*Tyler Perry and Shaquille O’Neal will be among the first guests for a new interview series with a twist, from TMZ guru Harvey Levin and Fox News Channel.
“OBJECTified,” premiering Sept. 17 at 8 p.m., will feature Levin talking to newsmakers or celebrities about some of their dearest possessions, and weaving their experiences into a gripping story.
Using the objects spurs the interviewees to explain “why it’s meaningful to you over a period of time,” said Levin. “We use it as a jumping-off point to understand what was going on in their lives – the struggles, the successes.” By using the objects, said Levin, the subjects “feel like they are in control of their own story, when they are able to use that to get into each chapter. That makes them comfortable. It just works.”
On the first of ten hourlong episodes, Levin will feature Judge Judy Sheindlin sharing details about some of the most prized possessions in her Greenwich, Connecticut home.
“I love biographies. I love autobiographies, and it’s kind of what I read,” Levin told Variety. “I wanted to do something with telling a life story but not just sitting on a sofa and having people tell me about their childhood.”
In addition to actor/filmmaker Perry and retired NBA star O’Neal, future subjects for “OBJECTified” include Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; former California governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger; businesswoman and TV personality Martha Stewart; and Dallas Mavericks owner and investor Mark Cuban, among others.