Ryan Seacrest Added to MDA Telethon + Hourly Lineup

Ryan Seacrest has been added to the MDA Labor Day Telethon, according to a Press Release.  Nigel Lythgoe, who will serve as co-host confirms the news:

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With just three words, MDA Telethon co-host Nigel Lythgoe (American Idol + So You Think You Can Dance) today confirmed that his long-time friend, Ryan Seacrest, has agreed to make a special appeal for the MDA Labor Day Telethon that will be telecast by more than 150 television stations and streamed worldwide at mda.org on Sunday, Sept. 4, between 6 p.m. and midnight.

“He said yes!” is how Lythgoe let MDA Executive Producer Jerry Weinberg know that the multifaceted entertainment personality wants to tell America about the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s extraordinary summer camp program that annually serves thousands of young people with progressive muscle diseases.

Final production details are still being worked out with the jet-setting television production company executive, explained MDA’s Weinberg, “but we are very confident that Ryan Seacrest will find a way to help advance our lifesaving mission with a special message for the tens of millions expected to tune in to the MDA Labor Day Telethon.

“Ryan has an amazing ability to communicate effectively with many generations of television viewers. Having him on our 2011 Telethon is a significant development for the families we serve,” added Weinberg.

The Orlando Sentinel posted a schedule for the 6 hour telethon, but it looks incomplete.  Season 5 Idol, Ace Young, is also set to serve as co-host, but I don’t see his name on the schedule.  ETA: Ace is co-hosting in New York.

If you’re a fan of say, Jordin Sparks or Martina McBride, you’ll know when to tune in/set your DVR:

Hour one: Performances by Penn & Teller, Voca People and Celine Dion. The show will introduce co-hosts Lythgoe (“So You Think You Can Dance”), Nancy O’Dell (“Entertainment Tonight”), Alison Sweeney (NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”), and Jann Carl (Emmy-winning journalist and independent producer).

Hour two: Performances by Darius Rucker, Greyson Chance and JabbaWockeeZ. Appeals by Reggie Bush and the co-hosts of ABC’s “The View,” Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

Hour three: Lady Antebellum, “Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez and Michael Feinstein will make appeals.

Hour four: Performances by Jimmy Webb, Richie Sambora, Jon Secada and Maureen McGovern. The first of two dance performances by the troupe from “Come Fly Away,” set to vocals by Frank Sinatra. Appeals by Smokey Robinson and Kurt Warner.

Hour five: Appearances by Jordin Sparks, Martina McBride, “Idol” judges Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson, and a second dance by the “Come Fly Away” troupe.

Hour six: Boyz II Men opens the final hour. Billy Ray Cyrus will sing his new single “Nineteen.” A tribute to America features more than 100 performers, including Jordin Sparks, Jon Secada, Maureen McGovern and Richie Sambora.

This year is the first MDA Telethon without Jerry Lewis at the helm, and I’ve got to say I’m going to miss tuning in to see the legendary comic break down during “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at sign off.

  • larc

    Ryan is a far, far better addition than Nigel, IMO

    This year is the first MDA Telethon without Jerry Lewis at the helm, and I’ve got to say I’m going to miss tuning in to see the legendary comic break down during “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at sign off.

    That acting bit had somehow gotten stale for me. As had the haggard and disheveled look he worked on in his dressing room before he came out.

  • dadriany

    Il Volo will be there too

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Will those singers listed as making “appeals” and “appearances” also be performing?

  • caroleinfla

    I will miss Jery Lewis. Won’t be watching this year. Billy Ray singing 19.
    Here is Taylor Hicks singing 19.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fad7Q9xxrkk

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Some comedians sympathic to Lewis are holding their own web-athon:

    Comedians who think Jerry Lewis was unceremoniously dumped from his post as chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and face of its annual telethon are holding a Web-athon of their own. Los Angeles’ Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada said Friday that his club will hold a fundraiser on Monday featuring comedians such as Norm Crosby and Dave Chappelle. Fans can watch the performances online and make donations. Proceeds of the event will be presented to scientists working toward a cure for muscular dystrophy as the Jerry Lewis Award. Masada says the event will be held annually until a cure is found. AP

  • kmd

    I will miss Jerry even though he has his issues but don’t most of the celebrities. I only tuned in at the end in the past few years to see if Jerry got through singing “You’ll never walk alone”. It is a very good idea to make it a six hour telethon. Won’t be watching but I will donate to the cause.

