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Steve Harvey to End Daytime Talk Show for New One with IMG and NBCUniversal

NBCU is Hoping the Current Roster of Stations Pick Up the New Show

Steve Harvey is pulling the plug on his Chicago-based syndicated daytime talk show after five seasons and is moving to Los Angeles to launch a new show in September 2017.

The “Steve Harvey” Show, co-produced by NBC Universal and Endemol Shine North America, will end its production run in May, an NBC spokeswoman confirmed Friday. More than 100 staffers were notified of the decision.
The new show will be co-produced by Harvey and IMG, the New York-based media company whose affiliate, WME, represents the comedian/TV host. Harvey will have an ownership stake in the as-yet-unnamed show, and NBCUniversal is currently shopping the talker around for its fall 2017 launch and hopes that the new show will be picked-up up by most of the same stations that carry his current talker.

Sources said the new show will be more celebrity-driven, one of the primary reasons Harvey is leaving Chicago for Los Angeles.

Season to-date, “The Steve Harvey Show” (through Oct. 30) is averaging a 1.6 in households, ranking fourth among the 13 daytime talk shows (behind “Dr. Phil,” “Live with Kelly” and “Ellen DeGeneres”). Results among target women 25-54 show “Steve Harvey” in the No. 6 spot (with a 0.8 rating), behind the trio of talkers plus “Maury” and “Wendy Williams.”

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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