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Simon Cowell suggests Super Bowl for 'X Factor,' 'Idol,' and 'The Voice'

We’re not sure which would make a better television special: a supernova competition between winners of The X Factor, American Idol, and The Voice, or a cage match between über-producers Simon Cowell and Nigel Lythgoe.

On Thursday, the two men engaged in a brief Twitter exchange that suggests a friendly rivalry could make for great TV if it ever found its way into broadcast. First, this from X Factor’s Cowell: “Maybe the winner of @TheXFactorUSA this yr should compete with winner of The Voice & Idol in a super final. Just a thought. I’d be up for it.”

Lythgoe then replied via @dizzyfeet: “@simoncowell suggests the IDOL winner should take on the voice and x-factor winners. The problem is the Idol winner will be a star by then.” Oh, snap! READ FULL STORY

'Smash,' 'Alcatraz,' 'Voice' dip as NBC wins Monday

NBC won Monday night with another impressive performance from The Voice, but its new drama series Smash fell a worrisome amount in the ratings.

Smash (8.1 million viewers, 2.8 adults 18-49 rating) was down 26 percent from last week’s premiere, yet still won the 10 p.m. hour. Smash‘s dip partly reflects a drop from its lead-in, The Voice (16.1 million, 5.9), which fell 12 percent from last week’s debut.

You don’t want to paint Monday’s ratings poorly for NBC because, when taken as a snapshot, this was a great night for the network — NBC won every time period and put pressure on rivals (usual victor CBS watched its sitcom block fall to season lows). Yet when looking at ratings, you’re also following the trends. The Voice dip is actually good news, declining a mere 12 percent the week after a show’s huge Super Bowl-fueled launch is as strong as one can reasonably expect. The Smash drop is problematic, however. The musical was at a fine level — you just hope the brakes come on during the next couple weeks. READ FULL STORY

'The Voice': Hey, that's Jordis from 'Rock Star'!

Anyone who loved the short-lived CBS show Rock Star should have felt major déjà vu on Monday. That’s because Jordis Unga, one of the participants from the INXS season, showed up on stage.

It’s hard to blame Voice executive producer Mark Burnett for recycling singers from his old show. Rock Star unearthed some extraordinary talent, and it was a shame it never went the distance. (If only Van Halen would have agreed to find its new frontman on CBS.)

On Monday, Unga, 29, performed “Maybe I’m Amazed” and had everyone but Adam Levine (WTH?) turning around to greet her. Maybe she should have gone with “Man Who Sold the World” from Rock Star instead (which is also a favorite of Rock Star’s No. 1 fan, Dalton Ross). Check it out here: READ FULL STORY

'Smash' starts solid; 'Voice' tops Monday ratings

Monday’s twin debuts of The Voice in its regular time slot and freshman drama Smash delivered pretty good news for NBC.

As expected, The Voice‘s ratings (17.7 million viewers, 6.6 adults 18-49) dropped sharply from Sunday’s post-Super Bowl debut. The singing competition was down 60 percent. But this was NBC’s highest-rated regular entertainment series telecast in over four years and gave the network a rare Monday night victory. It’s also up 29 percent from last year’s series debut of The Voice and grew steadily each half hour.

NBC’s Smash (11.5 million, 3.8) news was a bit more mixed. The musical was the third-highest-rated new drama debut of the season and delivered the biggest 10 p.m. rating of any drama this season. Yet even with the mammoth Voice lead-in, four rival network shows had higher ratings. Plus, Smash dropped pretty sharply after The Voice, then dipped again during its second half hour. READ FULL STORY

'The Voice' stuns: Biggest non-sports TV rating in six years

Wow: You expected NBC’s post-Super Bowl season 2 premiere for The Voice to be big.

But not this big.

The Voice returned to 37.6 million viewers and a 16.3 rating among adults 18-49. That’s — and here’s the killer claim — the highest rating for a non-sports telecast on any network in six years. It’s the biggest number since the post-Super Bowl telecast of Grey’s Anatomy in 2006. It’s also up 47 in the demo versus Fox’s post-Bowl airing of Glee last year.

Can NBC’s ratings victory continue tonight with the premiere of Smash?

More to come…

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Super Bowl ratings final: Most watched show in history!

UPDATE: In final Nielsen ratings, NBC’s Super Bowl XLVI broke records to become the most-watched TV telecast of all time.

Sunday’s game delivered an incredible 111.3 million viewers, just barely edging out last year’s 111.0 million viewers. Among adults 18-49, the game garnered 40.5 rating. It marks the seventh straight year of Super Bowl audience increases.

NBC’s post-game presentation of the second season opener of The Voice (arguably the more important telecast for the network) garnered a likewise stunning 36.7 million viewers, becoming the highest-rated non-sports telecast in six years. The Voice is also up 47 in the demo vs. Fox’s post-Bowl airing of Glee last year. READ FULL STORY

Adam Levine: 'Shame on Randy Jackson' for dissing 'The Voice' -- VIDEO

The rivalry between American Idol and The Voice shows no signs of cooling down any time soon. On Friday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Voice coach Adam Levine took Idol‘s Randy Jackson to task for Jackson’s comments last month during TCA press tour that NBC’s upstart singing competition show is more for “second chance people” than true musical discoveries. “The winner of The Voice, I will remind you,” Jackson added, “was an artist who had a deal at Capitol Records for several years, a failed contract.”

