So Michael Strahan Is Headed to “Good Morning America”. But What’s Next?
When Michael Strahan left the New York Giants after the 2007 season, no one could have predicted the amount of success that he would have in the media. He was the perfect panelist to join "Fox NFL Sunday", a job in which it was relatively obvious that he would excel in. We figured that like most former players, Strahan would have a long and lucrative career talking football. To the shock of everyone, Strahan was chosen as the replacement for Regis Philbin along side Kelly Ripa. Perhaps, even more shocking was how great he was in that role too.
Ripa and Strahan formed a natural chemistry and "Live" continued their decades long ratings dominance. Strahan came across so likeable, that other outlets like Nickelodeon asked him to host. ABC asked him to help revitalized "Good Morning America' and he's helped there too. Michael Strahan has legitimately been everywhere over the last nine years and something had to give.
Strahan will no longer be appearing on "Live with Kelly and Michael" and will become part of the "Good Morning America' cast permanently.
Via Variety... “Michael has been a stellar addition to the broadcast. Over the past two years on ‘GMA,’ he’s proven to be a tireless and versatile broadcaster with an incredible ability to connect with people, from veterans to American pop culture icons and newsmakers,” said James Goldston, president of ABC News, in a memo to staff sent this morning
So now that the former Giant is making the move to a more news oriented program, we were wondering what would be the natural next step. He is going to be on "Fox NFL Sunday" for life, but we think GMA is just a stepping stone to his next opportunity. What is that next opportunity? We had a few ideas.
Hosting a new edition of TRL
Back in the late 90s, TRL was the IT spot for celebrities. Hosted by Carson Daly, "Total Request Live" wasn't just a forum for music videos. The show was a major promotional vehicle for music, movies, and television. Celebrities like Jennifer Love Hewitt, Britney Spears, Eminem, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake were regulars on the MTV set and the show launched the careers of the Backstreet Boys and N'Sync into another stratosphere. Trying to recapture the magic of TRL in the digital age seems like a natural fit for Strahan, who can use his celebrity to attract his friends on. TRL could be a go to spot for athletes leaving their sports, trying to make it in television. TRL could find undiscovered YouTube sensations and make them superstars. With Strahan's wild smile, he would be the perfect host.
Hosting a "Duck Dynasty" After Show
With all of the success of after shows like Talking Dead, Talking Bad, and the soon to be hit After The Thrones, we are surprised that mega hit Duck Dynasty doesn't have an after show. The Robertsons obviously have successful business on their hands and we should get to hear even more about it. Strahan has already made his mark in both New York and Los Angeles and traveling to Louisiana to host this show live from the Robertsons' home, seems like a no brainer. We have to imagine that Phil Robertson and Strahan would be fist pounding over football.
Hosting an "I Am Cait" After Show
While we are on the topic of popular shows without an after show, we think Caitlyn Jenner deserves the weekly after show treatment. The "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" spinoff travels through Caitlyn Jenner's journey and Michael Strahan should be along for every step of the way. What was Caitlyn thinking during this scene? Is she really that angry at Kris? Why is Caitlyn still so close to Scott? How's Brody doing? Kendall wants to move in and be a regular part of this show too? These are the tough questions that Strahan needs to ask and through his experience on "Live" he is equipped to.
Judging "The Voice"
Strahan has now worked for FOX, ABC, and Nickelodeon. It only is fair that he gets to have an opportunity to work at NBC as well. So matching up Strahan with NBC's biggest hit, seems like a match made in Bob Greenblatt's heaven. Let's get rid of Pharell, throw in Strahan alongside Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton and you'll make sure "The Voice" never stops being popular. Football enthusiasts will flock to see if Strahan can mentor his team of singers as well as he mentored Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck.
Moderating a Presidential Debate
If Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer and Megyn Kelly can do it, we know that Strahan would get the job done. Much of being a good moderator is just being able to control the candidates and with Strahan's on field ability as a captain of the New York Giants, commanding control shouldn't be an issue. Strahan also has a natural ability to be a good interviewer, as we have seen throughout his media rise. We think that Bernie Sanders and Strahan would definitely have a good rapport and know that Strahan as a moderator would be YUGE.
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