Keeping all the judges and coaches in place is another matter. Go inside the plan for NBC's biggest (non-sports) show
Ratings for "The Voice" dwarf every other show on the NBC schedule with the exception of "Sunday Night Football." The two programs lifted NBC out the cellar to put the network in a third-place tie with ABC.
Obviously, NBC can't extend the National Football League season, but it can install "The Voice" as the first singing competition with fall and spring editions. NBC won't officially say "The Voice" is going to a full year, but several individuals connected to show say the plan for a spring edition is a go. Executive producer Mark Burnett says he's prepared to expand the show's run, even if it means losing some of the judges/coaches associated with the program. One insider expects two of the four current coaches to take a break after this fall's edition.
"Here's the fact we decided: When you've been on this show, that's your chair for life," Burnett says. "So if they have to tour and someone comes in for a season and then goes out for a season, comes back for a season, there will never be anyone getting replaced, ever.
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"It's going to be moving pieces all the time. And luckily maybe a couple of them go on tour, a couple of them don't go on tour," Burnett adds, saying it's his nightmare. "They have an obligation to their fans. And so that's how we're going to do it."