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Mel B: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Judges Are Feisty

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Mel BMel B says the new America's Got Talent judging panel is a "discombobulated" but "feisty" group.

The Spice Girls singer is to judge on the new season of the hit talent competition along with supermodel Heidi Klum and says the panel - which includes radio personality Howard Stern and comedian Howie Mandel - all have unique quirks that makes for an interesting dynamic on set.

"They're really nice actually. We all get on. We're a bit of a feisty panel. We all hang out afterwards; so far so good. [Howard] is completely inappropriate and out of everybody on the panel, I get along with him the most! Howard is a bit grumpy sometimes. Heidi Klum is very sweet; we're really good friends. Howie Mandel is a germaphobe - he rides around in his private jet, and then me and Heidi get to ride around in his private jet, too, but you still can't touch his hands! So between the four of us, it's a completely discombobulated group that somehow get on."

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Howard Stern In Talks For America’s Got Talent

Howard SternShock jock Howard Stern is in talks to be a judge on America's Got Talent.

The radio host is said to be in "serious negotiations" with network NBC to replace Piers Morgan - who announced his departure earlier this week - and join the panel alongside Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel. According to the Wall Street Journal, if successful, Howard could earn around $15 million a year for the show, which is one of the most successful on US television in the summer months.

He has previously hinted he would enjoy being a panellist on a talent show like American Idol, but was unsure if it would ever happen. Discussing then-judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres, he said last year, he said, "They've got a bunch of people on there who don't have an opinion. Judging is an interesting thing. What I do for a living is a lot more complicated than judging. I have to wake up people. I compete in radio markets and to sit there and judge a karaoke contest, the one criteria would be to have an opinion. It seems that two or three of the judges barely have an opinion."

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Mobbed! FOX Unveils Great Series Premiere

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Music, Prime Time, Reality, FOX, Video,


Following American Idol’s results show, FOX introduced us to Nikki and Justin. They are the first in what we hope is a long line of subjects to appear on Mobbed, the network’s newest reality series. It premiered on Thursday, and it’s sure to become one of the most enjoyable hours on TV.

Justin wanted to propose, but he didn’t want to do it in any ordinary sort of way. So, he talked to show host Howie Mandel about creating a dancing flash mob to back him up while he pops the question. Mandel’s enthusiasm won everyone over right away -- he grinned the entire time preparations were being made.

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Howie Mandel Joins America’s Got Talent

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Prime Time, Reality, NBC, News,

Howie MandelNBC, already facing a programming hole at 10:00, has managed to fill one of its vacancies.

Over the weekend, NBC Universal Television Entertainment Chairman Jeff Gaspin revealed that Howie Mandel will become the newest judge on America’s Got Talent. This news comes just days after David Hasselhoff announced his departure from the summer reality program.

Mandel, who previously hosted for the network, was deemed the perfect fit for Talent.

“If you think about an expertise, Howie has had a Las Vegas show for years and he constantly performs in Las Vegas,” Gaspin said at the Television Critics Association press tour. “So we actually thought — not only is he a great communicator, but he’s actually an expert.”

No start date has yet been announced for the show’s fifth season.

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Howie Mandel to Host Game Show Awards

Howie Mandel

The Game Show Network will sponsor the first-ever game show awards, an event that will celebrate everything the cable channel loves about televising gaming. will emcee the event, which airs June 6 at 8pm ET on GSN.

“I want the game show awards to be unlike any awards show on television,” Mandel said in a recent statement. “We’ll see what happens.” Mandel’s comedic career enjoyed renewed success with the launch of , which became a hit for NBC. Mandel was nominated for an Emmy in 2008 by virtue of his work on the show.

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NBC Lays Out New January Schedule

Kyle Chandler in Friday Night Lights

Come this January, NBC will be setting aside some dead weight to make room for a few new entries. The network will also also welcome the return of a critical fave.

