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.
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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. Read More »
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 … Read More »
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. Read More »
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 … Read More »
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 … Read More »
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 … Read More »
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, … Read More »
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 … Read More »
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 … Read More »
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 … Read More »
FRONS SPEAKS: ABC Daytime Chief Explains Why ‘AMC’ & ‘OLTL’ Were Axed; Says ‘GH’ Is “Safe For Time Being”
ABC DAYTIME SHAKEUP: Network Cancels BOTH ‘All My Children’ & ‘One Life To Live,’ Replaces Them With Lifestyle Series
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. Read More »
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 … Read More »
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 … Read More »
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. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Kelly Ripa is ready for more daytime-primetime double duty with Port Love, a new comedy project at ABC. Ripa and her husband, actor Mark Consuelos, will co-write the story for the single-camera project, with Consuelos set to star and Ripa to recur. Both will executive produce through their production company Milojo Prods. Port Love, from ABC Studios, is a workplace comedy set at a formerly popular network series and revolves around the cast and crew who have more backstage drama in their lives than in the actual show they’re working on. Jeffrey Hodes and Nastaran Dibai (According to Jim) will co-write the story with Ripa and Consuelos. Hodes and Dibai will write the script and will executive produce with the 2 actors and Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. Ripa and Consuelos’ producing partner Albert Bianchini also is expected to produce the project, which has received script commitment. Read More »