ITV has unveiled the judges for Season 10 of The X Factor UK with Sharon Osbourne returning to the show. She’ll join Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh. Osbourne was last on the Simon Cowell series in 2007. Last year’s season nine finale hit a low in December and it’s been expected that a revamp was afoot. There will be new double auditions, one set in front of the judges “in an intimate audition room” and the second again with the judges, but in an arena. The auditions kick off on June 4.
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. Mel B aka Melanie Brown will be sitting on the judge’s panel when the series has its first new Season 8 taping on March 4 in New Orleans. Long time judge Osbourne officially announced her departure from AGT last September after weeks of rumors. AGT won’t be the first time Mel B has been a TV judge. She served as a judge on the Australian version of The X Factor and appeared as a guest host on the original UK version. Howie Mandel and Howard Stern have already re-upped for another season of the summer talent-competition series. AGT had a bumpy ratings ride last year. It ended its 7th season on September 13 down 33% from its 2011′s finale – hitting a series finale low.
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 first act to get eliminated, she said, “Don’t be sad, because it’s my last show, too. So we’re leaving together!” I hear NBC brass have already started the process of finding a replacement. Meanwhile, fellow judge Howard Stern, who doesn’t have a deal beyond this season, did not address his plans tonight. The network has made it clear that it would like the shock jock back.
Today was a big day in daytime as a slew of talk shows premiered, including three new talk shows: Katie, Jeff Probst and Ricki Lake. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see how they all did in the ratings, but in the stunt department, it was the season premiere of CBS‘ The Talk that produced the most memorable clip, featuring its hosts “makeup-free.” You can see the before-after shots for each of the hosts in the video below. There was some cheating — Sharon Osbourne admitted that she wears some permanent makeup and, looking fresher-faced than most of her co-hosts who are at least a decade younger, she did did quip that her face was “bought and paid for.” But overall, it was an interesting stint that will likely never be repeated.
EXCLUSIVE: Sharon Osbourne has signed with UTA for representation in television and film. The Emmy-winning television producer and TV personality and author currently co-hosts the CBS daytime talk series The Talk. But she just made headlines for quitting as a long-time judge on America’s Got Talent. She accused NBC of discriminating against her son Jack and unhiring him from the new reality series Stars Earn Stripes after his multiple sclerosis diagnosis earlier this summer. NBC has denied the discrimination allegation. But the fact is that Osbourne, by departing her series early, remains under contract with NBC which she says can stop her from being a judge on another network for 5 years. Given that, it’s understandable that she is changing agents. But this multitalented and popular TV star should be creating reality or talent shows, not just judging them given all her experience with them.
UPDATE: NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt just publicly addressed Sharon Osbourne’s statements in an interview that she is leaving NBC’s America’s Got Talent because the network discriminated against her son Jack, axing him from the new reality series Stars Earn Stripes after he disclosed that he had MS. NBC had previously acknowledged that it had been in talks with Jack but never reached a deal; Sharon Osbourne countered that there was a binding verbal agreement. Here is Greenblatt’s statement:
“First, we have the deepest affection for Sharon Osbourne and consider her to be part of the NBC family. And our hearts go out to her, Ozzy, Jack and his family at this time. We hold medical information in strict confidence and therefore cannot comment specifically about Jack, but as a company that cares deeply about the health and safety of everyone on our shows — especially one like Stars Earn Stripes that requires dangerous water stunts, strenuous physical activity, and uses live ammunition – we required all potential participants to undergo medical vetting to ensure that they could safely participate. Although we did not ask Jack to participate in the competition, we were able to offer him two substantial alternative roles on the show, both of which he declined. This network does not discriminate on any basis.”
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TV coverage.
Sharon Osbourne, on hand to represent The Talk during a TCA panel today for CBS’ daytime shows, revealed she has not been formally asked to return as a judge on NBC’s summer hit America’s Got Talent. “They’ve asked Howard [Stern] back,” she said. “They haven’t asked me back. Who knows?” During the panel session held on the Price Is Right Stage at CBS Television City, Osbourne was asked about her tweet last week that suggested she would be leaving her other job as a judge on Talent. “You know, with the greatest respect to everyone here, we are here to talk about the No. 1 network in the world, that is CBS,” she said. “It’s not appropriate at this time.” But afterward, she was asked whether she would come back to Talent if asked. “I don’t know, six years is a long time to be on any show,” she replied. “I have to think about me and what I want to do. I’m so fuckin’ old — I don’t know.”
