(AllHipHop News) The iconic television series that helped launch the careers of Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, Lauryn Hill, D’Angelo and many others is returning for a special event.
Comedian Steve Harvey will host a 2-hour episode of Showtime At The Apollo. Harvey spent seven years hosting the syndicated program.
“I’m excited to be going back home to the Apollo to celebrate the history of this great theater,” said Harvey. “I have great memories from my time there, and this is going to be a homecoming party that you won’t want to miss.”
The reimagined Showtime will be recorded at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York and air Monday, December 5 on Fox. The show’s legendary “Amateur Night” talent competition will be part of the showcase.
“The Apollo Theater played a crucial role in so many of this nation’s most talented artists, including Steve, and we couldn’t be happier to have him lead us back to this legendary venue,” said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “We’re sure this will be a fantastic night of entertainment.”
Stars of comedy and music are expected to take part in the revamped Showtime At The Apollo. Harvey will also host an additional one-hour special set to air in early 2017.
“Since its inception in 1934, the world’s original talent competition – Amateur Night at the Apollo – was, and continues to be, a primary source for discovering new talent and spotlighting up-and-coming artists. That tradition was continued with the successful 21-year run of the Showtime at the Apollo television program,” said Jonelle Procope, President and CEO of the Apollo Theater and an executive producer of the special. “We’re proud to continue to produce our live, weekly show, and are equally excited to be partnering with Fox to produce this Showtime At The Apollo special and to bring the Apollo experience back to television!”