This week on “LIVE! with Kelly,” co-host Kelly Ripa and guest co-host Jerry Seinfeld announced that the popular nationally-syndicated show will travel to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii, for five shows airing February 20-24, 2012. The “LIVE” broadcasts will be set against the backdrop of Aulani’s beautiful beachfront cove on the island of O‘ahu.
During the five shows, “LIVE” will showcase the best of O’ahu, and highlight all that Disney’s latest one-of-a-kind vacation destination has to offer. In addition to broadcasting from the stunning new resort, Ripa and Seinfeld also announced an exciting contest in connection with the trip. “LIVE” will fly one lucky couple and 30 of their guests to Aulani for the wedding of a lifetime.
On November 21, 2011, the iconic morning talk show will begin a new era. On “LIVE! with Kelly,” Kelly Ripa will welcome as guest co-host comedy superstar Jerry Seinfeld. Seinfeld, a long-time friend of the show, will join Ripa for three shows, airing November 21-23, 2011.
Among the guests stopping by to join Ripa and Seinfeld are actor Jason Segel, actress Kim Cattrall, comedian and host Howie Mandel, “Naked Chef” Jamie Oliver and the fabulous Miss Piggy from Disney’s The Muppets.
Ty Pennington, the inspiring and passionate host of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” joins “The Revolution,” ABC Daytime’s new daily show about health and lifestyle transformations, it was announced today by Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group. Pennington joins previously announced “Project Runway” star Tim Gunn and renowned fitness and nutrition expert Harley Pasternak in a quest to help viewers take positive steps toward a better way of life. “The Revolution” team will help viewers with complete transformations in all areas of their lives, including family, physical and emotional well-being, fashion, home design, personal finance, food, jobs and more. In addition to being a motivating and interactive resource for viewers at home, the show features a unique concept: each week one woman’s five-month weight loss journey will unfold in just five days, with daily results and a final transformation reveal on Friday. “The Revolution” will premiere in January 2012.
The New York Yankees have invited television icon and “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” host Regis Philbin to be honored with the ceremonial first pitch on Monday, September 19, 2011, prior to the 1:05 p.m. game vs. the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees are honoring the Emmy-winning New Yorker in recognition of his nearly three decades as host of LIVE, which originated in 1983 as a local New York program. Twenty-nine seasons later, LIVE is one of the most successful shows in daytime television history. The honor comes as Philbin prepares to leave the program, with his last day on air scheduled for November 18, 2011.
This morning, “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” co-host Regis Philbin announced that his last day on the program will be Friday, November 18, 2011.
Philbin made the announcement live on the air during today’s “Host Chat” segment. Philbin and co-host Kelly Ripa kicked off the home stretch of their partnership this week, the final months before Philbin leaves the top morning show. LIVE is marking the departure of the Emmy-winning host with the “Regis Farewell Celebration Season,” a heartfelt, not-to-be-missed commemoration of Philbin’s years on LIVE.
Perhaps in an effort to offer consolation to those still reeling from the news that their decades-old favorite soaps have been shoved to the web to make way for Katie Couric, ‘The Chew’ and ‘The Revolution,’ as well as engage viewers, ABC Daytime has put up the framework for ClubMillionaireTV.com, a viewer loyalty rewards program which allows members to earn points by shopping through associated retailers online, entering in ‘certificate grants’ offered by partners offline and even by watching ABC Daytime for codes to redeem online. Once points are accumulated, they can be used to purchase merchandise and/or to enter prize-filled sweepstakes as well as donate to charities through the site. Membership to ClubMillionaireTV.com is free and requires only minor activity to maintain the account.
ABC will broadcast its final episode of the Daytime Emmy Award-winning drama series, “All My Children,” on Friday, September 23, 2011. The iconic series will end in a manner that respects the show’s legacy and honors its history.
Out of love and respect for the show, many beloved actors will be returning to Pine Valley, including Josh Duhamel (Leo Du Pres), Eva La Rue (Maria Santos), Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater), Carol Burnett (Verla Grubbs), Kate Collins (Janet Green), Jennifer Bassey (Marion Chandler), Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Chandler) and Leven Rambin (Lily Montgomery), among others yet to be announced. Final episodes will celebrate the stories of the families that fans have grown to know and love over the years.
Award-winning actress Carol Burnett will return to “All My Children” for a few episodes this September as Verla Grubbs. Verla Grubbs first appeared in Pine Valley in 1983 as the long-lost daughter of Langley Wallingford, played by the late Louis Edmonds. Throughout her appearances on the show, Burnett played opposite legendary actresses Eileen Herlie (Myrtle Fargate) and Ruth Warrick (Phoebe Wallingford). In 1984, Burnett and Herlie teamed up with Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor in a scene on “All My Children.”
Guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want and the changing viewing patterns of the audience, ABC is evolving the face of daytime television with the launch of two new shows, “The Chew,” which will premiere in September 2011, and “The Revolution” (working title), which will premiere in January 2012. These new shows expand ABC Daytime’s focus to include more programming that is informative and authentic and centers on transformation, food and lifestyle — cornerstones of programming that resonates with daytime viewers as evidenced by the success of “The View.”