America's Got Talent: Season 4 Premieres June 23
America's Got Talent: Season 4 Premieres June 23
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Coming on the heels of the awe-inspiring Susan Boyle phenomenon from Britain's Got Talent, the Simon Cowell-produced franchise will attempt to create yet another craze with the return of America's Got Talent. Now on its fourth season, the program showcases a new brood of contenders who will try to make headlines around the world beginning with the show's two-hour premiere on Tuesday, June 23 at 9pm, followed by a third hour on Wednesday, June 24 at 9pm.

Britain's Got Talent's Piers Morgan, Baywatch star David Hasselhoff and The Osbournes' Sharon Osbourne (despite rumors that season 3 would be her last) are returning as judges for the new season.

"America's Got Talent is a family-friendly series for viewers of all ages," CTV Inc. president Susanne Boyce said in a statement. "With a vast selection of remarkable - and sometimes odd - performers, viewers can join the judging panel on the lookout for the next big talent phenomenon."

Just like in the past, the winner of America's Got Talent will be awarded $1 million.  There are, however, a few changes this season. Producer and musician Nick Cannon (The Nick Cannon Show, Bobby) will join America's Got Talent as a first-time host ---succeeding Jerry Springer's hosting duties.

"Nick exemplifies the spirit of America's Got Talent with his talent, originality and an infectious love of performing and creating," NBC and Universal Media Studios executive vice president Paul Telegdy said in a statement. "His popularity and appeal are sure to take the series to a new level of success."

"This is just the first of multiple projects we are looking to do with Nick at NBC," added Ben Silverman, co-chairman, NBC and Universal Media Studios. "He's a true triple threat, a multi-talented producer, actor and musician. We are excited to welcome him to the NBC family."

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: NBC
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