I said a few weeks ago that I wasn’t so sure I wanted to watch a “relatable show” about a group of women from Dothan, Ala. But then the Belles sent me a screener of the premiere and called me up to chat about the new show. “We’re going to bust the stereotypes,” said Amie, one of the show’s stars. “I’m really tired of the south being portrayed as ignorant, uneducated people. I think they need to watch Bama Belles because, honestly, we’re just the opposite of that. It’s all about living life and enjoying life and genuinely loving your circle of friends and family.”TLC’s newest reality series, Bama Belles, premieres Sunday night.
Tag: Country Y'all! (41-50 of 180)
Gwyneth Paltrow was on Chelsea Lately last night, and she was all giggles and charm and long legs. She likes wine! Her daughter switches accents! She, uh, emailed Robert Downey Jr. to ask him to explain addiction to her for her role in Country Strong. (DVR some Intervention episodes, lady.) READ FULL STORY
Miley Cyrus turns 18 today, and to celebrate, PopWatch looked back at the EW archives to chart her career — both the highs and the controversies (remember when they were just about the prices scalpers were charging for concert tickets?).
April 2006: EW reviewed the new Disney series Hannah Montana, giving it a C+. “Turns out Saved by the Bell was subtle! Father-daughter team Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus star as a dad and daughter, but stop those achy-breaky hearts midflutter — Hannah Montana is Miley’s show,” Gillian Flynn wrote.
November 2006: EW reviewed the first Hannah Montana album, giving it a C-: “‘I’m individual/I’m not like anyone,’ sings Disney Channel heroine Hannah Montana, as played by Miley Cyrus…. By individualism, she means the ability to mimic Avril, Ashlee, and Britney simultaneously,” wrote Chris Willman. “The TV character leads a Superman-style double life: derivative pop star by night, undercover normal kid by day. Here, that duality results in tween-entitlement anthems about how totally awesome it is to be famous, yet go unrecognized at will — a nice fantasy for Brangelina, but a weird one to push on little girls.” It didn’t matter: It held the top spot on Billboard for two weeks, beating first-week sales of one-name acts like Fergie, Janet, and Diddy. READ FULL STORY
Billy Ray Cyrus had three things to say: “God bless America, God bless the troops,” and don’t ask him about his divorce. Cyrus was taping an interview on Tuesday (set to air today) for Woody and the Wake-Up Call on WCOL — Columbus, Ohio’s continuous country station! — when the host asked about his pending divorce. “I’m sorry, I had to ask you,” Woody Johnson stammered. And then Cyrus got huffy: READ FULL STORY
TLC is taking its cameras down south to follow a group of women in rural Dothan, Ala. The limited-run reality series, Bama Belles, will start with three one-hour shows with the plan to pick up more if the show’s successful. The southern Belles include a radio personality-real estate developer, an ex-beauty queen, a beautician, an Internet entrepreneur and New York transplant, and an Army reservist. “TLC is taking a real look at the Southern lifestyle of these women in a relatable and fun way,” Nancy Daniels, TLC production/development senior VP, told Variety.
This whole premise begs the following question: Is there anyone they won’t give a reality show to? (Answer: Yes. Me.) READ FULL STORY
At what point does an affair stop becoming tabloid fodder and start becoming a love story? Is it after a year and a half? That’s what LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian are hoping. The couple sat down for their first joint interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts for Wednesday’s In the Spotlight Nashville special. Rimes started off the conversation solo, and those tears we saw in the promo came when Roberts read back to her a passage from Rimes’ memoir in which she describes being a teen star who’d wake up not wanting to perform for anybody, just wanting “to be,” and was forced to do two shows a day. When she wasn’t onstage though, she had no idea what to do with herself or who she was without it. “That’s been my life,” Rimes said, trying to hold back tears and admitting she was extra emotional because she hadn’t been able to sleep the night before the interview. “I’m learning who I am without it.”
