The uber successful comedian/host/producer/dj and author Steve Harvey is retiring from radio and entering the world of Daytime TV! The creator and producer of Think Like A Man, is doing his final stand up performance this Thursday in Vegas to kick off The Hoodie Awards. So farewell to stand-up and radio and hello to daytime!
According to our frineds at EURweb, ten NBC owned TV stations have picked up Steve Harvey’s new syndicated talk show for a fall 2012 launch, it was announced Thursday by Barry Wallach, president of NBC Universal Domestic TV Distribution.
Winning a daytime slot on the NBC stations is expected to ensure the show will get a national launch, notes the Hollywood Reporter.
“Steve Harvey,” will be an hourlong show that focuses on relationship themes, with Harvey bringing his comedy and common sense to such topics as romance, marriage, parenting, friendship and the workplace.
“Steve Harvey is a phenomenal broadcaster who will deliver his unique comedic approach to daytime talk,“ said Wallach. “Steve appeals to a wide cross section of daytime viewers making him a great fit for the day part.”
Harvey is an executive producer along with Rushion McDonald.
Fresh from her second marriage (in April) and a monthlong honeymoon in Spain, Ricki Lake is once again venturing into daytime tv! Twentieth TV’s The Ricki Lake Show joins the battle on September 10! Lake has been down this road before, having had a mega-successful 11-year run (1993-2004) with her previous daytime talker. Lake began that one at the tender age of 24. Now she’s 43, once-divorced and the mother to two school-age kids.
“I really want lightning to strike twice,” Lake said during a lunch panel. “There’s a lot of pressure, a lot of money invested in this show. But I feel like I have more to offer this time. Last time, I was just trying to be Oprah. This time, I’m wiser and more evolved.”
The show is also being done out of L.A. this time (Culver Studios) rather than New York City as her previous show was. She promises “a little less fluff and more substance” this time around, even though she proudly claims to be neither a doctor nor a therapist nor a super homemaker — just a working mom sporting battle scars and relatability.
Go Ricki! Go Ricki!
Sources: EURweb, Deadline.com