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THE CHEW To Have Primetime Special To Preview ABC's Fall Line-Up!

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Now here is a paradoxical twist!  ABC is giving the cookie/foodie daytime series, The Chew, and it’s hosts, some primo real estate with a special episode to introduce the network’s  fall line-up of their hottest news shows and stars in primetime!  With a tag line in the official press release of “The Chew Takes A Bite Out Of ABC’s New Fall Season,” the episode will air on September 2nd. (7PM-8PMEST)

Here is what we know will go down:  The merry band of  “Chew” cooking co-horts;  Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz travel coast to coast — from California and New York to Hawaii and Nashville — to bring viewers a sneak peek at the ABC Fall Primetime lineup. Interviewing some of the network’s hottest new stars, the special has something for everyone.  From diva-filled musical drama and deep and dark desires to quirky and “out of this world” comedies and thrillers.

Highlights of the special include:  666 Park Avenue stars Vanessa Williams and Terry O’Quinn  enjoy cocktails and canapés with Clinton Kelly from a chic Manhattan hotel room to talk about their sexy, seductive new primetime address.
Carla Hall travels home as she visits  Nashville star Hayden Panettiere  on the legendary stage of The Grand Ole Opry and visits with her co-stars, Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio, at the iconic Bluebird Cafe.

Aloha from Oahu, Hawaii, the breathtaking location for ABC’s new action adventure series, Last Resort, premiering   Series star Andre Braugher sits oceanside with Daphne Oz for comfort food, conversation and a hometown surprise, all amidst the palm trees and island breeze.

Carla Hall catches up with the stars of the new family comedy series The Neighbors at Johnnie’s Coffee Shop in Los Angeles, where Jami Gertz and other stars share a preview of their quirky new sitcom that’s sure to bring the family together for a night of laughs. ”

It’s a food truck fiesta as Daphne Oz meets country music superstar Reba McIntyre to talk about her new sitcom, Malibu Country, which premieres Friday, November 2 at 8:30 p.m., ET.    Gordon Elliott is the executive producer of  The Chew Presents ABC’s Primetime Fall Primetime Special.

So soapers; interesting that ABC is giving The Chew a shot at primetime to introduce their fall line-up!  Wonder if the cast of General Hospital was even considered?  Doubtful.    If The Chew can have a primetime slot to cross promote themselves, maybe we can get a primetime special to properly finish up OLTL and AMC …  or to call attention to GH’s upcoming 50th Anniversary!  Just sayin’    Thoughts?

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tim
tim

I’ll pass.

el
el

just sounds like a desperate attempt to bring the chew into peoples livings rooms…who dont watch…i dont care what ratings say i find it hard to believe anyone is watching that garbage…except for doctor offices, salons etc that have their tvs on abc all day long.

Christine
Christine

Michael, again it just shows how much ABC does not know about their audience. I betcha they have really lousy ratings for this. It’s so obvious how much they want this stupid show to succeed.

I wish GH was given the consideration and, I agree, it would be nice for AMC and OLTL to have been given this consideration as well. They just do not care.

Christy
Christy

ditto on all!

Dawn D
Dawn D

Just more pimping.

Matt
Matt

Now that ID is doing a soap alternative programming block, I may have to break boycott and start watching The Chew and DVRing The Talk! After all, the shows on ID are just as much “soap killers” as The Chew, The Talk, etc. I had been standing strong with fans of AMC and OLTL, but OLTL what? AMC who?! Days of Our Lives, when?! If soap fans can be lured away from the remaining 4 soaps by crappy reality TV programming like this and ID’s ridiculously titled Days of Our Knives, then we’re all going to be watching crappy reality TV programming when ALL the remaining soaps are gone! I apologize for the tone of my post, but I want to make a point. BTW I would NEVER watch The Chew or The Talk (never to be on my DVR), but my point is that soap fans complain about The Chew, etc. taking the place of beloved soaps and then (blindly?) follow ID in an attempt to lure viewers away from the remaining soaps. C’mon, soap fans stay strong: If you must watch ID soap killers, please DVR and watch later — not during the 1 to 4 block when our soaps are on…

Christine
Christine

I’m with you, Matt.

