Image Credit: Janet Mayer/PR PhotosEver since taking on EW’s late shift a few months back, I’ve spent my now-free mornings on a treadmill watching LIVE! With Regis & Kelly. This is partly because Kelly Ripa’s impeccable biceps inspire me (seriously, how can a woman with three children manage to find time to work out like that? It’s enough pressure for me to go to the gym with one cat at home), but mostly because Ripa’s contagious sense of humor is the only thing that gets me through the banality of the gym. (So, no, that wasn’t sarcasm in the headline.)
So — as someone who now annoys loved ones by beginning nearly every sentence with “Today, on Regis & Kelly… ” — I couldn’t be happier to see that Ripa is once again taking on scripted television for the first time since Hope & Faith was canceled in 2006. ABC has confirmed with EW that Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos have signed on to produce and star in a single-camera comedy for the network. According to ABC, the show — called Port Love — is just a script deal for the time being, but its concept is promising enough: Deadline claims the series revolves around the backstage drama of a network series. (I’m envisioning 30 Rock-meets-All My Children-meets … Regis & Kelly.)
Apparently, Consuelos would be the star of the series, with Ripa only set to recur on Love. A shame, considering how much on-air chemistry the husband-and-wife team exhibits during days when Consuelos fills in for Regis Philbin. But it still seems a wise move for Ripa, a TV personality who surprisingly hasn’t landed, or pursued, another scripted show since leaving her former sitcom. Here’s hoping this project will showcase her comedic abilities — after all, I have no problem labeling Ripa the funniest woman on television. Oh wait, Tina Fey. Sorry, second funniest woman on TV. Seriously. Watch LIVE! and tell me otherwise. I dare you.
Who else is looking forward to seeing this series come to fruition? Is Ripa not the second funniest lady on television? And where does Anderson Cooper fit in with all this?