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Taylor Swift Special Leads Country TV Onslaught

Taylor Swift photo by Joseph Anthony Baker, courtesy of Big Machine Records.

Taylor Swift will do the tube on Turkey Day. John Rich is expected to compete on “The Celebrity Apprentice.” And Lady Antebellum and Easton Corbin have the best prospects for a new awards show.

A ton of artists — and one actor — have country-related TV news to pass along.

Here’s the rundown of the genre’s tube talk:

• NBC is set to air “Taylor Swift — Speak Now” on Thanksgiving night, according to UPI. The special will feature material from the recording studio, from paparazzi encounters and from her Oct. 25 day-of-the-album-release plane ride from New York to Los Angeles that has her performing for a select group of fans above the clouds.

• Taylor also revealed to that she’s had conversations about including her music on the FOX series “Glee.”

Gwyneth Paltrow will help promote her upcoming movie “Country Strong” with her first-ever live TV performance as a country singer during the 44th annual CMA Awards Nov. 10 on ABC. The awards will also feature the Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson in a duet and will have Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow paying homage to Loretta Lynn.

Brad Paisley will make a couple of network appearances the week prior to the CMA telecast, which he co-hosts with Carrie Underwood. Brad’s on “The Late Show With David Letterman” Nov. 3 and “Good Morning America” Nov. 4.

• ABC will set up the CMA Awards for the second year in a row with “In The Spotlight With Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville.” Slated for Nov. 9, the night before the awards, the special features at-home visits with Brad, Carrie, Miranda, Kellie Pickler and LeAnn Rimes.

• The day after the awards, Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles will host as ABC tapes “CMA Country Christmas,” a special slated to air Nov. 29. Among the guests are Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker.

• Sugarland has plenty of other TV gigs in the works. Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush  are booked for “CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute” on Thanksgiving and “VH1 Divas Salute To The Troops” Dec. 5. The duo also does “The Today Show” tomorrow and appears Oct. 27 on both “Ellen” and “Chelsea Lately” Oct. 27.

Blake Shelton, set to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, was featured Tuesday on the 600th episode of “Chelsea Lately.” He presented the E! program’s host, Chelsea Handler, a shirt made to mark the milestone that reads “Hot Mess Blake Shelton Was My 600th.”

• A Jewel video that was posted on Will Ferrell’s Funny Or Die website might lead to a TV series. Jewel performed several of her own songs in disguise at a karaoke bar, and TBS has now ordered a pilot titled “Undercover Karaoke.”

• John Rich is being tabbed by numerous websites as a contestant on the 2011 edition of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice,” which is reportedly already in production. His rivals on the show include super-model Niki Taylor, rock singer Meat Loaf, former baseball player Jose Canseco and actor Gary Busey. A spokesperson for John was unable to confirm or deny the reports.

• Lady A and Easton Corbin collected seven nominations apiece to head the list of finalists for the inaugural American Country Awards, airing Dec. 6 from Las Vegas on FOX. Carrie got six nods, and Miranda tied Josh Turner with five.


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