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Sara Bareilles Joins 'The Sing Off'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 14th 2011 3:30PM
Sara BareillesSara Bareilles, the woman responsible for 'Love Song' and most recently 'King of Anything,' has joined 'The Sing Off.'

"I'm extremely excited to be joining the panel of judges for 'The Sing-Off' this fall!" Bareilles said in a statement. "A cappella music is very near and dear to my heart, and I have been a huge fan of the show from the beginning. I love the opportunity to be a part of something that celebrates a genre of music that I just adore and believe in. I can't wait for it to start."

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NBC Announces Fall 2011 Premiere Dates

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 6th 2011 2:30PM
Up All NightNBC has unveiled its new fall schedule and it kicks off with football ... if there's a season!

The new scripted shows begin Tues., Sept. 13 with 'Parenthood.' New comedies 'Up All Night' (starring Will Arnet and Christina Applegate, right) and 'Free Agents' premiere after the 'America's Got Talent' finale on Wed., Sept. 14.

'The Playboy Club' bows Mon., Sept. 19. NBC's Thursday night comedy heavy-hitters return on Sept. 22 with new addition 'Whitney.' 'Prime Suspect' anchors Thursday nights.

Fan favorite 'Chuck' moves to Fridays at 8PM on Oct. 21.

Look for Tina Fey's '30 Rock,' 'Awake,' 'Smash' and more mid-season.

Check out the full schedule below!

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NBC Renews 'The Biggest Loser,' 'Who Do You Think You Are?' and 'The Sing Off'

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 22nd 2011 6:05PM
NBC Renews 'The Biggest Loser,' 'Who Do You Think You Are?' and 'The Sing Off'In a not-so-surprising move, NBC has renewed its three biggest reality/alternative programs: 'The Biggest Loser,' 'Who Do You Think You Are?' and 'The Sing Off' for the 2011-2012 TV season.

"Alternative series such as these three bona fide hits are important not only to their loyal audiences but also as strong components of the NBC schedule," Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, said in a statement. "They are each unique, attention-getting shows with terrific producing and talent auspices, and we're proud to be associated with them."

'The Biggest Loser' has been on NBC since 2004 in a few different incarnations. From 'Couples' to 'Families,' the series has been a strong performer for the Peacock network. Next season 'Loser' will not feature trainer Jillian Michaels.

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TVR Awards -- Shockingly Good Talent That Didn't Win Reality Talent Shows (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 4th 2011 8:00AM


Despite their massive and persistent popularity, many TV-watchers still dismiss reality talent shows as boring, formulaic and silly. But it's impossible to deny that the likes of 'American Idol,' 'So You Think You Can Dance,' and 'The Sing-Off' exposed us to an incredible array of unique (and at times bizarre) talent in 2010. Many of our favorite reality talent show contestants this year weren't the ones who ended up winning; it was often the zaniest, most original acts that left the biggest impressions. We've narrowed our favorite runner-ups and also-rans down to the five most memorable. Which one of these almost-winners impressed you the most?

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'The Sing-Off' Finale: And the Winner Is... (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 21st 2010 12:27AM
'The Sing-Off' Finale:  And the Winner Is...Well, it's that time already. It's the final countdown. After a mere two weeks, we've reached the finale of 'The Sing-Off' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC). Heading into the finals, only four groups remained. All of them were battling it out for $100,000 and a recording contract. But who would make the cut?

First to be eliminated was Talk of the Town, led by 66-year-old Jerry Lawson, who has been singing a cappella for over forty years. The Backbeats -- the only group in the finals with any female singers -- were the next to go home.

This set up an all-male, all-Southern battle for grand prize. Two groups remained: Committed, from Huntsville, Alabama, and Street Corner Symphony, from Nashville, Tennessee.

And the winner of 'The Sing-Off' was ...

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NBC Extends 'The Sing-Off' Finale by a Half Hour: UPDATE

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 17th 2010 4:40AM
UPDATED 12/17/10: NBC has tweaked its scheduling plans for Monday. 'The Sing-Off' finale will now remain two-hours long, the 'Perfect Couples' preview episode will air at 10 PM ET, followed by a repeat of 'The Office.'

