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America's Got Talent Goes Live — Without Injured Simon Cowell

ALSO: Hard Knocks, World of Dance, Will Smith: Off the Deep End, Greenleaf, and more.
  • Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and guest Kelly Clarkson will judge the first eleven finalists tonight on America's Got Talent. (NBC)
    Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and guest Kelly Clarkson will judge the first eleven finalists tonight on America's Got Talent. (NBC)

    Tonight was supposed to a return to relative normalcy for America's Got Talent, with the series finally commencing with this season's live broadcasts. Instead, the show that's already weathered a COVID scare, production delays and a complete change of venue faces yet another unexpected turn of events, with Simon Cowell sitting out tonight and tomorrow night's shows as he recuperates from emergency back surgery. Also today: Hard Knocks returns for what promises to be an unusual season of its own, Will Smith hops aboard Shark Week, and Greenleaf airs its series finale. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Tuesday:

    NEW EPISODE: Producers told us recently that they'd developed contingency plans for their contingency plans, which should come in handy tonight as America's Got Talent goes without Simon Cowell for this season's first live show. Kelly Clarkson is set to step-in as guest judge. 8:00 PM ET on NBC

    SEASON PREMIERE: As Primetimer's Joe Reid writes today, the coming season of HBO's Hard Knocks: Los Angeles promises to be one like no other. Not only is the veteran docuseries following two teams for the first time ever — the Rams and the Chargers — but it's doing so amid a pandemic that threatens to end the coming season befire it starts. Watch the trailer. 10:00 PM ET on HBO

    NEW EPISODE: Six acts show Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough and NE-YO all their best moves as World of Dance reaches the Semi-Finals 2. 10:00 PM ET on NBC

    SHARK WEEK: Will Smith has fought aliens more times than we can count, but there's one creature he's never faced: Sharks. In Will Smith: Off the Deep End, Smith confronts his fear of sharks and the ocean to learn about nature's mighty hunters. 9:00 PM ET on Discovery

    COMEDY SPECIAL: Actor and comedian Rob Schneider returns to his comedy roots for Rob Schneider: Asian Momma, Mexican Kids, in which he discusses the sensual appeal of cookies, life in your fifties, and the terror of ripped old guys. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SERIES FINALE: After an eventful five seasons of megachurch drama, the Greenleaf family's journey reaches its conclusion, as the series airs its final episode tonight at 9:00 PM ET on OWN

    SERIES PREMIERE: Meet Karen and Deon Derricos, proud parents of eleven kids (with two more on the way).TLC fills out its schedule of big family reality with Doubling Down With the Derricos, bringing viewers into the hectic world of a family where multiple multiple births have resulted in one very packed home. Watch the trailer. 10:00 PM ET TLC

    Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.

    TOPICS: America's Got Talent, NBC, Simon Cowell