Country Music Television is putting its own spin on the gameshow classic Hollywood Squares by bringing it Nashville style. Nashville Squares, set to air on November 1, will feature big name country music greats who will entertain and help contestants solve trivia questions.
The show will be hosted by the well loved actor and comedian Bob Sagat, known for his roles as Danny Tanner in Full House and as the host of the national favorite America's Funniest Home Videos. Celebrity guests on the show include Tanya Tucker, Marie Osmond, Bill Engvall, and Gary Busey among several others.
The two part premier will air on Friday, November 1 at 8/7 on CMT.
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Lifetime’s ‘Patsy and Loretta’ Airs Saturday Night
The Lifetime movie ‘Patsy and Loretta’ will air at 8 pm Saturday night featuring the life and friendship of country music legends Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. Filmed in Nashville, the movie was co-produced by Cline’s daughter, Julie Fudge, and Lynn’s daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell. Angelina Burnett was the screenwriter and Oscar winner Callie Khouri (“Thelma and Louise”) directed.
Patsy Cline was the first woman to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Her greatest hits include “I Fall to Pieces,” “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “Crazy,” all of which will be sung by NBC’s musical drama “Smash” star Megan Hilty. The upcoming film features Cline as an already established performer who takes young Loretta Lynn, played by Jessie Mueller of the Broadway show “Beautiful: the Carole King Musical.”
The daughters of the famed country music stars worked hard to represent the true story of their mothers’ friendships. Not wanting to water down their relationships, Fudge wanted to make sure that it wasn’t a story showing only the good or the bad of the friendship. She wanted to remind the watchers that “They [Patsy and Loretta] both had the same kind of background and the same kind of life: They were raising kids and having a family, and this was their work.”
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The new all female country music group, The Highwomen, announced on the Ellen DeGeneres show last night that they are out on a mission to close the gender gap on country music radio. Inspired by her 4 year old daughter's eagerness to play music, group member Amanda Shires spearheaded the formation of the group in an effort to get stronger female representation within the country music industry. She states, "I thought the worst thing that could happen would be that she would go for country because there are only currently two women’s voices that you can actually hear on the radio."
The group was formed after a phone call from Shires to Brandi Carlile. Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby soon signed on after, creating the all female supergroup. When talk show host Ellen DeGeneres noted Morris' own success within the industry Morris responded, "They play me, but when you compare it to some of my male peers, it’s pretty staggering still" she continued with "And I’m one of the few lucky girls that gets played on country radio. We’re just trying to change that."
The Highwomen recently debuted their self titled album on September 6 and have been busy touring around the country since. Their most recent accomplishment included a show with country music legend Dolly Parton.
You can watch The Highwomen interview and performance below.
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