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'The Voice' blind auditions to air during Rio Summer Olympics on NBC


Thu, Jun 30th 2016 03:00 pm

The 'Superstore' gang returns Friday, Aug. 19, in Olympics-themed episode, while Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus make their coaching debuts on 'The Voice' Sunday, Aug. 21, following the closing ceremony

Capitalizing on the highly anticipated Rio Olympics, NBC will air special original half-hour episodes of the network's No. 1-rated comedy, "Superstore," and TV's No. 1 reality series, "The Voice," on Friday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 21 (the night of the closing ceremony), respectively. Both episodes will begin at 10:30 p.m. following Olympics coverage.

"The Olympics give us a unique chance to expose some of our strongest shows to millions of viewers who might not otherwise see them," said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt. "So we wanted to showcase our great new comedy hit 'Superstore' with a special Olympics-related storyline, as well as blow the doors open on this fall's blind auditions of 'The Voice' featuring Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus - our two new coaches - alongside Blake and Adam. Much appreciation to Mark Lazarus and our sports division who bring us the gift of the Olympics every two years."

"Superstore" stars America Ferrera and Ben Feldman.

Ferrera is the super-sized megastore's most stalwart employee, who holds the place together. Feldman plays the naive dreamer determined to prove work doesn't have to be boring. Their fellow associates include a unique collection of characters played by Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos and Nichole Bloom, who are overseen by the clueless store manager played by Mark McKinney.

Following the closing ceremony will be the first 30 minutes of the 11th cycle of "The Voice," which returns Sept. 19 in its regularly scheduled time period. The preview will pull back the curtain on two female coaches for the first time ever as Keys and Cyrus will take their places in the red chairs next to Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

A singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist, Cyrus hosted both the VMAs and "Saturday Night Live" in 2015. She was named Artist of the Year by MTV in 2013 and has released five NO. 1 albums as well as seven top 10 songs.

A 15-time Grammy Award winner who has sold 35 million albums and 30 million singles, Keys is a world-renowned artist and activist. She has released five studio albums, beginning with 2001's megahit "Songs in a Mirror," which reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B charts and went seven-times platinum. All four of her other studio albums also hit No. 1.

"The Voice" ranked No. 1 for the season among alternative series in adults 18-49 and consistently led NBC to nightlong wins on both Monday and Tuesday nights.

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