Diane Haithman is a Deadline contributor.
When America’s Got Talent returns on June 4, we know there will four judges instead of the former three. Replacing Sharon Osbourne alongside Howard Stern and Howie Mandel are Heidi Klum and Mel B. But at today’s NBC Press Day, co-host Mandel revealed another wrinkle: It will now take three votes, not two, for a contestant to go through. “Two people like it and two people hate it, that’s a no,” Mandel said. “Two yeses go home”. And will it be tougher to get those three votes now that Heidi and Mel have replaced Osbourne? Klum is, after all, noted for her hard-edged phrase: “You are out!” on Project Runway. And Mel B.’s name has popped up in the press more than once for being booed by audiences during the live competition rounds. READ MORE »
NBC has firmed up its summer schedule, setting premiere dates and slots for four more series, unscripted Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls and American Ninja Warrior and scripted Camp and Save Me.
As previously announced, America’s Got Talent returns for an eighth season on Tuesday, June 4. The veteran variety series will add Wednesday 9-10 PM editions on July 10 when it will be followed by the premiere of Camp, a new summer lower-budget dramedy set at a summer camp, shot in Australia and featuring all-Australian cast. Airing in the Wednesday 10 PM slot, it stars Rachel Griffiths and hails from creators Liz Heldens and Peter Elkoff, Matchbox Pictures and BermanBraun. Read More »
With new judges Heidi Klum and former Spice Girl Mel B joining Howard Stern and Howie Mandel, America’s Got Talent will return for its eighth season June 4, NBC said today. Live episodes will start July … Read More »
UPDATE MONDAY 6:30 AM: NBC has officially announced Heidi Klum as a new judge on America‘s Got Talent, marking – marking the first time that the summer series reality has added a fourth judge. “As we look to develop an act that will get the world’s attention, we and the contestants will benefit from Heidi’s international sensibility and understanding of what works in today’s global entertainment industry,” NBC’s head of alternative Paul Telegdy said.
PREVIOUS SUNDAY 1 PM: NBC is expanding the judging panel of America’s Got Talent to four judges with the addition of Project Runway host Heidi Klum for the upcoming eighth season. NBC is expected to make an official announcement soon. Klum joins returning judges Howie Mandel and Howard Stern and new judge Melanie Brown aka Mel B. For its first seven seasons, AGT had a three-person judging panel, most recently with Stern, Mandel and Sharon Osbourne last season. Read More »
Looks like America’s Got Talent is sticking with the Brit – or at least one Brit. NBC has confirmed that Spice Girl Mel B will be replacing departing judge Sharon Osbourne on the series this season. … Read More »
Howie Mandel will re-join Howard Stern at the judging panel for the upcoming season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. The network has confirmed that Mandel is set for his fourth stint as a judge on … Read More »
There has been a lot of chatter over the past couple of days that Rosie O’Donnell may replace Sharon Osbourne at the judging table of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. “I am very interested in doing America’s Got Talent … Read More »
It wasn’t too much of a surprise to see Howard Stern return for another season of America’s Got Talent. His new deal ensures NBC returns with its book-end of Howies, Stern on one side and Howie Mandel on the other. It has been obvious to listeners that Stern so loves his judgeship that his return was inevitable, and the salary upwards of $15 million doesn’t hurt. It’s too bad Sharon Osbourne left; the three had instant chemistry rivaled only by the singer-star mentors of The Voice, a show that has a better premise than all of those other wannabe talent parades (I am excluding the fledling Killer Karaoke from consideration; even though it has the most outlandish singing format I’ve ever seen, I fear it’s inevitable somebody will die and that show goes bye bye).
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What I wonder is, can Stern still hang on to any semblance of his rebel identity, as he continues to veer toward the mainstream? Will he continue to varnish off so much of the old rough edges that he’ll become like everybody else, and stop saying the hard things that people are thinking but no one but him dared utter? And do I have any right to expect him to remain that rebel, just so I don’t have to be reminded that his longtime listeners make our own own inevitable concessions to aging on a daily basis? Read More »
Howard Stern has inked a deal to return as a judge on NBC‘s America’s Got Talent. The shock jock originally joined the reality series last season succeeding Piers Morgan with a one-year pact and had expressed ambivalence about coming back. Stern also got in hot water in August over his bashing of NBC late-night host Jay Leno. “Howard Stern’s towering presence and opinions on last season’s show as a new judge made a dramatic impact and added a sharper edge to the fascinating developments on stage,” said NBC’s head of alternative programming Paul Telegdy. “We know that Howard believes in America’s Got Talent — which remains America’s top-rated summer series — and that dedication comes across in a genuine way to our viewers who share his passion about our amazing talent competition.” With Stern staying put, NBC is faced with filling one vacant seat on the judging panel, that of Sharon Osbourne.
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Stern commanded a big salary (rumored to be $15 million) and made Talent move production from Los Angeles to New Jersey to accommodate his day job as a radio talk show host. He didn’t bring a ratings boost to the veteran realty series, but this past summer’s edition still finished as the the No. 1 summer broadcast series in adults 18-49 and total viewers. Read More »
His wife may be starring on Fox’s American Idol, but Nick Cannon is staying firmly in the NBC camp. The America’s Got Talent host has signed a first-look deal with the network for his NCredible Entertainment banner. Under the pact, NCredible principals Cannon and longtime manager and business partner Michael Goldman will develop unscripted and scripted programming for the network. Cannon also will return as host on America’s Got Talent next summer. “We are gratified to know that this new agreement will expand our successful working relationship with Nick beyond America’s Got Talent and allow him to further draw on his notable creative instincts,” said NBC’s head of alternative programming Paul Telegdy. Read More »
After a series of statements that she would leave NBC‘s America’s Got Talent after this season, judge Sharon Osbourne made it official tonight during Talent‘s season finale. Trying to console dance group The Untouchables, the … Read More »
And we’re off. In the first major premiere of the season, NBC’s The Voice last night opened its third season with a 4.1 rating/11 share in adults 18-49. In today’s broadcast universe that is a respectable number; for ratings-challenged NBC, it could be a cause for celebration. But by major talent competition standards, especially for a young series like The Voice, it is just OK. Of course that was way down from last season’s Super Bowl-inflated Voice opener. But it was also down from the series’ series debut in April 2011 (5.1/13). Additionally, The Voice was down 7% from last season’s finale. (And keep in mind, the show is usually front-loaded, with its blind auditions garnering the highest ratings.) Facing Monday Night Football for the first time in its run, it was a tenth behind the series debut of Fox’s The X Factor (4.2/12) last fall. The two music competition shows are set to clash head-to-head on Wednesday.
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The ongoing dispute between Howard Stern and Jay Leno got a new injection of bad blood when Stern acknowledged on his SiriusXM radio show that an NBC executive (where Stern moonlights as an America’s Got Talent judge) asked him to … Read More »