Some thoughts on the highs and lows and assorted other TV news that caught my eye this week:
DEAD MAN WALKING: So there I was watching AMC's The Walking Dead last Sunday — the first piece of TV I hungrily consumed after a week of mostly TV-free vacation (except for the Oscars, which I should have passed on) — and as self-righteous Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) yammers on about everyone's humanity being at stake if they execute their prisoner (Randall the Outsider), I start rolling my eyes and going, "Oh, die already, you blowhard."
Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke
ABC is entering the crowded singing competition arena, but with four hefty names: Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie, Robin Thicke and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. The four superstars will serve as mentors and singing partners on Duets, which will premiere this summer.
The show will feature Clarkson, Nettles, Richie and Thicke as they scout for talent across the country. The four will ultimately choose two singers as their duet partners, and together each week, the star and...
Jennifer Nettles, Justin Miller
Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles married entrepreneur Justin Miller Saturday, People reports.
Nettles, 37, wore an Alexander McQueen gown for the intimate wedding, which took place near the Smoky Mountains in...
Sugarland returned to Indianapolis to perform a free concert honoring the victims of a stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair this summer.
Seven people were killed in August when an outdoor stage collapsed just minutes before the band was set to perform.
"It may be an emotional show tonight, but it will also be a celebratory show tonight," singer Jennifer Nettles told the audience. "We are all changed by what happened then. But we are going to try to give you the best show that we can and to celebrate healing with you and to celebrate life and music with you here tonight."
Famous families got off to relatively impressive starts as The Kennedys attracted 1.9 million viewers, a record for the relatively obscure basic cable ReelzChannel, and Showtime's The Borgias reeled in 1.49 million total viewers, boosting the pay-cable outlet to a seven-year peak for a dramatic premiere.
And while The Killing failed to match the ratings of The Walking Dead, it still totaled...
Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood
Steven Tyler provided one of the big surprises of the evening at the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The Aerosmith star and American Idol judge joined past Idol winner Carrie Underwood for a rousing rendition of her hit "Undo It" before the two segued into a flirtatious performance of his band's '80s classic "Walk This Way."
Music worlds collided again Sunday when Rihanna performed "California King Bed" with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. James Taylor also joined Zac Brown Band onstage for a medley 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.
When designer Nate Berkus was given his own daily syndicated talk show, his director told him he had two choices for the set: "It could either look like a night club or it could look like a fake house with stairs that lead to nothing," the director said.
Berkus said no to both.
Berkus, 39, spent the summer before the September launch designing the studio with vintage furniture, old books that he's read, a wall of live greenery, and colonial wall detailing. From the moment the audience members take their seats, they're in Berkus' home, not on his set.