TVLine Items: Voice Supersizes, Jim Lehrer Steps Down at PBS, and More TV News to Know

Brace yourselves: NBC is expanding its Voice. Starting Tuesday, June 7, the Peacock will air two-hour live installments of its hit new reality competition series. The Voice is currently in the midst of its pre-taped “battle” rounds, but once that’s complete, the supersized fun begins.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• After 36 years, Jim Lehrer has announced his departure as anchor of PBS’ Newshour, effective June 6. However, the veteran newsman will still appear on many Friday evening programs as a moderator.

• The CW’s 90210 has replaced outgoing showrunner Rebecca Sinclair with former Life Unexpected co-executive producers Patti Carr and Lara Olsen, Deadline reports.

• Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that CBS has renewed the David Spade-starring Rules of Engagement for a sixth season. CBS officially announces its 2011-12 schedule on Wednesday, May 18.

Keith Olbermann has chosen a few commentators for his upcoming Current TV news show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann (premiering Monday, June 20): Documentarian Michael Moore; comedian Richard Lewis; and filmmaker Ken Burns.

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  1. Hamza says:

    Rules of Engagement returning! Oh yeah!!!

  2. Handsome Smitty says:

    So much for Ken Burn’s PBS-is-not-a-liberal-network defense. You sit with Olby-wan, you’re either a flaming liberal or absolutely nuts. In either case, credibility is down the drain.

    • Michelle R. says:

      Yes, because there’s not enough room on the planet for liberals and conservatives. Life is too short to hate people because they don’t see the world exactly as you do.

    • Jena says:

      Let me guess you watch Fox News is your source for broadcast news.

  3. Frankie says:

    90210 is getting Life Unexpected producers?! Didn’t that show get cancled after 2 seasons???

    • Steve says:

      It did get canceled but it was only because of ratings. I didn’t see the show but I heard it was pretty good. This could be pretty interesting because the first season of 90210 felt something more similar to what I’d imagine LUX was (strong focus on family, more positive storylines, etc) which is why I kind of liked about it. If anything, they will definitely do something different with the show even if only a little.

  4. Xtremecamera says:

    “Rules” should be referred to as a Patrick Warburton starring vehicle, not david spade. I mean, come on.

  5. Evan Meadow says:

    Let’s just hope 90210 doesn’t have any of the characters sleeping with a professor while they’re still underage and trying to make a good thing like they attempted on LUX.