Does America, in fact, have talent?

June 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Now that “American Idol” and “Glee,” which I recapped for the Los Angeles Times, have wrapped up their seasons (read my takes on the season finales here and here), what am I doing with all my free time? Recapping “America’s Got Talent,” that’s what. Never having watched the popular NBC summer show before this season, I’m just getting used to the needling Howie Mandel-Sharon Osbourne-Piers Morgan judge dynamic, to the confounding combination of amateur and professional acts, and to the “Gong Show” and “Real People”/”That’s Incredible!” flashbacks from my youth. (Where are the Unknown Comic and Gene Gene the Dancing Machine when you need them?) If only Nick Cannon could master the Chuck Barris fake clap ….

Showtracker: “America’s Got Talent” recaps (Los Angeles Times)

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