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Goodbye, soaps, hello, lifestyle: Tim Gunn, Mario Batali on tap for ABC daytime

Mario Less Susan Lucci, more Mario Batali.

ABC has just ripped up its daytime schedule with the announcement that long-running soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" will be gone by fall (the former) and January 2012 (the latter). Replacing those decades-old melodramas will be two upbeat, information-based shows devoted to food, health and makeovers starring TV personalities Batali, "What Not to Wear's" Clinton Kelly, fan favorite "Top Chef" contestant Carla Hall and "Project Runway" mentor Tim Gunn.

ABC executives said today's audience craves lifestyle shows with a transformational bent, as opposed to the over-the-top soap genre, which has been losing viewers for many years.

Batali's program, "The Chew," which isn't a working title but should be, aims to cover 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."

That seems to cover ground as varied as the latest nutrition studies or food recalls to liquid cleanses and exotic cuisine. It will feature Batali, Kelly, Hall, restaurateur Michael Symon from "Iron Chef America" and nutrition expert Daphne Oz. The program comes from Gordon Elliot, the Emmy-winning producer responsible for "Paula Deen's Home Cooking."

Gunn and a crew that includes celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, "American Idol" alum Kimberley Locke and various guest contributors will turn someone's life around, whether the person needs help with style, finances, family or health. The show's working title is "The Revolution," and it comes from JD Roth and 3 Ball Productions, home to the NBC mainstay "The Biggest Loser."

The emphasis of the show may be on physical makeovers, where it will follow a woman's five-month weight-loss journey with segments airing in five consecutive days. (The big reveal is on Fridays, but remember, those pounds didn't come off in a single week).

"The Chew" is expected to launch in September, and "The Revolution" will hit in January 2012.

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-- T.L. Stanley

Photo: Mario Batali. Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times.

 
Comments () | Archives (21)

These new shows are regurgitation of garbage that's already on the air. I want to be entertained, not preached to. I can figure out my own life; thank you very much.

Nope not gonna watch the replacement shows. You should have left the soaps alone.

Big names, for sure, but no thanks. There are enough cooking shows, style experts, health issues as it is.

Just what we need, more makeover shows. Boring. Soaps are awesome. Just fun, escape reality shows. People still like soaps. Will not be watching new shows.

You are nuts to take these soaps off the air. I will never watch the new show. For over 30 years ABC has been my favorite network. I am quickly changing my mind - way too many poor decisions being made.
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Refuse to watch the new shows. I am very limited to what I watch on TV and these new shows are not what I want to see. I am only interested in these two soaps. They should be left alone.

guess I'll watch cbs soaps now not the new shows... need an escape

I will not watch any replacement for my soaps!! I have been a loyal viewer of ABC soaps since 1978.. these new shows will never last. I will watch General Hospital and that will be the only ABC soap i will watch. if that ever goes off. i will Never watch ABC again!.

Are you kidding??? You thought your ratings were sooooooo bad, you just wait. I will never again watch ABC.

Isn't there already a cooking channel? No more reality shows.

Losing viewers really? Are you serious they never ask me what I watch during the day? I have watched ABC daytime for over 30 years starting with Ryans Hope when I was a teen all the way to the edge of night so I am hurt and disappointed that they are making choices based on data that is outdated. I won't watch cooking shows I find them boring. I watch my soaps on abc.com maybe they need to not just count viewership during the airtimes but also all who watch online and via soapnet.

HEY ABC WHY DONT YOU CANCEL SPORTS AS WELL ON YOUR NETWORK THIS WAY THERE COULD BE MORE FAMILY TIME, LESS DRINKING, SMOKING. THATS OK IF YOU DON'T I'VE BEEN WATCHING ABC FOR AS LONG AS I COULD REMEMBER EVEN THOUGH YOU CANCELLED OTHER SHOWS I LIKED BUT NO MORE I THINK I'LL GO BACK TO BASICS LIKE READING AND FAMILY TIME AND KEEP MY TV OFF ESPECIALLY ON YOUR STATION. WE HAVE ENOUGH REALITY TV COOKING SHOWS IF THEY NEED ANY OF THESE GO TO A SHRINK OR LEARN FROM COOK BOOKS. WHO'S IDEA WAS THIS SOME NEW HOT SHOT WITH NO COMMON SENSE, TO LOYAL WATCHERS WHO MADE YOU WHAT YOU ARE TODAY HOPE YOU HAVE MANY YEARS OF CANCELLATIONS AND LOSS OF MONEY ALONG WITH YOUR PARENT COMPANY.

X ABC VIEWER

Why cancel OLTL? This is ridiculous. Woman who stay home like to watch these during the day. I have watched it since I was little. Exspecially GH. Why can't they keep going. We have enough channels with all that stuff. Can't we keep some things that we love to follow day after day, year after year. This is just no good!

nbot going to watch ABC anymore!! Bring back soaps!!

Yeah they are going to loose a lot of their daytime viewers. I can't see how advertisers are going to go for this when the viewers plummet. There's enough heath food shows and stuff going around. Nobody wants to loose their entertainment to be reminded 5 days a week how to eat. Your either eating heathy or your not. Good luck with yet another bad network decision. You would think they would have meetings about stuff like this and realize how bad an idea it was faster than the 2 seconds it took me to figure it out, and I don't even watch soaps. But I know a lot of women that do.

Carla was an annoying cartoon character and ruined my enjoyment of this season. She will be unbearable in this format.

I cannot BELIEVE you are cancelling these show...I work everyday and record these show to watch later..I have watched them from the beginning..Can't imagine life without them. I'm afraid you are making a BIG, HUGE, mistake. Everyone has cable or satellites and can watch, talk shows, cooking, reality just about anytime they want, and I can promise you its not that much. Soaps have always been an escape for the viewer.. Their story lines so far out there (most of the time), but hey if it were everyday ho hum, who would watch it. Speaking as a woman, it is a way to escape without leaving home....Thanks for the years, just wish you would reconsider PLEASE!!!!!!!

It's all about production costs, never about the actual content. ABC must somehow make more money for their stockholders. Networks care only about the bottom line. I have written more of this here: http://hintertreppe.blogspot.com/2009/10/placeholder-here_14.html

Thanks ABC. You"re giving me a reason to not watch TV during the daytime. If I see one more health and lifestyle show, I may have to give up TV for good. OH,about Action News at 4pm, I'll watch that around the 12th of Never Gonna Happen!

NO NO NO I will not be viewing anything on ABC. We do not need shows that tell us what to eat, cook ,wear or anything that has to do with our personal well being and health. These programs are just a nasty repeat of everything on TV. How dare you assume that todays audiences crave life style shows. It is all being done because of the old mighty buck. It has nothing to do with the audiences or fans. Even Oprah has her own station. She made promises about the greatness of her new station. How it would change the way we watch tv today. Well guess what ...Her station is also full of garbage. As soon as the soaps go off the air I too will stop watching ABC

 
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