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Fox 5 adds Steve Harvey’s new talk show to its fall, 2012 slate

Steve Harvey is seen after winning the State Farm Humanitarian Award backstage at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Steve Harvey is seen after winning the State Farm Humanitarian Award backstage at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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Lar

November 8th, 2011
9:46 am

I was recently at a taping of the Family Feud and Steve Harvey stated he would be done touring in April. He said it is very hard on him and his family to go on tour and he felt the time was right to do something else. I guess a day time talk show is the something else. Will this talk show be taped in Atlanta?

Rodney Ho

November 8th, 2011
10:11 am

@Lar There has been no official announcement of where Steve will tape the show but I’d give it a 100% chance he’ll do it here given his other obligations here.

Ricky

November 8th, 2011
11:51 am

Oh boy. Another talk show. Maybe they will add a few more courtroom shows too.

TG

November 8th, 2011
11:57 am

I’m not sure when a thrice-married man became a relationship expert or how someone whose [insufferable] daily self-righteous spiritual radio rants became an authority on religion, but I will not take away his knack for using his talent (comedy) to branch out…and out…and out. Whatever people may think of him (and quiet is kept, many don’t have a favorable view of him, especially after his fallout with the late Bernie Mac), you can’t hate on this man’s hustle! He will not be denied.

Instigator

November 8th, 2011
2:13 pm

I’m sure tens of people will be watching!

carla roqs

November 8th, 2011
3:28 pm

dont like him

M915

November 9th, 2011
7:51 pm

you can tell its white folk make stupid comments.

M915

November 9th, 2011
7:52 pm

read comments all the time, and just know who said what