One of the new programs is about all things food, stars a bunch of foodies (duh) and is called “The Chew.” The other is about weight loss, stars the inimitable Tim Gunn (among others) and is called “The Revolution.”
Yes, ABC Daytime will not only help you put on, but also take off, the weight!
“ ‘General Hospital,’ the second-most popular show in daytime, is not impacted by this announcement and will remain on the air,” ABC stated emphatically — in case you were working up a good head of steam on that front.
The network was quick to add that it will “honor” the “core, passionate audience and their rich history with our soaps ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ ” by plowing them under “in a manner that respects their legacies and the long-standing hopes of many of their viewers.”
Plus, Disney/ABC Television Group Daytime President Brian Frons, donning his wistful face, wanted to make it perfectly clear that “while we are excited about our new shows and the shift in our business, I can’t help but recognize how bittersweet the change is.”
Still sensing a coming outrage — those soap fanatics may be dwindling in numbers, but they’re crazy passionate! — ABC wasted no time in blaming the changes on, according to its announcement, “extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want and the changing viewing patterns of the audience.”
Bottom line: Susan Lucci will be looking for work after September, and “One Life to Live” will be snuffed in January.
ABC went on to promote its new talk-happy foodie show. The title of “The Chew” is like “The View” — get it?
“As food has become the center of everyone’s life,” ABC said, “ ‘The Chew’ will focus on food from every angle — as a source of joy, health, family ritual, friendship, breaking news, dating, fitness, weight loss, travel adventures and life’s moments.”
(Don’t know why we just thought of it, but ABC’s we’re-killing-ourselves-with-food reality series, “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” came back for its second season Tuesday. More than 5 million people watched.)
“The Chew’s” all-star foodie roundtable will include Mario Batali (Food Network’s “Iron Chef America”), entertaining expert Clinton Kelly (TLC’s “What Not to Wear”), Carla Hall (Bravo’s “Top Chef”), Michael Symon (Food Network’s “Iron Chef America”) and nutrition expert Daphne Oz. The show is produced by Gordon Elliot, who is the exec producer of “Paula Deen’s Home Cooking” and “Down Home With the Neelys.”
“The Chew” will be partnered with new “The Revolution,” which is from J.D. Roth, the guy who does NBC’s weight-loss reality series ,“The Biggest Loser,” and ABC’s coming prime-time series “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.”
Each week on “The Revolution,” one woman’s five-month “weight-loss journey” will unfold in just five days, with daily results. “A final transformational reveal” will happen every feel-good Friday.