According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox will launch the American Country Awards with a two-hour telecast on Dec. 6.
It's no secret that American audiences love country music. CBS has the Academy of Country Music Awards, ABC is home to the Country Music Awards and the 'CMA Music Festival,' an annual three-hour block of country music, and CMT -- that's Country Music Television, a whole channel for country music -- has the Country Music Television Awards.
The network (along with Starburst) is making a big push with the show on MTV, VH1, and CMT. We'll see concerts with everyone from Adam Lambert and The Script to Reba McIntire and Phoenix. While the network is promoting this as a big "return" for the show, I'm not sure if completely went away. It's not like we haven't seen the show in ten years. Just last year they had 'Unplugged' concerts by people like Adele and Vampire Weekend.
The show will also be seen online at the web sites for the various networks. Earlier this year they dropped the "music" from their logo.
Adkins, who has sold more than 10 million albums, has plenty of TV experience already, having been the runner-up on the first season of NBC's 'The Celebrity Apprentice.' He's also done guest spots on 'Yes, Dear' and 'King of the Hill.'
For his part, however, Adkins is only the latest country music performer to try his hand at TV acting, with trio Rascal Flatts signing on to appear on 'CSI' later this season.
As someone who grew up on rock, hip-hop and pop music primarily, it took me several years to open up to country music. When I was exposed to it, the first thing that stood out was that there was more than just booty-shaking and sex going on. Long before Ty Pennington was manipulating the heartstrings on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, country music was doing it every four minutes or so.
I don't have the country music background or expertise to immediately list off all the songs that would make great short stories, but I know enough to say that this might be the best shot at succeeding an anthology series has had in a long time.
It's hard for a lot of people to remember this, but country singer Porter Wagoner had a syndicated variety show, The Porter Wagoner Show, that lasted for 21 years. It came on the air in 1960 and ended in 1981. That's a lot of television.
He wore rhinestone suits all the time, but somehow he didn't become the Liberace of country music. He still looked real, and when you're wearing a rhinestone suit that's not easy to do. His hits included "Company's Comin," "Carroll County Accident," and "Green Green Grass of Home." He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame five years ago, and he helped launch the career of Dolly Parton, among others. He released his last album this past June.
Wagoner died over the weekend of lung cancer. He was 80.
However, the writing this week was really something else. It was a lot weirder than usual, I thought. For the most part, I liked it. I see that they've cut down on a lot of the more formulaic recurring character sketches, which is a massive improvement. Plus, none of the those recurring sketches are accompanied shitty little theme songs! Remember the days of "Debbie Downer" and "Carol"? Thank goodness those are over.
The music video for the late Johnny Cash's song "God's Gonna Cut You Down" will debut tomorrow evening on CMT, MTV and VH1. It will first appear during the CMT Top 20 Countdown from 4 pm to 7 pm. Later that evening, it will air on both MTV and VH1 at 11 pm. The video will also debut tomorrow on the Web sites for all the aforementioned channel, as well as on MTVU.com and Urge, MTV's music service.
Several musicians and actors will appear in the video, including Iggy Pop, Chris Rock, Dennis Hopper, Patti Smith, Johnny Depp and the Dixie Chicks. Justin Timberlake helped with the concept of the video, which to me is like having a two year old paint a tribute to Leonardo DaVinci, but whatever. As much as they're hyping this video, I think simply popping in a copy of American V: A Hundred Highways and listening to the track is a better option than watching the video.
However, you should tune into CMT at 8pm tomorrow night to catch a re-airing of Johnny Cash in San Quentin, the 1969 film that covered his famous and controversial performance.
Based on the BBC series of the same name, the show focuses on four guy friends experiencing the mid-life crisis rite of passage that, for better or worse, we'll all be going through some day if we haven't already.
Corbett will be playing a former Deadhead pot smoker who has made an art form out of sabotaging his own life.
You can check out Corbett's own mid-life, wish-fulfillment strategy via his country music outing with the John Corbett Band.
Season 5 of Nashville Star premieres on Thursday, January 11th at 10 pm on USA.
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So, tell me. Do you watch Nashville Star?
Following in the footsteps of MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, and Comedy Central, country music network CMT will soon be launching an online broadband channel that will feature both original and new video content. The new venture is being called "Loaded." I assume that's because you have to be "loaded" to enjoy country music. But I kid, of course. Actually, there's not a lot of information on this just yet. In fact, there's not really any information at all. Still, if you like yourself some of that down home toe-tappin' banjo pop, then you've got something to look forward to.
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