Beloved 'ABC' show canceled to expand 'GMA' for another hour
The top management of the network, ABC, believes that the new approach will be a ‘great opportunity’ for viewers and advertisers.
It seems to be the norm in television for shows to be constantly created, aired and canceled. And while networks bring out something new to replace a canceled show, fans of the former program are left disappointed.
Fans of the ABC show, The Chew, are in for a similar disappointment since the network has decided to cancel any further seasons of the series.
According to Disney ABC Press, the future of the 7-year-old show hosted by Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, and Michael Symon, was shelved since ABC’s morning show Good Morning America will be expanding to become a three-hour-program
The two-time Emmy-award-winning show will air its final set of new episodes from June to September this year. After September, Good Morning America will broadcast its third hour at 1:00 pm EDT.
Ben Sherwood, the co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and the president of Disney|ABC Television shared that Good Morning America had secured the position of the country’s number 1 morning show.
He added that increasing the duration of the show by an hour would provide a great opportunity to the viewers waiting at home and the advertisers who wish to capitalize on their on-air time.
Sherwood emphasized that it was the right decision to make for the network’s future. However, he also admitted that it was tough to let go The Chew, after the huge success that it had achieved.
Speaking of The Chew, Sherwood proudly stated that it was based on the unique premise of presenting creative ideas in food in a refreshingly entertaining setting.
I understand that, but Mario Batali has been off the show for months and the other 3 (in my opinion) make it work. No Politics, Just a fun show.— Valerie Grella (@bgbrwneyesNY) May 23, 2018
This is so upsetting. @clinton_kelly @carlahall and @chefsymon have carried on the show and made it into a very positive and fun show. Major networks are driving viewers away from cable when they cancel shows people actually enjoy.— bonnie marrone (@stranded07) May 23, 2018
this sucks, I never miss an episode. it was an hour that took real life problems away for a bit, but now a 3rd hour of GMA ... why, they news report the same things over and over as it is— Chuckie (@ChuckieChk) May 23, 2018
What????enough news show. The Chew is good. Don't need Battali to make it successful— sunni (@sunniimee) May 23, 2018
He also expressed his gratitude towards Gordon Elliott and Aimee Householder, apart from the current hosts of the show.
As the producer of The Chew, Elliott revealed commended the network for embracing the concept of amalgamating food and talk and creating a show that was the first of its kind.
Meanwhile, viewers of Good Morning America an look forward to another hour of news, trends in pop culture, candid interviews, and live events.