ABC's upcoming daytime series The Chew is a topical, View-style talk show all about food, and already it's embroiled in controversy. Why? Because it will replace All My Children, which goes off the air next month, and soap opera fans aren't exactly excited about the trade-off.
All My Children
Mark your calendars, soap fans! The final episode of All My Children will air Friday, September 23, ABC announced Thursday.
After more than 40 years on the air, All My Children will "end in a manner that...
Carla Hall feels your pain, soap fans.
The Top Chef alum's food-centric talk show The Chew will replace All My Children come September, and the chef says she can "totally understand" the outrage over its — not to mention One Life to Live's — cancellation.
ABC cancels All My Children and One Life to Live
"I get why people are upset. They're mad because they're very passionate about their soap operas," Hall tells TVGuide.com. "That says a lot about ...
Joe Bastianach knows the culinary world. Not only is he a judge on Fox's MasterChef — which returns for a second season on Monday at 8/7c — he operates three wineries in Italy and 18 restaurants across the country with business partner-celebrity chef Mario Batali. But Bastianich isn't only about food. If necessary, he claims he could make a living by singing for his supper.
The restauranteur can carry a tune and is drawn to shows that feature singing like Glee. "Those kids are fantastic," he tells TVGuide.com. "I love it because I sing, so I sing along with them." As for fellow Fox reality show American Idol, he boasts, "I'd go on there and win if I wasn't so damn old."
Susan Lucci, Jill Larson
The reports are true: ABC has canceled All My Children and One Life to Live. Children will be abandoned in September, while One Life will die in January 2012. Both soaps are being replaced by health-related talk shows...
Whether it's Adam Richman racing against the clock to eat a 3-meter-long bratwurst on Man v. Food or a group of Top Chef Masters competing to create a delectable meal using only the ingredients found on the Lost island, food-challenge shows are addictive — not to mention mouthwatering.
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With TLC delving into the gastro-competitive realm with Ultimate Chili Challenge (May 3 at 10/9c) and Chocolate Wars (May 10 at 10/9c), we found it only fitting share our top six food-challenge moments:
Mario Batali by Karen Neal/ABC
Pots and pans have been rattling with rumors that Food Network has fired its longtime stalwart Mario Batali. As the story went, Batali said he wouldnt do Iron Chef America unless the culinary channel renewed his series Molto Mario. The network reportedly said no, and Batali picked up his cutlery and left. We went to the man himself for confirmation. "Not true!" Batali tells TV Guide emphatically. "Im taping two episodes of Iron Chef America in a few weeks. Im the best Iron Chef, why would I quit? And why would I threaten the network? Molto Marios been out of production for two-and-a-half years. [Reruns still air weekly.] We have a fine relationship." A channel spokesperson backs him up: "Mario is still a major part of the Food Network family," she says. But Batali, whose empire includes a bevy of pricy eateries in New York and L.A., does admit that the network has changed since the days that top chefs like Sara Moulton and he brought haute cuisine to the mass...
Mario Batali by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.com
According to a report in the New York Post, Food Network has informed the colorful Mario Batali that his numerous shows would not be getting renewed. In response to the rebuff, Batali allegedly refused to compete any longer on Iron Chef, "and then [the network] essentially said ciao," shares an insider. The move, says industry buzz, is indicative of Food Network's progression away from "real" chefs and more toward celebrity/TV-created spatula-wielders.UPDATE: Food Network Is Still Hot for Mario Batali