Hoping to capitalize on the upcoming Rio Olympics, NBC will air special original half-hour episodes of sitcom “Superstore,” and “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.”
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 introduce the arrivals of new coaches Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus.