Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews is set to host America’s Got Talent: The Champions, the winter edition of NBC’s top-rated America’s Got Talent.
Crews will join AGT judges Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and executive producer Simon Cowell on the series which will premiere in January. Tyra Banks hosts the summer edition of AGT.
The Champions edition will bring together the most talented, memorable, wackiest and all-around fan favorite acts from past seasons of AGT, according to NBC. The show also will feature of the most popular acts from the other global Got Talent franchises.
“I am so proud and honored to join Simon, Mel, Heidi and Howie in hosting the #1 alternative series on television,” Crews said. “NBC’s America’s Got Talent is a show I love to watch with my family and now to actually be a part of this special edition, The Champions, is more than I could have asked or dreamed. Now America’s Got Terry Crews!”
America’s Got Talent has remained the No. 1 summer show for 13 straight seasons. The final performance episode delivered the show’s most-watched telecast of the season to date, with 13 million same-day viewers.
Crews stars in hit comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine which is moving from Fox to NBC in midseason. He was most recently seen on the big screen in Deadpool 2 and Sorry To Bother You, both of which were released this summer.
America’s Got Talent was created by Simon Cowell and is co-produced by Syco Entertainment and Fremantle. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace executive produce.
Summer's hottest show, "America's Got Talent," is now ready to warm up winter! This new spin-off features the most incredible and memorable acts from previous seasons ready to wow America all over again. In "America's Got Talent: The Champions," these top former contestants will return to the stage and compete in the hopes of taking home the first-ever winter title of AGT Champion. But that's not all - favorites from other global "Got Talent" franchises, spanning 184 countries, will also join the fray, showing off their skills for a whole new audience. With Executive Producer Simon Cowell leading the charge, it's the ultimate display of talent, edge-of-your-seat moments and extraordinary performances of every kind.
As a preview to the new Champions season, there is a holiday-themed special tonight at 10PM ET (after The Voice).
America’s Got Talent: A Holiday of Champions: Host Terry Crews celebrates the season with a variety of past and future contestants, including magicians, singers, danger acts and more in this new special. With Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel. 10 p.m. NBC
The show will be rerun on Friday night, as well as the usual on-demand ways.
Tyra Banks will exit her “America’s Got Talent” hosting gig, sources exclusively confirm to Page Six.
The top model-turned-media maven has previously hinted she could leave the NBC talent show, revealing in late November on “Access,” “I think I had a really nice run with ‘AGT.’ I had a lot a lot of fun” and that she was focusing on her Freeform movie sequel, “Life Size-2: A Christmas Eve.”
A source close to Banks told Page Six that after the film’s success this month, Banks has had a raft of offers and will focus on producing television.
“’Life Size-2’ went way beyond expectations… it was Freeform’s biggest premiere of the year… executives were over the moon with the cult classic sequel,” said a source.
The source added, “Tyra’s been inundated with producing and acting requests… she wants to produce and create TV. She will not be returning to ‘AGT’ in the new year.”
Banks, who executive produced and starred in “Life Size-2,” just topped Nielsen’s ranking of primetime TV talent that spark social media activity — over newsmen Chris Hayes and Sean Hannity.
Said a pal, “She loved her time at ‘AGT.’”
Banks has also been teasing a big 2019 project — she’s previously said she wants to make a “Coyote Ugly” after she starred in the 2000 original with Piper Perabo.
A rep for NBC did not immediately get back to us. Banks’ Bankable Productions banner has a TV deal at Universal.
NBC is bringing back two of its hit alternative series for another go-round. The network has renewed Jennifer Lopez-led World of Dance for a fourth season and America’s Got Talent: The Champions for a second season.
America’s Got Talent: The Champions averaged a 2.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.4 million viewers overall in Live+ seven day Nielsens, making it the season’s #1 most-watched alternative series and the most-watched new alternative series on any broadcast network since the debut of Little Big Shots three years ago. The series also doubled NBC’s audience in the timeslot versus results from one year earlier (12.4 million viewers vs. 6.2 million).
America’s Got Talent: The Champions, a spinoff of America’s Got Talent, features a variety of winners, finalists and fan-favorite acts from previous seasons of AGT and other Got Talent franchises worldwide.
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.
The Got Talent format has had more than 900 million global viewers since it began airing in 2006 and has aired in 194 markets worldwide. The format holds the Guinness World Records title as the Most Successful Reality Television Format in history, with 70 local versions produced across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle-East, Africa and the Americas.