EXCLUSIVE: ABC Family has put in development Rated P For Parenthood, a half-hour musical comedy chronicling the stages of modern-day parenting from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Prods. and writer-actress Jamie Denbo (Ronna & Beverly). ABC Signature, the cable division of ABC Studios, is producing. Rated P For Parenthood is based on the stage musical comedy of the same name created by Sandy Rustin, with music and lyrics by Dan Lipton & David Rossmer, which had an off-Broadway run in 2012. Denbo will write the adaptation and exec produce with Ripa and Consuelos. Rustin, Lipton and Rossmer will serve as producers alongside Albert Bianchini. In the spirit of Girls, Avenue Q and Parenthood, Rated P is an irreverent (musical) peek into the struggles of parenting in the age of parents who all still feel much closer to being kids themselves. And in many ways, still are.
President Obama made his first visit to Live with Kelly and Michael today, during which Kelly Ripa asked him about Hillary Clinton:
Ripa and Michael Strahan traveled to Washington to sit down with Obama at the White House. Strahan also asked POTUS, during the pre-taped interview, about the VA hospital controversy, saying, “There’s been calls for the resignations, and [VA Secretary Eric] Shinseki says he’s not going to resign. Do you think that he should, and if he doesn’t, would you be inclined to remove him?” The question was rendered out-of-date this morning when Obama held a live news conference to announce he had accepted Shinseki’s resignation.
Just when you thought there were no more TV talk shows left on which President Obama could make his debut, Disney/ABC announced this morning he will make his first appearance on Live With Kelly And Michael this coming Friday. Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan will travel to Washington to sit down with Obama at the White House and talk about that day’s White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit. Disney’s portfolio of TV networks includes ESPN — but Friday Night Tykes, the controversial TV docu-series about 8-to-9- year-old Rookies division of the Texas Youth Football Association, has its home on Comcast’s Esquire Network. In its first season, one of two Tykes coaches got suspended after an episode in which he was seen telling his players to hit an opponent in the head. Despite that, and other, controversies, Tykes last month got a second-season order. Network programming chief Matt Hanna explained, “The first season of Friday Night Tykes sparked a national debate about competitive youth sports, and we think it’s important to continue that discussion with a second season of the series…At its heart [the program] is a series about parenting – and the question about hard we should push our children is an incredibly relevant one for parents across America.”
UPDATED: Michael Strahan, one half of Live! With Kelly & Michael, also soon will be seen on ABC‘s morning infotainment program Good Morning America. Strahan will continue to co-host his daytime talker with Kelly Ripa. Ripa also had been approached about joining GMA, but she declined, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Talks with Strahan began about a month ago, which predates news anchor Josh Elliott’s decision to depart GMA, announced over the weekend. Expect to see Strahan on GMA a couple days a week, initially. Elliott, formerly of ESPN, left the show to join NBC Sports. The addition of Strahan gives GMA an anchor with a sports background to take over that responsibility from Elliott — Strahan having spent 15 years playing for the New York Giants.
Live! With Kelly & Michael is having its best season in seven years, ratings-wise, averaging nearly 4 million viewers — up 13% versus same time last season.
EXCLUSIVE: Producing duo Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos have teamed with writing duo Andrew Leeds and David Lampson, creators of last season’s pilot Brenda Forever, for another half-hour comedy project with a female protagonist. Poor Pam, which has been set up at ABC through ABC Studios, centers on Poor Pam, that friend everyone feels bad for. Single, unemployed, almost broke, living in the shadow of her famous sister — everyone has it better than Pam. But that doesn’t get her down. Poor Pam always looks on the bright side of life, and she’s always ready to go another round, no matter how many times she gets dropped on her ass. Leeds and Lampson will write the script and executive produce with Ripa and Consuelos. The project was developed internally at Ripa and Consuelos’ Milojo Prods with Albert Bianchini, who oversees the company’s projects.
EXCLUSIVE: ABC has put in development a multi-cam comedy from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos‘ Milojo Prods. The untitled project, written by former General Hospital: Nightshift head writer Sri Rao, centers on a free-spirited single mom who’s raising two kids in Brooklyn and running a small design company with three of her best friends. Things take a turn when her conservative 16-year-old son starts interning at her company, intent on transforming the family business into a global empire. Ripa, Consuelos and Rao will executive produce for ABC Studios. Milojo has been actively developing for ABC, most recently selling a comedy written by Peter Murrieta last season. The company also has a non-scripted project in the early stages of series production, as well as digital projects in development. This marks the second network sale for Rao this season. He also is penning The Black Widow for NBC as part of Electus’ 3-for-1 telenovela series deal with the network. He previously created and directed TeenNick’s What Goes On. On-screen, Ripa is hosting her popular syndicated talk show Live!, while Consuelos co-stars in the upcoming Amazon comedy series Alpha House.
