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Good Morning America To Add Third Hour: GMA DAY With Michael Strahan and Sara Haines

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ABC has confirmed on Monday that their daytime programming block has added a third hour of Good Morning America starting in the fall.  It will premiere on September 10th.

The third hour will be called GMA Day and will be co-hosted by Michael Strahan and Sara Haines, who has just departed her seat on The View.

Strahan tweeted: “Tell your friends, tell your family, tell the whole town, shout it from the rooftops! Starting September 10th SaraHaines and I will be hosting the 3rd hour of GMA.:

Haines posted on her social media accounts: “Ahhhhhh! Not even sure I can find the words to adequately express how excited I am to sit next to @MichaelStrahan as we embark on a new journey at GMA #GMADay… it is (and has been) a dream of mine for a LONG time.”

The program, which was previously announced as the replacement for The Chew, will air at 1 p.m. ET | 12 p.m. CT/PT.  Share your thoughts on the upcoming GMA Day via the comment section below.
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I don’t care at all. I don’t watch GMA or The View or The Chew.

Why? Would rather have All My Children or One life to live back to where they belong. Even if it meant just one of them or half hour of each.

Wouldn’t that be nice!

I like Sara’ but not of fan of Strahans. I hope he treats her better than he did Kelly Ripa. I will miss her on the view.

Yeah! Something to think about!

Really?!! Michael and Kelly Double, part deux!!!??? Puleeeeese! AMC and OLTL better use of time and interest. Does ABC not realize people are not home to watch this live and will not DVR it or watch it on demand. But Soaps people WILL dvr and watch on demand!!! so soaps are a bit more expensive, but worth it or network now that dvr-d shows are added to ratings. bad move ABC!!!

yup

Great point

Great. More phony repartee and endless rehashing of news. Sooo much better than a classic, vintage daytime drama with millions of built-in fans. So glad people are actually PAID to program these things.

Micheal Strahan is overrated…Sara Haines-boring!!!…does people really need more news and information…talk is cheap so i guess thats why they make these shows!!!

Great… Just what the world needs: even more airtime for Michael Strahan…

I am sorry but I will not be watching ABC GMA. I don’t like Good Morning America. So too many of us Soaps Fans will be boycotting ABC with the exception of GH. Enough Talkers! Talk is cheap! Talk and Reality show are day to day boring.

Didn’t ABC try this already a few years back&it was not successful?
Perhaps they think it will work better with different cohosts.
Time will surely tell.

it should Good afternoon America

When Regis left, I quit watching Regis and Kelly because of Strahan! THEN, he shows up on ABC, EVERYWHERE! I tune out! Whats next, AGENT STRAHAN from the DVX? UGGG!

Timmm…I remember when Michael teamed up with Kelly. He just seemed to ambitious and agressive to me. And there was some talk about when he moved to GMA that Kelly was blindsided. So to Sarah Haines who seems nice enough…watch your back.

Oh, and by the way, I’m not interested in another talk show.

totally agree

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I agree

No need for another talk show on that network…already has today, meghan, hoda and kathie lee

Really unnecessary programming. Exists only to extend the GMA brand into another network day part. Honestly not sure what a third hour will bring new, and I sense repeat or reformulated fare from the morning. Selection of hosts do not suggest hard news. Daytime is a viable program element. Seems broadcast just cannot figure out what to do with it in a post-serial drama era.

Why in God’s name do we need another hour of news? We have morning news on all networks, plus CNN, MSNBC, and Fox. What are they going to do? Rehash the morning stuff?? How about a retro hour of ABC soaps? Greatest storylines from AMC, OLTL, Ryan’s Hope, Dynasty??? A short lead in from the actors catching us up.

Great idea of a reto hour, or even repeat eras that are found on youtube. Plus the programming is already paid for.

and this is another problem with abc michael Strahan is no reporter he is not someone i would ever watch reporting news try to talk sports as if anyone cares he is no jeter not even an a rod

Will not be watching…ABC is making a big mistake…I agree with others, AMC or OLTL should be back on…

yup

why??????

I can’t sit through the weather while watching GMA. Can’t stand George Stephanopoulos. I am a “Today” Girl.

Boycott of ABC is getting easier and easier. Strahan…BLEH, Haines….BLEH. The View is unwatchable, The Chew was vomit-inducing, as is Strahan. They’ve also ruined DWTS. Bring back All My Children, then we can talk.

love Sara..can’t stand Strahan.

I love Sarah! She is such a kind honorable beautiful and smart woman. She is such a Light

How many jobs can one person have? Spread it around!

This is just another experiment by the network to see how much advertising revenue and the desired demographic they can pull in in lieu of faltering ratings and supposed less advertising revenue had by soaps.

Better hope it doesn’t do really well or this new hour will lead into a second as it wipes GH off the ABC map.

I decided to revisit this thread and read all the comments, virtually all of which are negative. Sara Haines got a couple of positive remarks, but Michael Strahan and ABC were roundly skewered. This is telling…

My husband and I are both HUGE fans of The Chew and we are not at all happy that it was shoved out of the line up for yet another hour of GMA. We have never watched GMA in the morning so why would we would watch it in the afternoon? The Chew was a really fun break from all the news programs and reality tv shows & we thoroughly enjoyed it! I’m sure the many Chew fans feel the same way we feel…which is HUGELY disappointed! I think ABC has made a poor decision. Perhaps GMA Day will fail once again and they’ll bring back The Chew…not to sound like a spoiled brat or anything!

Like Michael and Sarah hate the same ole talk show junk. People hawking book, movies and music. We didn’t need another Kelly and Ryan Hoda and Kathy. I can f believe you traded the Chew for this. I won’t be watching. Tired old format. I can do better with my time

Show is so boring to watch. Can’t believe they cancelled the Chew for this boring show. I don’t like it. It’s Capital “B” boring. Hope it goes off the air soon.

DOES ANYONE REALLY READ PEOPLES REVIEWS I DOUBT IT.WHY DOES DISNEY CEO’S THINK MICHAEL STRAHAN IS SO GREAT HE WILL RUIN THIS SHOW JUST LIKE HE HAS THE LAST TWO.BORING AND OVERATED.

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Daytime fans remember fondly, Meg’s portrayal of Victor’s (Eric Braeden)first wife. Bennett joined the show in 1980, after her first soap stint for two years in the role of Liza Walton on Search for Tomorrow.

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