There’s some bizarre criss-cross synergy behind today’s news of ABC’s cancellation of iconic soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live.
The former, which relocated to LA in 2009, is to be replaced on air by Chew, a cooking show produced by upstate New York resident Gordon Elliott. The one-time talk show host and A Current Affair reporter is now a cooking and lifestyles TV show magnate, via his 12-year-old company Follow Productions.
The latter, shot in New York, is being steamrolled by J.D. Roth (pictured), the one-time kids quiz show host who now runs a media empire out of Redondo Beach with partner Todd Nelson called 3Ball Productions. The Biggest Loser made him a multi-millionaire, and no doubt his newest weight loss program – tentatively titled The Revolution – will add more to the coffers as it helps participants shed those excess pounds.
The final episode of All My Children (launched in 1970) will be broadcast in September, while One Life to Live (launched in 1968) is scheduled to go off the air in January 2012.