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[10/26/12 - 10:50 AM]
The ABC Television Network Celebrates Country with a Week of Specials and Country Themed-Episodes, Beginning Tonight, Friday, October 26
Highlights include the series premieres on "Malibu Country" next Friday, November 2 at 8:30/7:30c.

[via press release from ABC]

THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK CELEBRATES COUNTRY WITH A WEEK OF SPECIALS AND COUNTRY THEMED-EPISODES, BEGINNING TONIGHT, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26

Highlights Include "The 46th Annual CMA Awards" on Thursday, November 1, And Series Premiere of Reba's New Comedy, "Malibu Country," on Friday, November 2

The ABC Television Network celebrates Country with a week of specials and themed episodes beginning tonight, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, when Katie Couric gets up close and personal for an hour-long "20/20" special, "All Access Nashville with Katie Couric" (9:01-10:00 p.m., ET). Tonight's special offers an exclusive all-access pass into the homes and private lives of Country Music's biggest stars, including Taylor Swift, Reba, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert with the Pistol Annies. In addition, viewers will hear from Luke Bryan, Martina McBride, Jason Aldean and more on the greatest female Country singers of all time. ABC News' Amy Robach and Chris Connelly also contribute to the hour.

American Country Music artists Little Big Town and Big and Rich will perform on "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" for a Country-themed edition of the hit series, MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET).

Billy Ray Cyrus will perform a song from his newest album and talk about his role in Broadway's "Chicago" on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 on "Good Morning America" (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET).

On ABC's newest hit "Nashville," Kimberly Williams-Paisley begins her story arc, and "GMA's" Robin Roberts makes a cameo appearance, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET).

"Good Morning America" goes on the road again when Sam Champion heads to Nashville on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1. Multimedia superstar Reba will perform the "Malibu Country" theme song, and five-time "CMA Awards" host Brad Paisley drops by with a special announcement.

"The 46th Annual CMA Awards" will feature performances by Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Eli Young Band, Brantley Gilbert, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Underwood and Zac Brown Band on "Country Music's Biggest Night(TM)." In addition, presenters include Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler, Sugarland and The Band Perry. "The 46th Annual CMA Awards," hosted for the fifth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET).

Reba will mark her return to primetime with several national television appearances on the ABC network. Throughout the next couple of weeks, the award-winning singer and actress will promote her new series, "Malibu Country," which premieres FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. In conjunction with the series premiere, Reba will share some of her favorite moments and behind-the-scenes details through a live tweet via her official Twitter handle @Reba. She will also make an appearance on "LIVE With Kelly & Michael" on MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:00-10:00 a.m., ET). She will host a live USTREAM chat at 5:00 p.m., CT on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 and will give fans a unique chance to hear the "Malibu Country" theme song, "Goodbye Looks Good on Me." RSVP to attend the chat here: http://www.ustream.tv/reba. Finally, on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 (1:00-2:00 p.m., ET), Reba will stop by "The Chew" to spread some dish on "Malibu Country."





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· 20/20 (ABC)
· DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)
· MALIBU COUNTRY (ABC)
· NASHVILLE (ABC)





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