Howie Mandel Returns to ‘America’s Got Talent’

Howie Mandel

The summer of 2013 will reintroduce viewing audiences to NBC’s eclectic competition show, American’s Got Talent. Alongside singers, dancers, magicians, puppeteers, jugglers, fire-swallowers, and the occasional political satirist parakeet, fans also find entertainment in the program’s panel of judges — and officially returning for the upcoming eighth season of the series is Howie Mandel, as NBC confirmed to Tuesday.

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This will mark Mandel’s fourth season as a judge on America’s Got Talent, which debuted in 2006 with a panel comprised of Piers Morgan, David Hasselhoff, and Brandy Norwood. None of the original judges remain, their seats now filled by Mandel and his fellow returning player Howard Stern. Sharon Osbourne, a series fixture since 2007, announced at the end of last season that she would be bowing out for good.

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So who will join Mandel and Stern for this summer’s AGT return? Good sense says that they’ve got to stay true to the name scheme: maybe Howie Day? Howard Dean? Howard the Duck? We’re interested…

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.