Kelly Ripa’s Still-Solo ‘Live’ Sets Season 29 Premiere Date, Guest Co-Hosts

Anderson Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris and Michael Weatherly are among those (still) testing out the other chair

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Kelly Ripa has a “Live” Season 29 premiere date, but still no permanent co-host. She does, however, have a number of guest co-hosts joining her next month — a “diverse group of personalities,” per the language in a Wednesday afternoon media release.

“As the exciting search for Kelly’s new on-air partner continues, a diverse group of personalities will join her on the show,” it read.

Those initial names include Anderson Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Weatherly, Christian Slater, Morris Chestnut, and Chris Harrison.

Slater gets the season premiere honors on Sept. 5, 2016. Here’s the rest of the schedule thus far:

Chestnut: Sept. 6-7
Cooper: Sept. 8-9
Harrison: Sept. 12
Weatherly: Sept. 13
Harris: Sept. 14-16

Cooper, Slater and Chestnut have each tested before. Harris, Weatherly and Harrison will be first-timers for this particular search, an effort to replace Michael Strahan.

Actual guest guests for the start of the season include Meg Ryan, Denzel Washington, Sophia Loren, Jessica Alba, Kiefer Sutherland, Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman, Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Kevin James and Aaron Eckhart. Additionally, next month, “Live With Kelly” will feature musical performances by Martina McBride, Kristin Chenoweth, Jacob Whitesides and Ingrid Michaelson.

“Live With Kelly” is distributed in national syndication by Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution. The show is produced by WABC-TV in New York and executive produced by Michael Gelman.

Strahan departed the program in May for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” a gig he’s set to start soon.