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The Soap Opera That Is ABC'S Talker THE VIEW To Have Book Written On Behind The Scenes Drama!



If you couldn’t get enough scandal on-screen and in the tabloids on The View over the last 19 seasons, now the backstage drama will be the subject of  a book written by Variety’s New York bureau chief Ramin Setoodeh.

Ramin has covered the ABC morning talk show for years, and the book is scheduled for release in 2017 from publisher Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press.

Setodeh’s book is said to be focusing on the behind-the-scenes relationships — and drama — at the show that Barbara Walters launched in 1997 with the goal of providing a forum for strong women to express their different points of view.

In exclusive interviews with co-hosts, producers and key staff, Setoodeh will pull back the curtain on the show’s history-making creation, water-cooler moments and attempts at reinvention following Walters’ retirement two years ago. The story of The View will unfold against a broader backdrop of fundamental shifts in the talk show world in the wake of Oprah Winfrey’s 2011 exit.

The author and journalist commented: “The View is a groundbreaking TV show that deserves its own book. I’ve watched the show growing up, and covered it for years as a journalist at Newsweek and Variety.”

So, what do you think about a non-fiction book on the story of The View? Do you think it will make for juicy and soapy reading? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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How much do you wanna bet ABC/D buys the rights to this book and turns it into, ahem, a soap? Still waiting for them to apologize to us for canceling AMC & OLTL!


Fireworks, anyone?????


Never really watched the view unless forced to in doctor’s waiting rooms. Still, expect it to be super juicy so will probably at least check out a copy from the local library. Not interested enough to spend my own money on it!

I love gh

How mysogynistic can this be? Is there a tell-all of behind the scenes action at 60 minutes? World News Tonight? 20/20? This just perpetuates stereotypes of catfighting and female drama because it’s an all-female workplace. Every work place on the planet has some element of drama because humans are a part of it.

I find this ridiculous.


Sorry but The View does NOT belong in the same journalistic category as those shows you mention. It’s basically celebrity pablum and ABC promotional crossovers.

I love gh

True, Melissa. It is a talk show and not a news show.


Right on, Melissa. The comparison, in itself, is insulting to journalists, reporters, in general. THE VIEW’s cast/panel is so diverse, it does not fall into ‘that’ same category, as you say.
It makes no difference if the matriarch, Barbara Walters, is a journalist herself….and others who may ‘come in’. The fact remains, the premise was not intended as a ‘news’ program, as it were.
Needless to say, I’m with you. I will not invest in THE BOOK…..just not interested enough!

Mary SF

I’ll wait for the made for TV movie based on the book to come out– LOL


ABC it trying to save its’ daytime TV..
All daytime is struggling and they will use every plot/ploy to keep it alive.
” Crossovers, scandals whatever can keep people tuning in..

Daytime TV is for the live viewers… and they are quickly fading away..
I doubt many would DVR/record the Price is Right..
One thing the soaps have going for them, they are watched during the evening by recording, by network, by on demand etc….

Invision who are home to watch daytime TV, live… they will not be able to save daytime but there are always new retirees, but would they watch? nawww lol
Perhaps a book about loud annoying women will help daytime, dunno..


Actually………..I record the Price is Right. Watch it at night after work. Love Drew and am a game show fanatic.


One question posed here is as follows: “Do you think it will make for juicy and soapy reading?”

Throughout soap history, the successful ones featured one (maybe two) villains within a large cast, sometimes written in such a way that their motives can be understood, thus perhaps maintaining rooting value.

Over the years, The View has had quite a few villains on a recurring slate of four hosts, and these particular women have no rooting value.

A successful soap typically features a villain that the viewer loves to hate. The View typically features one or more villains that the viewer simply hates…

Tomas Torquemada

Well it started out as a forum for strong, smart women. And then it was one very dim bulb after another. Yet another sad example of Daytime underestimating the intelligence of its viewers.

Toure Cannon

“NOT INTERESTED AT ALL!” And , IMO it probably won’t sell that many copies anyways! I use to watch this show to a T , but now I don’t since that rat-ass wretched Disney ABC cancelled AMC and OLTL and f'”‘ked up their daytime lineup! All the view is just a complaining menopause fest of raging out of control hormones of buckets of stale drama! As the previous comment above , I agree that they…ABC needs to apologize to us for axing our soaps. I am a boycotter of all things Disney ABC 23/7., except for 1hr of General Hospital only until they fix the daytime lineup again by returning the soaps. Other than that…BYE BYE ABC!!! NO SOAPS…NO ABC!


In short “NO”. Who cares enough to buy the book?

Jason W

Star Jones already wrote “satan sister” and that book is being turned into a VH1 tv show, so we don’t need ANOTHER book on the view…

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The Chew Cancelled After 7 Seasons; A Slice Of Justice For All My Children Fans?

Karma is a bitch! ABC announced yesterday that the foodie series The Chew has been axed after seven seasons. 

The Chew lost significant viewers when ABC fired main co-host chef, Mario Batali after reports of alleged sexual harassment over many years. Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, and Michael Symon have remained the regular series hosts.

In addition, The Chew dropped 17% with women in the 18-49 demo and this has been its least watched season since its debut in 2011.  As ABC Daytime fans know, The Chew replaced iconic soap opera All My Children, when ABC made the decision to cancel the beloved soap and replace it with the food show.

So, let’s take a look at the numbers: All My Children lasted 41 years, while The Chew lasted 7 seasons. Hmm …

ABC noted that The Chew will cease production at the end of this season, but will continue to air until September with all-new episodes in June.  In addition, ABC announced that Good Morning America will expand to three hours.  Thus, switching up the ABC morning line-up.

So, are you glad that The Chew got fried?  Is this justice for All My Children fans who miss their beloved Pine Valley?  Comment below.

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It’s going to be a long hot summer when Hunter King reprises her role of Summer Newman on CBS’ The Young and the Restless.

 The actress, whose primetime comedy series Life in Pieces has been renewed by CBS, is now set for double duty. She will return to her daytime beginnings when she first airs on Monday, June 4th. The news was first reported by TV line. King is a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

When we last saw King in 2016, the character of Summer took a break from her college studies to travel the world. When she returns, she will waste no time digging in her heels and getting into all sorts of trouble. What will happen when her mother Phyllis, played by Gina Tognoni, finds out Summer is back in Genoa City? Stay tuned.

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