Actor, comic, author and radio personality Steve Harvey set roots in Atlanta a few years ago.
He now operates a Buckhead studio for his syndicated radio show (heard locally on Majic 107.5/97.5 and more than 60 markets nationally) and last year added a green screen studio for commercial use. In 2011, as the host, he convinced the producers of “Family Feud” to move operations from Orlando to Atlanta.
But his new syndicated TV talk show, produced by Endemol USA (”Wipeout,” “Fear Factor,” “Big Brother”), is set to debut this fall in Chicago, not Atlanta. He will tape at NBC affiliate WMAQ-Channel 5 in Chicago. This can’t be a coincidence since NBCUniversal distributes his show.
Harvey’s publicist sent out this quote:
“Chicago has proven to be a great talk show town. I started my radio career in Chicago, and I thought it only appropriate to start my talk show career in Chicago as well. I’m not afraid of hard work, because I will continue to host Family Feud and my syndicated morning radio show.” – Steve Harvey
Harvey’s show, according to a press release, will focus on “relationship themes,” including romance, marriage, parenting, friendship and the workplace. This makes sense since it’s a major topic on his radio show and his two-best-selling books, as well as an upcoming film based on his first relationship book, “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” set to debut April 20.
Given how much of a time commitment a syndicated talk show takes, this means he won’t be spending nearly as much time in Atlanta as he has been.
“Family Feud” will be taped in Atlanta from April through July, according to Harvey’s publicist. He will then start production of the talk show in Chicago in August with a debut date of Sept. 10.
Chicago has been home to several talk shows over the years in the past, including “The Jerry Springer Show” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” OWN’s struggling Rosie O’Donnell talk show tapes there but there are rumors she may uproot to New York.
Atlanta has hosted one major talk show in the recent past: “The Mo’Nique Show” for two seasons on BET until last year.
He has already decided to scale back his stand-up commitments.
The executive producer Alex Duda served as executive producer for “The Tyra Banks Show,” which ended its five-year run in 2010. He currently executive produces Style Network’s “Jerseylicious” and its spinoff “Glam Fairy.”
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk