NBC Fall Schedule: The Voice Goes to 2 Cycles, 3 Hours a Week, Smash Held to Midseason, Sing Off Cancelled

NBC announced its new Fall schedule today. Three hours of  The Voice a week, right off the bat, with its Tuesday episode is scheduled for 8 pm.  Unless FOX mixes things up, The Voice will compete against Glee.

Smash will once again be held until mid-season, which is bad news for fans who have a long wait ahead of them for the season 2 premiere.

Also, THR reports The Voice will air twice a year, with the spring cycle featuring a different cast of judges.

Fall format tweets will include:

…extending the auditions when the show tends to pull in some of its highest ratings; insinuating the popular revolving chairs into the battle rounds; and getting to the live episodes more quickly, according to Greenblatt. “Nobody likes to have a dip in the ratings,” he says. “And I think we’re going to be smart about how to change that.”

ETA: Bleh. Does somebody want to cover The Voice for me? I don’t think I can take it twice a year.  Yay NBC running a ratings winner into the ground! Also, with two cycles, the winners are even less likely to break into the market.

Also, I was complaining about The Voice being programmed opposite Glee on Tuesdays. Deadline is reporting that Glee will be moved to Thursdays AFTER X Factor.

ETAA: The Sing Off has been cancelled. Sadz.


8-10 p.m. – “The Voice”

10-11 p.m. – “REVOLUTION”


8-9 p.m. –“The Voice”

9-9:30 p.m. – “GO ON”

9:30-10 p.m. – “THE NEW NORMAL”

10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood”


8-8:30 p.m. – “ANIMAL PRACTICE”

8:30-9 p.m. – “GUYS WITH KIDS”

9-10 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”

10-11 p.m. – “CHICAGO FIRE”


8-8:30 p.m. – “30 Rock”

8:30-9 p.m. – “Up All Night”

9-9:30 p.m. – “The Office”

9:30-10 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation”

10-11 p.m. – “Rock Center with Brian Williams”


8-8:30 p.m. – “Whitney”

8:30-9 p.m. – “Community”

9-10 p.m. – “Grimm”

10-11 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”


Encore programming

SUNDAY (Fall 2012)

7- 8:15 p.m. — “Football Night in America”

8:15-11:30 p.m. — “NBC Sunday Night Football”

SUNDAY (Post-football/Winter 2013)

7-8 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”

8-9 p.m. – “Fashion Star”

9-10 p.m. – “The Celebrity Apprentice”

10-11 p.m. – “DO NO HARM”

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  • http://twitter.com/kirkcharles kirk charles

    interesting move on Smash but Greenblatt (head of nbc) said:

    “I couldn’t be happier with SMASH. One of our most successful drama launches in a long time. We decided to hold SMASH again until Winter to run it with new episodes every week.”

  • chessguy99

    IDK if SMASH can survive that long outside of the viewer’s eye. They will have to rebuild the buzz, and Revolution  doesn’t look to be the kind of show to have an audience that will easily transfer to SMASH.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    No matter what Greenblatt said, I suspect we will see some major re-tooling on Smash.  I’ll be curious to see if it even looks like the same show when it returns.

  • http://twitter.com/tukicarreno Tuki

    Oh man! I wanted to watch Smash in the fall!
    Oh well.. I guess with all those big numbers they usually do it takes lots of time to get new songs and all the production.
    At least Bob Greenblatt is happy with it! I just wanted the buzz to keep going but hey at least we got the season 2!

  • Anonymous

    The new show runner needs the extra time to re-tool Smash.  Like the Voice, there are some things that work with that show, and a lot that doesn’t.  The good news is that it’s NBC’s highest rated drama, but the bad news is that a large part of that is due to airing after The Voice, so what will happen when the show is airing after a second cycle, and starting up during midseason.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    They didn`t touch the main problem that`s extend the living rounds. They have to know poeple need to become attached with the contestants. I`d love to see more living shows from Juliet and Jesse Campbell

  • itsalleternal

    Excellent move on The Voice to mix up the cast, that will freshen it up. I would do it for this fall though.

