NBC Extends Two Tuesday Episodes, Adds Wednesday Episode of 'The Voice' - Updated

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March 18th, 2013

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Update: NBC has issued a press release about the extended episodes.

via: press release:

NBC’S ‘The Voice’ ANNOUNCES TWO-HOUR TUESDAY BROADCASTS ON APRIL 30

AND MAY 7 THAT WILL BUILD DRAMA OF UPCOMING KNOCKOUT AND LIVE

PLAYOFFS EPISODES

Hit Vocal Competition Series Also Features Special Live Wednesday-night Edition on May 8 Where Final Top 12 Artists Will Be Revealed

The Voice” Concludes with Season Finale on June 18

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – March 18, 2013 – NBC’s “The Voice” will feature a pair of two-hour Tuesday broadcasts (8-10 p.m. ET) on both April 30 and May 7 that will showcase the exciting Knockout rounds on April 30 and spotlight the crucial live Playoffs episode on the May 7 broadcast.

The Voice” then will follow with a dramatic live Wednesday-night edition on May 8 (8-9 p.m. ET) where the final Top 12 artists will be revealed.

The hit vocal competition series will climax with its eventful live season finale on Tuesday, June 18 (9-11 p.m. ET).

In addition, “Ready For Love” will air a one-hour edition (10-11 p.m. ET) following “The Voice” on Tuesday, April 30 and May 7.

"The Voice" returns on Monday, March 25 (8-10 p.m. ET) with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show's fourth season. Celebrity musician coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton return along with new coaches, Usher and Shakira, while Carson Daly continues to serve as host and Christina Milian as social media correspondent.

The show’s innovative format features four stages of competition: the first begins with the blind auditions, then the battle rounds, the knockouts and finally, the live performance shows.

In the final live performance phase of the competition, the top artists from each team will compete each week against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience will vote to save their favorite artists and the two artists with the lowest number of votes will be sent home each week. In the end, one will be named “The Voice” and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract.

"The Voice" is a presentation of Mark Burnett’s One Three Inc., Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series is created by John de Mol, who executive-produces along with Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Stijn Bakkers and Lee Metzger.

via press release:

 

NBC has announced that the Tuesday April 30 and Tuesday, May 7 episodes of The Voice will be two hours long. The April 30 episode will feature the Knockout Round while the live playoffs will be featured on May 7. In addition, the show will air a  one hour Wednesday episode on May 8, in which the top 12 contestants will be announced.

 
  • Brian J

    @TVMAN:

    Fox has a pretty weak schedule without Idol. The X Factor does okay, but it’s hardly a powerhouse. With those two shows, what would Fox have?

  • Ben

    Fox is doing well on Sunday night from 8 to 10 with their animation domination programs.

  • DenverDean

    The REAL QUESTION: If NBC is going to run two cycles of TV, why run 1/3 of it after the season is over? Those five weeks would’ve been very helpful during Feb and March, not just for TV, but for the entire network. Ratings would’ve gone up across the entire schedule. This makes zero sense to me.

  • TVMAN

    @BrianJ. Bones, The Following, New Girl , Hells Kitchen, Glee are all averaging above a 2.0+ Rasing Hope & The Mindy Proj are also decent performers. That compared to NBC where the only shows getting above a 2.0 are The Biggest Loser(?). Not counting Revolution because who knows how low it will crash after its hiatus.

  • Bern

    The Voice is going to destroy American Idol. Can’t wait to see The Voice.

  • Ultima

    @DenverDean
    : If NBC is going to run two cycles of TV, why run 1/3 of it after the season is over? Those five weeks would’ve been very helpful during Feb and March, not just for TV, but for the entire network. Ratings would’ve gone up across the entire schedule. This makes zero sense to me.

    NBC overestimated the strength of their comedies, by a lot. They should have brought The Voice back earlier and cut back on the comedy hours and run The Biggest Loser at the same time. Presumably, once they realized their mistake, it was too late to move the return of The Voice up.