With Howard Stern mulling his America’s Got Talent Future, fellow AGT judge Sharon Osbourne started speculation about her own future on the show today with a tweet in response to Stern: “My darling @HowardStern, money is not the reason I’m not returning to @nbcagt, it’s because…” While it appears that Osbourne declares she is leaving the NBC reality series, I hear the talk show host has three more years on her contract, and NBC can exercise its option on her. Situation is different with Stern who signed a one-year deal and is now figuring out whether to come back. “We’d be delighted if he’d want to come back,” NBC’s president of alternative programming Paul Telegdy said at TCA today. Later in the day, NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt briefly addressed the Osbourne’s statement, saying that he had no comment except “I think it’s much ado about nothing.”
EXCLUSIVE: Former latenight star Molly Shannon is heading to daytime. The Saturday Night Live alumna is joining CBS’ daytime talk show The Talk as a guest host for the month of September. When the show’s second season starts next Tuesday, Shannon will be sitting around the Talk table alongside returning hosts Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen and Sharon Osbourne and new addition Sheryl Underwood. Osbourne will be on tap for the start of the season but she is scheduled to take some time off in the fall, so Shannon may cross paths on the show with reality matriarch Kris Jenner who will be filling in for Osbourne. Shannon is a comedy actress like the 2 original Talk co-hosts, Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete, whose options were not renewed. But Shannon also has a strong live performance and improv background, having spent 6 years on SNL. And she fits into The Talk‘s theme of taking on current events from a mom’s perspective as she has 2 kids. Shannon, repped by Gersh and Framework, recently co-stared in the hit feature Bad Teacher and the musical Promises, Promises and did an arc on Glee. She also has a comedy project in the works at HBO.
Leah Remini today broke her silence about her pending departure from the CBS’ daytime talk show The Talk. “It’s official: I am sorry to say that I have NOT been asked back on the show,” Remini wrote on Twitter. As we first reported, CBS was not picking up the options of Remini and fellow co-host Holly Robinson Peete. CBS has already moved on to tap comedian/conservative radio host Sheryl Underwood as a new co-host and Kris Jenner as a guest co-host, who will fill in for Sharon Osbourne when she takes time off this fall. Remini went on to say that “no reason was given” for her ouster and addressed fellow co-host Robinson Peete who she said “hasn’t heard anything yet,” something Robinson Peete herself confirmed on Twitter. “Holly, I have LOVED working with you,” she wrote. “You are the real deal… Hang in there.”
There had been a lot of speculation about behind-the-scenes tension at the daytime talk show, which had a very strong July ratings-wise, especially when it comes to Remini, Robinson Peete and Osbourne’s interactions with co-host Julie Chen. Remini hinted at potential problems when she tweeted, “I would work with Holly and Mrs. O any day,” leaving out Chen as well as the show’s creator/co-host Sara Gilbert.
‘The Talk’ Adds Kris Jenner As Host (As If Kardashians Aren’t Already Over-Exposed) & Conservative Comic Sheryl Underwood
EXCLUSIVE… UPDATE: What in the world is CBS thinking? The network is going to announce shortly that Kris Jenner, the insufferable manager mom of those incredibly annoying Kardashian sisters, is the new fill-in host on The Talk. (Don’t these people have enough money for doing nothing already? I suppose Jenner at least can talk about her plastic surgeries…) Also being added is Sheryl Underwood, the African-American stand-up comedienne who used to be a regularly syndicated radio personality on the national Tom Joyner Morning Show as well as on the Jamie Foxx channel for Sirius XM satellite radio. She is now a weekly contributor on radio’s Steve Harvey Morning Show. A former member of the U.S. Armed Forces, Underwood likes to call herself ”a sexually progressive God-fearing black Republican”. (Black GOP-er? CBS went looking for a needle in a haystack…)
EXCLUSIVE: Coming off a strong July in which it drew its largest audience (2.21 million) and women 25-54 rating (1.0/6) since February, CBS’ daytime talk show The Talk is undergoing some changes. I hear that heading into Season 2, the show has picked up the options of co-host/creator Sara Gilbert and co-hosts Sharon Osbourne and Julie Chen, while the options of Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete have not been picked up. While the future of Remini and Robinson Peete is unclear, they are not expected to return when The Talk kicks off its second season Sept. 6. The show’s producing team, led by John Redmann, who has been with The Talk since the beginning, is currently mapping out the show’s creative direction for Season 2 before a decision is made about potentially bringing in new co-hosts. Osbourne had recently asked for some time off in the fall to be with her husband, so she will return to the show after that.
