FOX’s two Showtime at the Apollo specials over the winter convinced the network to bring back the variety showcase competition on a weekly basis in primetime for the upcoming 2016-2017 season.
Which means Steve Harvey will be even busier this fall.
“We all had such a blast on the two specials that aired earlier this season that we thought it really deserved being a weekly event,” Harvey said in a statement announcing the new deal. “But our mission is a little different this time around: Instead of just putting on a great show, we’re going to do that and find the next great comic and the next big music star. That’s what the Apollo is all about. My roots are on that stage, and I can’t wait to be there every week, looking for great talent. Who said you can’t go back home again?”
Harvey already hosts Family Feud and his own daytime talker in syndication, plus Little Big Shots on NBC. He also previously hosted It’s Showtime at the Apollo in syndication from 1993-2000.
Showtime at the Apollo is based on The Apollo Theatre’s legendary Amateur Nights in Harlem, held weekly now for decades.
Here’s the two-hour special from December that helped revive the concept at FOX, ICYMI: