ABC's The Revolution: Hit or Miss?

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ABC is dedicating five hours a week to the concept of personal revolution with its new show called -- uh -- The Revolution. The show premiered last week in the time slot where One Life to Live aired before cancellation. OLTL fans are probably not going to find a lot of soapy drama on The Revolution but they will find plenty of feel-good, commonsense solutions to style (Tim Gunn), home/lifestyle (Ty Pennington), health (Dr. Jennifer Ashton), mental health (Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry) and fitness (Harley Pasternak).

Each week one "Hero of the Week" is chosen, a person who the show will follow through a five-month transformation of weight loss and lifestyle makeover. One episode will mark a 30-day period, so you will meet each week's hero on Monday and follow his or her progress daily as they complete a monthly weigh-in and meet personal goals. The show premiered last week with a Hero of the Week two-fer: the Harris sisters, Cherrell and Jamilla. We sat down to watch the first week of The Revolution and see if Tim Gunn can carry an entire show on the network that brought us The Chew.

In Episode One, the show opens and our team of hosts assures us that this episode is all about YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU. Okay, Host Team -- in a stunning change of pace, I'm going to focus on myself for once. It seems kind of un-American to focus on myself, but I'll give selfish a try. Ty Pennington is loud even without his bullhorn. He says "finally" we can have an hour to focus on just ourselves. Dr. Jennifer Ashton is wearing a white lab coat -- so we are sure which one is the medical doctor? Why isn't Ty wearing a hardhat? Why isn't Tim sporting a measuring tape around his neck? It seems a little Village People to me.

There is a segment called Timtervention. I'm officially over word mash-ups. Tim makes over women with help from Macy's. The main point: play up your best feature. We turn to Harley, who teaches us tap squats, and then Dr. Jen recommends we take vitamin D to fight cancer, non-medical doctor advises cleaning out your "people clutter." Ty wants us to embrace color to lift our spirits. The initial plan was to recap each segment, but this is lame. Household solutions with items you have handy, repurposing clothes you already have, blah blah blah. This show is a lot of retread -- the ongoing reinvention/intervention is the only thing the show has going.

The producers chose well -- sisters Jamilla and Cherrell Harris are adorable, friendly and successful in their professional lives. They are a little co-dependent, spending almost all of their time together, but the show addresses that and even makes them live apart for a week during the transformation phase. Here is a quick breakdown of their progress by episode/month:

• Episode One: In the first 30 days, the sisters have lost a combined 34 pounds. Tim does a segment with them in which they pick out a "goal outfit." Interesting! Longtime Gunn fans know that he has always advocated dressing the body you have, not the body you want, so this is a show trick, not a Tim Gunn trick.

• Episode 2: At the 60-day check-in, Ty makes over the sisters' living space to give their environment a makeover to match their new, active lifestyle. He removes a couch, puts in two chairs, and paints a tree on the wall; pictures of the sisters are affixed to the tree like leaves. The sisters have lost 47 combined pounds.

• Episodes 3 & 4: I cheated and watched video excerpts online. I'm sorry, I have a job. And this show is terrible. Other than the Harris sisters, the rest of the segments are rehashed tips you can pick up in any fitness or lifestyle magazine. (Repurpose items in your closet to freshen up your wardrobe! Wear natural fibers! Sweat more, walk more!) At the 90-day weigh-in Jamilla has lost 30 pounds, and Cherrell 35 pounds. Harley Pasternak does the Arsenio Hall arm pump when they tally the combined 65 pound weight loss. OMG. At the 120-day weigh Jamilla lost 38 lbs., and Cherrell has lost 41 pounds and she has also dropped to under 200 lbs. This is an exciting moment, and I resolve to watch Friday's show. Also, do not miss this clip of the hosts walking on treadmills talking about the importance of working up a sweat. Tim Gunn is walking at a pace of about 1.0 in a suit and dress shoes. I freaking love him.

• Episode 5: After 150 days of training with Harley, and coaching from the rest of the panel, it's time for THE BIG REVEAL IN GOAL OUTFITS! They look amazing! I'm teary! Goal outfits look gorgeous! Tim Gunn is crying! The final weigh-in: 57 pounds lost for Charrell and 52 pounds lost for Jamilla. They look beautiful in their goal outfits, and the show actually does a follow-up segment in which they discuss setbacks and struggles, as well as goals for the future.

Verdict: If you can devote five hours a week to this show, God bless ya. I might tune in on Fridays to check the final result, since they show enough before-and-afters on day five for viewers to get the gist. Unfortunately there is a little too much filler to justify a daily Tim Gunn fix, even for a hardcore Gunn fan like me.



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Memeilaa
Memeilaa

This show sucks,love Ty but the rest blah.Glad its canceled.You made a mistake taking off ONE OF THE BEST SOAPS.

cc
cc

nope,  Who cares.  I don't watch that garbage anyways.  Would be nice if they could get a shower.

Brandi
Brandi

I will NEVER watch this sorry excuse for a Replacement show Bring Back One Life to Live!

