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‘America’s Got Talent,’ ‘Ninja Warrior’ Set Dates as NBC Plots Summer Normalcy

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Two shows with ‘Making It’ will begin in late May and early June. NBC is making a comeback to the business as usual over the summer. The network has set premiere dates for its major summer franchises American Ninja Warrior and America’s Got Talent, along with the third season of the competition Making It. The trio will premiere in the week of May 31, giving NBC original programming at least three nights a week leading up to the Olympics in Tokyo.

The American Ninja Warrior wakes up for the first time on May 31, which is normal on Monday nights. In an allusion to the ongoing pandemic, the show will be filmed in Los Angeles and Seattle before the finals in Las Vegas, rather than breaking up the country for the opening round. More than 400 people will compete against the obstacle course, some of which are as young as 15 after their eligibility age is reduced.

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Season 16 of America’s Got Talent, NBC’s top-rated summer series, follows on June 1. Judges Simon Cowell (who drafted), Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Sophia Vergara are all set to make a comeback, as is hosting Terry Crew. Being able to audition online, the show saw a record number of submissions.

Its production, on June 3, will be hosted again by Amy Poehler and Nick Officer, with judges Daya Isma Johnson and Simon Dunan also returning. The season will see eight makers face a variety of DIY challenges, including a new “Mega Craft” that will span an entire episode.

The Summer Olympics are scheduled to take place on 23-August. Tokyo in Tokyo. Japanese authorities have reportedly stopped spectators from other countries, but it looks like the game, delayed since 2020, will actually take place. “We’re super optimistic and optimistic” will be the Olympics, NBC Parent Comcast CEO Brian Roberts told investors in January. NBC plans to air the game’s opening ceremony live, in a change from the previous Olympics.

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