Rachael Ray on 'The Revolution' cancellation: 'You just never know'
ABC has announced its weekday lifestyle show, which began in January as the replacement for the long-running soap opera "One Life to Live," will end in July.
While prepping her 10th annual benefit cooking show Thursday (April 12) at her alma mater, Lake George (N.Y.) Jr.-Sr. High School, fellow daytime-television resident Ray -- who recently marked the 1,000th episode of her eponymous syndicated program -- tells Zap2it, "I know so many members of that team, and they've all been guests on our show.
"There's such a wide net out there now in daytime, syndicated television as well as cable, you hope there's audience enough out there for everyone ... especially if you're rooting for friends of yours. Just like with us, the viewing audience is always the boss, and it can depend on so many things."
In Ray's view, one of those things is "the clearances you get in all the different markets," as such fall daytime-talk newcomers as Katie Couric and "Survivor" host Jeff Probst are starting to discover. "You just never know. Part of it is luck, part of it is great programming, and part of it is just how the personalities end up mixing and matching."
The five-host approach of "The Revolution" that encompasses Ty Pennington and Tim Gunn could have been a factor in its fate, Ray reasons. "That's kind of a risk with any show that has multiple hosts. The message sometimes becomes more difficult to try to explain to the audience, and maybe they don't know exactly what they're getting every day.
"Our show has had that problem, too, and has struggled with it over the years," adds Ray. "We wanted to be so many different things, even with just one host. Maybe [the ABC show] 'The Chew' has more of an advantage, in that it's largely about food and home entertainment, with a little dash of celebrity mixed in. Maybe they've had an easier time of it."
Still, Ray credits "The Revolution" with attempting something that "had never been done before" in weekday television, "and I thought that was really brave. It's also hard to translate, though, because there's nothing else like it ... which is the chance you take. You don't want to be like anybody else out there, but if you're completely original, it's hard to break an audience in."