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Fox is set to announce a country music awards telecast.
The two-hour American Country Awards will premiere Dec. 6 live on the East Coast from Las Vegas.
With ACAs coming to Fox, American TV is about to get a lot more than a little bit country. Two of Fox’s broadcast rivals already have country music awards shows of their own: CBS’ Academy of Country Music Awards and ABC’s Country Music Awards. That’s on top of CMT’s Country Music Television Awards, which is the highest-rated program on the cable channel, and “CMA Music Festival,” an annual three-hour ABC special that essentially is a country music awards show minus awards.
By adding another twangfest, Fox is betting that country music is burning hot enough to sustain the new entry. ACA will attempt to differentiate itself from the other shows by having the fans vote for the winners. The executive producer of the program is Bob Bain, who runs the Teen Choice Awards, another viewer-driven awards show for Fox.
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