Like with many other TV shows and films, producers of America's Got Talent have had to make changes in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Inevitably, these adjustments have involved reworking the NBC show's episode calendar — and fans should take note.
On social media on Tuesday, AGT revealed that the show was celebrating the end of season 15 auditions with a "Best of the Best Auditions" recap episode this week. In other words, AGT fans shouldn't expect to see any new acts or footage on Tuesday night.
In response to the announcement, some fans said they couldn't wait to watch their favorite season 15 acts all over again. On the other hand, there were also some who expressed their disappointment, commenting things like, "So not a new episode? 🙄," and "Man. I thought it was judge cuts."
What does the rest of the AGT 2020 schedule look like?
Though some viewers seem a little bummed about watching old auditions, the bright side is that new episodes will be coming out soon. Per Gold Derby.com, the rest of season 15 will look something like this:
- July 28 — A new Judge Cuts episode will air. This will be the one and only Judge Cuts episode, where Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Sofía Vergara, and Heidi Klum (yes, Heidi will reportedly be back), will choose their favorite acts to advance.
- August 4 — NBC will air an episode that celebrates AGT being on the air for 15 years. The anniversary episode is expected to highlight the biggest moments in AGT history.
- August 11 - September 1 — According to USA Today, live quarterfinal shows will run for four weeks starting on the 11th. These will either take place in a studio (while practicing social distancing) or virtually. "I think it's going to be mostly live, maybe a couple pre-taped (performances)," executive producer Sam Donnelly told the outlet about the live shows. "We have some larger groups and, with rules and regulations, they might be remote."
As for the season 15 finale, that appears to be TBD at the moment. But what we do know for sure is that Simon is set on giving each and every act a shot at the title.
“They’re gonna need this more than ever, so whatever we’re gonna need to do, we will get to the end of the finals this year,” the head judge told Entertainment Tonight. “There will be a winner and we’ll make sure no one’s compromised, you know, through the process.”
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