Capitalizing on the newfound success of 'The Sing-Off' executives at NBC have decided to add a half hour to the season finale next week and use the show as a launching pad for new comedy 'Perfect Couples'.

According to Variety, the mammoth two-and-a-half hour Season 2 finale will lead into a preview episode of 'Perfect Couples.' Instead of airing the pilot, NBC will instead show an episode that execs felt is one of its strongest.

'Perfect Couples' will then premiere in January as planned. NBC successfully used this teaser strategy back in the fall to launch new drama 'Outlaw.'

By extending the finale and pairing it with 'Perfect Couples,' NBC has canned a repeat of 'Chuck' that was due to air at 10PM ET. 'Chuck' reruns scheduled for Dec. 27 have also been preempted, this time by a repeat of 'A Walk in My Shoes.'

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'The Sing-Off': Heading Into the Finals, The Backbeats Win in a 'Landslide' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 16th 2010 6:05AM
'The Sing-Off': Heading Into the Finals, The Backbeats Win in a 'Landslide'Well, that was quick. Unlike so many other reality shows, 'The Sing-Off' (Wed., 8PM ET on NBC) doesn't drag things out. The series does its entire run -- from the premiere to the finale -- in a mere two weeks. But don't fret, it should be back next season; it's one of NBC's most popular shows in years.

Before we see if 'The Sing-Off' will return, we'll have to learn who the current finalists will be. Ten groups started the show; after tonight, three would be left. It's been an intense process ... but as they say, "Time makes you bolder" -- even a very short amount of time. And tonight, The Backbeats won in a 'Landslide,' while a fan favorite went home.

The Backbeats have the only female singers left in the contest, and vocalist Joanna Jones led them in an incredible version of Fleetwood Mac's 'Landslide.' The song won over the judges and the group finished at the top of the pack.

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'The Sing-Off': 'On the Rocks' Wants You to Pour Some Sugar on Them ... Yeah! (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 14th 2010 7:25AM
'The Sing-Off': 'On the Rocks' Wants You to Pour Some Sugar on Them ... Yeah!Step inside, let's walk this way. Hey, television lover! Baby, let's go all night. 'The Sing-Off' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC) returned for its fourth episode, and the theme for the show's second round was this -- "Guilty Pleasures." Sweet.

The six remaining groups hit us with some very guilty pleasures indeed, including 'Love Shack' and -- yikes! -- 'I Want It That Way.' But cult favorites 'On the Rocks' continued with their winning ways, busting out an awe-inspiring version of Def Leppard's 'Pour Some Sugar on Me' -- complete with hilarious/"sexy" choreography.

And the best part? That wasn't even their "guilty pleasure" choice. It was their "hard rock" tune. Their actual guilty pleasure choice was ... a very bad 1980s song.

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'The Sing-Off': An Amazing Group Peformance of Kings of Leon's 'Use Somebody' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 9th 2010 4:18AM
'The Sing-Off':  An Amazing Group Peformance of Kings of Leon's 'Use Somebody'The fog machine! The slow fist-pumps in the air! The singers awkwardly resting their hands on each others' shoulders! All this could only mean one thing ... 'The Sing-Off' (Wed., 8PM ET on NBC) kicked off with a group performance tonight. All 71 singers took part in a choral rendition of 'Use Somebody' by Kings of Leon, singing these words: "You know that I could use somebody/ Someone like you."

It was an amazing opening performance. But despite the teamwork and camaraderie, it's still a contest. The stakes are high -- the groups are competing for $100,000 and a recording contract. By the end of the night, only 50 singers would be left, as two groups were sent home. Who would be cut?

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'The Sing-Off' Season Premiere: Viral Video Stars Do Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 7th 2010 4:05AM
'The Sing-Off' Season Premiere: Viral Video Stars Do Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance'The combination of amateur singers, famous songs and national TV could be a great concept. Or, it could be a terrible one. The premiere of 'The Sing-Off' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC) left it up to the viewers to decide.

