NBC has ordered a new America’s Got Talent spin-off series that is set to air in 2023.
However, one of the four core judges will not be participating in the spin-off.
Simon Cowell is set to return as a judge and will executive produce All-Stars, just as he does with the regular series and multiple spin-offs.
He will be joined by fellow judges Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum.
However, Sofia Vergara will not appear in the spin-off.
Longtime host Terry Crews is set to return as well
No word yet if Sofia will still judge the regular series next summer or if they are looking for her replacement.
As for All-Stars, it appears that AGT will stick to three judges.
The new series, America’s Got Talent: All-Stars will feature contestants from the past 17 seasons including “winners, finalists, fan favorites, and viral sensations” as well as contestants from Got Talent shows around the world.
All-Stars has already begun auditions and production this month.
AGT originally premiered in 2006 and holds the Guinness World Records title as the Most Successful Reality Television Format.
WORLD’S GOT TALENT?
Back in August, Simon first toyed with the idea of a World’s Got Talent.
A source exclusively told The U.S. Sun he wants to create World’s Got Talent, where he and the judges travel across the planet looking for superstars.
During a previous aftershow interview, Simon and Heidi talked about how it was challenging to cut down the auditions to just 36 acts.
The model suggested the idea of finding talent from around the world after the record producer said that people travel from all over to audition for AGT.
“I think we should go on a world tour because there’s a lot of people out there who can’t afford a plane ticket and come here, so we have to go to all of them,” she said at the time.
“I think we should do it all year long and hop around to different cities and audition people from all over the place.”
“So, we spend every day of our lives auditioning?” Simon joked.
Heidi replied: “We just get one of those gigantic jumbo planes, and all go on, family and all.”
Coming around to the idea, Simon replied: “World’s Got Talent. Alright done.”
She agreed: “Exactly.”
The news of the spin-off series and Sofia leaving comes just months after the other spin-off series, AGT: Extreme was canceled.
The show saw some of the most dangerous and death-defying stunts performed to a live audience.
Last October, contestant Jonathan Goodwin suffered a terrifying accident that resulted in him being paralyzed leaving his fiancé, Sherlock actress Amanda Abbington heartbroken.
Jonathan now uses a wheelchair.
A source said: “Simon is constantly looking at ways to revamp his shows and AGT: Extreme had a number of difficulties.
“Obviously the goal is to make edge-of-your-seat TV but it has to be done as safely as possible.
“Insurance was proving difficult, which threw a spanner in the works. Jonathan’s incident during rehearsals was harrowing.
“He was a total professional but things went wrong and he plunged 30ft while trying to escape from a straitjacket as he hung upside down in mid-air.”
“Simon was horrified. He’s now focused on other projects,” the source concluded.
AGT previously aired AGT: The Champions which had the best of the best from all over the world compete for the ultimate champion title.