Jazz musician, singer, actor, composer, lyricist Harry Connick, Jr. adds talk-show host to his resume starting September 12 at 4 PM ET with Harry on Fox.
From his interview with the Los Angeles Times, his show won’t be like other daytime fare. In fact, with segments like “I Got This” and “Leading Ladies,” Connick, Jr. seems to be blending the style of his late-night counterparts with his natural theatricality.
While the name of the segment “Leading Ladies” is certainly a tip of the hat to his theatre background, Connick, Jr. has tasked his team with finding a woman who has accomplished something to kick his show off each day. “I need to celebrate a woman every day at the beginning of the show,” he told the Times. “I love strong women. I’ve been around them my whole life and I want to meet more.”
As for guest stars, Connick, Jr. has listed stage favorites like Carol Burnett and Dick Van Dyke as people he’d love to see on set.
Connick, Jr. made his Broadway debut in 1990 in An Evening with Harry Connick Jr. and His Orchestra. His Thou Shalt Not bowed in 2001, with music, lyrics, orchestrations and arrangements by the singer; he earned a Tony nomination for that score. He appeared opposite Tony winner Kelli O’Hara in the 2006 revival of The Pajama Game—a performance that earned him his second Tony nod—and opposite Tony winner Jessie Mueller in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever in 2011.
Harry airs Monday through Friday. Check local listings.