Steve Harvey and Endemol USA are developing what is being described as a “comedy show with talk show elements” that would feature the entertainer as host of a format that mixes his best-selling book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” and syndicated radio program, Steve Harvey Morning Show.
With NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution on board, the show is set for a fall 2012 launch in syndication and will also feature Harvey as executive producer along with Rushion McDonald.
Harvey, also host of the syndicated “Family Feud,” is aiming to bring his comedic sensibility to the show, which will focus on relationship topics, including parenting, workplace, body issues, co-workers and more, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“Steve Harvey is a multi-talented entertainer, a best-selling author, host of a No. 1-rated radio program and a huge TV personality — Steve is a proven ratings winner in the day part, ” said Barry Wallach, president of NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution. “We are excited to work with Steve Harvey and the Endemol production team on this new talk show.”
The Harvey-hosted “Family Feud” has seen its ratings increase since he took over last fall, including a 55 percent boost among women 25-54.
Meanwhile, “Act Like a Lady” is being adapted for the big screen by Screen Gems and is slated for a 2012 release.
Harvey is just the latest personality to have a talk show on deck for fall 2012. “Survivor” host Jeff Probst recently signed a deal with CBS TV Distribution, Katie Couric has a deal with ABC, and Ricki Lake has a pact with Twentieth TV. Also, Bravo’s Bethenny Frankel is working with Ellen DeGeneres on a Telepictures-produced project.