It’s now official: Michael Strahan has been announced as the new permanent co-host of “Live with Kelly,” and while that sounded like an awkward choice, given all the other celebrity contenders, I’m told he’s been fantastic co-hosting the show in the past. Also, he does a mean Magic Mike, if you’re interested in seeing Strahan in his skivvies.
Jimmy Kimmel is having one hell of a year. His show is moving from midnight to 11:35, where he will go head-to-head with Letterman and Leno, and he’ll also be hosting the upcoming Emmy Awards. Here’s the first TV promo.
Meanwhile, another Kimmel competitor, Conan O’Brien, is starting his own web series, “Serious Jibber Jabber,” in which he will participate in lengthy interviews with “interesting people.” Here’s a promo for that.
Kal Penn is hosting the livestream coverage of the Democratic National Convention this week, and in the promo for it (which includes John Cho), President Obama reaches a new high (BAD PUN ALERT) for Presidents by implicitly OKing marijuana use.
Julia Ormond doesn’t quite reach the level of one of the 12 Missing Actors Who Were Located on a Lifetime Original Movie, if only because we’ve seen her recently on “Mad Men” (where she received an Emmy nom for her guest performance) and Temple Grandin, but she is resorting to a Lifetime cable series about a woman who has to tell her two adult daughters that they’re all witches. Oh, Julia. Even though she was played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, in my head, you’ll always be the Queen in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves to me.
“Downton Abbey” will be introducing a new manservant, Alfred, this season. According to TV Guide: “He is a contentious figure right from the start because he is the nephew of O’Brien, the ladies’ maid, who has shoe-horned him in,” says creator Julian Fellowes. Adds executive producer Gareth Neame, “Alfred worked silver service at a hotel and tries to serve that way, which would never be done in a home. It really rattles Carson.” Further complicating matters, Lord Crawley (Hugh Bonneville) has lost the family fortune and fears he can’t afford the new hire.”
The character will be played by Matt Milne, who looks like this:
Finally, I leave you with a trailer for This Must Be the Place, featuring Sean Penn as a washed-up rock star searching for a Nazi criminal in a stellar performance damn near guaranteed to annoy you.