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Got Talent, Ninja Warrior start NBC’s summer

Based on Japanese format Sasuke, Ninja Warrior has been adapted around the world

US channel NBC is kicking off its summer schedule with the return of America’s Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior and Making It.

All three shows are due to begin new seasons in the week commencing May 31.

Exec producer Simon Cowell will return to America’s Got Talent as a judge alongside Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Howie Mandel. Terry Crews will continue to host as the American public again compete to impress the judges and win US$1m.

As well as Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff and Richard Wallace exec produce the show, which is entering its 16th season. America’s Got Talent is a copro between Fremantle and Cowell’s Syco Entertainment.

Meanwhile, American Ninja Warrior will begin its 13th season on NBC in May, with the minimum competitor age lowered from 19 to 15. Again featuring a top prize of US$1m, the show challenges contestants to complete a giant obstacle course. Arthur Smith and Kent Weed, founders of California prodco A Smith & Co, exec produce alongside Brian Richardson, Anthony Storm and Kristen Stabile.

Finally, June 3 sees the return of Making It for a third season. Testing contestants’ craftsmanship, the series is fronted by Parks & Recreation stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. A prize of US$100,000 is given to the winner of the show, which has been adapted in Finland and Australia.

Making It is exec produced by Offerman, Poehler, Dave Becky, Pip Wells and Kate Arend. Poehler’s prodco Paper Kite Productions, US prodco 3 Arts Entertainment and Universal Television Alternative Studio produce the series.


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