With Oprah Winfrey off to cable, Tyra Banks retired from the talk-show circuit and Mo’Nique booted from BET after two seasons, Steve Harvey is ready to fill the day-time void with a talk show of his own in the fall of 2012.
Fox 5 Atlanta plans to air his show though a time slot has not been finalized. So far, NBC Universal, which is distributing the show, has gotten Harvey in more than 55 percent of markets nationwide.
The Atlanta-based comedian is already a busy man. He has a daily syndicated morning radio show, heard locally on Majic 107.5/97.5, and is host of “Family Feud,” which has seen ratings go up since he joined in 2010. He’s a best-selling author, has a successful sitcom under his belt and sells out arenas nationwide as a stand-up comic. He hosted a sketch comedy/variety show on the WB for a couple of seasons.
Being a TV talk show host is one of the few things he has not done. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him yet about why he’s doing it, but given his popularity with a broad swath of the populace, he’d be a natural for this venue.
In a Hollywood Reporter story over the summer, producer Endemol USA said it will be “a comedy show with talk-show elements.”
He will focus on relationship issues, a topic he mined in his two books. His first book, “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” has been adapted into a film that is slated for release next year as well.
Others who have deals to do new talk shows in 2012 include “Survivor” host Jeff Probst, former “CBS Evening News” and “Today Show” anchor Katie Couric and former talk-show host and current “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Ricki Lake.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk