‘The Revolution’ Hosts Say Show’s Not Aiming to Replace Soaps

by | January 9, 2012 at 4:04 PM | Daytime TV, Deep Soap, The Revolution, TV News

Co-hosts Tim Gunn, Ty Pennington, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, and Harley Pasternak speak onstage during the 'The Revolution' panel during the Disney/ABC Television Group portion of the 2012 Winter TCA Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 9, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

The Revolution” launches January 16th with a built-in handicap: the legions of “One Life To Live” fans who have vowed not to watch the show that is replacing their favorite soap, which airs its final episode this Friday. The ABC show’s co-hosts, who include “Project Runway’sTim Gunn and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’sTy Pennington are aware of the problem. The very first question at the show’s TCA panel was about what the hosts would say to convince soap fans to give the show a chance. Pennington fielded it, saying, “We can’t replace that show. But what we offer is something different. ‘Extreme Makeover’ got canceled too, and that show was something that’s very, very special to me. But it’s about change. And ‘The Revolution’ is certainly about change. ” Added Gunn, “We’re not trying to replace anyone. We hope people will tune in and be inspired by the information that we give.”

Pennington characterized the show as being about hope, which he claims, “leads people into battle. Hope elected out last president.”  What ABC is branding as a “daily boost” will follow a different woman each week. Each episode will chronicle one month in her five month long journey of self-improvement, focusing on her efforts to lose weight, exercise, improve her mental health and make other improvements in her life. Harley Pasternak will serve as her trainer, Gunn will revamp her wardrobe, Pennington will make over her house, while Dr. Tiffanie David Henry and Dr. Jennifer Ashton will focus on her mental and physical health.

The woman will appear in the studio on Mondays and Fridays, and in taped segments mid-week. Gunn admitted that the show’s concept, “can seem abstract.” The always articulate fashion expert explained that the makeover recipient is, “a sinuous thread that we weave through the week.” An example of a potential segment was a consideration of the stomach from each of the experts’ point-of-view.

The show’s sizzle reel and a stack of flashcards that were distributed to reporters gave a taste of the sort of information that the show will provide to viewers. Gunn advises women not to wear capri length cargo pants. Pasternak’s weight loss tips include to drink skim rather than whole milk and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. The hosts’ believe that the show will be of interest to viewers who are not trying to lose weight because everyone has areas of their life that they would like to improve.

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