News Briefs: Kelly Ripa's New Live! Co-host Is... Michael Strahan?


... Kelly Ripa will be joined by the anti-Regis soon. According to a report, ABC's long-running Live! is bringing in former NFL player Michael Strahan to sit in the seat once occupied by Regis Philbin, but I'm guessing Strahan's feet will touch the floor, unlike Regis's ever did. Strahan, who is part of Fox's NFL pre-game show and starred briefly in the Fox sitcom Brothers, was one of several guest hosts who tried their hand at co-hosting the early-morning variety show. [Broadcasting & Cable]

... American Idol is looking for another big name to add to its judges' table, and the latest celebrity to be thrown in the mix is Kanye West. Talks are preliminary, but West is reportedly interested and asking for at least $18 million for the season to match new judge Mariah Carey. How are both of their heads going to fit inside the same auditorium? [TMZ]


... Bravo has canceled Work of Art, the pretentious reality show that brought in weirdos from across the country to finger-paint and take pictures of their boobs while a trio of no-talent snobs crapped on their "art." Man, it was a really good show. [GalleryistNY]

... BBC America will premiere Season 7 of Doctor Who on September 1! [BBC America via press release]

... NBC will premiere Season 38 of Saturday Night Live on September 15! [SNL's Twitter]

... Playwright and F-word aficionado David Mamet is working on a remake of the 1957 Western Have Gun—Will Travel for CBS. The original followed a gunman named Paladin, but there's no word on what the new version would focus on. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC is coddling a project from CSI creator Anthony Zuiker and Gossip Girl producer Sara Goodman called Taboo. The soapy drama follows a stay-at-home mother who goes undercover as a profiler for the FBI, but ends up getting her horn on for the guy she's investigating. Homeland did it better. [Deadline Hollywood]


... The Walking Dead is adding a new character for Season 3 who wasn't in the comics. Rubicon's Dallas Roberts will play Milton, a smart guy who lives with The Governor (David Morrissey) and is keen on experimenting on zombies. He's not a big guy, but he's made himself useful with his brains. Mmm... brains. Nom x 3. [EW]

... The Hard Times of RJ Berger's Jayson Blair has been promoted to series regular in Ryan Murphy's upcoming NBC comedy The New Normal. [Deadline Hollywood]

... USA's pilot Paging Dr. Freed, about a pair of brothers who are gynecologists, has founds its gynecologist brothers. Kyle Howard (My Boys) and Joel David Moore (Avatar) will play the leads, who inherit their dad's medical practice after he's caught playing Doctor with his secretary and suffers a heart attack. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The CW's Arrow has cast Jessica De Gouw for multiple episodes. She'll play The Huntress, a character who comic fans will recognize from the comics. And she'll maybe get into Oliver Queen's pants. [EW]

... Workaholics' Jillian Bell will recur on CBS's upcoming Partners, a comedy about two buddies—one gay and one straight—who's lives change when the straight one gets engaged. Bell will play the cousin of Ali (Sophia Bush), the fiancé. [TV Line]

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