NBC’s ‘The Voice’: Season 3 premiere date, Jermaine Paul performance

We have a return date!

If you are already missing the giant red chairs of “The Voice,” don’t fret — the show is going to be back sooner than you would initially expect.

On Monday, NBC programming head Robert Greenblatt announced that the show’s third season is going to be premiering on Monday, September 10 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. As to why the show is starting up early compared to the rest of the fall TV season, there’s really a specific answer for it — it’s all about the Olympics. The network has a whole is planning to try and capitalize on the audience drawn by the London 2012 games, and will be launching a number of new shows (or at least showing them off) in between events as a way of boosting their ambitious new lineup.

As for the issue of potentially having cycles of coaches, it is still unclear if NBC is going to be using this fall season as a way to put some new coaches onto the panel, or if they will bringing back the favorites from seasons 1-2 (Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, and Cee Lo Green) and allow a new panel to handle the spring season.

Do you think viewers will come to miss “The Voice” after just four short months off the air, and who do you think the network should be looking at as potential new coaches? Below, you can check out a new interview with season 2 champ Jermaine Paul as he visited “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Monday. (We will be speaking to Paul on Tuesday, so stay tuned for that.)

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