As we wrote about earlier in the day, NBC announced at its upfront presentation Sunday that the rumors were true, and “The Voice” was going to be aired both in the fall as well as the spring for this coming season. However, there is a key question that goes along with this — are the original coaches (Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, and Cee Lo Green) really going to have the time in their schedule to do two shows?
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at the event Sunday, network head Robert Greenblatt made the interesting suggestion that since “two commitment a year is more than what [the original coaches] expected,” they may be looking at some new faces for at least one of the cycles. Could this work? We could see it being effective if they found some stars that were of the same sort of caliber, but it is also risky — not only is double-dipping a singing competition a risk from the standpoint of losing viewers quickly, but you also risk alienating your original coaches by hiring new ones.
With all of this in mind, Greenblatt did also make it clear that the show is in no way trying to phase out the original coaches (who are under contract for another season) — rather, they are just trying to expand the show:
“We love them all and they’re all spectacular and different from one another … We love the chemistry.”
Meanwhile, Greenblatt says that they are looking at a few format changes — including extending the blind auditions to get more bang for their ratings buck, but also moving up the live shows faster so that people can get to know the artists more. (Let’s hope this means that the battle rounds are either changed in some way or have a reduced role.)
Do you think that NBC is really running a risk of destroying their own most-popular franchise by putting it on in the fall?