I just made a personal choice last week to give up ALL the reality shows that I watch which was not many, but considered reality: Amazing Race, Survivor, Hoarders, and Master Chef.

I never watched absolute garbage like the Kardashian show, but since the above-mentioned were considered reality and I am really sick of this genre taking over, I can’t be middle-of-the-road and so I have decided to give it ALL up.

If the networks are determined to take away our soap genre for the likes of reality then I will turn to DVDs (since I ended Directv) of current scripted dramas, Hulu, Netflix, etc., and reruns of classic TV shows.

Vickie
Vickie

Since I don’t watch ABC/D it doesn’t matter what they put on or try to do to promote their new shows or their old shows.

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

ABC/D is desperate for this show to succeed. I will never watch the chew idiots!!!!

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

Who wants to see the motley crew of the chew on prime time??? NOT ME!!! Won’t watch them then or in their regular time slot!! EVER!!!!

Christine
Christine

I just realized that this will be running during dinner time for some folks. I sure hope ABC has enough antacid/heartburn sponsors lined up. Ha! Ha!

Christy
Christy

plop, plop, fizz, fizz! bwhahahahaha

Linda
Linda

This is more about saving the Spew than promoting the fall line up. ABC’s desperation is showing!

Torrey
Torrey

I don’t watch the Chew during the daytime hours, and I’M NOT GOING TO WATCH during primetime hours!!! Give it a rest, ABC and quit pimping this show that no one is interested in. The only reason why they haven’t cancelled this show, is because they are trying to save face. The ratings for this show aren’t that great either. And I don’t need to watch a primetime special featuring these losers to know what’s going on in the Fall for ABC….All you have to do is go online, or better yet get just wait until the Fall and watch the shows that seem of interest to you….if there are any.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I’m all for cross-promos, but I won’t be watching this one. I don’t watch ABC primetime or The Chew. I would however support a primetime movie or mini-series to properly end AMC & OLTL, and one to celebrate GH’s 50th. I have emailed TPTB suggesting these things. It would go a long way in restoring the ABC Daytime fanbase they have now lost with their programming changes.

Jay
Jay

My first thought exactly, why can’t AMC and OLTL have a prime time episode to finish off their shows. This just further shows how much abc sucks! Talk about another kick in the teeth to the fans. I can’t wait for Katie to tank, and the chew to drop lower in the ratings…and then they’ll be left wondering, what did we do wrong???

Jen
Jen

Tilting my head…

Why does ABC continue to force feed America The Chew? I could see a nighttime edition of The View previewing the new Fall schedule. Or perhaps even a special episode of Castle. That would have been kinda cute, but The Chew? That train wreck of show? Embarrassing! It’s a sad grasping at ratings. Do they think that they will suddenly climb in the ratings by way of this stunt? If ABC were a friend, rather than a network, I would have already suggested therapy.

Just picture it. Why would anyone want to watch those five people preview the new nighttime lineup? On the other hand, Castle, his mom , Beckett and Alexis, with a bowl of popcorn, discussing the hot new shows. They could even discuss their upcoming season, as a fantasy in their heads. Also cute would be several GH characters, sitting together, discussing the new shows. Maybe Epiphany and Liz in the nurses lounge or something like that.

For goodness sakes… How about Katie Couric, their new daytime star, previewing their new nighttime stars. Sheesh.

ABC… really… enough with The Chew! And yes, a nighttime episode of General Hospital would be fantastic. But I hold no hope for it until someone buys ABC a clue.

Michael
Michael

Okay, thank God I don’t watch anything on ABC, so this won’t affect me anyway. But ABC doing this is STUPIDITY AT ITS BEST!

