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‘Revolution’ axed; ‘GH’ lives

Johnny (BrandBarash left) Sonny (Maurice Benard) “General Hospital.”

Johnny (Brandon Barash, left) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) on “General Hospital.”

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Updated: May 14, 2012 8:17AM

NEW YORK — ABC is not ready to totally give up on the soap opera genre.

The network has renewed its one remaining soap, “General Hospital,” meaning it will be around for its 50th anniversary on April 1, 2013.

The lifestyle show “The Revolution,” starring Ty Pennington and Tim Gunn, is not so lucky. It has been canceled and will air its final episode in July.

Cutting “The Revolution” makes room for Katie Couric’s talk show. Until its premiere in September, an extra hour of “Good Morning America” will fill the 1 p.m. time slot.

Former “One Life to Live” executive producer Frank Valentini took over at “GH” in January. He brought back veteran actors like Daytime Emmy winner Finola Hughes and introduced a few key “OLTL” characters.

“General Hospital” is the longest-running U.S. soap on TV. Last year ABC canceled the long-running “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” AP

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