The news that Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel were returning as judges on NBC‘s summer competition series America’s Got Talent came complete with carefully crafted quotes from the network’s reality-TV chief and the show’s exec producer. The announcement was greeted with — yawns, Stern having made sure he was the headline by announcing his return to the show 24 hours ahead of the NBC announcement. Breaking the news on his SiriusXM radio program, Stern was sure to let listeners know he’s the BFD on AGT, saying, in response to radio sidekick Robin Quivers’ question as to whether Klum, B, and Mandel would be back: “Let’s put it this way: When they asked me if [returning] was conditional, I said … let them all come back.” Here’s the full release:
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NEW YORK, NY — Nov. 20, 2013 — Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel are set to return as judges to NBC’s top-rated summer competition series “America’s Got Talent.” Nick Cannon will also return as host.
The announcements were made by Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late-Night Programming, NBC Entertainment.
“Howard, Heidi, Mel and Howie have proven that they are a dynamic quartet of judges who aren’t afraid to share their opinions, while at the same time creating fireworks of their own,” Telegdy said. “Along with Nick serving as an incomparable host, our talent on ‘Talent’ is among the finest on all of television.”
“The judges on ‘America’s Got Talent’ this past season were fun, astute and really knew how to spot talent,” said Trish Kinane, Executive Producer and President of Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America. “We are delighted to have this vibrant group of diverse, discerning personalities returning to take the show to new heights next season.”
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Howard Stern will return as a judge on America’s Got Talent next summer, his third stint on the NBC talent competition series. Stern made the announcement today on his SiriusXM morning radio show. “It started out as a goof. Now it’s becoming a job,” he said. “I am very excited to be going back to America’s Got Talent.” NBC was aggressive in its pursuit of Stern to replace Piers Morgan in 2011, moving production of the show from Los Angeles to New York, where Stern is based, in addition to offering him a big check, believed to be around $15 million. “What a bunch of gracious people,” he said of NBC. “They listened to me. I said I don’t want to travel too much, and they adjusted the scheduling to accommodate me, so they made me feel very special.” Still, the decision to return wasn’t straightforward, he said. “I really, really did struggle with this decision because I’ve been working a long time. I really wanted to decide if this was going to take away too much free time. Did I really still enjoy doing it? Did I have something to say? Is it something I should be involved with still?” Stern joins AGT host Nick Cannon, who also recently announced that he will be back on the show next summer.
After neutering judge Howard Stern beyond recognition, the 8th season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent concluded tonight and the winner takes home the $1 million grand prize as well as a headline show in Las Vegas. SPOILER ALERT!
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NBC won last night paced by summer staple America’s Got Talent (2.8/8 in adults 18-49, 10.2 million viewers), which was the top program of the night by a wide margin. In fact, this was the best non-sports 18-49 delivery for an English-language broadcaster in more than a month, since The Voice finale on June 18.
After a great start last week, the CW‘s revival of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.9/3, 2.4 million) dropped 18% to still respectable numbers. Whose Line dwarfed its companion, Perfect Score (0.3/1, 950,000), down 25% (.1) from its premiere last Tuesday. Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.4/4) was down a tenth from the last original two weeks ago. ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss (1.1/4) was flat with last week, while the latest Royal baby special logged a 0.9/3 at 10 PM.
Judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Melanie Brown and Howie Mandel will bring Season 8 of America’s Got Talent to an end on September 18, NBC announced today. The Nick Cannon-hosted competition series will wrap up its current cycle crowning a winner in a two-hour live show from NYC’s Radio City Music Hall. Down this year but still a dominating presence on NBC’s schedule, AGT is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America with Simon Cowell, Jason Raff, Sam Donnelly, Trish Kinane and Rob Wade the executive producers. The network also announced that reality show American Ninja Warrior and freshman faux reality series Siberia will end their seasons with one-hour episodes September 16.