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ABC's 'The Revolution' Understands Soap Fan Fury

Plus, the talker's premiere week preview

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Jan 11, 2012 4:23PM
In spite of news that a few "One Life to Live" faves will live on in Port Charles, many soap fans are still standing strong in the promise to boycott "The Revolution" when it premieres on ABC Monday, Jan. 16. Co-host Ty Pennington and executive producer J.D. Roth ("The Biggest Looser") get it, completely. But they also hope to convince fans to reconsider. Here are the messages they sent to fans through MSN TV, as well as a sneak peek of the show.

Bing: Watch more clips and previews of "The Revolution"

"So many of my friends are huge fans and they're like, 'Dude, you've got to be kidding me?'" Pennington admitted to MSN TV. "I know it's hard to believe it's happening, but that's out of our hands. That's not our decision. All I can say is, 'We're not replacing anything. We're offering something different.'

"We’re all going through a change because of it," he added, referencing the cancellation of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." "'Extreme' is a huge loss for me. It's hard to believe the word 'over.' Please understand that I know what that feels like, but I'm hoping I can take the experiences from that and truly, in an honest way, be able to help other people go through a positive change in their lives. Not only the story you're seeing on the TV, but also the one at home. That's what inspires me the most. People can start making changes in their own life because of what they're seeing on our show. That's huge."

Roth, who has a few daytime insiders to answer to, also understands the fan fury. "If someone took something from me that was that near and dear, I'd be upset too," he said. "My mom's a soap fan. My mother-in-law watched the same soap for 30-some years. Martha Byrne (ex-Lily, "As the World Turns") is a close friend. Alison Sweeney (Sami, "Days of our Lives"; "Biggest Loser") is a great friend. Our kids play together. So I have a great respect for the genre and I understand. Nobody likes change. I don’t like when someone changes an item on a menu that I like, let alone a show that's been on for 40 years. I understand and I respect the opinion -- and I hope that they'll give us a chance, because if they do, they'll find they'll enjoy the show more than they thought."

"The Revolution" Premiere Preview

MSN TV already gave a rundown on what each member of "The Revolution" dream team brings to the show, not to mention the new ABC talker's regular segments. Here's what co-hosts Pennington, Tim Gunn, Harley Pasternak, Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry have on the schedule for premiere week.

The show's first featured "hero" is actually a twofer. Over the week of Jan. 16 - Jan. 20, "The Revolution" will focus on the five month transformation of The Harris sisters from Long Beach, California. Cherrell and Jamilla take on their lifelong weight issues and co-dependence in their revolution, challenging themselves to create a healthier home environment and discover their individual voices.

Monday: Tim's first "Timtervention" is a viewer makeover. The Harris sisters are introduced and revealed one month into their transformations.

Tuesday: Tips to look and feel 10 lbs. lighter. Harley navigates the pitfalls of salad bars. Dr. Jen and Dr. Tiffanie tackle bloating and emotional eating in their first "Dr. Talk" segment. A Harris sisters update.

Wednesday: The co-hosts focus on breasts in "One Part Three Ways," lending their individual expertise on everything from finding the perfect bra to taking care of your breasts at every age. Ty shares his own personal revolution as he puts down roots in NYC. An update on the Harris sisters, with important tips to achieve your own revolution.

Thursday: It's time to break a sweat with the co-hosts as they all take to the treadmill - what will Tim wear to work out? Personal finance expert Michelle reveals how to "Sweat Your Debt." The Harris sisters take the most difficult step in their journey.

Friday: Tim learns to drive. Carla Hall from "The Chew" stops by to share southern recipes. The Harris sisters are revealed at the end of their five month journey.

"The Revolution" premieres Monday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Mar 14, 2012 8:44PM

Okay, now it's March 14. I've looked at Chew and Revolution and the fact is that they're HORRIBLE. BORING. Junk that can be found on other channels. So NO. I will not waste my time on that horrible garbage. I especially cannot stand that ugly troll Batali. He makes my skin crawl -- he's ugly and has a "holier than thou" attitude.


Sorry, Diann, but these idiots do not help with any improvements. You need to "get a life," think for yourself and stop taking the waste-of-time bullsh*t these idiot yuppies are trying to spoon-feed. It's useless.Sleepy

Jan 20, 2012 1:46PM

Would you people get a life?  I used to watch soaps, till I realized they were one big waste of time. They never made my life or my family's life one bit better.  I tired of watching the same people jump from one bed to another, come back to life or suddenly discover they are schizophrenic or married to someone that is, blah, blah, blah....


So go ABC!!!   I would much rather watch a program that will help me make improvements, even small ones, in my health, my home, and my surroundings.  You may not get something from each and every show, but every little bit helps. 

So, for those of you who need to feed on other people's drama every day - well, good luck. 

Jan 20, 2012 1:35PM





This represents ABC's audience during Chew

and Revolution.

