While Kelley has been making moves into the producing business as of late. Daniels of course has plenty of experience in the music drama domain, having created both "Empire" and "Star" for Fox. In October, Variety exclusively reported that Kelley had signed on to produce “May We All,” a jukebox musical which incorporates country hits by fellow stars of the genre like Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton and Dolly Parton as well as FGL’s own music.” />
"Moss Landing" represents the second series which Daniels has in development at ABC, joining NFL player-inspired "Cupcake Men," which received a put pilot commitment from the network back in October.
The duo have set up a country music-gospel mashup series to a script plus penalty deal at the Disney-owned network, meaning ABC will be forced to pay a penalty if the series isn't picked up.
Daniels and Marc Velez are exec producing via Lee Daniels Entertainment, while Kelley will EP through his production company CuzBro, with Stephen Snedden and Justin Halliwell. The series hails from 20th Century Fox Television (where Daniels has an overall deal and which is also under Disney's control), and has "The Son" and "Hemlock Grove" co-creator Lee Shipman in place to showrun and executive produce.
Lee Daniels and Brian Kelley, one half of the country music duo Florida Georgia Line, are developing a drama together at ABC.
Titled "Moss Landing," the prospective series is set in a small Florida coastal town and follows Marion James, a disgraced country star, and Sky Miller, an African-American gospel and soul singer in a sweeping love story. Over the course of the first season, the series will unravel the mysteries of Marion and Sky’s troubled pasts, watch them navigate the highs and lows of rebuilding their lives, and experience the love that binds them together, all set to genre blending music numbers.

 
The 2017 edition of the CMT show posted its highest ratings to date, with more than 1.1 million viewers tuning in to the live showing and the encore. The event performed even stronger with women notching .42 W 18-49, up 73% from a year ago. According to the network, the 90-minute premiere telecast posted a .35 A 18-49 L+SD, a 61% year-over-year increase.
Jason Aldean closed the show by reprising his "Saturday Night Live" cover of Tom Petty’s "I Won’t Back Down," this time singing only a few lines and leaving most of the lead vocals to fellow honorees Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, and Florida Georgia Line.
And as sober as Stapleton’s song and speech were, the Brothers Osborne added a crowd-pleasing, censor-testing off-script moment when they added that the reason is he’d become a superstar is "because he’s f—ing awesome." Things lightened up considerably as Lionel Richie, introducing Bryan, indulged in some shtick about how his Gucci boots stood in the way of entertaining any of Bryan’s entreaties to join him in hunting and fishing (the "loving" part of Bryan’s hit "Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day" smash went unmentioned).
At the Artists of the Year event, there’s no stress over failed nominations, drink service at the tables, and, best of all, as far as some participants are confirmed, the whole thing is over in a brisk 90 minutes. The Schermerhorn is also a superior location for an awards show, even if its small capacity doesn’t leave much room for servicing screaming fans. Despite the solemnity of some of the context of the telecast, spirits were high inside the Schermerhorn, perhaps because the occasion offers industry participants, if not a breather, one last chance for a more relaxed affair before the stress of CMA Awards week in early November. Viewers may legitimately wonder how much of the music is pre-recorded at any given music awards show, but at least for the live attendees at this show, there wasn’t much room for doubt, when everyone is close enough to feel the reverberations of the kick drum.
Said Frank Tanki, general manager of CMT and TV Land: "We felt a commitment to our fans to transform the event into a night where we honor human resilience through music, and hopefully in the process lift spirits. We’re thrilled that the special connected with so many people, especially those who’ve been impacted by the recent tragedies."” />
The most poignant of these, under the circumstances, was Stapleton’s "Broken Halos," a ballad with a where-is-God-when-it-hurts theme. In between those bookends, chosen for their topical power, came more standard selections from the honored artists' recent repertoire. It was unclear whether Stapleton had already planned to perform the tune or had specifically chosen it for the occasion, but, said the Brothers Osborne in introducing him, "When Chris wrote this song, it would have been impossible for him to know how appropriate it would be in times like these."
"On this night, one that we usually celebrate a year of music, we also want to celebrate a year of incredible human spirit." Stapleton and the other honorees, standing side by side after the opening performance, read material that took care to mention the devastating hurricanes and fires that have afflicted much of the country, as well as the massacre. "The entire nation is trying to process these devastating events," Stapleton said.
If none of the written material lingered on the downbeat long enough to provoke any tears, one silent moment did: An "In Memoriam" segment, introduced by Amy Grant as "a moment to recognize the members of the country family who have left us too soon," followed up the images of Glen Campbell, Don Williams, Troy Gentry, and Petty with a scroll listing the names of the fallen fans in Las Vegas.
Inside Nashville’s relatively intimate Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Stapleton got the biggest cheer from the industry crowd seated at tables on the floor, but, surprisingly, perhaps, Urban got the loudest roar for any of the five honorees from the fans in the three tiers of balcony seating.
In a couple of instances, a cover artist stood in for the honored artist or material, with mixed results. For the first time, CMT had added a Song of the Year bonus award for this year’s telecast, the obvious pick being Sam Hunt’s "Body Like a Back Road." It was announced that Hunt was otherwise occupied, finishing up his tour in Hawaii, so the honor of performing it went to "American Idol" Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips, who was so immobile behind his guitar and microphone that the question of why he’d been chosen to personify such a playful song never got a good answer.
The telecast opened with an inter-genre unity display, as Andra Day and Little Big Town performed Day’s "Rise Up," followed by those acts being joined by Common, Lee Ann Womack, and Danielle Bradbery for "Stand Up for Something," the "Marshall" theme song.
"It’s a nightmare nobody should have had to face. "It could have been any one of us standing on that stage in Las Vegas two weeks ago," Bryan said. Bryan addressed the tragedy most directly in his remarks introducing Aldean. Jason Aldean has responded with dignity, care, respect, and, in some ways, defiance."
It had nothing to do with the tragedy that had become the inevitable underlying theme of the evening, but Urban’s "Blue Ain’t Your Color" was, by acclamation, the highlight of the night, in large part because he’d worked up a jazzy new arrangement of the smash, centered around piano, upright bass, and the singer’s own blues guitar licks.
As promised, CMT’s annual Artists of the Year telecast Wednesday night took a "triumph of the human spirit" turn, as country stars gathered for their first regularly scheduled kudocast since the Las Vegas shooting and took time to read scripted material acknowledging the tragedy and celebrating resilience.
There wasn’t mystery behind the choice of the Backstreet Boys to cover Florida Georgia Line, since they spent a good part of the year on tour together, following up on a collaboration previously realized in a "CMT Crossroads" episode. Whatever anyone might think of "H.O.L.Y." as a song, it ended up more sanctified than before, with the Boys' five-part harmonies more than doubling up on the honored duo’s efforts.

