Steve Harvey is the latest celebrity to jump on the talk show bandwagon. According to Broadcasting & Cable, the multihyphenate entertainer and current “Family Feud” host is developing his own talker. Distributed in syndication by NBCUniversal, the intended launch date would be fall 2012.
Harvey said he will infuse the show with his unique brand of comedy as he talks to real people about their relationships. “I think it’s an interesting angle to have a guy in daytime television who’s actually built his platform around not only being funny but also being empowering and insightful for women,” he said. “I hope to offer women an interesting take on a lot of different things from the male perspective, and I also want to be empowering to people and give them great information. It’s a triple threat combination.”
In addition to “Feud,” Harvey currently hosts the country’s top-rated nationally syndicated radio show, Steve Harvey Morning Show. His best-selling book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man is currently being adapted for the big screen.
Harvey added that entering into daytime was “something I always wanted to give a shot at.” “I always felt that it would fit into my forte. I’ve gained a lot of experiences over the years sitting on a lot of talk shows. My radio show has gone on at the national level for about seven years. With all of that experience and the success of the book and ‘Family Feud,’ I think now is the right time.”
Harvey’s not alone in thinking the time is right. On Oct. 5, OWN will launch Rosie O’Donnell‘s evening chat show, “The Rosie Show.” Also coming in syndication to a TV near you on Sept 12 is “Anderson,” Anderson Cooper‘s attempt to show off his personal side. Jenny McCarthy just shot the pilot for her take on the classic format. And Katie Couric’s ABC talker is scheduled to debut sometime in 2012.