We now know who will be sitting beside Kelly Ripa for “Live’s” final week in September — and they’re truly very familiar faces to the program.
Here’s the schedule:
Monday, Sept. 26: Groban
Tuesday, Sept. 27: Groban
Wednesday, Sept. 28: O’Connell
Thursday, Sept. 29: O’Connell
Friday, Sept. 30: O’Connell
O’Connell’s been a regular fill-in during the search to replace Michael Strahan. TheWrap identified O’Connell as one of the 10 most probable successors to the National Football League Hall of Famer. Problem is, O’Connell’s Positive Q Score — an industry accepted measurement of likability — isn’t particularly impressive. Check those numbers out here.
Groban’s popped up too, albeit less often. The singer, however, was actually in the running for the permanent gig four years ago, when it went to the ex-New York Giants defensive end instead. Strahan recently debuted as an everyday player for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He bailed on “Live” and Ripa in May.
“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 and Ripa.