“All My Children” will air its final episode in September while “One Life to Live” will wrap up next January. The two daytime dramas will be replaced respectively by two factual programs — “The Chew” and “The Revolution” — which will be in the vein of “The View.”
“The Chew” will focus on food while “The Revolution” will trace the transformation of one woman each week as she undergoes a months-long makeover. “General Hospital” will be the only soap left on the alphabet net and just one of four alongside NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” and two CBS shows — “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless.”
Both of the departing daytime dramas were created by Agnes Nixon. “One Life to Live” began in 1968 while “All My Children” debuted two years later. Over the years, “AMC” won Best Drama at the Daytime Emmys three times in 1992, 1994 and 1998 while “OLTL” claimed this prize just once in 2002. While reigning “AMC” diva Susan Lucci prevailed with just one of her record 21 Emmy bids in 1999, “OLTL” leading lady Erika Slezak has claimed a record six Best Actress awards (1984, 1986, 1992, 1995, 1996, 2005).
In making the announcement, Brian Frons, president of daytime at Disney ABC/Television Group, said the two departing programs, “are iconic pieces of television that have made an indelible mark on our culture’s history. Each of the shows has touched millions and millions of viewers and informed the social consciousness. It has been a privilege to work with the extraordinary teams who brought the residents of Pine Valley and Llanview to life each day, and we thank the cast, crew, producers and most especially the fans for their commitment to the shows through their history.”
As Frons explained, “While we are excited about our new shows and the shift in our business, I can’t help but recognize how bittersweet the change is. We are taking this bold step to expand our business because viewers are looking for different types of programming these days. They are telling us there is room for informative, authentic and fun shows that are relatable, offer a wide variety of opinions and focus on ‘real life’ takeaways.”
For Frons, “A perfect example of this is ‘The View,’ and that factored into our decision. ‘The Chew’ and ‘The Revolution’ are in the same vein and will be great additions to the lineup, with ‘The View’ serving as an ideal foundation from which to launch these programs. They will also provide enormous opportunity for the creation of ancillary businesses and growth.”