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Tuning In to TV: Paisley, Underwood to host CMA Awards for 5th time

- - Thursday, August 2, 2012

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are hosting the Country Music Association Awards for a fifth time.

Miss Underwood started the online buzz about their return with a tweet Wednesday, saying she was hanging out with Mr. Paisley. She joked that she caught him in her makeup chair and added the hash tag #suchadiva.

CMA confirmed the news on Twitter and Facebook shortly after with a picture of the two stars during a photo shoot.

The CMA Awards will air live Thursday, Nov. 1, on ABC from Nashville.

Yo Dawg! Snoop is down to judge 'American Idol'

If Randy Jackson yells "Yo Dawg!" during the next season of "American Idol," he could be talking to Snoop Dogg, if the rapper has his way.

After hearing of the millions of dollars "Idol" judges earn on the Fox competition, Snoop, in an interview this week, said: "I'll do 'American Idol.'"

"Idol" returns in January. Mariah Carey is filling one of the two seats made available following the exits last month of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. When told Miss Carey is earning about $18 million a year for a one-year contract with a renewal option, Snoop looked to his manager and jokingly yelled: "Get on it!"

Neil Schubert, spokesman for "American Idol" producer FremantleMedia North America, declined to comment on any speculation about potential new judges.

Taping on episodes that include the judges doesn't start until fall, so the show has time to continue its search. The show is now conducting its mass auditions, which are done without the judges.

Snoop, 40, announced earlier this week that he's using the name Snoop Lion for an upcoming reggae album. He now considers himself a Rastafarian after what he calls a life-changing trip to Jamaica, and is also releasing a documentary about his rebirth. Both the album and film are called "Reincarnated."

Given "American Idol's" family-friendly focus, Snoop — known for his colorful language and gangsta raps — said he would be mindful of his tone. But the ardent marijuana supporter seemed to have a limit regarding his beloved (and illegal) herb: "I'll clean my act up, but I'm still Rastafari."

Jodie Foster: 'I may spend time on cable'

Jodie Foster is looking to cable TV as a future site for her Oscar-winning talent, joining other big-screen stars who are finding pay TV can pay off.

The 49-year-old actress and director says she is "developing a few things" likely destined for cable, calling the format "a good outlet for what I do."

"I think I may spend some time on cable," Miss Foster said at July's Comic-Con, where she was promoting her next big-screen role: starring opposite Matt Damon in "Elysium," writer-director Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to his hit Oscar-nominated debut, "District 9."

Due next March, "Elysium" is set 150 years in the future in a world where Earth is polluted, diseased and overpopulated, so the wealthiest citizens create a utopian habitat in space.

Foster wanted to work with Blomkamp after seeing "District 9," which she called "a perfect film the movie I wish I would have directed."

Miss Foster said she intends to direct again but hasn't found her next project. Her directorial credits include 1991's "Little Man Tate," 1995's "Home for the Holidays" and last year's "The Beaver."

"It's a long process," she said. "Because I do make personal films, they're hard to get off the ground, especially nowadays."

That's why cable might be her next stop, as it has been of late for such big-screen staples as Nicole Kidman, Kevin Costner and Julianne Moore.

"I think it's a good outlet for what I do," Miss Foster said. "What I do are personal stories and, in some ways, usually involve family and they have equal amounts of comedy and drama, sometimes an absurdist twist, and they're very verbal. And I like constructing complex characters and hopefully seeing this sort of tapestry of how they interact with each other over time evolve. Well, TV's the place for that."

So would the two-time Oscar winner helm a series?

"Maybe," she said with a smile. "You never know."

• From wire dispatches and staff reports