WILL NBC’S THE WINNER IS BE A WINNER?
As if there weren’t a surfeit of singing contests on network television already, NBC announced on Tuesday that it was adding yet another one. Titled The Winner Is, the series will feature singers “dueling” against one another for a $1-million cash prize. The weekly competition will also include game-show elements. For example, a contestant will reportedly be able to leave the show and receive a predetermined cash prize before the verdict of a panel of judges is revealed — or remain in the competition and risk losing everything. Executive producer is John de Mol, creator of CBS’s Big Brother and NBC’s highest-rated series, The Voice, which averages 15.8 million viewers.