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'America's Got Talent': Simon Cowell wants a fourth judge

"America's Got Talent" has more changes in store for the coming season -- ones that don't involve newly hired judge Howard Stern.Series creator Simon Cowell wants to add another judge to the panel, which also includes Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel, in hopes that the show will be able to keep its place as the top summer series on TV."I always like four-person panels because it leaves less room for error," Cowell tells the New York Post. "It also means you can have different skill sets on there. I am adamant that we need one."Cowell says he's hoping to hire a younger woman to join the panel, and that he hopes to make the announcement in the next several weeks. Audition episodes begin taping in February; the show will likely return in late May or early June.The addition of Stern to the show last week also precipitated a change in coasts: "AGT" will now be... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/12/americas-got-talent-simon-cowell-wants-a-fourth-judge.html

'America's Got Talent' To Get Fourth Judge: Who Should It Be?

Howard Stern joining America's Got Talent  as a judge isn't the only change you can expect to see when the NBC talent competition returns in the summer. The show's creator, Simon Cowell, revealed that he's planning to add a fourth judge to the show. http://www.buddytv.com/articles/americas-got-talent/americas-got-talent-to-get-fou-43200.aspx

Howard Stern officially joins 'America's Got Talent'

It's official: Howard Stern is joining the judging panel for "America's Got Talent" this summer.Stern and NBC reached a deal that will have him taking over for Piers Morgan, who left the series to concentrate on his CNN show. Production of "AGT" will move to New York to allow Stern to keep doing his Sirius/XM radio show from there."Howard Stern's larger-than-life personality will bring a thrilling new dynamic to 'America's Got Talent' starting this summer," says Paul Telegdy, NBC's head of alternative programming. "He's a proven innovator and his track record in broadcasting is truly remarkable. Howard is very passionate about this show and is fully committed to its future success.""America's Got Talent" creator Simon Cowell had pursued Stern pretty much from the moment Morgan announced his departure last month. There were questions about whether the show would move from Los Angeles to New York and whether NBC would meet Stern's price -- he reportedly... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/12/howard-stern-officially-joins-americas-got-talent.html

'America's Got Talent': Howard Stern in talks to replace Piers Morgan

Howard Stern is in talks to replace Piers Morgan, who on Wednesday (Nov. 9) announced his departure from the "America's Got Talent" judging table, further cementing the show's reputation as "American Idol's" weird doppelganger.According to the Wall Street Journal, Stern is in talks with NBC to join Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel on the NBC talent competition show, which is due to return in 2012. In addition, the show -- which is currently Los Angeles-based -- may relocated to New York to accommodate Stern, who will continue hosting his daily Sirius XM radio show.The WSJ reports that a $15 million a year contract is on the table and that an additional $10 million could be spent moving the production to New York.On Wednesday, Morgan tweeted that he was leaving "AGT" to focus on his CNN show, "Piers Morgan Tonight" and coverage of the 2012 presidential election.Stern was one of several names mentioned as a possible... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/11/americas-got-talent-howard-stern-in-talks-to-replace-piers-morgan.html

Piers Morgan leaving 'America's Got Talent,' will focus on his CNN show

"America's Got Talent" will have to look for a new judge in addition to new stars for its coming season.Piers Morgan, who has been with the show for its entire run on NBC thus far, said Wednesday night (Nov. 9) that he's leaving the show so he can focus on his CNN show, "Piers Morgan Tonight.""I'm leaving 'America's Got Talent' after 6 wonderful years," Morgan says via Twitter. "Turned out that juggling's harder than it looks, so I'm going to focus on CNN. Big thanks to NBC, [producer] Fremantle, and of course, my friend Simon Cowell [who executive produces 'AGT'] for giving me such a great opportunity. It's been a blast."Morgan also jokingly tweeted "congratulations" to "AGT" host Nick Cannon and fellow judges Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne -- "you don't have to put up with me anymore!"He also announced his departure on Wednesday's "Piers Morgan Tonight" -- watch the video here."America's Got Talent" began... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/11/piers-morgan-leaving-americas-got-talent-will-focus-on-his-cnn-show.html

