My room mate literally forced me to watch the season premiere of America's Got Talent. I had stopped watching the show, especially during last season. I just found the show to become very offensive. I remember Piers Morgan hitting the buzzer "just to see if you'd mess up." He did this during acts where performers could have gotten injured. From that point on, I had judged the show to be too negative for my taste.
Then they announced Howard Stern would be Piers' replacement. I've never been a fan of Stern, and thought the show would take an even more negative turn.
I was in for a pleasant surprise. I found Stern to be an excellent judge. Even when there were horrible acts, he remained respectful and even positive and funny. I get the feeling the producers of the show realized it had become too negative. The difference is noticeable. At any rate, the show is back on my viewing list.
One other thing I noticed with this premiere. There haven't been as many sob stories. Don't get me wrong, everybody cried, and with the tears came vivid stories. But in years past, it seemed the only way to get to the last show was to either have a crippling disease, have a parent with a crippling disease, or had a loved one that passed away due to a crippling disease. Not so much this year.
Yeah maybe I'm jaded. Just sayin'.
I've been reading online reviews of the show. The ratings aren't as good this year, and now folks are suggesting that Stern "may be too nice." So chances are, he may (either on his own or at the instruction of the show's producers) get nastier. Once that happens, I'll stop watching.