Ch­es­ney, Aldean among per­form­ers for CMAS

The Washington Times Daily - - Life -

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.

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