  • As mentioned earlier, My Own Worst Enemy and Lipstick Jungle have both been cut from the schedule. Crusoe, which was recently moved to Saturdays, is also MIA.
  • Life, Chuck and Heroes will all get a few weeks off. (The trio will be back in time for February sweeps.)
  • Although it was recently banished to DirecTV, will live to see another NBC Friday. The drama will return on Jan. 16.
  • Hoping to jump in late on the dance show craze, the network will introduce a new reality series from the producers of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. Superstars of Dance, a show which is being described as the “Olympic Games of dance,” will begin airing on Mondays starting January 5th.
  • Deal or No Deal will take a hiatus while another Howie Mandel-related series gets its start. Howie Do It - a hidden-camera reality program - will premiere on Friday January 9th.
  • Momma’s Boys, another Ryan Seacrest produced show (can we say Keeping Up with the Kardashians?), will get a home on Mondays right after Superstars.

Having trouble keeping this all straight? Feel free to click on TV Envy’s Master Programming Schedule for a little guidance.

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The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards

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Even though the previous television season was marred by the annoying writers’ strike, I find myself really excited for the . Not only will this ceremony give us a chance to start anew, it’ll be the academy’s chance to celebrate what’s new.

Tonight, two basic cable shows (Damages, Mad Men) will get a chance to win for Outstanding Drama Series. (That would be an Emmy first.) Meanwhile, nominees in several categories will have an opportunity to compete in a Sopranos-less environment. An added bonus? A new category. This year, reality show hosts will finally be acknowledged for their programming contributions as well.

So who won? Who lost? Who ran up and grabbed the award even though they didn’t win? Read our West Coast play-by-play account of this evening’s telecast and find out!

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This Week on TV (9/15-9/21)

Robert Sean Leonard in House

(You can view TV Envy’s Fall Television Programming Schedule here.)


MONDAY (9/15)
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX, 8pm): “John’s schoolwork suffers, but his social circle widens when he makes a new friend.” Uhh, what exactly does he need to learn? He already knows that he’s in charge of saving the world.
  • Prison Break (FOX, 9pm):  “Michael and Linc happen upon T-Bag by chance.” Seriously, by chance? That’s like saying I just stopped watching this show…by chance.
  • I Want to Work for Diddy (VH1, 9pm):  “The teams must each throw a party that meets the high standards of a Diddy event, attending to such details as theme, decor, signature cocktails and guest list.” How would they know how to throw a Diddy event if they’ve never been invited to a Diddy event?
  • Luke’s Parental Advisory (VH1, 10:30pm):  “Luke tells Lacresha and Luther Jr. that they have a 2-year-old half brother. Later, he tries to bond with the child during a weekend visit.” What would we do without television cameras to record special family moments like these?

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Deal or Deal Has Its First Millionaire

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Games, Prime Time, NBC, News, Video,

Deal or No Deal logo

After nearly three years, the wait is almost over. According to , Deal or No Deal will have its first millionaire very soon.

The surprise announcement was made during Thursday night’s finale of . (You can see that clip after the jump.) Since the date of the milestone wasn’t revealed, it’s not known how many suitcases aided the winner in their mission. In the program’s ‘Million Dollar Mission’ - which will be implemented again next season - an additional case worth $1 million will be added to the mix after each failed attempt.

Find out which overly-excited contestant finally wins when returns on Monday, August 25.

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Hosting Quintet for 60th Annual Primetime Emmys

Tom BergeronIf you hated 2007’s Emmy Awards coverage, I have some good news and some bad news. The good news? The theater-in-the-round crap will be gone. (At least, I hope.) The bad news? Ryan Seacrest will once again be hosting. Though, in this case, he’ll be getting a little bit of help.

Instead of burdening one person with the ringleader task, the ceremony’s producers will be doling out the responsibility to five this time around. After all - who better to host a broadcast than the nominees for Outstanding Reality Host?

For the 60th Annual Primetime Emmys, those up for this year’s new category - (Dancing with the Stars), Heidi Klum (Project Runway), Howie Mandel (Deal or No Deal), Jeff Probst (Survivor) and Ryan Seacrest (American Idol) - will coincidentally be representing five different networks. Could this mean a much wider audience for ABC? They better hope so. Otherwise, one of them could be eliminated…

This fall’s telecast will be broadcast from Los Angeles on September 21.

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