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'The Voice' season premiere review: Those swiveling chairs are getting creaky, and so is the banter

The third season of The Voice began on Monday night, the first of three nights in a row, the last one added on Wednesday to make Simon Cowell and Britney Spears cry during the first hour of The X Factor‘s premiere. The Voice’s opening two hours consisted of a slightly smaller amount of the mock-sniping between the four coaches — Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton — that has become tiresome, with occasional flutters of talent on the stage. READ FULL STORY

Confessions of a former 'The Voice' skeptic

When it premiered last year, all I saw in The Voice was the cheesy glitz — the swivel chairs; the tiresome song choices of the contestants; the overweening egoism of Christina Aguilera. As the season went on, I kept dipping in and out of it (more than I can say I’ve ever done for any season of American Idol), and the first element of The Voice that won me over was Blake Shelton, whose easygoing charm was refreshingly free of coyness, irony, and self-absorption. And — oh, right — I started listening to the voices of the contestants chosen by Aguilera, Shelton, Cee Lo Green, and Adam Levine. Quite a few of them exhibited something rare as well: They were, for the most part, free of the ornate mannerisms and studied calculation that Idol enshrined as the winning standard for TV singing competitions. READ FULL STORY

'Smash': Measuring its success, and its importance to NBC

Smash returns for its second week this evening, the eager wagging tail behind the big-dog success The Voice. Tonight’s episode, titled “The Callback,” pits Megan Hilty’s Ivy and Katharine McPhee’s Karen against each other for the role of Marilyn Monroe, and I think — I hope — you’ll be impressed with the way Smash deals so forthrightly, and so quickly, in confronting the competition that a lesser series might leave slack for weeks to come.

Here are a few thoughts about Smash, in my weekly video review:

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What I got wrong, and right, in my Emmy predictions

Never have I been so glad to be wrong… in just a couple of Emmy categories. I’m certainly not going to whine about not predicting such superb surprise nominations as Louie CK, Timothy Olyphant, and Walton Goggins.

Yes, I’m doing my due diligence in following up on my Emmy predictions post yesterday; I owe it to you to own up to my miscalculations… and crow about my perspicacity! READ FULL STORY

My Emmy nominee predictions in all major categories: Here's what you can expect tomorrow

The Emmy nominations will be announced tomorrow morning, and you know who’s going to do well with multiple noms? Modern Family! Mad Men! 30 Rock! Boardwalk Empire! And what shows won’t get enough of the respect they deserve? Fringe! Justified! Community! But it doesn’t take a wizard to hazard those guesses, does it? So I’m going to take a much deeper dive into speculating on just which shows will fill out the nominations in every major category. Ready? It’s a long list. I’m pretty confident about these predictions. Hold your nose and take the plunge with me. READ FULL STORY

Grading 'The Voice' judges' performances: Blake, Christina, and Adam give it their all... well, two out of three did...

I like the two-hour versions of The Voice more than the one-hours because they give us a chance to see and hear more of the coaches. By which I mean I’m fascinated by the ongoing spectacle of Christina Aguilera sitting in her judge’s chair as though it was a queen’s throne, tossing out that mixture of lofty pretentiousness and strained street earthiness while invariably bringing the contestants’ performances back to — who else? — herself. At the opposite extreme, there’s Blake Shelton, whose steady transformation into a real TV star, a country sage whose charm is squarely in the great TV traditions of Roger Miller, Jimmy Dean, and Tennessee Ernie Ford, has been a joy to behold. I’d give a thousand “I was feelin’ you, girl”s from¬†Xtina for one “Gosh-dang, I’m glad I know you!” from Blake.¬† READ FULL STORY

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