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Billie Joe Armstrong signs up for 'The Voice'

NBC’s The Voice is adding a high-powered rocker to the mix. NBC said Thursday that Green Day vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong has joined the talent contest as a mentor to Christina Aguilera’s team this coming season.

In a statement, Armstrong said he and his family are fans of the show. The Voice has won over viewers because “it’s not molding artists, it’s just giving them a little bit of guidance and direction without giving them a complete makeover,” he said. Besides, Armstrong says, working with Aguilera is “a lot of fun.” He started taping Wednesday on The Voice, which has been in production for season 3 since June. READ FULL STORY

Michael Buble joins Blake Shelton's 'Voice' team

NBC says The Voice is teaming a crooner and a country singer for the show’s new season.

The network said Monday that Michael Bublé will serve as adviser to coach Blake Shelton’s team of contestants when the singing contest returns in September.

Bublé, who described himself as a “big Blake fan,” said he’s having a terrific time working with Shelton and his singers. Bublé started taping his appearances on The Voice Monday in Los Angeles.

NBC has yet to announce advisers for the show’s three other coaches, Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green and Adam Levine.

Kelly Clarkson, Jewel and Baby Face were among last season’s advisers, guiding contestants in their choice of songs. The Voice is back for its third season Sept. 10.

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TV's top time-period battles this fall

With the fall TV schedule now complete (below), we get to step back and take a look at the hellish battleground that broadcast hath wrought. There’s some very tough-to-predict match-ups this fall:*

Tim Allen vs. Whitney Cummings (Fridays, 8-9): “No, my show’s lamer!” ABC and NBC have their low-expectations comedies airing on Fridays this fall, and they might run head-to-head depending on when NBC launches (ABC’s comedies premiere in November). NBC has Whitney and Community and ABC has Last Man Standing and new comedy Malibu Country. (Community fans, if your ass beat by Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin, we have no words for you). At least 9 p.m. shows Shark Tank and Grimm will have half-way decent lead-ins for once. Our prediction: Edge goes to ABC.

Britney Spears vs. Christina ‪Aguilera‬: OK, so one this is kind of a cheat. The Voice and X Factor won’t air on the same nights, let along in the same time period. But if you think their lack of head-to-head scheduling will matter to the media, you deserve to be hit, baby, one more time. Everybody will obsess over how these two compare. NBC’s The Voice has the wind at its back, averaging 6.2 in the adult demo this season compared to X Factor‘s 4.4. We all want to see how Spears handles the reality show spotlight, but many wonder if she can pull off being entertaining and analytical. Mark Burnett cast The Voice with big names who are charismatic and have the cojones to criticize a singer. Simon Cowell seems to like big names — who are just big names. Prediction: You can’t hold down Xtina. READ FULL STORY

'ABDC' judge JC Chasez talks boy bands, 'The Voice,' and tonight's Drake performances

Seven seasons into judging America’s Best Dance Crew, JC Chasez (pictured on the left with series creator Randy Jackson) likes to “go into it fresh every week.” It’s easier said than done with dozens of dance crews floating around in the former NSYNC member’s head at any given time. Tonight’s performances of Drake songs will likely go a long way toward a little mental spring cleaning, though. After routines to Britney, Madonna, and Flo Rida tracks, “Drake is a great change-up,” said Chasez. “The Flo Rida music is very high-paced and energetic, and you’re dealing with two female icons who do dance music. Drake’s tempo is totally different musically. That’s what I’m looking forward to. It’s going to be really, really interesting to see how these crews adjust.”

Below, Chasez talks about the latest crop of ABDC competitors, teases upcoming superstars, names some of his favorite routines in the show’s history, dishes on The Voice and the current boy band resurgence, and addresses rumors of an NSYNC reunion.  READ FULL STORY

EW's season finale calendar

Each year, the month of May brings the promise of warmer weather, the start of big summer movies…and the torturous, agonizing time when we have to bid farewell to our favorite primetime characters. TV addicts that we are, we feel your pain. So to curb the stress, we’ve put together a master list of when your beloved shows will be signing off.  Grab your remotes and ready those DVRs as we present this year’s finales: READ FULL STORY

'Voice' team 'thrilled' at returning ... in the fall?

