Q: I am disappointed that ABC canceled “The Chew.” It was refreshing to watch, as well as being informative. In this day and age, when many yearn for goodness on TV, it baffles me as to why it was axed.
A: Quite a few folks have written in about the self-described “talk/food hybrid’s” demise. A lot of factors were involved. Certainly the sexual misconduct allegations about co-host Mario Batali did not help, though he was dropped from the show in December. Bigger factors were ABC’s wanting to expand its successful “Good Morning America” franchise, with one ABC executive saying the move into an afternoon hour “is a great opportunity for viewers and advertisers.”
At the same time, ratings for “The Chew” are not as big as they have been earlier in its seven-year run. Entertainment news site The Wrap noted that “Chew” ratings among women ages 18 to 49 (a key audience for advertisers) dropped 13 percent in just a year. “That number was bad enough to rank ‘The Chew’ 13th out of 13 network daytime shows — yeah, dead last,” The Wrap reported. It dropped even more among women ages 18 to 34.
It wasn’t about the acting
Q: Did any actors from the TV “Batman” show or any of the “Star Trek” series ever get a nomination for an Emmy Award?
A: While various “Star Trek” series have won technical Emmys, acting nods for it and for the 1966-68 “Batman” have been rare. Frank Gorshin was nominated as best supporting actor in a comedy in 1966 for playing the Riddler on “Batman,” though he lost to Don Knotts of “The Andy Griffith Show.” Leonard Nimoy is the lone “Star Trek” actor to be nominated — three times, as best supporting actor in a drama in 1967 and 1968 and supporting actor in any TV series in 1969. Again, he never won — losing to Eli Wallach for “The Poppy Is Also a Flower,” Milburn Stone for “Gunsmoke” and Werner Klemperer for “Hogan’s Heroes.”
William Shatner did win an Emmy — but for “Boston Legal,” not “Star Trek.”
‘Saul’ will take calls in August
Q: I am wondering what happened to “Better Call Saul.” I haven’t seen it listed. Did I miss it?
A: Not yet. It begins its fourth season on AMC Aug. 6. Here’s the network’s synopsis: The death of Chuck (Michael McKean) “catalyzes Jimmy McGill’s (Bob Odenkirk) transformation into Saul Goodman. Jimmy takes steps into the criminal world that will put his future as a lawyer — and his relationship with Kim (Rhea Seehorn) — in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) takes a more active role as Madrigal Electromotive’s newest security consultant. It’s a volatile time to be in Gus Fring’s employ, as Hector’s collapse sends shock waves throughout the Albuquerque underworld and throws the cartel into chaos.” Plenty to anticipate, don’t you think?
Game over for ‘Pitch’
Q: Am I the only one who misses “Pitch”?
A: No. I miss it, too. The baseball drama starring Kylie Bunbury was far too good to end after just 10 episodes in 2016.