Column: The KIA RIO EX road trip to NBC’s THE VOICE

KIA RIO EX | photo courtesy Midnight Productions Inc.

One of the great pleasures of reviewing for ASSIGNMENT X, is the various opportunities the KIA motor company has extended to the magazine to review their various vehicles. From the Sorento to the Soul, we’ve experienced the power and imagination of this company throughout it’s various vehicle experiences. That’s what made the latest event so intriguing. The chance to go on a KIA road trip to the taping of NBC’s musical competition series THE VOICE which KIA is an official automotive partner of. It being a very hot and sunny Southern California afternoon, I took my niece Rachel with me […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE VOICE – Season 3 premiere

Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Carson Daly in THE VOICE - Season 3 premiere - "Blind Auditions" | ©2012 NBC/Mark Seliger

Stars: Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Carson Daly Network: NBC, airs Mondays and Tuesdays Original Telecast: September 10, 2012 Has network TV finally reached the saturation point with all its musical competition series? First there was the juggernaut AMERICAN IDOL, then THE VOICE came in to steal some of its thunder and last year Fox spawned THE X FACTOR. With ratings declines for all these series, it’s clear there’s some fatigue. Now NBC is rolling out the second cycle of THE VOICE in the same year, which is not necessarily the best thing for any of […]Read On »

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Breaking News: ABC discusses the lackluster ratings for DUETS

John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Quddus, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and Robin Thicke in DUETS - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

While ABC has not made a decision if the reality singing competition DUETS will return for a second season (the ratings haven’t so great), ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee says he has been pleased creatively with the show and no decision as been made about a second season next summer. “We haven’t made a decision about it, but the cast was fantastic and we loved the twist of Jennifer Nettles or Kelly Clarkson getting up and singing and not just being judges,” says Lee. “Reality is hard because it’s much more difficult now to find the shock of the […]Read On »

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TCA 2012: NBC says THE VOICE can sustain a Fall and Spring cycle

Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton in THE VOICE - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Michael Desmond

With NBC’s music competition series THE VOICE adding a Fall cycle in addition to a Spring cycle, the question arises can the show sustain its ratings and not over-saturate itself. At today’s NBCUniversal Summer 2012 Press Tour, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt addressed these concerns saying every network partakes in this practice to some extent – particularly with their most popular series. “Almost every reality franchise does two cycles a season,” observes Greenblatt. “And one could argue that AMERICAN IDOL and THE X FACTOR are the same show in many respects with one in the Fall and one in the […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CHOICE – Season 1 – Series Premiere

Cat Deeley in THE CHOICE - Season 1 - Series Premiere | ©2012 Fox/Michael Becker

Star: Cat Deeley Network: Fox, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: June 7, 2012 First THE VOICE introduced the concept of spinning chairs into a musical competition format. Now THE CHOICE does the same thing – but for the dating world. The end result – an annoying series about talentless hotties who vie for the opportunity to go on a date with guys, who probably are better off not dating non-celebrities. The first group of guys include Romeo, Jeremy Bloom, DJ Pauly D and Jason Cook and the concept is simple — with their backs turned in their slightly less state-of-the-art […]Read On »

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TV Review: DUETS – Season 1 – “Songs That Inspire”

John Glosson and Jennifer Nettles perform on DUETS - Season 1 - Week 3 - "Songs That Inspire" | ©2012 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

Cast: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Quddus Network: ABC, Thursday nights Original Telecast: June 7, 2012 DUETS continues its downward spiral with another week of frustrating song choices. Song choice is still a big issue with these shows and many contestants suffered this week because of this. The theme this week is “Songs That Inspire.” Did I see this theme eight times last season on AMERICAN IDOL? Can’t anyone come up with anything new? How about “Elvis Costello Week” or something more challenging? Ugh. Still no public voting unfortunately – so the show proves to be a […]Read On »

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TV Review: DUETS – Season 1 – “Classic Duets”

Jennifer Nettles and J Rome perform on DUETS - Season 1 - "Classic Duets" | ©2012 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

Cast: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, John Legend, Robin Thicke Network: ABC, Thursday nights Original Telecast: June 1, 2012 In week two of ABC’s singing reality show DUETS, which pits four pros with eight amateurs for weekly duets and the chance to win a recording contract, we’re treated to more of the same which marred last week’s uneven debut. With Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles (of Sugarland), John Legend and Robin Thicke – there are some great pros that are nurturing the talent. The problem still remains is the voting system. The judges give points for performance and presentation which places people […]Read On »

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TV Review: DUETS – Season 1 – “Superstars Greatest Hits” – Series Premiere

John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Quddus, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and Robin Thicke in DUETS - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

Featuring: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, John Legend, Robin Thicke Network: ABC, Thursday nights Original Telecast: May 25, 2012 So close on the heels of the AMERICAN IDOL and THE VOICE finales, ABC gets into the musical competition game with DUETS. At two hours, the series premiere proves to be a bit unwieldy like many competition shows, but the premise is at least somewhat different – four superstars Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, Robin Thicke and John Legend pick two contestants apiece to be their duet partners. The title allows them to go, “let’s duet” (get the pun) and then […]Read On »

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TV Recap: THE VOICE – Season 2 – The Battles Begin”

Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton on THE VOICE - Season 2 - "Let The Battle Rounds Begin" | ©2012 NBC/Lewis Jacobs

Network: NBC, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: March 6, 2012 If you want to see why AMERICAN IDOL appears to be losing its mojo, you only have to tune into a few minutes of the battle rounds for THE VOICE in the appropriately titled “The Battles Begin.” Here, 48 contestants are paired up by each of the four coaches where they duke it out in a boxing ring-esque box on stage – dueling with their opponent to one-up the other person and also keep up with them during the harmonies of each particular song. The Battle Rounds look like they’ll […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 11 – “Auditions No. 1 – Savannah” – Season Premiere

Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 11 - Savannah Auditions | ©2012 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest Network: Fox, airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Jan. 18, 2012 I found the premiere episode of the 11th season of the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, extremely amusing. No, not because of the lack of talent that was displayed traditionally, but because they focused on how many talents have come through the show in that span. I’m amused because it has been 10 years of going through these painfully bad auditions – again, not talking about the lack of talent, but the very fact that they […]Read On »

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