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Narrowing The Field A Little At A Time On America's Got Talent

By: Michael Riddle
By: Michael Riddle

The field continues to get narrowed down as we work towards the Top-20 finalist on America's Got Talent. NBC is making it easier for you to keep up with the show by repeating the prior week's results on Tuesdays.... and then recapping the Tuesday night performances on Wednesday's. Here's all the details for the coming weeks....

Thursday           8/13
30 Rock is at 8:00pm with Edie Falco as a congresswoman who wants to go public as the love interest of Jack. Meanwhile Liz tries to appease both Tracy and Jenna at the same time. Parks & Recreation follows at 8:30pm with Leslie trying to get her park story into the news with varying levels of success. On The Office at 9:00pm Michael struggles to get his company to make timely early morning deliveries while the workers struggle to get expense reports turned in on time. 30 Rock is back again at 9:30pm and since Liz has been suspended from her job at TGS, she struggles to find ways to occupy her time. Law & Order is at 10:00pm and this week a couple of biologists return home to find their son and nanny murdered and a incident 30 years ago at a sorority party may provide clues to the motive.
Friday         8/14
Southland is at 8:00pm and when Detective Saligner's car slams into a light pole, local gang members steal his service revolver... an act that he initially tries to cover-up. Dateline NBC airs a 2-hour edition from 9:00pm - 11:00pm and looks again at the story of a young Florida woman who became a drug informant and then turned up dead. The family questions if the police did enough to protect her.
Saturday          8/15
We have NBC Sports: Track & Field Championships (HD) airing from 1:00 - 3:00pm. That's followed by NBC Sports: Visa Championship (HD) (gymnastics) from 3:00pm - 4:00pm. NBC Sports: Alli Dew Tour (HD) has x-game action wrapping the afternoon from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Gymnastics' action continues into prime time with NBC Sports: Visa Championship (HD) airing from 8:00pm - 10:00pm. On Law & Order: SVU at 10:00pm we have a twisting tale as it appears that tainted evidence could end up blowing a murder case involving a tourist found dead in Central Park. On Saturday Night Live at 11:30pm we have Jon Hamm with Coldplay.
Sunday          8/16
NBC Sports: Track & Field Championships (HD) continues from 2:00pm - 4:00pm followed by the concluding competition in NBC Sports: Alli Dew Tour (HD) airing from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. We have back-to-back episodes of Merlin in prime time. On Merlin at 7:00pm his mother shows up in Camelot battered and beaten due to invaders at her village. After Uther refuses to help, Merlin followed by Arthur, Morgana and Gwen set off for her village to help rescue it. On the next episode of Merlin at 8:00pm, Arthur kills a Unicorn and that brings a curse upon the mythical city of Camelot. A repeat airing of the Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash follows from 9:00pm - 11:00pm and since this was originally produced prior to the election all of the presidential "wanna-be's" get skewered!
Monday          8/17
It's California or Bust for the three remaining families on the Great American Roadtrip at 8:00pm as they cross over into California from Nevada. Law & Order: Criminal Intent at 9:00pm has the case of a man who turned a not-guilty murder verdict into a hit television crime show being found dead on the banks of the East River. Dateline NBC airs from 10:00pm - 11:00pm with the story of a woman who got a second chance at love, then died in a Colorado creek shortly after the wedding. An accident, or was the new husband to blame?
Tuesday            8/18
A repeat of last weeks results show of America's Got Talent airs at 8:00pm. That's followed by the third performance show of America's Got Talent from 9:00pm - 11:00pm that takes ten of the final 40 acts and has them perform live for studio and television audience.
Wednesday        8/19
A 1-hour America's Got Talent recap show will air at 8:00pm prior to the evening results show.  The America's Got Talent results show airs from 9:00pm - 10:00pm. Now that the voting is in we will learn who the next 5 acts are that have made it into the Top 20. Law & Order:SVU airs at 10:00pm and Detective Meloni finds his job intertwined with his personal life when his own daughter emerges as a suspect in a home intrusion case.
Thursday          8/20
On 30 Rock at 8:00pm Jack and C.C. try to make their long distance romance work while Liz invests in real estate for the first time and Kenneth the Intern discovers caffeine. Parks & Recreation follows at 8:30pm with Leslie trying to work her way into the old boys political culture. The Office is at 9:00pm and in this office some of the employees start taking "casual Friday" too casual. Another episode of 30 Rock is at 9:30pm with Jack seeking advice on married life from Tracy Morgan. Law & Order at 10:00pm and the investigation into the murder of a truck company owner leads to a twisted tale of love, fraud and the Russian mob.
Friday                  8/21
Southland is at 8:00pm and the detectives assigned to the gang squad discover that the body of a dead female has been used as target practice by local gang members. A 2-hour edition of Dateline NBC follows from 9:00pm - 11:00pm.
