"Eighteen years after Barbara Walters pioneered a new talk show format, The View has fallen victim to backstage bickering and executive drama at ABC. Can it bounce back?" - Suzanna Andrews, "The View's Epic Fight for Survival," in Vanity Fair, May 2015. Here is the article.
Why "The View" is still there is odd. Something as boring as that should have been put out of its misery long ago. After all, the currency of our era is the ability to get attention. Aside from the news blasts about Rosie O'Donnell's personal and professional problems, there is little reason to even tune in to witness the disaster.
In the slot "The View" has been in can be taken by a return to a soap opera, but the kind of sophisticated fare made standard by "The Good Wife." The plot can focus on a medical doctor who suspects his lawyer wife is being unfaithful.
After all, Saint Alicia on "The Good Wife" did get it on with her boss at the law firm. Yes, we still need a medical doctor for a soap. At least for the return of the first one. Daily there can be recaps of the action in off-center media such as Abovethelaw.com and BusinessInsider.com.