'America's Got Talent' moves into new homeby jmaloni
Live episodes to air from famed New York venue as TV's top summer series begins eighth season
NBC's top-rated summer series "America's Got Talent" is moving into Radio City Music Hall, one of the nation's most storied and historic venues, for its upcoming eighth season.
The show will air live from Radio City Music Hall twice a week when live episodes begin on Tuesday, July 23 (9 p.m.), and Wednesday, July 24 (8 p.m.). The premiere date for the series is Tuesday, June 4 (9 p.m.), and will begin its regular hour-long Wednesday edition on July 10 (8 p.m.).
"There are few entertainment shrines in the world that are as venerated as Radio City Music Hall," said Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late night programming for NBC Entertainment. "Many of America's greatest performers have graced this legendary stage, and now 'AGT' will have the rare opportunity to discover greatness in this renowned venue. This move - coupled with the addition of Mel B and Heidi Klum joining our judges' panel of Howie Mandel and Howard Stern - takes the show to a new and even more exciting level."
This year, supermodel, producer and TV host Heidi Klum joins high-octane entertainer and former Spice Girl Mel B as the newest judges. They will take their seats on the judges' table alongside outspoken radio personality and author Howard Stern and comedian, TV host and producer Howie Mandel. Actor, producer and comedian Nick Cannon returns as host.
Radio City Music Hall, which is located in New York's famed Rockefeller Center and opened in 1932, holds nearly 6,000 seats and has long been the home of the world famous Rockettes, who star in the annual "Radio City Christmas Spectacular." The famed theater, which has been visited by millions of visitors from around the world, is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It has housed thousands of events during its nearly 81 years as one of New York's most important landmarks and cultural centers, including many awards shows, the NFL Draft, Cirque du Soleil presentations and, incredibly, various sports events.
The 2012 edition of "America's Got Talent" ranked as the No. 1 summer series on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49 and total viewers, marking the seventh-straight year the show finished as the No. 1 summer series in total viewers. The series is a celebration of the American spirit, featuring a colorful array of hopeful stars, including singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all vying for their chance to strut and perform on stage hoping to win America's hearts — and the $1 million prize.
For more on "AGT," visit NBC.com's official show site: http://www.nbc.com/americasgottalent/. Fans can like "AGT" on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/nbcagt and follow it on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nbcagt.