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Global Showbiz Briefs: Nat Geo Wild Orders More Of Arrow’s ‘Animal Fight Night’; ‘The Voice’ Sings In Croatia, India; ‘Top Gear’ Falls Foul Of Ofcom; More

By | Tuesday July 29, 2014 @ 1:28am PDT

Global Showbiz Briefs: Nat Geo Wild Orders More Of Arrow’s ‘Animal Fight Night’; ‘The Voice’ Sings In Croatia, India; ‘Top Gear’ Falls Foul Of Ofcom; MoreThe UK’s Arrow Media has received a commission for six more hours of its wildlife show Animal Fight Night which premieres on Nat Geo WILD in the U.S. on August 18 before rolling out internationally in September. Animal Fight Night was first launched in the U.S. in October last year. It was Arrow Media’s first move into natural history programming and the company later received orders for Building Penguin Paradise (Nat Geo WILD) and Dogs: Their Secret Lives (Channel 4). Each Animal Fight Night episode uses CGI to recreate and examine same species battles between animal world adversaries and dissects the science behind the tactics and bodily weapons that various creatures employ. Read More »

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Jay Bienstock Named CEO Of Talpa Media USA

By | Thursday July 17, 2014 @ 1:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jay Bienstock Named CEO Of Talpa Media USATalpa Media Group has tapped veteran unscripted producer Jay Bienstock as new CEO for Talpa Media USA. The top position at Talpa Media’s U.S. outpost had been vacant since the departure of CEO Simon Jones last year. Bienstock comes from A. Smith & Co., where he most recently served as Managing Director. At Talpa Media USA, he will oversee the company’s current slate, which includes the Emmy-winning NBC series The Voice and Fox’s upcoming Utopia. Both series were created by John de Mol, owner of Talpa Media Group. “We have been looking for a talented creative executive but also one with the business acumen of Jay to join Talpa and lead our U.S. division,” said de Mol. “We are excited to have Jay on board and look forward to the success we believe Jay will bring us within the Hollywood community.” Read More »

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Primetime Emmys: Full List Of Nominees

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 5:53am PDT

Primetime Emmys: Full List Of NomineesThe 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning at the TV Academy in North Hollywood. Netflix fared well with Best Series nominations in both comedy and drama categories, with Orange Is The New Black in the former and House Of Cards in the latter. HBO fared well with noms for rookie Silicon Valley and Veep on the comedy side and Game Of Thrones and True Detective on the drama side. Both of that series’ stars, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrleson, received nods in the actor category, as did Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm. The AMC show is back in the drama race with Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey rounding out the category. On the comedy side, the top category includes reigning champ Modern Family, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and FX’s Louie.

Here’s the full list of noms:

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television

Louie
FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc. and FX Productions

Modern Family
ABC • Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Orange Is The New Black
Netflix • Lionsgate Television for Netflix

Silicon Valley
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Judgemental Films, Alec Berg, Altschuler Krinsky works, and 3 Arts Entertainment

Veep
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad
AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Downton Abbey
PBS • A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production in association with NBC Universal

Game Of Thrones
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions

House Of Cards
Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix

Mad Men
AMC • Lionsgate Television

True Detective
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Neon Black, Anonymous Content, Parliament of Owls and Passenger Read More »

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Imagen Award Noms Unveiled

By | Thursday June 19, 2014 @ 1:21pm PDT

Imagen Award Noms UnveiledThe Imagen Foundation is out with the nominations for its 29th annual awards that honor portrayals of Latinos and Latino cultures in TV and film. Up for Best Primetime Television Program are FX’s The Bridge, NBC’s Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: SVU and ABC Family’s The Fosters and Switched At Birth. Nominees for Best Picture are A Miracle In Spanish Harlem, After School, Cesar Chavez, Coyote and Sleeping With The Fishes. Trophies will be handed out August 1 at the Beverly Hilton, and the Imagen Awards will air as an hourlong special on PBS SoCal (date TBA). Here is the complete list of this year’s nominees: Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff Makes Date With Pinewood; India’s ‘Holiday’ Travels Well; Nordisk Film TV Appointment

pinewood star warsBritain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne confirmed on Tuesday night that the UK’s relationship with Star Wars will continue. The MP was at Pinewood – where JJ Abrams’ Episode VII moved onto soundstages about 10 days ago – and tweeted, “On set of Episode VII tonight, can announce another #StarWars film will be made in UK. A #LongTermEconomicPlan in a galaxy far far away.” The Conservative politician caught a lot of flack on Twitter for the latter remark, but by and large the Star Wars movies, and other big Hollywood projects, are bringing a flood of money into the UK which has very lucrative film tax breaks. The currently filming Episode VII is due for release on December 18, 2015 and the standalone Star Wars Osborne referred to last night will also be shot next year. The spinoff is being directed by Gareth Edwards. Per local reports, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid added last night, “Given Lucasfilm’s decision to film another Star Wars movie in the UK, it is clear that the Force is strong here.” Read More »

