NBC’s decision to air two seasons of The Voice every year means that the show may need to cast new coaches for its spring edition, potentially replacing some or all of the current coaches: Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton. Having screwed up its second season, the show will also make other changes.
NBC Entertainment President Bob Greenblatt told THR that “We love them all and they’re all spectacular and different from one another,” and “We love the chemistry,” but “two commitments a year is more than they expected.”
Among the other changes: more audition episodes, the inclusion of the swivel chairs during the battle rounds, and earlier live episodes. These seem like smart decisions, especially since the battle rounds drained the ratings and weakened the show this past season.
Despite those positive moves, two seasons a year plus different coaches is a major risk, and at first glance, it seems like NBC is doing what it does best: screwing up a good thing.