NBC’s The Voice team doesn’t dispute the possibility that the show might return in the fall.

Host/producer Carson Daly, executive producer Mark Burnett, and judges Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green were at a press conference for the show in Pasadena on Tuesday. Asked about rumors that the show’s third season would air in the fall (which we’ve been hearing as well), Daly simply replied: “Well, we certainly would be excited about the opportunity to put this show, that so many are excited about, on again. It’s a call from the network we haven’t gotten yet. But we’d be thrilled by it.”

NBC has not announced a third season for The Voice, but the show is expected to return next season with all four judges on board. Given the show’s strong ratings performance, NBC could also benefit by using the show as a lead-in for launching new series.

The Voice panel was also asked how the judges would fare, hypothetically of course, as contestants on the show. Shelton offered: “I think Cee Lo would thrive because he’s so versatile. I’m a one trick pony so I could hopefully get through the blinds, then I’d start sucking.” READ FULL STORY

'Private Practice' ratings fall in new time slot

ABC moved Private Practice to Tuesday night and the result was the show’s lowest-rated episode ever.

Untethered from its Grey’s Anatomy mothership, Practice delivered 6.8 million viewers and a 1.7 rating in the adult demo at 10 p.m. last night — a series low for the medical drama and down 19 percent from its last Thursday telecast a month ago. ABC moved Practice to make room for Shonda Rhimes’ latest drama, Scandal. On the plus side, the episode — ironically titled “It Was Inevitable” — won the 10 p.m. hour and improved just a tad over the average of Body of Proof in the slot.

ABC also had Last Man Standing (6.4 million, 1.6), Cougar Town (4.6 million, 1.4) — both series lows — and Dancing results show (13.8 million, 2.4). READ FULL STORY

Are 'The Voice' ratings cracking? 'Idol' back on top

After weeks of victory-lap headlines, NBC’s The Voice is starting to falter somewhat in the ratings — with Fox’s American Idol retaking the lead.

NBC’s music competition continues to rule most nights it airs, just like Tuesday evening when the first Voice results show of the season dominated a somewhat modestly rated field of contenders. The Voice delivered 8.4 million viewers and a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. With ABC’s Dancing With the Stars results show (15.4 million, 2.7) down 13 percent and Fox’s tent-pole comedy New Girl (4.6 million, 2.3) down 12 percent, how can you bag on The Voice, right?

Except, The Voice has declined the last five weeks in a row. It’s down 52 percent this week from its first Monday episode. And while the media justifiably made plenty of noise about The Voice overthrowing Fox’s genre-leading American Idol back in February, few noticed that three weeks ago, the Idol performance show climbed back to the top of the weekly race — and has stayed there.

Both episodes of The Voice this week are actually below the show’s first week of live shows last year, which aired during June when TV viewing levels are traditionally lower. And that ratings slippage is despite The Voice receiving a record-setting boost at the start of this second season thanks to its Super Bowl lead-in. READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story' scoop: 'The Voice' coach Adam Levine in negotiations for season 2 -- EXCLUSIVE

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Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is already a major reality TV star thanks to his gig on NBC’s The Voice, but now the musician is switching over to scripted television. EW can exclusively reveal that Levine is in final negotiations to appear in season 2 of FX’s hit thriller American Horror Story. In his television acting debut, Levine will be playing a contemporary character and half of a couple called “The Lovers.” AHS producers are so fond of Levine that they are shooting around his summer touring schedule.

While the second season of AHS, set to premiere on FX in October, has been cloaked in secrecy, we do know that original cast members Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Lily Rabe will be returning as entirely different characters. Co-creator Ryan Murphy has also said that season 2 will be set in on the East Coast and in a “horror institution.”

