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LYNDA HIRSCH ON SOAPS -- GOSSIP

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Revolutions don't always work. Just ask ABC, which canceled "The Revolution" and has picked up "General Hospital" for another year.

On April 2, the how-to-improve-yourself show had a mere 1.3 million viewers. That was 51 percent less viewers than "One Life to Live," the show it replaced garnered right before it was canceled.

Anne Sweeney President of Disney-ABC Television Group, said that the decision to renew or wait until after Katie Couric's show debuted in September would be all about the eyeballs. Once Katie hits the air, "GH" will move from it 3 p.m. Eastern time slot to 2 p.m.. ABC is a bit skittish about Couric's new show. Her co-hosting week at "Good Morning America" did not raise the show's ratings.

There is some good "GMA" news, though. "The Revolution" is set to end its run in July. From then until September, a less news-orientated "GMA" will air.

"The Revolution" not only had viewer problems, it had concept problems. The basic theme of the show was following one woman for one week as she dealt with revamping her life. To get the week, they needed people who were willing to let cameras follow them around for months. Who wouldn't want to be on TV? Lots of people, when it came to "The Revolution."

Tim Gunn, one of the show's co-hosts, is warming up for the next season of "Project Runway."

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With "Days of Our Lives" redoing it fabulous reboot, many of the actors who returned to the show are getting the boot.

On the bye-bye list are Matthew Ashford (Jack), Patrick Muldoon (Austin) and Sarah Joy Brown (Madison).

Renee Jones (Lexie) is leaving the show on her own accord. After 20 years on "Days," she has decided to quit acting. Always a non-show-business kind of person, Jones wants to be out of the spotlight. The actress was never one to get involved in politics or the press. For now, she plans to do nothing but read and rest. Her character is being killed off.

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Crystal Chappell (formerly Olivia on "Guiding Light" and Carly "Days of Our Lives") is joining "Bold and Beautiful" in May. Her character, yet to be named, will be involved in a lesbian storyline. Word has it that the character will be involved with Caroline, not in a romantic way, but as one of the women who raised her.

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"Young and Restless" is aging two of its characters. Fen, son of Michael and Lauren, comes back from a boarding school in Canada. Did I miss something? When did he go to boarding school? Also being aged is Summer (daughter of Nicholas Newman and Phyllis). If you add these two aged characters to the aged Kyle, you have a young love triangle. With Victor having fired Michael, the idea of their children getting involved will not please either family.

To find out more about Lynda Hirsch and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com.

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