Saturday              8/22
NBC Sports: Track & Field (HD) airs from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. NBC Sports: Motocross (HD) follows from 3:00pm - 4:00pm. NBC Golf: Jeld-Wen Tradition (HD) airs from 4:00pm - 6:00pm from the Pacific northwest. In prime time we have Law & Order: Criminal Intent at 8:00pm with Detectives Goren and Eames racing against a deadline to find a child abducted during a hotel robbery. Law & Order follows at 9:00pm and after a television reporter is murdered the investigation leads to a major hedge fund fraud. Law & Order: SVU wraps the night at 10:00pm and after a former astronaut is found dead, Stablers old mentor Dick Finley (Josh Brolin) steps in to help out with the investigation. Saturday Night Live repeats the episode with Josh Brolin and Adele.
Sunday              8/23
NBC Sports: Track & Field (HD) has more competition from 2:00pm - 4:00pm followed by the final round of NBC Golf: Jeld-Wen Tradition from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. The final episodes of Merlin air back-to-back at 7:00pm and 8:00pm. In the first episode Morgana faces off against Uther after he sentences Gwen's father to death for treason after he aids a sorcerer. In the second episode it is up to Merlin to save the live of Arthur after the kings sends him out to fight a horrible, mythical beast. The 58th Miss Universe Pageant airs from 9:00pm - 11:00pm. The pageant airs live from the Bahamas and is hosted by Billy Bush and Claudia Jordan.
Monday            8/24
It's the end of the road for the final two families traveling on the Great American Road Trip at 8:00pm. The last leg takes them to the California coast as tempers flare in this final competition. Law & Order: Criminal Intent follows at 9:00pm and when a poet learns that funding is about to be cut for his artistic journal, he enlists a girlfriend to woe a wealthy patron of the arts. Dateline NBC wraps the evening at 10:00pm.
Tuesday         8/25
We repeat last weeks results show of America's Got Talent at 8:00pm. That's followed by the new 2-hour episode of America's Got Talent at 9:00pm that has the final 10 performers from the top-40 contestants vying for their opportunity to make it into the finals.
Wednesday          8/26
A recap of last night's performance show of America's Got Talent airs from 8:00pm - 9:00pm. That's followed by the final Top-20 results show of America's Got Talent at 9:00pm in which the final 5 contestants that move on the next round are revealed. Law & Order: SVU at 10:00pm has one doctor testifying against another doctor who practices homeopathic treatments after those treatments result in the death of a young girl with HIV.
Thursday           8/27
On 30 Rock at 8:00pm succession is in the air as Jack thinks he is about to be named the new CEO of GE. Parks & Recreation follows at 8:30pm and while Leslie is making points at a banquet honoring her mother, Tom and Mark slip out to a bar to try a pick up women. The Office is at 9:00pm with Michael trying to mix coffee and disco to make the office a more interesting place to do business. Another epsiode of 30 Rock follows at 9:30pm with Liz and Tracy convincing Jack that he should search for his biological father. Alan Alda and Steve Buscemi make appearances. Law & Order closes things out at 10:00pm and after a troubled police officer takes hostages and is killed the investigation leads to a man trying to prove that he is the long lost relative of a famous President.
Friday         8/28
Southland is at 8:00pm with officer Ben Sherman revealing to a therapist the reason he became a cop, while fellow cop Dewey becomes starstruck over a Hollywood actor. Dateline NBC airs a 2-hour edition from 9:00pm - 11:00pm.
Saturday      8/29
NBC Sports: AVP Volleyball (HD) is scheduled to air from 2:30pm - 4:00pm. NBC Golf: U.S. Amateur Open (HD) follows from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. A special edition of Attorneys On Call will air at 7:30pm. Law & Order: CI is at 8:00pm and in tonight's episode a flier at a local religious high school ties together three murders and puts Goren on the trail of a religious fanatic. Vince McMahon and gang celebrate 25 years of wrestling with the Wrestlemania 25th Anniversary airing from 9:00pm - 11:00pm. Saturday Night Live at 11:30pm repeats the show with Ben Affleck and David Cook.
Sunday        8/30
College Football is just around the corner! Our first edition of the ECU Coach Skip Holtz Show will air at 12:00pm with a preseason look at this year's schedule. A college football special titled Quest for #1 will follow at 12:30pm. NBC Sports: Golden League Track & Field (HD) airs at 1:00pm and we are curious if "golden" is a substitute for "elderly". NBC Sports: AVP Volleyball follows from 2:30pm - 4:00pm and then it's the final round of NBC Golf: U.S. Amateur Open from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Dateline NBC is at 7:00pm followed by NBC Sunday Night Football: Preseason Football - Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos. The two teams flip-flopped starting quarterbacks, so it should interesting to see who looks to have gotten the better end of the deal
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