NBC Is Copying American Idol, Many Years Too Late

... Oh, NBC. Why, why, why? Who is in charge over there? Who keeps making these boneheaded decisions? What made you think it'd be a good idea to develop The Voice of America, a singing competition show that's intended to rival American Idol? And as Idol's clout continues to plummet, no less? We hear the show differs from the Idol format in that judges will have their backs to contestants and judge them on their voices alone. Oh, okay, because all of today's pop singers are stars because of their voices. Don't you understand that we're all shallow sheep? [The Live Feed]

... The CW has announced its midseason schedule, and there isn't a whole lot to report because little is changing. Cheerleader series Hellcats is moving to Tuesday nights beginning on January 25; it will replace Life Unexpected, which will air a two-hour season finale (the network still won't admit that it's a series finale) on January 18. Moving into the vacated Wednesday spot will be the reality series Shedding for the Wedding. [CW via press release]

... Once upon a time Adam Carolla was the host of one of the failed attempts to bring UK car show Top Gear over to the US. Now he's getting a second chance, sort of. Carolla will host a new car show for the Speed Channel that's described as a mix between Top Gear and The Best Damn Sports Show Period. [Variety]

... Casting notes: Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty) has joined TNT's Bird Dog; Carla Gallo (Men of a Certain Age, Bones, Undeclared) has signed on for the CW pilot Danni Lowinski; and Anthony Michael Hall will guest star on No Ordinary Family. [Deadline Hollywood, TV Guide]

... Ethan Hawke, his facial hair, and his many fancy hats all have an eye on the lead role in the Fox drama project Exit Strategy. It would be Hawke's first major TV role, aside from a recurring part on Alias. The series is a procedural that follows a CIA team that helps get agents to safety when CIA operations go awry. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Amazing Race is going the route of other reality shows, giving past contestants a second shot. The 18th cycle of the reality program will bring back former contestants to trot around the globe again. And yes, they are bringing back the Ivy League a capella singers from this just-concluded season. [Hartford Courant]

... Is Gossip Girl ending? It will for Leighton Meester, at least, as the actress has decided that she is Audi 5000 when her contract is up in two years. It doesn't absolutely mean the show will die with her, but don't be surprised if other actors follow suit and move onto bigger things. Heck, Taylor Momsen left the show (and this planet) a few years ago. [E! Online]


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I'm excited to have Hellcats move to Tuesdays. With Chase moving from Monday to Wednesday it all works out.

Plus, seeing Marti and Dan on Hellcats right after One Tree Hill will almost be liking having Lucas and Peyton around again..... Almost!
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The Voice of America is a Dutch idea(from John the Mol (known for Big Brother) +/- 20% off all the people in The Netherlands watch The Voice of Holland every week. So there is a pretty big chance it will be a succes.
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Actually, The Voice of.. is a Dutch idea and it's killing here in the Netherlands. Beats every other talent show, so don't write it off immediately.
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The good thing about the Voice is that a lot of more experienced singers who didn't have the luck of being recognized as such, get a chance. All of the singers are talented and very good in what they do, just browse Youtube and look for The Voice of Holland, and especially look for Ben Saunders.... This show was made up by John de Mol who made Fear Factor and Big Brother and also sold it to netwrorks all over the world.... I like this show....
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I've pretty much stopped watching Gossip girl. Leighton Meester is a good actress maybe she needs head over to 90210 and stir up trouble and maybe the show would get better..
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I liked Hellcats on Wednesday, I won't be watching it live if it's on Tuesday since it'll be against No Ordinary Family, and with Mr. Sunshine taking Cougar Town's place for a while, I won't have anything to watch Wednesdays at the 9/8c hour. It's stupid that instead of airing Life Unexpected, they're going to make us wait so long for just two episodes, and also funny that CW refers to it as season finale even though WB canceled the season 1 dvds and now they're releasing a "complete series" box set in it's place. Gossip Girl should end after season 6, shows can't go on forever, especially ones that randomly have people show up looking for some sort of revenge.
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They(whatever network it is that airs the show) should ask/purchase the rights from I THINK it is USA to have A. Michael Hall on No Oridinary Family as John Smith since the show is about people with powers or whatever. And AMH was AWESOME in The Dead Zone. IMO that would be SWEET!!!
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In Holland we have all types of singing competitions, like Idols, X-factor, popstars and Holland's got talent. Nobody thought another singing competition would do well. But the Voice of Holland proved everyone wrong, because it's doing better than all of the other shows ever did. So i think the Voice of America will probably do well too. Check out a couple of youtube videos of the Voice of Holland and see how it differs from other singing competitions.
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Carla Gallo. Is something happening to Sweets' on-again/off-again girlfriend on Bones? Or is the actress just temporarily joining the cast of yet another show like the many she's been on while doing Bones as well.
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The Voice of America comes from Holland (the voice of Holland).

And here it is the biggest hit in years. Where normally a really good show get 1,5 maybe 2 million viewers, the voice of Holland hits 3 million every week!

So much better than any other talent show!
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Well if Leighton plans on leaving Gossip Girl, I hope the producers have the sense to end the series. Blair Waldorf is probably the BIGGEST reason anyone watches Gossip Girl. They can not do it without her...
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Why the acapella singers?! They make everyone cringe with their singing! I'd rather they bring back Kevin and his dad Michael, they were so great to watch.
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America does not need anymore singing competitions. There is enough garbage on TV. Besides... all you have to do is sing on youtube.
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Exit Strategy sounds interesting.
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The Amazing Race has already done an all-stars (second chance) season in the past. The teams they've chosen are really bad.
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I will be heartbroken when/if LUX ends, and I hope Gossip Girl does end when Leighton leaves on a high note I hate when shows drag on without the main cast intact *cough-OTH* it is really sad
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