Steve Harvey daytime talk show to film in Chicago

By Daniel S Levine,

Comedian Steve Harvey is getting his own daytime talk show, which will film in Chicago.

NBCUniversal and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's office made the announcement on Monday, according to The Chicago Tribune. Harvey’s show, which will be simply titled Steve Harvey, will be syndicated and shot at the WMAQ/NBC 5 studios, which are located in downtown Chicago.

According to The Chicago Sun-Times, the 55-year-old comic and radio personality will host a show that NBC describes as one with a “funny, fresh, insightful and common sense approach to life’s everyday moments.” The program will be produced by Endemol USA.

Harvey has a history of working in the Chicago area. According to the Sun-Times, he hosted a popular morning radio program during the 1990s on WGCI-FM. Since then, he has split his time between Los Angeles and Chicago. His sitcom, The Steve Harvey Show, which ended in 2002, featured Harvey as a Chicago high school music teacher.

Veteran television producer Alex Duda has been recruited to executive produce the one-hour Steve Harvey program, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Duda previously worked on The Tyra Banks Show and Style Network’s Jerseylicious and Glam Fairy. “It’s rare to meet a talent with both gravitas and relatability, but Steve Harvey pulls off that quality combo effortlessly. His humor, honesty, and insight will bring a unique new perspective to daytime TV,” Dada said in a statement.

By shooting in Chicago, the production will take advantage of several tax credits, notes the Tribune. Betsy Steinberg, managing director of the Illinois Film Office, told the Tribune that film productions could receive as much as 30 percent of what they spend locally. That could amount to as much as $7.5 million in tax credits, if the show costs the $25 million that Endemol USA estimates.

Harvey will continue hosting Family Feud, which will still be filmed in Atlanta. He will also host his radio show from Chicago when he is filming there.

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