‘The Voice’ bringing back all 4 coaches
NEW YORK — NBC said the four musician-coaches who have helped make ‘‘The Voice’’ a summer hit will be back for the next round of the vocal competition.
NBC said Thursday that Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will all return when ‘‘The Voice’’ resumes in midseason next year.
The series concluded its first cycle on Wednesday. It features these musician-coaches (don’t call them judges) working with the vocalists throughout the competition.
A major success for NBC, ‘‘The Voice’’ ranked in third and fifth place in viewers last week.
Tracy Morgan’s latest jokes offend disabled
NEW YORK — Tracy Morgan had just finished apologizing for his anti-gay jokes, and now the comedian is in hot water again.
In his standup act in New York last weekend, Morgan mocked the mentally disabled, according to The New York Times. This has led to a demand for an apology from the ‘‘30 Rock’’ star by a group promoting the rights of the mentally and physically disabled.
Morgan’s wisecracks reportedly included a warning not to ‘‘mess with women who have retarded kids.’’
His remarks are ‘‘far too offensive to be excused as comedy,’’ Peter Berns, head of The Arc, said earlier this week. He called for an immediate apology.
Coalition announces boycott of CBS over Grammys
NEW YORK — A coalition of musicians that has protested the Recording Academy’s decision to drop 31 categories from the Grammy Awards is stepping up the pressure, calling for a boycott of the Grammys’ telecast partner, CBS, and hiring a lawyer to explore legal action.
‘‘We will ask people to stop watching CBS, boycott their sponsors and then write them,’’ said Bobby Sanabria, a Grammy-nominated Latin jazz musician and the leader of the coalition, in an interview Wednesday night. ‘‘We’re at a critical juncture.’’
In a surprise move, the Academy announced in April that it was reducing the number of award categories from 109 to 78.
— From wire reports