James Hibberd
August 01, 2011 AT 04:34 PM EDT

So NBC has previously said an episode of The Voice will follow its presentation of the Super Bowl — but didn’t say when the show will actually premiere. (In other words: Will try to launch at the same time as Fox’s American Idol, which generally starts in mid-January?).

Well, now we know: The Voice will premiere after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5, 2012, announced NBC’s programming chief Robert Greenblatt at critics press tour in Beverly Hills. The Voice will then have a two-hour episode the next night leading into the season premiere of the musical drama Smash.

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