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Fox’s New Series Trailers: ‘Gotham’, ‘Gracepoint’, ‘Red Band Society’, ‘Mulaney’, ‘Utopia’, ‘Backstrom’, ‘Empire’, ‘Heiroglyph’, ‘Wayward Pines’, ‘Last Man On Earth’

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 2:55pm PDT

Fox Upfronts 2014Check out the first look at Fox‘s new comedies and dramas as part of the 2014-2015 series orders. Check back for more as they come in.

Gotham – Fall Drama
Produced by Warner Bros TV and based upon characters published by DC Entertainment. From writer/executive producer Bruno Heller, director/executive producer Danny Cannon and executive producer John Stephens.

Gracepoint – Fall Event Series
Produced by Shine America in association with Kudos and Imaginary Friends. From writer/executive producer Chris Chibnall and executive producers Anya Epstein, Dan Futterman, Jane Featherstone,John Goldwyn and Carolyn Bernstein. Futterman and Epstein serve as showrunners.

Red Band Society – Fall Drama
Produced by ABC Studios in association with Amblin TV. From writer/executive producer Margaret Nagle and executive producer Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Sergio Aguero and director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

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Fox 2014 Schedule: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ & ‘Mulaney’ Join Sunday Animated Block, ‘Glee’ Held For Midseason

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 5:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox Fall Schedule 2014Animation domination no more. Fox is abandoning its all-animated Sunday comedy block and reverting to a mix of live-action and animated comedies on the night, with Brooklyn Nine-Nine and newbie Mulaney joining The Simpsons and Family Guy. Meanwhile, for the first time since its launch, Glee is not on in the fall schedule for its final season. Here is Fox’s fall schedule, followed by analysis and description of the network’s new series.

FOX FALL 2014 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8-9 PM – GOTHAM
9-10 PM – Sleepy Hollow

TUESDAY
8-9 PM – UTOPIA
9-9:30 PM – New Girl
9:30-10 PM – The Mindy Project

WEDNESDAY
8-9 PM – Hell’s Kitchen
9-10 PM – RED BAND SOCIETY

THURSDAY
8-9 PM – Bones
9-10 PM – GRACEPOINT

FRIDAY
8-9 PM – Masterchef Junior
9-10 PM – UTOPIA

SATURDAY
7-10:30 PM – Fox Sports Saturday

SUNDAY
7-7:30 PM – NFL Game
7-8 PM – Bob’s Burgers
8-8:30 PM – The Simpsons
8:30-9 PM – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9-9:30 PM – Family Guy
9:30-10 PM – MULANEY Read More »

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2014-15 Fox Schedule

By | Wednesday May 7, 2014 @ 12:05pm PDT

2014-15 Fox Schedule
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8-9 PM – GOTHAM
9-10 PM – Sleepy Hollow

TUESDAY
8-9 PM – UTOPIA
9-9:30 PM – New Girl
9:30-10 PM – The Mindy Project

WEDNESDAY
8-9 PM – Hell’s Kitchen
9-10 PM – RED BAND SOCIETY

THURSDAY
8-9 PM – Bones
9-10 PM – GRACEPOINT

FRIDAY
8-9 PM – Masterchef Junior
9-10 PM – UTOPIA

SATURDAY
7-10:30 PM – Fox Sports Saturday

SUNDAY
7-7:30 PM – NFL Game
7-8 PM – Bob’s Burgers
8-8:30 PM – The Simpsons
8:30-9 PM – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9-9:30 PM – Family Guy
9:30-10 PM – MULANEY

Related: Fox New Series First Looks: Video

2014-2015 NEW SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

New Dramas – Fall

GOTHAM – Before there was Batman, there was GOTHAM. Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker? GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise … Read More »

