It looks like 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 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 to premiere in September.
The news was first announced by the website Deadline Hollywood.
General Hospital is the longest-running U.S. soap on TV.
‘Marley’ to stream on Facebook
The Bob Marley documentary Marley will stream on Facebook simultaneously during its theatrical opening, a signal that social media may also play a role in shifting movie release windows.
Such day-and-date releases have become increasingly common in recent years for smaller independent films. But this will be the first such U.S. film to stream concurrently on the social media behemoth while opening in theaters.
The film, directed by Kevin Macdonald, will be available for a $6.99 rental beginning April 20, which is the day it opens in theaters. A portion of the proceeds from Facebook sales will benefit Save the Children, the charity for needy children.
Marley is also being released via video-on-demand on April 20.
Novelist tapped for next Bond book
Acclaimed British novelist William Boyd will be the next hired gun to step into Ian Fleming’s English-made shoes.
HarperCollins Publishers says Boyd has agreed to write an upcoming James Bond novel.
The publisher said Thursday the next Bond installment does not have a title yet.
Boyd, known for Restless, Any Human Heart and other books, will follow novelists Sebastian Faulks and Jeffrey Deaver, who have also written recent Bond novels.
The author says he wants to set the book in the late 1960s.
The book is scheduled to be published in the fall of 2013.
Fox fires ‘Mole’ 2 days after post
Fox News says it has fired an associate producer after learning he was the Fox Mole hired by the news blog Gawker.
The network says Joe Muto was let go, effective Thursday.
The associate producer of The O’Reilly Factor made his debut as an anonymous columnist on Gawker on Tuesday. He was hired to provide regular posts from inside the network.
Fox said in a statement Muto was fired after it determined he was the main culprit in less than 24 hours.