    Who for the second cast though? My picks would be:

    CeCe Winans (need to mix it up with a gospel legend)

    Carrie Underwood (yes, that will make Idol mad)

    Joe Jonas (a recent tween act is needed for ratings in the younger groups)

    Marc Anthony (need a Latino act in the mix)

  • Anonymous

    They didn`t touch the main problem that`s extend the living rounds. They have to know poeple need to become attached with the contestants.  

    That’s is a problem, but they said that they are going to get to the live rounds faster, which should help.   There will be a lot of people who cover AI saying that that show should do the same thing.

  • Ringo

    They seem to be following the cable drama schedule — Mad Men, Big Love, Dexter,  etc.  All seem to survive and ultimately build rabid fan basis.  It seems that this is the first time I have seen it on network television (I could be wrong).  I think it bodes well as it suggests that quality will be more imporatant than quality. 

  • itsalleternal

    I totally agree. Get rid of the Battle Rounds, let everyone in then work from there. Even if it means there being fewer contestants that make it.

  • Anonymous

    So disappointed to hear about SMASH. Not surpised, given the ratings, and akso will not be surprised if it is majorly retooled when it comes back.

    At least I got 15 Episodes to see some major Broadway talent (and Kat McPhee) perform up close. I will anxiously await Season 2!

  • http://twitter.com/DCfanfromMo pat

    Really disappointed about Smash not returning until mid season.  I think 2 The Voice competitions is serious overload!!  I only watched parts of  any of The Voice programs.  Think I’ll tune out!!

  • http://twitter.com/blkeener Brittany Keener

    lol Carrie would never do it. She’s like 100% loyal to Idol. 

  • Anonymous

     Carrie would never do that in a million years. If idol got any hint she was interested in being a tv judge they would boot jlo super quickly.

  • Anonymous

    Carrie would never do it, she even said once she is 100% loyal to idol.

  • Anonymous

    I know this isn’t exactly the place to discuss it but….they’re killing Community :(

  • Anonymous

     I think it is a great idea to add different coaches to the voice. I think they do need to mix it up. I would have switched things up in the fall. They need to make other changes to the show. I am still not sure it is a good idea to have The Voice air twice a year as I think that could be too much.

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    Too much Voice….

  • Anonymous

    I guess Smash didn’t exactly smash, so they are letting it sit out the fall.  If it had done better, things would have been different.  That ‘blurb’ from head of NBC is pretty much par for the course.  Of course he could have been happier if it had performed how they expected it to.

    3 hours of The Voice would be 3 hours too much for me.  I really like the coaches well most of the time, but I really don’t like the show, and they have never had a contestant that compelled me to vote.  I voted for Javier last year, but that was because I knew who he was and liked him before the show.  It really didn’t do him much favors though.  Hence another reason not to be into this show.

  • lanter

    I am still holding out hope that The Voice will get P!nk as a judge. She is current, popular, has critical acclaim, and will be honest without coming off as a complete bitch.

  • Tess

    No..no…never my Pink.  She doesn’t NEED the show.

  • larc

    I wouldn’t bet the farm that Smash won’t be back earlier than mid season.  From what I’m reading about the new NBC shows this fall, it sounds as if some slots could be opening up before Thanksgiving.

  • Wex

    If jlo stayed on idol, anthony would create huge publicity prior to the show….how bout gladys night fresh off dwts? tons of pple to choose from IF they want the gig & it doesnt interfere with touring. A younger singer is a good idea alth not sure hes still popular. there was talk of miley on xf..i personally cant stand her but she may want it….just take all the singers who simon rejected. would luv pink, bruno mars, rihanna, mariah…tons to shoot for. Wonder if the 3 guys 1 gal is the format since uk did that as well…But Ive found Voice boring & rehash if already failed singers so Ive decided Im not wasting 3hrs in the Fall

  • Anonymous

    I hope Smash is retooled.  It’s just about the worst writing I’ve ever witnessed in prime time, and coupled with terrible acting **cough** Kat McPhee **cough** – it’s not on my must see list.  A shame, I like Broadway a lot. 