  • Kitwana

    Another good promo opportunity for Greyson Chance but it seems like he is one of those artists whose sales just don’t appear to improve regardless of the amount of promo. He was at 190 on the Billboard 200 this week in it’s 4th week of release, falling from 91, 65 and 29. Ellen will probably promote the heck out of him when her show comes back but it will probably be too late by then.

  • ross

    I’m not a big Jerry Lewis fan but he helped raise a lot of money for this cause. And hey, if he had to make himself look disheveled, or break down while singing, to motivate people to call in and donate more money – so what? It worked. He’s an entertainer, that’s what it’s all about – he put on a show, helped get people’s attention, and motivated them to give. How is that bad? That’s exactly what he was supposed to do.

  • AZIdolFan

    so glad Nigel asked Ryan and he said yes. LOL.

    But i heard from a little birdie that Jerry maybe appearing by video. maybe.

  • Grammie Kari

    But i heard from a little birdie that Jerry maybe appearing by video. maybe.

    That would be very nice – I hope you are right. I am sure there are thousands of people most grateful for Jerry Lewis’ devotion and fundraising abilities. They have been helped, and will continue to be helped. Like Ross says… it worked.

    That is a good line-up. Sometimes there are surprises. I would love to see some SYTYCD dancers.

  • Trina

    This year is the first MDA Telethon without Jerry Lewis at the helm, and I’ve got to say I’m going to miss tuning in to see the legendary comic break down during “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at sign off.

    I’m not the biggest Jerry Lewis fan but I’m with you there MJ. That always gets to me. Anytime I hear that song now I get choked up.

  • tyrpen

    Oh gee looks like Nygil took the show as a showcase for his projects. And with all those idols there wouldn’t you think they could pick the idol that has Nineteen on his album, has been singing it at every show for the last two years, got a standing ovation at Bama rising and sings it at all the many shows he has done for the military. And of course sings it 400 times better than Billy Ray ever could.
    No they would never pick THAT idol.

  • kmd

    Good point tyrpen. As long as Nigel has Ryan, Tyler, JLo, and Randy there I guess it does not matter about other idols. I did read that JLo will be there but I don’t think Jerry is. Good cause but I am not that impressed with the talent scheduled to perform just like in past years.

  • jdanton2

    of the actual Idols Jordin Sparks will be there performing twice according to the schedule . i will be looking forward to that.

  • Grammie Kari

    I would rather see Taylor Hicks perform tonight. However, I do plan to watch the show and give a donation for Jerry’s Kids. Again, I hope there will be some surprises because I don’t want this to be a failure in any way.

    (Jerry Lewis will be missed from the show.)

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Oh gee looks like Nygil took the show as a showcase for his projects. And with all those idols there wouldn’t you think they could pick the idol that has Nineteen on his album, has been singing it at every show for the last two years, got a standing ovation at Bama rising and sings it at all the many shows he has done for the military

    Because Billy Ray Cyrus is a big star and a bonafide country singer and may actually get some traction on the charts with the song.

    If I was a producer putting together the show, I would have made exactly the same decision.

    I’m a Taylor fan too, but I always try to remain realistic about these types of situations.

  • tyrpen

    Was does furthering Billys career have to do with a charitible donation? Perhaps getting on national TV would do the same for Taylor. He certainly gave Idol their biggest year ever.

    I have liked Billy Ray in the past but I have not noticed any music he has done lately making any big waves. This album has been out a few months, has sold little. And when you compare his version to Taylors its just sad.
    Apparently I would make a poor producer since my interest would be in giving people the best show I could not in helping “big stars” on the charts.

  • tyrpen

    Oh and if I chose to donate, it will be to that group of musicians holding the webathon for Jerry. Good of them to do that.

  • tyrpen

    Sorry, I meant to add a big thank you MJ for all you do for Taylor and all the idols. You have been very good to him. I specially liked that Birmingham vid you put up recently.