'America's Got Talent' reveals audition cities for Season 7

NBC has exclusively revealed the "America's Got Talent" audition cities to Zap2it - will you be warming up the vocal chords or getting your group dance act ready to audition this fall or winter?The summer talent show is starting its Season 7 search in New York Oct. 8 and 9, St. Louis on Oct. 22 and 23, Washington D.C. on Nov. 5 and 6, and Tampa on Nov. 12 and 13.The search continues into the winter months with Anaheim on Dec. 10 and 11, Austin on Jan. 14 and 15, Charlotte on Feb. 4 and 5 and San Francisco on Jan. 25 and 26.Details for the open auditions are below:NEW YORKSaturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9Registration: 8 a.m.- 7 p.mLocation: Jacob Javits Center655 West 34th Street, New York, N.Y. 10001ST. LOUISSaturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23Registration: 8 a.m.- 7 p.mLocation: St. Louis Convention Center 701 Convention PlazaSt. Louis, Mo. 63101WASHINGTON, D.C.Saturday, Nov. 5... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/09/americas-got-talent-reveals-audition-cities-for-season-7.html

'America's Got Talent' winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. 'thought America was going to vote the other way'

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. took home the Season 6 crown for "America's Got Talent." He tells the press about his experience on the show.On his experience overall:"It was a crazy roller coaster ride that I've been on ... It was great. I loved it. I'm a crowd performer, the bigger the crowd, the better I perform. I love a packed house."On whether he thought he was going to win:"Really, no, I did not. I thought America was going to have sympathy for the kids, just like I had throughout the whole show. It's been hard to stand up there and see them go home. I really thought America was going to vote the other way. I guess they had sympathy for me too and compassion for my story. It's just been nice, I love it."On what he is most looking forward to with his show at Caesar's Palace:"Catering to all our elders. Our elders have... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/09/americas-got-talent-winner-landau-eugene-murphy-jr-thought-america-was-going-to-vote-the-other-way.html

America's Got Talent Winner Is a Singer ... Again! Can Dancers Ever Win?

America's Got Talent crowned the winner of Season 6, and it was yet another singer, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.. In fact, every season except one was won by a singer (the exception is Season 2, which the ventriloquist Terry Fator was the last man standing).And this despite the presence of TWO popular, talented and unique dance groups in the final four, Team iLuminate and the Silhouettes.Which makes us wonder: Can dancers ever win America's Got Talent?Check out the finale performances of Team iLuminate... http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/cbnuhJ1gl94/americas-got-talent-winner-is-a-singer--again-can-dancers-ever-win

TV ratings: 'Up All Night' premiere solid for NBC, 'Survivor' down some Wednesday

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011The "America's Got Talent" finale was down a little from last year's season ender, but it still provided a solid platform to launch NBC's new comedy "Up All Night." Companion comedy "Free Agents" wasn't so fortunate, though, and the debut of "Survivor: South Pacific" was also a little low. And it would appear we are a nation of "H8Rs," as The CW's celeb-boosterism reality series got off to a pretty meager start. "America's Next Top Model" took a tumble as well.NBC led the way Wednesday night with 12.2 million viewers and a 7.4 rating/12 share in households. CBS (9.2 million, 5.5/9) came in second. ABC finished a distant third with 4.5 million viewers and a 2.9/5, followed by FOX at 2.9 million and 2.0/3. The CW's reality premieres averaged 1.6 million viewers and a 1.1/2.The race was a little closer for the adults 18-49 crown, but NBC still... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/09/tv-ratings-up-all-night-premiere-solid-for-nbc-survivor-down-some-wednesday.html

'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. Wins!

Cliché as it sounds, there were only winners on last night's 'America's Got Talent' Season 6 finale. Landau Eugene Murphy Jr ., as judge Howie Mandel accurately predicted on Tuesday's performance show, won the competition and the show's $1 million prize. "I am the great predictor," Mandel quips. Dance group Silhouettes came in second. Dance group Team iLuminate was third. Rock band POPLYFE came in fourth, but you'd never know it by the jubilation they were feeling after the show. The band members were still ecstatic over getting to perform with the legendary Stevie Wonder , an experience they'll take with them forever. "I'll take it with me as well," Wonder told AOL TV on the post show press line. "They are a group that is committed to staying together and not letting anyone break them apart. I feel that's how we should be as a nation. I'm excited that they allowed me to be a part of their group." http://www.aoltv.com/2011/09/15/americas-got-talent-backstage-report-landau-eugene-murphy-jr/