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

NEW FACES IN OLD PLACES NEWS

... 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]


BUSINESS TIME

... 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]


CASTING NEWS

... 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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Strahan for host on Live with Kelly is a big mistake...huge !
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noooo - we loved work of art!
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"who's lives change when the straight one gets engaged" (Last paragraph)

Shouldn't it be whose instead of who's?
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Of course Ripa's new co-host is Michael Strahan. Regis could never come close to bench pressing what that gym rat Ripa can. I look forward to the Feats of Strength on Live! this Fall.
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It is kind of fun to watch American Idol go down in flames. It is taking a while, but hey it is something to watch.
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That's odd, I read that Doctor Who was premiering on the 8th, not the 1st, and I thought I read it here. Set DVRs to timey wimey!



Uh oh, The Huntress appearing on The CW again? (Ok, it was actually The WB, which became CW when they "merged" with UPN by basically tossing out all of UPN's content.) Wasn't Birds of Prey enough of a warning?
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I'm not too sure about the name -- Paging Dr. Freed sounds pretty stupid -- but I like both Howard and Moore... and I like vaginas... this could work!
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I have a feeling the Have Gun Will Travel will be a non-western modern-day remake that has nothing to do with the original series aside from the name of the character.

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Please don't hire Kanye West, American Idol. I'm begging you.
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I never watch Live! anyway so it doesn't matter.. same for American Idol.. but if I still did, getting Kanye West would immediately make me stop watching.



also. DOCTOR WHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that is all.
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Kyle Howard, Joel David Moore, and vaginas? Hell ya.
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I guess they want LIVE! to appeal to men with Strahan being a co-host since that's a bizarre decision for a morning show like LIVE!
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Strahan is affable and personable without feeling like he's talking down to the audience, he seems genuinely nice and jovial and friendly. It's an unusual choice, but I think he'd do ok in this job, and maybe it's time for morning shows to break out of their molds a little more.
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I'm amazed that they picked my first choice! Strahan is engaging, funny, and effortless. He and Kelly had the best chemistry, but I never thought in a million years they'd pick him over AC or Seth Meyers et al.
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talk about feet dangling above ground, american idol has big chairs, no? haha kanye's tiny.



which episodes included photo taking of boobs? i must conduct art research.



dallas roberts was one of the great things about rubicon. maybe he can make a shit show not so shitty (the the rest of the cast, some of which i really like {or liked} has seemingly failed to do that). i hate on the walking dead because i think it's easy.



you succeeded with dallas roberts, but you failed to correctly identify people with performances here for kyle howard and Joel David Moore. it should have ready kyle howard (house arrest, royal pains {obvious what with it being another usa show and all}) and Joel David Moore (avatar, bones {after all the show gave up some major publicity for it while he was still on the it}).



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Milton for TWD could be a character who is a homage to the "doctor" seen in the Romero flick "Day of the Dead"
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I can see Kanye West as an X-Factor judge and not American Idol as he is a performer more than a true singer which I see makes more sense for an X-Factor judge, same way Paula Abdul made more sense on X-Factor.
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Doctor Who! The best show in the world. Then Fringe. Then Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. September can't come too soon.
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I would switch a few of those around, but I love your taste in TV.
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Breaking Bad, Fringe, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead from the ones mentioned but not as my actual top TV shows listed. :D
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I would very tacitly and with great difficulty and deliberation switch two of those around, but we've all got great taste in TV. Cheers to us!
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Whoa! Take it easy, Bam. We're just kidding around. To each their own. Unless you like Whitney. Then you suck ... Wait, were you being sarcastic? Emotional outbursts aren't like you.
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They all are #1. Right?! :D #1 Tie I say tie..let's end this all. I love Fringe. I love Breaking Bad. I love Doctor Who...and I love The Walking Dead. Damn it..I love good TV shows bitches...so STFU and watch good TV....I can't believe you guys suck so much. jesus. GOOD TV IS GOOD TV. I'm done...I don't want to talk to you guys anymore....ok...I'll probably comment after. No wait..I'm really done. Bye! Won't see you guys for weeks under this user name.
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@bicelis



Haha! ... Everyday, man. Everyday.
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People keep testing your patience :)
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justified, game of thrones, homeland, maybe fringe ...
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