  • http://www.jstamers.com/ Jordan Seltzer

    There is a reason why Idol, XF, AGT, SYTYCD are on once a year!

    NBC didn’t get the memo. Guess The Voice will be the new Biggest Loser.

  • larc

    NBC doesn’t know how to handle success, which is apparently why they have so little of it compared to other major networks.  The Voice needs retooling, but NBC can’t be happy with just taking care of the important stuff.  They have to drive the concept into the ground.  If over saturation completely destroys the show, it can’t be said they haven’t earned it.

  • http://twitter.com/elfstar89 Erika Fernandez

     I know right.  The Voice ended up not being the giant that killed Idol, but since The Voice is the only thing that gives NBC rating the morons that run the network are gonna milk it for all it’s worth.  Ugh.  I hated watching 2  singing shows at the same time.  Now it seems that there won’t be any time of the year (fall/spring) that there is only one singing show on.  Boo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.i.lin David I-Chen Lin

    I wish Smash can come sooner but oh well, it will be worth the wait! So excited for the finale tomorrow…holy crap!! 

  • http://twitter.com/bentley1530 Bentley1530

    CeCe Winans is openly and loudly anti-gay and as much as I love her voice, I would never watch The Voice again if she was a judge.  

  • Hazehel

    Carrie Underwood may not do it, but Kelly Clarkson certainly will.  Marc Anthony is a great idea though, we’d have a battle of exes in two rival shows.

    I don’t think it’s a good idea to have the show twice a year, although I can see why they want to do it.  Their network is suffering with poor ratings and this is their biggest hits for years.  Short-sighted perhaps, but they might be thinking that singing shows as a genre could be losing popularity and may not last much longer, so why not squeeze as much out of it as possible before their genre has run its course?   

    UK version of The Voice has the same problem with falling ratings after a good start. Has to be a format problem.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JSP727NMTNZTGZOULUGOH6G3CI Beth Fischer


    i feel bad for you. You not only have to recap/watch one season of THE VOICE, but two….    idk how your going to keep yourself to watch that show for a year straight…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    I agree with choir.  Carrie has stated that she is 100% totally loyal to AI so there is no way she would be a judge for the Voice.  I do like idea of trying to keep the show fresh by switching out the judges.  I like the idea of getting to the live shows quicker but not extension of the battle rounds.  The performance rounds need to be extended and not the battle rounds.  Too much of these battle round episodes is what has hurt the Voice in the ratings imo.  Why make the problem worse?  I still don’t like the idea of the show being on twice a year either.  That is just overkill.

  • Anonymous

    Weren’t the ratings for The Voice down slightly from its first season? Why would NBC decide to give it two separate seasons? There are already too much competition shows on network tv. Adding a 2nd cycle of The Voice isn’t likely to do anything but cause even more viewer fatigue for all of these shows.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

     I have tried to like the show and the characters.  I notice Debra Messing is taking a bigger drama role and the two “lead” Marilyns seem to have wimpy storylines, esp. Kat Mcphee’s character.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

     Carrie is managed by 19/M/R

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

     IMO, you can take any no-name celebrity and make a judge for these singing shows.  What makes a “name” celebrity a “judge”…only that they have a name?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    I was expecting more drama, more diva-ish over the top acting, like Broadway stars are….but it’s quite wimpy….and very disappointed with McPhee’s character…she was the reason I was watching.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

     The “judges” have other things to do.  They have record and touring responsibilities.  Some of them act.  When do they have time to do those things if they’re judging?  Plus, it’s Oversaturation!

  • Anonymous

    Carrie isn’t managed by 19m, she’s managed by XIX, Simon Fullers company. I think she’s still with 19 R though.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe somebody would be willing to take over live blogging of The Voice(not me).

