Yesterday ABC announced that it is canceling the long-running soap operas One Life to Live and All My Children to make room for a food-focused daytime talk show called The Chew. Hosted by a revolving cast of food personalities, including Mario Batali, Top Chef's Carla Hall and chef Michael Symon, The Chew sounds like a food-centric version of The View.
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Promising to "explore food from EVERY angle," The Chew will cover food news and trends, and discuss food as it relates to health, travel, fitness, and family ritual. The hour-long live show will be guided by the day's hosts, which will also include What Not to Wear host Clinton Kelly and nutrition author Daphne Oz.
The president of daytime TV at ABC explained that the decision to shift the focus of their daytime lineup was motivated by the viewers. "They are telling us there is room for informative, authentic and fun shows that are relatable, offer a wide variety of opinions and focus on 'real life' takeaways," he said.
The Chew will premiere in September 2011.
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What do you think of this announcement? Are you as surprised as we are to see a food-focused show replacing a long-running soap opera? Is this a show you'll watch?
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(Image: Mario Batali)