Brad Paisley gets ABC prime-time special

Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special airs later this season on the Alphabet Network

Country music superstar, Brad Paisley, is set to host and executive produce Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special, an hour-long prime-time special set to air on ABC later this season from Sony Pictures Television. The variety special will showcase the energy of Music City from Nashville’s iconic War Memorial Auditorium through a combination of Paisley’s signature humor, unexpected surprises, heartfelt field pieces and rousing musical performances.

On hand for this prime-time special are some of Paisley’s friends and the biggest names in entertainment including country sensation Kelsea Ballerini, iconic musical group Hootie & The Blowfish, GRAMMY-nominated multi-platinum powerhouse trio Jonas Brothers, host of ABC’s The Bachelor franchise Chris Harrison, NFL legend Peyton Manning, superstars Tim McGraw and Darius Rucker, seven-time GRAMMY Award-winning country superstar Carrie Underwood and more.

“Wait, I thought it was called the Brad Paisley Special.’ Who added the ‘Thinks He’s’? Oh well, I’m still psyched,” Paisley jokes.

“I am so excited for Brad to be able to turn this fun, down-home country idea into a reality on ABC,” states Rob Mills, senior vice president, Alternative Series, Specials & Late Night, ABC Entertainment. “We all know him as an award-winning country superstar, and now we get the chance to see his comedic talents as he brings this variety special to life with the help of an incredible roster of A-list talent.”

“We’re so excited to be working with one of our great Sony music artists on such a distinctive new format. Brad has brought so much creativity, heart, comedy and celebrity wattage to this hour, we can’t wait for everyone to see it,” shares Holly Jacobs, EVP, Alternative & Syndication Programming, Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special will be produced by Sony Pictures Television. Brad Paisley, Jane Mun, RAC Clark, Bill Simmons and Kendal Marcy will serve as executive producers.

Paisley is also set to executive produce and star in Fish Out Of Water for Amazon after the retail giant committed to a script during a multi-outlet bidding war. The Larry Sanders-esque comedy takes on celebrity vanity projects and goes behind-the-scenes of Paisley’s struggle to keep a simple little fishing show from turning into his own personal Frye Festival.

Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 21 of his 24 No. 1 hits and has accumulated over 20 million career total worldwide album sales, track downloads and streaming equivalents. Paisley’s 2019 World Tour heads to Europe next month after traveling across the U.S. throughout this past summer. Paisley is involved with a successful ongoing multiyear ad campaign with Nationwide Insurance, along with Peyton Manning. Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, are co-founders of a nonprofit organization called The Store, a free referral-based grocery store, which aims to empower low-income individuals and families in the Nashville area. Paisley has partnered with Boot Barn and developed an exclusive line of jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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