  • Anonymous

    Idol should take P!nk instead, if JLo doesn’t renew her contract(which wouldn’t shock me, I think she is done after this season).

  • Anonymous

    Even though its ratings are down from the first season, The Voice is still NBC’s biggest success by  mile, so they’re going to try to get as much out of this show as possible. Airing the show twice will probably hurt The Voice (unless they improve the format), but it definitely won’t hurt NBC. People get tired of shows, not TV stations.

    As frustrated as I was with The Voice format this season, I still appreciate the fact that it has a very current vibe, which is why I’ll probably tune in, this fall.  I hope they can extend the live rounds (and get rid of the battle rounds), but I wonder if there are legal limitations to how much they can modify the show, since it is a franchise.   

  • Trina

    Sorta on topic but Javier is going to open for Maroon 5 for a few shows. Color me shocked! Nice of Adam to throw Javier a bone heh.

  • Anonymous

    CeCe Winans is openly and loudly anti-gay and as much as I love her voice, I would never watch The Voice again if she was a judge.  

    I think you are confusing her with her sister.  

  • Anonymous

    Even though its ratings are down from the first season, The Voice is still NBC’s biggest success by  mile, so they’re going to try to get as much out of this show as possible. Airing the show twice will probably hurt The Voice (unless they improve the format), but it definitely won’t hurt NBC. People get tired of shows, not TV stations.

    I agree.  It’s like when soap fans complained about networks canceling 75 year old shows, as if the age of the soap brings any money into the network.  Yes, NBC is cutting The Voice’s lifespan in half, but any show remaining on the air for more than five years is unlikely, and a bonus.  Idol being eleven years old is something to brag about, but it’s not what’s paying the bills.  NBC needs money now, and even if two cycles of The Voice hurts the show, the ratings will still be higher than anything else that NBC has, and they can use the Voice to help them launch other shows.

  • http://twitter.com/bentley1530 Bentley1530

    No, CeCe is often on TBN and I have heard her talking about the dangers the Lesbian “lifestyle” to teenage girls.

  • sf3456
    I know this isn’t exactly the place to discuss it but….they’re killing Community :(

    I had to do the Abed wail after seeing that they moved it to Fridays and having Whitney as a lead-in.  NBC doesn’t care about the show.  I think it’s better off being on a cable channel.


  • Anonymous


    No..no…never my Pink.  She doesn’t NEED the show

    Yes, but she might want to do it, and why wouldn’t she? It sounds like a fun job. Britney didn’t need the X Factor, and I would argue that the current judges didn’t need The Voice either, even though it did give them great exposure in the end.  Maybe in the past it would have been seen as a career step-down, but not anymore, thanks to the emergence of shows like X Factor,  The Voice and Duets where the judges really get the chance to use their skills. On The Voice, they get to coach contestants, arrange musical numbers, perform duets and compete with the other judges.  Most artists would probably see it as an opportunity to do something different. 

    My ideal pick of new judges would be any of these people:  Ingrid Michaelson, Michael Buble, Kanye West, Lilly Allen, Kristen Chenowith, Chris Martin (Coldplay), Drake, Adele, Pink, Rob Thomas or Timbaland. In addition to being good artists, they all have an interesting mix of personalities. 

  • http://twitter.com/happylittlefish Amy Beth

    Also sad about The Sing-Off. Wish they’d bring it back as a short-term series for the winter doldrums–after the regular shows go big for November sweeps and then run reruns until after the holidays.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    So sad about The SingOff. I really think it is the best singing competition on TV. Too bad it never found its audience. I will really miss seeing real judges.
    I think doing The Vocie twice a year will do the same thing running STYCD in the Fall did to them. Kill the show!

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I am so disappointed that  The Sing-Off has been cancelled, but that does make Sara available should she want to join  The Voice or American Idol.   She’s a terrific judge as is Ben Folds and Shane.   The Voice shouldn’t be on twice a year. I don’t like some of these changes!  The time slot for Glee seems strange.  It should be before the  X-Factor.  Hopefully,  Smash will add something special to the show.  How about a past MALE American Idol?

