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In yet another indication of the profound changes taking place in the way consumers get their information and entertainment, and the growing importance of the food culture, Walt Disney-owned ABC said yesterday that it is canceling two long-running afternoon “soap operas.”

“One Life To Live, on the air since 1968, and “All My Children,” which debuted in 1970, will close out their runs in January 2012.

According to the story, “In their place, ABC is planning two less expensive lifestyle shows that it says better match the tastes of its daytime audience. ‘The Chew’ will be a live show about food trends with multiple hosts, including restaurateur Mario Batali. Another show, tentatively titled ‘Revolution,’ takes a page from makeover reality shows, and each week will chronicle one woman's five-month-long effort to lose weight.”
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