Steve Harvey is out here making major moves!
The hardest working man in show business will end his current daytime talk show after inking a deal to launch a bigger and better show based out of Los Angeles.
Not only that, under the new deal, Steve will have ownership and creative control over his new show.
Here’s the scoop via Deadline:
The Steve Harvey show will be coming to an end after five seasons. However, Harvey will remain a daytime fixture with a new talker, set to launch in September. He will produce the new show with IMG. It will be distributed by NBCUniversal Domestic Television, which also distributed Steve Harvey. The NBC stations, which currently carry Steve Harvey, also will be the core station group for the new show next fall. NBCU is currently shopping it to other stations with the expectations that the new show will be taken on by the majority of stations that carry Steve Harvey. The terms of the deals are unclear but a shows of this caliber usually seek and get a two-year initial pickup.
There had been speculation that Harvey would end his successful talk show when his contract with EndemolShine North America ends in 2017. EndemolShine produced Steve Harvey, based in Chicago, which will wrap after completing its current fifth season in May. The comedian is teaming with a new producing partner, IMG, for the new talker, which will be based in Los Angeles. He also is gaining ownership and creative control, something he had been after. IMG, a management/production division of WME-IMG, has been actively venturing in production and distribution of TV shows on behalf of clients.
Because of the new location, the new show is expected to be more celebrity driven while keeping Harvey’s trademark comedy.