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Thursday
Mar082012

NBC's 'The Voice' Expands to Tuesday Night Next Month

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- NBC wants to hear -- and see -- more of The Voice, so next month, the network will expand the show to two nights per week.

The singing competition will air a one-hour results show on Tuesday nights, beginning April 3.  The extra hour of The Voice will compete against ABC's Dancing with the Stars results show.  A two-hour live finale is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8.

Currently, The Voice airs only on Monday nights.  The live performance rounds will begin Monday, April 2.

The Voice is definitely NBC's biggest hit.  This week's episode was seen by 16.7 million viewers, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Feb242012

Report: 'The Biggest Loser' Moves on Without Two Contestants

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The Biggest Loser has shed a couple of contestants after the cast walked out on the show in protest of a potential format change.

According to TMZ.com, the NBC weight-loss series has decided to continue shooting the rest of the season without two of the contestants who revolted.

TMZ previously reported that nearly all of the remaining contestants on The Biggest Loser left the set because they were upset that producers are thinking of inviting previously-eliminated contestants back into the competition.  The website says producers may turn the protest into a storyline on the show.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Feb232012

Report: 'Biggest Loser' Contestants Leave Show in Protest

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Producers of the NBC series The Biggest Loser have a lot weighing on their mind.

TMZ.com claims nearly all of the contestants who remain in the hunt for the $250,000 grand prize this season have quit the weight-loss show for the time being. The reason: the contestants discovered that producers are thinking of inviting previously-eliminated contestants back into the competition.

The current contestants, who reportedly don't like the idea of giving the others a second chance at the jackpot, left the show while shooting an episode.  As a result, production has been shut down for at least a week while producers figure out how to proceed.

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Monday
Feb132012

John Goodman Possibly Joining Roseanne Barr in NBC Pilot 

Kevin Winter/Getty Images for TV Land(NEW YORK) -- Roseanne Barr will be reunited with her former on-screen husband, John Goodman, in her new NBC pilot.

Deadline.com reports Goodman is in final talks to appear in the pilot Downwardly Mobile, in which Barr will play the proprietor of a mobile home park. Goodman will fill the role of an employee at the park.

Goodman and Barr played husband and wife on the 1988-1997 sitcom Roseanne.

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Tuesday
Feb072012

Super Bowl Broadcast Sets Record with 111.3 Million Viewers

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the third consecutive year, the Super Bowl has set a record for the biggest-ever audience for a U.S. television program.

NBC's broadcast of the New York Giants' last-minute win over the New England Patriots averaged 111.3 million viewers, according to Deadline.com. It's a slightly higher total than the 111 million who tuned in to last year's Super Bowl game on Fox between the victorious Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

There are only two other broadcasts in U.S. television history that reached at least 100 million viewers. The 2010 Super Bowl between the champion New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts drew 106.5 million viewers, and the 1983 series finale of M*A*S*H was seen by 106 million people.

Madonna's performance at Sunday's game set a record for the most-watched Super Bowl halftime entertainment show, drawing 114 million viewers.

The second season premiere of NBC's The Voice clearly benefited from having the Super Bowl as its lead-in.  The singing competition attracted 37.6 million viewers and earned the highest rating in the advertiser-friendly 18-to-49-year-old demographic of any entertainment telecast in six years.

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Friday
Feb032012

'The Voice' Returns Sunday After the Super Bowl

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- NBC's singing competition The Voice begins its second season on Sunday night, in the plum post-Super Bowl time slot.

In one respect, the expectations for The Voice are raised -- it was a summer show last year, but this time around it will regularly air Monday nights opposite other networks' first-run programming.

All four mentors from season one -- Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton -- are back, as is host Carson Daly.  They're joined by a new social media correspondent, Christina Milian.

Not surprisingly, The Voice is again being compared to shows like American Idol and The X Factor, but the mentors say there are a few aspects to their program that sets it apart from the competition.

Levine recently told reporters, "All four of us are singers. That's probably the thing that differentiates us the most, is that we all sing. It's our craft. All four of us. So that alone is a unique element on its own."

Aguilera says the mentors last season tried to offer advice to struggling contestants, rather than ridicule them.

"We really wanted to give genuine opinion without tearing people down.  So this year we actually are diving more into critiquing it," she says.

Critics have pointed out that albums released by season-one winner Javier Colon and his Voice peers, including runner-up Dia Frampton, have not sold especially well.

