The cancellation of The Chew, the foodie talk show that replaced long-running soap opera All My Children seven years ago, has a lot of suds lovers rejoicing. Here's why you might not want to do the Stanky Leg on the chat fest's grave. Without The Chew, General Hospital will be the only series programmed by what was once a strong ABC Daytime.
"The reason you saw so many crossovers between GH and The Chew was because both shows felt they were in the same boat," says a set-side source.
Granted, Days of Our Lives has managed to survive on NBC for years without a daytime lineup, or much plugging on Today, but there's no denying soaps benefit from being part of a lineup. Look at all the cross-promotion The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful benefit from courtesy of CBS game shows and The Talk and vice versa.
It's no secret Disney-ABC boss Ben Sherwood has long wanted to expand the Good Morning America brand. It's cheaper to produce a third hour of GMA than to keep a talk show going, and it will allow ABC to maximize their ad buys. So what does that mean for General Hospital?
"ABC is happy with General Hospital's performance," says one insider. "The show isn't in any immediate danger."
This doesn't mean TPTB at GH or the soap's die-hard fans can rest comfortably. If a third hour of GMA does well, who's to say Sherwood won't want to go for a fourth? 'The best thing fans can do would be to watch GH, and tweet about their love for the show on social media," says a source.