Regis Philbin is headed back to primetime — for NBC.
Showbiz vet has signed on to host “America’s Got Talent,” the new Peacock variety show/competition from exec producer Simon Cowell and FremantleMedia. Skein bows June 21 (Daily Variety, April 11).
Philbin’s last regular primetime gig was as host of ABC’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”
Longtime gabber is starting to compete with Ryan Seacrest in terms of multiple TV assignments.
Earlier this year, Philbin hosted Fox’s latenight New Year’s Eve festivities. He’s also aboard to host ABC’s planned revival of “This Is Your Life,” though the Alphabet has yet to announce a start of production on that skein.
Philbin continues to host syndie gabber “Live With Regis and Kelly” and will have to fit “Talent” tapings in between episodes of “Live,” which airs original episodes most weeks of the year.
That could prove challenging, since “Live” originates from Gotham and “Talent” will tape in Los Angeles.
Philbin is used to a demanding travel schedule, however. He regularly jets around the country on weekends to fit in concert dates or schmoozefests with celeb pals such as Jack Nicholson, all of which become fodder for “Live.”
“For years I’ve thought about hosting a variety show on television, but I could never put it together in my mind,” Philbin said. “Finally, here it is.”
Since first announcing “Talent,” producers have made several changes.
Prize will now be $1 million, rather than the chance to headline a Las Vegas revue. That’s because producers feared acts with teens or children would be unable to get past Vegas’ adults-only rules.
As a result, show will no longer tape in Las Vegas. There’s still a chance the finale could be held there.