Monday, October 16, 2006

Kick Up Your Heels With COUNTRY GIANTS WEEK On The Biography Channel

Kick Up Your Heels With COUNTRY GIANTS WEEK On The Biography Channel, October 30-November 4

This fall, viewers will kick up their heels as The Biography Channel serves up a down-home helping of country with COUNTRY GIANTS Week, airing from October 30-November 4. A one-way ticket to the heart of Nashville, the lively week of programming offers several World Premiere specials, compelling profiles and more, all celebrating the biggest names and greatest legends country music has ever known.

Premiere programs include "Mavericks: Honky Tonk Heroes" (10/30 @ 9pm ET) and "Mavericks: Honky Tonk Angels" (11/1 @ 9pm ET), two star-studded, hour-long specials depicting the rebellious nature of country music′s most successful artists; "Biography: LeAnn Rimes" (11/2 @ 8pm ET); and "Race to the Red Carpet: CMA′s" (11/2 @ 9pm ET), hosted by Lee Ann Womack. The fast-paced special offers viewers an insider′s glimpse into this year′s eagerly-awaited Country Music Awards in Nashville.

The COUNTRY GIANTS Week Schedule includes:

World Premiere Airing Monday, October 30 at 9pm ET/8pm CT/10pm PT
While most artists were conforming to the establishment′s "best laid plans," these individuals broke through the roadblocks and wrote their own unique histories. MAVERICKS: HONKY TONK HEROES depicts the rebellious nature of country music′s most successful artists, including Johnny Cash, George Jones, Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr., Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. The program also boasts a star-studded interview guest list including Ray Charles, Robert Duvall, Kris Kristofferson, k.d. lang, Reba McEntire Dolly Parton, Minnie Pearl, Billy Bob Thornton, Randy Travis, Trisha Yearwood and more!

World Premiere Airing Wednesday, November 1 at 9pm ET/8pm CT/10pm PT
The Biography Channel takes a look into the rebellious nature of country music′s most successful female artists. They bent the rules, they pushed the envelope, they paved the way and they set new trends. They did it their way and paid the price. But, was it worth it? During a time when most women in the business were quietly conforming to the standards set before them for recording rules, musical style, financial kickbacks and dress codes, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Shania Twain and more failed to compromise. Also features interviews with superstars from the worlds of country music and Hollywood.

World Premiere Airing Thursday, November 2 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/9pm PT
Born August 28, 1982 in Jackson Mississippi, Margaret LeAnn Rimes, began her career at the young age of 14 with the break-out hit, "Blue"-- a song originally written for Patsy Cline. She followed those auspicious beginnings with the 1997 album, "All That," which earned her two Grammy Awards for "Best New Artist" and for "Best Female Country Vocal." With thirteen albums, more than forty-two hit singles, and twenty million records sold, she remains one of country music′s biggest draws today. Branching out from her music career, the young Rimes has also dabbled in acting, making her feature film debut in Coyote Ugly (2000) followed by guest appearances on shows such as "Days of Our Lives" and "American Dreams."; she has also published several fiction and children′s books. In 2002, Rhimes married dancer Dean Sheremet and they moved to Nashville from Los Angeles.

World Premiere Airing Thursday, November 2 at 9pm ET/8pm CT/10pm PT
For the second year in a row, The Biography Channel presents an in-depth look at who′s nominated for country music′s coveted CMA Awards in this rockin′ special hosted by Lee Ann Womack. This year′s show moves back to Nashville, where viewers will be treated to a whirlwind tour of the city, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the highly-anticipated awards. With music clips galore and interviews with some of country′s biggest chart toppers -- as well as those on the rise -- like "Big and Rich," "Little Big Town" and "The Wreckers," The Biography Channel guides viewers through the nominees and adds even more excitement to the 2006 CMAs, held on November 6.

Additional Encore BIOGRAPHY programs, airing during COUNTRY GIANTS Week, profile some of country′s most innovative and inimitable talents:

BIOGRAPHY: BUCK OWENS (Monday, October 30 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/9pm PT) explores the life and times of the pioneering guitarist who pulled himself up from poverty to become the king of Honky Tonk; BIOGRAPHY: TOBY KEITH (Tuesday, October 31 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/9pm PT), an in-depth portrait of the artist who set off a firestorm when his patriotic response to 9/11, "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)," catapulted him to mainstream success; BIOGRAPHY: LORETTA LYNN (Wednesday, November 1 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/9pm PT), an up-close-and personal glimpse into Lynn′s absorbing "rags-to-riches" life, featuring interviews with some of country′s biggest superstars (and longtime friends) including Tammy Wynette, Tanya Tucker and younger sister Crystal Gayle; BIOGRAPHY: BRENDA LEE (Friday, November 3 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/9pm PT), best known as "Little Miss Dynamite" who, even though she was less than 5 feet tall could make fans weep with the pure emotional power of her voice and BIOGRAPHY: DOLLY PARTON (Saturday, November 4 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/9pm PT), a program which follows the musical institution who, after five decades in the business, is almost more famous for her impossibly curvaceous figure and huge hair than for her music - though she has always played a vital role in country music′s legacy.