Report: FOX plans Michael Strahan-hosted Thursday night pregame show

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Michael Strahan is already one of the busiest people on television, and he’s about to get busier.

Strahan, who appears in the New York studios of Good Morning America on ABC five mornings a week and then flies to Los Angeles for FOX NFL Sunday during the NFL season, is now slated to work on FOX’s Thursday night package as well.

Jimmy Traina of SI.com reports that FOX plans to have Strahan host the pregame shows for its Thursday night games this season. FOX is paying a fortune for the NFL’s Thursday night package and is trying to turn it into a marquee event, and will presumably make it worth Strahan’s while to add yet another job, this one from a New York studio on Thursday nights.

Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw are expected to join Strahan on Thursday nights. Those three will continue to work with Curt Menefee and Jimmy Johnson on the Sunday pregame show.

FOX is also planning to put the lead team of Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews on Thursdays, in addition to their Sunday afternoon work. After trying and failing to make Peyton Manning the centerpiece of a new Thursday night lineup, FOX is now going back to its Sunday staples.

48 responses to “Report: FOX plans Michael Strahan-hosted Thursday night pregame show

  1. “FOX plans Michael Strahan-hosted Thursday night pregame show”

    Why? Who exactly is clamoring for more Michael Strahan? He’s easily the weakest link on the FOX pregame show, yet somehow he has a daily TV show and now this.Does his agent have pictures of execs in compromising positions? Strahan played for the Giants. Got it. What else about him screams must-see TV?

  2. I enjoy Strahan. I can’t get enough of TB (that man knows how to be himself and work a room/audience). I have always enjoyed the T2-esque Howie becasue you know he loves the game and he works so hard at his craft. Plus, he’s the butt of EVERY joke. Seriously, go look up the jokes on his hand usage (THE BEST!).

    I was excited to see Peyton in the booth, but it didn’t happen. YET. Dude just saw Gruden get $100M, you know P. Manning was gunning for the megabucks.

    My rambling point is: this is total overkill on facetime for the whole FOX crew, but FOX pregame is the damn best (right up there with NFLN, but I don;t even know how to handle that dismantled team this upcoming season).

  3. Gotta have TB (Terry Bradshaw) in on that. Was waiting for a TB/Strahan radio show, to be honest. Those two are such a cut up, together: good fun, slapstick energy.

  4. Love strahan. Good for him. Guys is making more after footbLl than he could have ever imagined on the field.

    Dont like him? Dont watch

  5. Will Regis make special guest appearances? It’s funny how network executives think people care.

  6. For the guy asking what Strahan offers, it’s simple. He’s a “well spoken” black man, who they hope and want to appeal to a specific subsection of their football audience. I’m sure they believe that if they throw a white host up there to go with Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson, people will scream racism in today’s society.

  7. scoops1 says:
    April 6, 2018 at 8:43 am

    and can Fox stop putting that clown Rob Riggle on the air?!?!

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    This!!!!

  8. I get he’s busy but this tries to make it sound like his travel is worse than it is. He’s in New York already Monday thru Friday if he accepts this job it just means he has a job Thursday night in New York and then he commutes to LA for Fox NFL Sunday and then flies back to New york.

  9. Isn’t GMA only an hour program? And, Sunday NFL pregame is only an hour. How is he that busy. I’d love to work 10 hours a week and be considered a busy person.

  10. .
    All pregame shows are the same. They’re a bunch of has beens trying to stay relevant by bloviating about nothing. Spending the half hour beating yourself senseless with a ball peen hammer would provide more enlightenment.
    .

  11. I stopped watching pregame shows many years ago. Now I DVR games and skip right over the stupid commercials and boring kickoffs since they never return them anymore.

  12. bernleethalabroad says:
    April 6, 2018 at 8:55 am
    I love Strahan! Watching him with Kelly makes my morning and I would love some crossover between their morning show and the FOX pregame show!

    Too bad he hasn’t been on that show in about a year but nice try anyways.

  13. I Can’t stand Strahan, he’s a fake just like his sack with Farve. And they need to get rid of Riggles he’s not funny at all. Bring back Frank Caliendo!!!

  14. .
    get rid of Thursday.
    there is no point for thursday games, players need time to heal.
    Football is Sunday and Monday.
    get rid of early morning england games too

  15. Strahan is living the life Tiki envisioned. Ironic since they hated each other. While not a huge fan of Strahan, this makes me laugh more at Tiki.

  16. Bob says:
    April 6, 2018 at 8:23 am

    “FOX plans Michael Strahan-hosted Thursday night pregame show”

    Why? Who exactly is clamoring for more Michael Strahan? He’s easily the weakest link on the FOX pregame show, yet somehow he has a daily TV show and now this.Does his agent have pictures of execs in compromising positions? Strahan played for the Giants. Got it. What else about him screams must-see TV?

    Michael Strahan and Steve Harvey learned very quickly… appeal to suburban housewives, and you are television gold. The networks will want you on every show they can. Steve Harvey has shows on ABC, NBC, and Fox – the last guy to have simultaneous shows on three networks was Dick Clark.

  17. They ever hear of focus groups or surveys and polls? a little research would find Strahan as dull as dishwater and lacking the charisma of a lamp post.

  18. I find it hilarious that Michael Strahan has stolen Tiki Barber’s life….bwahahahaha!!! Remember it was supposed to be Tiki Barber who was slated for Good Morning America and other projects. I find this funny but good for Michael.

  19. First it was Buck & Aikmen. Now Strahan. Has anyone considered that maybe Fox is deliberately trying to destroy Thursday Night Football?

  20. No danger of me watching. Gave up pregame shows when they turned stupid. The target audience must be 12 year olds.

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