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'CMT's Next Superstar' Gets Season 2, '60 Minutes' Stands by Lance Armstrong Story and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 2nd 2011 12:00PM
Kristin Chenoweth'CMT's Next Superstar' -- which hasn't finished Season 1 yet -- has been renewed for Season 2.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Emmy-winner Kristin Chenoweth will perform live during the June 10 finale. The singing competition series comes from 'American Idol' and 'So You Think You Can Dance' producer Nigel Lythgoe and his son Simon.

"Unlike other talent shows, we will continue to push for the entire package," Nigel Lythgoe told EW. "We were so thrilled to see the talent on the first season really step up and tackle each week's challenges. We can't wait to see just how far the finalists on season two are willing to go for the chance at superstardom."

Look for the new season of 'CMT's Next Superstar' to debut either later this year or in 2012.

In other TV news ...

Eliza Dushku will star in an online animated 'Torchwood' series. We reported on the news earlier this summer, and now Starz and BBC have made it official with an announcement. The series will consist of 10 3-minute installments. New episodes of the animated series will go online following new episodes of 'Miracle Day.' [EW]

'60 Minutes' refuses to apologize to Lance Armstrong. After running an expose on the famous athlete, Armstrong's lawyers demanded an apology, but the news magazine is standing by its story. "'60 Minutes' stands by its story as truthful, accurate and fair," Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer on '60 Minutes' said in a statement. "Lance Armstrong and his lawyers were given numerous opportunities to respond to every detail of our reporting for weeks prior to the broadcast and their written responses were fairly and accurately included in the story. Mr. Armstrong still has not addressed charges by teammates Tyler Hamilton and George Hincapie that he used performance enhancing drugs with them." [Hollywood Reporter]

Andrea Anders has joined the cast of 'Necessary Roughness.' The 'Mr. Sunshine' veteran will play a PR executive across multiple episodes of the new USA Network series. [TVLine]

'Family Album' will film a second episode. The Fox pilot's creators, Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, have inked a new deal with 20th Century Fox and will serve as co-executive producers on Fox's Zooey Deschanel comedy 'New Girl.' Mike O'Malley is attached to star in 'Family Album.' [Deadline]

Danny Brocklehurst is at work on a new HBO pilot called 'Dirty.' The famed comedy writer from the United Kingdom is penning a half-hour coemdy script about a Chicago cop who gets into some not-so-legal activities on and off the job. [Variety]

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