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30 August 3rd, 2012 THE CHEW To Have Primetime Special To Preview ABC’s Fall Line-Up!


Now here is a paradoxical twist!  ABC is giving the cookie/foodie daytime series, The Chew, and it’s hosts, some primo real estate with a special episode to introduce the network’s  fall line-up of their hottest news shows and stars in primetime!  With a tag line in the official press release of “The Chew Takes A Bite Out Of ABC’s New Fall Season,” the episode will air on September 2nd. (7PM-8PMEST)

Here is what we know will go down:  The merry band of  “Chew” cooking co-horts;  Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz travel coast to coast — from California and New York to Hawaii and Nashville — to bring viewers a sneak peek at the ABC Fall Primetime lineup. Interviewing some of the network’s hottest new stars, the special has something for everyone.  From diva-filled musical drama and deep and dark desires to quirky and “out of this world” comedies and thrillers.

Highlights of the special include:  666 Park Avenue stars Vanessa Williams and Terry O’Quinn  enjoy cocktails and canapés with Clinton Kelly from a chic Manhattan hotel room to talk about their sexy, seductive new primetime address.
Carla Hall travels home as she visits  Nashville star Hayden Panettiere  on the legendary stage of The Grand Ole Opry and visits with her co-stars, Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio, at the iconic Bluebird Cafe.

Aloha from Oahu, Hawaii, the breathtaking location for ABC’s new action adventure series, Last Resort, premiering   Series star Andre Braugher sits oceanside with Daphne Oz for comfort food, conversation and a hometown surprise, all amidst the palm trees and island breeze.

Carla Hall catches up with the stars of the new family comedy series The Neighbors at Johnnie’s Coffee Shop in Los Angeles, where Jami Gertz and other stars share a preview of their quirky new sitcom that’s sure to bring the family together for a night of laughs. ”

It’s a food truck fiesta as Daphne Oz meets country music superstar Reba McIntyre to talk about her new sitcom, Malibu Country, which premieres Friday, November 2 at 8:30 p.m., ET.    Gordon Elliott is the executive producer of  The Chew Presents ABC’s Primetime Fall Primetime Special.

So soapers; interesting that ABC is giving The Chew a shot at primetime to introduce their fall line-up!  Wonder if the cast of General Hospital was even considered?  Doubtful.    If The Chew can have a primetime slot to cross promote themselves, maybe we can get a primetime special to properly finish up OLTL and AMC …  or to call attention to GH’s upcoming 50th Anniversary!  Just sayin’    Thoughts?

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  1. tim says:

    I’ll pass.


  2. el says:

    just sounds like a desperate attempt to bring the chew into peoples livings rooms…who dont watch…i dont care what ratings say i find it hard to believe anyone is watching that garbage…except for doctor offices, salons etc that have their tvs on abc all day long.


  3. Christine says:

    Michael, again it just shows how much ABC does not know about their audience. I betcha they have really lousy ratings for this. It’s so obvious how much they want this stupid show to succeed.

    I wish GH was given the consideration and, I agree, it would be nice for AMC and OLTL to have been given this consideration as well. They just do not care.


    Christy replied

    ditto on all!


  4. Dawn D says:

    Just more pimping.


  5. Matt says:

    Now that ID is doing a soap alternative programming block, I may have to break boycott and start watching The Chew and DVRing The Talk! After all, the shows on ID are just as much “soap killers” as The Chew, The Talk, etc. I had been standing strong with fans of AMC and OLTL, but OLTL what? AMC who?! Days of Our Lives, when?! If soap fans can be lured away from the remaining 4 soaps by crappy reality TV programming like this and ID’s ridiculously titled Days of Our Knives, then we’re all going to be watching crappy reality TV programming when ALL the remaining soaps are gone! I apologize for the tone of my post, but I want to make a point. BTW I would NEVER watch The Chew or The Talk (never to be on my DVR), but my point is that soap fans complain about The Chew, etc. taking the place of beloved soaps and then (blindly?) follow ID in an attempt to lure viewers away from the remaining soaps. C’mon, soap fans stay strong: If you must watch ID soap killers, please DVR and watch later — not during the 1 to 4 block when our soaps are on…


    Christine replied

    I’m with you, Matt.

