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NBC has announced a handful of renewals for three of its summer programs.
The network will give a tenth season to America’s Got Talent, a ninth season to Last Comic Standing, and a fourth season of American Ninja Warrior. NBC chief Robert Greenblatt announced the renewal news during the executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday.
The current ninth season of AGT—which features Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel on the judging panel—currently ranks as the summer’s number one reality series on the major non-cable networks, averaging a 3.1 rating and 12.4 million viewers overall. The stand-up comedian reality series Last Comic Standing is pulling in a 1.7 rating and 5.1 million viewers, and extreme stunt competition American Ninja Warrior (a partnership with Esquire Network) finished first in its time slot among the Big Four networks for its last six original episodes. READ FULL STORY
Shouldn’t a show about finding the best talent in the United States have an all-American judging panel? Not really, says Mel B., who returns Tuesday for her second year on America’s Got Talent. (NBC’s talent competition is currently in its ninth season.) According to the Spice Girl, the show’s internationally-seasoned experts — who mostly hail from outside the U.S. — actually give AGT a much more comprehensive outlook.
“Well, I think between the four of us, you have the entire world covered,” Mel told EW of working with Heidi Klum and two guys named Howard (Stern and Mandel, of course). “You got Heidi, who is an international supermodel. She’s traveled, she knows her fashion, she knows about entertainment. You know me, who’s also traveled the world with the Spice Girls. I had my own show in Vegas; I’ve done Broadway. Then you got Howie, who is an amazing comedian from Canada, and Howard Stern, [American] radio jockey for God knows how long. I think between the four of us, we got this.” READ FULL STORY
The King of All Media isn’t moving from his current primetime throne — for at least another season, anyway.
A source confirms to EW that shock jock Howard Stern will return for a third season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2014. Stern himself first broke the news on his “Howard 100″ Sirius radio show, announcing, “After a lot of thought…and I say this with peace and love…I am going back to America’s Got Talent.”
Stern is the second AGT personality to sign on for the show’s ninth season. On Nov. 11, Nick Cannon confirmed on NBC’s Today that he will return as AGT‘s host, a role he’s filled since the talent competition’s fourth season in 2009. Season 8’s judging panel included Stern, Howie Mandel (a judge since 2010), and Heidi Klum and ex-Spice Girl Melanie Brown, both of whom joined the series last year.
It’s no surprise Kenichi Ebina is overwhelmed after winning America’s Got Talent last night.
The 39-year-old is the first dancer to ever win the talent competition, and starting with his original Chicago audition, he had fans in all the judges, particularly Howie Mandel. But despite that, Ebina didn’t know what to expect last night. “I was kind of hoping for a third or fourth finish,” he explained on the phone with EW today. “[Comedian] Taylor [Williamson] did a fantastic job during the finals, and my performance wasn’t that impressive, so I was surprised when I remained as a top two [finalist]. Everybody kind of thought it would be Taylor. So after that, I kind of thought, ‘Am I going to win?’”
While he did wind up clinching the competition — and the million-dollar prize — that wasn’t his goal going into the reality show. “This AGT experience — it wasn’t to win the competition, it was more for promotion,” he said. “I’m going to perform as long as I can, entertain people. I’m thinking my strength is direction; how I put a show together. I wanted to showcase different aspects of me.”
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NBC is ready to give America’s Got Talent fans their first look at the show’s new judging panel. This summer pop singer Mel B and model Heidi Klum join Howard Stern and Howie Mandel critiquing the country’s most outrageous variety acts.
A recent press report claimed that producers were worried that the German-American Klum was difficult to understand on the show. Mandel countered to EW: “Heidi’s English is clear and concise. If anyone has trouble understanding what she is saying it’s just the fact you are so mesmerized by her beauty you can’t hear a single word.”
While Klum gave a glimpse of her experiences so far on the show. “I just came from three days of auditioning for AGT in NYC and we saw everything from a woman juicing oranges on her bra to an angry drag queen to a funny comedian to a light dancer to a cat that had been trained for 5 years to sit still in a remote controlled car,” she said. “But sometimes my favorite bit is hearing Howard, Howie and Mel B give their critiques. I think I’m actually getting more wrinkles being on AGT from having so much fun and laughing all day.”
The eighth season of AGT premieres June 4. Here’s a first look: READ FULL STORY
America’s Got Talent has found its new judge.
Spice Girl Mel B (aka Melanie Brown) will join the summer reality hit’s judging panel. She’ll take a seat beside Howard Stern and Howie Mandel critiquing the show’s wild variety of performers. The pop singer has live competition show experience having served as a judge on the Australian version of The X Factor as well as guest hosted on the show’s UK version.
