ABC has announced that it is killing two of the most famous, longest-running shows on TV–the daytime soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." The shows will have their final episodes in September and next January, respectively.
In their place ABC will launch two new shows.
One is "The Chew," which will "focus on food from every angle–as a source of joy, health, family ritual, friendship, breaking news, dating, fitness, weight loss, travel adventures and life’s moments," the network said in a statement. "The Chew" will premiere in September.
The other new show will be "The Revolution," which ABC says is a working title. This program will be "about health and lifestyle transformations," the statement said, adding that the program will be "hosted by a team of experts and rotating guest contributors who help viewers transform all areas of their lives."
"One Life to Live" will be on-air for 43 years on July 15. "All My Children" premiered two years later, on Jan. 5, 1970. Both have always been on ABC, and both were created by the legendary Agnes Nixon. Said Brian Fron, president, daytime, Disney ABC Television Group, Nixon’s "shows led the way forward, breaking a lot of rules along the way to defy expectations about what soaps can do and the issues they can cover."
The ABC announcement added, " ‘General Hospital,’ the second-most-popular show in daytime, is not impacted by this announcement and will remain on the air."