Thursday, February 23, 2017

On The Air: Steve Harvey (2012)

The late James Brown was billed as the hardest working man in show business. Today, that title may as well belong to actor-comedian-author-game & talk show host Steve Harvey, whose self-titled daytime talk show is now in its fifth season, while Harvey is wrapping up year seven on Family Feud. Throw in NBC's Little Big Shots, returning next month, which Harvey & Ellen DeGeneres are both producing, and a radio morning talk show based in Harvey's adopted home town of Atlanta, plus Celebrity Family Feud, which figures to return for a 3rd straight summer on ABC, and you'd have to consider inventing the 30 hour day for Harvey, while asking, where does he find the time to do all this?

Harvey has also parlayed his twin syndicated gigs into hosting the Miss Universe Pageant, and emceed a 1-shot revival of Showtime at the Apollo, both for Fox. To think that 20 years ago, he was in line for a self-titled sitcom on the WB, in addition to Showtime. Whew!

Steve Harvey plays out the same as the rest of NBC-Universal's line of yakkers, including The Steve Wilkos Show, Jerry Springer, & Maury, except that from what I've seen, and it's been about 3-4 years since I've actually tuned in, there aren't the violent confrontations that pockmark the other shows.

Harvey deals with very real issues. In this episode from last May, he interviews Bishop Eddie Long, who was embroiled in a sex scandal that forced him out of his own megachurch in Atlanta.

Harvey has also guest hosted TBN's Praise the Lord a few times, and the interview with Long could just as easily have been done there, too. You could tell that Steve was a wee bit apprehensive about doing the interview, as Long has been a mentor to him.

Rating for the series: B.

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