NBC taps another cable sibling


With the writers strike continuing, NBC has again looked within NBC Universal and found fare on an NBCU cable network to fill out the Peacock net’s schedule. NBC has picked up “Nashville Star,” the country music singing competition that has been a success on USA Network for five seasons.

A massive multi-city casting search for this year’s talent will kick off in early February and, for the first time in the series’ run, "Nashville Star" will open the auditions not just to solo artists but also to duets and singing groups who are primed to compete. Another first for season six, in attempt to find the best of the best, the competition will be open to singers 16-years of age and older. The two-hour season premiere will feature a casting special where producers take viewers behind the scenes and introduce them to the best and worst talent vying to be the next "Nashville Star."

"Nashville Star" is created by Reveille and produced by 495 Productions and Picture Vision. Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Mark Koops and Sallyann Salsano serve as executive producers.