The Talk, the first network daytime talk show to successfully premiere in nearly 10 years, has delivered a 0.7 women 25-54 rating to date on the CBS O&O stations, improving its time slot by 17%. In the top three markets, the ratings improvement is between 33% and 133%. Additionally, the talk show has been sold internationally in the U.K., Mexico, Canada and India.
After a couple of weeks of hitting series highs in total viewers, CBS has given freshman daytime talk show The Talk an early renewal for next season. With the exception of Marissa Jaret Winokur, who recently left the show, the other hosts, Julie Chen, the show’s creator Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini, are staying put.
No surprise here: NBC has renewed summer series America’s Got Talent for a 6th season. Celebrity judges Piers Morgan, who recently signed a multi-year deal with NBC, Sharon Osbourne, and Howie Mandel will return along with host Nick Cannon. This is the 5th consecutive year that AGT, from FremantleMedia and Simon Cowell’s SYCO Television, has ranked as the top summer series in total viewers. Season-to-date, the show has averaged a 3.4 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 11.8M viewers overall on Tuesdays and a 3.3/10 and 11.8M viewers on Wednesdays. The two-night fifth season finale will air September 14. Cowell, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Jason Raff, Ken Warwick and Georgie Hurford-Jones are executive producers.
CBS’s new daily daytime talk show The Talk will premiere Monday, Oct. 18 and will air weekdays from 2-3 PM. The show, which explores topical matters through the eyes of mothers, is co-hosted by Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur. Brad Bessey, Gilbert, who developed the show, and John Redmann are executive producers.
Entertainment Tonight veteran Brad Bessey has been named executive producer of The Talk, CBS’s upcoming daytime talk show that will examine topical events through the eyes of six mothers, co-hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur. The show will air weekdays in the 2-3 PM time period, beginning in October. ”Daytime television is about to get more dynamic with six incredible, outspoken mothers who are not afraid to keep it real,” said Bessey, who will report to Barbara Bloom, SVP daytime, CBS Entertainment. Bessey has been at ET for the past 15 years, rising to co-executive producer, a position he has held since 2005. He will executive produce The Talk alongside creator Gilbert and John Redmann.
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage:
The discussion at the panel for CBS’ new daytime talk show The Talk– featuring the six co-hosts, executive producer Sara Gilbert, Leah Remini, Julie Chen, Holly Robinson Peete, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Sharon Osbourne – seemed to focus mostly on the fact that Gilbert is a lesbian, particularly, a lesbian who failed to acknowledge her partner and co-parent in the press materials for the new show, even though the other women’s husbands were mentioned. Another question that has been raising a lot more controversy received far less attention: the fact that co-host Chen – who already has two high profile jobs as co anchor of CBS’ “Early Show” and the U.S. version of “Big Brother” — is married to Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp.
EXCLUSIVE: I hear CBS has picked the replacement for departing daytime soap As the World Turns: a daily panel talk show hosted by Sara Gilbert, on whose idea the show is based, Julie Chen (who’s married to CBS Corp chief Les Moonves), Holly Robinson Peete, Sharon Osbourne, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur that focuses on topical events through the eyes of moms. That’s why it’s casually referred to as “The Mom Show”. The pilot, executive produced by Tom Forman (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), John Redmann (The Tyra Banks Show) and Gilbert, was one of several CBS ordered for the ATWT timeslot, along with a Pyramid reboot hosted by Andy Richter and a cooking game show starring Emeril Lagasse. But I hear the View-type female-oriented talk show screened very well at the network and had been the clear frontrunner. I hear CBS eyes a tentative October launch, a pretty ambitious plan for mounting a new daily show with only 8 weeks of prep time. ATWT is slated to bow out in September after a 54-year run. The talk show will be filmed in Los Angeles where Chen also co-hosts CBS’ Early Show year-round as well as the network’s reality series Big Brother in the summer.
UPDATE 2PM: CBS just issued a press release confirming the pickup of the new talk show: