There’s a dizzying array of talent on stage for America’s Got Talent: The Champions, with 50 former finalists from AGT and other “Talent” shows throughout the world being invited to perform. The invitations to return means that the AGT judges are seeing some of these acts for a second time, and Howie Mandel told us that part of the fun for him is getting to see how much they’ve grown since their initial appearances. (Click on the media bar below to hear Howie Mandel)
America’s Got Talent: The Champions airs Monday nights on NBC.
The producers of the new Magnum, P.I. understood that they weren’t just facing competition from the other shows airing against it on today’s television — they were also competing against the ghost of the original Magnum, P.I. That show, featuring Tom Selleck as the aloha-shirted detective, remains an iconic part of ’80s television lore, so everybody working on the remake had an option: Do they try to find a new Tom Selleck? Or do they change the character so the part could go to a new kind of Thomas Magnum? Jay Hernandez, who wound up getting the part in the new show, told us the creative minds behind the show figured that, if they played their cards right, they could kind of do a little bit of both. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jay Hernandez)
If journalists really are the enemy of the people, as some have recently claimed, then how do you explain the fact that both Clark Kent and Kara Danvers — Superman and Supergirl’s alter egos — are reporters? Melissa Benoist, who plays the caped crime fighter on Supergirl, told us she believes that good journalists are real-life superheroes, and everyone on the show wants to get that point across to its audience. (Click on the media bar below to hear Melissa Benoist)
Twenty years ago, a TV show premiered that was set 20 years in the past, yet still managed to be ahead of its time. Freaks and Geeks seemed to have everything going for it — an incredibly talented young cast and a team of writers and producers (led by Judd Apatow) who would soon change Hollywood. Yet the show had trouble finding its audience, and even though it’s always gotten critical acclaim (along with plenty of love from those who watch it), Freaks and Geeks was canceled after its first and only season. As the show hits its 20-year milestone, though, everyone involved is able to look back with pride, including Jason Segel, who recently rewatched the series and says it was pretty much perfect. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jason Segel)
Unfortunately, Freaks and Geeks isn’t streaming online at the moment, but at least the DVD set Jason Segel mentioned is still available.
For Big Brother fans, the reveal of the house itself is usually a bigger deal than meeting the contestants. And guess what — the same can be said of Celebrity Big Brother, where the second season’s themed rooms have more personality than their future occupants! Join the show’s host, Julie Chen Moonves, for a walk around the new New York-themed Celebrity Big Brother house.
The new season of Celebrity Big Brotherpremieres this Monday night on CBS.
Since the show is called American Ninja Warrior, you would expect the Americans to have an advantage in a worldwide invitational version of the show, right? And they did — until they were upset by Team Europe in last year’s edition. Now that the home team’s got extra motivation to win back the title, hosts Matt Iseman and AkbarGbajabamila are really looking forward to this year’s competition. (Click on the media bar below to hear Matt Iseman & AkbarGbajabamila)
American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World airs next Sunday, January 27, at 8/7c on NBC.