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Wendy Liebman is my favorite standup comedian. She has been ever since I saw her first HBO special, and then her first Comedy Central special, and then her appearances on "Letterman" and "The Larry Sanders Show," and even her cameos as a star on the '90s "Hollywood Squares" with Whoopi Goldberg. She also had a Showtime special a couple years ago called "Taller on TV," and it's clear her style hasn't changed and shouldn't change: Liebman sticks to subliminal punchlines delivered with the wide smile of a kindergarten teacher. My favorite Liebman one-liner: "I'm going to my 30-year preschool reunion and I'm really nervous... because I've put on like a hundred pounds." Her style allows her to be both pithy and wicked, and she even won the American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup of 1997. That's why it was so weird to see her audition for "America's Got Talent" last night. »
- Louis Virtel
Are you guys ready for a little Howie Mandel? I sure am. Hopefully he'll offer up advice on how one can get a scalp to shine so brightly, but let's face it. He'll probably just focus on comedy.
Host Jb Smoove doesn't waste any time introducing our remaining comics to their next challenge, called "Tram It All In." The challenge will focus on crowds, and thinking on your feet. Guess what our heroes will be doing? Oh yes. They'll be guiding lot tours around Universal Studios.
Enter Howie, who makes Nikki Carr majorly excited. "It keeps getting better and better," she says with a smile. Howie has been on the scene for awhile, and says that he focuses primarily on improvising these days. Jb and Howie go over the map of Universal Studios, to help give the comics a heads up. »
To no surprise, NBC has renewed their hit series America's Got Talent for a 10th season.
With Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel as judges, the ninth season is the highest-rated show on the networks this summer. It's up in the ratings year-to-year (by 10% in viewership) and is currently averaging a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 10.92 million viewers.
What do you think? Are you a fan of America's Got Talent? Have you been watching this summer? Do you like this team of judges? »
NBC has announced a handful of renewals for three of its summer programs.
The network will give a tenth season to America’s Got Talent, a ninth season to Last Comic Standing, and a fourth season of American Ninja Warrior. NBC chief Robert Greenblatt announced the renewal news during the executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday.
The current ninth season of Agt—which features Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel on the judging panel—currently ranks as the summer’s number one reality series on the major non-cable networks, »
- Marc Snetiker
Andrew Rannells talks to Playbill about stepping into the shoes of Hedwig after Neil Patrick Harris finishes his run, and why audiences respond so well to the show. “I think she wants what we all want. She wants to be loved and to find love. I think it’s kind of as simple as that. She compromises a lot in the name of finding love… The journey that she goes on, at least in broad strokes, is pretty universal. Anybody who is searching for something better for themselves can relate to what she goes through. She wanted something better. She wanted to get out of East Berlin. She wanted something more, and the cost of that was very high for her.” Rannells also notes what we all suspected but hadn’t seen confirmed in an interview, »
- Ed Kennedy
Airing during the summer months, America's Got Talent has been NBC's best-performing TV show for some time. Will this ratings success continue or will the numbers fall? Will it be cancelled or renewed for a 10th season? Stay tuned.
Hosted by Nick Cannon, America's Got Talent is a nationwide talent show that features a variety of single and group performers. The winner takes home a cash prize and a chance to headline a Las Vegas show. Returning as judges are Melanie Brown, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Howard Stern.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest. »
It's been 30 years, but we all still remember the three rules: Don't expose them to bright light, don't get them wet, and never feed them after midnight.
"Gremlins," which opened on June 8, 1984, has been a pop culture mainstay ever since, playing often on TV, launching a number of careers, influencing countless other tongue-in-cheek horror movies, and even changing the way movies are rated.
Still, as familiar as you are with adorable Gizmo and demonic Stripe, there may be many things you don't know about "Gremlins" -- like the famous voices behind the gremlins, the in-jokes, and the film's role in the creation of the PG-13 rating. Read on for more secrets of the mogwai.
