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Ex-wife casts more doubt on 'America's Got Talent' singer's war injury claims

Timothy Michael Poe won over the crowd and the judges of NBC’s America’s Got Talent even before he began to sing, with his moving story of blocking a grenade blast in 2009 to save his buddies in Afghanistan — an act of heroism he said broke his back and left him with a brain injury. (Video embedded below.)

When a judge remarked during the episode broadcast Monday on the disappearance of Poe’s stutter during his cover of a Garth Brooks song, he spun another tale: He discovered his talent only after his speech therapist suggested he sing in the shower to help with the stutter.

The truth, according to an ex-wife, was that Poe not only was never hurt on the battlefield, he had been singing “pretty much his whole life” and spent four years fronting an alternative rock and cover band in Rochester, Minn. A MySpace page last updated in February 2009 for the Rochester band Crawl Space lists Poe as vocalist. READ FULL STORY

'America's Got Talent': Timothy Michael Poe's military claims called into question

An America’s Got Talent singer whose Afghanistan War injury claims have been called into question wouldn’t face vetting by producers unless he made it into the final rounds, according to a person familiar with the production. Timothy Michael Poe was among about 4,000 people who vied for a spot on the NBC series, which doesn’t scrutinize contestants until they reach the ranks of the top 48, said the person, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the issue publicly and spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity.

NBC relies on the show’s producers, FremantleMedia North America and Syco Television, to conduct background checks on contestants when the field is narrowed, the person said, which is typical among TV reality series. NBC and the show’s producers have declined all comment on the Poe matter. READ FULL STORY

'House' series finale ends on solid note

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After eight seasons, the series finale of House had a solid final episode in the ratings, claiming one last time period victory for Fox.

House (8.7 million viewers, 2.9), won the 9 p.m. hour Monday evening with its guest-star-filled last episode. The hour was up 32 percent from last week and the show had its best number in a few months, though House was still down quite a bit from its current season high.

After 177 episodes, including many years with really strong ratings, personally I’m a bit surprised more viewers didn’t check out the ending. Guess when we’re done with a show we’re just done, huh? Fox’s House retrospective (6.1 million, 2.0) performed fair. READ FULL STORY

'NCIS' finale tops Tuesday ratings; 'Got Talent' slips

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CBS revealed its new fall schedule this morning, and received some good news: The NCIS and NCIS: LA finales drove the network to first place Tuesday night in the ratings. NCIS (18.7 million viewers, 3.5) was up 13 percent this week and a two-hour LA (15.1 million, 3.0) was steady.

The second episode this season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent (10.4 million, 3.4) was down 8 percent from last year’s second outing and down the same amount from its Monday premiere. The upside is that being down 8 percent from 2011 is less than Monday’s 16 percent drop for the premiere. We’ll get a clearer idea of how well Got Talent holds up with Howard Stern as the show’s new judge once all the finale fireworks conclude on NBC’s rivals (last year’s edition started at the end of May). The finale of Fashion Star (4.9 million, 1.6) aired at 10 p.m. READ FULL STORY

'America's Got Talent' ratings lower despite Howard Stern

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Surprise: NBC’s America’s Got Talent premiered lower in the ratings this year despite the high-profile addition of Howard Stern as the show’s new judge.

Monday’s two-hour Got Talent returned to 10.3 million viewers and a 3.6 rating, down 16 percent from last year. EW’s Ken Tucker suggested Stern’s performance was almost too nice.

Before everybody points fingers at Stern, however, here’s a big mitigating factor: Last year Got Talent premiered at the very end of May and was paired with The Voice. This year, Got Talent faced a full boat of competition from rival networks, so the talent competition might have returned lower in the ratings due to the scheduling change. NBC points out last night’s rating matches Got Talent‘s performance two years ago. At 10 p.m., NBC’s Smash (6.1 million, 1.8) finale was steady. [NBC, ABC and Fox's 2012-13 fall schedules posted here]. READ FULL STORY

Nine things we learned from Howard Stern's 'America's Got Talent' press conference

There’s no rest for the wicked. Howard Stern has spent the past 24 hours on a whirlwind tour around New York City — Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Today, The View, and, finally, Manhattan’s Friars Club, a comedy institution that hosted a press conference for Stern this afternoon.

After a glowing introduction from NBC exec Paul Telegdy, “Hail to the Chief” heralded Stern’s arrival. And though Stern had been talking up his stint on America’s Got Talent for an entire day, he still had energy to spare — as well as anecdotes about his move to network TV. Here’s the best of what EW learned at the event:

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PTC targets 'America's Got Talent' advertisers over Howard Stern

PTC’s new target: Howard Stern on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

The Parents Television Council is making good on its threat to go after the show, sending a warning letter to 91 of the Got Talent‘s former advertisers (on the assumption that these companies likely represent many of the advertisers on board for the upcoming season).

“Stern’s reputation for sleaze and misogyny is well known; and to our knowledge his only previous judging experience consisted of looking at insecure, naked young women and telling them whether or not they were hot enough to pose for Playboy,” the PTC wrote in its letter. “He once told a female guest, ‘I would like to kiss you and chop off your feet…I wanna bite off your fingers…I wanna have sex with you and throw you in a ditch…[and] chop your head off.’ Does such commentary accurately reflect your corporate values?” READ FULL STORY

First look: Howard Stern on 'America's Got Talent' -- VIDEO

You’ve heard all about Howard Stern coming to NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Well here’s your first video showing exactly what the infamous radio host is like as a judge.

Below, Stern (after a grand introduction) rips and praises several contestants in a four-minute preview of summer’s most-watched TV show.

“I haven’t seen anything like that ever — and I hope I never do again,” Stern tells one act.

America’s Got Talent returns Monday, May 14 at 8 p.m. Here’s your first look. READ FULL STORY

Howard Stern 'compassionate' on 'America's Got Talent' (but he did make a child cry)

Howie Mandel promises that viewers will see a whole new side of Howard Stern on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

At the network’s summer press event in Pasadena, the Got Talent judge said everybody involved with the hit reality competition series has been “surprised” by the radio host’s dedication to finding a new talent. “I was fascinated with how polarizing the reactions have been [to Stern's hire],” Mandel told reporters Wednesday. “He’s so passionate about finding a star… he’s compassionate, he’s also emotional … he’s serious … he has good constructive criticism.”

Mandel then told an anecdote about Stern judging a 7-year-old “adorable child” who auditioned as a rapper. “The kid didn’t have talent beyond being adorable,” Mandel recalled. “Howard, being who he is, [quickly] hit his buzzer. The reaction to this was heartbreaking. [The child] heaved and collapsed in tears. Howard turned to me, like, ‘Oh my god, this is not what I signed up for.’ Howard got right up, and got right up on stage, and he held the child and consoled him, saying ‘I’m so sorry.'”

“Everyone thinks he’s going to come in really outrageous,” added fellow judge Sharon Osbourne. “He comes to us with great experience, especially about music.”

Executive producer Jason Raff noted that Stern, who’s helped boost attendance at the show’s tapings, was shocked when studio audiences booed him after making unpopular decisions. “Howard is used to his quiet radio studio,” he said. Stern makes his Got Talent debut when the series returns Monday, May 14.

Read more:
Howard Stern’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ Super Bowl promo
NBC reveals ‘Voice’ finale plans, ‘America’s Got Talent’ return date

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