Former 'In Treatment' star grabs top billing in network's first scripted series
ABC's Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott take on the p.m. expansion
With "Good Morning America" locked in an ongoing daytime ratings rumble with "Today," co-anchors Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer are expanding the "GMA" brand this summer. The duo will launch the new extension "Good Afternoon America" on Monday, July 9. The one-hour show will replace the canceled "Revolution" and serve as a time-slot holder until "Katie" premieres Sept. 10.
"It's tremendous that 'GMA' has this opportunity to extend its reach and bring something new to the afternoons," said Josh Elliott. "It is gratifying to play a role in it, and we genuinely hope our audience will come along for the ride."
"I am beyond excited and honored to be part of this new chapter for the 'Good Morning America' family," Lara Spencer added. "'Good Afternoon America' gives us the opportunity to reach a different audience, and better yet, to spend a little more time with our morning viewers who want to be a part of the conversation and fun we plan on bringing to afternoon TV."
ABC is hyping the new spinoff as "energetic" and "fast-paced" and promising hot topic celebrities, pop culture news and original content. The show will also cover lifestyle, health, workplace and consumer news, along with a bit of ABC self-promotion. "GMA," for example, already goes behind the scenes at sister show "Dancing with the Stars" and gives sneak peeks of hits like "Modern Family." Viewers are sure to see more of that.
"GMA" anchors Sam Champion, Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos will make special appearances, along with other member of the ABC family. Katie Couric is sure to be a regular, as she builds up to her own talk show premiere.
"Good Afternoon America" premieres Monday, July 9, at 2 p.m. ET/PT and will run for nine consecutive weeks.
Robin Thicke, Demi Lovato, No Doubt, Brad Paisley, Counting Crows and more
"Good Morning America" released a partial schedule for its 2012 Summer Concert Series. Every Friday morning starting May 25, "GMA" will feature a live performance from the Rumsey Playfield in New York City’s Central Park, while "Today" continues its own summer series across town.
So far, the fourth annual Pepsi sponsored event boasts a purely A-list lineup. "Duets" mentor Robin Thicke kicks off the festivities and will be followed by No Doubt, Brad Paisley, Counting Crows, Demi Lovato, The Wanted, Neon Trees and LMFAO. With several dates still to be announced, additional acts will be revealed throughout the summer. (See schedule below.)
All concerts are free and open to the public and will take place live during "GMA." Viewers interested in joining "GMA" in Central Park are encouraged to arrive at Rumsey Playfield via the 72nd street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6:00am when the park opens to the public.
"GMA" Sizzling Concert Series 2012 Lineup
May 25: Robin Thicke
June 1: Brad Paisley
June 8: Counting Crows
June 15: Beach Boys
June 22: TBA
June 29: LMFAO
July 6: Demi Lovato
July 13: TBA
July 20: TBA
July 27: No Doubt
Aug. 3: TBA
Aug. 10: TBA
Aug. 17: Neon Trees
Aug. 24: The Wanted
Aug. 31: TBA
"GMA" airs weekday mornings on ABC.
The 'Men in Black III' star seizes audience nostalgia, creates PR magic on BBC
Justin Bieber, Train, Katy Perry, Kevin Costner and more
Daytime is warming up for summer with live music and big screen blockbusters the week of May 21. Justin Bieber, Train, Pitbull, Robin Thicke, Rascal Flatts, Alanis Morissette and Young the Giant are set to perform. Stars from "Men in Black III," "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "Prometheus" are making the rounds. Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton are promoting their TV miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys," while Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen promote HBO's "Hemingway & Gellhorn." Also look for stars from “Mad Men," "Glee," "Episodes," "Unforgettable," “Single Ladies," "Dancing with the Stars," "America's Got Talent," "So You Think You Can Dance," "Real Housewives of New Jersey," "Duets," "The Bachelorette," “Celebrity Apprentice" and "Storage Wars." Guest hosts on the daytime docket include Taye Diggs, L.A. Reid, Seth Meyers, Donald Trump, Rebecca Romijn, Ana Gasteyer and Dr. Mehmet Oz. Other notables include Jimmy Fallon, Katy Perry, Bruce Willis, Kate Gosselin, Linda Evans, Judith Light, Gregg Allman and Billy Bob Thornton.
On the heels of "The Ellen Show" 1500th episode celebration on Friday, May 18 (see clip above), "The Wendy Williams Show" celebrates 500 episodes with a "Disco Inferno" of Wednesday, "Anderson" talks Whitney Houston with Costner midweek. With "Today" and "GMA" in an ongoing daytime rumble, "GMA" boasts a more impressive lineup, at press time. Schedules are subject to change.
