Announced by Variety, Fox has given a series order to a revival of “Showtime at the Apollo.” The news comes after two “Apollo” specials aired on Fox in December and January. The weekly series will be hosted by comedian Steve Harvey . The new series is slated to premiere in the 2017-18 season.
“Showtime at the Apollo” aired as a syndicated television show from 1987 to 2008. It featured music, comedy, dance and other acts. In 2011 BET began doing a similar revival known as titled Apollo Live, hosted by Tony Rock. The judges included Gladys Knight; famed beatboxer Doug E Fresh, and Michael Bivins of New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe fame.
The Apollo is known for its weekly Amateur Night competition which has been running for 82 years. Amateur Night has helped in launching the careers of artists such as James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, and D’Angelo.such as James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, and D’Angelo.