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Apr 14, 2011 11:52 AM

"The Chew" coming to ABC daytime

Featuring, among others, the awesome Carla Hall:

"As food has become the center of everyone’s life, “The Chew,” will focus on food from EVERY angle - as a source of joy, health, family ritual, friendship, breaking news, dating, fitness, weight loss, travel adventures and life's moments. Produced by Gordon Elliot, the Emmy award winning executive producer of “Paula Deen’s Home Cooking” and “Down Home With The Neelys,” this new one hour series combines entertaining takeaway with memorable personalities to create a live show where viewers get the dish on anything and everything related to the world of food and beyond.

Whether it’s new trends like food trucks and urban gardens or how pesticides in our food may affect our health, we can’t stop talking about it. The hosts who will guide the hour include Mario Batali (Restaurateur, Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and author); entertaining expert, Clinton Kelly (TLC’s “What Not To Wear”), Carla Hall (Bravo’s “Top Chef”); Michael Symon (Restaurateur and Food Network’s “Iron Chef America”) and nutrition expert Daphne Oz, who simplifies often confusing information about food."

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  1. Just read that this is taking the place of one of the soaps ABC is shutting down - either All My Children (going off the air in Sept 2011) or One Life to Live (off air in Jan 2012).

    It'll be interesting to see how this plays out. The hosts don't sound like a bad mix at all - Carla can certainly hold her own with Batali, Kelly, and Symon on the entertaining factor.

    1. Just Wow! for Carla.

      I hate the title and love the concept. With that lineup, maybe they won't dumb down food, but give me something to pay attention to. Some dumbing down is always accepted, but have a few morsels for serious listeners.

      How does this fit the Master Chefs competition? Did it win her a place or was it incidental?

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      1. re: shallots

        Incidental, except that the publicity brought her to the attention of the producers and I'm sure her win as "fan favorite" gave them further confidence that the audience finds her likable and entertaining.

        As I've always said -- on one of these reality competition shows only one person can win, but anyone can turn it into a "win" by making the best of the opportunity to make a good impression on all the important people in both their industry and the television industry that it brings them into contact with.

        1. re: shallots

          The title is ridiculous...I need someone of authority to assure me they're not playing off "The View". Or are they?

          Otherwise...yeah, I would watch Carla Hall read the phone book. At least for the first couple of episodes.

          1. re: Frosty Melon

            They are playing off 'The View', for sure. 'The Chew' is set to air immediately following 'The View'. Too cutesy for me....

            1. re: jeanmarieok

              After hearing only the title, I assumed it was chew in the conversational sense, e.g. "Let's chew on this idea a while". So I figured it was another View rip-off, a la The Talk. I am somewhat less dispirited now that I know it is food-centric, but am quite certain that is is going to be dumbed down enough for the Sandra Lee/Rachael Ray-speed viewers, who are a larger demographic than the people who get their recipe ideas and food supply facts from the NY Times or PBS. I don't expect much Chow-worthiness.

              ABC is covering their bases....The Revolution is geared toward weight loss, fitness, and fashion. At least the charming Tim Gunn will host. Currently, in the Boston area at least, AMC and OLTL run back to back. The Chew replaces the former, followed 3-4 months later by The Revolution in place of the latter. So the public can get fat on The Chew's recipes, then try to take off the weight with the second show. Of course once both are airing, you won't have time to make Mario's ravioli before the next hour's hosts prod you onto your treadmill.

              All in all, I'd prefer the soaps to stay where they are, although they will continue new episodes online, via an outfit called Prospect Park.

        2. I see Daphne Oz, the daughter of Dr. Oz is also slated to be on the show. She's the author of The Dorm Room Diet.

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          1. re: HillJ

            The last folks I want nutrition and diet advice from is one of the Oz family. He, at least, gets so much wrong.

          2. Thanks for the heads up. I will make sure my TiVo understands not to record it. It sounds like the cooking segments on Good Morning America. Shame on Mario for cashing those checks.

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            1. re: Woodfireguy

              Maybe you should watch it once before deciding not to!

            2. I have to say - I don't watch daytime TV and I do think the name's a bit silly but I think the lineup's great. I love Clinton and Mario and Michael and Carla. I can ignore the likely crazy Oz lady. Sounds better than most other daytime stuff on network.