If 'Steve Harvey Show' bolts for LA, it won't be first daytime talk show to leave Chicago
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If 'Steve Harvey Show' bolts for LA, it won't be first daytime talk show to leave Chicago
Steve Harvey, host of the "Steve Harvey" show, talks to the audience during taping of the program.Steve Harvey, host of the "Steve Harvey" show, talks to the audience during taping of the program.For decades, Chicago has been home to daytime TV talk shows with hosts so familiar they're known by one name. All have taped their segments before live studio audiences made up of ordinary people who waited weeks and sometimes years for the chance to watch their favorite host discuss topics including weight loss, cheating spouses, life-changing makeovers and uplifting stories of the human spirit.The lights might go out on "The Steve Harvey Show," Chicago's last locally produced syndicated gabfest, if negotiations go Harvey's way. According to Chicago media blogger Robert Feder and Broadcasting & Cable, the host wants to move his show to Los Angeles to attract more celebrities as guests.Here is a look back at the long- and short-lived daytime TV talk shows that have made Chicago their homes.Filming location: He moved his show from Dayton, Ohio, to WGN-Ch. 9 in 1974 before moving to WBBM-Ch. 2 in 1982. Donahue moved the show's production to New York City in 1985.Show segments include: Christina Crawford, daughter of Joan Crawford, talking about her book, "Mommy Dearest"; singer Andy Gibb and girlfriend Victoria Principal on their relationship; actress Zsa Zsa Gabor arguing with an audience member; and people of mixed race or ethnicity who pass for white.After launching his career with a Dayton radio show that featured an outspoken atheist named Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Donahue built the nation's first national daytime TV talk show that involved often bizarre or contentious subjects with a call-in number.He tackled groundbreaking topics — the AIDS epidemic, the savings and loan crisis and a debate between Democratic presidential candidates Bill Clinton and Jerry Brown with no interruption — but also wore a dress for a forum on cross-dressing men and hosted a segment on teenage strippers who had the support of their parents in the career.His featured guest on Jan. 26, 1977's show might have been his most important — Marlo Thomas, daughter of the late actor Danny Thomas. The meeting turned into a romance with the two marrying three years later.A move to New York City meant "Donahue" could be carried live by 100 stations around the country. Under its previous setup, the show could air live only to Chicago viewers. The show would continue until 1996. Since then, Donahue has had a short-lived evening talk show on MSNBC in 2003 and released an anti-war documentary "Body of War" in 2008.Filming location: Moved from the WLS facilities in 1990 to her own Harpo Studios, which recently closed, in the West Loop.Show segments include: Personal weight loss highs and lows; celebrity interviews (including a fiery Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah's couch proclaiming his love for Katie Holmes); addressing relationship rumors with longtime love Stedman Graham; naming her favorite things; helping her audience find their "true selves" through professional advice; and giving each one a new car during a 2004 episode.How best to sum up Oprah?From this show, she built an empire that now reaches into all types of media and products, including books, "O, The Oprah Magazine" and the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).Winfrey took over as host of WLS-Ch. 7's "A.M. Chicago" in January 1984. Within two months, she topped the ratings. The show was renamed after her a year later. It would debut in syndication in 1986.After she invited a group of California neo-Nazis to her stage in 1988, she decided to make the show different. "I thought I was exposing the hate and the violence," she said. "Actually, I'd given them a platform."From that point on, Winfrey said, she had no more skinheads — no more haters — on her show. As Tribune critic Chris Jones remembers: "In 1988, television, especially daytime television, was increasingly headed into the low-budget cesspools of hate and dysfunction. Winfrey eventually went in the opposite direction."With this new outlook came freedom:Her last show in 2011, during the show's 25th season, was a giant farewell send-off at the United Center, which was then described as "the greatest collection of star power Chicago has ever seen."Filming location: NBC Tower just east of Michigan Avenue.Show segments include: In the show's early years, computer programs that replace conventional clinical therapy for depression and sexual problems, wild animals from the Columbus Zoo and a prize-winning female boxer. Later, "Mom & I play more than one guy"; "Cheating lie detector"; and "I traded the geek look for the radical freak look."Jenny Jones, born Janina Stronski, is a Renaissance woman. Before hosting her own show, she was the only female drummer in her hometown of London, Ontario; sang backup for Wayne Newton's Las Vegas show; formed an all-woman band called The Cover Girls; became an office manager; started a small catering company; went on game shows "The Price is Right" and "Match Game" to help pay the bills; won the $100,000 comedy grand prize on "Star Search"; and created a women-only "Girls Night Out" comedy show format that played in 80 U.S. cities.When her show began, Jones described it as "part pajama party, part group therapy, part Oprah."After suffering numerous problems from six breast-implant operations, she had the implants removed, and her breasts are no longer symmetrical. (She detailed her plight in a February 1992 episode — during sweeps.)In 1999, a Pontiac, Mich., jury ordered "The Jenny Jones Show" to pay $25 million to the family of Scott Amedure, a gay man who was shot to death after revealing a crush on Jonathan Schmitz, a fellow guest on the talk show. (However, the Michigan Court of Appeals later overturned the award, and the