The Revolution (TV series)
|Presented by||Tim Gunn
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||≈105|
|Executive producer(s)||J. D. Roth|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original run||January 16 – July 6, 2012|
The Revolution is an American health and lifestyle talk show with some reality television components. It aired weekdays at 2:00pm (ET) on the ABC network from January 16 to July 6, 2012. Created by producer J. D. Roth, the series replaced the soap opera One Life to Live (which premiered along with All My Children on TOLN on April 29, 2013).
The series was hosted by Project Runway's Tim Gunn, a consultant on style and fashion topics, fitness trainer Harley Pasternak, designer Ty Pennington, medical consultant Dr. Jennifer Ashton, and therapist/relationship expert Dr. Tiffanie Davis.
The object of The Revolution was to effect positive change in the lives of overweight women. Although the show's most prominent theme was women's weight loss, the show's other recurring themes involved promoting women's well-being, including mental health, style, and home environment. The show featured various segments related to exercise, nutrition, fashion, medicine, and psychology.
Through casting calls, women would send to the producers videos of themselves explaining what about themselves they would like to change, chief among which would be their weight. Customized plans were then created off-screen to help each woman achieve her goals. The women would later appear on the program to present their progress and accomplishments, which was usually featured in the form of a week-long chronological timeline of their progress, and later segments which would check back again on their progress.
Despite being sponsored by Macy's and having guest appearances from celebrities, such as Toni Braxton and Dolly Parton, the show never gained any foothold in the ratings. The occasional visits on The Revolution by hosts from higher-rated ABC programs (such as Good Morning America, The View and The Chew) could not help the ratings either.
The Revolution was the lowest-rated show among all daytime programs on the Big Three television networks. From January to early April, The Revolution attracted on average an audience of 1.5 million viewers daily, of which 370,000 were in the women 18-49 targeted demographic. By March, The Revolution had dropped to 1.3 million daily viewers, roughly half the viewership of the program it replaced.
On April 11, 2012, three months after the show's debut and a year after the cancellation of One Life to Live, ABC canceled The Revolution due to low ratings. Its final episode aired nearly three months later, on July 6, and was replaced the following Monday by Good Afternoon America. The replacement series only lasted two months, with General Hospital permanently taking over the timeslot on September 10.
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