Daly's response: "Season one of a television show on a major network put out more quality music than arguably a lot of labels and a lot of artists that are in front of them on the charts.  So as far as, you know, success, it's in the eyes of the beholder. "

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Tuesday
Jan312012

'Fear Factor' Episode Featuring Donkey Semen Pulled by NBC

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- If you tuned into NBC's Fear Factor on Monday night hoping to see contestants consume donkey semen, you were sorely disappointed.

The challenge was supposed to be featured in an episode initially scheduled to air Monday night, but NBC pulled the episode altogether and replaced it with a rerun.

As part of the stunt, contestants were asked to drink donkey semen and donkey urine in order to advance to the next round.

According to Entertainment Weekly, NBC Entertainment President Robert Greenblatt said in a statement, “I reviewed the episode late last week and decided it wasn’t a segment we should air.”

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Friday
Jan272012

'Fear Factor' Serves Up Fresh Donkey Semen

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The gross-out level on Fear Factor has always been high, but the installment scheduled to air on Monday, Jan. 30, made some NBC executives think twice about running the show, TMZ reports.

The episode features contestants being challenged to drink a full glass of fresh donkey semen and a full glass of donkey urine.  The contestants had to down both glasses before moving on to the next round.

Sources tells TMZ that NBC executives had several meetings about the stunt and gave serious thought to pulling it, but eventually gave in to Fear Factor producers and agreed to let it air.

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Monday
Jan092012

Fox Says It Wants to Keep Ryan Seacrest on 'American Idol'

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(PASADENA, Calif.) -- Fox would rather not envision an American Idol without its longtime host, Ryan Seacrest.  The Hollywood Reporter published a story last week that suggested that Seacrest could leave the show after his contract with Idol expires after this year.

Speaking at a Television Critics Association panel in Pasadena, Calif., on Sunday, Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly said the network has every intention of retaining Seacrest.

He said, "It's very hard to imagine the show without Ryan....[I]t's a tough negotiation and one that will come to a conclusion I think pretty quickly."

Seacrest echoed those thoughts, but he also acknowledged that he's in the midst of negotiations with NBCUniversal, the parent company of E!, for which he is an anchor. He also produces the Kardashian shows for the network.  Seacrest declined to comment on the rumors that he may join NBC's Today show in some capacity, and also sidestepped a question regarding whether he'd entertain the thought of one day hosting the NBC singing competition The Voice.

Speaking of The Voice, Fox couldn't resist taking a few digs at the rival music show.

Idol judge Randy Jackson said, "The winner of The Voice, as I will remind you, was an artist that had a deal with Capitol Records for many years, a failed contract over there, so it was almost like, that show, it was almost like second-chance people. It wasn't like some new artist, you know what I mean?  It's a different thing out there to me."

In addition, Fox alternative entertainment chief Mike Darnell poked fun at the fact that The Voice will employ former Idol winner Kelly Clarkson as a mentor this season.

He said, "I think it's a compliment to Idol that we're creating, this show has created superstars.  And that other shows want to use those superstars on their shows.  We're not hiring a lot of people on The Voice to be on our show."

The new season of Idol begins next week.  Reilly said he expects Idol to suffer a slight drop in the ratings this year because it's been around for over a decade.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Dec202011

Super Bowl Will Be Live-Streamed Online for First Time

Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Want to watch the Super Bowl on your phone? For the first time, there’s a live stream for that.

NBC’s broadcasts of four major football games -- the two Saturday wild-card games, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl -- will be streamed live on the NBC Sports and NFL websites and through Verizon’s NFL mobile app, for the first time, the NFL announced Tuesday.

Verizon customers will be able to use their laptops, smart phones and tablets to watch the “NBC Postseason Extra” stream, which will launch with the televised broadcast of the wild-card games on Jan. 7, followed by the Pro Bowl on Jan. 29 and Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, hosted in Indianapolis.

The service will include additional camera angles, highlights, talent interaction, live stat updates as well as instant replay.

NFL spokeswoman Joanna Hunter said the application will allow you to replay key moments over and over again in case you missed that incredible toe-drag touchdown or you had to leave your Super Bowl party to pick up an extra bag of chips.

“We don’t see the online offering serving as anyone’s primary screen,” Hunter said. “We anticipate that our fans will still be gathering around the television screen on Super Bowl Sunday....We see the computer as a complimentary screen.”

Not to worry, those unforgettable Super Bowl ads will be included as part of the replay package too.

Hunter said that the streams will be through Verizon only because the mobile carrier has a pre-existing relationship with the league and NBC.

Last year’s Super Bowl, in which the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, was the most watched television program in U.S. history, racking in a whooping 111 million viewers.

The rights to the Super Bowl currently rotates every year between NBC, Fox and CBS. Madonna will perform at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show.

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