Michigan Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal.)After steadily decreasing ratings, the show was canceled following its 12th year of syndication in 2003.Filming location: NBC Tower just east of Michigan Avenue. Production moved in 2009 to Stamford, Conn., where it remains in production.Show segments include: "I'm gay ... sometimes," "Scheming sisters," "Played by a transsexual," "You licked his what???" and "Hot for teacher." Tribune reporter Kevin Pang put it best when he visited the show in 2008: "In a world of ambiguity, 'The Jerry Springer Show' offers clarity. And the occasional punch in the face."The show features a never-ending mix of controversial guests who inevitably end up fighting to the "Jerr-y! Jerr-y! Jerr-y!" cheers from its audience.A 1968 graduate of Northwestern University's law school, Springer served on the Cincinnati City Council when he was busted for soliciting a prostitute in 1974. He resigned, but his television apology helped him regain the council seat one year later. He became mayor of Cincinnati in 1977 and served one year. "The Jerry Springer Show" began as a news affair talk show in 1991 in Cincinnati before moving to Chicago in 1992. The show moved again to Stamford, Conn., in 2009.Filming location: WTTW-Ch. 11 studios on the Chicago's Northwest Side.Show segments include: Heterosexuals mistaken as LGBT; a child conceived through rape meets her birth mother 52 years later; and followers of murderer Charles Manson.The show's debut on Sept. 13, 1993, was pre-empted by a morning Mideast peace treaty signing at the White House. When Berry's show finally aired about an hour late, she told staffers she was hoping for a presidential lead-in along the lines of "We've got peace, now here's Bertice." She didn't get it.Berry came to TV at age 32 after working as a teaching assistant at Kent State University in the 1980s, receiving her doctorate degree in sociology in 1988 and going on the road as a stand-up comic.The show was dumped by Twentieth Television in June 1994.Filming location: WTTW-Ch. 11 studios on the city's Northwest Side.Show segments include: "The Partridge Family" reunion.After finding success as a midday radio DJ at WLUP-FM 97.9, Bonaduce gained his own talk show, "Danny!," which premiered during the fall of 1995 on WMAQ-Ch. 5.The former child star brought together his "The Partridge Family" co-stars for a reunion on one of the short-lived show's episodes.Filming location: NBC Tower just east of Michigan Avenue.Show segments include: Tips on toy safety, one-pan recipes and "Boobs: A Guide to Your Girls."In September 2007, the hourlong show moved to Chicago from Orlando, and switched up hosting duties to include two former contestants on Donald Trump's reality show "The Apprentice" – Chicago-based Bill Rancic and Ereka Vetrini – and actress Kim Coles.The show was designed to sell products and drive traffic to NBC's iVillage.com website, which is now defunct. It was canceled in February 2008.Filming location: NBC Tower just east of Michigan Avenue. Production moved to Stamford, Conn. in 2009.Show segments include: "Steve, I need to know if she's a prostitute"; "Am I pregnant by a molester?"; "Steve, she's stalking me!"; "Why did you reveal my secret gay lifestyle?"Formerly a Marine, Chicago police officer, and bodyguard and substitute host on "The Jerry Springer Show," Wilkos was given his own daytime TV talk show in 2008.The show, along with "The Jerry Springer Show," moved production to Stamford, Conn., in 2009.Filming location: The former Harpo Studios in the West Loop.Show segments include: Actress Natasha Lyonne opens up about her heroin use; actress Kristin Chenoweth opens up about her adoption; veggie boot camp with cooking personality Rachael Ray; and actress Penny Marshall on casting for "A League of Their Own."As Oprah Winfrey's iconic daytime TV talk show was winding down its final season in 2011, Rosie O'Donnell was prepping her own talk show for Winfrey's new Oprah Winfrey Network.Since hosting her own talk show from 1996-2002 and then appearing on "The View" in 2006-07, O'Donnell was no stranger to the format. Yet she wanted to add her own touches to it.The show premiered in October 2011 following a format that included an O'Donnell monologue, a celebrity interview (the premiere included actor Russell Brand) and a human-interest story segment and wrapped with a game show element. Like late-night shows, O'Donnell's were taped and aired the same day.Her rules for the audience also were different: Children were allowed at tapings. Audience members could take photos from their seats after the show, and anyone under the age of 18 could get their photo taken with the host.These changes to the typical talk show format were novel but didn't attract an audience on the cable network. The show was canceled in March 2012.Filming location: NBC Tower just east of Michigan Avenue.Show segments include: Former "The View" co-host Star Jones has discussed fashion for full-figured women while promoting her clothing line; WWE star David Otunga gave viewers workout tips; and boxer Laila Ali shared kid-friendly recipes.Is there anything Steve Harvey can't do? He's a comedian, actor, best-selling author of advice books, radio show host, clothing designer, host of "Family Feud," dating website promoter and, since 2012, daytime talk show host.Harvey's show topics typically involve the subjects of love, family and health, and the more regular people on the stage the better, according to him.Some popular names who have appeared on the show include President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Mike Tyson.The show, which is filmed in the studio formerly occupied by "The Jerry Springer Show," has just begun a new season. Its currently looking for guests with a variety of topic ideas, including: Do you have trouble turning wishes into reality? Do you think you can stump Steve? And, do you or do you know someone who dresses too sexy?Sources: Tribune archives; photos from Tribune archives, AP and Getty Images @ChiTribGraphics

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