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The Chew set for premiere Sept 26th: Releases principal photography & show tune-in copy!

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The Chew is getting ready for it’s a launch on Monday, September 26th on the ABC Daytime line-up while All My Children (the show it is replacing) is preparing it’s final episode to air on Friday, September 23rd.   As ABC is gearing up for The Chew‘s arrival to the daytime, it has released some principal photography of its stars, plus some tune-in copy that says the following:

“ABC’s new, one-hour lifestyle series The Chew will debut live Monday September 26 at 1:00 p.m., ET. It’s a party in the kitchen each and every afternoon, as  The Chew celebrates and explores life through food. Bringing together a diverse panel of co-hosts that includes restaurateurs and “Iron Chef” stars Mario Batali and Michael Symon, entertaining expert Clinton Kelly, “Top Chef” alum Carla Hall and health & wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz, The Chew brings viewers smart and intelligent talk that engages the audience in a daily dose of food, life and fun with conversations about everything from cooking, holidays and home entertaining to food trends like food trucks and urban gardens.”

Are you kidding us?  “Everything from food trends like food trucks and urban gardens”? That is what ABC wants daytime fans to tune-in for instead of the legendary folks in Pine Valley?  Enough said!

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Pissed-Offf

I hope this garbage bombs bug time. Who thought of the name the chew? What Morons!!!

Jeff Moree
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Jeff Moree

I hope it bombs too! Who cares the chew ewww PEW!

Mo
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Mo

I personally don’t need to get so in depth with food. How interesting/ironic that they have a food show and then a weight loss program as their replacements.

shawn
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shawn

who gives a damn about the chew…i know why they called it that…because people will chew the show up and spit it out…now that trever st john is leaving i will be suprised if oltl lasts until january..you got too many big players leaving early and that is not good at all

Andrea Dawson
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Andrea Dawson

I will NEVER watch this show or any others that replaces it when it fails. The only thing I will watch on abc at 12pm central is All My Children.

Chris
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Chris

No interest what so ever in watching this show. I didn’t like Batali when he had a show on the Food Network and I have no desire to to watch him on this show either. This show is going to bomb and I will be celebrating when it does. They should have never cancelled All My Children. They should have given Lorraine Broderick a chance to to turn the show around. Once AMC goes off the air ABC will no longer be the channel I watch for my soaps I will be watching NBC Days Of Our Lives and CBS… Read more »

Terry Richard
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Terry Richard

More trailer trash reality/talk show garbage for daytime television…I will be switching channels and watching “Days of Our Lives” on September 26, 2011 as that is when Deidre Hall returns as Marlena…ABC sucks big time!

Shelley
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Shelley

I will never watch the Chew yuck!!

Suzanne Rose
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Suzanne Rose

There is no way I will ever watch an ABC show again.

david
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david

I won’t be watching this or ABC (except for OLTL). The Chew–what a pathetic name–can choke, crash, and burn. Two million people are hoping this show fails and that Brian Frons is fried and fired. I doubt any television show has debuted under such storm clouds of ill will, except perhaps, the one that will replace OLTL.

Suzanne
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Suzanne

WE HAVE THE FOOD NETWORK FOR THE FOOD SHOWS LEAVE THE DAYTIME DRAMAS ALONE!!!!!! I WILL NOT SUPPORT ABC WITH THEIR NEW SHOWS!!!

tifanie
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tifanie

Chew on this!!!!!! Will never watch!!

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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

Photo: JPI

The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

Photo: JPI

The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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Soap Vet, Broadway Star and Artistic Director, Robert Lupone Passes Away at 76

Bob Lupone, the brother of Broadway Icon, Patti Lupone, and who is best-known to soap opera fans as con artist Zach Grayson on All My Children (1984-1985) has died at the age of 76.

The actor, and artistic director of Off-Broadway’s acclaimed MCC Theatre for over 40 years, passed away Saturday, due to complications from his three year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Photo: MCC Theatre

Ironically, Bob was best known on Broadway as Zach in A Chorus Line which landed him a Tony Award nomination in 1976, and he also received a Daytime Emmy nomination for his other role of Zach on All My Children in 1985.  The murder of Zach Grayson was quite the murder mystery and trial; bringing in many suspects to the story.

In addition to All My Children, throughout his soap career, Lupone held roles on: Search for Tomorrow as Tom Bergman, Ryan’s Hope as Chester Wallace, Another World as Neal Cory, Loving as Leonard Brill/Charley Nichols, and Guiding Light as Leo Flynn.  He also appeared in primetime TV roles including: The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and several roles in the Law and Order franchise.

Lupone made his feature film debut in the 1973 musical adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar playing the Apostle James, and two years later got the Broadway role of his lifetime playing Zach in A Chorus Line after convincing creator and director Michael Bennett to let him play the part after the original actor departed the show.

A decade later, LuPone would co-found the Off-Broadway theatre company, MCC Theater, with Bernard Telsey and William Cantler.  MCC was founded as an artists collective designed to offer peer based classes and playwright development and has launched several successful shows that went on to great success.

LuPone is survived by his wife, Virginia; his son, Orlando; sister, Patti; and brother, William.

Below, take a look at the suspects in the Zach Grayson murder case on All My Children, followed by the 1976 performance by Robert and the cast of A Chorus Line on The Tony Awards, and last, a scene as AMC’s Zach around the 6 minute mark in the video.

Now, share your condolences to the Lupone family on Bob’s passing, and your remembrances in the comment section.

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