    I just made a personal choice last week to give up ALL the reality shows that I watch which was not many, but considered reality: Amazing Race, Survivor, Hoarders, and Master Chef.

    I never watched absolute garbage like the Kardashian show, but since the above-mentioned were considered reality and I am really sick of this genre taking over, I can’t be middle-of-the-road and so I have decided to give it ALL up.

    If the networks are determined to take away our soap genre for the likes of reality then I will turn to DVDs (since I ended Directv) of current scripted dramas, Hulu, Netflix, etc., and reruns of classic TV shows.


  6. Vickie says:

    Since I don’t watch ABC/D it doesn’t matter what they put on or try to do to promote their new shows or their old shows.


  7. cathy trinque says:

    ABC/D is desperate for this show to succeed. I will never watch the chew idiots!!!!


  8. Debbie Harris says:

    Who wants to see the motley crew of the chew on prime time??? NOT ME!!! Won’t watch them then or in their regular time slot!! EVER!!!!


  9. Christine says:

    I just realized that this will be running during dinner time for some folks. I sure hope ABC has enough antacid/heartburn sponsors lined up. Ha! Ha!


    Christy replied

    plop, plop, fizz, fizz! bwhahahahaha


  10. Linda says:

    This is more about saving the Spew than promoting the fall line up. ABC’s desperation is showing!


  11. Torrey says:

    I don’t watch the Chew during the daytime hours, and I’M NOT GOING TO WATCH during primetime hours!!! Give it a rest, ABC and quit pimping this show that no one is interested in. The only reason why they haven’t cancelled this show, is because they are trying to save face. The ratings for this show aren’t that great either. And I don’t need to watch a primetime special featuring these losers to know what’s going on in the Fall for ABC….All you have to do is go online, or better yet get just wait until the Fall and watch the shows that seem of interest to you….if there are any.


  12. MBmomof3 says:

    I’m all for cross-promos, but I won’t be watching this one. I don’t watch ABC primetime or The Chew. I would however support a primetime movie or mini-series to properly end AMC & OLTL, and one to celebrate GH’s 50th. I have emailed TPTB suggesting these things. It would go a long way in restoring the ABC Daytime fanbase they have now lost with their programming changes.


  13. Jay says:

    My first thought exactly, why can’t AMC and OLTL have a prime time episode to finish off their shows. This just further shows how much abc sucks! Talk about another kick in the teeth to the fans. I can’t wait for Katie to tank, and the chew to drop lower in the ratings…and then they’ll be left wondering, what did we do wrong???


  14. Jen says:

    Tilting my head…

    Why does ABC continue to force feed America The Chew? I could see a nighttime edition of The View previewing the new Fall schedule. Or perhaps even a special episode of Castle. That would have been kinda cute, but The Chew? That train wreck of show? Embarrassing! It’s a sad grasping at ratings. Do they think that they will suddenly climb in the ratings by way of this stunt? If ABC were a friend, rather than a network, I would have already suggested therapy.

    Just picture it. Why would anyone want to watch those five people preview the new nighttime lineup? On the other hand, Castle, his mom , Beckett and Alexis, with a bowl of popcorn, discussing the hot new shows. They could even discuss their upcoming season, as a fantasy in their heads. Also cute would be several GH characters, sitting together, discussing the new shows. Maybe Epiphany and Liz in the nurses lounge or something like that.

    For goodness sakes… How about Katie Couric, their new daytime star, previewing their new nighttime stars. Sheesh.

    ABC… really… enough with The Chew! And yes, a nighttime episode of General Hospital would be fantastic. But I hold no hope for it until someone buys ABC a clue.


  15. Michael says:

    Okay, thank God I don’t watch anything on ABC, so this won’t affect me anyway. But ABC doing this is STUPIDITY AT ITS BEST!


