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NBC looking at full year when judging success

NBC’s lack of successful new shows coupled with the impending end of “Parenthood” and “Parks and Recreation” had network boss Robert Greenblatt pushing for a more expanded look at the TV year. He suggests that the entire 52 weeks should be considered when talking about the network.

That’s because NBC has upcoming programming such as “Heroes: Reborn” and the short-run series, “The Slap.” It’s a TV production but “The Slap” boasts the kind of cast you only expect in a major feature film: Thandie Newton, Peter Sarsgaard and Uma Thurman to name a few.
Here’s a sample of some of Greenblatt’s other comments to critics:
QUESTION: “Peter Pan” got panned. Will you do another musical?

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TONIGHT: The Swon Brothers at Tulare Outlet Center


Here’s one that’s worth the drive: Country duo The Swon Brothers performs a free concert tonight at the Tulare Outlet Center as part of KJUG’s Summer Concert Series. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the mall’s main entrance.

The Swon Brothers –Zach and Colton — are one of a growing number of acts who have made a name for themselves as contestants on NBC’s singing show “The Voice.” The brothers were the first duo to make it from the Top 12 live shows to the season finale. They finished third. Currently, they are working on a major-label debut.

The brothers were in Clovis in April playing the Rodeo Road Show concert at Sierra Vista Mall with Jaime Lynn Spears.

Watch the video The Swon Brothers’ single “Later On,” on the jump.

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Concert announcement: Blake Shelton at the Save Mart Center Sept. 11

sheltonCountry superstar and TV singing-competition coach Blake Shelton announced round two of his “Ten Times Crazier” tour, which includes a Sept. 11 date at the Save Mart Center.

Shelton, who’s been CMA’s best male vocalist for four consecutive years, is touring in support of the platinum-selling “Based on a Truth Story…,” which was released last March. The Band Perry, Neal McCoy, and Dan + Shay will join Shelton for the 20-plus dates, which includes shows at Madison Square Garden, Wrigley Field and the Hollywood Bowl.

“I cannot wait to get back out on the road,” says Shelton, who has been a judge on NBC’s “The Voice,” since its inception and has produced three of the show’s five winners. “I had so much fun playing songs from ‘Based On A True Story…’ and getting to see the crowd’s reaction to those songs was unforgettable. It is one of the most validating things for an artist like me, to have people sing along to your songs. It means what I’m doing is right and no matter what I’m doing, whether it is ‘The Voice’ or a TV special, absolutely nothing compares to playing live for me,” he says.

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Three reasons for Rudy Parris fans to be excited

Starting tonight, we’ll be seeing a lot more of Rudy Parris, the Visalia singer/guitarist who competed on the current season of NBC’s “The Voice.” Here are three tidbits that his fans should be excited about:

1. Though he was eliminated in October — in a knockout round against current finalist  Terry McDermott – Parris will be back for the final two episodes of “The Voice” tonight and Tuesday. It’ll be in look-back fashion, of course, but it’s still nice to see local musicians on popular, national TV shows.

2. Fresno fans can see Parris in person twice in the coming weeks. Friday night, he plays at Fresno’s Fulton 55. It’s his first Fresno show since his appearance on “The Voice.” Ticket info here. He’s also playing at World Sports Cafe at River Park on New Year’s Eve. 9 p.m. $20.

3. Since it’s Christmas music season, Parris fans can find him on the new Christmas album from his “Voice” coach Blake Shelton. Parris and the rest of Shelton’s team sing background on “White Christmas.”

Visalia’s Rudy Parris KO’d on ‘The Voice’

Visalia singer Rudy Parris — who had made it through the first two rounds of popular NBC singing competition “The Voice” — couldn’t make it past Tuesday night’s knockout round. He was matched up against Terry McDermott, a Scottish singer with undeniable classic rock pipes. McDermott’s already a judge and fan favorite, making Parris an underdog from the get-go.

Parris also didn’t do himself any favors with his song choice. He sung Chris Brown’s “Forever.” In practice sessions, his coach (and country star) Blake Shelton was skeptical of Parris’ decision. Shelton’s fellow judges later agreed, forcing Parris’ dismissal.

After the show, Parris posted on Facebook, thanking the show, Shelton and adding “God has opened a door.” He shared this video, he said, as a thank you to his fans. Know this, local fans, we’ll certainly see more of Parris. He was a busy and popular local artist before “The Voice” and there’s no reason he shouldn’t be afterward.

PREVIOUSLY: Rudy Parris advances again on ‘The Voice’

Rudy Parris advances again on ‘The Voice’

If you were watching “The Voice” closely on Tuesday night to see our local singer Rudy Parris, you actually had to watch VERY closely. While some of the head-to-head match-ups in the show’s battle rounds got 10 minutes of airtime, Parris only got about 30 seconds.

But there’s good news: He won and is still a member of Blake Shelton’s team. Here’s some video:

Parris now moves on to the show’s “knockout rounds,” where teams will be knocked down to five competitors. Given the pace of the show, and the fact that the battle rounds just started this week, we’ll have a few more weeks before we see Parris competing again.

In the meantime, you can watch this web exclusive from “The Voice“: An “After the Battle” segment with Parris and his opponent Charlie Rey.

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Tonight: Watch ‘The Voice’ with Rudy Parris

Rudy Parris, the Visalia singer, who is part of this year’s crop of singers on “The Voice” will be at a viewing party tonight at Crawdaddy’s in downtown Vice City. The show is in its “battle rounds” right now, which are pre-recorded. There’s no confirmation that Rudy will be on the show tonight, but he’s certainly encouraging people to watch.

Last night’s episode of “The Voice” did show a brief clip of Parris, so perhaps that’s an indication that he’s on soon. In “The Voice’s” battle rounds, two singers duet together and one of them will be sent home by their coach. So if Parris is on again tonight, hanging with him in Visalia could either be a victory party or a consolation session. The event starts at 7 p.m. The show begins at 8.

For more on Parris, his background and his apperance on the show, read this story from Monday’s Bee.

Visalia’s Rudy Parris joins Blake Shelton’s team on ‘The Voice’

Visalia singer/guitarist Rudy Parris is in the national spotlight today after a successful stint on NBC’s “The Voice” on Monday night. Parris passed the show’s blind auditions and eventually picked country singer Blake Shelton as his coach. You can watch his performance and the judges’ reaction below.

Here’s the pre-song bio segment on Rudy, which gives you more his story.

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Look for local musician Rudy Parris on ‘The Voice’ this week … we think


UPDATE: We’re still awaiting local singer/guitarist Rudy Parris‘ appearance on “The Voice.” It wasn’t last week. Now there are only eight spots left. So if you’re looking for Rudy, tonight is a good night to tune in, it would seem.

ORIGINAL POST, 9/24: Visalia’s Rudy Parris — a blues/rock singer and guitarist — is maybe, probably, likely going to appear on NBC’s “The Voice” this week.

As usual with these reality/competition shows, things have to be a secret until they air. Parris has been hinting at an appearance on the show (like the above graphic on his Facebook page) but can’t offer specifics.

The show’s blind auditions continue this week and are soon winding to a close. He hasn’t appeared yet. So you do the math.

“The Voice” is on tonight and Tuesday at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Tonight: Vicci Martinez shares her ‘Voice’ with Fresno

Singer Vicci Martinez, who finished third on the first season of NBC’s “The Voice,” is in Fresno tonight, playing another of radio station Y101′s “Unplugged” concerts. It’s happening at The Standard at 7 p.m. and is free for folks 21-and-up. But it’s first come, first serve and doors open at 4:30 p.m. For what it’s worth: I’d recommend not moseying in at 7:30 p.m. and expecting to have a spot.

Since “The Voice,” Martinez signed a recording with with Cee-Lo (her coach on the show) and is about to release her major-label debut album. The first single is “Come Along.”


If reggae is more your flavor, then you might dig this show tonight at Starline with Josh Heinrichs and Skillinjah.

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On TV tonight: ‘The Voice’

NUP_143901_0545_JPG.JPG “The Voice,” 9 p.m. KSEE (Channel 24.1): The end is finally here as the winner of this round of the music competition show will be named tonight.

The person considered to have the best voice will be selected from the group of last singers standing that includes of Tony Lucca, Chris Mann, Jermaine Paul and Juliet Simms. Each one represents their respective coaches of Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and CeeLo Green.

Each finalists will collaborate with fellow season two competitors who return for special performances. There will also be appearances by Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, Lady Antebellum and Daryl Hall & John Oates. Maybe I should have mentioned the Bieber appearance first.

To help fill the two hours, look for the four coaches to perform a group number.

ROGUE REVIEW: ‘The Voice: One Man’s Journey into Sex Addiction and Recovery’


We’ve all heard the old adage that men too often think with their other head. Well, in “The Voice: One Man’s Journey into Sex Addiction and Recovery,” David Kleinberg brings that head to life.

And if you’re dense, I’m talking about his penis.

If that was too forward for you, then stop now and do NOT see this show. But if a man assuming the role of a foul-mouthed penis that hops around the stage doesn’t turn you off, then you might enjoy “The Voice.”

In Kleinberg’s autobiographic tale, he’s a middle-aged guy who has to come to come to grips with his sex addiction after his wife catches him in the grips (literally) of his sex addiction. Throughout, the penis acts as the play’s antagonist — a perverted devil on Kleinberg’s shoulder, as he tries to rehabilitate himself.

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Cee Lo Green has to take a phone call

Cee Lo Duracell.JPG I don’t know how many times I have had interviews interrupted by cell phones.

Cee Lo Green, one of the four celebrity judges on NBC’s “The Voice,” is talking about how with his own unique style, he doesn’t break the rules. He just bends them.

“I believe that if you put flame to a piece of metal you can bend it into an art form as well. Do you see what I’m saying? But with me, I just happen to be exceptional all the way around. I’m just saying the reason why this works for me is because I can’t say that in any of the other establishments …” Green says.

Before he can finish that thought his cell phone rings.

“Oh, my gosh, I put this on silent, and it didn’t work. I can’t work this phone. Excuse me,” Green says. He then says into the cell phone “Listen here, lover, I’ll call you back. Okay?”

He ends the call and explains the phone says the call was from “The Kim.”

“That means she is THE Kim out of the three Kims I know,” Green says.

We then return to talking about what makes him so different.