It would appear that Steve Harvey’s television takeover is near complete with the announcement of two additional new shows the comedian will be headlining in the near future. In addition to his currents gigs, Harvey has just signed on to do a spin-off of NBC’s Little Big Shots and ABC’s Funderdome which will have a similar theme to Shark Tank. But how much is too much Harvey?
Currently, Steve can be seen daily on his talk show and Family Feud, both in syndication. He just finished the second summer season of Celebrity Family Feud and despite his major goof of announcing the wrong winner during the Miss Universe pageant last year, the pageant still wants him back.
Another success story for Steve is his involvement with Little Big Shots, a talent show featuring only children who can do some amazing things. According to NBC’s latest press release, due to the show’s “phenomenal success,” the network has ordered Little Big Shots: Forever Young to its lineup which will feature senior citizens who have surprising talents to share. Harvey and Ellen DeGeneres will serve as executive producers.
“We are excited to spotlight and celebrate the wit and wisdom of our elders,” said Paul Telegdy, President Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment.
“We can’t wait to see Steve Harvey in action with these incredibly vigorous and energetic seniors as they give him a run for his money with their unique talents, dynamic personalities and irresistible charms.”
Little Big Shots was the No. 1 new series last season among total viewers averaging a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 13 million viewers overall. It was the most-watched new alternative series on any broadcast network in six years since the first season of CBS’ Undercover Boss. It was also NBC’s most-watched new alternative series in 10 years since the debut of Deal or No Deal. Now, taking that same formula from the original Little Big Shots, Steve will interview different seniors with various talents including singers, musicians, dancers and every form of “elderkind.”
“The idea of doing a follow-up to Little Big Shots focusing on seniors struck us as a no-brainer,” says Mike Darnell, President of Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television.
“Just like the kids, they have insane skills that will amaze and surprise you — not to mention the often hysterical (and sometimes shocking) things they say. As good a host as Steve Harvey is, he may have finally met his match with this incredible set of elder statesmen.”
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Announced earlier this year, ABC has hired Harvey to host the oddly-titled Funderdome which is to debut sometime in October. It is a see-building entrepreneurial show developed by Shark Tank’s Mark Burnett. The 13-episode series will face off two new entrepreneurs to compete against each other by trying to impress a live studio audience with their big dreams and ideas in hopes or receiving money anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000.
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The live audience will have to judge with business plan sounds the most solid but just before the verdict is given out, Steve will allow one of the contestants to walk away with a lesser amount of seed money if they so desire. The amount would be substantially less than if they had won, but it would a “for sure thing.”
“I’m thrilled to have another passion project on the ABC schedule. This is just the type of show that gives folks a vehicle to breathe life into their dreams,” said Harvey. And the feeling appears to be mutual since Burnett said this about Harvey.
“My dream has been to work with Steve, and this is the perfect project for us to do together. He is an amazing talent and has an enormous heart for entrepreneurs, some of whom will get their business jump-started because of him.”
So what do you think? Is there too much Steve Harvey on the air or is more the merrier?
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