    I like the suggestions of Marc Anthony and Gladys Knight.

  • Anonymous

    Is the Sing Off really completely cancelled? After the weak ratings last fall, I thought NBC would figure out that the show should go back to being a holiday or summer show. It was a great show for right after idol was over in May.

  • Anonymous

    the sing off >> the voice 


  • http://twitter.com/mcdeallover Sunny Mc

    I’m in mourning for The Sing Off.  This was the best singing contest on tv, with the best judges. Makes me very sad.   I guess this is why Nick Lachey was giving Kelly Ripa the hard sell to pick him as permanent co-host.

  • Kylee

     Maybe they will just transfer all the sing-off judges/host to The Voice.

  • http://twitter.com/youtweetmetoo it’s me

    same people *cough*cough” don’t know what Broadway is *cough* cough*

  • fuzzywuzzy

    No, she’s managed by Fuller’s XIX Entertainment:



  • http://twitter.com/justsing17 J

    Nooooooooo. The Sing-Off… :(

  • Anonymous

    The Sing Off ….off ? :( 

  • Anonymous

    The Sing Off is cancelled?! NOOOOOOOOO.

  • http://twitter.com/BobbiNJ Bobbi

    Will be interesting to see what they wind up doing to “Smash.” I don’t hate it but it sure isn’t the best show out there. Kat has a beautiful voice, but she can’t act at all.

    I stopped watching “The Voice” before this season ended. Can’t imagine what would lure me back. I certainly would not even consider watching two seasons of it in one year!

    Truly sad that “The Sing-Off” was cancelled. I wish NBC had not tried to super-size that show and take it out of the holiday cycle. It was a little gem and they killed it. Such a shame.

  • Anonymous

    The Sing Off was a gem with the most legitimate trio of judges on any show.  If I was casting judges, I would snap up Ben’s genius in a second.  Simon/Nigel are you listening?

  • Anonymous

    So so so so sad that the Sing Off is canceled :( 

  • Anonymous

    Yes, it was great holiday season show — nothing cheerier than acappella singing in December.  The longer season was a bit much.

    I loved the way they cast the show — with a mix of college groups, professional groups that have been together for decades, high school glee clubs, church groups, and some inventive young groups trying to get their big break.  It gave the audience an idea of the scope of acappella.

    Sigh.  Too late now, but it would have been cool to see some guest artist groups appear.  Groups like The Bobs, Sweet Honey in the Rock, or Take 6, which might not be interested in competing, but could help show the variety of group singing.

  • hcpoirot

    Twice a year is just too much. specially the battle rounds where the judges will choose belting songs for their singers to sing. Not nice to hear lots of belting and even yelling in each battle rounds.

    Then when the live round came, they chopped off too many singers and too quick to the finale. Not to mention each judges had to had 1 singer, good or bad.

    This show will be out quickly with airing twice a year.

  • hcpoirot

    Hoping at least NBC is smart enough to at least pick Ben or Shawn or Sara as one of the X-factor judges.

  • Lexi LaGuardia

    So disappointing about the Sing-Off.  It was my favorite singing show by a mile…

    I watch Idol more out of habit at this point then anything else.  I hit the height of my AI obsession with Season 5 and it’s been mostly waning since, with a couple of bright spots here and there (Lambert, Melinda Doolittle, Cook, Haley, CaseyA, Joshua) 
    We still have between 6-8 episodes of the Voice on our DVR that neither of us is ever very amped to watch, so they will probably sit there until we get tired of seeing them on the list and then just delete them.  I just have trouble caring at all about that show and the episodes really drag to me, much more so than AI.

  • Anonymous

    The chair-turn-around section seems the most popular for the Voice. But I agree that fans don’t get to see their favorites every week and the show loses its momentum. Plus, too many great singers get the boot just because they happen to be on the same team. They should give wild-cards so other judges can save them. That will surely deflate Christina’s ego when Adam pulls it out. That would be a fun show.