Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton will co-host the 47th annual awards show, which will air live April 1 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on CBS.
Mr. Chesney leads all nominees with nine and Mr. Aldean is next with six. Both are up for the night’s top honors — entertainer, album and male vocalist of the year.
‘All-American Muslim’ dropped by TLC network
A TLC network reality television show about Muslim families living in the Detroit area is ending after one season. TLC spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg said Wednesday the “All-American Muslim” series won’t be back. Its eight-episode run ended in January.
“All-American Muslim” attracted attention when a conservative Christian group called for an advertiser boycott. At least two companies announced they were pulling ads. TLC said the protest caused a backlash in which new advertisers signed on.
After a strong start to the series, ratings faded. The series was considered a long shot to return.
‘Desperate Housewives’ jury hears conflicting testimony
A former writer on “Desperate Housewives” on Wednesday contradicted testimony by the show’s creator that a decision to kill off Nicollette Sheridan’s role had been made four months before the actress claimed her boss struck her on the set.
The testimony by Lori Kirkland Baker was the latest twist in Miss Sheridan’s wrongful termination and battery lawsuit against “Housewives” creator and executive producer Marc Cherry and ABC.
Mr. Cherry and Ms. Baker told jurors how plots are discussed months in advance using index cards, brainstorming sessions and assistants taking notes.
Mr. Cherry testified that he announced at a writers’ retreat in May 2008 that he had received authorization from top studio and network executives to kill off Miss Sheridan’s character Edie Britt. He said a photograph of note cards from the sessions that included the coded message “Steven drinks OJ” signaled that Britt’s days were numbered.
Hours later, Ms. Baker testified that the first time she heard about the decision to kill Britt was in December 2008, the same month ABC cleared Mr. Cherry of wrongdoing in his dispute with Miss Sheridan in September 2008.
She acknowledged she was not present for all discussions about plot points. The former writer and co-executive producer said she considered suing Mr. Cherry after her contract was not renewed for the sixth season of “Desperate Housewives.”
Former ABC studio executive Mark Pedowitz told jurors on Tuesday that he gave Mr. Cherry approval to kill off Britt at a May 22, 2008, meeting that Ms. Baker did not attend.
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