Fox has picked up “Showtime at the Apollo” as a one-hour weekly series, featuring the busiest man in primetime, Steve Harvey, as host. Set to debut during the 2017-2018 season, “Showtime at the Apollo” is a reimagining of the classic talent showcase series.
Featured in the series are elements from the Apollo’s legendary Amateur Night – the long-running, live talent competition, now in its 82nd year – which provides a platform for up-and-coming artists to perform in front of the toughest audience in the world. The Apollo audience is famed as one of entertainment’s most boisterous and brutally honest, and those amateurs who don’t win them over must endure the wrath of this notorious crowd.
In each episode, Harvey will be joined by some of the biggest stars in comedy and music. Artists featured in the two recent “Showtime at the Apollo” specials that aired earlier this season on Fox include John Legend, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Busta Rhymes, Doug E. Fresh, Chaka Khan, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Flo Rida, Rakim, T.I. featuring Meek Mill, Quavo and RaRa, Bell Biv Devoe, En Vogue and Jodeci; and comedians Anthony Anderson, Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Jay Pharoah, Mike Epps and Gabriel Iglesias.