Will You Be Watching The Chew?

16 Apr

Food Show is Replacing Beloved Soap Opera

Although I haven’t always been a faithful watcher of All My Children or One Life To Live, I understand Kelly Ripa’s emotional reaction to their recent cancellation.

Like many soap fans, my biggest fear is that the grim TV reaper will soon be visiting all soap opera sets, even the highly rated The Young and the Restless, as the TV genre continues to fall off a cliff.

The question is how do you feel about more food TV?

It seems like TV broadcasters can’t get enough of cooking with the stars but when will viewers say “enough is enough.” From celebrity chef battles to restaurant renovations to home dining wars (like the extremely wacky Come Dine with Me: UK/Canada), you can’t turn the channel without seeing the latest It-Chef instructing you how to chop up a chiffonade or scoop out spaghetti squash.

What do we know about The Chew so far? The show will premiere in September 2011 and will be based on the success of The View. The premise of the AMC replacement is to cover every angle of food while combining entertaining takeaway and memorable personalities. Look for celebrity hosts like Mario Batali, Clinton Kelly, and nutrition expert Daphne Oz to lead the way.

The OLFL replacement, called Revolution, will follow dieters as they attempt to remake their lives and drop pounds over the course of a year. Hmm, hasn’t this been done already in many ways?

Both of these replacement shows will be stepping into big shoes and, quite frankly, it’s hard to imagine they’ll sustain the daily drama of chance meetings, coincidences, last-minute rescues, and rebirths. For now, I’ll just soak up every last glimpse I can get of the residents of Llanview and Pine Valley, USA.

Image via North Shore News