Who that is, is someone who has made up with the father she once sued for allegedly misappropriating her earnings, and who saw acting as another form of expression — not a way to end two marriages. She said she turned down the role in the Lifetime TV movie Nora Roberts’ Northern Lights three times because she was terrified to do it. Then, of course, ABC showed the scene in which her character asks Cibrian’s “Do you want to have sex?” Classy! Rimes said the tabloid story that hurt her the most was the one in which Cibrian’s wife at the time referred to her as a “stalker.” Roberts didn’t ask Rimes (or Cibrian) if there was a time when they tried to break off their affair. Instead, she asked Rimes how she would respond to people who considered her a homewrecker who didn’t think about those she would be hurting (her husband, and Cibrian’s wife and two children). “Well, I can’t change their minds. Nothing I’m going to say is gonna change it. I do know that, and I have accepted that,” she said. “It happens every day to so many people. And if I take away my album sales, my awards, and you have just another couple — you have two couples whose marriages didn’t work, who really stumbled upon each other and fell in love. And never ever was I thinking of hurting someone.” READ FULL STORY
Question: Have you ever been to a concert and noticed how much fun an artist genuinely appeared to be having? Like so much fun that you said to yourself, this is the happiest and most grateful I’ve ever seen an artist look onstage? Who was it?
For me, if you couldn’t tell from the headline, it was country artist Dierks Bentley, who’s reached the halfway point of this week’s four-night residency in New York City. Last night, he played with the Del McCoury Band, and his smile was as big and constant as it was when I caught him with the Travelin’ McCourys (the Del McCoury Band minus Del) earlier this year in State College, Penn., in support of his bluegrass album Up on the Ridge. I’ve seen Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban — artists who are known to have a good time that carries to the cheap seats. But there’s something different about Bentley when he’s playing these intimate bluegrass dates. The love he has for the genre, the musicians, and the memories of all those nights he spent at The Station Inn soaking up the music (and beer) when he first got to Nashville is what reaches you, again and again. You feel it when he’s lamenting how he’ll never have Del’s high, lonesome, blue voice unless he undergoes what’s known as “the bluegrass operation” in Music City, and when he’s asking Del to play another G run. You feel it when he recounts how he suggested the Del McCoury Band cover Sinatra’s “Learnin’ the Blues” (and how making the album’s liner notes is still one of his career highlights), and when, after a gospel song, he says, “We’re all prayed up now, I think we should kill somebody… It’s time to kill somebody, Del,” then launches into his song “You’re Dead to Me” because someone always has to die in bluegrass.
As someone who’s just starting to get into bluegrass, it’s that on-stage camaraderie that I find so inviting. READ FULL STORY
It’s been an awfully quiet summer in the world of Miley Cyrus. There hasn’t been a new dance party anthem — leaving me to rely on my old standards, “See You Again” and “Party in the U.S.A.” — and I can’t bear the thought of enduring a Nicholas Sparks melodrama just to get a Miley fix. Without her Twitter, rumors this summer ran rampant, so finally the raspy voiced teen star filmed a video to set things straight and update her fans on her busy teen life.
Miley introduced fans to her new rescue dog (point 1 for Miley), joked about gaining weight on vacation (point 2 for Miley), and really did her part to come across as a normal teen girl wanting to live a normal teen life, even if that life includes an immaculately decorated, NYC studio apartment-sized shoe closet. It was great to see her acknowledge that she needed to go take a math quiz — even if she was procrastinating said math quiz to make a video. (Miley Cyrus stalling on math homework — I always knew we could be friends.) Of course, Miley proved that after her math, she could stand to brush up on her geography, with her “California is not the most beautiful city in the world” comment.
Rumors Miley debunked in the nearly 10-minute video: READ FULL STORY
“Unanswered Prayers” is being made into a Lifetime original, the network confirms. Without a Trace‘s Eric Close will star as the husband who’s torn between his wife (Samantha Mathis) and what could’ve been with his high school crush (Mädchen Amick), who comes back to town. Brooks is among the executive producers on the film, which will premiere in November. Presumably Lifetime went with “Unanswered Prayers” over the tearjerker “The Dance” because it’s a happier ending. (The husband recalls how he used to pray each night for that crush to be his. As the chorus concludes: “Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers/ Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs/ That just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care/ Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”) For me, the only question is whether Close will first see Amick at a hometown football game, or if that’s where he’ll have his big revelation. (I vote the latter. Cue the music!)Well, we already know how it’ll end, but then again, is that different from any other Lifetime movie? The sweet and simple Garth Brooks song
What do you think? I’m struck by how much this sounds like the idea Clint Black was pitching a year ago — a TV anthology series called American Storytellers that would bring current and classic country songs to life in dramatic one-hour episodes. A Lifetime movie really is the way to go though. What country song would you like to see the network tackle next, should it opt for another? I’d suggest Lorrie Morgan’s “Something in Red.”
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