Like Buzzards Circling Over Cattle: The Chew Premiere Set Just Three Days After All My Children Finale!





ABC Daytime won't even be waiting until Erica Kane and Co. are lukewarm in their television grave before premiering the long-running All My Children's replacement. According to Zap2it, The Chew will premiere Monday, Sept. 26, just three days after AMC's rumored two-hour send-off

The grub-themed talk show dedicated to "celebrating and exploring life through food," (Why don't they just call it The Chronicles of Gluttony and be done with it?) will star Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall (Top Chef), Clinton Kelly (What Not To Wear) and Dr Oz's daughter Daphne Oz. Yeah, because a foodie/lifestyle show is so unique and thus certainly capable of becoming Appointment TV. 

Newsflash to the brass at ABC, there are whole cable networks where people can watch these kinds of programs 24/7. You know, like SOAPnet used to be for soaps until Brian "Southern Belles: Madagascar" Frons got a hold of it? 

I can't imagine what will be so all-fired special about The Chew that it will make someone tune in five-days-a-week. What, will Mario Batali and Carla Hall get into screaming matches over the way Sarah Palin sautees her mushrooms, as opposed to the way Barack Obama does, during Sweeps?

Those political screaming matches are the only reason people still tune in to watch The View. If it hadn't been for former co-host Rosie O'Donnell turning that show into a political slugfest, The View would have been cancelled seasons ago, so attempting to clone it by simply substituting pigs in a blankets for pigs in office likely won't work. I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

Similar talk shows from Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray and Nate Berkus have struggled to find audiences in recent years. Ray's show is constantly on cancellation watch and Stewart's self-titled talker had to move to Hallmark, where it was swiftly beaten to a bloody (yet no doubt casually stylish) pulp by those pioneer gals on Little House on the Prairie.

No offense to any of the hosts (Who I am sure are all just positively lovely, God-fearing individuals!), but I see this gourmet fish going belly up in about six months tops. What do you guys think?  Will you be watching The Chew? Sound off in the comments!

 Photo credit: Eater.com

 


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AC - Guess I'll have to find that out for myself. At least there's a few actors on there that I'm familiar with and actually like! If I end up not liking it then I'll find something else on my 300+ channels to watch but it won't be Chewie or The Revolting!!!

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I don't normally watch cooking shows but I won't be watching because Brian Frons is involved with it. I don't know how he sleeps at night,in my humble opinion.

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The Chew will not be on my TV.. ever. Boo hiss

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I will be watching DOOL---it doesn't replace AMC---but I will watch it hoping it can gets back to stories that made Patch/Kayla, Bo/Hope, John/Marena so great. I know Dool has been a hot mess for years, but give DOOL a chance, since Ken Corday is trying to fix it. And please watch GH--- they are trying to get back to core characters, too. And don't forget Y&R. I started watching when I heard Stephen Nichols was coming and I love it. I started crying all over again when ABC sent out their chirpy announcement. I e-mailed ABC another venomous message. But all I can really do is watch AMC fade into the sunset and support the soaps we still have.

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Don't bother watching Y&R. It's awful. The writing is just terrible. They hire popular actors from other soaps for totally WRONG roles (Maura West, Eden Riegel, Stephen Nichols, Genie Francis, etc.) and put their own vets on the backburner (Jill, Nikki, etc.).

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I find it funny about people hating recasts. Most of the iconic roles on Y&R are recasts. Maybe we should fire them because they aren't the original players. People would feel better about it and start watching again. So long Jess Walton, Melody Thomas Scott, Peter Bergman, Michael Muhney, Stephan Nichols, Billy Miller, Eden Reigal, Judith Chapman, to name some of the recasted characters. Oh and having been on another soap, well we can't have that so I guess Deidre Hall started on Y&R so she can't be on Days. Along with Joe Mascalo, Louise Sorell, Eric Martoff, Peter Reckell, Peggy McCay, Judy Evans, John Aniston, Lauren Koslow, Wally Kurth, Susan Hayes, Matt Ashford. These people just don't belong on Days because they played other characters on other soaps. I just can't see them in these roles because I saw them on another show. PLEASE!