Robert
Robert

Like millions of others, I won’t be watching this mess of a cooking show. The Food Network Channel is where I go for my cooking shows, Bravo too and the Cooking Channel. Sorry ABC, put the soaps back on!!!

Robbyrob
Robbyrob

Wow…a primetime edition of The Chew. This to me signifies how much of a letdown the ratings have been. ABC cannot understand for the life of them how this show is just NOT clicking with its audience. I mean, my goodness, just how many recipes can one person have? How much forced host back & forth bantering should make us all fall in love with them? Oh, that Carla! Isn’t Mario a hunk!

Sorry ABC, your just found support of GH is great & all but I’m still mighty peeved of your past actions as they have had devasting impacts on not only your schedule but viewers lives. We don’t forget and aren’t easily bought off. Hopefully, the ratings for the prime time episode will be just as bad and the daytime version. ABC can then, at least, maybe, finally voice what a huge boneheaded mistake it was to torpedo their once vibrant and loyal daytime audience. Sure, it won’t bring our soaps back, but seeing these high-salaried know it alls have egg on their face is beyond priceless. Paybacks a bitch ABC!

rose
rose

The soaps are the orphans at ABC when it comes to promotion. Maybe those who view “The Chew” at 7 pm will appreciate what soapers have had to “chew” on this past year.

Robert Coplin
Robert Coplin

Is this a joke what is the Chew doing having a primetime special because its a cooking show thats introducing some of the new ABC Primetime series i think i will pass watching it.

Chaz
Chaz

Considering I totally ignore ABC except for General Hospital this special is useless for viewers like me.

JustSaying
JustSaying

Let The Chew permanently move to primetime. See how well the primetime audience responds to them.

Then bring back both AMC and OLTL. If they can’t fit them in the schedule, reduce them to a half-hour format like B&B.

Mims
Mims

Wow, is the Chew still on? Probably dying a slow death by choking. I haven’t watched ANY ABC programming since OLTL went off the air. I’m past their all-important age demographic of 18-49 so they don’t care what I think anyway. Screw the Chew and screw ABC.

Grace
Grace

Absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of GH getting a PRIME TIME SPECIAL in honor of the shows 50th Anniversary! A 2 hour special is the LEAST that ABC can give to GH after all that they’ve done in the past 16 or so months to daytime!

Also, ABC Daytime needs to put up now and “walk the walk” and do what they said they were going to do; “Fully Support GH!”. They can start by airing a lot of GH commercials honoring the Anniversary into their top prime time shows next Spring!

Iakovos
Iakovos

Would it have been so difficult to do this kind of cross promotion with its daytime star in recent years… Lucct, Geary, et al.? This will not help THE CHEW (Labor Day Weekend evenings are not top draw in any year) but the idea has merit. But it should have been done long ago with our AMC, OLTL, and GH actors and celebrities, right?

Dr. Donald G. Boudreau
Dr. Donald G. Boudreau

Primetime Spew showcasing the hide-the-tips Gang? What Dumber than Dummer (or is that the Froweenie?) suit in Burbank came up with this bone-headed idea? Duh..Dum….let me guess…One thing about them is their continued intransigence and unwillingness to change in the face of hard evidence – that their actions- – are COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. I read a well-documented book about that once, with a fact-filled conclusions chapter, too, regarding the contemporary follies many of ABC/Disney…

Dr. Donald G. Boudreau
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dee
dee

all i can say is i boycott everything that abc has done and it will be the same,Since they took off amc and oltl, and the numbers on daytime looks like it is working , the number for daytime on gman has been really bad, and now the chew # are starting to dip, and at night time only 4 shows in the top 20 demografically a couple of weeks ago, and the later weeks sorry i have not look what last week,but i have been hereing that the nbc has been crushing everything in site, , which i am very proud of for all the hard work that these young people have done! So again i will not watch anything that abc puts with exception of GH!

Deb
Deb

ABC is dead to me. It is not allowed in my house except for GH. Bring back our soaps or suffer the consequences.

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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