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Gwen Stefani Officially Named As New ‘Voice’ Coach

By | Tuesday April 29, 2014 @ 4:59pm PDT

Hakkasan Las Vegas AnniversaryAfter weeks of rumors and talks, The Voice finally has officially named Gwen Stefani as its new coach for Season 7. Stepping in for a pregnant Christina Aguilera, the multiplatinum No Doubt singer and solo act will join Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, who have been on every season of the NBC singing competition show. Not that Stefani will be sitting in the big red chair for consecutive seasons. Aguilera will be back for Season 8, the network also said today. In the meantime, Stefani will be introduced to Voice viewers with a live performance of her 2004 hitHollaback Girl” during the May 5 episode. Her fellow new coach, the previously announced Pharrell Williams, will bow on the show that same night. Here’s the release today from NBC:

Related: Gwen Stefani In Talks For NBC’s ‘The Voice’ 

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‘Dancing With The Stars’ Showrunner Conrad Green Exits To Join Fox’s ‘Utopia’ As EP

By | Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 9:16am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

conradgreenEXCLUSIVE: It’s the end of an era at ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. Conrad Green, who has been executive producer/showrunner of the veteran reality series since its launch, will depart after the end of the current 18th season. He is leaving to join Fox‘s upcoming Utopia as executive producer. Also joining the upcoming social experiment reality series as executive producer is Jon Kroll (Big Brother, The Amazing Race). Green was part of the original BBC Worldwide Prods. team of Dancing that pitched the format to ABC. His nine-year, 18-cycle krollstint will come to an end at the May 20 season finale. “I’m enormously proud of everything we’ve achieved on Dancing With The Stars,” he told Deadline. “This has been the job of a lifetime and I’m thankful for every performance, every dancer and every colleague I’ve worked with over the years, and to ABC and BBC Worldwide Prods. for these past eighteen seasons. What was once a small dancing show has thrived and become a cultural phenomenon. But after almost 10 years, the opportunity to take on a project with the immense potential of Utopia was simply too good to pass up. The ambition and scale of the challenge is thrilling. I’ll miss everyone I’ve worked with on Dancing With the Stars and look forward to this next exciting chapter.” Read More »

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Shorty Awards Winners Announced

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 8:52pm PDT

Jerry Seinfeld, Aaron Paul and Batkid were among the big winners tonight as the 6th annual Shorty Awards for the best in social media were handed out in New York. The trophy show, which this year added a category for best Vine video, honors various online video, business, entertainment, journalism and social-media stars. Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee was voted best web show, while Paul was tapped as favorite actor Parks And Recreation‘s Retta took the actress prize. Other winners included Patton Oswalt, Paul Feig and Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson. Will Ferrell picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award. Here’s Seinfeld’s taped acceptance speech. The full list of winners is after the jump:

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MIPTV Briefs: Germany Finds ‘Utopia’; eOne Sells AMC Titles; ‘SAF3′ Secures 2nd Season; ITVSGE Adds Major Series; More

mip tv logo 2Social experiment format Utopia is getting a German version. The ProSiebenSat.1 Group has acquired rights with the local version to be a co-production between Talpa Media and its German partner, Schwartzkopff TV. In the States, Talpa Media U.S. is working with Fox on the American version for launch later this year. The reality series features a group of everyday people whisked to an isolated, undeveloped location for an entire year and challenged to create their own civilization. Read More »

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MIPTV: Social Experiments On The Rise As U.S. Buyers Hunt For Formats; Comedies Eye Comeback

mip tv logo 2Television executives are always on the hunt for the proverbial Next Big Thing, and for the past year or so, the Mipcom and Mip-TV markets have emerged as important hubs where some of the hottest new formats are unveiled. Following a strong showing at last fall’s Mipcom, Keshet‘s Rising Star sold around the world, including to ABC in the U.S. What will be the breakout format at Mip-TV which kicks off tomorrow? With the U.S. reality market yet to yield a new tentpole franchise since NBC premiered The Voice three years ago, and most established series more than a decade old, the necessity of finding reinforcements is ever more urgent and means execs need to be constantly vigilant as to where the new possibilities may be hidden. Likening the search to digging for truffles, Jennifer O’Connell, head of Core Media’s U.S. Television Division, says, “We’re really going to be sniffing around everywhere.” It’s important to keep a “very open mind to where a great idea can come from.” Regardless of the provenance, U.S. broadcasters are more apt to take a second look “if someone else did it first… It can be almost like an insurance policy,” she says.