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Marknsprmo--

Eden Riegel NEEDS to stay on maternity leave. I see nothing iconic about her bland, mediocre performances as Heather. Sad If you like her, I am sorry, but I have NEVER seen her as a believable or convincing Heather Stevens. I just see Bianca Montgomery in Genoa City. I miss Vail Bloom. And I preferred Chris Engen as Adam to Michael Muhney. I might be in the minority by saying that. I like Michael, but Chris was my favorite. (even though he was reportedly a homophobic a-hole!)

I agree with you that many of Y&R's best actors are recasts, though. I don't know where this show would be without Jess Walton, Peter Bergman and Melody Thomas Scott. They are my FAVORITE recasts in Y&R history!!! Bar none......

I can understand DAYS fans not wanting to see the show overrun with new characters played by actors from canceled shows. Bringing on new characters/recasts is good in moderation, but sadly, in this day and age, most shows know little about moderation. It's all or nothing. 150 mph or 0 mph. They would probably bring on 10 or 20 people in one week and expect us to digest it along with trying to keep track of the other stories that are going on at the same time, which could be overwhelming.

I agree with Jamey. A few here or there, but fix the show's writing first and restructure the show before they bring on a bunch of newbies or recasts.

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Ok I agree with you alstonboy about Eden Reigel but then I never bought her as Erica Kane's gay daughter eitehr..... My point in talking about recasts and previous soap actors is to say that soaps are full of them. They have to continue on and just because someone leaves a show doesn't mean we have to end that characters life. Someone else can fill it. And that people can play more than one role in daytime. Thank God for Marcy Walker for instance. The woman is indelibly linked to two completely different characters (yes to the point that the recast never worked out).
She is forever Liza Colby AMC and she is eternally Eden Capwell SB.
Peter Bergman is forever Cliff on AMC but he is also the recasted and beloved Jack on Y&R.
Are there clunks in the wheel? yes. Some actors never catch on in the recast. Does previous soap experience mean that an actor will have success in another soap? not necessarily. But that doesn't mean that we have to toss an actor to the streets just because they lost one role. They can and should look at other soap roles. It is all about casting and if there is an actual character. Someone created a role for Marcy Walker on GL Tangie Hill but didnt actually have story for her. It was a flop. Ya can't just toss the actor into the show, the actor/character has to have something to do.

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Who are those five people hosting the Chew (God what an ugly name!)?

I'm a TV junkie but I only vaguely remember hearing Mario's name somewhere before. The rest of them might as well be porn stars from Bora Bora.

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I'll avoid this show on principle first, and secondly because I can't stomach (no pun intended) Mario Batali. I love Clinton, and am sorry that he saddled himself with this clunker.

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Yes I will watch Days because ABC will be cancelled for me when AMC ends. Why would I watch a cooking show when I want to relax? It is already a chore to start thinking about cooking at 5:00.I am a good cook already and do not want to think about it all afternoon. Days of Our Lives sounds Good at 1:00.

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I want fans of soap operas to watch the shows they connect with and are drawn to. If I don't like a certain story or show, it doesn't mean everyone feels the same way. It's silly to think that way. I just hope all the fans of AMC and OLTL do try one or all of the remaining soaps to see if there is a spark. I became a regular OLTL fan when AW went off the air in 1999. I never thought I would become a regular fan, but it happened! I started GH when SB ended way back in 1993. I have watched DOOL for at least 26 years!

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^^ No wonder we don't get along, Soap_Stud. You went to OLTL instead of sticking with NBC and watching Passions!

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I made the vow to never watch Let's Make A Deal when it replaced Guiding Light and I haven't.

I made the vow to never watch The Talk when it replaced As The World Turns and I broke it when I watched them interview one of my favorite actresses, Alfre Woodard, the other day and it was awful cuz they were talking over each other, Sharon and Leah annoy, there was a woman I had no idea who she was, talking about underwear, and it being apparent they were trying too hard to share chemistry and it fell flat. Never again.

I swear on my copy of the All My Children scrapbook I will never watch this show going in its place. Never.
Ditto for One Live To Live.

This is my vow to Irna Phillips and Agnes Nixon.

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CHEW on this ABC execs - I will not be recording The Chew every day like I now record AMC. You and your advertisers are about to lose big time! Bad move, canceling the soaps. Good luck with your food and weight loss network Disney.

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Passions...yuck! LOL Tongue

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Ryan-Scott wrote:
I made the vow to never watch Let's Make A Deal when it replaced Guiding Light and I haven't.

