During the Television Critics Association press tour today, NBC executives answered several questions about their hit reality competition The Voice, which starts its 11th season this fall.
Those questions covered the possibility of a kids season and the permanence of the show’s two coaches. Here are the answers.
Will Adam and Blake ever cycle off the coaches panel?
Adam Levine and Blake Shelton have been permanent coaches on The Voice since season one, which will make 11 seasons this fall. The other two coaches have been swapped out, with Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus taking those two positions this fall.
Will Adam and Blake ever be swapped out, or just take a break? Greenblatt joked, “Well, they love doing the show, and they love the paycheck.”
But he called them “series regulars,” and said:
“they are always hugely popular whenever we do testing. And we’ve done a fair amount of that over 11 cycles. So we think they’re the kind of pillars of the show. And then we have this revolving family, we call it, of Gwen and Pharrell, and now Miley and Alicia join the pack. … We think the heart of it is those two guys and what they’ve built in their relationship and then the surprise of the new people.”
What will be on The Voice’s Olympics preview?
NBC announced earlier that there will be a half-hour preview of The Voice that will follow the Olympics’ closing cerermonies from Rio. It will air Aug. 21 at 10:30 p.m. ET.
That episode won’t just be filler, though: it’ll kick off the new season, even though the season won’t formally debut until Sept. 19, almost a month later.
Greenblatt explained that the four coaches, including Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus, “will start building their teams in that half hour, and that will carry over into the September launch of the season.” Expect the usual blind auditions and intros.
Will there be a kids version of The Voice?
With So You Think You Can Dance switching to format with kid contestants, and the success of other shows, will The Voice move forward with a kids season? The network had open casting calls back in 2013.
And Telemundo has now aired four seasons of La Voz Kids, so it’s a format that can work.
A US version of The Voice: Kids never actually reached the point of being cast, Greenblatt said. And while it’s not coming this television season, it is being actively discussed. “We didn’t talk about it for this calendar year or the spring yet, but it’s something we have started to talk about. So it’s possible,” he said.