NBC to premiere 'America's Got Talent' second season on May 29
By Christopher Rocchio, 04/13/2007
NBC has announced the second season premiere of America's Got Talent, the Simon Cowell-produced variety-talent competition that showcases performers from across the country and let's America choose the winner.
America's Got Talent 2 will debut Tuesday, May 29 at 9PM with a special two-hour premiere. Following its special two-hour premiere, America's Got Talent will air weekly Tuesdays 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.
While its host has already been announced, NBC has yet to formally reveal who serve as America's Got Talent's second season judges. The judges for last summer's first America's Got Talentedition were actor David Hasselhoff, singer Brandy Norwood, and journalist Piers Morgan. However last December, Norwood caused a four-car accident on a Los Angeles freeway that resulted in the death of motorist Awatef Aboudihaj.
Aboudihaj's children have since filed wrongful death lawsuits against Norwood, and the Los Angeles city attorney's office is still deciding if she should be charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. In late March, it was reported Cowell might replace Norwood with popular The X-Factor judge and former The Osbournes star Sharon Osbourne.
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.
In addition to America's Got Talent 2's debut, NBC has also announced that Last Comic Standing's fifth season will premiere on Tuesday, June 13 at 9PM ET and Age of Love, a mysterious new reality dating series, will premiere on Monday, June 18 at 10PM ET.