[11/23/11 - 12:48 PM]
"Live! With Kelly" Announces Four Upcoming Guest Co-Hosts
Jerry O'Connell, Josh Groban, Jonah Hill and Derek Hough are all on tap in the coming weeks.

[via press release from Disney-ABC Domestic Television]


Jerry O'Connell and Josh Groban Return to "LIVE"

Actor Jonah Hill and "Dancing with the Stars" Professional Derek Hough Make Their Co-Hosting Debuts

NEW YORK, NY - November 23, 2011 -- Two new faces will make their co-hosting debuts and two favorites return in the coming weeks on nationally-syndicated morning talk show "LIVE! with Kelly." Joining co-host Kelly Ripa for the first time will be "Dancing with the Stars" professional dancer and Season 13 finalist DEREK HOUGH (Monday, December 5) and actor JONAH HILL (Tuesday, December 6). Returning to the show are favorites JERRY O'CONNELL (Friday, November 25) and singer JOSH GROBAN (December 7-9).

DEREK HOUGH is the only three-time champion in franchise history of the hit ABC show "Dancing with the Stars." Best known for his innovation and daring choreography on the show, his work has brought him three Emmy nominations and inquiries from the film and music world regarding his dance knowledge and ability. A multi-talented entertainer, Hough recently took off a season from "Dancing with the Stars" to film his first feature film starring role for director Duane Adler and producer Robert Cort in "Cobu 3D: New York Nights." Acting opposite Korean pop sensation BoA, "Cobu" tells the story of star-crossed dancers in New York who find themselves at the center of a bitter rivalry between their brothers' underground dance clubs. Hough performed in London's West End, where he starred as the male lead in the critically-acclaimed stage version of "Footloose," was one of the featured dancers on the "Dancing with the Stars" tour and a choreographer on the BBC (UK) hit show, "Dance X." Joining Ripa and Hough on December 5 will be actors JEFFREY DONOVAN and ELIZABETH OLSEN, and Chef PAULA DEEN.

JONAH HILL rose to fame after his breakout role in the hit comedy "Superbad." Since then, Hill has starred in various comedies for Apatow Productions while successfully segueing into dramatic roles, as most recently seen in the critically-acclaimed drama "Moneyball," in which he stars opposite Brad Pitt. Hill will next be seen in the R-rated comedy "The Sitter" for FOX, which he also executive-produced. He is currently in production on "Neighborhood Watch," a comedy written by the same team behind "Superbad," Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, which also stars Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. Hill also currently serves as the voice and co-creator of the breakout animated series, "Allen Gregory" on FOX. "LIVE's" December 6 guest lineup includes actresses SARAH JESSICA PARKER and EMILY VAN CAMP, and Chef RICHARD BLAIS.

JERRY O'CONNELL, born and raised in New York City, began his acting career at age 11 when he co-starred as Vern Tessio in the classic Rob Reiner film, "Stand By Me." After graduating with a BFA from New York University, he returned to feature film work, notably receiving critical acclaim for his role as quarterback Frank Cushman in "Jerry Maguire" with Tom Cruise. Additional screen credits include "Scream 2"; "Can't Hardly Wait";"Mission to Mars"; "Tomcats"; the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced comedy "Kangaroo Jack"; "Yours, Mine and Ours"; "Man About Town" (with Ben Affleck); "Obsessed" (with Beyoncé Knowles); and Dimension Films' recent remake of the cult classic "Piranha 3D." Equally prolific on television, O'Connell most recently starred as Pete Kaczmarek in the CBS comedic drama "The Defenders," opposite Jim Belushi. He previously starred on NBC's hit drama "Crossing Jordan" for six seasons. Other television credits include the Lifetime original movie "Nora Roberts' Midnight Bayou" opposite Faye Dunaway, "Sliders," the miniseries "The '60s" and "My Secret Identity." In 2004 O'Connell sold the screenplay for "First Daughter" to New Regency Films. He served as an executive producer for the film, which starred Katie Holmes and was directed by Forrest Whitaker. This month O'Connell made his Broadway debut in Theresa Rebeck's "Seminar." Stopping by to chat with Ripa and O'Connell on the November 25 show are actors NATHAN FILLION and JANE LYNCH.

JOSH GROBAN, an internationally-renowned performer who has sold more than 25 million albums and DVDs worldwide, has thrilled a legion of devoted fans with his flawless baritone and extraordinary stage presence. Groban has 5 platinum or multi-platinum albums and ranks as Billboard's 14th top-selling artist of the 2000s, with more than 20 million units sold in the U.S. alone. Over the years, Groban has shown his lighter side by appearing in various late-night television sketches (Jimmy Kimmel's hilarious video spoofs "I'm F***ing Ben Affleck" and "Josh Groban sings Kanye West Tweets"), "Late Show with David Letterman" (Top Ten Rejected Josh Groban Songs), as well as singing a comic medley of well-known TV theme songs at the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Groban has been featured on "The Simpsons," performed on Adult Swim's "Tim and Eric Awesome Show," "Great Job!," and made two guest-starring appearances on Fox's hit show "Glee." He also appeared in "Crazy, Stupid, Love," a motion picture comedy starring Steve Carell, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone, and on television as Andy Bernard's brother on "The Office" From December 7-9, Ripa and Groban will welcome actor ZAC EFRON, Chef ANNE BURRELL, actresses CHARLIZE THERON and ABIGAIL BRESLIN, Chef Michael Symon and singer CODY SIMPSON.

"LIVE! with Kelly" is executive- produced by Michael Gelman, and is distributed in national syndication by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. Produced by WABC-TV in New York, "LIVE! with Kelly" airs in more than 200 markets across the U.S.


New York, NY - 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. "LIVE" has been throwing lavish weddings for deserving couples for more than 20 years, and this spectacular destination nuptial event will raise the bar even higher: a Disney Fairy Tale wedding at the new Aulani Resort & Spa, complete with a luxurious honeymoon following the wedding.

Interested couples should send a one-page letter telling why they should be chosen to join Ripa and the show, and be married on "LIVE! with Kelly" in Hawaii. Further details are available at www.LiveWithKelly.tv

Uniquely designed for families and inspired by the wonders and traditions of Hawaii, Aulani is a family paradise with a touch of magic. Aulani offers kids, adults and families Hawaiian vacation experiences that combine the beauty and spirit of the Hawaiian Islands and culture with a special magic that only Disney can create. Delightful rooms and spacious Disney Vacation Club villas, a perfect location on a beautiful beachfront lagoon, and renowned Disney service and enchanting entertainment let dreamers of every age savor their time together on Hawaii as never before.

"LIVE! with Kelly" is executive-produced by Michael Gelman, and is distributed in national syndication by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. Produced by WABC-TV in New York, "LIVE! with Kelly" airs in more than 200 markets across the U.S.

  [november 2011]  


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