CIRCUIT BREAKER INTERVIEW: Jennifer Lopez, Simon Cowell and More NBC Stars Talk TV, Social Media, and Emmys


As Emmy season is upon us, the attention shifts from the big screen to the small screen.

With so much to see on television, cable, and streaming services, NBC offers a blend of scripted and unscripted programming. Some of their most popular shows are, of course, Emmy nominated “This Is Us,” “America’s Got Talent,” and a newcomer, “World of Dance.”

In anticipation of the season, NBCUniversal hosted press at the historic Universal Studios lot. I had the opportunity to sit down with a collection of the network’s stars for a day of interviews.

One of those conversations was with “This Is Us” star Justin Hartley. You can listen to that interview separately.

I did speak with Chris Hardwick, host of “The Wall,” “Red Nose Day,” and AMC’s “Talking” shows, but we have decided not to run that interview at this time. After that, I talked with “Timeless” star Abigail Spencer and Costume Designer Mari-An Ceo; and Damon J. Gillespie and Auli’i Cravalho of “Rise.”

As the afternoon went on, I also spoke with Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila from “American Ninja Warrior,” Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, Jenna Dewan and Ne-Yo from “World of Dance,” and wrapped up the day with Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Simon Cowell from “America’s Got Talent.”

It was a big day, full of interesting conversations about everything from craft to fans to women in the industry.

Please enjoy this super-sized interview episode.

00:00:00 Introduction
00:00:49 Abigail Spencer and Mari-An Ceo, “Timeless”
00:11:11 Damon J. Gillespie and Auli’i Cravalho, “Rise”
00:21:03 Mike Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, “American Ninja Warrior”
00:34:51 Jennifer Lopez, “World of Dance”
00:41:38 Derek Hough, Jenna Dewan, and Ne-Yo, “World of Dance”
00:51:40 Heidi Klum and Howie Mandell, “America’s Got Talent”
00:57:57 Simon Cowell, “America’s Got Talent”

Be sure to visit our official Emmy Predictions Page to see where all of these shows rank!

We would like to thank NBCUniversal, and all those who participated in this Summer Press Day.