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 the summer talent-competition series. “I’m thrilled to be back,” Mandel told Access Hollywood, adding that he’d already broken the news to Stern. “I phoned Howard, and I said I’m coming back, and he said ‘who is this?’.” AGT is yet to name a replacement for former judge Sharon Osbourne with three weeks left until the first taping on March 4 in New Orleans.
Turner’s major expansion into unscripted series continues. After TNT greenlighted two new reality series in the past two days, sibling TBS today also picked up two new shows: Deal With It, executive produced by Deal Or No Deal alum Howie Mandel, and Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host, executive produced by Mark Burnett, the hottest reality producer at the moment with The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank and Celebrity Apprentice. Trust Me was originally ordered to pilot by ABC in 2010. Both series are slated to premiere on TBS in late 2013.
Seven years ago, NBC struck gold with the launch of the Howie Mandel-starring Deal Or No Deal as a strip during a December holiday week. The network is hoping to emulate that success with Mandel’s new game show, Take It All (formerly Howie Mandel’s White Elephant), which will be stripped throughout the week of December 10-14 (9-10 PM all nights), concluding with back-to-back episodes Monday, December 17 (9-11 PM). To accommodate the newcomer, The Voice will air one-hour versions from 8-9 PM on both December 10 and December 17.
TruTV‘s slate of development titles announced today include a Howie Mandel-produced game show set on an airplane and a funny-video pilot from the producers of America’s Funniest Home Videos and Tosh.0 starring Shaquille O’Neal and Gary Owen. There are four series on the production slate, including the cast-contingent auction title Container Wars, in which experts compete against each other to buy the contents of huge shipping containers whose contents are unknown only until the last minute before bids are due. TruTV also announced the return dates for six series, with hit Hardcore Pawn and Vegas Strip coming sometime in July. Here’s the full slate: