Going forward, fans of the popular singing competition The Voice will have to expect only one cycle of the show per year.
That’s right — NBC has announced plans to officially cut back on The Voice beginning next year. With the start of the 2021-2022 season, the fan-favorite show will be going to a one-cycle system.
In the past, the network has always aired two cycles of The Voice per year, one in the fall and one in the spring. At least it has been that way ever since 2012-2013. But this coming cycle, the show’s 21st, NBC will scale down to just one season. Francis Berwick, chairman of entertainment networks at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, spoke with the media on Friday saying that the decision helps protect the franchise.
“Going into the 21st cycle in the fall, The Voice remains one of the most popular shows on television and we want to keep it that way. We want to eventize this iconic series,” Berwick explained.
In the end, Berwick says the plan is for The Voice to run for a very long time. He admits that going to one cycle per year will help give fans the very best the show has to offer.
“We think ‘The Voice’ will be on NBC for a very long time to come and we believe the best way to protect the brand, while also super-serving fans is to produce one amazing cycle this year.”
You can view highlights from the best performances of the week down below:
Fans React to ‘The Voice’ Moving to One Cycle Per Year
There is no question that Friday’s news drew some attention from fans of The Voice. After all, many loyal fans have routines in their households based around the show. But as the show gets ready to move to one cycle per year, fans, too, will have to adjust.
However, it seems like fans of the show on social media weren’t all that upset by the news. In fact, some of them even admitted that the move makes sense.
“At last! TV realizing that keeping your audience wanting more actually makes a lot of sense,” one fan wrote on Twitter. “Avoiding overkill is key. In my humble opinion.”
Another follower noticed that the movie is similar to the one ABC made with the popular dancing competition, Dancing With the Stars. Starting with its 27th official cycle in 2018, the show made the switch to airing just a single cycle each season.
Meanwhile, one Twitter user left a hilarious but relatable reply for Kelly Clarkson fans.
“One cycle of ‘The Voice’ a year. Dear Kelly Clarkson, can we please have a tour since this frees up some time?”