'General Hospital' Stays, 'The Revolution' Goes
Soap fans and stars celebrate the news on Twitter, 'GMA' to expand
Soap opera fans have been targeting "The Revolution" as a means to save "General Hospital," and even Katie Couric took a stand against having that show as a lead-in for her upcoming ABC talk show, launching this fall. Now, it looks like they're getting what they wanted. Word comes that "General Hospital" will stick around and "Good Morning America" will launch an afternoon summer show, while "The Revolution" is getting the proverbial ax. Needless to say, "General Hospital" fans and stars are doing the happy dance on Twitter.
Since "The Revolution" took over the "One Life to Live" time slot, the transformational talk show hasn't managed to build a following. Soap fans feared ABC would stick by the show, in spite of its paltry ratings, and cancel "General Hospital," but MSN TV has confirmed the big news broken by Deadline.
"The Revolution" will go off the air the first week of July. And then, on July 9, "GMA" will continue its campaign to take down "Today" by launching a summer series, currently titled "GMA in the Afternoon." The new show will be lighter in fare than its namesake and will feature members of the "GMA" morning crew, as well as some new faces, according to Deadline.
The idea seems to be that "GMA in the Afternoon" will serve as temporary filler, until "Kate" premieres Sept. 10. But if it performs, it's hard to believe ABC will let it go.
The "General Hospital" Twitter Party
In the meantime, "General Hospital" is safe and will survive to see its 50th anniversary next April, which has fans and castmembers spinning on Twitter. Here are a few of the posts:
Maurice Benard: "I just heard we're going to keep going. What can you say about Frank, Ron, the crew and everybody at General Hospital? Im just so damn proud" and "I also wanna thank the audience, which means the fans, for turning this around because the bottom line is ratings"
Laura Wright: "Wooo hooo Hell Yeah!!! GH Stays!!!! Thanks so much to @valentinifrank @carlivatiron. And all the fans!!!!! #GH rocks!"
Steve Burton: "Much luv to the fans for keeping #GH Alive. Congrats to all."
Nancy Lee Grahan: "One year renewal! Thank you ABC, GH fans, and @valentinifrank and @carlivatiron. What a difference! Upward! ... @MauriceBenardMB we left too early today. They're all whooping it up on set right now! xoxo"
Bradford Anderson: "Congrats to all! And thanks to our incredible viewers!!"
"One Life to Live" veteran Farah Fath may have put it best: "ABC cancels OLTL replacement The Revulsion. mm-hmm... It's hard to even muster up an 'We told you so.' smh. #DUHHHH!!!!!! Congrats to General Hospital cast and crew! A soap renewal in 2012 is nothing short of victorious."
"General Hospital" and "The Revolution" air weekdays on ABC.
So tired of all the daytime talk shows. My afternoon choice is B&B, Y&R and GH.
But I do miss Guiding Light.
Do NOT watch GMA in the Afternoon. If it does well it will replace GH next year. I have started watching "Days" =NBC and Young and Restless = CBS. I want to save this genre. It's all about $$ and these corporate B_____d's could care less about viewers. All this other programming is so much cheaper. I have seen so many fantastic actors doing commercials and not just soap actors. So very sad. Thanks Snooki and all your intellectual friends for putting the degradation of our culture on the fast track!
Thank you Frank Valenti and Ron Carlivati for a fantastic job on breathing fresh air into GH.
I am a big supporter of soap operas. ABC should have never gotten rid of All My Childrennor One Life to live. I whole heartedly support General Hospital. I am a big fan.
Monique B. Lang-Cooke
Thank you ABC for keeping the faith with General Hospital. I would have hated to give up my ABC primetime shows. Tim Gunn I'm sorry, I adore you, but you need to be on Project Runway.
Now BRING BACK OLTL and once again my world will be A OK.
I doubt they would ever have the smarts to bring back AMC and/or OLTL but they should cancel The Chew as well. What an awful waste of an hour on TV!
OK ABC, now do you see how much he soaps are loved??? NOW maybe you will smarten up AND BRING BACK ONE LIFE TO LIVE!!!!!
Cme on Soap fans, lets's show our support. Just an FYI, I have NEVER nor will I EVER Watch the CHEW OR THE REVOLUTION. I am a die hard soap fan!!!!
Congratulations General Hospital for being able to be on the air longer. I have watched General Hospital since I was 5 years old. I have been watching it for 35 years now!!!
Ohh thank goodness The Revolution is going..bring back OLTL ..and GH is the best soap glad i have that to watch ..Love all the actors on GH . I been watching it from day one and when i worked my vcr taped every show. My friends in military were stationed in Okinawa and we taped it daily for them sent the tapes and the whole base got together to watch them..lol..isn't that a riot..so ABC listen to the fans..
I was really unhappy when they cancelled OLTL. It was my favorite soap on ABC. I'm glad GH will be getting another year but I won't be happy with ABC unless they bring back OLTL.
There are way too many shows like The Chew and The Revolution and I wouldn't watch any of them. Those kind of show bore me to tears.