Briefs: New TV roles for Blake Shelton and Lady A’s Hillary Scott
Plus, Ray Stevens gets a new show on TNN
• Blake Shelton will guest star in the March 1 episode of pal Reba McEntire’s ABC sitcom, “Malibu Country,” according to HuffPost TV. In an unlikely bit of casting, he’ll play McEntire’s brother in the episode. McEntire has said in past interviews that she’s already spoken to Kelly Clarkson about a possible future role for her on the show as well. McEntire’s husband, Narvel Blackstock, manages all three singers and serves as a producer on “Malibu Country.”
• Access Hollywood breaks news that Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum will join Adam Levine on season 4 of “The Voice” as a guest mentor.
“I was so happy that Hillary was interested in coming on ‘The Voice’ to mentor my team,” Adam told Access. “Maroon 5 and I recorded a song with her for our last studio album and we had a great time collaborating in the studio.”
He added, “She is an incredible performer and artist. I know my team will be able to learn a lot from her.”
For her part, Scott told Access “I was so excited to join Adam for a couple days on ‘The Voice.’ It’s an honor to mentor his team.”
Scott also threw what Access calls a “friendly barb” at fellow country superstar (and “Voice” coach) Blake Shelton, saying, “I’m sure [we’ll have] way more fun than Blake’s team!”
“The Voice” season 4 premieres on March 25 on NBC.
• The Academy of Country Music will reveal this year’s nominees via Facebook Feb. 13 at 6:30 a.m. (PT). Among those announcing the nominees will be The Band Perry, “2 Broke Girls” star Beth Behrs, Little Big Town, Scotty McCreery, Ryan Seacrest, “Entertainment Tonight” hosts Rob Marciano and Nancy O’Dell and more surprise guests, as well as a handful of selected fans reveling the entertainer nominees. The 48th annual ACM Awards will air live April 7 on the CBS Television Network.
Fans are invited to visit the ACM YouTube Channel at youtube.com/acmcountry to learn how to post videos announcing the name of the artists they would like to see receive an entertainer of the year nomination.
• Grammy Award winning music comedy star Ray Stevens, 74, has launched a weekly national television show on TNN (The Nashville Network) called “Ray-ality TV.” The 30-minute comedy show features Stevens’ music and humor. It airs Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. (ET), with 26 episodes ordered for the first season, which has already begun airing.
“‘Ray-ality’ is a presentation of all the movie, video and TV appearances that have made up my ‘reality’ for the past several years along with excerpts from my stage performances, TV pilots and new comedy material that is shot expressly for the series,” says Stevens (right), who serves as the show’s producer. “We use what we’ve done in the past, what we are currently doing or whatever pops into our heads at the time to put together 30 minutes of music and comedy for the whole family.
“I guess you could say that I've been preparing for my TNN musical/comedy show ‘Ray-ality TV’ my whole career because we use bits and pieces of almost everything I’ve ever done in front of a camera, along with all the new stuff, to stitch together a pretty interesting quilt of a show,” adds Stevens in a press release. “‘Ray-ality TV’ is hard to describe, but then so is my career.”
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