Posts tagged as the voice

'SNL' Review: Blake Shelton Ain't From 'Round Here

One thing that's forgotten about the early years of SNL was how much it was a show that anyone could host. While hosts from the old days were more often handpicked from Lorne Michaels' rolodex of awesome comics, like Steve Martin or Buck Henry, the show also took risks with host bookings that it never would these days. An 80-year-old German immigrant woman who won an "Anyone Can Host" contest in 1977. An 8-year-old Drew Barrymore in 1982. Ron Reagan, son of the president, in 1986. SNL even dared to allow directors like Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino to host once, even though they led to catastrophically bad episodes (Coppola "hosted" [...]

No Comedies Thursday Because Sandy Is Making NBC Rerun 'The Voice' ('30 Rock' Airs Tonight)

NBC is re-airing Monday night's episode of singing competition The Voice from 8 to 10pm this Thursday for those who missed it for weather-related reasons, bumping its beleaguered Thursday comedy block off the schedule. The latest episodes of Parks and Recreation, The Office, and Up All Night have been pushed back to next week, while 30 Rock, however, will be airing at a special time, tonight at 8 in Animal Practice's now-vacant slot. Hopefully, the Voice rerun won't do so amazingly well that it'll prompt NBC to just rerun the show in place of its low-rated comedies every Thursday.

Eli Manning Pumped to Wear a Dress on 'SNL'

Here are this week's SNL promos. The wardrobe department must be working tirelessly to sew together a dress large enough for that giant QB man and Keenan must be tirelessly trying to tackle him as an excuse for more hugging.

'SNL' Review: Adam Levine Hosts a Stellar Night

It seems SNL has struck gold with booking music stars as hosts. Despite my long-standing pet peeve of musical guests making cameos in sketches — No one wants to watch Cee Lo read cue cards! — I have been proven wrong, again and again, as pop stars and rock legends have strapped on their host shoes and presided over far better episodes than most athletes, comedians, or A-listers have. While I was never sold on the argument that musicians' live-concert backgrounds causally make them natural live sketch performers, musicians are often less likely to let their nerves get the best of them, and they typically bring a fun-loving charisma and game-faced hustle [...]

NBC’s Ratings Are Up, Other Networks Down in Bizarro Premiere Week

In an interesting twist of fate for the broadcast networks this past week, NBC finished in first place in the 18-49 demo for “Premiere Week” for the first time since 2003 (back when Friends, Will & Grace, and ER were still things and people cared about The Apprentice). NBC’s ratings rose 12 percent compared to last year’s Premiere Week, whereas the other three big networks (ABC, CBS, Fox) all suffered sharp plunges of at least 20 percent. NBC’s surprising victory is mainly thanks to singing competition The Voice, which is a smash hit on both Mondays and Tuesday nights, and not thanks to the network’s comedies, which [...]

NBC Has a Hit with The Voice; What's That Mean For Their Comedies?

The Voice is officially a hit for NBC: it's ratings increased 10% from its impressive debut for its second episode, beating the likes of Glee and Dancing with the Stars. Regardless of how you feel about the show, it's great news for NBC, who has needed a hit very badly for a very long time. Here's the question that's relevant to our interests: what does this mean for NBC's comedies?

On the one hand, this takes the pressure off of the Thursday night lineup to be the breadwinners for NBC, as The Voice can be the moneymaker that pays for the less popular but more prestigious fare. [...]

That Guy from Maroon 5 Is Gonna Host 'SNL'

TV Guide reports that the January 26th installment of Saturday Night Live will be hosted by the guy from Maroon 5. You know, the band that sings that song "Moves Like Jagger?" His name is Adam Levine apparently, and if you're wondering if he'll be the musical guest for the episode, the answer is no. Hip-hopper Kendrick Lamar will be on musical guest duty. After popstar Justin Timberlake became a Successful Host 10 years ago and Bruno Mars did fine this year, it's left the door wide open for folks like the guy from Maroon 5 to host SNL. Maroon 5 has served as musical guest four times, most [...]

NBC Spins Its 'Voice' Chair Around for 'Parks & Rec' Cross-Promotion

Considering, as Jack Donaghy mention earlier this year, The Voice chair is one of the network's biggest stars, this is quite the honor for Pawnee and Parks & Recreation. The chair is probably a bit too garish for Ron Swanson but it does serve a function. I can’t wait to see the one he makes for himself out of an oak tree. The video above is the extended version of a clip that aired last night during the finale of The Voice, which will hopefully bring some eyeballs to P&R's finale airing tomorrow. The previews of which are below: