‘Good Morning America’: All the Big Changes Coming to the Show

There are multiple morning shows for people to watch in order to start off their day. So the competition is really tough. Good Morning America over at ABC seems to be feeling the ratings pressure, because it is making multiple changes to the show — some that are even affecting the lineup of the channel overall.

Some of the changes are sad, but it seems like the morning show is trying to be more engaging for fans. Here are seven things to know about all the big changes coming to the series, including the one show whose getting a new ABC gig (page 4) and the real reason why it’s making so many changes (page 7).

1. Good Morning America has been expanded one hour

Good Morning America

Good Morning America is expanding an hour. | Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Billboard Music Awards

  • The morning show is getting a third hour.

The biggest change to the show is that it will be longer, thanks to the cancellation of the cooking show, The Chew. We believe there is great opportunity for viewers and advertisers in expanding to a third hour,” explained Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ABC Television according to ABC News.

The hosts of the canceled show reacted on social media including Clinton Kelly, who wrote on Facebook:

Thank you for all your kind messages. Yes, The Chew was canceled. Huge bummer, but that’s the TV biz. Michael, Carla and I will truly miss making you laugh and inspiring you to try new things every day. We’re gonna finish out the rest of this season with as much enthusiasm as we can muster! I’m sure we’ll talk about it on tomorrow’s show. Again, thank you from the bottom of my .

Next: The show is also changing its digital presence. 

2. The show is revamping digitally

Good Morning America

The show is looking to bolster its online presence. | Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

  • GoodMorningAmerica.com will be looking very different in the future.

The show is trying to expand digitally by revamping the website it already has, which has been pretty basic up until this point.

We had a very basic approach to digital before this, a meat-and-potatoes approach,” admitted the show’s executive producer Michael Corn, according to Variety.

Next: You will be seeing less of this anchor on the show.

3. The show will have less Lara Spencer

TV Personality Lara Spencer attends the Oscars on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

This veteran anchor will have a limited role in the future. | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

  • The anchor has a new contract that will cut her back.

According to Deadline, Lara Spencer will only be on the show on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, marking a more limited role for her in coming weeks. The change reportedly comes as a result of her new contract.

But that’s not the only GMA anchor whose role is changing.

Next: This anchor will also have more of a limited role. 

4. Amy Robach will be spending more time on 20/20 

Amy Robach'

Amy Robach will be showing up on the morning show less. | ABC

  • The host is cutting back on her role on Good Morning America.

Spencer isn’t the only GMA host to move into a more limited one. With Elizabeth Vargas set to make her exit from 20/20, Amy Robach has been hired as the new headliner of the show, according to Deadline.

She won’t be leaving GMA for good however.  Robach will continue to have a GMA role, although it will be mostly limited to breaking news.

Next: The brand is also launching something new.

5. It will be launching a newsletter

Keith Urban Performs On ABC's "Good Morning America"

You’ll be able to get a daily GMA newsletter. | Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

  • The show will be sending out newsletters every morning.

The existing website won’t be the only digital update for the brand. The show is also sending out a series of digital daily newsletters that will be sent out every morning at 6 a.m. called “GMA Wake Up,” according to Variety.

The newsletter will reportedly include lifestyle, top and inspirational stories.

Next: You will find more of the anchors here.

6. The hosts will be streaming content online

Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts will be featured in some online segments. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

  • Multiple co-anchors will be hosting streaming segments.

The current GMA anchors will also be incorporated into the new online content. You will find Robin Roberts in a streaming segment that will feature guests, according to Variety.

George Stephanopoulos and Michael Strahan will also be on the platform.

Next: This is why the show is changing.

7. GMA may be trying to keep up with Today

Janelle Monae Performs On NBC's "Today"

The Today show has been beating GMA in ratings this year. | Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

  • Competition seems to be the reason behind all these changes.

The reason behind the staff, TV lineup, and other changes may be due to its longstanding ratings war with Today. Good Morning America came in at No. 2 behind the Today show in early 2018, according to Deadline.

These changes are likely part of an effort to revitalize the show and put it back on top.

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