Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice panelist Adam Levine was on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to promote The Voice. Ratings are pretty okay for the talent competition series, so he will be back on the show’s next two cycles. That does come up in regards to his colleagues, but the highlights of the conversation came when Levine talked about his friendship with Jonah Hill and doing drugs at a Denny’s. Continue Reading
Well, that was fast. The Peacock is more than happy with making the ‘cycle off’ vacations of Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green on The Voice a yearly thing. News is breaking this Thursday that NBC has already locked down Shakira and Usher for the show’s Spring 2014 run with an announcement expected to come within the next few weeks. That said, we are now curious as to the constants on the panel and whether they might too be up from periodic displacement. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton have been on the program since the very beginning and the former at least does not entirely owe his career to the hit reality program.
For those of you not digging the additions of Usher and Shakira to The Voice this season there is some good news. The original plan of having this season as a ‘break’ for Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green is still in effect. Aguilera is all set to return this fall with Cee Lo currently in talks. The latter was a bit of a wild card as he has been busy on the producer end of things elsewhere on the small screen, but this kind of exposure does not grow on trees. Perhaps he knows that.
The big question is going to be what will happen next spring. Will The Voice feature more ‘breaks’ or permanent exits? NBC might want to keep the talent on a leash as to prevent salaries from exploding to American Idol levels, so to cycle them out might be a good thing. While Christina Aguilera reportedly was paid high 7-figures for her previous seasons on the program, I heard low 8-figures. Still, the gap between her and Mariah Carey is definitely noticeable and her stint in reality television has been widely regarded as a failure. It really makes you think about what the success stories get paid in comparison.
It looks like Adam Levine is already looking at life after The Voice. The talent coach and musician has just signed a one-year first-look deal with NBC to produce scripted and alternative programming for the network. This joins similar deals we have seen at the parent company level for other reality talents like American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest. In other words, he is definitely not a trail blazer, but it is more than interesting to see he wants to become a content producer going forward with his career.
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — May 8, 2013 — “The Voice” coach Adam Levine and producing partner Jordan Feldstein have signed an exclusive one-year first-look development deal with NBC Entertainment. Continue Reading
Night two for The Voice’s return was not nearly as golden. The series shrunk from a 4.8 18-49 to a 3.9 and shed nearly 3 million viewers (13.6 million to 12.0 million.) This is in line with the series’ historic instability, but it should also send up red flags that the additions of Shakira and Usher are not clicking with viewers. That would not at all be unprecedented as we have seen American Idol suffer the same fate this year as it is still yet to find its bottom. In regards to the competition, Splash dipped to a 1.6 18-49, 6.7 million (down about 2 million from its premiere.) The freshman reality program ran against The Voice which would explain the fall although this was expected regardless of its time slot rivals which includes Hell’s Kitchen (1.9, 4.6 million) and NCIS (3.1, 18.1 million.)
The Voice returned strong last night despite a significant talent shakeup. The newly-renovated panel of coaches (now with Shakira and Usher in place of Christina and Cee-Lo) found a 4.7 18-49 last night with 13.36 million viewers tuning in, up from last fall’s premiere. It was enough to beat Dancing with the Stars in the key demo which fell dramatically to a 2.3 18-49 while still netting 14.1 million viewers. This is great news for The Peacock as it helped to propel the return of Revolution as well. The scripted drama managed a 2.7 rating in its mid-season premiere which is on par with where it left off.
Update: The Voice adjusted up to a 4.8 18-49, 13.6 million; Dancing with the Stars adjusted up to a 2.4 18-49, 14.47 million; and Revolution adjusted down to a 2.6 18-49, 7.0 million in final numbers.
The Adam Levine SNL promos have just hit the web for your viewing pleasure. At the host’s side this time around is Bobby Moynihan who has apparently never done these before, so congratulation to him. The musical guest on Saturday will be Kendrick Lamar. As mentioned in one of the spots, Maroon 5 already performed on the long-running sketch series earlier in the season. Continue Reading
Next season will feature a major shift in talent on The Voice, and we are not talking about the show’s contestants. Series mainstays Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green will be stepping aside for a break to tour and pursue other small screen opportunities respectfully which means they need to be temporarily replaced. Word broke a while back that those bringing fresh blood would be Usher and Shakira and this is their very first promo entitled “The Pickup.” Continue Reading
Right after Community’s Shirley spilled the beans on her show’s February 7th return, NBC made it official by announcing their entire list of mid-season schedule changes. The headliner here will obviously be The Voice as it remains their top show by a mile, and the next cycle replaces Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera with the combination of Shakira and Usher which makes that a closely watched item. Premiering March 25th, there is definitely the potential that it could give American Idol a run for its money as The Voice continues to show strength while the other remains in a downward spiral.
In terms of new shows, series that will premiere include Deception, 1600 Penn, and Ready for Love. None of these are really garnering much attention, but perhaps one of them could be a hit. On that note, the most recent hit original program from NBC happens to be returning in March. Revolution continues to take advantage of its Voice lead-in which is why the pairing will remain unchanged. It is tough to find programs that do not shed the millions of viewers at its doorstep, so NBC is not taking that for granted and is definitely uninterested in playing with fire by moving their ‘success story’ around. Continue Reading
In case there was any doubt about it, NBC is going forward with their plan to make The Voice a year-round thing. The network just picked up the singing competition series for two more cycles to air next Spring and Fall, suggesting that they are throwing caution to the wind in regards to those warnings that over-saturation could hurt the show’s overall longevity. Continue Reading
It looks like The Voice is not moving to an exclusively fall run after all. Apparently, the series is set to continue its year-round approach (as previously announced,) but it will act on introducing substitutes in the show’s fourth cycle as Usher and Shakira will be replacing CeeLo Green and Christina Aguilera respectively. This is something that has been alluded to in the past as the series has been searching for ways to get top tier talent unwilling to drop the tour circuit on the program. If it goes well, expect this sort of thing to continue and who knows, it just might be more attractive for both viewers and musicians unwilling to take such a gig permanently. Take that, over saturation! Continue Reading
Today’s a big day for the ratings because it is likely the first and only time that The X Factor will battle The Voice head-to-head in the same time slot. Both did relatively horrendous showing that NBC’s move was more kamikaze than anything else. If it had any affect on The X Factor’s future, it will definitely be short term, making the fourth-ranked broadcaster look foolish yet again. With that out of the way, let’s crunch some numbers.
The overnight ratings put The X Factor and The Voice in a tie among 18-49-year-olds at a 3.3 overall with the former getting adjusted up to a 3.4 in final ratings. The Voice still won though as that first hour only gave Simon Cowell’s show a 2.7 which is absolutely dreadful for such a pricey reality series. Thankfully for him, viewers showed up when The Voice went off the air at 9 PM and they managed to raise their demo rating substantially against America’s Got Talent–a very similar program that found a 2.9 for the head-to-head hour. Continue Reading
Singer Cee Lo Green has certainly not been shy about his television ambitions. Upon hitting it big with The Voice, the musician took to a variety of other small screen offerings via guest parts and today we are hearing that he is preparing to star in a multi-camera comedy for NBC. Word is that Cee Lo is in final negotiations with NBC to star in and executive produce a sitcom that will hail from Sony’s Happy Madison banner. Continue Reading
The Voice coach Adam Levine was on Ellen today to promote his hit reality show where the conversation turned to his newly cast role in the second season of American Horror Story. It turns out that the Maroon Five front man has yet to even see the show as things like that freak him out. Naturally, this was not a scenario that Ellen would pass up without an attempted scare.