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 The question was rendered out-of-date this morning when Obama held a live news conference to announce he had accepted Shinseki’s resignation.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.”
Live With Kelly And Michael co-host Michael Strahan stopped by Good Morning America this morning to talk about his gig with the show, making sure to say “couple days a week” several times to calm Live! fans’ fears. Expect to see Strahan mostly in GMA’s first hour, so he can continue to co-host Live!, at 9 AM in many markets. In addition to the NFL Hall of Famer, GMA recently added ESPN’s Tony Reali to its Social Square; both hires were made in the wake of the departure of GMA’s Josh Elliott, who moved to NBC Sports. Watch here:
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The same day President Obama will be on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Ann Romney is set to sit down for the first time on The View, ABC announced today. The next day, Michelle Obama will be on Live With Kelly And Michael for a fourth time. The First Lady will tape her October 19 appearance on October 17 in New York. Both shows air on ABC affiliates in LA and much of Southern California.
Despite previous promises, Mitt Romney will not be joining his wife on The View. Last month, co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck read out on air “the Romneys would once again love to join the sharp-tongued chatter in October.” Today Walters said on the show, “Well, he can change his mind and we hope he does. It would be our pleasure to have him on the program.” The Obamas made their first joint appearance on The View on September 25 to high ratings. Mitt Romney has been on the show before, a fact he called “high-risk” in the now-infamous secret video of him talking at a private fundraiser this year.
Ann Romney’s visit comes two days her husband and Obama square off in their second Presidential debate. She has become a TV ambassador for the Republican campaign recently, also helping co-host Good Morning America last week and making her debut last month on The … Read More »
I don’t think this even begins to demonstrate how bad this show is now:
They don’t really look alike, but that’s who Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said on a taping of Live! With Kelly And Michael today he’d like to see play him on the big screen. After noting that Hackman, who has played a couple of presidents in his career, would make a good Mitt, Romney said Michelle Pfeiffer should be cast as his wife Ann. In a pre-taped segment to be aired September 18, Romney and his wife got personal and pop culture with Live! hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, with topics including Jersey Shore‘s Snooki and the Kardashians. Ann Romney reiterated that ABC’s Modern Family is the couple’s favorite TV show. (The Romneys were mocked by the show’s creator Steve Levitan via Twitter last month when Ann first said how much she liked the show — the GOP candidate is opposed to gay marriage, a major theme in the series.)
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The premiere of the newly-rechristened Live! With Kelly And Michael yesterday scored an impressive 3.9 household rating/13 share in the metered markets. The show, which introduced former NFL star Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa’s new permanent co-host, was up 24% from last season’s season premiere. Live! equaled its second-highest rating since Regis Philbin’s departure, which scored a 7.3 household rating in November. It was the show’s highest rating in 9 years on the first Tuesday after Labor Day.
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The only new syndicated talk show to premiere yesterday was NBCUniversal’s Steve Harvey. Going early worked, as the show posted a solid 1.5/4 in the metered market households. That was a 50% improvement of the time period vs last September and up 25% from its lead-in. Among women 18-49, Steve Harvey (0.9/5) was up 80% from last year. For comparison, the highest-profile new talk show last fall, Anderson, debuted with a 1.1 household rating and a 0.6 in Women 25-54 and proceeded to get a renewal. The other high-profile talk show newcomers this year, Katie, Jeff Probst and Ricki Lake, premiere next Monday.
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.
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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.