Nashville, the city, and Nashville, the country music industry, are expecting big things from Nashville, the new fall drama from ABC. The serialized drama, which stars Connie Britton as an country singer juggling her home life and struggling to remain a relevant artist, might not have made it on the air a few years ago.
But just as country music is moving toward the mainstream, the mainstream is gravitating toward country music — and TV execs, hungry for audiences, are eager to tap into country's loyal fan base. "We know from our proprietary research that about 96 million Americans qualify as country music fans, based on their listening habits and purchase behavior," says Country Music Association marketing director Cory Chapman. "That leads to a big opportunity for a network to go after that audience."
Miranda Lambert will produce a new dramedy for NBC inspired by her unusual childhood, Deadline reports.
The series will focus on a couple running a successful detective agency while also raising two teenagers.
Two American Idol alums took home top honors Wednesday night at the 2012 CMT Music Awards.
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert
It was a busy evening for country star Blake Shelton at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards.
DeAndre Brackensick, Skylar Laine
After a grueling, nausea-inducing Hollywood week and uneven semifinals, American Idol has chosen its Top 13, who begin the live final performances Wednesday (8/7c, Fox). TVGuide.com spent some time with the lucky 13, and learned more about the people behind those voices.
Now that the blind auditions have swiveled to a halt, it's time for The Voice's four coaches — Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera — to put their teams to the test. The crop of singers will be narrowed down as they face off head-to-head for the final spots on their coach's team. "The big difference this year is it's way more competitive," says exec producer Mark Burnett...
Law & Order: SVU, Miranda Lambert
In her acting debut on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Miranda Lambert not only had to play a struggling artist desperate to make ends meet, but a timid one at that.
"I had to really pull from my gut on this whole role I was playing because I'm a very, strong confident person," the country star says, noting that she was portraying " a more subdued, naïve character" than herself. "I really had to really transform my personality which I wasn't sure I could do until I got on the set and sort of just tried to put...
One of the better things about a good episode of NBC's stalwart Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is that you can rarely tell where it's headed. Is tonight's cameo-heavy hour (10/9c) the latest condemnation of reality TV's sordid excesses? Sure looks that way at the start, as we encounter an especially slimy Michael McKean (relishing his repulsiveness) as the predatory producer of a crap-tastic train wreck titled Showgirls, featuring young hopefuls who would do "whatever it takes" to land the starring role in a Broadway musical. (No small irony this is airing the week of the all-important-to-NBC Smash premiere, where such things could never happen!) As he liquors up a nervous contestant for her "audition," he leers for her to "seduce the audience. Let them know you want this." Doesn't take a genius to know where this is going.
Kickoff approaches as the New York Giants and the New England Patriots prepare to meet again in Super Bowl XLVI — four years after the Giants' upset.
The game — TV's most-watched event — is being broadcast live Sunday from...
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert
Country music power couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert will perform "America the Beautiful" as part of Super Bowl XLVI's pregame show.
In the past, Ray Charles, Mary J. Blige and Marc Anthony, and Alicia Keys, have held the same honor.