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Usher and Shakira join 'The Voice'

The Voice is shaking up its judges panel.

The NBC reality hit has hired R&B singer Usher and Latin singer Shakira as “coaches” for the upcoming spring edition of the series. They’ll replace Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera, who are expected to return to the show next fall. The new additions are part of a plan by NBC and producers to develop an ongoing tent of talent for The Voice that can be mixed and matched as needed. Given the judges’ level of success and tour schedules, it’s difficult to have any of them appear on the show all season now that NBC has decided to run the series in the fall and spring.

“Having award-winning artists as coaches means they need to be able to tour,” said executive producer Mark Burnett. “Whether in the red chair or on tour, our coaches have their chairs for life. This is exactly why, after three seasons, we needed to allow them to rotate out so they can get on the road amongst their fans. Meanwhile, we’re incredibly excited to have singular artists like Usher and Shakira joining the fold.”

Aguilera is releasing a new album and going on tour. CeeLo is developing new music plus working on a scripted comedy series for NBC based on his life. Blake Shelton and Adam Levine will continue on The Voice this spring (and you make your own snarky assumptions about that). The Voice recently returned for its third season and though its ratings were down from previous seasons, it still managed to outshine the Britney-fueled second season premiere of Fox’s The X Factor.

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Britney vs. Christina – Who was more popular on Facebook? EXCLUSIVE

It’s the diva battle as old as time (or, at least, 1999): Britney Spears vs. Christina Aguilera.

With both women’s television shows premiering last week, Facebook’s Talk Meter, a tool that measures chatter on Facebook by looking at current chatter compared to the baseline, was able to measure which singer was buzziest and EW has the exclusive results.

The takeaway points?

-Britney is currently leading Christina in mention counts on Facebook.

-Britney saw a higher spike on the night The X Factor premiered (Sept. 12), with her mentions going up 2,375%. Christina’s mentions “only”  went up 450% during the premiere of The Voice (Sept. 10). READ FULL STORY

'The Voice' wins again against weak competition

Night two of the red button pushers gave NBC a win in adults 18-49 and viewers, though it wasn’t much of a victory. The Voice only had to do battle against a special penultimate episode of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance and repeats on CBS and ABC, so it was relatively easy to post a 3.9 rating/12 share in the key demo and attract 8.3 million viewers, according to early estimates.

Still, the talent show saw some drop off from Monday: It lost 7% of its young adults (though it ran in a different timeslot on Tuesday) and was down 42% versus its comparable audition episode last season that aired on Feb. 6 (6.7/12). Still, the freshman season of The Voice ran in-season and it’s possible viewers still haven’t figured out that originals of their favorite (or not-so-favorite) shows are starting to air on network TV right now. So let’s throw the judges a bone for right now, k?

The premiere of the Matthew Perry starrer Go On on NBC had an admirable debut and, naturally, won its timeslot against repeats. It posted a 3.4/9 and averaged 9.5 million viewers. An original of The New Normal – which featured Shania impersonating Little Edie! — earned a 2.5/7 and 7 million, which is flat with Monday night’s preview after The Voice.

The return of Parenthood only earned a 1.9/5, down 14% from last year’s premiere. I’m sad to report it was the drama’s lowest-rated premiere ever. Hold it together, Braverman clan!

Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance earned a 1.5/4, the same as last week, and 4.3 million viewers.

Backstage at 'The Voice,' the coaches snipe, snark, flirt, and reminisce -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Reunited, and it feels so good!

On the first day of Season 3’s Blind Auditions, The Voice coaches Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, and Christina Aguilera gathered backstage to discuss the season ahead. Social media correspondent Christina Milian got the ball rolling by asking the coaches to name who they see as their biggest competition — which led to Aguilera calling Levine “a sensitive, tender lover,” then imitating Shelton’s big-hearted Santa laugh, then giggling as Levine quoted a famously profane moment from Half Baked (NSFW).

Watch their chummy camaraderie below — before the claws come out on tonight’s episode:

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NBC developing comedy for Cee Lo Green

Now that he’s conquered the competition reality show genre, Cee Lo Green is setting his sights on the network sitcom biz.

NBC will develop a comedy that is based, in part, on Green’s relationship with his ex-wife and kids. He would potentially star and executive produce the sitcom, while Ali Leroi (Everybody Hates Chris) would pen the script. Green would play a top recording artist in the sitcom, natch. But make note: This is in the early stages of development, Voice fans, so it’s unclear whether the show will even go to pilot.

Green’s the second judge to score a gig away from The Voice, which returns Monday. Adam Levine has booked a spot on American Horror Story: Asylum, which returns to FX in October.

 

'How To Rock' star Cymphonique Miller spills on Cee Lo, Demi Lovato, and her famous family

The Voice‘s zaniest coach Cee Lo Green is given to rocking jumpsuits that look like they’re made of Muppets and stroking his stuffed cat Purrfect. Does that make him crazy? Possibly. But when Green showed up for a guest stint on Nick’s How to Rock (airing tonight at 8 p.m. ET), he was surprisingly understated, donning a plain black T-shirt and relatively few flashes of bling. “I’m used to seeing him in big, colorful feathers and all these crazy outfits,” laughs the show’s 15-year-old star Cymphonique Miller, “and he was really down-to-earth with his outfits when he came on set.”

Green’s no-nonsense air didn’t end with his ensemble, says Miller. “Whenever I work with an artist or someone from the music industry [who comes] into the acting world, it’s always interesting to see if they memorize lines or take the acting seriously,” she notes, adding happily that Green was “really cool and professional…. He really brought his own flavor to the role.” Green also brought his family, a fact Miller appreciated given her own famous pedigree — she’s the daughter of Master P and sister to the artist formerly known as Lil’ Romeo. Below, Miller dishes on what exactly she is doing on stage with Green, another exciting star cameo to come, and the best advice she got from upcoming X Factor judge Demi Lovato.

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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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‘ABDC’ judge JC Chasez talks boy bands, ‘The Voice,’ and tonight’s Drake performances
‘Voice’ team ‘thrilled’ at returning … in the fall?

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

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