1. "Gremlins" marked the screenwriting debut of Chris Columbus, who would later go on to direct "Home Alone," "Mrs. Doubtfire," and the first two Harry Potter movies. He wrote the script as a calling card just to get noticed in Hollywood, »
- Gary Susman
Well folks, America's Got Talent's second night of auditions was filled with singing, acrobatting, card-tossing, motor cross stunting, praying, jumping, tapping and baby rapping. Some of the best entertainment involved our judges Heidi Klum who let a magician swipe her bra, Howie Mandel who got a cranial lobotomy via magical massage, and both Howie and Howard Stern who demonstrate their dancing prowess after mere moments of tutelage by an amazing male salsa team, David Leeman. It was good entertainment, folks, and we learned that Howie dances like Martin Short. That was a gas.
As my esteemed colleague Bill pointed out in his recap, there was considerable talent in this Agt auditi-sode. While I'm with Bill on the quality of last nights performances, I didn't think even its best selections topped the premiere's soul sister operatic singers Acte II, sympathetic singer Jaycob Curlee, and dynamic digital dancers Blue Journey. That being said, »
America's Got Talent is back on NBC tonight (June 3, 2014) what acts will be sent through to the next round by the judges and who will be eliminated tonight? The four judges who are returning this season are Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Mel B and Howard Stern, During last week's show, Stern decided to use his golden buzzer save for one act, sparing Dustin's Dojo. Keep in mind that say it is a one time deal for each judge for each season. Only Howie, Heidi and Mel B. can now save an act with only one vote going forward. Last week was the season premiere of Agt for the summer of 2014. The judges saw a wide variety opt acts, including a 9-year-old piano player and a 93-year-old strongman who pulled a car with his teeth See who made itch through to the next round of the competition here. Nick Cannon is »
America's Got Talent is off and running for 2014, tonight NBC repeats the New York and Los Angeles auditions, check out a recap of the first night of 2014 below. "America's Judge" Howard Stern is back as are all of last season's judges. Stern is joined by supermodel and mom Heidi Klum, Spice Girls singer Mel B. and comedian Howie Mandel and the judges are excited for a new season. A new feature of "America's Got Talent" for Season 9 is the golden buzzer, The way the golden buzzer will work for this season is straightforward - each judge may use the golden buzzer once per season to save an act that that the other judges have voted to be eliminated. It is a one time only save, though - once a judge uses it, it is gone for that judge for the season. Howard Stern wasted no time using his - he »
And we're off to the races a mere for a summer filled with fantastic competition hosted by America's new favorite all time host with the most, Nick Cannon.
Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B. and Howie Mandel kicked off the premiere two-hour episode of America's Got Talent season 9 last night at New York City's Madison Square Garden as recapped by my esteemed colleague, Bill King in his article, 'America's Got Talent Season 9 Premiere Recap: Talent Shines as the Auditions Get Underway'. As we go forward, Bill and I may disagree (I hope, because that's more fun), but we'll give your our honest though highly biased opinions, and that's a promise. That is. after all, what opinions are made of ... and we all know what they say about opinions. No applause necessary.
The big scary X's are back, along with TV's most random reality competition. You want singing? Karate? Acrobatics? A panel of judges scared out of their minds by a hostile mime? America's Got Talent had it all and more on tonight's season premiere! Judges Howie Mandel, Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, and Mel B. did plenty of arguing, a fair amount of agreeing, and seemed legitimately terrified when a disgruntled mime rushed the panel – before taking off his wig to reveal that it was, in fact, host Nick Cannon. His "Larry the Mime" act totally wins our coveted award for Scariest Performance of the Night, along with the award for Cruelest Practical Joke, and also Least Necessary Clown-Related »
Let it be known that Howard Stern is the Regina George of America's Got Talent! The NBC reality hit returns for its ninth season tonight and all four judges, including Stern, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B., are set to reunite after a whole lot of time apart. Which Stern was totally Ok with! "I lead a pretty busy life. I like all the judges, but I wasn't pining away for them, to be honest," the legendary radio host told E! News' Alicia Quarles. Hey, you gotta give him credit for being honest! However, Klum, who hosted Germany's Next Top Model while on hiatus from Agt, admitted she definitely missed the reality talent competition's crew. "It was hard to not be »
America’s Got Talent, the blockbuster variety show, returns to NBC for its ninth season, where a fresh crop of talented singers, dancers and variety acts vie for their chance to perform for America and win the $1 million prize. Returning as judges are former Spice Girl Mel B, supermodel Heidi Klum, comedian Howie Mandel and radio personality Howard Stern. In the early rounds, the judges have the power to either “X” or advance acts, but once the show airs live from Radio City Music Hall, TV viewers vote and ultimately decide the show’s winner. Actor/comedian Nick Cannon returns as host. … Continue reading →
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- Kellie Freeze
The NBC show, which has become a summer perennial, launches its ninth season tonight just as the reality-competition genre comes under more scrutiny by TV executives. “American Idol,” arguably the best known example of the format, has begun to age, and Fox has already announced it will pull back on the number of hours of the show it airs next year. “The X Factor” has been cancelled. ABC trimmed its longrunning “Dancing With the Stars” to one night a week from two this past season. Even NBC’s “The Voice” has experienced some slackening, with its recent finale taking a ratings hit when it was aired against the finale of ABC’s spring season of “DWTS.”
