, producers of “The Biggest Loser” and Masterchef”. The program aims to help viewers in such areas as family, food, home design, finance, and more. “Project Runway”‘s Tim Gunn, celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, and “American Idol” alum Kimberley Locke make up the program’s hosting team.
For the time being, ABC’s other soap, “General Hospital” remains in production. CBS has canceled both soaps “The Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns” in the last two years. “Days of Our Lives” is the only soap remaining in NBC’s daytime lineup.
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