Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan to return to Academy of Country Music Awards; Sam Champion leaves 'GMA'
On Monday (Dec. 2), CBS announced that Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan would be returning to co-host the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards come April 2014. The live broadcast will be Shelton's fourth consecutive turn and Bryan's second hosting country music's Party of the Year.
Though the ceremony will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the ACM's reach will be felt throughout Las Vegas on April 6. Florida Georgia Line will host the 4th Annual ACM Fan Jam at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on the same day, with performances shown throughout the ceremony's telecast.
More TV news and notes:
- After a 25-year tenure with ABC News, "Good Morning America" stalwart Sam Champion is departing his post to become the on-air face of the Weather Channel. As new managing editor of the network, Champion will also anchor a new flagship morning show, set to debut in early 2014. "GMA" will celebrate the newsman's last day during Wednesday's (Dec. 4) program. Meteorologist Ginger Zee will take over his weather responsibilities.
- Halle Berry is bringing Hannibal to History -- and no, not the one you're thinking of. The network is developing a mini-series with the Oscar winner, attached as executive producer only, based on the story of Hannibal Barca, general from ancient Carthage, as he goes head-to-head with archrival Scipio Africanus in the Second Punic War. Expect the working title of "Hannibal" to change because, you know, there's already something called that on TV.
- NBC is continuing their working relationship with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (the uber-producers behind the upcoming "The Sound of Music Live!"). The duo will produce "Nemesis," an eight-hour miniseries about famous Prohibition agent Eliot Ness, which will tell the true story of Ness in 1935, working his last case as Cleveland's Director of Public Safety. [Deadline]
- Looking to expand its Friday night supernatural block, NBC is developing "The WolfMan," from "Dracula" executive producer Daniel Knauf. Based on Universal Pictures' 2010 film "The Wolfman," which itself was a remake of the 1941 movie, the project is described as a supernatural thriller that "explores what it means to be a man and to be human." With "Dracula" failing to light any fires following "Grimm," however, the creator of that show might not be the wisest to turn to in hopes to expand the block. [Deadline]