“Shame on Randy Jackson for saying that,” Levine told DeGeneres, herself a former Idol judge. “Because he of anybody should know that if you’re in this business you need second, third, fourth and fifth chances. So we love and embrace having that being part of the show.” Levine, who was joined by fellow The Voice coaches Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton, does credit Jackson for being “a working musician [who's] had a lot of success,” but he contends Jackson’s comments were “irresponsible.”

Check out video of Levine’s comments below:  READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' judges and producers diss 'The Voice'

For the first time in its history, American Idol will start its 11th season facing down competition from another network singing competition show: NBC’s The Voice, which launches its second season with a plum post-Super Bowl slot and will then start its regular two-hour berth on Mondays. While The Voice won’t go up directly against Idol, it was easy to see at the latter show’s TCA panel today in Pasadena that Idol‘s exec producers and judges are feeling a twinge competitive with their Mark Burnett-produced rival.

“The winner of The Voice, I will remind you, was an artist who had a deal at Capitol Records for several years, a failed contract,” said judge Randy Jackson of The Voice victor Javier Colon. “That show was almost ‘second chance people.’” READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: The best, worst, and most overrated shows of 2011: Plus, what we're jazzed about for 2012, and 'Survivor' picks!

Image Credit: Will Hart/NBC

It’s that time of year. The time to start panicking because you have yet to begin your holiday shopping? Well, yes, but it’s also the time when we here at the InsideTV Podcast take a moment to reflect back on the year in television. What were our favorite shows? What good show had a bad season? What series is completely overrated? And which new shows scored and bored? Dan Snierson, Jessica Shaw, and I give our controversial picks, and also peek ahead to 2012 to name the shows we’re most looking forward to watching next year. (Hint: One of the picks is in the photo above.) READ FULL STORY

will.i.am joins 'The Voice UK'

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Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am will join Jessie J as two of the four coaches on next spring’s The Voice UK. The seven-time Grammy winner told BBC1, which will air the music competition, “I’m proud to be doing The Voice UK because the UK was the first place I saw success. It’s the place I’m the most creative outside of home.”

BBC1 controller Danny Cohen says: “I am thrilled that will.i.am has signed up to be a Coach on The Voice. He is a huge star who will bring a unique creativity to the show.”

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'The Voice' winner Javier Colon to guest as Ray Charles on 'The Playboy Club'

Javier Colon‘s unique sound helped propel him to win the first season of The Voice, but now the singer will have to channel one of the most iconic voices of all-time: Ray Charles. NBC confirmed to EW that Colon will portray Ray Charles in an upcoming episode of The Playboy Club, in which he’ll sing “Let the Good Times Roll.”

But, Colon isn’t the only star stepping back in time — to the ’60s, to be precise — to portray a legend. Colbie Caillat will appear on the show as Lesley Gore, and will sing her classic “It’s My Party,” while Raphael Saadiq will portray Sam Cooke and croon “We’re Having a Party.” Perhaps taking a cue from American Dreams, The Playboy Club will continue to cast popular singers to play icons and perform on the show. (Billboard reports NBC is currently looking to cast singers to appear as James Brown, Roy Orbison, and possibly Frank Sinatra.)

The Playboy Club premieres on NBC on Monday, Sept. 19, at 10 p.m.

Read more:
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Colbie Caillat is first ‘Playboy Club’ celebrity guest star — EXCLUSIVE
NBC’s groovy bunny-stuffed ‘Playboy Club’ art — EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Here's when NBC's 'The Voice' returns

So NBC has previously said an episode of The Voice will follow its presentation of the Super Bowl — but didn’t say when the show will actually premiere. (In other words: Will try to launch at the same time as Fox’s American Idol, which generally starts in mid-January?).

Well, now we know: The Voice will premiere after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5, 2012, announced NBC’s programming chief Robert Greenblatt at critics press tour in Beverly Hills. The Voice will then have a two-hour episode the next night leading into the season premiere of the musical drama Smash.

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'The Voice' tour begins tonight! EW catches up with the contestants at rehearsals -- VIDEO

The live tour featuring the Top 8 contestants from NBC’s The Voice (but not the superstar coaches!) launches tonight at Los Angeles’ Gibson Amphitheatre. So, in preparation for the six-city tour, EW caught up with the folks hitting the road — that’d be Beverly McClellan, Frenchie Davis, Dia Frampton, Xenia, Nakia, Vicci Martinez, Casey Weston, and winner Javier Colon — yesterday as they had a little time between rehearsals.

Here’s what scoop we could glean from them about the tour — and as a bonus, below, you’ll find a little video of the eight belters rehearsing the “Faith”/”Freedom” (George Michael extravaganza!) opening to show, along with Nakia going solo with Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You”:

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