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 toZap2it, 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!
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