Soap fans have been nervously awaiting word on whether ABC would cancel its only remaining soap, General Hospital. Today, there’s word that the network has decided on the soap’s fate.
ABC will keep the soap, currently the longest-running soap on the air, but will cancel its lead-in, The Revolution. General Hospital premiered on ABC on April 1, 1963. The renewal will guarantee that it will be on the air to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.
The network canceled both One Life to Live and All My Children, its two worst-performing soaps and replaced them with two food-related talkers, The Chew and The Revolution.
It was a foregone conclusion that one of the three shows would have to go to make room for Katie Couric’s new fall talk show, Katie. It is possible that General Hospital will move up an hour to 2pm to serve as a lead-in to Couric.