EXCLUSIVE: ABC is finalizing a script deal for a comedy that will star Mark Consuelos and be executive produced by Consuelos and his wife, Live With Kelly & Michael host Kelly Ripa, through their Milojo Prods. Peter Murrieta will write the project based on an idea by Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. Murrieta and Kaplan will executive produce with Consuelos and Ripa.
The half-hour, produced by ABC Studios, centers on a blue-collar handyman from Queens (Consuelos) who enters the moneyed world of the Upper West Side, where he and his son become part of a non-traditional family unit. ABC Studios is producing. This is the second time ABC and ABC Studios are developing a comedy starring Consuelos and executive produced by him, Ripa and Kaplan. Two years ago, the network bought Port Love, a workplace comedy written by Jeffrey Hodes and Nastaran Dibai.
Kelly Ripa this morning officially introduced NFL star and Fox NFL Sunday broadcaster Michael Strahan as her new co-host on Live! With Kelly. The talk show has been renamed Live! With Kelly And Michael.
Strahan’s hire comes after nine months of auditions, following the November 2011 departure of original co-host Regis Philbin. Over the last two years, Strahan was a guest co-host of Live! 20 times. “As a guest co-host, Michael’s chemistry with Kelly was off the charts, and continued to grow each time he visited the show,” said Live! executive producer Michael Gelman. Strahan will now commute weekly between New York, where Live! is filmed, and Los Angeles, where Fox NFL Sunday originates. Live! With Kelly And Michael is distributed in national syndication by Disney-ABC Domestic Television and produced by WABC-TV.
Coming this fall, Live! With Kelly & Michael. The former NFL star-turned-TV personality Michael Strahan was rumored to be among the finalists for the permanent co-host to Kelly Ripa post, which had been vacant since the November departure of Regis Philbin. He will now be unveiled as Ripa’s new on-screen partner when Live launches its new season on Sept. 4, as first reported by Broadcasting & Cable. Since Philbin’s exit, Strahan has served as a guest co-host on Live a whopping 15 times, most recently on July 3. He is expected to also keep his weekend gig on Fox NFL Sunday, making for a weekly cross-country trek between New York, where Live tapes and Los Angeles from where the sports broadcast originates. Following his NFL career, Strahan also dabbled in comedy with a starring role on the short-lived Fox comedy Brothers.
LIVE! With Kelly And???….The new co-host will finally be revealed on Sept. 4 when Kelly Ripa will be joined by her new partner. Joining the duo as guests that day will be Claire Danes and 2012 American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. Since longtime host Regis Philbin left the show last November, 59 guest co-hosts have taken a seat next to Ripa, and Disney-ABC Domestic Television says one of them has been tapped for the new gig. Ripa will host the show solo for the first time the day before the big announcement. Philbin, who created the show, retired at age 80 after more than 28 years at the helm. Ripa joined the show in 2001.
EXCLUSIVE: Glee‘s Sue Sylvester soon won’t be not the only hard-driving cheerleading coach with a primetime series. CMT has greeenlighted Cheer, a reality series from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Prods. The six-episode, hourlong series goes inside the high-stakes, high-pressure world of competitive cheerleading with tough-as-nails coach Patty Ann Romero and her elite competitive cheerleading team as they journey toward the world cheerleading championships. The series is now in production and will debut in September, along with the upcoming seventh season of CMT’s unscripted hit Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team. “Kelly and Mark’s passion for this project, along with the sport’s universal appeal, make this a fantastic project for CMT,” said the network’s EVP development and programming Jayson Dinsmore. “This series, paired with the powerhouse Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, promises to be the next breakout hit on the network.”
Cheer centers on Romero and her senior team consisting of 20 top athletes who, outside of the gym, are ordinary teenage girls trying balance a grueling schedule of conditioning and competitions along with school and the pressures of everyday life. While Romero dominates in the gym, she also is like a second mother to her team and will do what it takes to make sure they succeed on the mat and in life. “Having been a cheerleader, I know all too well what these girls …
The search for a new co-host for Kelly Ripa is casting a wide net, so this was bound to happen sooner or later. Kim Kardashian will kick off a week of “five fabulous women” to share the stage with Ripa on Live! With Kelly the week of January 23-27. We can hardly wait. Till Tuesday. Or maybe later.