“Agt,” as it is often called, »
- Brian Steinberg
It's the first day of America's Got Talent auditions in Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, and the circus has come to town. An 8-year-old boy throws knives at and around his father. A drum-dance hybrid group named Street Beat rhythmically slams dozens of garbage cans. But it's a soccer-playing pig named Mudslinger that makes the crowd go hog wild, especially when judge Heidi Klum jumps on stage for a kiss. "The pig wants you to bend over — and so does every pig in the audience," quips fellow panelist Howie Mandel before Klum plants a wet one on the swine.
"Isn't it great?" marvels Howard Stern as he gathers with Klum, Mandel and judge Mel B backstage during a break. "We actually appreciate so many different kinds of talent. There's no category, even the kook category, that's given short shrift." And even though the NBC reality competition is entering its ninth season, the »
- Rob Moynihan
File this video under things you never knew you wanted, but now can't live without seeing. America's Got Talent kicks off its ninth season on Tuesday, May 27, and we've got your exclusive first look at the NBC reality hit's return, which finds judges Howard Stern and Howie Mandel getting in on the audition fun! "Why don't we take dance lessons together?" Howard proposes to Howie after a dance duo's audition. "Because we have chemistry, we proved it last season." What follows is pure silly goodness. Don't believe us? Watch the exclusive sneak peek below to see Howard, rocking a sleeveless shirt, and Howie get their groove on. The only people who seemed to »
TBS has extended the second season of Howie Mandel's “Deal With It,” adding 10 episodes to the hidden-camera series. Host Theo Von is joined each week by guest celebrities and comedians — occasionally including Mandel — who help pull pranks on an unsuspecting public. The roster for Season 2 includes Kelly Osbourne, Nick Cannon, Kendall and Kylie Jenner (“Keeping Up with the Kardashians”), Arsenio Hall, Bill Engvall, Kevin Nealon, Alex Mandel (“Killer Holiday”) and WWE competitor Chris Jericho. Comedians Bob Saget, Tom Green, Orlando Jones and Moshe Kasher will also appear. Also read: Conan O'Brien Re-Ups With TBS Through 2018 “Deal With It” premiered »
- Tony Maglio
TBS has extended the second season of Deal With It, adding 10 more episodes of the hidden camera competition series from executive producer Howie Mandel. It’s set to return this fall. Comedian Theo Von hosts the series in which members of the public are secretly recruited to pull a prank on their unwitting companions with no time to prepare, and must obey all instructions given through an earpiece from a secret control room nearby to win cash and prizes. Guest celebrities and comedians scheduled to appear in the extended Season 2 include Kelly Osbourne, Nick Cannon, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Arsenio Hall, Bill Engvall, Kevin Nealon, and Alex Mandel among others. Deal With It is averaging more than 1.5 million viewers, including 887,000 adults 18-49 for its second season. It’s produced by Howie Mandel’s Alevy Prods., Roy Bank’s Banca Studio and Keshet Broadcasting, in association with Lionsgate TV. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
TBS has ordered 10 additional episodes for the second season of the hidden-camera competition series “Deal With It.”
Executive produced by Howie Mandel and hosted by Theo Von, the game show recruits members of the public to pull a prank on their unwitting companions with the help of different celebrities and comedians each week.
These everyday people can prank their way to cash prizes by obeying all instructions given through an earpiece from a secret control room nearby.
“Deal With It” is averaging more than 1.5 million viewers, including 887,000 adults 18-49, for its second season.
The show, currently airing Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m., will return this fall with more episodes. »
- Nikara Johns
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