TV previews: “Robot Chicken,” “Katie,” and “The Voice”

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TV previews: “Robot Chicken,” “Katie,” and “The Voice”

“Robot Chicken DC Comics Special” Sunday midnight, Adult Swim

Meanwhile, at the Hall of Justice, a bunch of nerds and geek-loving Hollywood stars teamed up to bring us the dorkiest TV show this side of “Who Wants to be a Super Hero?” The permanent teenagers behind stop-motion pop-culture comedy show “Robot Chicken” have gotten official license from DC Comics to do an entire special devoted to parodying the DC Universe. So you can expect jokes about Superman’s bulletproof junk, Batman and Robin’s dubious closed-doors relationship, and even semi-obscure characters like Mirror Master. This special features the voices of Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens as The Riddler, Neil Patrick Harris as Two-Face, Megan Fox as Lois Lane, and Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, all of whom will make fun of poor Aquaman.

“Katie” Monday 2pm, NBC29 (WVIR)

UVA grad Katie Couric has had a legendary broadcasting career, having helped turn “Today” into a ratings juggernaut at NBC, then moving to “CBS Evening News” to become the first female solo anchor for a primetime network newscast. Now she’s moved to ABC News as a correspondent, and to launch her own syndicated talk show. Couric has described “Katie” as a blend of “Today” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” meaning it’ll blend lifestyle content (read: feel-good fluff and tearjerker stories) with Couric’s news background. The first month of shows are centered around women who have reinvented themselves, and guests include Jessica Simpson (went from a pop-culture punchline to a billion-dollar fashion brand despite not being able to dress herself properly), 50 Shades of Grey author E.L. James, and Barbra Streisand.

“The Voice” Monday 8pm, NBC

Singing competition “The Voice” returns for its third season in 16 months, and it will launch a fourth season in early 2013. Talk to the producers of “So You Think You Can Dance” and see how well those back-to-back seasons of a buzz show work out, guys. For this fall season all four judges—Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton—are back, but showrunner Mark Burnett teases that one or more may skip out on the spring edition to go on tour. Rule changes this time include new “knockout” rounds, and the judges now have the ability to snatch eliminated contestants from another judge’s team. Mary J. Blige, Michael Buble, Rob Thomas, and Billie Joe Armstrong will all appear as mentors.

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