Neil Patrick Harris has joined the list of guest co-hosts on Disney-ABC’s syndicated morning talk show Live! With Kelly, which will use a rotating schedule to fill the seat of star Regis Philbin after he retires following Friday’s show. Harris, a frequent guest host in the past, is set to fill in beside Kelly Ripa from November 28-December 2. Jerry Seinfeld kicks off the guest rotation, doing a three-day stint November 21-23. Ripa last week reupped with the show through at least 2017, but a successor to Philbin as permanent co-host has not been named.
EXCLUSIVE: With Regis Philbin leaving Live! With Regis And Kelly next week, the company that distributes the popular daily syndicated talk show has moved to lock in co-host Kelly Ripa through at least 2017. I’ve learned that Ripa has signed a new five-year deal with Disney-ABC Domestic Television that will start in fall 2012, when the talk show host’s current pact expires. This past February, Ripa celebrated her 10-year anniversary on Live!, and her new contract will extend her tenure on the show to 16 years. The rich new deal comes just as Ripa prepares to fly solo following Philbin’s November 18 exit when the veteran syndicated talk show will be temporarily renamed Live! With Kelly until a permanent co-host is found. While the search is underway, Ripa will be joined by a slew of guest co-hosts. First off is Jerry Seinfeld, who will take a seat besides Ripa on her first three solo shows, November 21-23. Earlier today, Live! announced the lineup of guests for Philbin’s final week, which includes David Letterman and Kathie Lee Gifford. Along with Philbin, Ripa won a Daytime Emmy for best talk show host this past summer. In addition to her hosting duties on Live!, Ripa remains active on the acting side and has been developing and producing TV projects through Milojo Prods., her company with husband Mark …
Current and former stars of ABC’s All My Children and One Life To Live are mourning the demise of the long-running soaps. “It saddens me that All My Children is canceled,” the series’ signature star Susan Lucci tweeted. “I’ve loved playing Erica Kane and working with (creator) Agnes Nixon & the incredible people at AMC.”
“This is like losing a member of your family,” said Kelly Ripa who spent 12 years on the daytime drama where she also met her husband, AMC co-star Mark Consuelos. All My Children was more than a job.– it was my family. It was there that I met my husband; it was there when my first two children were born; it was there where I met many of my life-long friends. It was the greatest training ground ever. I feel heart sick.” Other famous AMC alums include Josh Duhamel, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Melissa Leo, Christian Slater and Amanda Seyfried.
EXCLUSIVE: Live With Regis & Kelly co-host Kelly Ripa was with WME, and her husband Mark Consuelos was with Innovative. CAA’s Bryan Lourd not only signed them but also their production company Milojo Productions, which has made several shows for TLC. The question now is whether Consuelos might replace Regis Philbin as Kelly’s co-host. In a recent People magazine poll, Consuelos scored big over other contenders like Survivor‘s Jeff Probst.
EXCLUSIVE: They may be preparing to say goodbye as co-hosts of Live with Regis and Kelly, but Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin are planning a new collaboration beyond the syndicated daily talk show. I hear Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos are developing a TV special through their Milojo Prods. to star Philbin. Details about the project are sketchy, but it is said to showcase Philbin’s abilities as a storyteller. Molojo has already met with several prominent directors for the special. Contrary to a Page Six report that Ripa was pissed at Philbin for exploring other projects, it seems like she might be part of them. In January, Philbin announced that he would leave Live after 25 years, the last 10 with Ripa as co-host.
EXCLUSIVE: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Prods. has come on board to co-produce with Charlie Corwin’s Original Media the second season of the docu-series Be Good Johnny Weir, which chronicles the flamboyant figure skater as he mounts his upcoming ice skating stage show Spectacular. The 10-episode second season is now in production for a summer run on the gay-centered cable channel Logo. Additionally, Milojo and Original Media, along with Weir’s Fireworks Management, will spearhead the development and production of Spectacular.
Regis Philbin is retiring from Live with Regis and Kelly. He made the announcement this morning on the daily syndicated talk show, which he has been hosting for almost 25 years. Live will continue after his departure, slated for late summer or fall, with Kelly Ripa getting a new co-host. Philbin, who is 79, has been in television for a half a century, with his numerous gigs including hosting the American version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Live originated as The Morning Show on WABC-TV with him and Cindy Garvey as co-hosts. Kathie Lee Gifford became his co-host in 1985, and in 1988, Buena Vista Television launched the syndicated Live with Regis & Kathie Lee. Gifford departed the show in 2000, with Ripa joining the show in 2001. In the past few years, Philbin underwent a heart bypass and hip replacement surgeries. Philbin holds the world record for most hours spent in front of a TV camera with well over 16,000 hours on the air.