Jan 20, 2012 1:28PM




Jan 20, 2012 1:23PM
If this Frons character encountered me, this would be my facial expression: Baring teeth
Jan 20, 2012 1:20PM
Sleepy This is how I respond to "Chew" and "Revolution"
Jan 20, 2012 1:17PM
Jan 20, 2012 1:16PM




Jan 20, 2012 1:13PM

I REFUSE to watch "Chew" or "Revolution." I've never watched either of them and never plan to. Soaps or nothing. If they take "General Hospital" off for Couric, I'll refuse to watch her, too. That Frons guy is an idiot, and his decisions are making ABC fall in flames.



Jan 17, 2012 9:17PM
I will never watch these 2 stupid shows, and no I don't think they do get why people are mad. I have watched these shows for 25 years. and it never gets old. All daytime t.v. is is talk shows how many tslk shows do you really think we need in a day. I don't need someone to tell me how to dress or what to cook. there are already too many shows of this kind. and oltl was the best @#$% show on t.v. the only one that didn't look fake I looked forward everyday to that show I will never watch abc again. and I hope you guys all sink and thanks for ruining my t.v. time. I really wouldn't care if I had a t.v. except to watch oltl.  I hope you guys all regret your decision and realize you made a huge mistake. and I hope the whole abc network fails now.
Jan 14, 2012 7:51PM
No more abc, it's that simple. I find it insulting to remove our daytime tv and replace it with shows that will NEVER last. ABC no more.............
Jan 14, 2012 7:13AM
I cannot believe you went ahead and discontinued the show. I agree with most of the reviews I am sick and tired of the talk shows. Just like our government what we want is not what the big shots give us. My loyalty is gone with this channel.
Jan 13, 2012 9:07PM
all of you on the revolution I do not blame you but I do blame abc , the only shows I watched on abc was the soaps now they are all but history. I will not only be boycotting abc, but disney OWN , which is affiliated with abc and ESPN it is a long history of my life that is gone, I can not believe that the ratings of what the chew has had is not teaching abc anything. but for over 40 years I watched my soaps  It is like losing a family member so thanks for the memories abc , I wish you luck.
Jan 12, 2012 5:31PM
I am also PISSED with ABC.  I have never watched the Chew and will certainly not watch the Revolution even though I like Ty, and the guy from  Project Runway.  It's Ridiculous to take off the shows we have (I know) given great ratings to for years, for what another show to tell us how not to eat, spend our money, or just live our lives?  I am still so upset to date over the cancelling of All My Children that when that Chew comes on after my local news I turn the TV off or change the channel immediately.  You guys that run the networks are like congress " just plain out of touch with the country"!!!!!  I am sorry to say I hope both shows fail The Chew and the Revolution........yes, yes, yes make sure we fateful soap fans REVOLT and not watch either show!
Jan 12, 2012 3:27PM
So ABC thinks this is what daytime viewers want to see....more talk shows more cooking shows.  For decades  I have been a devoted GH fan and I was never polled by ABC about what I wanted to see.  I guess we old geezers don't fit into their age brackets.  Ty can say we should give them a chance and I am going to pray they fail. I have not, nor will I watch any  "replacement" shows.  Oprah is gone and we have Anderson....Then we are getting Katy Couric.  Another reason not to watch ABC.  She's  failed everywhere she's been and this will be no different.  No Ty, you don't know what it's like for soap fans to lose something that has been an integral part of our lives for decades.  You have no idea! 
Jan 12, 2012 12:27PM
Jan 11, 2012 11:27PM

When I couldn't watch ABC Soaps, I listened on TV Radio, on my lunch hour, taped them when VCR;s came in and DVR;;'d now.  So you can see I have been watching my soaps for many years.  Now I am extremely upset to have to say good bye to my beloved soaps All My Children and One Live to live. I can't even  talk about it to my friends.

Good bye ABC and any advertisers for your chew and revolution.   ABC is gone for me forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Except to watch Starr, Blair, Todd and John on General Hospital, which I have never liked, but now that they are on, I will watch, just to see them.  Other than that I will tape all of Law and Order I can!  ABC You are hated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan 11, 2012 9:48PM
I am with you all. I hate talk and reality show. I do not watch them at all. But I do like to watch soaps. And guess what I am in the age range they want. I have not watched the chew I have not watched the talk, I do not watch the view. I hate them all. I would rather watch cartoons with my girls. I you know what that is what I do until General Hospital comes on that is. I really hate this. I love soaps and want them all back. I even miss the older ones like Santa Barbara (even though I was a teenager when it got canceled) and Passions.
Jan 11, 2012 8:20PM
I am so sick of the "talk" and "reality" shows, that most of the time when I watch tv I watch one of the cable channels.  I would rather watch old re-runs than those shows.  I had watched or taped All My Children and General Hospital since their inception, since I no longer count I have stopped watching ABC even though there are a few evening shows that I really liked.  Too bad for the advertisers.
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