April 10, 2012 10:00 AM by Lisa Princ
America’s Got Talent on NBC returns this May with new judge, Howard Stern, as well as our ole favorites – Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel, and Nick Cannon. Now, NBC has announced that the series will be moving to the East Coast! Read on for more…
NBC released the following press story recently:
The hit NBC alternative series “America’s Got Talent” will have a fresh new perspective from the East Coast as the summer’s top-rated series has found its brand new home for its seventh season, broadcasting live two nights a week from Prudential Hall at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) beginning in July. American radio personality, television host and author Howard Stern joins the show as a judge, along with Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne. Nick Cannon returns as host.
Located in Newark, NJ, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States. The state-of-the-art venue will hold an audience of over 2,200 fans for each show. “America’s Got Talent” was created by Simon Cowell’s SYCO Television and is co-produced by Syco TV and FremantleMedia North America
“We’re excited fans of ‘America’s Got Talent’ who live on the east coast will finally get a chance to see the show live from the beautiful New Jersey Performing Arts Center, a first-class venue with a history of showcasing the world’s top talent,” said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America. “If the passionate crowds we’ve had at this season’s auditions are any indication, it’s going to be the place to be this summer.”
“Moving to the East Coast will infuse the show with a refreshing new attitude and a larger live theater experience that will bring an enhanced vitality and energy,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC. “This spectacular new site will also reward our many loyal East Coast fans who now can see the show in person and in far greater numbers than in previous seasons.”
“We’re honored and delighted that NBC, Syco TV and FremantleMedia have selected the New Jersey Performing Arts Center as the new home for ‘America’s Got Talent,’ the country’s favorite summer series,” said John Schreiber, NJPAC President and CEO. “This is a huge opportunity to introduce NJPAC, where the world’s greatest artists have performed for fifteen years, to the rest of the nation. Beyond that, the show’s residence in the great city of Newark will deliver significant economic impact and visibility that will benefit the City and the State, as thousands of crew, aspirants, and audiences spend here on food, lodging, travel, and other ancillary expenses. This is a major coup for the Arts Center, for Newark, and for the State of New Jersey.”
“America’s Got Talent” will premiere with two two-hour episodes on Monday, May 14 (8-10 p.m. ET) and Tuesday, May 15 (8-10 p.m. ET). The show’s return will feature the first appearance of new judge Howard Stern, who joins fellow judges Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne. The series then resumes in its regular day and time on Monday, May 21 (8-9 p.m. ET) and on Tuesday, May 22 (9-10 p.m. ET).
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