When I was in high school, ABC’s soap lineup ruled my summers. Even when I scored the world’s easiest summer babysitting job for an 8-year-old girl who had her best friend over every day, I was able to watch my soaps every day. It was the 1980s, and Luke and Laura, Clint and Vicki, and Jesse and Angie were like close personal friends.


It’s been more than 15 years since I’ve watched any of those shows, so I was shocked when I heard that ABC had cancelled both “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” I didn’t know things had gotten so bad in soap land.

But one of the shows slated to replace them has captured my interest. It’s called “The Chew.” Mario Batali, TLC's “What Not to Wear” co-host Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall from “Top Chef” and Michael Symon of “Iron Chef America” will be some of the revolving hosts on the show that will look at food from every angle.
Go to any soap opera forum, and you’ll find that fans are upset, outraged and generally inflamed about the cancelation of all this love in the afternoon — and that they will be replaced with another talk show. They are threatening boycotts and saying not-so-nice things about Batali. (I assume he’s getting the brunt of it because he’s the most recognizable to non-food show-watching TV viewers.)
I don’t watch any daytime TV because I’m working most of the day, but if I can watch “The Chew” in the evening on Hulu or some other online format, I’ll be checking it out.
According to The Independent, the show will cover food from every angle, “from health, family rituals, friendship, breaking news, dating, fitness, weight loss, travel and life moments.” I’m most interested in seeing how they handle the health, family rituals and friendship areas. I hope they focus on the importance of family dinners.

I’m curious to know what you think about the soaps' cancellation and about this show that will be a replacement. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Food-centric talk show to replace ABC's long-running soap operas
The cancellations of 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' signal the end of an era. A talk show all about food, hosted by Mario Batali and others, will fill