April 14th, 2011
02:58 PM ET
ABC has announced that the network is “evolving” its daytime offerings by canceling “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” and making room for two new shows.
The two longtime staples of afternoon TV-viewing will conclude in September 2011, and January 2012, respectively. (What do you think about this? Let us know with an iReport.)
So what will you be watching instead? An hour-long show all about food called “The Chew.” It’ll be hosted by “Top Chef” fan favorite Carla Hall, “Iron Chef” Michael Symon, nutrition expert Daphne Oz, “What Not to Wear’s” Clinton Kelly and Mario Batali.
According to the release from ABC, the show will cover all angles of food, examining it “as a source of joy, health, family ritual, friendship, breaking news, dating, fitness, weight loss, travel adventures and life’s moments.”
That one will launch in September.
The other show coming to ABC is currently being called “The Revolution,” and is focused on “health and lifestyle transformations,” the statement says. The idea is to help viewers live better lives by showing them how to “transform all areas of their lives, from relationships to family, food, style, home design, finance and more.” It will also feature one woman’s five-month weight loss journey each week, and will reveal each step of the story over five days, with a final unveiling of her total transformation on Fridays.
The daily program, arriving in January 2012, will be hosted by "Project Runway's" Tim Gunn, former “Idol” contestant Kimberley Locke, and celeb trainer Harley Pasternak.
The president of daytime TV at the Disney ABC television group, Brian Frons, acknowledged in the statement the impact this shift will have on viewers.
“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,” Frons said. “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. A perfect example of this is ‘The View,’ and that factored into our decision.”
ABC promises to close out both “One Life to Live,” which began on the network in 1968, and “All My Children,” which got its start on ABC in 1970, in a way that honors the viewers and the legacies of the programs.
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