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GENERAL HOSPITAL Renewed! THE REVOLUTION Canceled

There is more good news in "The Year of the Soap" as GENERAL HOSPITAL has received a cancellation reprieve (for now). Some of the GH cast tweeted about a "one year renewal" today although ABC has said multiple times in the past that it owns its shows and does not do "renewals" for them. Deadline.com is reporting that ABC is canceling low-rated THE REVOLUTION and keeping GENERAL HOSPITAL on the air!

ABC will keep its only remaining daytime drama General Hospital on the air while canceling freshman talk show The Revolution. The news ends months of speculation about what will happen to the venerable soap whose long-time 3 PM slot will be taken over by Katie Couric’s new syndicated talk show in the fall.

With Katie joining ABC’s daytime lineup, General Hospital and new lifestyle series The Chew and The Revolution, which replaced canceled soaps All My Children and One Life To Live, have been competing for two slots, with Disney-ABC TV Group president Anne Sweeney stating early on that the two stronger performers will make the cut. Revolution, which currently occupies the 2 PM time period that will lead to Katie in most markets, never found its legs ratings-wise and will end its run at the beginning of July.

ABC is not ready to lock in its daytime schedule for next season yet, it would make sense to keep The Chew at 1 PM and put GH at 2 PM as a lead-in for Katie on the ABC stations, the core station group that will carry Couric’s new syndicated talker.
We have been predicting something was up on Twitter as THE REVOLUTION suddenly went into reruns on April 9 while THE CHEW and THE VIEWED continued to air new episodes.

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8 comments:

  1. Yippee!!! The Revolution replaced a 43 year old soap -- and did not make it to even 43 weeks -- scratch that -- even HALF that number.
    I had out-patient surgery earlier today, I'm jumping up and down for joy...I may break a stitch!

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  2. Why am I NOT surprised. I don't even watch ABC anymore. Only the Soapnet at night.

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  3. CAN YOU HEAR THE APPLAUSE .. AND THE LAUGHTER.
    WE ARE STILL SOAP OPERAS FAMILY AND WE ARE STILL HERE!!
    HOORAY !

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  4. Hallelujah!!! FINALLY, some good news for soap fans.

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  5. Wonderful news - but while we're celebrating, let's not forget that while we can "relax" a little on one battle (keeping gh on the air), the battle to bring oltl and amc back continues.

    Soap fans should NOT support Katie - what everything boils down to is (juggled hours aside), this basically makes Katie the Revolution's replacement and is still occupying the space that should rightfully be oltl's.

    Lots of gh fans don't like having their show diluted by oltl characters and oltl fans don't want this crossover to go from a temporary "placeholder" to a permenant hybrid. Even though FV seems to be wanting to develop a hybrid show, the fact is each show is very different in tone, setting, atmosphere, style etc and this is why a full hybrid would not work.

    Take time to pop open the champagne bottles and have a celebratory dinner but the next step should be to fight to get the lost shows back...***as their own entities***.

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  6. I really like General Hospital. I like almost all hospital series.

    Make up games

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  7. I don't think this is renewed. It is not cancelled immediately.

    I think GH is safe through Sept 2012. If GMA-in-Afternoon pulls Chew-like numbers, I think GH is gone by January 2013. If GMA-in-Afternoon tanks, then I think ABC continues with its day-reality development, and GH lives through Sept 2013.

    Unless GH starts trending up in a REAL way in the 18-49 demo, and sustaining gains, I see no hope for GH after 9/2013, and likely not after 5/2013 (GMA-in-Afternoon or its successor can launch again next Summer).

    In Deadline Hollywood's report, they explicitly state that ABC is not yet even willing to commit to its Fall 2012 schedule! Obviously the GMA tryout is going to be watched closely.

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