Country’s biggest stars as well as cross-genre musical innovators come together to celebrate the holidays on “CMA Country Christmas,” in front of a live audience at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
Two-Hour Special with Performances by Lauren Alaina, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Brian Setzer, Sugarland, Keith Urban, plus Vince Gill in a Special Performance with Miss Piggy.
Artists scheduled to perform and celebrate the season with songs and stories include “American Idol” runner up Lauren Alaina, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Brian Setzer, Sugarland, Keith Urban, and Vince Gill in a special performance with Miss Piggy!
“This special is a holiday gift, wrapped in outstanding performances and tied with a ribbon of favorite family traditions,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Everything you love most about the holidays can be found in ‘CMA Country Christmas.'”
In 2010, the first “CMA Country Christmas” drew an average audience of 7.3 million viewers in its first airing on November 30, topping original competition on NBC and FOX by wide margins. It improved its time period for ABC over the same night in 2009 by a million viewers (7.3 vs. 6.3 million). The special re-aired a second time on December 22, 2010, reaching 4.25 million viewers. With its combined airings, “CMA Country Christmas” was seen by more than 11.5 million viewers in 2010.
“CMA Country Christmas” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer, Paul Miller is the director and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.
The special, which is hosted for the second time by Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, airs THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.