Long-running syndication variety show Showtime At the Apollo is staging a comeback, this time on BET. The cable network is finalizing a deal for a pilot order to a Showtime at the Apollo revival executive produced by Jamie Foxx and the the show’s original executive producer/director Don Weiner. If picked up to series, Showtime is expected to air as a primetime series on the cable network
As a young producer in the late 1980s, Weiner found a video camera, taped a demo and sold Showtime at the Apollo in weekly syndication, where it launched in 1987. Weiner eventually left to work on unscripted series, including Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Following his departure, Showtime, which continued the tradition of The Apollo Theater’s famous Amateur Night, went through several producing teams and hosts before ending its 21-year run in 2008.
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