More than its big red chairs or its talented contestants, The Voice has become known for its dynamic team of coaches. So, what happens when you mess with that chemistry? That's the question facing Season 4 of the hit NBC singing competition as it premieres on Monday at 8/7c. Gone are Cee Lo Green's hilarious pet sidekicks (KIT Purrfect) and Christina Aguilera's colorful wardrobe. In their places are R&B hitmaker Usher and international songstress Shakira, who will work alongside — and compete...
"What a difference a year makes," NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said during his opening remarks at the Television Critics Association winter previews Sunday.
Of course, he was referring to NBC's huge comeback this fall. On the strength of Sunday Night Football, a fall cycle of The Voice and new drama hit Revolution, NBC ended the fall as the No. 1 broadcast network. In fact, Greenblatt said the network was up 24 percent in the adults-18-to-49 demographic and 19 percent in total viewers; NBC was also the only network to improve in both measures this fall.
NBC's The Voice is probably best known for its blind auditions — and, of course, its big, red spinning chairs, which helped turn the singing competition into a ratings phenomenon. But NBC also realized last year that once the chairs stop spinning, viewer interest in The Voice starts to dip.
Meeting with reporters Sunday evening at his lavish beachside home, executive producer Mark Burnett (sitting next to coaches Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Cee-Lo Green) revealed a new twist that he believes will carry the drama of The Voice's blind auditions into its battle rounds.
Production began this week on NBC's a capella competition The Sing-Off, which is being pre-taped over the next few weeks to air this fall.
That means even though the show has been upgraded to regular series status, NBC and the show's producers have opted not to try and make The Sing-Off a live TV event (in the vein of American Idol or The Voice).
Nicole Richie and designer John Varvatos have signed on as celebrity mentors on NBC's new reality series, Fashion Star, the network announced Thursday. They join fellow mentor Jessica Simpson and host Elle Macpherson.
"NBC could not have asked for better additions to the celebrity mentors than John Varvatos, one of the most well-known menswear designers in the nation and international style icon and creative director, Nicole Richie," Paul Telegdy, NBCS' executive vice president of alternative programming, said in a statement. "Both are trendsetters and tastemakers and their design skills and expertise will be invaluable to our contestants on the series."