keepyourlightshiningMost agree that the biggest proving grounds for new programming remain the UK, the U.S. and the Netherlands. Israel has also been coming on … Read More »

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‘The Voice UK’ Renewed For Two More Seasons On BBC One

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 2:46am PDT

voice ukWith ratings bolstered in part by the current season’s schedule change, singing competition format The Voice UK has officially been ordered for two more runs on BBC One. The coaching lineup is to be confirmed. There have been reports that Kylie Minogue, who joined this year, may have a tour conflict, but the BBC has said that it would look to accommodate the singer for a potential return to a red chair. The other current coaches are Tom Jones, Ricky Wilson and will.i.am. The third series is leading up to the season finale on April 5 and has generated weekly average audiences of 8.9M since kicking off in January. However, the semi-final this Saturday hit a low, according to overnight data which gave it 5.94M viewers. Season 2 last year suffered a drop, averaging 7.45M viewers, but bbc one logoSeason 3 is back on par with Season 1. The resurgence comes as the competition show shifted its airdates for 2014. It has historically run from March, but had been locked in a showdown over the past few springs with ITV rival Britain’s Got Talent. That Simon Cowell show has not officially set its start date for the 8th season, but is expected to do so anytime. Although BGT and The Voice UK are no longer going head-to-head, 2015 may promise another … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Foxtel Gets BBC Programs For Australia; ‘Almost Human’ Headed To UKTV’s Watch; More

BBC Programming Heads Down Under With Foxtel
Australia’s Foxtel is getting a burst of BBC programming beginning in August. The BBC First channel will be the new home of premium British drama and comedy in Oz, grouping a bevy of shows together in one place Foxtelfor the first time. Launch titles include recent British hits The Musketeers and Peaky Blinders, along with The Politician’s Husband, single drama Burton And Taylor and the new Alan Partridge mockumentaries. Returning series including Call The Midwife will start airing in 2015. BBC First will be the first window in peaky-blinders-fin_2705945bAustralia, with programs debuting there before potentially moving to terrestrial television at least 12 months later. Oz is the first territory to launch BBC First, one of three new global brands announced by BBC Worldwide in October 2013. Banished, written by Jimmy McGovern, will be the first local production for BBC First. Co-commissioned with BBC Two in the UK and produced by RSJ Films/See-Saw Films, the epic seven-part series is loosely inspired by events in 1788 when Britain established a penal colony in Australia. BBC First joins existing BBC channels – UKTV, BBC Knowledge, CBeebies and BBC World News – on the Foxtel platform

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John De Mol’s Talpa Forms Local JVs With Warner Bros’ Shed Media & More

de mol voiceDutch media entrepreneur John De Mol‘s Talpa Media Holdings has established new joint ventures in the UK, Italy and the Nordic region. The moves give Talpa the ability to produce local versions of formats from its own catalogue for TV channels in the respective markets, an increasing trend among players. Warner BrosShed Media Group has partnered with Talpa for Talpa UK. The partners are already in business on The Voice UK; De Mol co-created the format which is produced by Shed’s Wall to Wall. The new deal gives Shed exclusive access to the Talpa catalogue, including new reality show Utopia, which was picked up by Fox in the U.S. in January. Along with Wall to Wall, Shed houses six other UK production companies including Ricochet and Twenty Twenty. De Mol initially said he was looking to establish a UK-based company in 2012. In Italy, Talpa has teamed with Toro TV for Talpa Italia and in Northern Europe it will work with Nordisk Film TV in Scandinavia together with Banijay Finland in Finland via Talpa Nordic. Pim Schmitz, CEO of Talpa Holding, says, “In producing our formats, we’re used to working as co-producers together with local parties all over the world. What we’re now doing in the UK, Italy and the Northern European countries goes a step further. Talpa will now produce under its own brand, and for us … Read More »

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John De Mol’s Social Experiment Reality Series ‘Utopia’ Lands At Fox

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 2:40pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Utopia Logo copyUPDATED: In a competitive situation, Fox has picked up Utopia, a new social experiment reality series from Big Brother creator John de Mol and his Talpa Media US. The project is based on a format by de Mol that successfully launched in the Netherlands earlier this month, sparking a lot of interest among U.S. networks. It marks the first series greenlighted by Fox’s new head of alternative Simon Andreae. The show is eyed for a summer launch but that has not been set in stone and will depend on how quickly the network and de Mol select a location and a cast.

