January 17, 2008 05:08 PM by Jennifer_Brown
As Reality TV Magazine reported earlier this week, part of NBC’s plan to get viewers watching is to bring on another series of the Hulk Hogan-hosted American Gladiators.
Part two of NBC’s double whammy will be to bring USA Network’s popular country music talent search, “Nashville Star” to NBC as well. “Nashville Star,” cable’s longest running competition reality series, sets out to do for country what American Idol does for its contestants: Land the winner a major recording contract.
Last season’s winner of “Nashville Star” did just that, scoring a deal with Warner Bros. Nashville.
“Nashville Star” has no problem bringing out the big stars, as well. Season 5 featured host Jewell, as well as Cowboy Troy. Past seasons have also featured hosts such as Wynonna Judd and LeAnn Rimes, and have boasted such guests stars as Naomi Judd, Kenny Rogers, Big & Rich, Blake Shelton, Randy Owen, Phil Vassar, Bret Michaels and Little Big Town.
“…It’s a real coup to bring ‘Nashville Star’ to NBC,” says Craig Plestis, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment.
Word is there’ll be a few important changes to the show this season. For the first time ever, auditions will be open to not only solo artists, but duos and singing groups as well, and the age minimum has been lowered to 16 years and older.
Open casting calls for “Nashville Star” will begin in February. Check back with Reality TV Magazine for dates, locations, and times as they’re announced.
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