Chesney, Aldean among performers for CMAS
Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Tim Mcgraw, Miranda Lambert and Toby Keith are among the stars who will perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards next month, the Associated Press reports.
Eric Church and Luke Bryan round out the first wave of performers announced by the academy on Thursday.
Reba Mcentire and Blake Shelton will co-host the 47th annual awards show, which will air live April 1 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on CBS.
Mr. Chesney leads all nominees with nine and Mr. Aldean is next with six. Both are up for the night’s top honors — entertainer, album and male vocalist of the year. attention when a conservative Christian group called for an advertiser boycott. At least two companies announced they were pulling ads. TLC said the protest caused a backlash in which new advertisers signed on.
After a strong start to the series, ratings faded. The series was considered a long shot to return.
Mr. Cherry and Ms. Baker told jurors how plots are discussed months in advance using index cards, brainstorming sessions and assistants taking notes.
Mr. Cherry testified that he announced at a writers’ retreat in May 2008 that he had received authorization from top studio and network executives to kill off Miss Sheridan’s character, Edie Britt. He said a photograph of notecards from the sessions that included the coded message “Steven drinks OJ” signaled that Britt’s days were numbered.
Hours later, Ms. Baker testified that the first time she heard about the decision to kill Britt was in December 2008, the same month ABC cleared Mr. Cherry of wrongdoing in his dispute with Miss Sheridan in September 2008.
She acknowledged she was not present for all discussions about plot points. The former writer and co-executive producer said she considered suing Mr. Cherry after her contract was not renewed for the sixth season of “Desperate Housewives.”
Former ABC studio executive Mark Pedowitz told jurors on Tuesday that he gave Mr. Cherry approval to kill off Britt at a May 22, 2008, meeting that Ms. Baker did not attend.