|The Original Chew|
There is a rumor online (actually, it is in the form of one of those blind items so take it with a grain of salt) that if the Strahan and Sara daytime experiment doesn't make it (ratings?) ABC is going to bring back The Chew. This actually makes sense if you think about it. It has to be very inexpensive to produce (white plates from IKEA and a sprig of parsley and viola you have a show. YouTubers do it all the time).
My question to the Wubsketeers out there is: Would you watch this show? Again? Did you watch it the first time? This was considered the show that killed AMC/OLTL so I am sure some people still have some animosity about this.
What about the hosts? Did you like the original group? If they bring it back, do you think they will use the original hosts, new hosts or maybe a combination of the two? (I'm assuming Mario would not be available for this)
My thinking is that ABC marketing really needs to step it up. It's not enough to rely on returning viewers, you have to bring in more or bring back those that you have lost. (I'm no longer talking about The Chew if you couldn't tell. Do you hear me, GH?)
|Does anyone really eat pickle-relish directly out of the jar?|
They did a cross-promotion with AJ and Tracy during the Pickle-Lila storyline. On a show like this, I would rather see the actors as themselves. Laura Wright can go on there and help make a dish and mention her winery and Michael Simon can use her wine in the cooking. Maurice doing an Italian dish is a no-brainer. If they are going to be in character, I'd rather see them in character on a scripted show. And real people on a reality show.
I always felt cross-promotion was cheesy at best. I still remember Carly and Bobbie talking to each other about watching the Oscars -- on ABC. They must have mentioned Oscars/ABC a dozen times and did everything but look directly into the camera. And the Dinosaur posters on the elevator doors? Remember them? Kids wearing the t-shirts? Ugh. But I guess if it is done right, there can be some synergy and if this show returned, I hope there are some guest spots from the actors on the Chew. Carla on GH as Cook 2 was done well (and brief). Maybe all in one episode, Carla can be Cook 2, Clinton could be Cook 3 and Michael could be Cook 4. All of them trying to make Thanksgiving Dinner and ruining it like a Three Stooges episode with flour flying everywhere. Alice would then walk in with 10 boxes of pizzas and say "you guys really don't know how to cook for the Quartermaines".
Cheesy as it sounds, some cross promotion might be needed to help with viewership. And if done right, might actually work.
So, if the Chew returned, would any of you care? (Remember this is a hypothetical rumor)
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