Utopia will feature a group of 15 everyday people whisked to an isolated, undeveloped location in the U.S. – for an entire year – and challenges them to create their own civilization. Like the original, the series is envisioned to last a year but its length will depend on what happens in Utopia. “One of the key fox-tv-logo__130727010919-275x119things we liked about the idea is that is very bold and open,” Andreae said. “They have the opportunity to create a society, and we don’t know  to what degree they will succeed — will  it be harmonious, or will there be a revolution or another event that will put an end to it?” Like on Big Brother, there will be eliminations. As the Utopians build the new society, each contestant must try to become indispensable to the group or risk being exiled to their regular lives and replaced by potential newcomers. (The original series has new participants joining at part of the elimination process, but it has not been determined whether the Fox version will feature that.) Cameras will follow the pioneers 24/7, with their efforts chronicled weekly on Fox and also online (and possibly on cable). The online component of the original series has been very successful, something the producers will try to replicate in the U.S.

Related: John De Mol’s Social Experiment ‘Utopia’ Off To Strong Start In Holland, Heads To U.S. Read More »

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Is This The Next Hot Reality Format? John De Mol’s Social Experiment ‘Utopia’ Off To Strong Start In Holland, Heads To U.S.

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 7:41pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Utopia Logo copyWith the talent competition arena pretty saturated by Fox’s American Idol and The X Factor, NBC’s The Voice and America’s Got Talent, soon to be joined by ABC’s Rising Star, and the cooking broadcast market cornered by Gordon Ramsay, reality industry insiders have been tipping social experiments as the next hot unscripted genre. Now the man behind the most successful social experiment format to date, Big Brother creator John de Mol, is throwing his hat into the ring with his latest series, Utopia, in which 15 people set up their own new society. Like he does with most of his formats, which include global hit The Voice and Deal Or No Deal, de Mol launched Utopia in his native UtopiabarnHolland, where the show premiered Monday night on SBS 6, part of SBS Broadcasting’s Dutch operations, in which de Mol’s Talpa Media has a 33% stake. The debut exceeded expectations, ranking as SBS 6′s highest-rated nonscripted premiere in six years. It won its time slot and pulled a 25.2% share in adults 18-49, improving the network’s market share in the time period by 500%, and drew almost 1.6 million overall viewers compared to SBS’ average viewership in the slot of 300,000. I hear at least one US network already has reached out to the Utopia producers, with Talpa Media USA’s chief creative officer Stijn Bakkers, executive producer of The Voice, and SVP Sadoux Kim expected to begin meeting with American broadcasters early next week about an U.S. version.

Social experiments formats have been heating up, with former Fox reality topper Mike Darnell also said to be shopping a series in that arena with Shed’s Twenty Twenty. In Utopia, 15 contestants leave their current lives to create their own ideal mini-society while being followed by hundreds of cameras. (Watch a trailer in Dutch below.) Read More »

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NBC Makes It Official: Usher And Shakira Back For Spring Season Of ‘The Voice’ On February 24

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 1:55pm PST

Shakira and Usher will  reprise their roles as Season 4 judge/mentors, reuniting with show voice2regulars Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for the NBC singing competition’s sixth season. They pair returns in a special two-night premiere: 8-10 PM Monday, February 24, and 8-9 PM Tuesday, February 25.

Related: TV Ratings: ‘The Voice’ Hits Performance Finale Low

The Voice has averaged a 4.9 rating in the demo and 14.7 million viewers overall with its Monday edition, and a 4.5 and 14 viewers overall on Tuesdays, making it the No. 1-rated Monday and Tuesday series on the broadcast networks so far this season in TheVoice__121109194015-200x112__130425000858__130502160756__130516211150the demo. Last spring, Shakira and Usher were cast to fill in for Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, respectively, on The Voice — the latter two original judge/mentors returning for the fall season. It’s an arrangement the show’s producers appear to have institutionalized. And in so doing, The Voice has become a bastion of judge stability while Fox’s The X Factor is on its third judging panel in three seasons, and we’ve lost count of the various iterations and regroupings on Fox’s American Idol, which in January will feature the return of JLo and Keith Urban and the addition of Harry Connick Jr.

Related: Simon Cowell: “The X Factor’ Will Be Back Next Season”
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