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ABC's daytime programming is getting a makeover come September.
You may already know this, given the outrage over the network's decision to cancel stalwart soaps All My Children and One Life to Live in favor of talk shows, which -- perhaps oddly -- feature food as the star.
On the schedule is The Chew, an hour of food talk, recipes and entertaining tips hosted by a revolving cast of foodie celebs, including Mario Batali, Top Chef Carla Hall, Food Network's Michael Symon, and Clinton Kelly, best known as the style conscious host of TLC's What Not to Wear.
Soap fans are understandably upset by the loss of their beloved melodramas, but those of us who can't get get enough food programming certainly have something to look forward to. Produced by Gordon Elliott, the mastermind behind Paula's Home Cooking and Down Home with The Neelys, The Chew is promising food coverage "from every angle," which means that we can expect not only demos and how-tos but also food news and trends.
Also slated for the fall is The Revolution, a show focused on healthy lifestyle and living. Hosted by Project Runway's Tim Gunn, The Revolution will cover everything from food to fashion, home design and well-being, and will include weekly weight-loss testimonials from women who have embarked on five-month long diets.
The decision was sparked by the success of other daytime talk shows, especially The View, ABC says. Citing viewers' preferences for informative, relatable programming, these new shows are geared towards information that can be taken and used in real-life situations, something you could never say about the fantastic plot lines of daytime soaps.