Michael Strahan will join ABC's Good Morning America as a full-time co-host on September 6, 2016. It was announced back in May that the former Live with Kelly and Michael co-host would be joining GMA. He has been a part-time co-host since 2014. Viewers are expecting to see the former football player when he makes his full-time debut. What the public might not know is that GMA is revamping its format. The aim is to make the morning talk show different from its rivals on other networks. So, what is going to be new on Good Morning America?

A live audience

The morning talk show will add a live audience to the last half hour.

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Starting on September 6, what happens from 8:30 to 9 a.m. will be different from anything you have seen before during the two-hour broadcast.  The co-hosts will move to a new set on the second floor of the Times Square studio. They will interact with about 100 audience members in a live segment. The thought behind this is to promote a more engaging atmosphere for the audience to participate and relate more to the co-hosts. 

Having a live audience during the last portion of GMA is a sure way to get away from the hard News that always comes at the beginning of the show.

For instance, when celebrity chefs appear as guests, they will cook for all the people in the audience instead of the two or three hosts that we have seen in the past. The audience will become part of the story. The show is planning other subjects where a live audience can participate. If there is breaking news, the live audience will not be used.

Co-hosts will be used in new ways

Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, and Michael Strahan will begin by reporting the hard news on most mornings. News anchor Amy Robach will help out during those times when there is more news to be reported.

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 Co-anchor Lara Spencer will report more during the second part of the program. She will also be seen during the last half hour of the show along with Strahan and the live audience.  GMA will continue to test new ways to use the co-hosts in various new ways. When there is breaking national news, Stephanopoulos will continue to serve as ABC News' chief anchor and report the news as long as it takes.  During football season, Strahan will perform his duties for Fox Sports. That means he will be absent on Mondays.

About 'Good Morning America'

NBC's Today show received a boost after reporting from the recent Rio Summer Olympic Games for 21 days in August. Also, advertisers are more likely to favor Today over GMA.  Even so, Good Morning America remains the nation’s most-watched morning program. CBS This Morning is gaining traction. 

Some things at GMA will remain the same. Robach and Ginger Zee will continue to travel to broadcast from places of interest. The crowd will continue to be outside the building.

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Keep in mind that the crowd outside will not be the live audience on the second floor during the last half hour. Watch all the excitement on Good Morning America on September 6.