ABC has announced that “The Revolution,” as expected, will launch on Monday, January 15, 2012. The lifestyle show will replace long-running soap opera “One Life To Live” which will air its final episode on Friday, January 13. “The Revolution” was originally billed as a show similar to “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” chronicling the weight loss of a new woman each week, with a team of experts assisting her in her quest to get fit. Now, the network claims that the focus will be on the expanded team of experts: “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s” Ty Pennington, Tim Gunn (“Project Runway“), fitness and nutrition expert Harley Pasternak, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, an ob/gyn who has worked as a medical reporter for CBS and Fox News, and sex therapist with a porn star name Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry. These experts will “offer tips and tools to motivate viewers to transform different areas of their life.”
ABC’s decision to air cooking show “The Chew” as the lead-in to “The Revolution” sparked criticism that the network was encouraging women to eat, then telling them they needed to lose weight. Disgruntled soap fans vowed to boycott “The Chew,” which replaced “All My Children,” though the show has overcome a shaky launch to build an audience that is only slightly smaller than AMC’s was. They are also targeting “The Revolution,” which faces a tougher benchmark because “One Life To Live’s” ratings are significantly higher. There is no word on whether “The Revolution” will be cheeky enough to use Gil Scott Heron’s famous song, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” as its theme.
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