- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 10, 2005

Country’s finest

Hollywood stars meet country music royalty during tonight’s telecast of the 2005 CMT Music Awards, which will open with a visit from those good ol’ boys who never meant any harm.

A trio of stars from the original cast of “The Dukes of Hazzard” — Catherine Bach (Daisy), John Schneider (Bo) and Tom Wopat (Luke) — will be on hand for the awards show.

Winners were chosen by fan balloting.

Jeff Foxworthy will host the ceremony, airing live at 8 p.m. from the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tenn. The parade of superstar guests includes NASCAR’s Kyle Busch, actors Jeff Daniels (“Because of Winn Dixie,” “Terms of Endearment”), Dennis Hopper, William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “Boston Legal”) and Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy (both from “Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie”); Emmy-winning actress Drea de Matteo (“Joey,” “The Sopranos”); actress Gina Gershon; and country music stars Deana Carter, Montgomery Gentry, LeAnn Rimes, Julie Roberts, and Shania Twain.

The night will also feature live music from Kenny Chesney, Heart, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson, among others.

The evening’s highlight, though, will likely be the presentation of the Johnny Cash Visionary Award; presented this year to country music legend Loretta Lynn who turns 70 on Thursday.

MTV hits ‘Overdrive’

Do you want your MTV — the MTV of yore, that is, which actually aired music videos around the clock instead of reality shows and fashion roundups?

The cable music plans to start MTV Overdrive, a Web channel available through www.mtv.com, network officials said last week. The Web channel will offer more advanced viewing and video-on-demand capabilities, Reuters News Agency reports.

The channel — featuring continuous MTV news updates, artist interviews, music videos, live performances, new original short-form programming, plus MTV and MTV2 show footage, movie trailers and more — will debut April 25.

MTV was quick to point out the interest from advertisers, according to Reuters, who already have jumped into the 15-second video ad format that most commonly will be seen on the site. Microsoft, Sony Pictures and Procter & Gamble are already on board as advertisers. Although ads can be skipped over, MTV officials told Reuters the idea of fast-forwarding through a commercial spot will not be promoted like it is on TiVo.

Six channels of programming will initially be offered. Among them: “The Lineup,” a showcase for general programming highlights; “News,” updated four times daily; “Music,” which will feature a variety of video presentations along with screening clips from the exclusive “MTV.com Live” performance series; “On TV,” a behind-the-scenes glimpses of MTV shows; and “Movies,” a showcase for film trailers and celebrity interviews.

Additional channels focusing on video games and personal style will be added soon.

Viewers also can opt to assemble their own playlists from any program or video offered on MTV Overdrive, which will allow them to create their own music channel at home.

Foxx ‘Rules’

The year 2004 proved to be a near-total triumph for comic actor Jamie Foxx, one capped by his Oscar win for his stunning turn as Ray Charles in “Ray.”

But he also squeezed in a little-seen romantic comedy last year, proving that even a mediocre farce could be elevated by his appearance.

“Breakin’ All the Rules,” a throwaway romp that’s perfect for casual cable viewing, finds Mr. Foxx playing a jilted lover who pens a book on how men can break up on their terms. However, his character ends up falling for Gabrielle Union (who co-stars with Morris Chestnut), a woman who teaches him he doesn’t know nearly as much about love as he thinks he does.

The film airs tonight on HBO.

Grey’ stays put

The verdict is in on the case of “Grey’s Anatomy” vs. “Boston Legal,” and ABC is siding with the docs, TVGuide.com reports.

The network announced Friday that it’s keeping its new medical smash “Grey’s Anatomy” on Sundays at 10 p.m. through the end of the season. As a result, “Boston Legal — which was slated to reclaim the time slot at month’s end — will be on hiatus until fall.

ABC President Stephen McPherson says “Legal’s” five remaining episodes will be tacked on to next season’s total, giving the network “the amazing luxury of bringing ‘Boston Legal’ back with an unheard-of 27 original episodes.”

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff, Web and wire reports.

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