You know culinary culture has taken over when a food talk show replaces soaps. First I heard of this was yesterday on Facebook. My outraged girlfriends scorned ABC for their cancellation of AMC in September and OLTL in January (All My Children & One Life to Live). Times are changing and in order for regular channels to compete with cable, they found it necessary to adjust to the times.
Brian Frons, the president of ABC’s daytime television group admits the changes had to be made: “While we are excited about our new shows and the shift in our business, I can’t help but recognize how bittersweet the change is,” he said. “We are taking this bold step to expand our business because viewers are looking for different types of programming these days.”
“The Chew” and “The Revolution” will feature rotating hosts such as Mario Batali, Michael Symon and Carla Hall; all chef-lebrities. I am interested in finding out what other personalities will make up the line up.
AMC has braved the airways with Erika Kane since 1970; OLTL since 1968. It is the end of an era, but at least Susan Lucci got her Emmy in 1999.