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The investigation is still pending, despite the rapper not being charged. He is currently on tour with Florida Georgia Line, and although he was scheduled to perform Saturday night in Ridgefield, Wash., he did not make the show.


His attorney, Scott Rosenblum, said the rapper is "the victim of a completely fabricated allegation."
"In other words, y'all know damn well I ain't do no dumb S^*t like this..!!" he finished. Nelly also tweeted his innocence in the early hours of Sunday morning, writing that he was "beyond shocked" at the allegations. He also apologized to his loved ones for the "embarrassment and putting [himself] in a situation where [he] could be victimized," and thanked his fans for their "unwavering support," assuring them that he will be vindicated.
Nelly is prepared to address and pursue all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation.” "I am confident, once this scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges. "Our initial investigation clearly establishes this allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness," Rosenblum said in a statement.


on Saturday in a Walmart parking lot. Nelly was arrested at about 4:37 a.m.


Nelly was released without charges a few hours after being booked on suspicion of rape following allegations from a woman who claimed that he had assaulted her on his tour bus in Auburn, Wash., his lawyer has confirmed.

According to the police report, Nelly tour bus was parked inside a Walmart parking lot in Washington where the alleged incident took placed around 3:48 AM. The unnamed female filed a police report and name Nelly as the man who raped her. “Our initial investigation, clearly establishes the allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness.” The attorney also indicated that the rapper will likely sue the female once he is vindicated in pursuant of any damages done to his good name. They even have a show tonight in Ridgefield, Washington. “Nelly is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation,” Nelly attorney said. The news sent shockwaves throughout the hip hop community since Nelly is seen as someone who is hardly in any legal problems. He has been touring with Florida Georgia Line band when the alleged incident took place. TMZ broke the story on Saturday that the rapper is behind bars on a rape charge. TweetShare
Nelly found himself in a mountain of legal troubles after he was arrested this morning for allegedly raping a woman on his tour bus. The “Country Grammar” rapper was charged with second degree rape and is currently sitting in a jail cell.