Steve Harvey Fans may not know this but the comedian has long dreamed of becoming a television judge.
“I came up with this idea 12 years ago and I never told anyone,” the guy behind ABC’s Judge Steve Harvey recently told reporters at the Television Critics Association virtual winter press tour. “I never sat in a room giving a presentation about it. I have never met a network about it. I never discussed it with my team, my production company, nothing at all. I just had this idea. ”
And then Harvey, who doesn’t have a law degree, met with the network’s heads during the pandemic. They wanted to recommend a potential sitcom to him, but he wasn’t interested. The Family feudalism the presenter had a WB sitcom called Steve Harvey concert, ran for six seasons and finished in 2002, and he was looking for a change of pace. When he first mentioned his small-screen trial aspirations, Zoom’s call went silent, but Harvey worked his way up.
“I told them, I wanted it to be funny. I wanted to be deep,” he recalls. “I wanted it to be not about the verdict, but about the story – and the next day, they gave it the green light.”
Entering the third week, Judge Steve Harvey (Tuesday at 7/8c) has allowed its name to mediate all types of small claims – including, but not limited to: neighbors suing each other over a fallen tree, sisters arguing over funeral funds being lost appropriation, and the girlfriend sues her boyfriend for 20 years for not marrying her. Harvey was so touched by the plaintiff’s patience with her partner in the second lawsuit that he rewarded her more than she had sued for throwing herself an “end party.” kiss”.
In another case, a cipher frontline employee sued a fraudulent event organizer for misleading her about the prize of a lottery ticket for a stay at an Atlantic City VIP hotel. In an effort to be fair, Harvey reduced the amount of the judgment because the planner returned the plaintiff some of her money, then went out of his own pocket and treated the plaintiff and two of her friends. It’s an all-expenses-paid vacation in Las Vegas. It’s an act of generosity similar to what he usually does on his eponymous syndicated talk show, which ran from 2012 to 2017.
Harvey even has a catchphrase – “and that’s how I see it” – that he says after each verdict. Sometimes he laughs so hard he can barely stop it.
Daytime Emmy Award winner Myeshia Mizuno, presenter and executive producer whose previous credits include Judge Judy, Maternity Court and Divorce Court, says that although Harvey is not a full-fledged judge, his work and life experience has made him a perfect fit for the genre.
“It was a natural progression to have Mr Harvey as judge,” she said. “From his stand on radio to his talk show to his sitcom, this has been a natural progression. He can talk about a lot of things and can contact all kinds of people that’s why we know this show will be successful. “
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