  • Brian J

    @DenverDean:

    It’s probably a combination of a few things, but I bet NBC probably wanted to give the show as much of a realistic break as possible, so as to retain strength and not weaken it AND to see how it will hold up in the beginning of the summer. This might make for a smoother transition to shows like AGT but, more importantly, make it easier to launch scripted programming in the summer. If The Voice is big going into June, NBC could try to launch a new series there, when other networks are in repeats, and air it exclusively over the summer or try to give programs it would want in the regular season a chance to stand out, bringing them back at midseason.

    Or maybe not. But if I am more right than wrong, it seems wise.

  • Brian J

    @TVMAN:

    Yeah, Fox isn’t bad, but it’s not great, either. New Girl is down from where it was last year (more on that in a moment), Bones is winding to an end and has never been a big, bit hit, and Hell’s Kitchen is really like America’s Got Talent, which is to say it’s a summer series that works well but should probably stay in the summer. Meanwhile, while The Following is a hit, it’s not going to last for that man seasons and isn’t even done with its first.

    Fox isn’t in terrible shape, but it’s not in great shape, either. The problem is, the network isn’t using one of its biggest shows, Idol, effectively, even to this day. Glee should have been moved back to Tuesdays and New Girl/TMP should be on Thursdays to get an Idol boost, while something should be airing after Idol on Wednesdays.

  • Brian J

    @Ultima:

    I have to think there’s some strategic thinking going on at NBC. I mean, I can definitely see the logic in seeing how the comedies do on their own. Should they hold up, they could be easily renewed and possibly moved to a new night. If they cratered, which was the case, it’s harder.

    I wonder why NBC didn’t split the difference and give them a shorter amount of time on their own. Do you think my aforementioned suggestions about keeping The Voice strong and trying to launch summer shows might be part of the reason why NBC held it for so long?

  • TVMAN

    @BrianJ. Because IDOLs history has not been good in having new shows after it. TOUCH, The Finder, Past Life, have failed after IDOL.

  • Brian J

    @TVMAN:

    It’s tough to find a good show, but Fox has had its share of good shows since Idol has been on. It doesn’t have to launch a new show after Idol. It has good shows now and could easily move one of them after it. Why it’s not doing that is kind of puzzling.

  • Petar Ivanov

    x factor ia almost the same format as idol is.

  • JS

    It’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” all over again (which is what killed ABC awhile back). NBC is already dead- so they’re looking to get even more dead. NBC – more than ever- it stands for “N”ot “B”roadcasting “C”orrectly!

  • Ultima

    @JS
    It’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” all over again

    Because it was those extra three hours of Millionaire during sweeps that brought it down, not the four episodes a week for an entire year? :roll:

  • forg

    NBC has no choice, they need to maximize their only real hit to salvage their overall ratings

  • David Howell

    I’m half surprised NBC haven’t considered using the four judge format to do a stripped week. Sunday – judge 1′s acts perform. Monday – judge 2′s acts perform, judge 1 elimination. And so on until Thursday with judge 4′s acts being eliminated.

    Then you get five Voice leadins!

  • Bob

    Comparing Idol with The Voice is ridiculous. The Voice is in it’s THIRD year and doing nowhere near the success that Idol had. Idol is in it’s 12th year. Most likely The Voice won’t ever see a 12th year.

  • Brian J

    @Bob:

    If NBC were to see legitimate growth in or success from new scripted series next year, it’d probably scale back The Voice pretty quickly or maybe move it into the summer in some way.

    @Ultima:

    The Millionaire comparisons aren’t apt, but on that note, I’m surprised the networks haven’t tried to ape the success of that show yet again, NBC in particular. As you may recall, I think a reboot of a show called Supermarket Sweep could work on two or even three nights for NBC. Google the show if you don’t know or don’t remember what it is, but it’s light, fun, and would be super cheap to produce, before you even consider product placement and the like. I could see it being a big hit for NBC and allowing them the opportunity to launch new scripted shows.

    But if not that, then something similar. And whatever the case, I think Greenblatt, et al would be smart enough to use it correctly–putting it on two or three nights, like Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, at 8:00 or 8:30, depending on how long it was, and putting new scripted shows on after it, basically what they are doing with The Voice now. There’s no guarantee the shows would be successful, but I think they’d try–and more importantly, I think they’d leave the scripted shows there for most if not all of the season.

  • TVMAN

    @BrianJ. Glee is after it now..

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