The reality show features ten amateur singing groups -- all competing for a recording contract and a $100,000 prize. Season Two started with a bang, of sorts. Viral video sensation 'On the Rocks' performed their rendition of Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance.' If you're not familiar with this song, here are some of the lyrics:

Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah-ah! Roma-roma-mamaa!
Ga-ga-ooh-la-la! Want your bad romance
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Now, imagine those words filtered through the vocal stylings of a bunch of guys from the University of Oregon, and you should have a good idea of what 'The Sing-Off' is all about.

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'The Sing Off' Premiere: Changes in Store for Season 2

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 6th 2010 5:15PM
'The Sing Off'Could a cappella music be going mainstream?

NBC's probably hoping so -- the second season of its surprise reality hit 'The Sing Off' premieres tonight, featuring ten a cappella groups from across the country vying for a $100,000 prize and a recording contract.

Puerto Rican group Nota walked away with the title last year, but second-place finishers the Tufts Beelzebubs are the ones still making headlines: the group arranged and recorded the 'Glee' hits 'Teenage Dream' and 'Hey Soul Sister.'

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News Roundup: Michelle Trachtenberg, Josh Schwartz Team for Crime Drama at The CW, 'Will and Grace' Star Cast in Pilot and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 21st 2010 6:30PM
Michelle TrachtenbergMichelle Trachtenberg has been many things throughout her extensive Hollywood career.

She's been an elementary school spy, Little Pete's friend, the Key, a nurse, a snarky rich girl and so much more. Now, she's ready to graduate to a criminal profiler. (Well, a criminology student who has a gift for profiling and a dark past.)

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Trachtenberg is teaming up with 'Gossip Girl' honchos Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage to produce and star in the project at The CW. The series only has a script order so far.

In other TV news ...

NBC has set a Dec. 6 at 8PM premiere date for 'The Sing-Off.' Nick Lachey will host four two-hour episodes and a live finale on Dec. 20. [Deadline Hollywood]

'Will and Grace' star Eric McCormack has been cast in a pilot for TNT. McCormack is in talks to play a brilliant neuroscientist who works with the FBI. [Deadline Hollywood]

Bill Pullman and Matthew Modine have joined the cast of HBO's 'Too Big to Fail.' Pullman will play Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase and Modine has been tapped to play John Thain, the former chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch. [Deadline Hollywood]

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'Buried Life,' 'Sing-Off' Renewed

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 12th 2010 11:15AM
The Buried LifeThe gang from 'The Buried Life' can check one more accomplishment off their bucket list: getting renewed.

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, MTV will be bringing back 'The Buried Life,' which follows the adventures of a group of friends who travel the world attempting to complete a list of things to do before they die. The four friends announced the pickup during a recent appearance on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show,' which likely checks off yet another box for them as well.

Also receiving the gift of television life is 'The Sing-Off,' which according to the Hollywood Reporter has been renewed by NBC. The series, which debuted in December as a fill-in during the holiday hiatus, features a cappella groups competing for a recording contract; hosted by Nick Lachey, the show's eclectic judging panel includes Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger, Boyz II Men stalwart Shawn Stockman and indie hitmeister Ben Folds. The second season of 'The Sing-Off' will run for eight episodes.

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NBC Renews 'The Sing-Off'

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Mar 1st 2010 11:30AM
The Sing-Off'The Sing-Off' has apparently hit all the right notes with NBC.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the reality singing competition has just received a second-season order after a strong performance during its four-episode run in December; 7.25 million viewers tuned in to watch Nota, a six-piece group from San Juan, take home the $100,000 prize and a recording contract with Sony Music -- not bad for a week's worth of harmonizing.

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'The Sing-Off' Winner Is Nota (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 22nd 2009 10:26AM
A cappella group Nota from San Juan, Puerto Rico, emerged as champion of 'The Sing-Off,' and all three judges performed on last night's live two-hour finale.

Nota beat out the Beelzebubs, a group from Tufts University in Massachusetts, and Voices of Lee, a co-ed team from Lee University in Tennessee. The winning group receives $100,000 in prize money and an Epic/Sony recording contract.

Watch the video after the jump.

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