In another upsetting, annoying, slap into the face to daytime soap viewers and especially those of All My Children, (who loyally have watched their favorite characters and actors, day in and day out) the executive producer of The Chew, (AMC’s replacement) let it be known to the Associated Press that he feels no one has any time to watch an hour scripted show on television anymore. All of this went down, plus some other gathered quotes from the AP during a dress rehearsal in New York for The Chew, as they get ready for their debut in just over three weeks time. But there were two sides to this, as a few others interviewed for this piece, fessed up as to why The Chew won’t work with daytime fans! Here are the key excerpts below.
Gordon Elliot, The Chew’s executive producer (pictured here) offered up his position on the cancellation of All My Children , which can only benefit him and his show, The Chew! “People don’t have time to sit for an hour and watch a story. ABC came to me and said we’ve had great success with ‘The View’ but we’d like to get into food. I thought ‘The View,’ food, ‘The Chew.’ We do more than just chop and chat. Our co-hosts are relatable.”
“I really don’t believe that disgruntled refugees from All My Children and One Life to Live will swallow The Chew,” said TV analyst Shari Anne Brill. “This is about how it’s become more expensive to produce scripted content. The audience has shifted.”
Robin Blum, 61, has been watching All My Children since it went on the air 41 years ago and added this pertinent perspective on the soaps and how important they are to people’s lives. “AMC got me through two childbirths, a brain tumor, a broken leg, several tropical storms when I lived in the Virgin Islands and 9/11 in New York City. It is not an entertainment form that has outlived its usefulness. It’s idiotic that the programmers are now substituting The Chew. How barbaric, for what has essentially become a part of so many people’s lives and has created so many moments of high emotion, tears and laughter.”
Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons added his two-sense to the mix, by stating that the bulk of women viewers aren’t watching soaps. They’re watching chat, reality, entertainment and style. “It was time to look at programming for the majority of women who were watching TV.”
We find this extremely offensive to knock down the show that you are replacing with comments from the executive producer to try to instill your key message to the demographic! Enough said.