Soap fans were obviously upset that ABC cancelled their long-running daytime soaps ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE, and that’s extended to the promise of boycotting the reality shows replacing them on ABC’s daytime schedule.
Executive producer Gordon Elliott of THE CHEW, a new food talk show (think THE VIEW with food) that will air in that soap time slot, addressed this concern to the press today during a Television Critics Association session.
“We hope that [soap fans] will enjoy our show,” says Elliott who was thrilled to hear ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE will live on in new episodes on the internet. “We were asked to join ABC’s line-up because daytime tastes have changed. We would love it if soap fans would [follow] us, since their [soaps] will not be online and they have their cake and eat it to.”
Elliott also reiterated that it wasn’t his decision to cancel the shows – their show was just asked to fill that time slot.
“We don’t control the process,” says Elliott. “I am greatly relieved the [soaps] are moving online. While they’re not going to be on TV, it will be more convenient for people to watch them. I hope they give us a break. If they don’t like out show, we can’t control it. We can only control what goes on our television show.”
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