I made the vow to never watch The Talk when it replaced As The World Turns and I broke it when I watched them interview one of my favorite actresses, Alfre Woodard, the other day and it was awful cuz they were talking over each other, Sharon and Leah annoy, there was a woman I had no idea who she was, talking about underwear, and it being apparent they were trying too hard to share chemistry and it fell flat. Never again.

I swear on my copy of the All My Children scrapbook I will never watch this show going in its place. Never.
Ditto for One Live To Live.

This is my vow to Irna Phillips and Agnes Nixon.

Ryan-Scott I'm with you all the way, never have I watch LMAD or The Talk because they replaced my favorite soaps and will not watch. Same goes with The Chew. Give me a break, ABC will have a rude awakening in the coming months. I read a tidbit last week and I don't know if it was fact or fiction because the piece that was posted was now taken off but in the article it said ABC knows that "The Chew" will likely be a HUGE failure and possibly could give OLTL a reprieve on the cancellation extending for a time for solid replacement and move OLTL to 1pm....now I don't know it that was a posters hope or if there could be some truth in article. Did anyone else see the article?

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Soap_Stud wrote:
Passions...yuck! LOL Tongue

Rude and cruel. No wonder we don't get along.

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Why is it so surprising that the show will premiere right after AMC goes off the air? Do we actually expect ABC to air NOTHING. That the show replacing AMC seems doomed to failure is the bigger issue. Why they are not letting AMC go off the air on a Friday is another bonehead decision.

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Why is it so surprising that the show will premiere right after AMC goes off the air? Do we actually expect ABC to air NOTHING. That the show replacing AMC seems doomed to failure is the bigger issue. Why they are not letting AMC go off the air on a Friday is another bonehead decision.

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Why is it so surprising that the show will premiere right after AMC goes off the air? Do we actually expect ABC to air NOTHING. That the show replacing AMC seems doomed to failure is the bigger issue. Why they are not letting AMC go off the air on a Friday is another bonehead decision.

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Why does ABC think we're starving for cooking shows? If I want to watch a cooking show at 1 p.m., I'll watch the Food Network or the Cooking Channel. That's what they exist for. Why would I turn to an inferior product on ABC? What does Frons know about food? Probably less than he knows about soaps, and that doesn't leave a lot of room. I watched DOOL for a minute in college. I'd rather give that a try again.

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I am definetly not watching the Spew.

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*Great header picture, Jamey. Love it!
Believe it or not, some people are *actually* looking forward to this claptrap. Mario Batali was actually ont NPR's Splendid Table promoting this joke of a series. I was disgusted. I honestly expect more from NPR.

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KarlWriter wrote:
CHEW on this ABC execs - I will not be recording The Chew every day like I now record AMC. You and your advertisers are about to lose big time! Bad move, canceling the soaps. Good luck with your food and weight loss network Disney.

You make a great point, KarlWriter. It's almost like the execs are trying to take ABC's legacy of being a quality television network and pissing it away to try to market their dream "lifestyle" network. Well I won't be buying either.

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There are some people at home in the day who like the companionship of having the TV on even if they aren't really watching what's on. The casual AMC fan might simply turn ABC on at 1 PM and have The Chew on in the background just because it's become habitual.

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AC - It won't matter if 5 people nation wide turn on The Chew or 5 million people turn it on. None of us count!!!!! The only people that count are the 30,000 homes that have a Neilson box!!! That's the only system in place that the networks use to count their viewers so 30,000 people make the decision for EVERYONE!!!!! And they don't count those of us who tape the shows to watch later or those who watch them online or those that watch them on SoapNet! That's why ABC/Disney doesn't have any idea how many people are really watching the soaps!!!!! DISGUSTING!!!!! Angry Sick

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AlistairCrane wrote:
There are some people at home in the day who like the companionship of having the TV on even if they aren't really watching what's on. The casual AMC fan might simply turn ABC on at 1 PM and have The Chew on in the background just because it's become habitual.

That's very true. I can't stand the idea of just putting any old junk on T.V. and then ignoring it, but I guess alot of people really don't care what's on in the background.

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@sassydreams-I totally agree with your post. They are just getting a small window of what people watch and who knows the demographics of the households that actually have the nielsen box. That system is so outdated and miscalculated.

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I won't be watching- this or any other show on ABC for that matter. Hope it's worth it Sweeney!