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‘The Voice’: Charlotte Sometimes, Tony Vincent and Jermaine Paul talk battle rounds, coaches, and Purrfect the cat — VIDEO

'The Voice': Charlotte Sometimes, Tony Vincent and Jermaine Paul talk battle rounds, coaches, and Purrfect the cat -- VIDEO

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Week one of battle rounds may be over, but that doesn’t mean that the remaining artists left on NBC’s The Voice can rest easy. In fact, the pressure is higher than ever, and three of this season’s contestants dropped by EW to talk about just that.

Charlotte Sometimes (Team Blake), Jermaine Paul (Team Blake) and Tony Vincent (Team Cee Lo) — all New York locals — swung by the EW office last week to answer some of the more pressing questions we had (that host Carson Daly doesn’t already answer for us!). How does it feel to be a Twitter trending topic? What’s life like in Cee Lo Land? And have they ever gotten the pleasure – nay, privilege – of encountering Purrfect the cat?

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'The Voice' ratings climb for battle rounds, and 'Smash' rises too

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Most expected NBC’s The Voice ratings to go down once the show moved from its popular audition phase into the battle rounds. Instead the numbers went up — and boosted Smash too.

Aided by CBS running repeats last night, NBC’s Monday lineup of The Voice (16.7 million viewers, 6.1 adults 18-49 rating) and Smash (7.9 million, 2.7) posted gains over last week. Voice was up 13 percent and Smash climbed 17 percent. NBC is wisely ramping up Voice‘s star power for its battle rounds this year, adding Kelly Clarkson, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Robin Thicke, Alanis Morissette, Lionel Richie and Ne-Yo as guest coaches. This is the best Voice adult demo rating since its premiere week.

The climb was particularly helpful for 10 p.m.’s Smash, which fell drastically from its Super Bowl week premiere last month, then seemed to perk up slightly, and then last night showed some real spark. Smash was probably aided by repeats on other networks more than Voice, though, since both Castle and Hawaii Five-0 were encores in the hour. Still, nobody forces anybody to watch a TV show, and this was a great night for the Peacock.

Also last night: The “Women Tell All” edition of The Bachelor (8.1 million, 2.5) was on par. Fox’s two-hour edition of Alcatraz (5.7 million, 1.8) was steady with last week’s modestly rated hour. (And for those that haven’t heard, Alcatraz‘s chances of renewal likely went up since Terra Nova was just cancelled.)

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Battle rounds begin on 'The Voice' -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Good lord, how in the world do you pick between Anthony Evans and Jesse Campbell?

In this exclusive clip from NBC’s The Voice, the two crooners from Team Xtina duke it out while singing “If I Ain’t Got You” during the first two-hour Battle Round that begins Monday.

“The big difference the Voice has is that, while the [singers] are competing, they still help each other as artists,” Executive Producer Mark Burnett told EW. “Yes, someone will win and someone will lose. But they are both human beings. It makes the show great. It’s a real celebration of art.”

Make the early call: Who will advance after belting Alicia Keys? READ FULL STORY

Wednesday's 'American Idol' ratings slip below 'The Voice'

Now it’s a fight. Fox’s American Idol (15.9 million viewers, 5.1 adults 18-49 rating) slipped 16 percent in the ratings Wednesday night, finishing firmly lower in the adult demographic than Monday’s episode of NBC’s The Voice (16 million, 6.0). Though Idol will likely improve a 10th or so in the national ratings, last night’s episode won’t overtake NBC’s show earlier this week. Fox still has a shot of keeping Idol on top of the weekly TV series charts, however, when another episode of Idol airs tonight. (ABC’s Oscars telecast on Sunday is expected to win the week overall.)

If Voice beats both Idols for the week, it wouldn’t be unprecedented. But the first couple weeks of The Voice season 2, premiering out of the NBC’s mega-rated Super Bowl coverage, wasn’t really an apples-to-apples comparison to Idol, which had already been on the air for several weeks. Now things have settled down and the shows are proving to be extremely competitive. Last week, The Voice came within a 10th of a rating point of toppling Idol on the charts and this week it’s poised to win.

The landscape could shift again after The Voice finishes its chair-spinning audition phase and gets into the less-hypnotic battle rounds. One could argue The Voice is in the most popular phase of its competition while Idol is in one of its weakest (revealing the Top 24). READ FULL STORY

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