By Lynette Rice
Updated June 30, 2011 at 05:30 PM EDT

Parting is such sweet sorrow: All My Children will air its series finale on Friday, Sept. 23. Many alums are already on-board to help the show say goodbye, including Josh Duhamel (Leo Du Pres), Eva La Rue (Maria Santos), Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater), Carol Burnett (Verla Grubbs), Kate Collins (Janet Green), Jennifer Bassey (Marion Chandler), Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Chandler), and Leven Rambin (Lily Montgomery).

To fill the void, the network’s new one-hour lifestyle series The Chew will debut the following Monday. The show promises to bring together “a diverse panel of co-hosts that includes restaurateurs and Iron Chef stars Mario Batali and Michael Symon, entertaining expert Clinton Kelly, Top Chef alum Carla Hall and health & wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz.”

The Chew is the first new series to launch on ABC Daytime in 14 years.

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