'Nashville Star' Moves to NBC

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Nashville Star (USA) The sixth season of USA Network's country music competition series "Nashville Star" is moving to NBC for a summer run.

"Nashville" will air as part of an "All-American Summer" promotion, which includes the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing and the second season of "American Gladiators." As previously reported, NBC plans to use the Americana theme to help unify its summer programming.

"These exciting new reality shows will be a vital part of 'NBC's All-American Summer' building up to the drama of the Beijing Olympics," said Craig Plestis, executive VP of alternative programming at NBC. "We are thrilled to feature the powerhouse 'Gladiators' this summer and it's a real coup to bring 'Nashville Star' to NBC."

With the writers strike shutting down production of scripted programming, USA Network series "Monk" and "Psych" also will get a run on NBC. The difference is that NBC will air originals of "Nashville," but repeats of the other shows, which were produced earlier this season. Whether the NBC version of "Nashville" will receive a second airing on USA Network has yet to be determined.

NBC plans some changes for "Nashville." A two-hour audition special will show the best and worst from the show's casting process, as "American Idol" does. Duets and singing groups will be allowed to compete for the first time, and the audition age has been lowered to 16.

The series' hosts have included Jewel, Wynonna Judd and LeAnn Rimes. For this round, a new host and judges will be announced.

The series joins "The Biggest Loser" and "The Office" as NBC titles affiliated with NBC Entertainment Co-Chair Ben Silverman, who is an executive producer on "Nashville" along with his former Reveille partners Howard T. Owens and Mark Koops, as well as Sallyann Salsano.
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