After weeks of speculation, ABC announced today that it has canceled long-running soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live and replace them with two lifestyle shows. AMC will end in September and OLTL will end in January 2012 to make way for The Chew and The Revolution.
ABC Daytime President Brian Frons says in a statement: “these new shows expand ABC Daytime’s focus to include more programming that is informative and authentic and centers on transformation, food and lifestyle — cornerstones of programming that resonates with daytime viewers as evidenced by the success of The View. 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. 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.”
Over the last two years, As the World Turns and Guiding Light were also canceled leaving only Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful on CBS and Days of our Lives and General Hospital on ABC. Coincidentally, Wendy will be out of one job. Since March, she had a recurring role on OLTL in which she plays Phyllis Rose, the presenter of "Access Llanview" -- OLTL's show-within-a-show.