ABC to air first network TV special by Miley Cyrus


Teen sensation Miley Cyrus will have her first TV special aired on ABC June 18th ahead of the release of her next CD, “Can’t Be Tamed.” The special is titled “Miley Cyrus: Live From London,” although it won’t be live that day, but rather compiled from a concert at the O2 Arena in London during her sold-out worldwide tour.

The one hour special (8-9 pm ET/PT) will have Miley performing some of her biggest hits, including “Seven Things,” “Party in the USA” and “The Climb.”  According to the network pitch, “The program captures how Miley, who has grown up in the public eye, has grown as an artist, and reveals her natural progression and sophistication. The concert is gleaned from the full-length concert that will be available for sale June 22 on the deluxe version of Miley’s album.”

Completely missing from the network announcement is any mention of the TV series “Hannah Montana” which launched her career and which she has tried to downplay as she focuses on adult movie roles and songs aimed at people beyond the “tween” demo. Hannah Montana was, though, a big money maker for ABC parent Disney.

Executive-produced by Tish Cyrus and Jason Morey, “Miley Cyrus: Live from London,” which will be broadcast in HD with 5.1-channel surround sound, was directed by Russell Thomas and produced by Jim Parsons. The night the concert was filmed, Miley broke all attendance records at the 02 Arena, and the performance was just one of her five sold-out shows there.

RBR-TVBR observation: When we were recently in Europe we couldn’t help but notice that “Hannah Montana” stuff was in store windows everywhere. Obviously, Miley is a big of a star overseas as she is here. Not bad for someone not yet 18.