Lowe, who just completed a two-day gig on the morning show, drew favorable reviews from ABC execs, according TMZ. A source tells the site that producers “loved the chemistry between them.” Lowe, 47, currently plays the role of Chris Traeger on the NBC series “Parks and Recreation.”
It’s been less than two months since Philbin left the talk show. Since then, they’ve essentially been conducting on-air auditions with people ranging from Josh Groban to Derek Hough to Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos.
As for what producers are looking for, they explained it in an interview with TV Guide in Sept. 2011.
“We’ll do what I call ‘dating,'” show producer Michael Gelman says. “We’ll have different guys come and we’ll try them out, check their chemistry. We’ll see how they work with the format and how the audience reacts. And it’s easier to get audience feedback in this day and age with social media.”
Of course Lowe is no stranger to these sorts of discussions. After Charlie Sheen was fired from “Two and a Half Men,” Lowe was thought to be in the running to replace Sheen before they ultimately went with Ashton Kutcher.
So Zappers, what do you think of the prospect of Lowe on the show?