  16. Robert says:

    Like millions of others, I won’t be watching this mess of a cooking show. The Food Network Channel is where I go for my cooking shows, Bravo too and the Cooking Channel. Sorry ABC, put the soaps back on!!!


  17. Robbyrob says:

    Wow…a primetime edition of The Chew. This to me signifies how much of a letdown the ratings have been. ABC cannot understand for the life of them how this show is just NOT clicking with its audience. I mean, my goodness, just how many recipes can one person have? How much forced host back & forth bantering should make us all fall in love with them? Oh, that Carla! Isn’t Mario a hunk!

    Sorry ABC, your just found support of GH is great & all but I’m still mighty peeved of your past actions as they have had devasting impacts on not only your schedule but viewers lives. We don’t forget and aren’t easily bought off. Hopefully, the ratings for the prime time episode will be just as bad and the daytime version. ABC can then, at least, maybe, finally voice what a huge boneheaded mistake it was to torpedo their once vibrant and loyal daytime audience. Sure, it won’t bring our soaps back, but seeing these high-salaried know it alls have egg on their face is beyond priceless. Paybacks a bitch ABC!


  18. rose says:

    The soaps are the orphans at ABC when it comes to promotion. Maybe those who view “The Chew” at 7 pm will appreciate what soapers have had to “chew” on this past year.


  19. Robert Coplin says:

    Is this a joke what is the Chew doing having a primetime special because its a cooking show thats introducing some of the new ABC Primetime series i think i will pass watching it.


  20. Chaz says:

    Considering I totally ignore ABC except for General Hospital this special is useless for viewers like me.


  21. JustSaying says:

    Let The Chew permanently move to primetime. See how well the primetime audience responds to them.

    Then bring back both AMC and OLTL. If they can’t fit them in the schedule, reduce them to a half-hour format like B&B.


  22. Mims says:

    Wow, is the Chew still on? Probably dying a slow death by choking. I haven’t watched ANY ABC programming since OLTL went off the air. I’m past their all-important age demographic of 18-49 so they don’t care what I think anyway. Screw the Chew and screw ABC.


  23. Grace says:

    Absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of GH getting a PRIME TIME SPECIAL in honor of the shows 50th Anniversary! A 2 hour special is the LEAST that ABC can give to GH after all that they’ve done in the past 16 or so months to daytime!

    Also, ABC Daytime needs to put up now and “walk the walk” and do what they said they were going to do; “Fully Support GH!”. They can start by airing a lot of GH commercials honoring the Anniversary into their top prime time shows next Spring!


  24. Iakovos says:

    Would it have been so difficult to do this kind of cross promotion with its daytime star in recent years… Lucct, Geary, et al.? This will not help THE CHEW (Labor Day Weekend evenings are not top draw in any year) but the idea has merit. But it should have been done long ago with our AMC, OLTL, and GH actors and celebrities, right?


  25. Dr. Donald G. Boudreau says:

    Primetime Spew showcasing the hide-the-tips Gang? What Dumber than Dummer (or is that the Froweenie?) suit in Burbank came up with this bone-headed idea? Duh..Dum….let me guess…One thing about them is their continued intransigence and unwillingness to change in the face of hard evidence – that their actions- – are COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. I read a well-documented book about that once, with a fact-filled conclusions chapter, too, regarding the contemporary follies many of ABC/Disney…

    Dr. Donald G. Boudreau
    American Business and Daytime Dramas


  26. dee says:

    all i can say is i boycott everything that abc has done and it will be the same,Since they took off amc and oltl, and the numbers on daytime looks like it is working , the number for daytime on gman has been really bad, and now the chew # are starting to dip, and at night time only 4 shows in the top 20 demografically a couple of weeks ago, and the later weeks sorry i have not look what last week,but i have been hereing that the nbc has been crushing everything in site, , which i am very proud of for all the hard work that these young people have done! So again i will not watch anything that abc puts with exception of GH!


  27. Deb says:

    ABC is dead to me. It is not allowed in my house except for GH. Bring back our soaps or suffer the consequences.


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