Cowell in control, Donald hiring

British bloke Simon Cowell must get a thrill out of watching American performers.

He’s already a huge ratings winner with Fox’s “American Idol” and, two weeks ago, he and his team of producers launched another “American” show, “American Inventor,” on ABC.

“Idol” already airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays, averaging about 30 million viewers every week. “Inventor” airs on Thursdays, and has also shown strong in the ratings. With this new show, it looks as though Cowell is on his way to having control over primetime television.

Now it’s NBC’s turn to have a bit of Cowell madness.

He and his producers have announced the casting of a new show, “America’s Got Talent.” For the show, scheduled to air this summer, individuals and members of groups of singers, dancers, jugglers, magicians, comedians, and even animals, will perform in front of a panel of celebrity judges.

Casting for the show started yesterday in Los Angeles, and will wrap up tomorrow before going to Chicago, New York and Atlanta in April.

All performers will compete for cash prizes.

In other NBC news, real-estate mogul Donald Trump is on the lookout for another apprentice.

Casting for season six has already begun, with casting directors and producers going to Waikiki tomorrow, at the Hawaii Prince Hotel.

Officials at the local NBC affiliate, KHNL (channel 8), and radio station Krater 96, have been promoting the casting call all week, giving people chances to win VIP wristbands, allowing them to be among the first in line for the casting call.

For more information on casting for both shows, visit the network’s Web site at

• Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or


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