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Regis Philbin to host new talent competition

‘America’s Got Talent’ will air twice a week this summer on NBC
/ Source: The Associated Press

Former “Millionaire”-man Regis Philbin is headed back to prime-time TV as host of a new NBC summertime talent competition.

“America’s Got Talent” will air twice a week this summer — a competition and a result show. The show echoes “American Idol” for a good reason, since it is produced by Simon Cowell and FremantleMedia, the company that also produces the Fox hit.

(MSNBC is a joint venture between NBC and Microsoft.)

The NBC show will include dancers, comedians and other talents instead of just singers.

It has a two-hour debut on June 21, and will air on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer.

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

NBC can only hope Philbin is as successful as in his last prime-time foray, as host of ABC’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” which a few years back dominated the TV landscape before burning out.