New ‘Steve Harvey’ TV show coming to Chicago studio
BY LORI RACKL TV Criticfirstname.lastname@example.org March 12, 2012 11:46AM
Updated: April 14, 2012 8:07AM
Who needs Rosie?
Comedian, radio personality and “Family Feud” host Steve Harvey is coming to Chicago to launch a nationally syndicated talk show this fall.
The hour-long daytime chat fest will be filmed downtown at NBC Tower and air at 2 p.m. on WMAQ-Channel 5.
The veteran comic and Cleveland native plans to bring a “funny, fresh, insightful and common sense approach to life’s everyday moments,” according to a statement issued Monday by NBCUniversal and the program’s producer, Endemol USA.
The 55-year-old father of twin daughters will cover “a vast range of relatable topics, such as marriage, dating, parenting, workplace, friendship and the daily dramas we face throughout our lives, all with his unique comedic spin.”
Harvey has had a successful run with his syndicated morning radio show, which began in 2000. It can be heard in Chicago on WVAZ-FM (102.7).
He made his mark on Chicago’s radio scene in the mid-90s as a popular morning personality at WGCI-FM (107.5). Harvey bounced between homes in Chicago and Los Angeles, where he filmed his eponymous WB network TV sitcom “The Steve Harvey Show” along with Cedric the Entertainer. Lasting six seasons, the series featured Harvey as a former jazz-musician-turned-music-teacher at a Chicago high school.
Harvey has been on both the big screen and small. He was one of the comedians showcased in Spike Lee’s 2000 movie “The Original Kings of Comedy.” More recently, he can be seen hosting the game show “Family Feud” on WPWR-Channel 50 — a gig he’ll continue, Harvey tweeted on Monday. He’s also been a pitchman for Denny’s and a motivational speaker, where his audience included prisoners at Joliet and Cook County.
In his best-selling books and on his morning radio show, Harvey has fashioned himself into a relationship expert, doling out advice on marriage and parenting — topics that will be touched on often in Harvey’s new TV show.
“It’s rare to meet a talent with both gravitas and relatability, but Steve Harvey pulls off that quality combo effortlessly,” said three-time Emmy Award-winner Alex Duda, the show’s executive producer, in a statement. Duda served as executive producer of “The Tyra Banks Show” and currently holds that title on the Style Network’s series “Jerseylicious” and the spin-off “Glam Fairy.”
“I love telling stories that entertain and inspire, and I’m thrilled to continue doing so alongside an incredible talent like Steve,” she said. “We’re going to have a great time in Chicago.”
The show will be filmed at NBC Tower’s new “best-in-class HD studio facility,” said Larry Wert, president and general manager of NBC 5 Chicago. “This production will create new jobs and a destination for studio audiences here in Chicago.”
The program is expected to spawn nearly 100 local jobs, according to Gov. Pat Quinn’s office. NBCUniversal estimates “Steve Harvey” could bring roughly 35,000 audience members and visitors to the city each year.