ABC Washes Long-Running Soaps All My Children and One Life To Live Down the Drain

... Cue dramatic music and hold that camera on a concerned face! The endangered species known as the daytime soap opera is even closer to extinction. ABC has axed both All My Children and One Life To Live, because the times they are a' changin' and the soaps' popularity has been declining. They will be replaced by two new unscripted talk-ish shows. The Chew, featuring experts talking about anything in the world of food, and The Revolution, a similar show exploring the world of fitness and healthy living. [Deadline Hollywood]

... HBO is already talking about an early renewal for Game of Thrones. HBO exec Sue Maegle said, "We're not nervous about it. We're all hopeful for a second season. We're all feeling confident creatively." Expect the show to be renewed about 30 seconds after the series premieres this Sunday. [EW]

... Kevin McHale, Chord Overstreet, and Mark Salling, also known as those dudes from Glee, will be performing a cover of Rebecca Black's viral sensation "Friday." Expect to hear it in the series' upcoming prom episode. And look out, shark! Glee gonna jump you again! [Vulture]

... Discovery Communications, the owner of Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, and more, have announced a new slate of new programs. Guess which channel will air Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and Extreme Christmas Trees? [Deadline Hollywood]

... BET has renewed The Game and Let's Stay Together for 22 episodes apiece. Someone, somewhere just got really excited. [AJC]

... Nickelodeon has renewed iCarly for 13 more episodes. Some tween, somewhere just got really excited. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Science Channel has renewed An Idiot Abroad for a second season. Ricky Gervais, in his house, just got really excited. [TV Guide]

... Adult Swim has renewed Eagleheart for a second season. I, in my pajamas on my couch, just got really excited. [Deadline Hollywood]


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Oct 17, 2011
love that THE GAME is renewed. it probably had a wrong audience with the CW but i love it. glad it's coming back.
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Apr 18, 2011
"Eagleheart" is the most bizarre funny offensive 15 minute Adultswim show on the air. The latest episode may have been the most offensive program I've ever seen on television this year, yet I couldn't stop laughing nor could I stop watching. Always loved the great Chris Elliott.
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Apr 17, 2011
This should make for an interesting third season of Hot In Cleveland. I guess Susan Lucci could become part of the main cast.
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Apr 16, 2011
"I'm not a big soap opera fan and I never watch OLTL or AMC, but to cancel these long-running soaps for two stupid-sounding talk shows is ridiculous."

Couldn`t have said better myself, that's just plain ridiculous, but one thing is certain those stupid shows, probally cost a fraction of what it cost to make those soap operas.
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Apr 16, 2011
GoT will be like Snakes On a Plane. The Internet will get all excited, but the rest of the world won't care. They're still trying to make excuses for why no one watched the preview. No second season.
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Apr 16, 2011
I HATE FRIDAY! It was the worst song ever! Hopefully the guys will make a corny parody making fun of that young monster Rebecca Black.
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Apr 16, 2011
Makes you wonder how long GH has left.
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Apr 16, 2011
I'm not a big soap opera fan and I never watch OLTL or AMC, but to cancel these long-running soaps for two stupid-sounding talk shows is ridiculous.
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Apr 16, 2011
We NEED to STAND UP and fight BACK AGAINS'T ABC for cancelling two of our favorite soap opera's and ban together into not watching these STUPID ASS ''so called'' NEW Shows i mean one has a real stupid title the CHEW i mean come on who came up with that we don't need another two reality shows or cooking shows or what ever that is coming up i don't want to have just Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, Young and the Restless and Bold and the Beautiful on...soon their will be none at all in the next few years...
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Apr 16, 2011
Not a soap fan, so this pleases me.
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Apr 15, 2011
Started watching soaps, one in particular AMC, with my grandmother or the stories as she called them about 25 years ago. I then taped them on my VCR when I was in school and gave a full recap the next day to all my friends. I will miss it when it is gone. Glad that GH is staying. Other then Ellen and my soaps I dont watch daytime television, cant stand it, wont be watching any of the replacements. Guess they just gave me more time every week to do something else. I will miss my Grandmothers stories that she loved so much though.
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Apr 15, 2011
30 seconds for GoT to be renewed? A little bit of a conservative estimate, me thinks. I'll bet they'll do it in 20. About the soap operas: As we all know, non-scripted shows and talk shows are simply cheaper to make than soap operas. And the day time time slot doesn't have a clear focus group anymore for whom these soap operas could be targeted to. So to save money they cut the soap operas, and replace them with cheaper alternatives. Not really a surprise. Like it or not, that's business. Networks aren't charities, they need to think of their bottom lines.
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Apr 15, 2011
I'll be thrilled if Game of Thrones is awesome and gets renewed for a second season.
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Apr 15, 2011
Not a big soap fan but surprises me that all the soaps are getting cancelled. Guess that's why soapnet is ending in January 2012
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Apr 15, 2011
FIRST,CBS,THEN ABC. I GUESS NBC IS NEXT.
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Apr 15, 2011
I'm sick to my stomach over this, is all I can say. ABC , please don't do this.
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Apr 15, 2011
I'm still glee free since the first 5 eps....and loving it!
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Apr 15, 2011
Some working women do DVR/Tivo their soap operas. ABC is making a big mistake. I guess that I am not surprised by the channel that brings you the Bachelor franchise.
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Apr 15, 2011
Awesome about iCarly. Don't think any DC or Nick show has gotten 5 seasons before. :D Dumb that Glee's covering Friday.
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Apr 15, 2011
Soap operas are obsolete. They were created to appeal to women staying at home but women today are usually out working during the day. And it's clear that the networks feel cheap talk shows can do just as good a job. Besides, most of the prime-time shows today look like soaps.
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Apr 15, 2011
AN IDIOT ABROAD!!!!
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Apr 15, 2011
awesome for game of thrones, those people reaslly have balls
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Apr 15, 2011
@crck people would just let others enjoy it and be done with it if it wasn't always thrown in our face with it's gimmicks and scandals. so how can people not comment on it and just leave it be when it's in fact always in your face and not letting YOU be. if it isn't having the girls pose as underage or covering some lame song, fighting with people on twitter... every other day. i'd love to leave it alone if it would just leave me alone. haha.
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Apr 15, 2011
I like glee a lot. Its mindless, happy fun. But even if I didn't, I don't understand the haters. Its pretty much a one of a kind on tv. Let the people who like it enjoy it while it lasts. Everyone else can keep enjoying the dozens of "who done it" murder mystery tv shows and relationship sitcoms.
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Apr 15, 2011
Except, more often than not, it takes itself way too seriously, as well (at least its creator does).
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Apr 15, 2011
Agreed, people take Glee way too seriously. I watch it because it's fun and they often times do great things with songs and they definitely introduce me to songs I haven't heard before :)
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Apr 15, 2011
I love that Glee just keeps on saying "f*ck you" to the people that don't get that it's a comedy.
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Apr 15, 2011
hey, wats wrong with ricky gervais? he is an awesome comedian, tim.
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Apr 15, 2011
Because of these stupid ass Fake so called reality shows that these soaps are declining in rating that's i want ABC and other networks to Ban these stupid shows once and for all.
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Apr 15, 2011
Glee: 3rd season, now covering farm animal noises!
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Apr 15, 2011
"ABC has axed both All My Children and One Life To Live, because the times they are a' changin' and the soaps' popularity has been declining." Well that hasn't stopped you from airing stupid reality shows all the time! How bout you let the stay at homes have their dramas instead of another "food/health/reality " show.
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Apr 15, 2011
haha i'm not a tween but i'm happy that icarly is renewed.. it's fun show to watch and is funny (the blonde girl is great), same with wizards of waverly place (especially the dad on that). it's not only for tweens! as to glee i'm so tired of glee.. at this point i just want it to go away and be a nightmare that i ever knew of it.
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