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Harvey, Probst, Lake, and Couric talk about their new shows

TALKING THE TALK

Steve Harvey, 10 a.m., Ch. 5 (Sept. 4)

How you know him: Stand-up comic, “The Steve Harvey Show,” host of “Family Feud”

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Expected vibe: Funny but not frivolous; grown-ups discussing personal issues

Guest mix: Mostly everyday people; celeb wish list includes Oprah Winfrey and Celine Dion

Themes/slogan: “You and I will get through this together.” Upcoming topics: Dating, finance

Soundbite: “It’s going to be quite interesting to have this male perspective. I am a proponent of women but I’m a man’s man.”

The Jeff Probst Show, 10 a.m., Ch. 38 (Sept. 10)

How you know him: Host of “Survivor” and “Rock & Roll Jeopardy”

Expected vibe: Upbeat party atmosphere

Guest mix: Mostly everyday people

Themes/slogan: “Say yes to life”

Soundbite: “If you’re looking for Jerry [Springer] or Maury [Povich], this is not your show. I’m not interested in people fighting onstage.”

The Ricki Lake Show, 11 a.m.,
Ch. 25 (Sept. 10)

How you know her: Previous talk show, films such as “Hairspray”

Expected vibe: Coffee klatch with “America’s girlfriend”

Guest mix: Mostly everyday people, celebs “only when it makes sense”

Themes/slogan: “Whatever you want to talk about, the conversation begins here.” Upcoming topic: born-again virgins

Soundbite: “I was a little bit nervous that it had been seven years since I’d finished my show. . . . Honestly, it felt like I’d never left.”

Katie, 3 p.m., Ch. 5 (Sept. 10)

How you know her: NBC’s “Today,” “CBS Evening News”

Expected vibe: Cheerful, topical conversation

Guest mix: Split, with celebs related to the day’s topic

Themes/slogans: “Smart with heart”; upcoming guests include Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Lopez

Soundbite: “I have to refamiliarize the audience with the kind of person I was on the ‘Today’ show.”

SARAH RODMAN

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