Steve Harvey, 62, has hosted the children’s variety show Little Big Shots for the past three seasons. But it seems NBC is giving its programming a full makeover. It was just announced that Melissa McCarthy, 48, will take over as host of Little Big Shots when it returns for its fourth season early next year. The news was announced as part of the network’s complete 2019/2020 schedule. ‘Melissa’s just an incredible performer and incredible comedian…[she] will bring a completely fresh perspective to it,’ NBC’s co-chairman of entertainment Paul Telegdy said in a statement.
‘Melissa is a strong creative force with her own ideas, he continued. ‘Changes will be apparent.’ The press release noted NBC’s ‘renewed focus on comedy,’ saying, ‘Sundays will feature a great new line-up focused on bringing women to the night.’ There’s no exact date yet for the show’s return, but the statement said the show will kick off on Sunday’s following football season next year at 8 p.m.
The news comes as his syndicated show Steve is slated to come to an end after seven years, with American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson set to step into that time slot. The Kelly Clarkson Show will premiere this autumn, as the 37-year-old singer’s new venture will air during what was previously Harvey’s slot, Variety reported Saturday.
Harvey’s final new broadcast was filmed this past Thursday and set to h-it the air in June as NBC owned and operated stations will air reruns until September, according to the outlet. The talk show host revealed this past January at the Variety Entertainment Summit that he was disappointed at the chain of events that unfolded in the time slot going to Clarkson.
‘I thought I was [returning] until they made an announcement a couple weeks ago that they wanted to give Kelly Clarkson the owned and operated NBC Networks, and that’s my slot,’ he said. ‘I don’t know if it sold – it’s not selling like they thought.’
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