“I’ve known Melanie since she did Dancing with the Stars, and I’ve known her as a performer in The Spice Girls before that,” said NBC president of alternative Paul Telegdy, who was previously at Dancing production company BBC Worldwide America. “To know her is
to know a very frank, strong, enduring entertainer. Someone who has a very strong point of view. We needed somebody who was qualified for the job. She’s an amazing singer, dancer and a huge personality. The contestants will get a lot of constructive feedback from her and I can’t wait to see her chemistry with Howard and Howie.”
“Scary Spice” will replace longtime judge Sharon Osbourne, who announced she was quitting the series last year. Osbourne later said she was angry at the network for not allowing her son Jack to participate on the physically demanding NBC reality effort Stars Earn Stripes after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This will mark Stern’s second season with AGT and Mandel’s fourth.
Also, EW can exclusively report that Got Talent may not be finished hiring. NBC is considering adding a fourth judge to the talent show for the first time in its U.S. history. Having a quartet of Got Talent judges is common on overseas editions of the show. But, as Telegdy put it, “The right person has to show their hand.”
The King of All Media has made it through to the second round.
NBC announced today that the shock jock will return next year for another tour of duty on America’s Got Talent. Stern joined the show this past summer, taking a seat beside fellow judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel.
“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.” NBC’s president of alternative and late night programming Paul Telegdy said in a statement. READ FULL STORY
“Life is made up of meetings and partings,” Charles Dickens once wrote.
Okay, that may actually just be a line from Kermit the Frog in The Muppet Christmas Carol, but in the case of America’s Got Talent, NBC’s annual summer competition that manages to be the spiritual heir to The Gong Show, a poignant homage to vaudeville, and a grotesque Felliniesque carnival — sometimes all at the same time — it’s especially true. Season 7, which wrapped tonight, saw both the departure of longtime judge Sharon Osbourne and the crowning of a new talent shortly to be unleashed upon the unsuspecting tourists of Las Vegas.
This year, the finalists included two performance painters–one whose medium was sand, thus becoming the first sand painter to reach an audience beyond your local Renaissance fair–an “earth harpist,” a dog trick act, a kiddie dance troupe, and a comedian who found Howard Stern’s hair to be the greatest source of fodder for his act. But there could be only one winner. And that was… [SPOILER ALERT for those who haven't watched tonight's finale yet] READ FULL STORY
Howard Stern’s comments about the budget cuts at Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show may have earned him a talking-to, but the shock jock isn’t backing down.
“I did hear from [NBC]. I got a threatening kinda comment from one of the executives,” Stern said on his radio show last week.
According to reports, Stern recently took to his radio show and claimed that reports of Jay Leno taking a pay cut to limit staff reductions was not the entire truth. “Jay wanted to cut staff. He’s embarrassed to do it. He didn’t want to come off as a bad guy. NBC took the hit for him, because they’re a corporation…My bullsh-t meter is going off all over the place,” he had said.
Meanwhile, Stern, who admitted that he’s had a feud with Leno “for years,” maintains he has the right to say as he wishes on his Sirius XM program. “I said, ‘Do not ask me not to talk about Jay Leno. I will f–king talk about Jay for four hours if you tell me not to. I was done with Jay. Now I’m all fired up again. F–k Jay. Take my job away from me. Who cares?”
It wasn’t all volcanic fire being spewed, however. Stern assured listeners that he enjoys his gig as a judge on America’s Got Talent, a position he’s had for less than a year. But he asked the network to not “tell me what to say.” He added: “I’m sure it was a joke, actually. No one in their right mind would tell me not to talk about something.”
Listen to the expletive-ridden segment below: READ FULL STORY
Sharon Osbourne’s decision to leave America’s Got Talent was news to NBC: “This is coming out of context and sort of spontaneously, and we don’t even know what’s going on,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told the AP after Osbourne announced her departure in July. Today, the New York Post revealed Osbourne’s true reason for leaving her judgeship — she and the Peacock have been engaged in “a nasty dispute” since June.
The quarrel supposedly centers on Osbourne’s son Jack. According to the Post‘s Sean Daly, Jack was in talks to participate in Stars Earn Stripes, an upcoming NBC reality show in which celebrities compete in events inspired by military exercises. Daly writes that the network cut ties with Jack after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis two months ago. (Jack made the same claim during a June appearance on The Talk, his mother’s daytime series.) The network’s move infuriated Osbourne, driving her to leave the talent competition she has judged for six seasons.
“I just can’t be fake,” Osbourne told the Post. “It’s discrimination, and it was badly handled.”
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