NBC bumps 'America's Got Talent' second season premiere to June 5
By Christopher Rocchio, 05/04/2007
NBC has bumped the premiere date of America's Got Talent's second season back a week. Instead of premiering on Tuesday, May 29 as the network previously announced, the new season of the Simon Cowell-produced variety-talent competition that showcases performers from across the country and let's America choose the winner will now debut with a special two-hour premiere on Tuesday, June 5 at 9PM ET/PT.
Following its special two-hour premiere, America's Got Talent will air weekly Tuesdays in the 8-9PM ET/PT time period.
Talk show host and former Dancing with the Stars 3 participant Jerry Springer will replace fellow talk show host Regis Philbin as host of America's Got Talent. The 75-year-old New York-based Philbin reportedly decided not to return for America's Got Talent's second season due to the "heavy travel schedule" the show's Los Angeles tapings required.
Sharon Osbourne, a former star of MTV's The Osbournes and current judge on Britain's The X-Factor reality competition series, is replacingAmerica's Got Talent first season judge Brandy Norwood for the show's second season, and she'll be joined by returning judges David Hasselhoff and Piers Morgan.
A surprise hit, last summer's first America's Got Talent edition averaged a 3.5/10 rating/share in the Adults 18-49 demographic and 11 million total viewers. America's Got Talent is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Cowell's SYCO TV. Cowell, Ken Warwick, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Jason Raff and James Sunderland are the executive producers.