Garth Brooks and
Celine Dion will perform in one-hour CBS specials airing Friday, Jan. 25, and Friday, Feb. 15, respectively.
The first of the specials (both of which air at 9 pm/ET), Garth Brooks: Live in LA!, will be telecast from his live show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Variety reports. All proceeds from his concerts will be donated to the Southern California 2008 Fire Intervention Relief Effort, to which TV viewers will be able to call in donations.
Celine Dion: That's Just the Woman in Me was taped Jan. 12 in front of a live audience at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre, and included a mix of greatest hits as well as songs from Dion's most recent album, The Prayer. In her first concert since ending her five-year Vegas run, Dion will be joined by artists such as Josh Groban and Black Eyed Pea will.i.am, who, we know, will appreciate Celine's lovely lady lungs.
While concert specials have not been the highest ratings-reapers in recent months, these two shows reflect the increasing premium on original programming during the WGA strike. If the strike continues throughout the winter, is this the sound of what's to come? - Anna Dimond