David Hasselhoff, Brandy, and Piers Morgan will judge NBC’s America’s Got Talent

As part of Simon Cowell’s barrage of talent-based competitions, NBC will air America’s Got Talent this summer. The show is a “search for the hottest variety and novelty acts from across the country,” according to NBC, and not surprisingly, the viewer-selected winner gets $1 million.

As we saw with the fetid waste of an opportunity that was ABC’s American Inventor, not all talent competitions, even those executive produced by Simon Cowell, are American Idol. But this one has something special that could change everything: David Hasselhoff. He’s one of the show’s three judges, along with Brandy and former UK Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan.

With Regis Philbin as host and Hasselhoff as a judge, at the very least the show will be good for a few C-list laughs. As Cowell dryly reminds us in a statement, “We have three different judges from three different backgrounds. Expect the unexpected.” Like the other shows he’s produced, Cowell will not appear on the show to touch the other judges’ vaginas or taunt the host about his sexual orientation.

Brandy, David Hasselhoff and Piers Morgan Named as Judges of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”… [NBC press release]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.