NBC unveils summer schedule
EmptyNBC is joining the unscripted summer fray with the return of "America's Got Talent," "Last Comic Standing" and "The Biggest Loser" -- all three with new hosts -- and "Age of Love," a new dating show hosted by Mark Consuelos.
First out of the gate is the second season of "Talent," from FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell's Syco TV. The talent competition/variety show hosted by Jerry Springer will launch May 29, joining several other reality series, including ABC's "The Next Best Thing: Who Is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator?" and Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," which will debut in the first week after the end of the 2006-07 television season.
"Talent" will debut with a two-hour premiere at 9 p.m., moving into its regular Tuesday 8-9 p.m. period the following week, June 5.
"Comic," which goes global in its fifth installment, will premiere June 13, also with a two-hour opener at 9 p.m. The talent competition searching for the funniest comedian in the English-speaking world will begin airing in its regular Wednesday 9 p.m. slot the following week, June 20. Bill Bellamy is hosting the series from Peter Engel Prods., Magical Elves and NBC Universal TV Studio.
"Age," an eight-episode series described as a reality dating show with a twist, will premiere June 18 in the Monday 10 p.m. period. The show, announced last month, hails from 3 Ball Prods. (HR 3/23).
"Loser" will return for a fourth cycle in late summer with new host Alison Sweeney. The premiere date for the weight loss competition from Reveille, 25/7 Prods. and 3 Ball Prods. will be announced later.