General Hospital fans can breathe a sigh of relief. The 49-year-old soap will live to see another day. ABC has announced that GH will remain on their daytime roster, while newcomer The Revolution will not.
The Revolution is a lifestyle program dedicated to showing viewers how to live their best life. It featured a who’s who of hosts including Project Runway‘s Tim Gunn and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s Ty Pennington.
Its vacancy will be filled by a Good Morning America spinoff tentatively titled, GMA in the Afternoon.
Katie will premiere Sept. 10 and is gunning for the 3 p.m. slot, which is occupied by General Hospital in most eastern markets. But with The Revolution gone, and GMA in the Afternoon’s limited stay, ABC could air GH an hour early.
Last year, ABC made enemies out of millions of soap fans when they canceled All My Children and One Life to Live. Both shows had been on the air for over 40 years. The network replaced them with unscripted programs The Chew and The Revolution, which are cheaper to produce. Out of those two, only The Chew has been renewed for a second season.
In 2013, General Hospital will celebrate its 50th year on television making it the longest running soap currently on air.