As country-music superstar Rayna Jaymes, Boston-born Connie Britton takes the y'all she perfected as Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights and sets it to music on ABC's highly anticipated Nashville, premiering tonight. Set in the change-on-a-dime music industry, the series charts the fates of veteran Rayna and It Girl Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) as they compete for downloads and dollars. For Rayna, those two things will prove ever more elusive in the next few episodes, as secrets from her personal life begin to threaten her career — and her bandleader ex, Deacon (Charles Esten), grows closer to catty rival Juliette. We caught up with Britton on the Tennessee set of her new show....
With new drama Nashville looming on the horizon, ABC whets viewers' appetites for country music with the three-hour CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock (Monday at 8/7c), a compilation of performances culled from the annual gathering of country fans in Music City this past June. Think of it as Comic-Con with cowboy boots. Eric Church, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and co-host Luke Bryan are among those performing. We caught up with Luke to talk about his CMA Fest memories.
On his new album Tuskegee, one of the year's most pleasant surprises, R&B and pop icon Lionel Richie reinterprets his catalogue with help from contemporary country stars, adding a little twang to hits like "Say You, Say Me" and "Dancing on the Ceiling." Friday night, some of those same artists — Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts among them — reunite with Richie in Las Vegas to show off their creations live onstage in ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends — In Concert (9/8c, CBS).
TV Guide Magazine: Aside from the performances, what else does the special feature?
Richie: The artists' stories about me and how the songs affected them.
With high-powered firearms and high-flying ninja stunts, these sure aren't your daddy's sports shows. But we're betting he'd enjoy Top Shot (Tuesday, 10/9c, History Channel) and Jump City: Seattle (Tuesday, 8/7c, G4), too. Last week, History premiered Season 2 of its direct hit Top Shot, which challenges two teams of marksmen and women to pepper targets using a variety of weapons, from bows and arrows to fully automatics. "The cool factor goes through the roof whenever you bring out a Prohibition Era Tommy gun," says host (and Survivor alum) Colby Donaldson. Tonight's contest: "The teams have to maintain composure and focus while paintballs are whizzing over their heads," he says.
Over at Jump City: Seattle, however, it's the contestants themselves who are ...
She plays Rough-and-tumble Det. Ariana Sanchez, the only female detective in a testosterone-heavy station house on Detroit 1-8-7. "Sanchez is an all-balls kind of girl," laughs Martinez. "She's really tough, from Detroit and ...
Heidi Klum trades temperamental designers for temperamental kids as the host of the new out-of-the-mouths-of-babes series Seriously Funny Kids (premiering tonight at 9/8c on Lifetime). "People who say 'Don't work with animals or kids' are absolutely right!" Klum jokes. "It is definitely harder than I expected." Bill Cosby would likely agree. He hosted a similar series, Kids Say the Darndest Things, from 1998 to 2000. But while the shows have ...
Lie to Me
Two lies don't make a truth, but the two new back-to-back episodes of Lie to Me airing tonight are honest fun. In the first, Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) investigates a mental hospital that may be holding a patient against his will and promptly begins to lose his own mind after he's mysteriously medicated. "Cal starts to descend into madness," says exec producer Alex Cary. "He's quite aware of ...
Sheryl Crow and Brad Paisley
Forget rockin'. Is it possible to boot-scoot around a Christmas tree? Tonight, some of country music's biggest names gather to celebrate the holiday season in CMA Country Christmas (9:30/8:30c, ABC). Hosted by Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, the special boasts performances from the likes of Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Reba and admitted Yuletide fanatic Darius Rucker.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi
No one ever wants to find a hair in their dessert, but for Cake Boss Buddy Valastro's latest celebrity client, it was a requirement. Jersey Shore's Snooki requested a cake for her beloved mother complete with a facsimile of her famous sky-high bouffant, as well as some fist-pumping club-goers.