NBC just took the wraps off summer premiere dates and launch plans for new seasons of its two big summer reality hits “America’s Got Talent” and “American Ninja Warrior.”
The network will roll out its top-rated summer series “America’s Got Talent” for its 14th season on Tuesday, May 28, with a two-hour premiere (8-10 p.m. ET/PT).
The eighth season of “American Ninja Warrior” will launch the following night, Wednesday, May 29 (8-10 p.m.) before moving to its regular timeslot on Monday, June 10 (8-10 p.m.).
“‘America’s Got Talent’ has remained summer’s No. 1 alternative show for 13 seasons,” NBC said in today’s announcement. “The series once again dominated the summer television landscape this past summer, averaging 14 million viewers per episode, with magician Shin Lim going on to win the competition. And this winter the ‘AGT’ franchise premiered its first-ever global brand extension, ‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions,’ which launched in January and established itself as the season’s No. 1 most-watched alternative series.”
The judging panel for the upcoming season consists of new judges Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough along with returning judges Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel. Terry Crews, who hosted the recent season of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” will host.
“America’s Got Talent” was created by Simon Cowell and is co-produced by Fremantle and Syco Entertainment. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.
“Last summer ‘American Ninja Warrior’ delivered a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.9 million viewers overall in ‘live plus seven day’ Nielsens, scoring as the most-watched broadcast of the night with each of its final five telecasts of the summer,” NBC noted. “‘Ninja Warrior’ generated top-10 rankings among primetime summer shows on the Big 4 networks in numerous key demographics.”
Zuri Hall is joining the show this season as sideline reporter. “Hall will be on the ground giving viewers an in-depth preview of the course and sharing up-to-the-minute reactions from the crowd. She will also be the first to greet competitors after they have taken on the course with her post-race interviews,” NBC noted.
Hall will continue to serve as a correspondent across all E! platforms, including “What the Fashion” on Snapchat Discover and “What’s Good with Zuri Hall,” on E! News.
“American Ninja Warrior,” hosted by Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, begins filming March 6 with the Los Angeles city qualifying rounds, before moving on to shoot in previously announced cities for this season, including Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Baltimore, Seattle/Tacoma, Cincinnati and finally, Las Vegas for the show’s national finals.
The series is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions’ founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed. Brian Richardson, Anthony Storm and Kristen Stabile also are executive producers.