Contestants beware: Howard Stern will return to judge “America’s Got Talent” for another season, NBC announced Monday.
“Howard Stern’s towering presence and opinions on last season’s show as a new judge made a dramatic impact and added a sharper edge to the fascinating developments on stage,” Paul Telegdy, head of alternative and late night programming at NBC Entertainment, said in a statement.
“We know that Howard believes in ‘America’s Got Talent’ — which remains America’s top-rated summer series — and that dedication comes across in a genuine way to our viewers who share his passion about our amazing talent competition.”
The radio personality joined “AGT’s” judging panel after Piers Morgan’s departure in 2012.
Country singer Carrie Underwood joins NBC’s “The Sound of Music.”
Grammy winner Carrie Underwood has been cast to play Maria von Trapp in NBC’s broadcast of the original stage version of “The Sound of Music,” NBC announced today.
“Speaking for everyone at NBC, we couldn’t be happier to have the gifted Carrie Underwood take up the mantle of the great Maria von Trapp,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. “She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist.”
The three-hour event is scheduled to air sometime during the holidays in 2013.
More casting news…
“Breakout Kings” alunma Serinda Swan has been promoted to a series regular on “Graceland.” [THR]
Kevin Shinick has been tapped to guest star in a multi-episode arc on TNT’s “Monday Mornings.” The head writer/producer/voice actor of Cartoon network’s “Mad” will play Levi Hostetler, a religious man whose wife is brought into the hospital. [THR]
Manu Bennett is joining “Arrow” in a multi-episode arc. The “Spartacus” star will play Slade Wilson/Deathstroke. [EW]
“Friday Night Lights” alunmna Brooke Langton has been cast to play Temperance Brennan aka Bones’ deceased mother, Christine, who was originally portrayed by Larisa Miller on the Fox series. [TV Guide]
The trailer below features new cast, romance, and old rivalries. The upcoming season guest stars include: Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, Sean Hayes, Jesse L. Martin, Bernadette Peters, Jeremy Jordan and Liza Minnelli.
“Smash” season 2 debuts with a two-hour premiere on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 9/8c on NBC.
Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment said in statement: “We all love this thrilling new drama with its sexy breakout cast. We are excited to see it gaining traction on our schedule. Executive producer Dick Wolf and all the producers have done an amazing job developing a high-stakes series with lots of great heroic characters whose exploits are depicted in Dick’s typically epic storytelling style. We are incredibly invested in this one and can’t wait to hear about their plans for the rest of the season.”
“Chicago Fire” which stars Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney and Eamonn Walker has been averaging a 2.4 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49 and 8.0 million viewers overall, according to NBC.