GUEST
GUEST

i like the revolution it should keep coming on. I enjoy the segments you can learn things and it makes you aware of things. EVERYONE has SOMETIME of REVOLUTION and the Revolution can help in a way. Soaps are over rated completely fake and is not the same that it use to be. KEEP THEM OFF!!....#team revolution

Brcpatrica1
Brcpatrica1

The Revolution would be much better if Dr. Jen were replaced. I always fast-forward through her segments because she appears to be condescending

Talisyn
Talisyn

Enough enough enough of the tarted up infomercials. There are entire channels devoted to food porn, exercise and makeovers. Redundant and repetitive, and totally over saturated, Bring back One Life to Live, and kill off The Chew and The Revolution.

Sealilly
Sealilly

I was willing to give it a chance but, when Ty started talking about what type of bra I should wear it pushed me over the edge.  I deleted the episode and the season pass.

Deniselupino
Deniselupino

I hope this show fails, we dont need any more of this crap on tv,I was a dedicaded soap fan and will never forgive abc for what they did. There are so many people who have enjoyed escaping reality for a few hours a day we dont need reallity shoved down our throats!

Jeanne
Jeanne

Personally I have never been a fan of soaps and have truly enjoyed watching The Revolution. I like all aspects of the show, especially the fitness segments with Harley. I hope that this show is given a chance to prove itself.

Ssummerca
Ssummerca

BTW Ty I liked you better when you were truly helping people and building the house and home of their dreams. Now that was something to be proud of. 

Ssummerca
Ssummerca

I miss watching shows on ABC and Disney channels and affiliates, All My Children and One Life To Live mean more to me. I only watch General Hospital now. I used to watch so many shows on these channels, now I have found other alternatives of shows to watch on Other Networks and Only watch 1 show on all of their channels, General Hospital. I have been loyal for several decades yet I can't say the same now for the network and the company. If ABC is not going to restore to production and airing of our soaps then they should have the sense to get them sold and let their stock holders benefit from the sales. and maybe repair all of their tarnished reputations at the Network and Corporation in doing what is right. 

Kathy Scott
Kathy Scott

This show is not worth watching. I am a loyal AMC and OLTL viewer. I have watched these shows for over 40 years. I started watching them with my grandmother. They got me through college, marriage and the births of my kids. My day would be ruined if my VCR stopped working. Thank God for TIVO. I miss my shows. I could never be a fan of The Chew and The Revolution. ABC got this one wrong. I turn the channel until GH comes on. ABC had better wake up before the soap fans turn to other network soaps. What a group of boneheads. Idiots. They should all be fired for not listening to their viewers.

Family of 5
Family of 5

I use to have ABC on from 11 to 3 pm.  Now I don't !  I watch Channel 26.4  ( back ground noise while working on my projects ) to fill in the gap until  General Hospital comes on.  I'm sick of the Talk, Cooking, and Judge shows ! I Think The Bachelor, Bachelorette, and Lost are a complete Joke and a wast of viewers time. BRING BACK ONE LIFE TO LIVE !!!!  Wake up ABC and listen to your viewers !!!!

Amy
Amy

I will never watch this show!  I miss AMC and OLTL!  Instead, I now watch the soaps on CBS. 

Johanna
Johanna

so just replace OLTL on fridays then...Don't even the the bid "Reveal" is even worth it this show is a bust face it ABC cut your losses and re-instate One Life To Live but that is just one SWANS(Stans With Agnes Nixon) opinion!

rosebud
rosebud

stupid ,If abc thinks the fans of one life to live are going to watch this foolish garbage ,they will be very disappointed,unless they dont care ,which is what I really think ,hey abc why dont you give the rights back to agnes nixon so she can go to another network with our stories from landview and pine valley,it couldnd hurt ,as far as abc/disney thinks the soaps are dead,so if your right ,all my children and one life to live wont hurt your ratings for those nasty shows the chew and the revolution,2 blabber mouth shows that Im never going to watch,Ill kept watching general hospital,but all abc programming is off my television ,for good.

Amanda
Amanda

This show is going to flop. Why? Because the network has alienated millions of viewers by canceling our favorite program simply to turn a bigger profit. What did they think? That after 44 years no one would care or quickly forget about a beloved program? There was a reason OLTL was on for 40+ years - the fans love it. We still do. 

Brandi
Brandi

 You Obviously have Never Truly cared about a TV show before, The REVULSION is what it should be called, OLTL has been on the air for 44 yrs This sorry excuse for a Replacement show could NEVER fill OLTL'S shoes

GUEST
GUEST

 i meant SOME KIND not sometime

pg
pg

i think they should eliminate dr tiffanie--she always interrupts others and uses the "i" word way too much

Parkersnana
Parkersnana

I will never watch these shows. Bring back OLTL and AMC. My grandma started me on her stories over 40 years ago. Also leave on General Hospital

Parkersnana
Parkersnana

I will never watch these shows. Bring back OLTL and AMC. My grandma started me on her stories over 40 years ago. Also leave on General Hospital

Thehowsers6813
Thehowsers6813

ABC needs to wake up and smell the stale coffee. We want our soaps back. We won't watch ABC daytime until then.

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