Mon: Mayim Bialik, Billy Bob Thornton, latest "Dancing with the Stars" castoff; Guest co-host Rebecca Romijn
Tues: "Human Barbie" Sarah Burge, Clint Black and Lisa Hartman
Wed: Jimmy Fallon; "Storage Wars" cast and auctioneers Laura and Dan Dotson; co-host Ana Gasteyer
Thurs: Kevin Costner
Fri: Sir James Dyson
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
Mon: Howie Mandel, Cat Deeley
Tues: Katy Perry, Stephanie Decker; Alanis Morissette performs
Wed: Will Smith; Justin Bieber talks and performs
Thurs: Charlize Theron, pint-sized presidential experts; "SYTYCD" contestants perform
Fri: Matt Leblanc, Olivia Munn; Rascal Flatts performs
"Good Morning America"
Mon: Bruce Willis, Emily Maynard, behind the scenes at "Dancing with the Stars," Emeril Lagasse, Marco Andretti and J.R. Hildebrand
Tue: Ralph Lauren's wife, Ricky; One Direction video sneak peek
Wed: "Dancing with the Stars" final three; Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Emma Thompson and Josh Brolin
Thurs: Kevin Costner, Josh Brolin, Katie Couric
Fri: Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen, Richard Blais, Robin Thicke performs
"Live! With Kelly"
Mon: Robin Thicke, Emily Maynard and Chad Qian; co-host Taye Diggs
Tue: Jimmy Fallon, Kris Allen; co-host L.A. Reid
Wed: Josh Brolin, Eli Manning; co-host Seth Meyers
Thurs: Kevin Costner; co-host Seth Meyers
Fri: Bill Paxton, Judith Light; co-host Seth Meyers
"The Rachael Ray Show"
Mon: Seamus Mullen, Guest co-host Dr. Oz
Tues: Buddy Valasco, Ted Gibson
Wed: The burger show with Michael Symon and Katie Lee
Thurs: Linda Evans, Poppy Montgomery
Fri: Julianne Hough, Ching He-Huang
Mon: Marie Osmond
Tues: Vanessa Williams and her mom, Garry Marshall
Wed: Kathy Griffin
Thurs: Rita Wilson
Fri: Howie Mandel
Mon: Kate Gosselin, Donald Trump and the winner of “Celebrity Apprentice"
Tue: Jimmy Fallon, Paula Deen; Young the Giant performs
Wed: Martha Stewart
Thurs: Olympic hopefuls
Fri: Pitbull performs
Mon: Jamie Oliver; Dr. Oz; Dr. Sam Klein, MD; Guest co-host Paula Deen
Tues: Colin Powell, Mario Cantone
Wed: Dan Rather, Matthew Badger
Thurs: Joe Scarborough, Gregg Allman; cast of “Jesus Christ Superstar" performs
Fri: John Slattery; Train performs; Guest co-host Donald Trump
"The Wendy Williams Show"
The 500th episode countdown concludes Friday
Mon: Teresa Giudice
Tues: NeNe Leakes
Wed: Anniversary episode: Paula Abdul, The Trammps, featuring Early Young, perform
Thurs: (rerun) Kathy Griffin; SWV performs
Fri: (rerun) Katie Couric, Wood Harris
USA expands its cornerstone franchise to 180 minutes
Ryan Murphy dispels rumors and confirms whole cast's return
The comedian opens up about Katy Perry and breastfeeding
Ellen DeGeneres was tactful when she asked about Brands divorce, referring to the "big change" since his last visit and asking how he was doing.
"All right, thank you," Brand said. "Because me and Katy got divorced. I still- I love her as a human being. But sometimes when you’re in a relationship I suppose it doesn’t work out, does it? But that doesn’t mean I regret it or anything. I was very happy to be married with her. She’s such a beautiful human being and I just have only love and positivity for her."
DeGeneres and her audience were impressed with his outlook. "Yes, because you can’t absolutely make everything the way you want it to be in life, eh?" Brand conceded. "Sometimes thing are just different and then you to just move with that and try and remain in contact with what is beautiful about yourself and each other with any situation."
"Just remain beautiful," he concluded. "That is still a person I still consider to be beautiful and I have nothing but positivity for her."
DeGeneres also covered some current events with Brand, since that's what he'll be taking on with his late night FX series "Strangely Uplifting," premiering June 28. She wasn't quite as comfortable with that line of chatter. Not only did Brand's slant on the controversial Time magazine breastfeeding cover leave her speechless, but DeGeneres may even have been blushing.
"I'm trying to figure out what I can ask you now, because I can see where everything goes!" she stalled, before getting his take on "The Bachelor."
Check out the clip to see why she called it quits after hearing those two hot topics.
Brand also had fun reconnecting with DeGeneres' other guests, Sophia Grace and Rosie. Last time, he offered to babysit the singing sisters. It seems that offer remains on the table.
"While I’m looking after you have to behave yourselves," Brand teased. "Especially you [Sophia]. Me and you [Rosie] probably have to team up to control her. I don’t know how you put up with this."
The trio bonded over their Essex roots, and when Brand asked Sophia what was going on in her mind, it was pretty heady stuff.
"Pink!" she announced, leaving DeGeneres in hysterics.
"The Ellen Show" airs weekdays in syndication.