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Nigel Lythgoe Announces 'CMT's Next Superstar,' 'Top Chef' Heads to the Bahamas and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 9th 2011 4:00PM
Nigel LythgoeNigel Lythgoe is apparently not content to dominate the televised singing competition space with 'American Idol' and the televised dancing competition space with 'So You Think You Can Dance.'

Since the man seemingly won't sleep until he controls every successful TV talent show out there, he's launching a new country music comeptition series on CMT.

'CMT's Next Superstar' will debut its 10-episode first season in April, Entertainment Weekly reports.

"This isn't just a singing competition. The contestants will also be judged on their songwriting, radio interviews and music videos," Lythgoe said in a statement. "We're looking for more than just a singer. We want the complete creative, talented package -- performer, personality and writer. We want the next country superstar."

In other TV news ...

The CW picked up another pilot, based on 'Vampire Diaries' author L.J. Smith's 'Secret Circle' series. That's not the only TVD connection; co-creator Kevin Williamson just joined the project as an executive producer. No vampires in this one, though. Just witches. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Kerry Washington has booked the lead role in 'Grey's Anatomy' creator Shonda Rhimes' new pilot. Washington will play Olivia Price, a high-powered crisis-management consultant in 'In Crisis.' [Deadline]

The 'Top Chef All Stars' finale will take place in the noted culinary capital of ... the Bahamas? Maybe the crew just wanted to get out of the snowy disaster that has been New York City for the past few months. The four-part finale will begin airing next month. "The setting gets the contestants excited because it takes them out of their element and gives them great ingredients," judge Gail Simmons said. [TV Guide]

History channel is launching Civil War week to honor the 150th anniversary of the event. The channel will air Civil War–themed installments of its existing shows, along with the Ridley and Tony Scott–produced 'Gettysburg' TV movie. [EW]

Another day, another pilot casting bonanza. Megan Hilty has joined NBC's musical 'Smash,' while Anthony Carrigan is the first person cast in the USA pilot 'Over/Under.' Nestor Carbonell will star alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar in CBS's 'Ringer,' and Kelen Coleman will play the female lead in Comedy Central's 'Playing With Guns.' [Deadline]

Cinemax just ordered a new series being described as '24' meets 'Call of Duty.' 'Strike Back' follows a "charismatic former U.S. Special Forces operative who teams up with a British military unit to stop an international terrorist group." [EW]

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Vanessa Wang

bravo pour Nigel Lythgoe!!

February 09 2011 at 8:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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