Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Regis Philbin to Host New Reality Competition Series AMERICA′S GOT TALENT

Emmy Award-winning television legend Regis Philbin (LIVE WITH REGIS & KELLY, WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE) has been chosen as host of NBC′s AMERICA′S GOT TALENT, the new talent competition series from Simon Cowell (AMERICAN IDOL) and FremantleMedia (AMERICAN IDOL) that will premiere with a special two-hour broadcast on Wednesday, June 21 (8-10 p.m. ET).

The regular telecast time of AMERICA′S GOT TALENT will be Wednesdays, 9-10 p.m. ET; (30-minute results shows will air on Thursdays beginning July 13, 8:30-9 p.m. ET).

"Regis is one of America′s most recognizable and beloved TV personalities. I couldn′t be more pleased to have him as the host of AMERICA′S GOT TALENT working alongside Simon Cowell and the excellent team of producers," said Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment. "

For years I′ve thought about hosting a variety show on television but I could never put it together in my mind," said Philbin. "Finally, here it is and I′m thrilled to be a part of it."

"I am delighted that Regis has agreed to host AMERICA'S GOT TALENT," said Cowell. "Regis is just the best, and I am really looking forward to working with him."

Not only will Regis bring a wealth of experience and credibility to the show, but he will be the perfect mentor for all the fresh untried talent we hope to find," added executive producer Ken Warwick.

Cowell and FremantleMedia will bring the hottest performers from across the country to TV audiences in this new series that allows viewers to determine who will walk away with a $1 million cash prize. The series features a colorful array of hopeful future stars. Singers, dancers, comedic performers and unique acts of all ages will have a chance to strut and perform in front of a panel of judges who will determine which acts advance to the final rounds. (The judges will be announced at a later date.)