Wednesday, August 31, 2016
That unavoidable Mr. Harvey
My recent posts about GSN and Game Show Forum have provoked a lot of comment, as I knew they would. And sure enough, one of the primary bones of contention is the gentleman pictured in this entry. Steve Harvey and his Family Feud always seem to be the traditionalist's Exhibits A and B for how GSN and game shows in general have gone to hell in a handbasket.
Funny thing, I've been critical of Steve's Feud myself. Not for the mildly off-color humor, which I don't mind at all. (I really don't think the traditionalists mind it, either, but it makes a convenient whipping boy in their dismissal of the show.) Instead, I'm not thrilled with how he has transformed Family Feud into the Steve Harvey standup act.
But the numbers don't lie. Sure, Steve benefits from Nielsen kindly adding up all the ratings for Feud's zillion daily runs. He has still revitalized a show that was running dangerously close to empty after decades on the air. Anyway, I noticed this AV Club piece today about Steve and the weird questions he gets on his talk show. As the writer notes, he really has become the "all-purpose host of basically everything."
And that sets off a lot of hollering on the game show Interwebs.
UPDATE: The latest on Mr. Harvey is an involved legal tangle over some footage shot at his comedy club in 1993. Nothing like 23-year-old tapes to get a lawyer's juices flowing. Hollywood Reporter offers all the tedious details.