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NBC announces 'America's Got Talent's third season to debut June 24

By Christopher Rocchio, 03/05/2008 

NBC has announced America's Got Talent's third season will premiere with a two-hour broadcast on Tuesday, June 24 at 9PM ET/PT.

Following its debut, NBC will air another America's Got Talent two-hour broadcast on Tuesday, July 1 at 9PM ET/PT, with one-hour episodes commencing July 8 in its regular Tuesdays at 9PM ET/PT time slot.

Due to NBC's coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing -- which will begin August 8 -- America's Got Talent will take a brief hiatus until August 26, after which performance episode broadcasts will resume airing Tuesdays at 9PM ET/PT and results shows will begin airing on Wednesdays at 8PM ET/PT.

NBC renewed America's Got Talent last August prior to Terry Fator, a ventriloquist from Dallas, being crowned the show's second-season champion during a live finale broadcast.  America's Got Talent's second season was last summer's No. 1 series, averaging 11.4 million total viewers in its Tuesdays at 8PM ET/PT time period.

America's Got Talent's third season is currently holding open auditions for interested applicants, with stops in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York.

America's Got Talent is one of six reality shows NBC is planning to air this summer.  In addition to America's Got Talent's third-season premiere, the network has also announced that American Gladiators' second-season will debut Monday, May 12 at 8PM ET/PT; Last Comic Standing's sixth season will premiere Thursday, May 22 at 9:30PM ET/PT; Nashville Star's sixth season will debut Monday, June 9 at 9:30PM ET/PT; Celebrity Circus will premiere Wednesday, June 11 at 9PM ET/PT; and The Baby Borrowers will debut Wednesday, June 25 at 8PM ET/PT.

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