On January 16 at 2 p.m., ABC debuts “The Revolution,” a self help show featuring five experts who help women and couples transform their daily lives in areas of fitness, medicine, wardrobe, mental health, and environment. The network describes the show as “your daily boost.”
But will it be as much of a boost, entertainment-speaking, as the fallen “One Life to Live” and “All My Children,” daytime staples that were canceled in favor of this less-expensive reality programming?
Experts Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry (mental health), Tim Gunn (fashion), Ty Pennington (design), Dr. Jennifer Ashton (women’s health) and Harley Pasternak (fitness) sure hope so, but at the Television Critics Association press day on Monday, they weren’t particularly convincing.
“We can’t replace that show,” Pennington told a ‘One Life to Live’ fan, “but what we offer is something different. You know, [‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’] got canceled too, and that’s something that’s very special to me. It’s a change, and ‘The Revolution’ is certainly about change… and it’s a fun show.”
The show’s format features segments in the various arenas. Each week also chronicles one woman or couple’s “transformation” over five months — she checks in every 30 days and on Friday, visits the set to reveal the finished product.
One journalist, who admitted to being a soap fan, wondered whether the self-help show would have anything to offer a healthy, happy, organized woman who isn’t in need of major life changes and just wants to know what happens next to Erica Kane. “There’s always something. There’s always a question that needs to be
asked. I don’t think there’s a woman alive who wouldn’t want to go into
Tim Gunn’s magic closet,” replied J.D. Roth, executive producer.
“We’re not just focusing on the miserable. We’re showing you ways that you can add a little bit of fun in life… add a little spice, a little excitement into so many areas of your life,” added Pennington.
The question remains — will “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” fans be satisfied with the new programming options on ABC, or will they find themselves switching over to “Days of Our Lives”? Weigh in, soap fans — has ABC lost your loyalty?