Apparently, ABC News wants our mornings lasting just a wee bit longer with word that Good Morning America would be expanding to three hours; with the new third hour airing at 1 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. CT/PT. Although information on the hour’s title and anchors will be released over the next several months, the news division didn’t waste any time “dropping the other shoe” when it came to what the expansion meant: after seven seasons and 1454 episodes, daytime food-themed program The Chew will cease production at the end of this season but will continue to air until September (with new episodes airing in June).
“Good Morning America keeps finding new ways to inform and delight our audience. We recently expanded GMA through our social channels and a newly launched website. Now we will build a whole new hour of compelling content that is true to ‘GMA’’s spirit.”
– James Goldston, President, ABC News
Standing as the most-watched morning newscast in the country for six consecutive years running and winner of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program, ABC’s Good Morning America anchor team consists of Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Michael Strahan and chief meteorologist Ginger Zee; with Michael Corn serving as senior executive producer.
“Over the past six years Good Morning America has solidified its place as America’s No. 1 morning show. We believe there is great opportunity for viewers and advertisers in expanding to a third hour. While this is the right decision for our business, it is also bittersweet. For seven years The Chew has delighted audiences by delivering innovative food segments in an entertaining atmosphere. We applaud and thank Gordon Elliott, Aimee Householder, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and the entire cast and crew for their great work and amazing run. And we wish them the very best.”
– Ben Sherwood, Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks; President, Disney/ABC Television