TV Highlights: The Voice, Mid-Season Premieres & More

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Ed Sheeran, Carrie Underwood and John Legend are among the stars who will perform during the season 21 finale of The Voice. Underwood and Legend will sing their Christmas duo, Hallelujah, while Sheeran is available for his single Shivers. Meanwhile, Coldplay will take the stage for My Universe, the group’s collaboration with BTS. Others in the lineup include Alicia Keys, Keke Palmer, and Tori Kelly. Matthew McConaughey and Nick Kroll, who star in Sing 2 with Kelly, will also make appearances.

SATC turned down the late night host

Stephen Colbert once auditioned to play a character with diarrhea in Sex and the City, but didn’t get the part. The late-night host made the reveal during an episode of The Late Show, in which SATC stars Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon were promoting the HBO revival series And Just Like That … Nixon recalled a scene from the 2003 episode Pick- A-Little, Talk -A-Little who saw her character Miranda invite a man to her apartment, but refused because she had eaten Biryani and it was irregular. Colbert said he remembered the script well, adding: “Evidently, he didn’t have the acting skills to act like he had diarrhea.”

Mid-season premiere dates have been set.

Will Forte’s action comedy MacGruber has a Canadian release date. Based on the Saturday Night Live character of the same name Forte, it will debut on January 9 on Showcase (the series premieres December 16 on the US streaming service Peacock). The announcement was part of Corus Entertainment’s list of mid-season premieres for its networks. Other shows debuting on Showcase include the DC Comics drama Naomi (January 11) and the forensic crime series Wolfe (February 20). Bel-Air, a dramatic reworking of the hit comedy The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, will be released sometime next year. On W Network, the new anthology drama series I Am is scheduled for January 5, and the drama This Way Up debuts on January 6.

Transplant Series Plans Return

CTV’s award-winning drama Transplant will premiere its second season on January 3. The show, which won four Canadian Screen Awards for its first season, will also be available on and the CTV app. Filmed in Montreal, it stars Hamza Haq as a Syrian doctor and refugee working in a busy Toronto hospital. Joining the cast of the new 13-episode season are Gord Rand (Chapelwaite) and Nora Guerch (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan). Also appearing is playwright and actor Ahmad Meree.

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