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'American Idol' Taps Ray Chew as Music Director for Season 10

30 December 2010 2:05 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ray Chew will replace Rickey Minor as the new music director for the upcoming 10th season of "American Idol," according to the Hollywood Reporter. Chew has served as the bandleader and musical director for several programs including NBC's "The Singing Bee" and "It's Showtime at the Apollo. He also curated all the music for the 2008 Democratic National Convention and President Barack Obama's star-studded inaugural ball in January 2009. Alicia Keys thanked Chew after winning three Grammys in 2005, as he conducted a 63-piece orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl during Keys' tour »

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'Working Class': Melissa Peterman and Reba McEntire, together again

21 December 2010 11:17 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Melissa Peterman is happy about her new sitcom, if only because it lets her role-reverse with Reba McEntire.

As Barbra Jean on the long-running WB and CW sitcom "Reba," Peterman played the wife of McEntire's ex-husband. It'll be the other way around on "Working Class," a Country Music Television show that premieres Friday, Jan. 28. In the last of the first season's 12 episodes, country icon McEntire guest stars as the current spouse of single-mom Peterman's ex.

"The minute the show was picked up, I was like, 'That has got to happen!'" Peterman tells Zap2it. "The writers were immediately writing it, and I get to say things like, 'What kind of woman would barge into her man's ex-wife's house like she owns it?'

"That's essentially what I did for six years on 'Reba,' and it was so much fun to have her in that role. I have »


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Cmt Renews 'Singing Bee' For Season 3; Co-Creator Phil Gurin Signs With CAA

21 November 2010 3:11 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Cmt has picked up one of its highest-rated series, The Singing Bee, for a third season. The karaoke singing competition, from Juma Entertainment and the Gurin Co., is hosted by Melissa Peterman, who also toplines the network's first scripted sitcom, Working Class, slated to premiere on Jan. 28. Singing Bee creator Gurin, who executive produces the series with Bob Horowitz, has signed with CAA. He was most recently at Octagon with John Ferriter who previously repped him at Wma. Gurin is also creator/executive producer of Cmt’s Your Chance to Dance and has served as an executive producer on the Miss Universe and Miss USA shows on NBC for the past 8 years. His business manager is Alan Goldman. »


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Excess Hollywood: Summit picks up 'Tempest' rights

4 October 2010 2:26 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Thomas Haden Church is at the center of some killer casting news as he joins Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch in Killer Joe, a black comedy about a detective/hit man. [Variety]

Twilight’s Summit Entertainment is hoping lightening strikes twice when it comes to Ya novels: The studio has nabbed the rights to Julie Cross’ yet-to-be-published trilogy, Tempest, which follows a teen who jumps back in time two years before his girlfriend is murdered. [The Wrap]

Juma Entertainment, the folks behind The Singing Bee, have joined with Img Media for a Cash Cab-esque game show, in which five or six strangers »

- Kate Ward

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'Xf' Storm Lee 'sang on Us country show'

6 September 2010 1:47 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The X Factor contestant Storm Lee has previously found fame in America as a singer on a music and spelling quiz, according to reports. The 37-year-old, who has reached the next stage of the ITV1 competition with a rendition of U2's 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For', used to appear as a house singer on Us country music and spelling show The Singing Bee. The Sun reports that the quiz series launched in 2007 and attracted 13 million viewers. Lee appeared alongside contestants on the (more) »

- By Naomi Rainey

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Cmt Picks Up 'Working Class' To Series

5 August 2010 7:12 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Cmt is officially in the scripted series business with the pickup of comedy pilot Working Class to series. I hear the cable network has given the the multi-camera project from writer/executive producer Jill Cargerman (Gary Unmarried) a 12-episode order. Working Class stars Reba alumna and The Singing Bee host Melissa Peterman as a blue-collar, single mom who moves into a home she can barely afford in an affluent neighborhood in order to provide the best life possible for her kids. Peterman serves as a producer along with her manager Darris Hatch. Production is tentatively scheduled to begin in October for a possible January premiere. Working Class was one of 4 comedy pilots that Cmt greenlighted in April as part of its first foray into original scripted development under Svp comedy development Brad Johnson. The fate of the other three, The Hard Life, The 30 Percent and an untitled project from David Litt, »


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Inside track: Emmy race for best reality/competition show

19 June 2010 3:44 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Best Reality/Competition Show (Front-runners) "The Amazing Race" "American Idol" "America's Next Top Model" "Celebrity Apprentice" "Dancing with the Stars" "Project Runway" "So You Think You Can Dance" "Top Chef" "Survivor" Spotlight: For seven years, "Amazing Race" has zoomed past TV's top-rated show in this awards race. Now Emmy-watchers wonder: Can "American Idol" ever catch up? Will the exit of Simon Cowell trip up its Emmy hopes? Will "Dancing with the Stars" be the show that finally trots ahead? (Possible) "America's Next Best Dance Crew" "Big Brother" "The Biggest Loser" "Iron Chef America" "Top Chef Masters" (Long Shots) "Dance Your ... Off" "RuPaul's Drag Race" "The Singing Bee" Photo: "Amazing Race" (CBS) Get Gold Derby on »

- tomoneil

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Cmt plans competitive series 'Get Up and Dance'

15 April 2010 9:57 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

CMT, which stands for Country Music Television, has picked up a dance-competition reality series from producer Phil Gurin (The Singing Bee). According to the Hollywood Reporter, the hour-long show will combine video clips of people from across the country paying tribute to famous dance scenes with their own interpretation (gah!) with onstage performances by amateur contestants, who will perform their rendition of the same dance before a live studio audience (aggggghhhh!). Despite the information above, I choose to believe Cmt's new dance series will actually be the TV spinoff of Paula Abdul's 1995 aerobics video Get Up and Dance. You »

- Annie Barrett

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CMT developing dance competition project

14 April 2010 3:01 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Cmt has picked up a dance show from producer Phil Gurin that combines user-generated content and a reality competition.

The project is "Get Up and Dance," an hourlong format that first shows video clips of people from across the country paying tribute to famous dance scenes with their own interpretation. Then amateur contestants (individuals, couples or groups) perform their rendition of the same dance onstage before a live studio audience.

"Dance" is the latest from Gurin, who also executive produces "The Singing Bee" for Cmt.

Cmt recently launched an adventure programming block and still plans to get into the scripted comedy business, aiming to launch its first shows early next year. »

- By James Hibberd

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Comedian Melissa Peterman Joins Big Machine Records

23 February 2010 12:52 PM, PST | | See recent iCelebz news »

Big Machine Records, the home of multi-platinum artists Taylor Swift and Trisha Yearwood, just signed another artist to their label. Melissa Peterman, best known for her role as Barbra Jean on the hit show "Reba," is set to release her first comedy album on the Country music label.

The comedian and now Taylor Swift-labelmate, who hosts Cmt's #1-rated "The Singing Bee," is set to release her debut comedy album in the Spring.

"I have always wanted to be a recording artist mostly because I really want a tour bus.. I hear those things are a party on wheels" says Peterman. "The truth is I love what I do and to get a chance to share my stand-up with fans who haven't had the opportunity to see me live is very cool. And the great part of having your own comedy CD is I am already done Christmas shopping."

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