WASHINGTON, June 4, 2013 —Tonight at 9 p.m. on NBC, “America’s Got Talent” is back to join the Tuesday night reality show battle. Sharon Osbourne is gone and NBC has added former Spice Girl Mel B and former supermodel Heidi Klum to the judging panel.
With so many competitive talent shows airing for so long, one has to wonder if there’s any undiscovered talent left in America. Judging from the track records of former “America’s Got Talent” winners, the answer to that question is a resounding “No.”
Other than the singing phenomenon Jackie Evancho, who is so talented she would have done fine without being on the show, no AGT winner has gone on to stardom unless we count a Vegas ventriloquist act featuring season two winner Terry Fator. Maybe the reason AGT has such a dismal track record is the questionable talent of the show’s judging panel.
At least “The Voice” has successful singers as judges. The AGT judges include a foul mouthed radio DJ, a former Spice Girl, a former model and a former standup comedian whose signature gag was blowing up a surgical glove pulled over his head. Oh yeah, that’s talent.
The most entertaining aspect of AGT may be watching Howie Mandel navigate the show while coping with his irrational fear of germs. Mandel avoids any physical contact with basically everyone, opting for a fist pump when he is forced to congratulate excited contestants.
On more than one occasion Mandel’s condition has motivated him to run to the far side of the theatre in his quest to avoid any rogue germs left by contestants. Maybe AGT should put a platoon of flying monkeys at Mandel’s disposal to capture all those pesky germs. That might be the only reason AGT would be worth watching this season.
After all, who doesn’t love flying monkeys?
All times are EDT:
ABC: Extreme Weight Loss: (New) An adopted woman named Meredith tries to reach her goal weight of 155 pounds and gain the confidence to contact her birth mother; Meredith receives a visit from actress Nicole Eggert.
CBS: NCIS: (Repeat) A media frenzy surrounding an unidentified criminal prompts Gibbs’ barber to question his son’s involvement. He then asks Gibbs to investigate and help prove that his son is innocent.
FOX: So You think You Can Dance: (New) The quest for America’s Favorite Dancer continues.
NBC: The Voice: (Live) The Top 6 artists discover who will move on to the semifinals; Cassadee Pope performs.
CW: Hart of Dixie: (Repeat) Lemon gets creative as she tries to swing votes in the mayoral election, which polls paint as a very tight race between Lavon and Ruby.
CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles: (Repeat) The team investigates a heist executed by gunmen wearing costumes that could directly impact the U.S. economy. Meanwhile, Kensi isn’t thrilled when Granger insists that she join him on a case.
NBC: America’s Got Talent: (New) Join Howie, Howard, Heidi and Mel B for AGT Season 8!
CW: America’s Next Top Model: College Edition: (Repeat) The three remaining models are reduced to two following a photo shoot. The final duo then walk their last runway at the Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay, Jamaica, before the winner is chosen.
ABC: Body of Proof: (New) Megan and and her team are shot at as they investigate a crime scene involving the murder of a notorious mobster’s son; after a suspect is gunned down, Megan realizes the case needs to be solved quickly before the body count rises.
CBS: Brooklyn DA: (New) A prosecutor goes after the alleged killer of a New York City police officer; and the head of the Rackets Division pursues a doctor whose patient, a former model, died after undergoing liposuction. Also: Technology is used to help capture a suspected art thief.
New episodes of:
Deadliest Catch: The Bait at 8 p.m. on DSC
Dance Moms at 8 p.m. on Life
Property Virgins at 8 and 8:30 p.m. on HGTV
Mythbusters at 8 and 9 and 10 p.m. on SCI
Hardcore Pawn at 9 p.m. on truTV
Deadliest Catch at 9 p.m. on DSC
Airport 24/7: Miami at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel
Polygamy, USA at 9 p.m. on NGC
The Haves and the Have Nots at 9 p. m. on OWN
Married to Medicine at 9 p.m. on BRAVO
Storage Wars at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on A&E
Counting Cars at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on History Channel
Bang Goes the Theory at 9, 9:40 and 10:20 p.m. on BBC
North America at 9 and 10 p.m. on Animal Planet
Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
Exit 10 p.m. on Syfy
Gangsters: America’s Most Evil at 10 p.m. on BIO
Swamp Murders at 10 p.m. on ID
The Little Couple at 10 p.m. on TLC
Pretty Wicked Moms at 10 p.m. on Life
Taboo USA at 10 p.m. on NGC
Who Gets the Last Laugh at 10 p.m. on TBS
American Restoration at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on History Channel
American Hoggers at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on A&E
Backyard Oil at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on DSC
Inside Amy Schumer at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central
Kathy Griffin: Calm Down Gurrl at 10:30 p.m. on BRAVO
For movie lovers:
The Lost World: Jurassic Park on ENC
Zodiac on FMC
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son on FX
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island on HBO
Lord of War on IFC
Little Children on SUND
The Rains Came on TCM
Beastly on TMC
National Lampoon’s Vacation on AMC
The Lake House on ENC
Love Actually on HBO
Wanderlust on MOMAX
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl on STARZ
Wild Child at 9:30 p.m. on TMC
Gridlock’d at 9:45 p.m. on FLIX
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX
The Way We Were at 10:15 p.m. on SUND
Jurassic Park III at 10:15 p.m. on ENC
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