Tuning in to TV: Howard Stern says watch show before judging him

New “America's Got Talent” judge Howard Stern said his critics should watch the show before attacking him.

Mr. Stern debuts Monday as Piers Morgan’s replacement on NBC’s summertime talent show. Yet a group that calls attention to bad language and risque content on television already has written to advertisers asking them to stay away. The Parents Television Council said the radio shock jock’s addition “will likely result in a sharp increase in explicit content.”

In an hourlong, expletive-free news conference Thursday, Mr. Stern dismissed those concerns and said he fully understands “America's Got Talent” is a family show.

“I really feel a responsibility to the people who love this show already,” Mr. Stern said. “In no way do I want to get in the way of it. I want to broaden it and make it better.”

Mr. Stern said his critics “are entitled to their opinion. They just sound awfully foolish when they haven’t seen the show.”

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Still, his reputation precedes him. Mr. Stern noted that before an appearance Thursday on “The View,” executive producer Bill Geddie came over to instruct Mr. Stern on what he could or couldn’t say on the air. “I know the rules,” Mr. Stern said. “Bill, I’m 58 years old. I feel like I’m 14” getting a lecture, he said.

NBC moved the show’s base from California to Newark, N.J., to accommodate Mr. Stern’s satellite radio schedule when he agreed to replace Mr. Morgan. He said he has taken the role of being the “honest” judge who doesn’t sugarcoat things for contestants.

Mr. Stern said he was a fan of the show before being asked to be on it, preferring it to “American Idol” because the wider variety of acts on “America's Got Talent” makes it seem like vaudeville.

“I didn’t need the money,” he said. “I didn’t need more fame. I certainly feel famous enough. I’m comfortable in my life. I just love the show and thought how much fun it would be to do it.”

CBS sues ABC to stop production of reality show

CBS sued ABC on Thursday to stop an upcoming reality show that CBS claims is being developed in violation of its copyrights and with secrets obtained from the long-running reality show “Big Brother.”

According to the Associated Press, the federal lawsuit seeks an injunction barring ABC from continuing its work on or airing of “The Glass House,” a show that will film and allow viewers to vote off contestants living together in a house.

CBS claimed the show copies the formula used for its hit series “Big Brother,” and that ABC has hired 19 of the show’s former staffers to help make “Glass House.”

The lawsuit also names two top “Glass House” producers and an ABC programming executive who worked on “Big Brother,” claiming they are violating nondisclosure agreements and giving away secrets of the show to their new employers.

“In copying ‘Big Brother,’ defendants have had an unprecedented and troubling degree of access to CBS’s copyrightable expression, as well as CBS’s protected trade secrets and other confidential and proprietary information related to the behind-the-scenes development, filming and production of ‘Big Brother,’ ” the lawsuit states.

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